Youngman’s Top 10 Summer Bangers

Wrapping up the hottest week of the year so far in the UK in sonic style, weโ€™ve recruited Youngman to sign us out for the weekend with the perfect summer banger playlist duties.

A versatile multi-skilled singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and MC whoโ€™s been able to splash soul across every corner of the scene from Macky Gee & Phantasy collabs to Benga bangers to his role in Wilkinsonโ€™s live show, if anyone knows how to complement the balmy vibe right now, itโ€™s him.

Thatโ€™s before we even get to his own wealth of emotionally charged releases. Releases like the Drumsound & Bassline Smith produced Special….

Special indeed. We asked Youngman for more summer specials. He did not disappoint…


DJ Marky & XRS – LK (It’s The Way) (Feat. Stamina MC) (V Recordings, 2002)

โ€œClassic! I remember hearing the instrumental getting battered on dubplate for a while and then when Stamina jumped on the vocal it just went nuts. Still sounds great today, timeless!โ€


Shy FX – Soon Come (Feat. Liam Bailey) (Virgin, 2013)

โ€œYou can’t do summer without reggae vibes and I just love this modern twist on a classic sound! Shy and I been dropping this one at festivals this year and the reaction it gets is crazy!โ€


Macky Gee X DJ Phantasy Featuring Youngman – Let It Shine (High EQ, 2017)

โ€œHad to put this one in there… Let me set the tone. December, East London 2016. I remember waking up on a frosty winters morning and for some reason I just had the โ€˜let it shineโ€™ melody in my head and decided to go with it. Fast forward 6 months and it was a perfect one for festival season!โ€


Sweet Female Attitude โ€“ Flowers (WEA, 1999)

โ€œSo much nostalgia for this one. I remember my parents taking me down to London when I was about 13 and UK garage was everywhere. That was a lightbulb moment for me and I went back to Derby set up an Under 18s rave and starting taking music more seriously.โ€


Katy B – Katy On A Mission (Rinse, 2010)

โ€œMassive! I recall Benga playing me the instrumental and thinking this is special. The following week Katy did her thing and the rest is history.โ€


Kaytranada – At All (HW&W, 2013)

โ€œReminds me of rooftop summers in Shoreditch with the boys. BBQ’s and Espresso Martinis #lifeโ€


Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Polydor, 1976)

โ€œNo wordsโ€


Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Through The Night (New State, 2012)

โ€œI remember us ending with this at Glastonbury a few years ago just as the sun was setting. The whole crowd had their phones and lighters glowing. Epic moment.โ€


Tantrum Desire โ€“ Reach (Technique, 2011)

โ€œAbsolute banger!โ€


Mura Masa – Love$ick (Feat. A$AP Rocky) (Universal, 2016)

โ€œWe must have been coming on after Mura Masa at Leeds & Reading a couple years ago and this tune caught me hard. Essential summer selection!โ€

Youngmanย – Special is out now

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