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…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.

Stuck on repeat…July 2015

A small selection of what I’m playing over and over and over and over right now. Click on the titles for YouTube/Spotify links.

Calvin Harris + Disciples – How Deep is Your Love

It’s summer and the club tunes are hitting the charts. I love the deep-house-esque-ness of this. Something sultry to throw a few shapes to. 

Favourite lyric: I want you to breathe me, Let me be your air…

Simon & Garfunkel – El Condor Pasa (If I Could)

I knew the intro. I just didn’t realise it was S&G (thanks DJ Shadow) and immediately Shazam-ed it when watching Wild.

Favourite lyric: I’d rather be a hammer than a nail…

Bahamas – Lost in the Light

Another Shazam find whilst watching Very Good Girls. This song is a heady, languorous summer in musical form. 

Favourite lyric: Before we were lovers, I swear we were friends…

Aminata – Love Injected

Yes, this was indeed the Latvian entry for Eurovision 2015. I was surprised to hear something so decent being performed and it’s been on the playlist ever since. If you like this, you might like the winning Swedish entry by Loreen called Euphoria

Favourite lyric: Your love revives my soul…

Major Lazer (feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley) – Powerful 

I’ve had the album on shuffle for a while as I’m a little (a lot) addicted to Lean On but this is a gorgeous little tune. 

Favourite lyric: There’s an energy when you hold me, when you touch me, it’s so powerful…

Tay Salem – Zero

This is my favourite track from the forthcoming French Cold EP at the moment. Trust me, this talented bloke is going places.

Favourite lyric: Your demons, each evening, retreat…

Kings of Leon – Dancing on my Own

One of their Live Lounge covers. A beautiful, slightly dark version of the awesome track by Robyn.

Favourite lyric: I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her…

Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were (Spotify Sessions)

I’m a huge Ben Howard fan and was lucky to have finally seen him live at Alexandra Palace earlier this year. This version of one of my favourites (from the album of the same name) never fails to lift me from a melancholy mood without being too overly happy-happy, joy-joy. Listen out for the “Wahey!” at the beginning, an instant smile inducer.

Favourite lyric: Only time is ours, the rest we’ll just wait and see…

What are your current earworms? Let me know! 

Catherine x