Joanna Burns returns with your weekly music fix for Week 3. 


Rukhsana Merrise –  So They Say

I found Rukhsana Merrise on Spotify this week and I am so in love. An incredible song-writer with an even more incredible voice, she mixes folk with R’n’B to create totally unique music. It was very hard to pick my favourite song from her debut EP September Songs but it has to be ‘So They Say’ with all the others following very close behind. Merrise is another amazing artist to benefit from BBC Introducing, who I respect so much for finding and nurturing young British talent. She is signed with Communion Music who are fast becoming my favourite label, with artists such as Bear’s Den and Catfish and the Bottlemen, as well are putting on numerous live events in London. Now enjoy the mellow magic of Rukhsana Merrise, performing ‘So They Say’ live at Glastonbury.

RHODES – You & I

‘You & I’ comes from the incredible debut album by RHODES, Wishes. Having released a number of EP’s and singles over the last couple of years, Wishes is RHODES’ first full length album and it lives up to all expectations made by previous material. Like many of RHODES’ songs, ‘You & I’ has a beautiful, gradual build, blending soft verses with powerful choruses full of soaring vocals and musical texture. Unfortunately, the album version of this song isn’t on YouTube yet but check out this amazing Small Sessions version of it with the most beautiful church acoustics.

Jack Garratt – Latch

As part of Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, Jack Garratt covered Disclosure’s ‘Latch’. I’ve always been a huge fan of this song, especially Sam Smith’s acoustic version but Jack Garratt takes it to a new level. The song definitely works better as a slow track rather than the original dance track. Garratt changes the chords of the song and with the electric guitar sound, he creates a very different feel. The amount of talent that goes into creating a cover like this cannot be underestimated. I also just adore his voice and he does Sam Smith’s vocals justice in this cover. I would recommend watching pretty much all the Live Lounge Month sessions which include some really innovative covers.

Disclosure – Magnets ft. Lorde

Producing duo Disclosure are back with Caracal two years after the release of Settle. This album hosts an impressive line-up of collaborations including The Weeknd, Kwabs and Miguel. My favourite song from the album is ‘Magnets’ with Lorde. Having never been a big fan of Lorde, I’m surprised I love this song as much as I do. Her voice perfectly complements Disclosure’s production and catchy dance beats. The combination creates a ridiculously cool, chill song accompanied by a very steamy video. They are such an impressive duo, continually producing hits with some of the best contemporary artists. A collaboration between them and Jack Garratt is now my dream.

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

I was first introduced to Kurt Vile through his 2011 album Smoke Ring for my Halo and have loved him ever since. His new album b’lieve I’m goin down is my favourite album so far, very cool and summery with country and rock influences. ‘Pretty Pimpin’ is my favourite song on the album, with a great guitar riff accompanied by Vile’s rocky voice singing some pretty weird lyrics. I just love his very laidback music and this song is a perfect example of this. He is such a talented artist who definitely needs to get more credit for his music so give this song and the rest of the album a listen.


Joanna Burns