PLAYLIST: Transgender Awareness Week 2020

At Get In Her Ears, we stand every day with our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings. We support trans artists because they create some of our favourite music and because trans rights are human rights and until trans lives matter, no lives matter.

Transgender Awareness Week kicks off today (13th Nov) until the 19th November, ending with Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th November, so we’re highlighting some of the incredible transgender artists who regularly land on our turntables and blast out of our speakers. Listen to our playlist at the end of this post and keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts this week, as we’ll be posting about some of our favourite transgender artists over the next 7 days.

If you need support during Transgender Awareness Week, or at anytime in the future, you can always reach out to Switchboard LGBT+ via their website or by calling 0330 330 0630.

 

Mykki Blanco (feat. Princess Nokia) – ‘Wish You Would’
This is a song from an artist who I feel needs no introduction, a queer transgender pioneer who is doing amazing things for LGBTQ+ rights, as well as being open about their positive HIV status. Mykki Blanco is an incredible artist and I love their music. (Tash Walker)

Arca – ‘KLK’
Arca is a trailblazing trans artist who has been pushing boundaries in the electronica scene for years now. I love her music, especially right now where I cannot quite scratch that live gig rave itch. Turn this up loud, close your eyes and dance dance dance, you’ll feel free. (TW)

Mavi Phoenix – ‘Boys Toys’
Mavi Phoenix is someone that we interviewed a couple of years back now, but who spoke so eloquently about equality and the importance of queer music in the world. Phoenix has found a home in their new sound and also in the pronoun “he”. This track is taken from their debut album of the same name, which was released earlier this year. This is all about Phoenix being reborn, which is what happens in the accompanying music video to this track. ‘Boys Toys’ is as important as an exploration for Phoenix’s gender identity as it is for his artistic work. And on top of all that, it’s an absolute tune. Enjoy. (TW)

Grawl!x – ‘Epicene’
Having headlined the last gig we held at The Finsbury before the world changed forever, Grawl!x creates euphoric cinematic soundscapes filled with twinkling electronic hooks and spellbinding harmonies. Characterised by Maria’s distinctive impassioned vocals and a poignant stirring emotion, each offering from the Derby-based artist is utterly captivating. (Mari Lane)

Tokky Horror – ‘Simulate Me’
Dance-punk trio Tokky Horror are the perfect soundtrack for a lockdown 2.0 bedroom rave. ‘Stimulate Me’ is just one of the many TUNES this band have and I’m excited to hear more from them in 2021. (Kate Crudgington)

LOTIC – ‘Burn A Print’
Berlin-based artist & producer LOTIC’s mission is to “live life to the fullest by not giving a fuck about what anybody thinks”, something she clearly and defiantly communicates on this track. With a name that means to “to inhabit rapidly moving water”, Lotic’s chaotic yet fluid soundscapes truly embody her passionate, fighting spirit. (KC)

PET Wife – ‘B.L.O.O.D.O.R.A.N.G.E.’
I Love what I’ve heard from PET wife so far! I came across them only a couple of weeks ago. PET wife, are a trans/nonbinary couple and art-pop duo from Bushwick, Brooklyn. This single is accompanied by a music video that they describe as an homage to the vampire lesbian exploitation films of the 1970s, with an all-trans/gender non-conforming crew and queer cast. (TW)

Gordian Stimm – ‘Miscellaneous Body Parts’
There’s an enjoyable violence underscoring Gordian Stimm’s vision; a gleeful, sometimes painful dissecting of the self and the social cues that either help to construct or dismantle it. Their debut album Your Body In On Itself (released by Amateur Pop Incorporated) is a bold, surreal listen from a bold, surreal artist and one I highly recommend. (KC)

Anohni – ‘Why Did You Separate Me From The Earth?’
Anohni is a necessary and powerful voice that we need now more than ever. On identifying as transgender, Anohni once said in an interview with The Guardian: “I was never going to become a beautiful, passable woman, and I was never going to be a man… It’s a quandary. But the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it’s one of nature’s best ideas. What an incredible impulse that compels a five-year-old child to tell its parents it isn’t what they think it is. Given just a tiny bit of oxygen, those children can flourish and be such a gift. They give other people licence to explore themselves more deeply, allowing the colours in their own psyche to flourish.” (ML)

Kermes – ‘Yr Beast’
Self proclaimed “anxious rock for the gay agenda”, Leicester band Kermes address issues such as gender dysphoria, sexism and dysfunctional relationships, with their infectious emotion-strewn punk-pop oozing a raw, angst-driven energy and scuzzy shimmering power. Kermes feature on fantastic new compilation compiled by their label Amateur Pop Incorporated, including other favourites Gordian Stimm and Boarder. All We Want Is Everything is available now on bandcamp. (ML)

Bitch Hunt – ‘Spaceman’
London based all queer/non-binary band Bitch Hunt formed at First Timers Fest, and create catchy, scuzzy punk-pop. With a subtle tongue-in-cheek wit and the gritty deadpan vocals of front person Sian, ‘Spaceman’ is a spot-on reflection on the sickening arrogance of all those cis male ‘splainers and ‘spreaders we so often have to endure in our day to day lives. Check out the gorgeous split EP from Bitch Hunt and other faves adults, available on bandcamp now. (ML)

The Crystal Furs – ‘Too Kind To Be Cruel’
Oregon-based The Crystal Furs create sunny, queer indie-pop that’s set to uplift on each listen. As shimmering guitar and organ melodies flow alongside honey-sweet vocal harmonies, it’s just perfectly catchy, twinkling jangle-pop at its finest. Beautiful and True, the latest album from The Crystal Furs, is out now, with many tracks addressing queer rights and transgender identity. (ML)

