On Repeat: My 2016 Soundtrack So Far.

I haven’t done an On Repeat post for months! We’re well overdue an update. If you’re new around these parts, On Repeat is an ongoing series where I share albums – old and new – that I can’t get enough of.

The past 5 months have been hard for music fans. From the despicable terrorist attacks in Paris to the deaths of musical legends David Bowie and Motorhead’s Lemmy, we need music therapy now more than ever. I’ve found myself falling in love with old albums all over again as well as seeking out more experimental stuff, and I’ve even gone as far as (shock horror!) finally getting around to listening to Justin Bieber. Apart from Baby, I’d somehow managed to avoid listening to him until a few months back, but you know, it wasn’t the hellish experience I’d expected and I ended up playing Where Are Ü Now every day for weeks.

I wanted to list so many more but this post would of gone on way too long, so here are five of my most listened to albums of 2016 so far.

Grimes – Art Angels

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Stream on Apple Music.

Genre: Art Pop/Synth Pop
Best for: If you’re feeling fragile and need a lift this is your painkiller.
How you’ll feel: Lighter, happier, stronger!

Highlights:
Track 4 – Flesh Without Blood: Imagine 80s Malibu Barbie has had a massive falling out with her plastic fake friends and she’s decided to go her own way.
Track 7 – Kill V, Maim: A middle finger to abusive men, or maybe male privilege? I have no idea. It’s really catchy though.
Track 12 – Venus Fly: You’ll feel the urge to turn up the volume. A song about objectification of women in music. This song has some serious bass! Think Boom Boom Pow by Black eyed Peas or Who Run The World by Beyonce.

Peaches – Rub 

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Stream on Apple Music

(VERY NSFW lyrics and video. You have been warned…)

Genre: Electro/Techno/Synth Pop
Best for: When you’re feeling primal! (Also makes great background music for writing work).
How you’ll feel: Liberated! Peaches has been pushing the boundaries of feminism and gender for over a decade and she does it so well.

Highlights:

Track 2 – Rub: Gender fluid Peaches gives a lesson in sexual freedom.
Track 5 – Sick In The Head: Punkiest track from the album. You’ll want to jump around to this one.
Track 8 – Vaginaplasty: A song about being proud of having a big vagina. Really.
Track 9 – Light In Places: Feels slightly out of place compared to the full frontal sexual theme of the rest of the album, but a really gorgeous disco-esque sound.

David Bowie – Blackstar

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Stream on Apple Music

Genre: Experimental rock/Jazz/Electron/Bowie
Best for: You’re armed with your headphones and you want to listen to something deep, alone.
How you’ll feel: In awe of Bowie’s bravery and artistic legacy.

Highlights:
Track 1 – Blackstar: This track is Bowie in a nutshell. Listen alone with your eyes closed and let the music guide you on a haunting 10 minute journey through different musical landscapes. Pure magic.
Track 3 – Lazerus: The context is what makes this song the highlight of Blackstar. In the somewhat cryptic video for Lazerus – released just 3 days before he passed away – Bowie foreshadows his own tragic demise in a harrowing but honest depiction of his death. He starts with fear and desperation at the beginning of the song and fades out with acceptance of his fate. I cried. A lot.
Track 4 – Sue (Or In A Season of Crime): Doing a complete emotional U-turn from Lazerus (the song), this high paced number from Bowies stage play, Lazerus (the stage play) is given a drum and bass makeover for Blackstar.

Tricot – A N D

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Stream on Apple Music

Genre: Math rock.
Best for: You want to be taken far away from a boring task; driving, cleaning, repetitive work etc.
How you’ll feel: For an album I literally don’t understand, this band cheers me up no end.

Highlights:
Track – E: That bassline!
Track – Niwa: Those drums!
Track – CBG: Those vocals!

Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool.

wolf alice my love is cool album art cover

Stream on Apple Music

Genre: Alternative Rock.
Best for: You’ve just woken up and you’re having problems adjusting to reality. This album will ease you in to the day.
How you’ll feel: Grounded, centred and most importantly, awake!

Highlights:
Track – Turn to Dust: The beautiful vocals make this the perfect song to listen to at the beginning of the day.
Track – Your Loves Whore: You’ll be left panging for the 90s, in the best possible way.
Track – Giant Peach: One of the more powerful rock tracks off the album.
Track – Fluffy: Like early Foo Fighters? You’ll love this track.

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What have you been listening to? If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out.

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  • Candy Kage

    Not my choices of music but still interesting.

  • Rhian Westbury

    I love Wolf Alice and of course Bowie but never heard of the other ones. x

  • I haven’t heard of any of these albums, except David Bowie. I have to admit that is not my type of music x

    Celia
    http://www.brandobeauty.uk

  • Nice choices – love wolf alice!

  • Dia

    Thanks for sharing your playlist. I hadn’t heard of most of it but I’m always up to trying new music 🙂 I’ve been in a bit of a older music the past few weeks like The Smiths.

  • some good tracks here!

  • Some of these are brand new to me so I’ll check them out. Your descriptions are awesome; “Malibu Barbie has a massive falling out with her fake friends”. Love it!

  • I think I must be getting old I have never listened to any of these tracks. They have very descriptive song titles.

  • Great picks, I love Grimes!

  • Leanne Dolan

    I haven’t listened to any of these before. Even bowie! Shameful isn’t it!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    The only one I have heard of it David Bowie – who I love. It’s such a shame that he died, but so many more people are discovering his music now which is great.

  • Lots of new recommendations to listen to, thank you!

  • I haven’t heard of most of these, I’ll have to check them out!

  • Angela Milnes

    this is really weird but kind of cool i like the and tricot. the hair art is cool!

  • Great list of CDs here!!

  • I have a few songs on my re-peat too 🙂 I loveeeeee Citizen Cope!

  • My Unsettling Life

    Oh my goodness, I am so not updated, I haven’t heard any of those before!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I havent listed to a single one of these, I am so not with it when it comes to music x

  • I so need to get up to date with the latest music I am so out of date these days

  • Louise

    Love this post, I’ll definitely be adding a few of these tracks to my March playlist x

  • There are some really interesting topics discussed in these albums. I hadn’t heard of Tricot before.

  • Elizabeth

    Interesting album covers, these! Goodness! What am I listening to? BBC Radio 2. (I’m old!) 😉

  • You know, I haven’t been paying much attention to what I listen to lately, some radio station or Pandora is playing in the background and I go about my multitasking. I need to get back to paying ‘attention’ to music again. I am adding some of these to my list, haven’t even heard of some. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Jessica

    Great choices. Definitely Love is Cool should be on your list! 😉

  • Lovely picks here. Not heard most of them so off to have a listen.

  • Why don’t I know any of these songs?! I feel like I’m always out of the loop with music >.< Will be checking Tricot out!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Really good roundup. It’s always great to find some new tracks to listen to 🙂

  • Tori Gabriel

    Blackstar had to be on there. We have lost a music legend.

  • Cassandra Mayers

    I haven’t listened to much music for a while. I sure you have heard of some of my Music loves before. Like Portishead, Goldfrapp. Oh land is one of my favourites bands. Especially her song My Wolf and I

    • I’ve heard a lot of Goldfrapp but need to listen to more Portishead. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  • how disturbing is that album cover for peaches – rub?! some good picks though

  • kitty kaos

    I love peaches she is amazing! Have you seen her live?

    • No! Have you? I’d love to. Her live shows look insane!

  • Awesome suggestions, always looking for new music to listen too so will get looking on spotify for these albums x

  • I love Artangels so, SO much. Grimes really came through on this album! Gutted I missed her live.

    • I missed her too :'( I’m so out of the live music scene atm. I need more gigs!