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The World’s Deepest Canyon- Colca is a Must Visit

Welcome to the Colca Valley! Located deep in the Andes, 100 miles northwest of Arequipa is Peru’s third biggest tourist attraction and the biggest canyon in the world. Many choose to head to Colca for a 3-day long hike, others, such as myself, visit the canyon for just a day. And it’s a must see. Colca is for sure one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Colca Plains

Chances are, no matter the tour you’re on, you’ll be visiting the plains between Arequipa and Colca prior to getting to the Canyon itself. And they’re bloody lush. Take your time to stop at designated viewpoints and enjoy the sight of the pre-Incan stepped terraces (andenes) cared for by the Collagua and Cabana culture.

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Why Arequipa Is a Must Visit in Peru

Welcome to Arequipa, ‘the white city’ and Peru’s second largest, located far in the south of the country.

This lush city is known for it’s distinctively coloured architecture, mountanous views and for giving tourists their first bout of altitude sickness. But, hopefully not too bad, as the city sits 2,335 metres above sea level, making it a great place to acclimatise before heading to Colca Canyon and Cusco.

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In My Ears – Top Tracks of June 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 May’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Bastille – Million Pieces

Bastille’s third album Doom Days dropped in mid-June. It’s an electric, drinks-fueled euphoric adventure through a turbulent night out. Heartbreak to hook ups, it’s the whole night.

‘Millions Pieces’ is the bop amongst bops. It’s such a massive track that builds and builds, captures the anguish of hearing shit you wanna dismiss when trying to dive into a bit of an escape and it’s quite simply just a song you *feel* more than you hear.

Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello – Find U Again

Mark Ronson’s latest album Late Night Feelings came out just over a week ago. It’s ‘sad bangers’ – the album. Nothing, NOTHING, beats a sad banger in my opinion. Songs that cut deep, whilst making you wanna throw some shapes and neck a bevvy. ‘Find U Again’ is one of the best tracks on a massively packed album, with features from Miley Cyrus to Alicia Keys. Cabello takes Ronson’s pained words and adds a layer of pop excess. It’s an entirely stellar album. This weekend at Glastonbury, I had the small chance to chat to Mark Ronson about his album, and to talk to Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, who co-wrote the track. Both are super cool guys and I’m still a little in awe of meeting one of my favourite musicians.

BLACKPINK – Kill This Love

I’m very, very late to the BLACKPINK party, but I’m glad to have finally arrived. I’m so fascinated by the KPOP industry, as to how complete world sensations can be planned to a certain extent. BLACKPINK are the product of large searches, training and planning, but just because this is different to what we’re accustom to in the West doesn’t mean they aren’t some of the most talented vocalists out there. ‘Kill This Love’ goes from pop track, to rap breakdowns and marching beats with thumping trumpets. It’s a track that has no right to work the way it does, but it slaps and it slaps hard. Enough so that it was featured on bloody Love Island. If that isn’t a sign of BLACKPINK’s mass global appeal, I don’t know what is.

Love Fame Tragedy  – My Cheating Heart

Murph of The Wombats has just released his first single under his solo title ‘My Cheating Heart’, bringing the classic Wombats indie flair to a progressive blend of synths and daring range of vocals. As of right now, My Cheating Heart feels like The Wombats with a twist, your mojito made with spiced rum and a dash of bitters instead of the classic recipe. And it’s a damn good cocktail. At Glasto Murph revealed that collaborations with both Bastille and The Killers are coming, I’m unsure that I’ve ever been so excited for any musical collaboration in my life, so watch this space for updates on this.

Lizzo – Boys

Last week I got to see Lizzo absolutely dominate on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2019. Of all the tens of artists I watched that weekend, the one that has stuck with me the most is Lizzo. Her infectious energy, bigger than life personality and awe-inspiring self-love made for a set that isn’t easy to forget, and that’s before even considering her immense vocal abilities and witty, relatable and over the top lyrics. ‘Boys’ is the epitome of all of this. It’s Lizzo at her finest, owning her sexuality, spitting lyrics on the men she’ll come to love, finessing on us all with her popularity and vocals. And we fucking eat it up. Long may she reign.

Plus, the meme threads this week have been killing me, here are my two faves:

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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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.