Stuck on Repeat… March and April 2017

It’s not a long list for #stuckonrepeat this time because I have been binge watching all of the TV! For the full playlist click here.

Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka

I’d caught snippets of this so many times before hearing it (and being able to Shazam it) on Big Little Lies that I genuinely thought I was being haunted by a song. The instrumental and harmonies are just… *sighs*. This is the full ten minute version because life is short so fill it with good things. 

Favourite lyric: Maybe this time I can be strong / But since I know who I am / I’m probably wrong

Lay, Lady, Lay – Bob Dylan

The first few bars of this song has me feeling warmth on my skin; it’s sunshine in musical form and makes me think of languid limbs and lovers by the sea. I was transported to my happy place one March afternoon by a busker in the South Kensington tunnel en route to a V&A exhibition and I think his song was the highlight of the afternoon.

Favourite lyric: Why wait any longer for the world to begin / You can have your cake and eat it too / Why wait any longer for the one you love / When he’s standing in front of you

Teenage Fever – Drake

We’re all still left wondering if the showmance between JLo and Drizzy was just a subtle tactic to get rights for the sample of If You Had My Love but even if it was, it was worth it. A sexy little number. 

Favourite lyric: If you had my love / And I gave you all my trust/ Would you comfort me?

I’ll Come Crashing – A Giant Dog

This was stuck in my head after watching Girlboss and it’s replaced Too Funky as the best song to get me out of bed. It’s feisty, angry and very kick ass. Need something done? Play this and feel awesome. 

Favourite lyric: Nothing in my nature tells me not to do bad things / I know that I really should be good tonight.

Sleep No More – Jack Savoretti

It wouldn’t be a #stuckonrepeat post without an appearance from ol’ Jack. The album was on loop for most of March as I went to the last gig of the Sleep No More Tour at the Royal Festival Hall; an amazing night that had everyone up in their seats and the aisles (and even me in front of the stage!) dancing. This is one of my favourites especially because of the whistling. You can’t beat a song that has whistling!

Favourite lyric: I need the love you give me 

Stuck On Repeat… January and February 2017

Delayed and a little short for two months, but better late than never! Here’s what I’ve been playing non stop for the start of 2017.

For the full #stuckonrepeat playlist click here.

Cry Me A River – Jack Savoretti

Jack is no stranger to this playlist. His gravelly tones seduced me last year. I’ve been playing his tracks ever since and going to see him live a second time at the Royal Festival Hall later in March. This version taps in to the heartbreak in a way that JT’s didn’t.

Favourite lyric: Now you tell me you need me / When you call me on the phone

Too Funky – George Michael

I’m still gutted at his loss. Just, ugh, such a talent. Thankfully this wonderful song has been a huge motivation in getting me out of bed/conquering the world/accompanying my everyday exercise routine/general strutting around house in my pants. The video is filled with supermodels and just general 90’s excess. It’s a delight. 

Favourite lyric: Will you stop playing that radio of yours? I’m trying to get some sleep!

Wild Card – Nashville Cast (Lennon Stella)

Another Nashville hit that I got obsessed with this past season which is a little sassy and tongue in cheek. I love that it’s a little naughty but nice. We all have two sides to our personality, right?

Favourite lyric: I’m a wild card / I’m a sweetheart / I’ve got fever in my blood

Terrible Love (Alternate Version) – The National

How have I never heard of this band before? Thankfully a rather schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks movie played this (don’t judge me) and I fell in love. A thumping heartbeat of drums with soaring guitars and vocals does good things to my soul.

Favourite lyrics: But I won’t follow you into the rabbit hole / I said I would, but then I saw
Your shivered bones

Dangerous – The XX

I heard this on Instagram in a dance clip and was captivated by the funkier sound from the band, especially on this track with its brass section. It just makes me want to dance and that’s always a good thing.

