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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 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 – January 2019

Album covers Top tracks Welcome to the inaugural ‘In My Ears’ post, it’s not about earworms and wax, but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. In 2017 I documented the best tracks of the month, in 2018 I documented some of my most listened to tracks every now and then, for 2019, we’re switching things up again with a reeling off of 5 songs that have been ‘big’ during the month for me. It’s January, it’s cold, and everything sorta sucks post-Christmas. Back to work, back to the gym, but it’s freezing out and raining 90% of the time and dark by 6pm. January can do one. Let’s get into these tracks then:

Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have

‘I’ve been tearing around in my fucking nightgown’ is such a beautiful line. Lana has already outdone herself in 2019 with this beautifully melancholic 5 and a half minute odyssey inspired by Sylvia Plath. Lana is known for her macabre lyrics, yet there’s a distinct feeling of resilience and hope in this track. A track with a name that puts Fall Out Boy and The 1975 to shame.  She really needs nothing but a few piano keys and her own voice to make an infectious song that locks you in its grip. With a chorus that is repeated many times, the song continually feels fresh and otherworldly. We love u Lana.

The Killers – Bones

This song might be 13 years old, but I’ve been obsessed with it as of late. It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of The Killers, but for some reason this one track has been stuck on repeat. I find with this track, it’s clear Brandon Flowers isn’t naturally an amazing vocalist. He’s got a good voice, don’t get me wrong, but he possesses something much better: a true command over his voice. His ability to push his voice to it’s limits, limits which aren’t conventionally ‘pleasing’ to listen to, cannot be overstated. It’s absolutely sick, and this song is a true modern rock classic. It’s a simple concept, brought together with blinding horns, backing vocals for days and a mood which builds and builds.

The Vaccines – All My Friends Are Falling in Love

This month I’ve loved no one more than The Vaccines. I love British indie, especially those that popped up in the late 00’s/early 10’s, and The Vaccines fully fit that bill. This non-album track is a belter. ‘All My Friends Are Falling in Love’ is an anthem of desperation and disappointment made to sing in the shower, car or in the club. The lyrics are painfully relatable for everyone in their 20’s and 30’s, watching the circle of friends they know fall into their own love lives and split off as your’s can remain largely the same. Just with less people in it. I can’t stop playing this song, and don’t think I will for a long time. There’s no one who quite knows how to make an addictive indie banger like The Vaccines.

Florence and The Machine – Moderation

I described ‘Moderation’ to my friends as a song that would play in a haunted house in the 80’s full of kind ghosts who just want to befriend the teenage girl who is running around the house looking for an exit. It’s creepy in tone, loving in lyrics and a little bit of a disturbing experience. Along with its B-Side ‘Haunted House’, ‘Moderation’ is a massive left turn from Florence and The Machine‘s current sound and aesthetic, though it’s a majorly welcomed one. I’ll happily take more ghostly soundtracks that pop up seemingly out of nowhere- it’s only been 6 months since their last album High as Hope dropped.

Foals – Exits

If ‘Moderation’ is what the friendly ghosts play, ‘Exits’ is what the ghosts from the mid-00’s who are a bit burned out play. Foals return to the stage comes with two versions of ‘Exits’, both being absolute earworms at a massive 6 minute length. I could listen to them all day though, this indie tracks feel like they’ve been sprinkled with a bit of glitter, bad vibes and a bit of deceit. I’m super excited for what else Foals have coming up, it’s gonna be a big year with 2 album releases, the first of which is just in a couple of weeks. Have a nose around some other music posts if you fancy it. Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist below on Spotify.

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My Year in Music

Oh it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s Spotify Wrapped day! Every year I get overly exciting for a personalised playlist and stats about who I’ve been listening to this year, even though I already know because I’m the one doing the listening. Either way, this is a great old day.

Every year I document my stats on my blog, more so for myself, but if you fancy a gander, you can find them all here: 2015, 2016, 2017.

Top 5 Artists

1) Bastille (Last Year: 1)

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MOST LISTENED TO

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Most Listened To is a little series we dip into every now and then to share some of the tracks that I’m loving at the minute. I log into Obscurify to analyse my Spotify data and pick out the top 10 most listened to tracks of the last six weeks, though I do kind of cheat and set a rule so that there can only be one song per artist represented.

Since my last ‘Most Listened To’ post I’ve been settling into a new job, running a hell of a lot for Movember and trying to settle back into a ‘normal’ life after ten months of alternating between working for myself and travelling, it’s been a year.

1) Baby – Clean Bandit + Marina + Luis Fonsi

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Marina Diamandis fan, I truly believe she’s one of the most talented lyricists of our time and brings such a unique viewpoint to pop that others simply don’t have.

As a long time Marina stan, would I have ever seen a collaboration with Clean Bandit coming? Of course, they dropped a track at Glasto last year and Marina’s boyfriend is bloody in the band. Would I have expected a Luis Fonsi collab?

Fuck no.

But I fucking love it. This is a sad bop, like ‘Happier’ below. It’s a certified tune, Marina’s angelic voice ties with Fonsi’s really well and they make this track endlessly fun, the choruses are frequent but not repetitive, the message is clear and the beats are mint. BANGER.

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