Jonathan Hatchman (@JonHatchman) picks out the sounds and stories that have been making headlines over the last seven days… and presents them all as a handy playlist
The Glastonbury confirmed much of its 2015 bill this week, revealing the poster for this year's festival. Joining headliners Foo Fighters and Kanye West on the bill are the likes of Florence + The Machine, Jamie T, Alt-J, The Vaccines, Suede, The Maccabees and many more. However, the Sunday night Pyramid Stage headliner is still yet to be announced. While rumours of Prince or an Oasis reunion have been circulating heavily over the past couple of years, the bookies’ favourites for the Sunday evening slot are, in fact, Coldplay, with Ladbrokes offering 3/1 odds, while The Stone Roses, Blur and Madonna all follow closely.
Tying in with the 25th anniversary of classic album Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches, The Happy Mondays have announced plans to head out on an 18 date UK tour in November and December, this week. There's more from Shaun Ryder and Bez in next month's Cash For Questions, in the new issue of Q available from Tuesday, 28 April.
Later… With Jools Holland returned to the airwaves this week boasting Blur, Laura Marling, and The Vaccines on its first episode. The latter of which took the opportunity to play a brand new song – 20/20. Currently touring some of the UK’s smaller venues before releasing their forthcoming third album English Graffiti next month (25 May).
Also releasing a new record next month is Snoop Dogg. Predecessor Reincarnation, released under the moniker of Snoop Lion, wasn’t taken quite as seriously as the artist had perhaps hoped, but now he’s reverted back to what he does best – fusing his laidback West Coast rhymes with Funky instrumentals that sound as though they’ve been ripped straight out of the 1970s. Teaming up with Pharrell Williams on production duties, the artist revealed the video for another new song So Many Pros earlier in the week, following lead single Peaches N Cream.
In other hip-hop news, Kanye West has managed to make headlines this week, yet again. This time he’s travelled half way across the globe to Armenia, played a free show and dived into a nearby lake while performing, towards the end of his set. Alongside causing a media storm by “baptising” his fans, in less aquatic news Yeezy also featured on a Smuckers, a new track from Odd Future kingpin rapper Tyler, The Creator, that also features Lil Wayne.
Jonathan’s Pick of the Week With British Summertime apparently debuting early this week, the debut single from London-based Rationale has surfaced right on time. Taken from his debut EP, Fast Lane is a breezy, soulful affair, that takes influence from Morrissey and Drake.