Favourite lyric: Should it all fall down / You’ll have been my favourite mistake

Shotgun Mouthwash – High Contrast

Having only seen Trainspotting for the first time over Christmas (shut it, I know!) I grabbed the opportunity to see T2: Trainspotting on opening weekend for hubby’s birthday. I loved the film, loved how dark and grown up it was. I also really enjoyed the soundtrack. The film opens with this gem. I’m a huge fan of a dirty electro bass line and this has it in buckets.

Favourite lyric: A million little pieces will never be enough for you

Thanks for reading and listening!


Stuck on Repeat… August and September 2016

Another double-header for you all as these past few months have been pretty tough on a personal level and I’ve just not found the peace of mind to write. Music has been a most welcome escape though and at the most devastating moment helped to calm and uplift spirits. 

Click to listen to the full #stuckonrepeat playlist here.

La Mordidita – Ricky Martin

I blame a viral video of a rather buff, middle aged, Italian man dancing with his beloved somewhere rather fabulous for this one. It’s such a summery tune and anything with a Latin beat is guaranteed to get my hips a-shimmying! 

Favourite lyric: Si dios, puso la manzana fue para morder / Ay dios, pequemo’ abrazaditos hasta el amanecer.

Tico Tico No Fuba – Carmen Miranda

Carrying on the Latin theme, the arrival of the Olympics in Rio had me randomly thinking about my favourite Carioca – Zé Carioca. He’s a dapperly dressed parrot that loves samba and features in a Disney film to introduce Donald Duck to the wonders of Brasil. The instrumental version of this song plays in the cartoon and it never fails to make me bounce. Tico Tico no Fuba isn’t a song with deep lyrics – it’s basically someone telling a naughty bird to stop eating the cornmeal supplies – and is much more like a tongue twister than a song you can sing along easily to! 

Favourite lyric: O Tico-Tico tem, tem que se alimentar / Que vá comer umas minhocas no pomar (minhocas means worms in Portuguese but it’s such a brilliant sounding word, much nicer than plain old worms!) 

When We Were Lovers – Jack Savoretti

Jack-of-the-gravelly-voice makes another appearance on my playlist because… Oh lord, do I even need to give a reason?! This is a release from the upcoming album (probably more tracks coming from that!) Sleep No More which I’m super excited about. The acoustic version of this sounds just as awesome if not better, as I would expect from someone who could probably sing me the phone book and it still be an amazing experience. 

Favourite lyric: Look at the time and the time that it’s taken / Is this love like the love we were making

Intro – Herb City

I know nothing about this song except I like it and I’m sure I’ve heard it before in an old film from the 80’s/90’s. When Shazam-ing it, it comes up as a track from a 2016 hip-hop album. I can’t find which aria or opera it’s from nor the singer or the lyrics. If anyone can help a girl out with this mystery, I’d be so grateful!!

Threads – Tay Salem

Finally!! The song that I’ve been waiting for since I heard it at the French Cold EP party when it was but a song in its infancy, is finally released. The second track released from the upcoming Night Mill EP has been a firm favourite of mine for some time now and it’s been so interesting to hear it change and evolve from one style to another. It’s laid back and ultra-luxe, the witching hour personified. My absolute favourite version of this was a private showcase where two strums of an electric guitar against the chorus reminded me of my beloved Wicked Game. I can’t wait for the EP launch party on 5th October at Bermomdsey Social Club – if you can get a ticket – GO. 

Favourite lyric: Keep me tied up / keep me far away from the crowd 

He Lives In You (Reprise) – The Lion King Original Broadway Cast Recording

My darling husband bought tickets for us to attend for our wedding anniversary as I think we were one of the few people on the planet who hadn’t seen it. I have cried buckets of happy joy tears at performances I’ve seen on TV of Circle of Life or the impromptu sing-offs on planes and trains yet couldn’t believe I’d never seen the show itself. If you are one of the few remaining, just GO SEE IT NOW. You won’t be disappointed. I lasted about two notes into Nants ingonyama before my eyes were streaming, I literally couldn’t keep the happy in (nor could the woman sat next to me – I’m so glad it’s not just me!!) with the biggest smile on my face. To avoid the constant leaking of the eyes I’ve been listening to other songs from the original Broadway cast soundtrack. My favourites within the show were always the ones with the chorus of voices; I always find the sound of human voices in union incredibly spiritual. The theme of this song struck a chord with the loss of my mother-in-law and how much she still lives on in her two sons. 

