This week, we have a slightly different format to our popular Cloud 9 segment for you to enjoy. We are in the middle of festival season and L Ø S T  C U L T U R E have had the pleasure to attend many festivals across the UK and beyond. This weekend sees the Brownstock/BSTK Festival return to Essex with some of music’s biggest DJs and bands up-close and in a festival atmosphere rammed with personality and personal touches. Brownstock has become one of the UK’s most popular small festivals. They began in 2005 with 150 visitors and now have around 6000 visitors. They were shortlisted for Best Small Festival by The UK Festival Awards in 2013 and 2014 and for Best Dance Event in 2015. This year sees the likes of Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Annie Mac and Scouting For Girls take to the stage and it’s clear that the promoters are excited for this year’s event;

We are super proud of our varied line up and entertainments across 6 stages, which we think make sure Essex is firmly on the festival map. Beyond the main stage you can head to our huge Good Shed dance big top which has seen sets from some of the best DJs in the world. Meanwhile The Stumble Inn is strictly house music only“.

So in the lead up to the event, we have put together a playlist of some of the artists involved from the “Cloud of Sound”, from all across the line up for you to get into the mood. So sit back, plug-in and relax as we present;

L Ø S T  C U L T U R E | Cloud 9: 036.


1. Lady Leshurr – #UNLESHED (Panda Freestyle)

Where: Sunday on Main Stage

After Lady Leshurr dropped her five-part Queen’s Speech series, the whole world was waiting to see what she would do next. Understandably, after all that, Leshurr found herself travelling the globe, filling out venues on wherever she went. Now it’s time to look to the future with some new material. First out the gates was her latest freestyle that saw the queen add her own effort to the ever-increasing pool of “Panda” freestyles. As you’d hope it’s full of witty put-downs, verbal gymnastics and catchy bars. Now, the Birmingham rapper is set to drop her latest release along grime veteran Wiley entitled ‘Where Are You Now‘ and 2016 is set to be her year.


2. Tonga Balloon Gang feat. Jaykae & Mayhem NODB – CCTV

Where: Saturday at The Good Shed

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Tonga – a club night launched by The Streets frontman Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave – the duo have introduced an original music venture in the form of Tonga Balloon Gang: a collective made up of the duo plus Tonga regulars. Their self-titled debut EP was released in 2015 to great critical success and their latest release sees them team up with Midland MCs Jaykae and Mayhem NODB. Those that have seen recent Tonga sets will have heard this prior to the single release, and those that haven’t can do so now that Mike has uploaded the audio onto his YouTube and Souncloud.


3. Izzie Gibbs – Lazy Freestyle

Where: Sunday at The Stumble Inn

Northampton MC Izzie Gibbs dropped his latest EP, Jutsu, back in April which showcased his venomous attitude and rigid and hard-hitting lyrics. Beforehand, the young MC dropped the ‘Lazy‘ freestyle, sampling the vocals of a classical opera singer to produce a heavy hitting grime beat with RVPH on production. Izzie does a good job in complimenting the beat with his lyrics with the track beginning with the very familiar repetitive flow, which if you’ve followed grime from its origins; would have noticed MC’s such as Wiley, Skepta and Lethal Bizzle using a similar spitting pattern.


4. Zak Abel – Everybody Needs Love (Jarreau Vandal Remix)

Where: Saturday on Main Stage

North London based artist Zak Abel has been turning heads since the release of his latest single ‘Everybody Needs Love‘, an exciting hint of what’s to come from his upcoming debut album A Love Electric, to be released in Autumn 2016. ‘Everybody Needs Love‘ is a soulful and uplifting pop tune, which shows off his powerful vocals so effortlessly. The infectious track is matched with a creative video, directed by I Owe Youth through Caviar Content, where his soulful style of pop music meets table tennis. Featuring demanding choreography, the multi-talented artist doesn’t miss a beat and hardly breaks a sweat.


5. Faze Miyake x MazzaMurda – Agave

Where: Friday at The Stumble Inn

You can learn a lot about Faze Miyake’s attitude to music through his Rinse FM show. Having grown up in East London listening to pirate stations like Rinse FM and Deja Vu, a certain amount of its influence is ingrained in his music. Like his own productions, which avoid sticking to any one genre, his selections stretch from grime and dubstep to trap, hip-hop and wiry electronic funk. Fat, bulbous sub-bass lines and blizzards of clicking hi-hats collide with frosty synth stabs, woozy G-funk melodies and the frantic chatter of MCs. It’s a thrilling, energising mix and will be sure to set crowds alight across the festival circuit.


6. The Pylons – Outside Inbetween

Where: Sunday on Main Stage

The Pylons are five guys from Lincoln City in the UK, which is home to stunning workmanship in architecture and masonry. Even so, this didn’t mean the city and surrounding shire doesn’t come with it’s trials, which difficulties this band likes to use to mold their music. ‘Outside Inbetween‘, taken from their Pictures of the Past EP, is a wonderful acoustic piece that surprises you with unexpected heights; brilliant, unexpected instrumental additions; and genre-blending à la mode. It features an inspiring blend of resolution, triumph and grit, perfect for anyone trying to “let go” of a bad habit, an old flame, or a fading chapter.


7. Tinie Tempah- Girls Like

Where: Saturday on Main Stage

Not quite content with taking over the charts with ‘Not Letting Go‘ and ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)‘, Tinie Tempah took over the 2016 summer season with ‘Girls Like‘. The single from his third studio album – following Junk Food, Tempah’s return to his underground roots – also features the vocals from the future star Zara Larsson. As for Tinie, the flow is on point (yet the lyrics are cringeworthy at times), the production is on point, and he’s managed to reinvent his sound a bit. Not into the most original direction, but a direction that we’re happy with. His upcoming album release, Youth, is set to be a major success too!


8. Netsky – Thunder

Where: Sunday at The Good Shed

From his beginnings on Hospital Records, Netsky has become a drum’n’bass titan. After two successful albums on the label, he dipped for Ultra Records in 2014, intending to propel to festival super-stardom with this third album. ‘Thunder‘ is the new track released by Belgian drum & bass producer Netsky with Scottish recording artist and songwriter Emeli Sandé which was released last month and taken from his latest album, 3. Getting radio play will get more fans into drum & bass full stop. Once they’ve heard the tracks on the radio they dig deeper and hear more. It’s amazing for the whole scene.


9. Luciee Marie Closer – Silent Night

Where: Saturday on Main Stage

Luciee Marie Closier is a name that is about to take the charts by storm as the future looks very bright for this talented young star. The young pop sensation Luciee came to fame when she appeared in the BBC‘s The Voice UK where she was chosen to become a part of Ricky Wilson‘s Team. Since the show Luciee has performed infront of thousands and supported huge names such as Scouting For Girls and Ms. Dynamite. She has also performed as huge festivals and venues up and down the country such as V Festival and Wembley Arena. Most recently she has been giging with her new band and2016 is set to be a big year for the young star.

For more music news and updates, click right here or for more of our Cloud 9 playlists, click here, only on 

L Ø S T  C U L T U R E.

More Stories
J. Cole Interview with Angie Martinez Power 105.