PLAYLIST: July 2022

The Get In Her Ears team have put together another eclectic mix of guitar anthems, alternative tunes & electronic sounds for your listening pleasure. Take some time to scroll through our track choices below and make sure you hit play on the Spotify playlist at the end of this post.

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NOVA TWINS – ‘Cleopatra’
Nova Twins are the first black women in the Rock & Alt scene to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and we couldn’t be happier for them! They have worked so hard and pushed against an industry that has so much racism and sexism embedded in it. Turn up the volume on this track ‘Cleopatra’ taken from their second album Supernova – it’s about to get HEAVY!  (Tash Walker)

Brutus – ‘Liar’
Gritty vocals, powerhouse percussion and charged riffs punctuate this single from Belgian trio Brutus. Taken from their upcoming third album Unison Life, which is set for release on 21st October via Hassle Records/Sargent House, ‘Liar’ is a heavy lament that criticises the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep a false and temporary sense of calm. I can’t wait to see the band live at The Garage in November. (Kate Crudgington)

Real Big Sky – ‘The Same Thing’
Happy debut album release day to Gothenburg-based band Real Big Sky! Their self-titled record is now up on Spotify for you to listen to. It might be too soon to call it, but I think this might be one of my favourite albums of 2022. Cinematic, Shoegazey, melancholy bliss. Listen to it here. (KC)

Ethel Cain – ‘Family Tree (Intro)’
I know I add Ethel Cain to all of our GIHE playlists, but her sultry, cinematic tunes are so good I can’t resist. I can’t wait to see her perform them live at Heaven in December. (KC)

Miya Folick – ‘Nothing To See’
Emotional, raw and beautifully resilient, Miya Folick’s ‘Nothing To See’ is a tender ode to rediscovering yourself in the aftermath of a painful breakup. Taken from her new EP 2007, which is set for release on 9th September via Nettwerk, through her clear vocals, candid lyrics and considered instrumentation, Folick accepts that love makes fools of us all, and gracefully reclaims the time she spent changing herself to suit the needs of an unappreciative lover. (KC)

Forever Honey – ‘Singing To Let England Shake’
A bittersweet guitar tune about the uncertainty of not knowing where you stand with someone you’re close to, I love this single from Brooklyn indie band Forever Honey. Taken from their upcoming EP, Could I Come Here Alone, which is set for release on 30th August, it’s a gentle, hazy lament to the frustrated hours spent wondering what went wrong, and the more hopeful moments that follow those sometimes uncomfortable realisations. (KC)

Breakup Haircut – ‘I’d Say Yes’
Having wowed us live with their scuzzy, joyous punk-pop at our January gig at The Victoria, First Timers Fest alumni Breakup Haircut have just released their debut album, Punk Dancing For Self Defence, a collection of joyously lo-fi pop punk offerings reflecting on themes ranging from social anxiety and break-ups to bi-erasure and existing in a Capitalist society. Whether you need cheering up with some buoyant danceable anthems, or simply want to immerse yourself in the band’s raw emotion and relatable, resonant reflections on life, the album will provide you with all the aural comfort you need right now. (Mari Lane)

Currls – ‘Honey’
The latest single from Brighton based Currls, ‘Honey’ is a colourful ode to female friendship and owning your own unique individuality. I love this track’s empowering energy and unifying, singalong refrains. A truly energising and compelling anthem of self-love that’ll motivate and inspire on first listen. Hello, My Name Is, the upcoming debut album from Currls, is set for release on 11th November. (ML)

Murman – ‘Falling Down’
Propelled by swirling, scuzzy hooks and an anthemic, emotion-filled drive, ‘Falling Down‘ oozes a gritty energy in the vein of rock greats such as Bruce Springsteen and The Killers, with an added unique colourful pizazz and impassioned swooning vocals. If you’re in need of an instantly catchy, joyously jangly slice of Americana-tinged garage-rock, then look no further… ‘Falling Down’ offers a perfectly danceable antidote to all of life’s worries. (ML)

Hanya – ‘Amateur Professional’
I am loving this latest song from friends of the show Brighton dream pop duo Hanya, a marrying up of their raucous onstage energy with their hazy studio sound. They worked with Theo Verney on this one, who has also produced some of my favs Porridge Radio. The track is about “attempting to be a full-time professional in whatever it is you want, even if you feel like a lousy amateur a lot of the time. It’s a fighting song, for when you’re feeling like giving up.” Check out their socials for upcoming tour dates across the UK. (TW)