Favourite lyric: Wait, there’s no mountain too great / Hear these words and have faith

Right Above It – Lil Wayne

Some of the elements that make up this song actually make me hate it with a passion: the portrayal of women and the use of the n-word make me grossly uncomfortable. However, since watching Ballers and hearing it as the theme tune it’s been stuck in my head, or rather annoyingly the first few bars… Doo doo dooooo…

Favourite lyric: Don’t like my women single, I like my chicks in twos (major eye roll)  

Stuck on repeat… June and July 2016

Apologies dear readers/listeners for I have been naughty and condensed two months into one post. This is mainly because I felt that I couldn’t just write a post featuring two songs and that be it! Plus I was enjoying my holidays and  suffering from a particularly bad case of writers block (aka: everything I write is sh*t) so I’m giving you a double whammy, packed full of ear-wormy tunes for your enjoyment. 

Catch up with the full #stuckonrepeat playlist here

It’s not often that I would put two songs from the same artist but I really have been playing these non-stop these past months. 

Magnetised – Tom Odell

I’d heard this a few times on a Discover or  Hot Hits playlist and thought it pretty catchy, but it wasn’t until I saw the performance on Graham Norton again that I really felt the energy in the song. A tale of unrequited love/knowing when you give more than your lover reciprocates and yet still going back for more.

Favourite lyric: ‘Cause it’s not right, I’m magnetised / To somebody that don’t feel it / Love paralyzed, she’s never gonna need me / But sure as the world keeps the moon in the sky / She’ll keep me hanging on

Concrete – Tom Odell

Exploring the new album I kept skipping back to these two tracks. This is slinky, jazzy and moody all about empty hotel rooms and missing the connection with a lover, with a lyric (if misheard) is just the good side of naughty.  

Favourite lyric: Cause I’d sleep, on a bed that’s made of concrete / Just the two of us and, no sheet / Just your feet, rubbing up against mine

Cry – Nuuxs

I first saw Nuuxs at The Pheasantry on the Kings Road earlier this year as part of the Pizza Express Live gigs (originally going to support Tay Salem, see below) and was entertained enough by her main set – one of the stand out songs being In The Name Of (which I can’t find anywhere!) With Tay supporting her again at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho at the beginning of July, I was excited to hear more of the mix of 60’s cool and Shoreditch angst (in a good way). This title track from the current EP didn’t become an earworm until I replayed on Spotify and it was only upon listening carefully that I realised what I thought was another heartbreak song was something a lot darker and much more intense about overcoming abuse. It’s musical vengeance. 

Favourite lyric: I hope you do well in your prison cell

Stolen – Nuuxs

This was the song that stuck in my head on the way back from the gig. The version performed was powerful enough with just the female voice but this recording from the EP features Jake Gosling for the duet adding the male perspective to the lyrics. 

Favourite lyric: I let you worry / so I could be free

Written in Scars – Jack Savoretti

Mr Savoretti has made an appearance on StuckOnRepeat before with the stunning Catapult, the song that persuaded me to shell out for his gig at Somerset House – which was AMAZING!! The dude has stage presence, sings from the soul and is easy on the eye. (He made it on to the laminated list on this performance alone!) This was the track if been humming all day and we heard as part of soundcheck as we walked in to wait, plus the opener to the set. Just so punchy and apt in these post-brexit-quit-making-a-mockery-of-our-country-you-damned-politicians times!! 

Favourite lyric: We are the revolution, we want it all tonight, We want to take back what’s rightfully ours

Fight Til The End – Jack Savoretti 

It almost sounds like an intro to a Sergio Leone film, fast paced and frantic. It tells the story of a relationship that can’t stand on passion alone but feels too good to give up. It almost reminds me of my addiction to Haribo, ha!

