SPOTLIGHT: Meet The 2013 Best Song Nominees: Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Rudimental, Wiley And Wretch 32

Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – ‘White Noise’
‘White Noise’ followed the amazing success of Disclosure’s last single ‘Latch’ featuring MOBO Award nominee Sam Smith. The track featured vocals from one half of one the UK’s most exciting new acts, Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge. Having dominated many “One’s to watch” lists, a collaboration between Surrey brothers, Disclosure, and electro R&B duo AlunaGeorge seemed like inevitability, considering many of the similarities between both groups. 
Within one week of launching the track as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on Radio 1, ‘White Noise’ racked up over 750,000 plays online. The track then went on to reach number two on the UK official singles chart and achieved silver certification. Disclosure and Aluna Francis were a perfect combination for the track. Disclosures humbling basslines, swirling synths and addictive clubby beeps were perfectly tailored to Aluna’s soothing vocals. The result was a rarely-heard balance between underground friendly and mainstream chart-dominator.  ‘White Noise’ was a fantastic record that was very reminiscent of early 90s Garage and House. 

Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – ‘La La La’
Shahid Khan, known by his stage name Naughty Boy, released his ridiculously catchy breakout single ‘La La La’ earlier this year. The hit producer teamed up with 2013 MOBO Award nominee Sam Smith on vocals and Komi on production. The catchy but meaningful hit stormed the charts and reached number one on the UK singles chart. 
As well as topping the singles chart, ‘LaLaLa’ set a new record and became the fastest selling of 2013 in the UK. Sam Smith’s soulful vocals were a perfect match for this record and gave the track a great summer feel.  The blunt but cheeky lyrics were pleasing to the ear and we could all relate. The track had tones of liquid drum and bass meet old school garage, but it was the catchy hook layered with a Hindi-Bollywood sample that really captured our ears.  
Rudimental  ft Ella Eyre - 'Waiting All Night'
Only the most talented artists could thrust a music genre back into the mainstream and tailor it to suit their needs. In the case of UK drum-n-bass collective Rudimental, their use of on-trend drum & bass beats was crafted to enhance their soulful tracks so well. This phenomenal talent bagged them a number one hit last summer with ‘Waiting all night’ featuring UK vocalist Ella Eyre. 
‘Waiting all night’ shot straight to the top of the UK singles Chart and earned the group their second number one single. The track also charted successfully in Australia and Belgium. 'Waiting All Night' was filled with soulful vocals and fantastic breakbeats.  Ella Eyre showcased her powerful pipes over the group’s brass-fortified percussion assault. The hit track echoed much of their previous hits, which include ‘Feel the love’ and ‘Not Giving In’, but ‘Waiting All night’ had a slightly darker edge and solidified the fact that their sound is one they can officially claim to dominate. 

Wiley ft Chip & Ms.D – 'Reload'
‘Reload’ served as the follow-up to Wiley’s chart topping hit ‘Heatwave’ and his previous track ‘Can You Hear Me? (Ayayay)’. The godfather of Grime teamed up with MOBO Award winner Chip and newcomer Ms D for the third cut from his latest album The Ascent. Straight after dropping the summer anthem ‘Heatwave’, Wiley dropped another gem with ‘Reload’. Just like the production of ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Can You hear Me’ the production on ‘Reload’ is so infectious, an easily remembered beat that before the beat even begins had people doing a little two step. 
 It was great to see Chip and Wiley collaborate on the track together and the partnership came off so natural. The drum and bass inspired track was perfectly suited for Ms.D’s stunning vocals and made the catchy chorus a real crowd pleaser.  ‘Reload’ was a fantastic collaboration between three of the UK’s finest artists, who successfully made one of the biggest club bangers of 2013. 
Wretch 32 ft Shakka 'Blackout'
Wretch 32 came back strong with one of the most refreshing songs of the summer. Wretch had been away for a while since the release of his 2011 album Black and White, but the UK rapper made a powerful return with the lead single from his highly anticipated third studio album. ‘Blackout’ was one of his most understated but ear-pleasingly catchy cuts to date. 
The sandy xylophone riffs and tribal drums sounded beautiful as the hit rapper commented on his rise to fame. The soulful tones of 2013 Best Newcomer nominee Shakka on the chorus cemented the track as one of the summer’s most refreshing songs. ‘Blackout’ was a superb record from Wretch and Shakka, which resulted in a top 10 single for the mesmerizing duo. 



Adenike Gboyega