Alien Chicks – ’27 Stitches’
I’m really loving this new one from South London band Alien Chicks. Combining danceable rhythms with a riotous energy, ’27 Stitches’ blasts into the eardrums with a fierce power. (ML)

M(h)aol – ‘Bored Of Men’
I said on our recent Soho Radio show that this single from Irish post punks M(h)aol should be the new intro song for Love Island, and I stand by it. Vocalist Roisin’s frustration is palpable as she delivers her candid lyrics, underscored by a cacophony of abrasive riffs and thumping beats. I’m looking forward to hearing this live when the band play at The Grace in Islington on 29th August. (KC)

Self Esteem – ‘I Do This All The Time’
I just wanted to pay homage to Sheffield based Self Esteem as I am finally seeing her live this weekend at Deershed Festival and I CANNOT WAIT! Having been pretty addicted to her empowering and poignant album Prioritise Pleasure, and watched her incredible set from Glastonbury on iPlayer, I am massively excited. I also wanted to dedicate this track to my awesome GIHE team mates and leave you with Self Esteem’s inspiring lyrics: “Be very careful out there / Stop trying to have so many friends / Don’t be intimated by all the babies they’ve had / Don’t be embarrassed that all you’ve had is fun. Prioritise Pleasure.” (ML)

Chorusgirl – ‘Don’t Go Back To ’89’
Having announced the much-anticipated (by me in particular!) release of her third album this Autumn, Silvi Wersing – aka Chorusgirl – has now shared her first new single in a few years, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Flowing with a majestic, swirling grace, ‘Don’t Go Back To ’89‘ poignantly reflects on feelings of nostalgia and hopelessness. Propelled by a shimmering splendour and glistening celestial charm, it’s a beautiful slice of jangly dream-pop, sparkling with a glowing summer haze, whilst tinged with stirring undertones of darkness. (ML)

Nikki & The Waves – ‘E.L.C’
Manchester band Nikki & The Waves will be headlining our next gig at The Victoria on 12th August and I can’t wait! With their trademark funk-fuelled groove and vibrant energy, this track – paying ode to ‘exceptionally lovely courduroy’ – showcases all there is to love about the band. Supporting Nikki & The Waves on 12th August will be First Frontier and Panic Pocket – get your tickets on DICE here(ML)

TU3SDAY – ‘Evil Eye’
Utilising their experiences as a black, queer, non-binary and disabled musician into their own brand of electronic sounds, Jae Tallawah aka TU3SDAY is committed to breaking boundaries in music. This track ‘Evil Eye’ is a superb example of their altruistic energy. (KC)

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – ‘Cliché’ (Soulwax Remix)
Absolutely love these two, and it was a total pleasure interviewing Charlotte earlier this year about their album Topical Dancer. This week they unveiled this epic remix of Cliché by Soulwax! If you get the chance to watch them live, grab it with both hands – it is a night to remember. (TW)

Lynks – ‘Hey Joe (Relax)’
This single came out in March this year but I’ve been playing this over and over these last couple of months, as a staple on one of my summer playlists called Buzzzzzy. Which I think is a perfect way to describe that song, from an artist who consistently brings us tongue-in-cheek queer bangers for the ‘others’. (TW)

Bonnie Banane – ‘CDA’
‘CDA’ was my Track of the Show on this month’s Get In Her Ears show on Soho Radio, it comes from French alt pop singer Bonnie Banane. I’m going to let the track do the talking. All you need to know from me is that I love it. (TW)

Gemma Cullingford – ‘New Day’
Gemma Cullingford (of GIHE faves Sink Ya Teeth) has now shared a brand new offering ahead of her upcoming album release in September. Reflecting on night terrors that we can all experience even as adults, and the optimism that the morning can bring, ‘New Day’ delivers a blissfully shimmering soundscape evoking a nostalgic energy. A truly euphoric summer anthem. I can’t wait for Gemma to play a joint headline show for us with Alice Hubble at Shackewell Arms on 10th September, with support from Yay Maria. Tickets here. (ML)

Maria Uzor – ‘Winner’ (feat. Emily Winng)
Featuring vocals from Emily Winng, I can’t get enough of this track’s propulsive, immersive beats and frenzied, whirring splendour. An alluring summer anthem for all those who like a bit of electro scuzz with their sunshine. (ML)

AGAAMA – ‘Which Way’
Birmingham-based artist, composer, vocalist and producer AGAAMA blends elements of industrial pop, jazz and rave on this beguiling, fluid track. She studied classical trombone as a teenager, sang in Church on Sundays and spent her Saturday nights raving to UK bass music or in the middle of a mosh pit at a metal gig. These experiences have shaped her eclectic sounds, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from her in the future. (KC)