Favourite lyric: We’re enemies, lovers, not friends

Iron – Tay Salem

The talent this guy has is ridic. Even the Red Bull Music Academy say so. Another awesome set enjoyed at the Pizza Express Jazz club and so brilliant to see the progression in confidence and skill with his songs. An EP is due soon (gimme Threads already!!) with this being the first release from it. 

Favourite lyric: Invisible chains / I was born free / but it’s harder to move than harder to see

Tonight You Belong To Me – Eddie Vedder

This has been a true earworm, seriously stuck on repeat in our house and driving my poor hubby insane with how often it gets played/repeated within the space of an hour let alone a day. It’s just the cutest song which I’d heard before but then watched being sung by a dad and his four year old daughter (I’m not a broody/affected by kids kinda girl but I sobbed happy tears at this duo.) It was written in the 1920’s and featured in the Steve Martin film The Jerk, but I found the Eddie Vedder version with Cat Power to be most pleasant. It’s a cutesy song about getting your ex lover back for one last time, which belies the simplicity of the song. Anyway, I dare you to not sing along AND harmonise!! And replay eleventy billion times!!

Favourite lyric: My honey I know / With the dawn / That you will be gone / But tonight / You belong to me

Tilted – Christine and the Queens

I’d heard great things about CATQ but never actually heard songs. Thankfully mainstream media (The Graham Norton Show) showcased this lady and her moves. Try not to tap along. 

Favourite lyric: I’m doing my face with magic marker / I’m in my right place, don’t be a downer. 

Stuck on repeat… February 2016

I’ve been enjoying a real mix of earworms recently, mostly fuelled by an 80’s and 90’s music challenge (the challenge being to pick just one song per day for a week – how many awesome songs exist in this era?!) and also driving the neighbour’s mad with incessant replays of Jack Savoretti tracks as I continue to discover his back catalogue. As per usual, just click on the song links or you can follow all the #stuckonrepeat tracks on my Spotify playlist, available here

The Other Side of Love – Jack Savoretti 

As I mentioned, I’ve been trying to make amends for the lack of Jack in my life and playing his stuff non-stop. I love this track for the more upbeat tempo and the affirming “love and let love” message. 

Favourite lyric: We are angels, we are demons, we are children all the same. 

Don’t Rain on my Parade – Barbra Streisand

From contemporary singer-songwriter to show tunes…and why not?! I’ve recently felt a need to distance myself from distractions and other people’s dramas. Quite simply: not my circus, not my monkeys. It’s been refreshing to refocus on important people and step away from any negative energy which I am super susceptible to. This song is an anthem to stepping away from the no-flow and embracing the yes!

Favourite lyric: Don’t tell me not to fly/I’ve simply got to/If someone takes a spill/It’s me and not you!/Who told you you’re allowed/To rain on my parade! 

Us Against the World – Coldplay

I can’t sing along to this song without my voice cracking on the eponymous lyrics; I can’t tell if it’s because I can’t sing (full stop!) in that low register comfortably or if the emotion of the song just gets to me – it’s probably the latter. Just a darling song about two people against the pressures of the world. For someone so cynical, I’m actually quite the sappy romantic!

Favourite lyric: And sing slow it down/Through chaos as it swirls/It’s us against the world

Tuyo – Rodrigo Amarante

I’ve heard this theme tune the most for the past few weeks as we indulged in a Netflix binge of the excellent Narcos. Cold winter nights and weekends are perfect for box set binges and this followed on from the brilliant Making a Murderer – also worth a watch if you want your blood to boil. Narcos’ theme is sensual, languid and with a slight edge; a great fit for looking into the story of drugs and one of the world’s most dangerous men. The opening lyric (my favourite bit) conveys addiction and its destructive power just right.  

Favourite lyric: Soy el fuego que arde tu piel/soy el agua que mata tu sed.

