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New Music We Love: Zara Larsson is improving our lives, we love Lennon Stella and Billie Eilish

19th October 2018 | Music

Some of the most exciting rising female vocalists to the centre of attention this week – with new Zara Larsson, Billie Eilish and Lennon Stella at the top of our list… whilst The 1975 release the least-pretentious single of this album campaign, so far.

Featured Song: Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life

We were just starting to miss ZaZa (our nickname for Zara Larsson… she doesn’t have a nickname for us, we’ve been led to believe) and here she is back with new music! 2017 was a big year for her, with album ‘So Good’ finally getting released with a string of massive singles including ‘I Would Like’, ‘So Good’ and ‘Only You’.

With ‘Ruin My Life’, Zaza has a genuine banger. It’s almost like she went into a factory and asked for a #1 factory… only it’s actually better than anything a factory could make because it’s personal, it tells a story, it isn’t just manufactured. In the song, Zara asks for someone (assumingly not us) to ruin her life, but this single is bringing our playlists back to life.


Other Good Ones

Lennon Stella – Breakaway: I mean, where do we start? When it comes to female artists we’re excited about, Lennon sits very high on our list. ‘Breakaway’ is far from her country roots but also shows a vulnerability and depth that was missing on her debut single ‘Bad’ (not ignoring the fact though that Bad was an absolute banger). We’re vibing to this one.

Billie Eilish – when the party’s over: It’s incredible to reckon with the fact that, whilst blowing up and becoming one of the biggest artists of a generation, Billie Eilish is still wearing her heart on her sleeve and releasing deeply personal music. She’s…

Switched On Pop | Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s

17th October 2018 | Music

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan conjure late 90s nostalgia in their latest banger. '1999' drips with lyrical nostalgia for the last decade of the millennium — but does the music follow suit? We think the pair are missing prime opportunities to bring back some neglected musical tricks from the early oeuvre of Britney Spears.

The 90s bug goes beyond Charli and Troye. Anne-Marie and Lauren Alaina also pine for the 90s in their millennial bops. Which makes one ask: is the present so bad that we miss the paranoia of two decades ago? As usual, Prince has the answer.

Songs Discussed:

Charli XCX - 1999 (feat. Trove Sivan)
DJ Bobo - Somebody Dance with Me
Real McCoy - Another Night
Paradisio - Bailando
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
Britney Spears - Oops! I Did it Again
Anne-Marie - 2002
Lauren Alaina - Ladies in the 90s
Prince - 1999

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan Love the 90s

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan conjure late 90s nostalgia in their latest banger. 1999 drips with lyrical nostalgia for the last decade of the millennium — but does the music follow suit? (37 minutes)

Watching The Throne | Violent Crimes: Real Life Awaits Us

16th October 2018 | Music

Watching The Throne is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. Hosts Travis and Chris go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind his albums.

For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does. Plus, there is a news show about Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay-Z. We look at the top 5 posts from Reddit's Kanye community, r/Kanye. And discuss other relevant Ye topics. And there's the interview series, My StorYe, where Travis and Chris interview people about their relationship with Kanye West.


At the end of The Holy Mountain — one of Kanye West's favorite movies — the Alchemist says, "We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us."

And now here, on the final song of 'ye', we find Kanye on the same journey. The colors are dripping off the dark fantasy set up on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and reality is settling in — and Kanye has discovered what that means for him as a father.


On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down 'Violent Crimes' line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point.

Violent Crimes: Real Life Awaits Us

On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down Violent Crimes line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point. (102 minutes)