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… October 2016

October proved to be a busy but better month with a flurry of social activity and a couple of live music performances seeing a favorite up and coming talent. Also, a few weeks back I asked people on Twitter and Facebook what their current earworms were. Thank you to everyone who submitted songs, they’re on my radar and may even feature here soon!

Remember you can follow the full #stuckonrepeat playlist on Spotify here.

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

I was blown away by Gaga’s performance of this in Carpool Karaoke. To be able to convey so much emotion singing along in a car is a talent indeed. This is a gorgeous song (co-written by Mark Ronson) and makes a change for me from her usual frothy pop tunes.

Favourite lyric: I bow down to pray/I try to make the worst seem better/Lord, show me the way
/To cut through all his worn out leather

Waste A Moment – Kings of Leon

Great to see KOL are back after a brief hiatus. This is such an uplifting song, but every time I hear it, I always end up singing Love Will Tear Us Apart in the chorus. Is it just me that hears it? My bonkers brain making connections that only make sense to me?

Favourite lyric: Oh, take the time to waste a moment/Oh, never ask to be forgiven

To Be With You – Mr Big

A very guilty pleasure! YouTube brought me a classic tune from years ago… I’m amazed I still remembered most of the lyrics! #Sorrynotsorry for the retro trip.  

Favourite lyric: You can make my life worthwhile/I can make you start to smile

City Of Stars – Ryan Gosling (La La Land Soundtrack)

Come January when La La Land is released in UK cinemas, you’ll understand why this has been playing on a loop despite being only a minute-something long. I’ll write a review closer to release but take it from me, it’s a wonderful, marvellous film. 

Favourite lyric: Is this the start of something wonderful and new?/Or one more dream that I cannot make true

Never Be Like You – Flume feat Kai

I was completely late to the Flume party but I’ve been really enjoying this tune. A tale of mistakes made, it sounds real and honest. 

Favourite lyric: I’m only human. Can’t you see?/I made, I made a mistake

Kiss You All Over – Exile

Yes, I heard this song on Employee of the Month. Yes, it’s super cheesy. Yes, that makes two 80s tunes on the blog this month. This song is so chilled you won’t even mind. Check out the Spanish version for extra joy points. 

Favourite lyric: Stay with me, lay with me/Holding me, loving me, baby/Here with me, near with me/Feeling you close to me, baby

In The Name Of Your Love – Riley Smith, Nashville Cast

I’m so happy Nashville is back on our screens with clever writing and brilliant music. Newcomer Riley Smith pays Markus, a rocker who tries to reinvent his sound. Some of this season’s storylines have been a bit blah – Juliet and Avery, let’s move orrrrrnnn – but has produced some lovely tunes. 

Favourite lyric: I got some skeletons in my yesterday… 

That’s it for this month, catch you all soon and don’t forget to write your current earworms in the comments! C X 

Stuck on repeat…August 2015

A small selection of what I’m playing over and over and over and over right now. There’s a real mish-mash of nostalgia and dance in this month’s offerings. My tastes are rather varied after all!

Anyone Who Had a Heart – Cilla Black
Cilla was a national icon and for me a lovely memory of family nights in front of the telly. I was so sad to hear of her passing. I’d heard the Dionne Warwick version many times before but this is what I’ve been playing non-stop.

Favourite lyric: Loving you the way I do, I’d take you back, without you I’d die, dear

Promise – Ben Howard

I have a special place in my heart for songs that start with the sounds of nature. This beautiful piece has the pitter-patter of raindrops on a tin roof. If I close my eyes I’m right there and can almost smell the petrichor.

Favourite lyric: Promise me this, you’ll wait for me only

Mistral – Taylor Salem

The French Cold EP has been on repeat in this household since launch, and as one of the preview tracks has been played nearly as much as July favourite Zero. Buy and listen to the track here.

Favourite lyric: Your sweetness is sickening

Conga – Miami Sound Machine

I was lying on the bed one evening and Hubby decided to play this in the kitchen whilst prepping dinner. When he walked back into the room he found me unable to stop myself from dancing. I mean, seriously, this song has such an amazing energy. You can’t help but shake and shimmy when you hear it! Plus – how has Gloria Estefan not aged one bit since the 80’s?!

Favourite lyric: Come on , shake your body baby, do the conga. I know you can’t control yourself any longer. Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger. Don’t you fight it ’til you tried it, do that conga beat [I still can’t sing it without making a mistake!]

Can’t Help My Heart – Will Chase & Laura Benanti 

I’m hooked on the excellent TV show Nashville and I didn’t realise just how much of a country music fan I am. It’s such a powerful genre of music with millions of fans globally due to beautiful lyrics and melodies about love and loss; what’s not to love?

Favourite lyric: Standing in the driveway, trying to see it your way, knowing you’re gone

BBC Ibiza Prom – Pete Tong

I’ve been listening (and dancing!) to lots of different dance tracks all summer in preparation for SW4 festival, specifically seeing Faithless and Fatboy Slim. (I’m so chuffed to have ticked off a few things from my musical bucket list; dancing like a loon in the rain and seeing Faithless perform Insomnia live.) The Ibiza proms were an absolute wonder of two of my favourite things coming together in musical harmony and the opening track is SUBLIME. I’m going to make sure I get to any future Ibiza proms they do.