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In My Ears – Top Tracks of May 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch April’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Bastille – Joy

The second single from Bastille’s upcoming third LP Doom Days has dropped, and it’s a trippy and ethereal journey through the fear you have when you wake up absolutely hanging. Relatable and anxiety-inducing? Yes. Everyone has woken up somewhere that clearly isn’t your bed…or a bed at all. And you realise you’re in last night’s clothes, or some of them, on the floor somewhere. Well and truly grim. How the fuck did you end up there and where is everyone else? What did you do, who did you drunk text and Jesus Christ what’s on your Instagram story?!

‘Joy’ is a real journey, from banging pop track, to somber and pulsing lyrics and a dash of some KILLER background vocals. It’s a good sign of what’s to come.

Sophie and the Giants – Space Girl

After seeing Sophie and the Giants at Liverpool Sound City this year, I’ve developed a little bit of an obsession. I keep describing them as a band that could exist if Dua Lipa chose to lend her sultry and husky vocals to an indie band. They’re totally banging, and ‘Space Girl’ is my song of choice, and not just because it sounds like you’re saying Spice Girl in a Scottish accent.

They’re reinventing indie pop with powerful vocals, hints of creeping synth, catchy lyrics and a big helping of shimmery guitars and drums.

Mark Ronson + YEBBA – Don’t Leave Me Lonely

So far, every track from Mark Ronson’s upcoming album Late Night Feelings has been totally incredible. From the pop smash ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’ with Miley Cyrus to the slower, but just as alluring, ‘Late Night Feelings’ with Lykke Li, they’re all remarkable. ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’ is no exception. The use of strings is beautiful, YEBBA’s powerful vocals dominate the track completely and Mark know’s how to compliment them, whilst leaving YEBBA centre stage.

It’s got the flare of a ’00s RnB track, which is a vibe we really need to get back on. Fucking fantastic from start to finish.

Lana Del Rey  – Doin’ Time

I’ll admit I eat up pretty much anything Lana Del Rey does. To me, she’s one of the best vocalists of our generation. She’s a brash and bold lyricist who knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to crafting the perfect, smooth and dark tracks. It’s no surprise I’m head over heels for her cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’, produced for a documentary about the band coming soon. Everything Lana does reeks of a Californian summer, it’s a beautifully serene and cooling track that she’s managed to put her own, trademark sound to. Totally addictive.

It’s great she didn’t ‘no homo’ the track either, you go Lana.

Halsey – Nightmare

‘Nightmare’ is beyond over the top, but that’s what makes it just so good. Halsey takes us on an angry tirade for 4 minutes about how people are just fucking awful, how mental health fucking sucks, how being a woman in 2019 is difficult and nothing is quite more therapeutic than belting out those feelings in an emo-pop banger. She’s infusing raging, rawness into a track that blossoms in Lana-esque breakdowns, before blowing up into a massive rock track for the chorus. It’s a combo that wouldn’t feel natural for most, but Halsey has it locked down.

How many people do you reckon have put ‘I’m no sweet dream, but I’m a hell of a night’ in their Tinder profiles already?

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.

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Exploring Liverpool’s Hidden Gems

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Liverpool is my home city, and it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet if I do say so myself! Liverpool has a HUGE amount to offer, so I’m here to list off a few amazing places that you can head to, that are just a little bit off the beaten path! I’ve got you covered for cafes, bars and record stores! I know this city like the back of my hand, and I’m excited to share some of my favourite, hidden gems.

The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you want to tick all of these places off, I recommend you spend a few days in Liverpool as there’s just so much to see and do. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hotels.com can help you to find some hotels in Liverpool.

Let’s jump in!

THOUGHTFULLY CAFE

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Thoughtfully isn’t just the one cafe located on Cleveland Square, just outside of Liverpool one. Thoughtfully is a family owned collective that boasts an Agency and a coffee Kiosk too! They tie together perfect minimalist design, great food and even better coffee. The cafe is light and airy, with huge windows, comfy seats and an abundance of greenery.

You can pick up a tote created by their design agency too if you fancy!

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Maximising your SEO as a Blogger

SEO is something that’s challenging for everybody who produces their own online content. Most of the time we define ourselves as ‘content creators’, ‘writers’ or the broader umbrella of ‘blogger’. But what comes under that? Photographer, editor, copywriter, coder, SEO specialist, social media guru…it’s quite endless.
Today I’ve teamed up with click.co.uk to share some of my own SEO experience and to hopefully help you learn how to optimise your SEO on your WordPress based blog. #SEOYourBlog

Get used to your platform

Firstly, you need to spend some time getting used to your platform’s interface, play around with categories, check out your tags, and for the love of god, make sure you have Yoast SEO. Know how to install plugins, know how to install mobile response themes (this REALLY helps Google to rank you) and make sure you’re able to access everything you need to access.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Daily Carbon Footprint

The planet is burning alive just a little bit isn’t it? Well, it’s more than just a little bit. The UK is declaring a Climate Emergency, and we all are doing our best to play our part in reducing emissions whilst the planet is dying around us. Species are dying out at alarming rates, the water levels are rising, and we’re seeing weather phenomena all over the world. It’s time we all make change, because if we don’t, we won’t have a planet to live on.
Today I’m here to offer a few quick tips on how you can make some easy changes in your daily life to help reduce your carbon footprint and change #HowMuchCO2 we use.
This post was written in collaboration with Viessmann.

Replace Old Boilers

Newer boiler models increase efficiency, and so have a knock on effect on carbon emissions! Less energy needed to heat water means easier access for water of the right temperature for you, and less of an issue for the environment! It seems gas boilers will be replaced by low-carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis! Get ahead of the scheme, save some money in the long run, and reduce your effect on the environment!

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