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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.

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

Billie Eilish – bad guy

Everyone on the bloody planet has been obsessed with Billie Eilish’ debut album, and for good reason. I gave it a damn fucking good review because it’s one of the best debut albums in recent times, maybe ever. ‘bad guy’ is an eclectic villainous track I can just envisage being played over a montage of the antagonists pulling some shit in a Netflix original. It’s a song that has a beautifully unconventional aesthetic, in it’s attempt to be unappealing, it’s become on of the most popular songs in the world.

Lizzo – Like A Girl

Lizzo’s newest album dropped this month and it’s absolutely amazing. Lizzo is one of those magnetic people, she could do anything and I’d be totally down for it. She’s such a breath of fresh air in pop and she’s dropping hit after hit. Like A Girl is a celebration of black femininity and name drops some badass women in the world. ‘Like A Girl’ is catchy beyond belief and deserves all the recognition in the world. It’s a massive pop banger with real heart behind it.

Circa Waves – Somebody Good

April has been a massive month for albums, Circa Waves dropped their latest one too. I’m bias because they’re Scouse too, but that doesn’t change the fact this album is full of amazing indie rock bangers. ‘Somebody Good’ is a depressingly relatable festival banger that will be roared up and down the country this summer. The whole album is amazing, but ‘Somebody Good’ is a standout and it’s an absolute earworm. The massive breakdown into a slow, dark chorus then exploding back into the huge banger it is, the track is as close to perfect as possible. One of my favourite songs in a long time.

Marina – To Be Human

Marina continues to earn her spot in these posts, as she just keeps dropping tracks after a lengthy hiatus. Marina boldly dropped the first half of her double album LOVE + FEAR a few weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. As a diehard Marina fan, I can say it’s not her best album to date, but it’s still a massively enjoyable and interesting pop album. However, ‘To Be Human’ earns its rightful place as one of her best tracks of all time. It’s slow and sultry, it’ll take you on a journey around the world, and it came alongside a really beautiful video showcasing the best and worst of humanity. Marina is an artist that sees the world completely different to the rest of us mere mortals, and to see the world through her lens is an absolute privilege.

As of writing this, we’re a few days from the second part of her album dropping and I can’t bloody wait, I’m sure you’ll see some tracks from that in the next edition.

Vampire Weekend – This Life

Vampire Weekend are a band I can admit I’ve slept on. I’ve always known I’d love them but just never got around to listening to much of their stuff. ‘This Life’ sold me immediately , the opening lyrics ‘Baby, I know pain is as natural as the rain, I just thought it didn’t rain in California’ instantly became some of my favourite lyrics. It’s a simple song, fullof upbeat riffs, soft vocals and amazing backing from Danielle Haim. Amazing track.

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 5 Tracks of March 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 February’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Glass Animals – JDNT

Glass Animals are one of the most refreshing bands to pop up this decade. They’re carefully created a sound that no one else has, a sound that feels like a soundtrack, pop song and an ethereal welcoming to the gates of heaven all at the same time. ‘JDNT’ from the band’s first album is exactly that. Front man Dave Bayley uses incredibly soothing vocals, mixed with some strangely intoxicating lyrics to make ‘JDNT’ a masterpiece.

Sigrid – Never Mine

Sigrid has finally released her debut album and it’s not a surprise in the slightest that it slaps hard. It’s full of pop hits, one of the best being ‘Never Mine’. A bouncy, effortlessly relatable, kinda-love song with catchy choruses and massive backing beats. ‘Never Mine’ is one her best tracks yet and deserves all the praise it’s been getting.

MARINA – Orange Trees

MARINA’s new era has seen us losing the ‘diamonds’ and welcoming in a fresh pop sound. ‘Orange Trees’ is undoubtedly the best of the three tracks released from her upcoming double album ‘LOVE + FEAR’. ‘Orange Trees’ reminisces on Marina’s childhood in Greece, with sprinklings of light pop, a vocal undulation that no one will be able to replicate, and her lush vocals painting a vivid picture of a paradise. ‘Superstar’ wasn’t a great track from Marina, but we’re back to glittery, synth pop drawing inspirations from only sources available to her.

Marshmello + Chvrches – Here With Me

In a Marshmello track you expect larger than life synth and beats. However, Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s vocals take the spotlight here, and the track massively benefits from it. Synth band and synth heavy producer came together to produce something that is almost stripped back for the two of them. Unexpected, but totally welcome.

They Might Be Giants – Istanbul

Episode one of The Umbrella Academy really changed me and has had me singing this song every single day. This tune is addictive beyond belief, fun and bouncy, and not at all what you expect to be played during a gunfight in a department scene. I’m head over heels for The Umbrella Academy, this track will keep me going until season two (fingers crossed).

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 5 Tracks of February 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 January’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

In my ears music of the month

Lizzo – Juice

This song is one of the greatest bops of the year already. Lizzo’s brand of killer confidence and self-love and acceptance is something we should all adapt, and she’s making sure we do by creating absolute hits like this. I love Lizzo, she seems like one of the coolest musicians around. ‘Juice’ is endlessly fun, I can’t get enough of it. It’s got that sweet summer sound, I think Lizzo is the reason we’re having an unusually warm February. And also because the planet is slowly dying. But back to the positives, nothing is as good as ‘Juice’. It’s incredible. And makes for a great workout soundtrack.

This one wins my meaningless award of ‘Song of the Month’.

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