T-Bitch – ‘Tranarchy’
Southend-based glam punks T-Bitch give just the right amount of fucks on ‘Tranarchy’, but most importantly – they’re here to be heard and have fun. (KC)

Claire Foxx & The Antisocial Justice Worriers – ‘(I Don’t Want Your) Germs’
Scottish punk singer & songwriter Claire Foxx released this track in September and it’s a riotous, tongue-in-cheek take-down of all things Covid-19 (with some fab sax solos in there too.) (KC)

 

Husk – ‘Below The Neck’
“I would never change being trans. I would never change being a trans musician. The industry should support us. Book us. Play us. Listen to us. We have so much to offer.” A poignant sentiment from Trans, non-binary artist Husk, who combines ’80s synth-pop nostalgia with fresh leftfield pop to create their signature sound. (ML)

SOPHIE – ‘Immaterial’
This track is taken from SOPHIE’s debut album and I love it. A pioneer of experimental music, often the producer behind so many other amazing tracks, remixes and artists. Described as disorientating latex pop which I think sums up my first experience of seeing SOPHIE live – intense at its best. (TW)

Jackie Shane – ‘Comin’ Down’
I can’t resist adding soul singer Jackie Shane to our playlists. Her wonderfully smooth vocals, sophisticated style and bravery and defiance in the face of transphobia in the early 60s make her a true GIHE icon. (KC)

Get In Her Ears w/ Grave Goods 24.09.20

Kate was back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week spinning loads of new tunes from women and non-binary artists, including tracks by People ClubPercolator, Dream Nails, Planningtorock, CMAT, Daniela Andrade, Penelope Trappes, Gazelle Twin and King Hannah.

She also caught up with Sarah, Lois and Phil from Grave Goods to talk about how the band first got together, and their recent contribution to an upcoming compilation album of Irish artists called A Litany Of Failures: Vol III, which is set for release on 2nd October.

Listen back here:

Tracklist
Noga Erez – YOU SO DONE
Æ MAK – hey driver (!)
CMAT – I Wanna Be a Cowboy, Baby!
Fenne Lily – I Used To Hate My Body But Now I Just Hate You
Everything and Everybody – Lifequake
Planningtorock – Transome
April – Watching You Disappear
Daniela Andrade – K.L.F.G
Aunty Social – Crack a Deal (jennylee remix)
Gazelle Twin – Glory
Penelope Trappes – Eel Drip
King Hannah – Creme Bruleé
Technoir – Haters Hate
Lucia & The Best Boys – Perfectly Untrue
Grave Goods – Juice
**Grave Goods interview**
Percolator – Freshin
GHXST – P.U.R.R
People Club – Lay Down Your Weapons
Grand Pax – Wavey
Potpourri – Postcards
Dream Nails – Kiss My Fist
Genevieve Miles – Magic Man
Voodoo Radio – Eat Your Words
Ultraísta – Tin King
Lady Gaga – 911
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Get In Her Ears w/ Julia-Sophie 17.09.20

Tash & Kate were back in the Hoxton Radio studio this week with loads of great new tunes. They played tracks by Nova Twins, CMAT, otta, Eilis Frawley, EFÉ, Cehryl, ZAND, Nayana Iz & more.

They also caught up with Julia-Sophie to talk about her latest single ‘breathe’, her debut EP Y?, and her recent airplay on Radio 6.

Listen back:

Tracklist
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way
Nova Twins – Play Fair
MJ Guider – FM Secure
ASHWARYA – BIRYANI
Cehryl – superbloom
Æ MAK – forevermorereplay
SHHE – BOY (Alva Noto Remix)
EFÉ – Table For Two
Jealous Of The Birds – Something Holy
Bad Honey – End of the World
Ella Grace – Pieces
ZAND – Slut Money
anrimeal – Marching Parades
Nayana Iz – Growing. Pains
Julia-Sophie – Breathe
**Julia-Sophie interview**
Asha Gold – Debut
Lili Grace – Silhouette
Otta – Just Like The Rain
Total Rubbish – Honey Ryder
MOURN – This Feeling Is Disgusting
CMAT – Another Day (kfc)
Mamalarky – Schism. Trek
Eilis Frawley – Stats
Synapson feat. Pongo – Lengueno
First Frontier – Take Cover
Anna Wolf – The Unfamiliar
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own

Get In Her Ears Returns 30.07.20

Tash & Kate were back in the studio together for the first time since the covid-19 lockdown began! They played loads of new tunes from wxmen in music and had a chat about how the pandemic has affected the live music industry to date.

Listen back here:

Tracklist
Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up (in memory of Denise Johnson)
Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink
Seraphina Simone – Cherry
Aislinn Logan – What Everybody’s After
fears – _two (Kobina Remix)
PELA – South Of
Brown Belt – Lamplight
Beabadoobee – Care
Nijuu – Blue
Jealous Of The Birds – Young Neanderthal
REWS – Today We’re Warriors
Suzie Stapleton – The Plague
Lorana – Countless First Times
Grizzly Coast – Lonely Planet
Tina Boonstra – Out Of My Depth
GIRLHOOD – The Love I Need
Tokky Horror – Girlracer
Nova Twins – Vortex
Chinwe – Sin
Otta – Just like the rain
Aphty Khéa – Pengvibe
The C33s – Harpurhey Hostility
Hawxx – Dogma
LibraLibra – Loverboy
Mieko Shimizu – Lazy Light
Sunday Driver – Time Machine
Notelle – Bugs
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own