Hannah Schneider – ‘It’s The Season’
The new single from Danish artist, and one half of duo AyOwA, Hannah Schneider, ‘It’s The Season’ offers a perfectly celestial soundscape, reflecting on the high expectations of summer and the disappointment this can sometimes bring. I just love it’s dreamy, ethereal haze and soothing euphoric grace. if you want more blissful summer tunes, check out the guest Sedated Summer Sounds Playlist that Hannah put together for us on the website now – I’ve had it on repeat over the last couple of weeks, it’s just perfect for this weather! (ML)

Damsel Elysium – ‘Echoes of Lalia’
One for the headphones! Experimental sound composer Damsel Elysium created this track to try and express what it’s like to be a neurodivergent artist existing in a hectic world. ‘Echoes of Lalia’ is made up of voice, double bass, violin, piano and original field recordings taken from Damsel’s day in the city. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but I’m always impressed by artists who manipulate and mutate sounds to reflect their inner thoughts, and that’s exactly what Damsel does here. (KC)

PLAYLIST: July 2021

The GIHE team have unearthed some more new music gems for you to listen to on our July Playlist! There’s an eclectic mix of alternative tunes, synth-pop bangers and raucous guitar anthems for you to enjoy. Take some time to scroll through our track choices below and make sure you hit play on the Spotify playlist at the end of this post.

Follow GIHE on Spotify to hear all of our previous playlists too.

Amy Winehouse – ‘Me & Mr Jones’
“What kind of fuckery is this?” – one of my all time favourite lyrics, courtesy of Amy Winehouse. This month marked ten years since her untimely death and gave us all a chance to reflect on her iconic musical legacy. Charming, intelligent and rib-achingly funny, but simultaneously plagued by addiction, alcoholism and bulimia, Amy Winehouse’s altruistic talent is one that simply can’t be rivalled. RIP Amy. (Kate Crudgington)

Babeheaven – ‘Lovefool’ (The Cardigans Cover)
Babeheaven are a band who do wonders with their covers and this one is no exception. Singer Nancy Andersen’s voice just beautifully falls over the music every time, the perfect accompaniment to this sweltering summer where we just have to slow down. (Tash Walker)

Abra – ‘Roses’
This song has been spinning its way around all of my playlists over the last month. Released back in 2015, I always have space for a return listen for Abra. The way a song sounds six years later is part of the beauty of it, especially the lyrics on this one – “You taste best when you are in full bloom” – turn up your dials for a big slice of distilled electro pop. (TW)

Evil House Party – ‘Head Held High’
I love this captivating synth-pop tune from Copenhagen-based duo Evil House Party. Taken from their debut EP Grand Theft Audio, which is set for release on 24th September via Third Coming Records, the track is a heady, bittersweet reflection on personal uncertainty and laments the struggle of trying to survive in the real world whilst also trying to fulfil your dreams. (KC)

Maria Uzor – ‘Innocence’
The latest solo release of Maria Uzor (also one half of GIHE faves Sink Ya Teeth), ‘Innocence’ offers an other-worldly soundscape propelled by glitchy electronic hooks and drum ‘n’ bass reminiscent beats. Interweaving a whirring ethereal splendour with shades of the likes of Grimes with a unique soul-fused drive, I just can’t get enough of its blissful, euphoric energy and bewitching allure. Innocence And Worldliness, the upcoming EP from Maria Uzor, is set for release on 27th August. (Mari Lane)

John Glacier – ‘Icing’
This song! Coming in at 1.44 a song has never left me desperate for more, obsessed is an understatement. East London’s John Glacier released this as a teaser from the forthcoming 12-track project SHILOH: Lost For Words, due on 30th July. (TW)

Moor Mother ft. lojii – ‘Shekere’
Having released her debut album Fetish Bones back in 2016, musician-poet-artist-workshop facilitator Camae Ayewa – aka Moor Mother – has now announced her upcoming new album, Black Encyclopedia Of The Air. Taken from the album, latest single ‘Shekere’ features Philadelphia rapper lojii and is propelled by a stripped-back, jazz-infused musicality as it oozes a swirling, stirring allure and immersive, soulful drive. As poetically poignant lyricism is set against the captivating flow of the instrumentation, an exquisitely enthralling, and undeniably necessary, battle-cry is created. Black Encyclopedia Of The Air, the upcoming album from Moor Mother, is set for release on 17th September via ANTI-. (ML)

