Playlisted 2020, week 17: Uplifting new music! SALVATION!

 Playlisted 2020, week 17: Uplifting new music! SALVATION!

I’ll keep it brief because I have preparation for this week’s radio shows to do (woohoo) and also numerous family conference call situations, but the bottom line is that we have some uplifting new music to keep us topped-up this week; with thanks primarily to The 1975, Jessie Ware, and… well, The 1975 again because that’s just how much I’ve been listening to them.

Check out my rolling 2020 playlist here. These are the songs I’ve added this weekend:

If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – The 1975

Is this the best song yet from the upcoming album? Yes, probably! If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) has got me properly re-invested in this latest era; their usual knack for clever lyrics, euphoric instrumentation and hands-aloft choruses back on full display. Apparently this was ~debuted live a couple of months ago but this is the first I’ve heard of it, and I’m all-in. When it comes to male-led songs, the phrase “horn-heavy” is often a blazing red flag for me, but that sax solo is very, very welcome here.

Ooh La La – Jessie Ware

Another shimmering funkbop from Jessie? Gay rights! We’ve only had Spotlight for a few weeks but Ooh La La is a very welcome arrival; and while those who like their pop music to slap them round the face like a breeze-block might not be into it, for me it’s registering more and more with every listen. Her album’s still a couple of months away (thanks to the ol’ pandemic), but I’m expecting it to be one of 2020’s best.

Lost – Cher Lloyd

Isn’t it funny in Today’s Climate how Cher’s 2018 comeback single None Of My Business managed to rack up THIRTY FOUR MILLION streams on Spotify alone, and failed to noticeably chart in any territory? And like, I know 34 million isn’t a lot when you compare to, say, Dua Lipa (especially when you consider how that number will have been spread amongst various global territories); but it’s a darn site higher than loads of stuff that does chart. React by PCD currently has 22 million on Spotify and that’s had 11 weeks in the UK Top 100! FASCINATING.

Anyway, Lost is another great little bop from her: I really like the sound she’s been carving out for herself with her last few releases; now all she needs is a decent bit of momentum.

Dead Horse – Hayley Williams

Hayley’s been releasing some really interesting solo stuff this year, and Dead Horse is probably the ~hookiest one yet; perhaps the one most comparable to Paramore’s After Laughter era. I wish her nothing but good things!

Good Job – Alicia Keys

As a thank-you to the essential workers, Good Job is a little on-the-nose, isn’t it, and I’m extremely unlikely to return to it. But these are horrible times and – as Songs Like This go – Good Job is definitely among the best.

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.