DJ Format

DJ Format is one of the big names in UK hip-hop… he’s collaborated with Jurassic 5 (and driven their tour bus), and his work with Canada’s MC Abdominal will blow you away if you haven’t heard it. Needless to say, this is an exciting top 5!

There are some really big names picking tracks for us in 2013 – make sure you click Like in the facebook box on the right, or follow @top5tracks on Twitter to keep updated when they come out. You might find a new favourite song…

Now without further ado, here’s DJ Format’s top 5 tracks. Over to the man himself:

1 – Edgar Summertyme – I Would Do Anything

Edgar Summertyme AKA Edgar ‘Jones’ Jones released his latest album ‘Sense Of Harmony’ in August to very little fanfare but it really deserves the attention of major labels… and anyone with ears! I love the whole album but ‘I Would Do Anything’ is one of those songs that I sometimes have to listen to 3 or 4 times in a row before I can move on to the next one.

2 – Malachai – Only For You

Their debut album came out in 2010 but I only recently discovered it. It was hard to pick a favourite track but I’ve gone for ‘Only For You’ as I noticed on the sleeve notes that it was co-written by a certain Geoff Barrow. Bristol delivers once again!

3 – Derriere – Battle Plan

I don’t usually get excited about many modern Rhythm & Blues bands but Derriere are so much more than that. ‘Battle Plan’ has an edge to it that is so often missing from music nowadays. I can’t wait to hear more from this amazing Brighton band in 2013…

4 – Ko’ Rok Two ft. Oxygen – Get It On (Daily Diggers Remix)

There are 3 great versions of ‘Get It On’ available but I’ve gone with the Daily Diggers remix version as I can’t get that bassline out of my head! A perfect example of how to make brand new authentic sounding Hip Hop after all these years!

5 – Nat Adderly – Rise, Sally Rise

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jazz lately and I love this song from the moment the famously sampled bassline hits at the start. Hip Hop basically introduced me to Jazz as I searched for old records to sample and discovered a whole world of music beyond the Hip Hop I had initially fallen in love with.

Here’s the playlist on YouTube – press play and they’ll all play through:

Or for those of you who are on the go… get the tracks that are on iTunes here:

Lovely. Here’s some Format for the uninitiated:

Check out his album from last year – it’s cracking. In his own words he’s “slowly trying to get the inspiration to make another one sometime soon”. Keep a weather eye.

See you next time! (because you followed @top5tracks right?!)