Playlisted 2020, week 30: New eras everywhere

 Playlisted 2020, week 30: New eras everywhere

This time last week we weren’t expecting new music from Kylie Minogue, we were only getting cryptic teasers from Little Mix, and the idea of a surprise new album from Taylor Swift – less than a year after Lover – would have seemed ridiculous. But here we are!

Here are the new singles being added to my rolling 2020 playlist this weekend. Follow said playlist here.

Little Mix – Holiday: To be honest, the first couple of listens of this left me a bit… not disappointed, it’s obviously a great bop, but… Was I expecting something that Went Off a bit more? Perhaps.

But!! After a weekend of listening to it on repeat, I’m totally in. A double-chorus is always a winner, and each member gets some really great moments (Leigh-Anne’s second verse is my favourite). This is going to be on heavy rotation for the next few weeks, especially if the weather’s nice. And between this and Break Up Song, LM6 is shaping up very, very nicely.

Kylie Minogue – Say Something: Another one that’s proven to be a bit of a grower, Say Something didn’t leave much of a mark on me at first. Like, the production is gorgeous, but like hell could I remember how any of it went once it finished. Still, even though it’s hardly the hookiest of pop anthems, it is a certified slow-burning gem; and I’m extremely intrigued for the new Disco era.

Emily Burns – I Love You, You’re The Worst: EmBurns is one of my very favourite queer artists at the moment, and she’s been on strong form for ages now. ILY,YTW is actually my fave of her more recent releases; a slick, to-the-point little ditty that perfectly hits its emotional marks with smart drop-out-drop-back-in instrumentation and witty lyrics.

Taylor Swift – Cardigan: The ‘surprise release’ strategy works very well for an album like Folklore, because it makes the most of two key factors: 1) that Taylor Swift is a megastar who can actually pull off something like that without commercially sinking like a stone, and 2) that the record just doesn’t pack the kind of ~BIG ~RADIO ~HITS that would suit a longer, hype-building rollout campaign.

It’s more of a ‘press play and let it run’ album than an ‘ooh, put X song on!’ album, so it feels weird to be talking about one song in isolation – but Cardigan is, for what it’s worth, beautifully written and produced. Much like most of Folklore itself!

Shaun Kitchener

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