10Trax: #13 – Glastonbury

The time has come for the legendary Glastonbury festival, so in honour of the occasion, this week's 10Trax is all about the best artists performing at the iconic festival this weekend, featuring some new music as well as some classic bangers.

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We know the feeling. The office has emptied, your colleagues have boarded their respective trains to Worthy Farm and haven’t stopped Instagramming pictures of everything in sight at Glastonbury (including those ridiculous sunsets). Well, for those who aren’t going and for those who are heading down after work this evening, we’ve put together this week’s 10Trax with the best artists performing this weekend at the iconic event. It is hard to choose only ten from the many artists that are playing, but here we feature some new music as well as some classic bangers that we hope will be played over the course of the weekend. Press play now.

Maccabees – ‘Something Like Happiness’
Playing: Other Stage, Saturday, 19:05 – 20:05

British Indie Rock band bring feel-good vibes with their latest single, ‘Something Like Happiness’. Receiving its first play on BBC Radio 1 a couple of weeks back, the song will be the second song on their album Marks to Prove, expected to be released on July 31st. ‘Something Like Happiness’ is available to purchase on Fiction Records.

Mark Ronson – ‘I Can’t Lose’ (feat. Keyone Starr)
Playing: Other Stage, Friday, 21:00 – 22:00

With his latest song ‘I Can’t Lose’, English musician Mark Ronson is bringing the funk back. Featuring very soulful vocals from Keyone Starr, a musician scouted by Ronson on his mission to find a young Chaka Khan, we can imagine Ronson’s set will be filled with fun-loving dance numbers. Expect him to play ‘I Can’t Lose’ and the number one single, ‘Uptown Funk’. Uptown Special is available now on Sony Records.

Vintage Trouble – ‘Doin’ What You Were Doin’’
Playing: West Holts Stage, Saturday, 18:30 – 19:30

Fronted by TY Taylor, Vintage Trouble is the American blues rock band that will be bringing some mellow rock to Worthy Farm this weekend. The band itself has made itself a name as a great support band to larger acts, having supported Paloma Faith in her arena tours and expected to support the legendary AC/DC later this year. Vintage Trouble seems to be just the band to bring the crowd together, and we are sure they will do this in their own right on Saturday. 1 Hopeful Road, Vintage Trouble’s newest album, is expected to be released in August on Blue Note Records.

Future Islands – ‘A Song For Our Grandfathers’
Playing: Other Stage, Sunday, 17:15 – 18:15

Fronted by Samuel T. Herring, Baltimore-based Synthpop band Future Islands have risen to the surface of mainstream attention with their most recent album, Singles and rightly so. ‘A Song for Our Grandfathers’, offers husky vocals over the bands usual electric vibe. After listening to this, we imagine that they will set the mood brilliantly on the Other Stage as the evening draws in. Singles, the band’s most recent album, is out now on 4AD.

Jessie Ware – ‘Say You Love Me’
Playing: John Peel Stage, Saturday, 18:15 – 19:10

English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware’s ‘Say You Love Me’ is a beautifully emotive number and was co-written by none other than Ed Sheeran. We at Notion think that ‘Say You Love Me’ echoes the classic love songs from the 90’s and is done brilliantly. This song is undoubtedly one for the couples so expect a very romantic crowd over oat John Peel on Saturday. Jessie Ware’s album, Tough Love is available now on Island Records.

Fat White Family – ‘I Am Mark E Smith’
Playing: The Park Stage, Sunday, 16:30 – 17:30

Fat White Family are a six piece band originating from South London. With controversial themes and concerts, it’s fair to say the audience will be in for a real performance and an authentic taste of English rock. The band is reportedly in the process of launching a new album with the help of Sean Lennon, the son of the great John Lennon. Known for being unafraid of saying what is on their mind, expect a punchy, outspoken set from the band. ‘I am Mark E Smith’ is available to purchase through Without Consent.

Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
Playing: West Holts Stage, Friday, 20:30 – 21:30

Canadian musician Dan Snaith, also known as Caribou, brings a different sound to the musical sphere. Recording as a solo artist in the studio but performing with his full band on tour, we are expecting a massively energetic performance from Caribou as they bring electronic sounds to the West Holts stage. ‘Can’t Do Without You’ is available on City Slang.

Flying Lotus – ‘Parisian Goldfish/Dance Floor Dale’
Playing: West Holts Stage, Sunday, 22:00 – 23:15

LA-based experimental artist Flying Lotus will be closing the West Holts stage, and we expect nothing less than his creative artistry at work. With previous affiliations with the likes of hip-hop musician Kendrick Lamar and Odd Future member, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus is definitely one to check out. His immersive sounds will have you dancing, trust us. ‘Parisian Goldfish/Dance Floor Dale’ is available through Warp Records Limited.

Florence + The Machine – ‘Cosmic Love’
Playing: Pyramid Stage, 22:15 – 23:45, Friday

With ‘Cosmic Love’, we at Notion believe you’ll experience an ethereal experience as singer Florence Welsh closes the night with her powerful presence. This performance follows the release of her latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and is the ideal warm up before her UK Tour. Although there has been some dissatisfaction on social networking sites on the band replacing Foo Fighters, we think Florence + The Machine will draw a huge crowd who will enjoy her dynamic appearance. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is available now on Island Records.

Jay Z and Kanye West – ‘Niggas in Paris
Playing: Pyramid Stage, Saturday, 22:15 – 23:45

We thought it was only right to finish this playlist off with arguably Glastonbury’s most controversial headliner ever, Mr Kanye West. Despite the mixed bag of opinions behind this decision, we think that Kanye West will deliver an immense set that will go off if his performance at the BRIT Awards is anything to go by. If he chooses to play ‘Niggas in Paris’, a song which is known to ‘get the people going’. We think we should just let Kanye be Kanye and let him into ‘his zone’. ‘Niggas in Paris’ is available to purchase through Roc-A-Fella Records.

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