Stuck on Repeat… May and June 2017

These past two months have been full of music, mainly due to hours and hours of radio on an epic Californian road trip (blog to follow soon!) and it's festival season!

Here's what has been #stuckonrepeat – full playlist is here.

Slave To Love – Bryan Ferry

I'm not quite sure why but recently I've been loving the 80's classic sound of soft rock, synth and romance. This is such a sensual song, the beat could almost work for kizomba and you can't beat a classic!

Favourite lyric: We're too young to reason / Too grown up to dream

Amar Pelos Dois – Salvador Sobral

May isn't complete without The Eurovision Song Contest, one of my favourite nights of the year. Fiiiiinally, after what felt like a million years and on the day the Pope visited Fatima, Portugal won. The song deserved a win in my opinion; beautiful lyrics and a pretty melody. It's not a traditional Eurovision song (see Verka Serduchka – which I LOVE) but it felt completely different and what was needed for 2017.

Favourite lyric: Eu sei que não se ama sozinho / Talvez devagarinho possas voltar a aprender — I know that one can’t love alone / Maybe slowly you might learn again

River – Leon Bridges

I first heard this beautiful song in Big Little Lies and have been obsessed with it ever since. I sang it constantly on our road trip, following the great rivers of Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Park and now I sing it when I'm in the water swimming. It calms me, it gives me a rhythm, it transports me to a different place and it talks about the cleansing power of being in water.

Favourite lyric: In my darkness I remember / Momma’s words reoccur to me /"Surrender to the good Lord / And he’ll wipe your slate clean"

Here We Go Again (I Love Lake Tahoe) – A

This song takes me back to being a teen with low slung baggy jeans and hearing about this mythical land called Tahoe in California. Fast forward twenty years and I was actually here, playing this in my head the whole time. The most beautiful place, I wish I could've explored more of it!

Favourite lyric: All is quiet on New Years day / think I'll try and impress my mates / So I jump into the lake / I won't do that again (I know why now – IT'S BLOODY FREEZING!)

Fistful Of Love – Antony & The Johnsons

A controversial song, in that it's the view of an abused lover knowing the person they love can't express their love other than by leaving bruises. Awful, but juxtapose this with the bluesy jazz and the soaring brass section and it oddly feels like a positive experience, like someone coming to terms with their situation, understanding why other people react in a way.

Favourite lyric: And I feel the whip / And I know it's out of love

Shoop – Salt n Pepa

I blame an advert for this – Three Mobile ran an ad with a Giraffamingo or some such creature and I can't help but smile with "Snap, Chat, Pose, Post" and I've had this on repeat ever since. It's so upbeat, it's an instant mood lifter!

Favourite lyric: I'm not shy so I asked for the digits / A ho? No, that don't make me / See what I want slip slide to it swifty

Can't Get You Out Of My Head – The Sweeplings

So I may have heard this version on Love Island (don't judge me) and instantly Shazam-ed it. I actually hated this song – I've heard it nonstop since 2001 but this was beautiful, haunting and ethereal. I love the harmonies and you can usually hear me caterwauling along.

Favourite lyric: Every night, oh, every day / Just to be there in your arms / Won't you stay?

The Pretender – Foo Fighters

That EPIC set at Glastonbury (which I watched from my rock n roll sofa) reignited a love of all things Foo. I had one request – that they play my three favourite songs of theirs: My Hero, Best of You and this, The Pretender, a song that is more than just an amazing rock song. The layers of riffs and chords give me shivers and it reminds me of an excellent Bond score.

Favourite lyric: We are not permanent / We're temporary


Let me know what your earworms are on social or in the comments below!


Stuck on Repeat… May 2016

As always, you can follow and listen to the #stuckonrepeat playlist here.

May is traditionally Eurovision month and this year was an exceptionally brilliant show. I actually liked quite a few of the songs but thought the show in general was excellent – well done to hosts Måns and Petra. Speaking of Måns…

Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw

Last year’s winner didn’t actually become an earworm for me until hearing it this year. In fact, last year, I preferred the Latvian entry! It doesn’t do any harm that Måns is easy on the eye plus those Swedes can make music and it was the first song I managed to sing along to after a nasty bout of the evil lurgy. 

Favourite lyric: We are the heroes of our time/ But we’re dancing with the demons in our minds.

Sound of Silence – Dami Im

Who would have thought the Aussies could have come second in Eurovision?! So very close! This was definitely the most well rounded song of the competition from their TV winner. Beautiful voice. 

Favourite lyric: Now my heart awakes to the sound of silence / And it beats to the sound of silence

One Dance – Drake

I take issue with Drake’s songs at times; he wants to have his lady cake and to eat it too. Doesn’t want a “clingy” girl but doesn’t want to let her be anyone else’s either or have the same level of “fun” that he has at the club. Riiiight. Anyways, this is so damned catchy with that little Afrobeat riff and rhythm that the misogyny is almost forgotten. 

Favourite lyric: You know you gotta stick by me / Soon as you see the text, reply me 

In Common – Alicia Keys

I mean this in the nicest way possible (completely sans shade Ms Keys) but when I first heard this, I didn’t realise it was Alicia Keys. It sounds SO different to her usual sound; modern, fresh and reminded me of when she burst on to the scene way back when. 

Favourite lyric: Who wants to love somebody like me? / You wanna love somebody like me? / If you could love somebody like me / You must be messed up too

Close – Nick Jonas ft Tove Lo

From the brilliant Jealous to another catchy yet slightly darker song about emotions, I’ve found myself singing the hook to the point of annoyance. The video is pretty odd, all greasy bodies in vests and pants but I’ll forgive it for the tune. 

Favourite lyric: Cause space was just a word made up by someone who’s afraid to get close