What’s in your Earphones? – Jess H’s January Playlist

January is an odd month for me. The first half is cold, grey and full of exam stress and the second half is cold, grey and finally my birthday! This month I’ve been making a massive party playlist for my 21st and have also been looking back at my music highlights from 2017.

Yoshemi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 – The Flaming Lips

When looking back at my music highlights from last year, Glastonbury has to be my favourite. I was able to see so many great bands but finally experiencing The Flaming Lips on stage was one of the best – and this song is an all time great.

High and Dry – Radiohead

Having missed the final part of Radiohead’s headline set to see The Flaming Lips, I was pretty bitter that I didn’t get to the see their mammoth finale. So I’ve been listening to their back catalogue ever since. High and Dry is the perfect song for a dreary January afternoon.

Oh George – Peaness

Peaness are a quirky trio from Chester who’s indie-pop songs could cheer anybody up, definitely needed in the post-Christmas limbo of January. Oh George is one of those songs that you’ll be singing for weeks after.

 Warts – Hinds

Hinds are another amazing trio who’s songs will transport you straight back to summer when you’ve had enough of this horribly grey month. ‘Warts’ is such an easy song to listen to with a beautiful melody and a fun jingly-jangly riff.

Scream – Goat Girl

Scream is the latest single from guttural guitar foursome Goat Girl and is a good example of their dark and grungy sound. They’re always worth checking out.

Bonfire – The Big Moon

The Big Moon were definitely a festival favourite for me last year. This track comes from their 2017 Mercury Prize nominated album Love in the 4th Dimension and it’s energetic guitars as well as the chant-like chorus make it a big crowd favourite.

Don’t Go Back at Ten – Girl Ray 

Another great song that has light, summery notes which may just help you escape your January blues.

One Rizla – Shame

Shame are a band that have recently been recommended to me and so far I’ve been impressed. This song was one of my favourites from their 2017 album Songs of Praise. Think Fat White Family/Moonlandingz vibes.

Dancing Queen – ABBA

As I mentioned I’ve been compiling a huge playlist recently for my 21st Birthday so I have been listening to a lot of classic party tunes. Can you get any more classic family party than ABBA?

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Another party classic.

Telephone Thing – The Fall

This song was recently added after the very sad passing of Mark E. Smith. The news made me revisit The Fall’s catalogue and I remember listening to this song for the first time and being very intrigued, thinking ‘wow, this is different’. Mark E. Smith was a cult hero and a huge influence to many of the bands we love today; he will be sadly missed.

Jess’ January playlist, and all our other playlists for that matter, are available on our Spotify account: ellipsismusicteam.

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