Witch Prophet – ‘Makda’
I have Tash to thank for introducing me to the majestic sounds of Ethio queer hip-hop fusion artist Witch Prophet. ‘Makda’ is a celebration of the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba and the accompanying video for the track is all about showcasing “the power of Black women and mothers.” (KC)

Piroshka – ‘V.O’
Taken from Piroshka’s brand new album, Love Drips and Gathers, ‘V.O’ offers a poignant tribute to 4AD’s late in-house art director and graphic designer Vaughan Oliver. A swirling, ethereal soundscape, sparkling with a captivating, shoegaze-tinged splendour, the track reflects not only on Miki Berenyi’s memories of Vaughan, but also her experience of attending his funeral last year – with many of the lyrics inspired by speeches that she heard on the day. Find out more about Piroshka and their new album in our recent interview with Miki here. (ML)

Praises – ‘A World On Fire’
This shadowy track by Toronto-based Praises is such a hypnotising listen. The new project of Jesse Crowe (formerly one-half of Beliefs), ‘A World On Fire’ “imagines a diaspora and a war, whilst tackling other ideas of mortality, identity and love.” The track is taken from Praises’ upcoming EP, EP4, which is set for release on 5th August via Hand Drawn Dracula. (KC)

Tirzah – ‘Tectonic’
Anyone who knows me/has asked me what I’m listening to over the last couple of years will have given you one answer: TIRZAH. She’s recently announced the release of her new album Colourgrade which I am counting down the days to. This song ‘Tectonic’ is totally hypnotic, starting with a conflicting drone before her vocals arrive, rougher than we’re used to, all adding to the music’s intensity – and don’t even get me started on the lyrics. Needless to say, this track gives me FEELS. (TW)

Täpp – ‘Aquaria’
The latest release from Jazztronica/hip hop/ classical collective Täpp, led by classically trained jazz violinist Rebekah Reid. This track is lifted from their debut album, named after the winner of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race – ‘Aquaria’ is an anthem created to empower women, transgender/gender non-conforming people and the LGBTQ+ community, encouraging them to step into their light and “shine like the gifts they are to the world.” Can’t argue with that. (TW)

Tiiva – ‘Bones’
Is it even a GIHE playlist if I don’t include a Tiiva track? I’m a big fan of all their releases so far and ‘Bones’ is no exception. The London-based producer has crafted another captivating soundscape full of atmospheric beats, hushed vocals and summery synth sounds. (KC)

Planningtorock – ‘Gay Dreams Come True’
This song gives nothing but pure gay joy, a pleasure to hear it pouring out of any speakers. Planningtorock has to be the most consistent creator of absolute dance tunes right now. I LOVE IT. What vibes, what fun. (TW)

cheeky – ‘SPADES’
cheeky is a classically trained pianist, queer non-binary producer based in Philadelphia. This track ‘SPADES’ is taken from their recent EP The Tower. Constructed of mostly percussive sounds sampled from their piano, cheeky says this song is “about struggling with self love.” Definitely check out their new EP, it’s a bittersweet exploration of their musical influences and includes a bewitching cover of ‘Nightingale’ from Disney’s Cinderella. (KC)

FLOSSING – ‘SWITCH’
FLOSSING is the new project from Heather Elle, formerly of Bodega and The Wants. I love her candid, moody sound on her debut single ‘SWITCH’, which explores her own sexuality and “the deviant nature of men.” I can’t wait to hear her new EP Queen Of The Mall, which is set for release on 10th September. (KC)

Ailsa Tully – ‘Sheets’
Ahead of the release of a new EP next month, Welsh artist Ailsa Tully recently shared poignant single ‘Sheets’. Flowing with a shimmering, stripped back musicality, ‘Sheets’ combines lilting melodies with Tully’s crystalline, honey-sweet vocals. Oozing an immersive, delicate emotion and sparkling grace, there is something uniquely captivating about the juxtaposition of the vocals and the rippling instrumentation; the gentle build up and crescendo evoking images of waves delicately crashing against swathes of sand. Holy Isle, the upcoming EP from Ailsa Tully, is set for release 20th August via Dalliance Recordings. (ML)

CMAT – ‘2 Wrecked 2 Care’
Irish pop sensation CMAT says this song is based around the idea of what “would have happened if Sheryl Crow ever had to work in a TK Maxx” – absolute lols. I love everything CMAT creates and I can’t wait to see her live for the first time at her sold out show at The Troubadour in November. (KC)