(I am the fire that burns your skin/I am the water that kills your thirst.)

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’arby

I heard a cover of this on The Voice and thought the guy did a really decent job of it, but I couldn’t believe how long it had been since I’d last heard this song! I love the upbeat 90’s vibe of this tune. 

Favourite lyric: Slowly, but surely your appetite is more than I knew.

Army – Ellie Goulding

I think she’s written this for a friend who has stuck by her through thick and thin, but in the same vein of Us Against the World, this is about that special person that always has your back. I totally relate to this – thanks to an amazing soulmate who always has my back, I have the courage to fight the world every day. 

Favourite lyric: When I’m with you/I’m standing with an army

Liberian Girl – Michael Jackson

This song is one of my absolute MJ favourites and featured in my hits of the 80’s week. Super simple construct and that sexy gentle beat of far away lands. 

Favourite lyric: Just Like In The Movies/With Two Lovers In A Scene/And She Says /”Do You Love Me”/And He Says So Endlessly /“I Love You, Liberian Girl”

Thanks for reading! Share your earworms in the comments below. X

Stuck on repeat… January 2016

It’s a rare thing that I would start a post almost immediately after finishing up the last one but these things, they do happen!*

*brownie points for you if you know where that phrase is from!

Spectre – Radiohead

I heard this just a moment after posting December’s SOR and knew I’d be playing this ad infinitum. Y’all know how much I love Bond films from my Spectre review and that I wasn’t all that keen on the Sam Smith version until I’d seen it as the title score in the film. The band stated that this song had been turned down for the film and as much as I love it, I understand why. It’s not commercial enough. It’s Radiohead. It’s too good, too dark, too complex and that’s why I love it.

Favourite lyric: Anger is a poison/The only truth that I could see/Is when you put your lips to me

Catapult – Jack Savoretti 

How, HOW have I never heard this beautiful man and his beautiful voice before? No, seriously. Have I been under a rock my entire life?!? I’m ashamed to be joining the JS appreciation society so late but thanks to the Graham Norton show, at least I’m finally on the bandwagon. The tone is so simple and honest…and that rasp… *shivers* It works so beautifully with the romance of the song.

Favourite lyrics: I can be the white knight/You can play the princess/We’ll be running like outlaws/Hiding in the midnight

China Girl – David Bowie

I was so saddened to hear of an icon for so many generations passing away. The Bowie I loved was the Max Zorin-esque Bowie of the 80’s, sophisticated and suave. This particular song reminds me of car journeys as a kid, and that bass line is just so excellent.

Favourite lyric: She says…Ssshhhh.

The Hills – The Weeknd

So this is a NSFW one, but it’s dark and kinda creepy and I love it. A toxic tale of love and lust. And we’re all a little effed up, aren’t we?!

Favourite lyric: I only call you when it’s half past five/The only time that I’ll be by your side/I only love it when you touch me, not feel me/When I’m f**ked up, that’s the real me

Kiss Me – Olly Murs

I don’t watch X-Factor any more (too many reasons to mention) but I don’t hold grudges against genuinely decent pop. Originally I thought this was a Nick Jonas jobbie, as it had a similar vibe to Jealous (which I loved) and a chilled 80’s retro beat which I have a bit of a penchant for at the moment!

Favourite lyric: If this is the last night/Baby let’s do this right, kiss me like you mean it

An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley

Even if you’re not an Elvis fan, I would implore you to give this one a listen, if not for the soulful vocals then the spirit-soaring turn by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, especially at 3:30. Actual goosebumps and no flashy jumpsuits.

Favourite lyrics: His truth keeps marching on.

Hotel California – Eagles

Another week, another loss for the music world. I started listening to some more classics. This is one of my favourite songs, one of the greatest songs of all time…EVERRRR. That intro, the bassline, the drums all weave together to make it sound as perfect and relevant as the day it was recorded. The opening lyric is so simple and evocative, I could be in that car right now. 

Favourite lyric: On a dark desert highway/cool wind in my hair