The Playlist: The Weeknd/ Beak/ The Lumineers/ 100s/ Peaking Lights and AraabMuzik


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The Weeknd


Abel Tesfaye's first release since signing to a major label may sample The Smiths but the most obvious influence here is Michael Jackson's mid-1990s work.



Skeletal kraut-pop from Portishead man Geoff Barrow. Driven by an elastic bassline, this is simple yet sophisticated stuff.

The Lumineers

Ho Hey

Arriving on UK shores this week, The Lumineers' live show will no doubt centre around this Arcade Fire-meets-Kings of Leon classic.


Brick $ell Phone

Image-wise 100s borrows freely from Snoop Dogg's comedy-pimp persona. The 19-year-old's stylish hip-hop, however, is far from cartoonish.

Peaking Lights

My Heart Dubs For You

It's not quite King Tubby, but the liquid basslines, echo-laden beats and a melting vocal create the same disorientating atmosphere.


After Hours

His second release in three weeks, AraabMuzik is taking dubstep and house to exiting and obscure new places.