Being one the UK’s biggest musical artists means setting an example for the lackluster rest. Singer, songwriter, producer, rapper and over all club banger badass, Elliot Gleave lives up to this standard.
Known by his well-suited stage name, Example, the 32-year-old has four albums (five as of next month) under his belt, including his #1 platinum LP, Playing in the Shadows and most recent gold selling album, The Evolution of Man. His single “One More Day (Stay With Me),” off his forthcoming, Live Life Living, has seen remixes from the likes of MJ Cole and Erik Abores.
Live Life Living will be the British dance-hip-pop hero’s fifth LP and first-ever release on Epic Records. Dropping on August 12 (pre-order it here), this full-length sees him testing new sonic waters – that is you won’t find any rapping from Example featured on the album. He’s throwing back aural love to the likes of Chemical Brothers and Underworld this time around.
With a nostalgia that all music fans can feel, Example gears up for the release by sharing his own top 10 hip-hop tracks for summer. Throwbacks galore, get addicted to Example’s crackin’ musical mind, after the jump.
1. Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
“Probably one of the all time greatest one-hit-wonder rap tracks. Still sounds fresh – and like summer!”
2. Nas & Damian Marley – “As We Enter”
“Had no idea if this collaboration was gonna work but the whole album is a triumph.”
3. A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation”
“More of a chilled summer one than a summer party anthem but still does the business.”
4. Mase – “Feel So Good”
“One for the ladies here.”
5. Eve – Let Me Blow Your Mind feat. Gwen Stefani
“Best thing Eve has ever done and still sounds massive today.”
6. Wu-Tang Clan – “Gravel Pit”
“Not many Wu tracks that feel like summer, in fact I think this is the only one suitable for a BBQ.”
7. The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”
“One of my favorite songs as a kid, I still know every word to this.”
8. 50 Cent – “P.I.M.P”
“Steel drums. Need I say more?”
9. Young MC – “Bust A Move”
“A stone cold classic, impossible to leave out of this playlist.”
10. PM Dawn – “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss”
“I think my mom actually introduced me to this!”