February Playlist

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It’s that time of month again. Music time!

(It was a genuine struggle to not put Uptown Funk in here, because seriously I am still so in love with it.)

1) Scars – James Bay

I came across this beauty of an artist listening to Fearne Cotton talk about him on BBC radio 1 a few months ago (I think) and this is my favourite one of his at the moment. It’s the one I keep going back to, so that’s a sign of something. Looking forward to the album.

2) Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran

So I am a big fan of X as a whole. Wasn’t a huge fan of this song. But in true Ed Sheeran fashion his performance on the Brits made me fall in love with it. It was so, so, so good. And I regret a bit more each day not getting tickets to see him kill it at Wembley in the summer.

3) Jealous – Nick Jonas

Yeah, so he’s back. I have in all honesty been listening to this song for months, but only recently listened to the whole album and for me it does not disappoint. I will admit to also forgetting that there is a clean version of this song because I am so attached to this version, because for me (and this probably says a lot about me) it just works better. So I will continue to jam to it.

4) Crazy in Love – Beyonce

Okay, so I am not going to get into the issues I have with the film itself (of which I have many). But I will say that the one good thing to come out of it (tbh the only good thing) was the soundtrack. First and foremost this song. I would say it is pretty obvious that there are two female artists I love more than any other. And Beyonce is one of them. And then there is this song, that I loved the original of but I just find myself loving this one a little bit more. The bass line just kills me and her voice. Gosh, her voice.

5) Dirrty – Ed Sheeran

Yeah, he gets two songs this month. And the Live Lounge is back. This cover just seamlessly and flawlessly combines my two favourite things. Because Christina Aguilera is my other female artist and my main one, like I will one day try to Top 10 her songs and struggle because I love her so much and there is no way I can ever just pick one song. My love for her runs embarrassingly strong and true. So when Ed covered it, and did the Redman rap, it was like a little bit of heaven for me and I am obsessed. Obsessed.

6) Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Their first album was (and still is) my shit, there were so many songs that I loved on it and for my second year exams revision period it was one of the three albums I listened to get me through. Anyway, this song is so good. It’s upbeat and if I can’t stick Uptown Funk back in here as that get up and dance song then I will have this one. Which literally tells you to shut up and dance, because it’s that good.

7) Last Mile Home – Kings of Leon

I watched August: Osage County again the other day and ended up watching the credits because of this song. It was so chill and exactly what I needed to wind down the day as it was passing midnight.

8) Pretty Funny – Pasek and Paul, Lindsay Mendez

Okay, confession time. Soundtracks from musicals? I devour them. I fall in love with the lyrics and the stories and then get extremely sad that I don’t live with easy access to Broadway. For example, I obsessed with the Book of Mormon soundtrack for months before it finally transferred across to the West End and then when I did finally see it, well Turn it Off in action surpassed any of my expectations and the show itself was everything that I could ever want it to be. But this song isn’t from that musical. No, Pasek and Paul are up there as some of my favourites, Stephens Sondheim and Schwartz are some of the others. The whole soundtrack to Dogfight is just astounding and they have others that just make me squeal in happiness because they are so good and clever and ugh I just love this duo a whole bunch. This isn’t hugely cheery song, but my gosh it evokes emotions in me that largely remain dormant and has done since I first heard it back in 2011 (well isn’t that a long time ago) and although Shoshana Bean introduced me to this song, I have to say that it’s this version that affects me the most. The second you see Lindsay go into character I am a goner. And oh boy do I love it.

9) Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5

It’s an oldie but a goodie. I like a lot of the stuff that Maroon 5 have done over the years but there has never been anything quite like Songs About Jane on the whole for me. This song is my standout on this album, has been since the first time I heard, and I was reminded of its existence this week and I couldn’t be happier.

10) Slow it Down – The Lumineers

Ending on a mellow little ditty today. Again The Lumineers soundtracked the end of my second year of uni. It was mainly on repeat when I finished my exams and was just winding down and packing my life away into crates. I would always stop to take a break (because I need all the excuses to takes breaks seriously, Queen of the procrastinators over here) when this song came on because it just chilled me the hell out. So enjoy.

Parentheses count: 8. See you on Wednesday!

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