Bad Waitress – ‘Strawberry Milkshake’
The latest single from Toronto based Bad Waitress, ‘Strawberry Milkshake’ blasts into the ears with pulsating hooks and thrashing beats, as Kali-Ann Butala’s seething vocals soar with a riotous power. Propelled by a gritty energy and frenzied, empowering drive, it’s a wonderfully sinister – hell-raisingly raucous yet fuzzily catchy – punk-fuelled anthem. Of the track, the band comment: “Strawberry Milkshake’ is saccharine sweet, milky pink terror. On the surface it’s sexy and enticing – but there’s a poisonous sludge bubbling just beneath.” No Taste, the debut album from Bad Waitress, is set for release on 3rd September. (ML)

Pretty Happy – ‘Sudocream’
Centered around the Cork-centric story of a girl who is suffering from alcohol poisoning in the Mercy Hospital whilst her partner sits across the road in the Franciscan Well pub, Pretty Happy’s ‘Sudocream’ kicks and screams with the kind of frustration, panic and anxiety that can’t be soothed by the childhood medicinal staple it’s named after. It’s a frantic, witty, cathartic burst of art punk noise from the Cork trio, lifted from their recent EP Sluggers Bridge, released via Art For Blind Records. (KC)

My Idea – ‘Stay Away Still’
The latest single from New York duo Nate Amos and Lily Konigsberg – aka My Idea – ‘Stay Away Still’ is a perfectly jangly slice of lo-fi, indie-pop. I’m a big fan of this track’s luscious, sunny melodies and the way it juxtaposes a deadpan wit with a dreamy, twinkling energy. ‘Stay Away Still’ has been released with accompanying single ‘That’s My Idea’ ahead of the duo’s debut EP, set for release on 30th July. (ML)

Softcult – ‘Spit It Out’
I’m a big fan of this lush, swirling guitar tune from Canadian duo Softcult. Formed of Ontario-based twins Phoenix and Mercedes Arn Horn, this new single gently encourages listeners to face up to, and reject their unconscious bias. Check out the accompanying video for it here. (KC)

Meggie Brown – ‘Dusty Smells’
The first song to be taken from London-based Meggie Brown’s upcoming new EP, ‘Dusty Smells’ is a nostalgia-inducing anthem for anyone struggling with their identity. With shades of the likes of Aussie fave Courtney Barnett, it juxtaposes Brown’s deadpan-yet-poetic reflections with a sparkling musicality as scuzzy hooks flow with a lilting energy, offering an uplifting glimmer of hope. Of the track, Brown – who has recently come out as transgender – explains: “Coming to terms with one’s gender identity has been both beautiful and challenging during this lockdown. When I wrote and recorded ‘Dusty Smells’ I wanted it to match through sound how non-binary those emotions and realisations were.” HOME, the upcoming EP from Meggie Brown, is set for release later this year. (ML)

th’sheridans – ‘Awesome Summers & Kate’
The latest single from indie-pop duo th’sheridans, ‘Awesome Summers & Kate’ is taken from their upcoming career-spanning compilation. Propelled by scuzzy hooks, jangly drum-machine induced beats and a swirling, danceable energy, it reflects on the tentative anticipation of possibilities as restrictions start to lift. With shades of the stripped-back hype-pop/dance-punk of Le Tigre, it offers a perfect smattering of effervescent euphoria – something that is much needed in these uncertain times. Pieces Of General, the upcoming compilation album from th’sheridans, is set for release on 10th September via Reckless Yes. (ML)

Death Valley Girls – ‘Sanitarium Blues’
A refreshingly honest reflection on mental health struggles, Death Valley Girls’ latest single ‘Sanitarium Blues’ was inspired by vocalist Bonnie Bloomgarden’s stay at a professional institution amidst a serious battle with her own mental health. Propelled by the soaring, gritty power of Bloomgarden’s vocals, it’ll soak you in its fierce, reverb-strewn riffs that rage with a frenzied, angsty drive. Oozing a sludgey, grunge-fuelled fuzz with a swirling psychedelic allure, it’s an instantly bewitching and eerily immersive creation. Street Venom, the re-issued album, is set for release on 30th July via Suicide Squeeze Records. (ML)

Ms White – ‘Fuck Men’
I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of Ms White until recently, when Belfast artist F.R.U.I.T.Y thankfully introduced me to her by including this track in their recent Five Favourites feature for us. A wonderfully empowering anthem from the Trans artist, the name really speaks for itself: I challenge you to listen to this and not feel motivated and ready to face the world. (ML)