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The Midweek Mix – 16/09/15 – Live Lounge Special

Long gone are the days when I’d listen to Radio 1’s Live Lounge every morning of the school holidays or over revision during study leave, but I have been loving Live Lounge month so, in its honour, here are some of the best LL covers from this year!

Wolf Alice – Steal My Girl (One Direction)

Nobody expected Wolf Alice to cover One Direction, but here they are with maximum echo.

Slaves – Go (The Chemical Brothers)

Slaves are masters of the cover version. They make every song sound like their own. See also: Skepta’s Shut Down Slaves-style.

Chvrches – Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake)

A Noughties classic turns Scottish and synthtastic.

Lucy Rose – Bad Blood (Taylor Swift)

Taylor Swift has been covered a lot in the Live Lounge recently, but this beautiful, simple cover of Bad Blood is my favourite by far. I particularly love the change from ‘band aids’ to ‘plasters’.

Ella Henderson – Hold Back the River (James Bay)

Finally, a cover that is far from inventive, but is brilliant anyway. Ella Henderson is very easy to love — Ghost is the only good song I can remember coming out of The X Factor in recent years — and a great voice plus a great song always equals greatness!

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The Midweek Mix – 12/08/15

Here are the five songs you need to hear this week:

Chvrches – Leave a Trace

I have high hopes for Chvrches’ new album. Leave A Trace didn’t blow me away on first listen but it has slowly crept into my mind and taken camp there. They’ve just announced their biggest London gig to date – at Ally Pally – and I really hope to be there.

Kid Wave – Honey

I discovered Kid Wave at Tramlines and they should definitely be seen live. They are an incredibly tight band and I was bopping along as if I’d been listening to them for years.

Disclosure – Omen ft. Sam Smith

It was never going to live up to Latch, but this is another great collaboration from Disclosure and Sam Smith that you can expect to hear on repeat in every shopping centre up and down the UK.

Slaves – Sockets

We all know that I love Slaves. My boyfriend has been singing the lyrics “It wasn’t her fault, she made sugar taste like salt” on a loop for the last month and yet I still haven’t got bored of hearing Sockets and watching the slightly gross, slightly mad and slightly genius video. They are the face of British punk in 2015.

Stealing Sheep – Not Real

After missing Stealing Sheep at Field Day, I was very glad to catch them at Tramlines. All my initial hesitation (primarily a result of their more ‘quirky’ videos) was quickly thrown to the side during their first song. Again, definitely a band that need to be seen live to be fully appreciated, but Not Real captures something of what I love about them.

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The Midweek Mix – 22/07/15 – Tramlines Special

I’m escaping to my hometown of Sheffield this weekend for Tramlines festival. Here are five reyt good acts not to miss if you’re headed there too. Now get me a bottle of Hendo’s and I’ll be on my way.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Nowhere to Run

Motown legend, Martha Reeves, is hitting the Tramlines main stage at age 74 and I cannot wait. I’m even willing to sacrifice seeing Slow Club for her! Nowhere to Run is an absolute classic and I’ve had it in my head ever since it was announced she’d be playing.

Ghostpoet – Sorry My Love, It’s You Not Me

Ghostpoet is the first act of the weekend and I’m really excited to see him live. He’s a great experimenter, and an even better storyteller.

Slaves – Feed the Mantaray

Slaves are simultaneously hilarious and brilliant. Their sets always look so fun and I fully intend to display some mantaray dance moves in the crowd.

Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh

Our Saturday night headliners are going to throw me right back to my teenage years. The part of my brain still stuck in 2005 can remember all the words to Oh My Gosh and the accompanying dance moves that my friend and I created. It might take more than a couple of drinks for those moves to be revealed on Saturday night though…

Kate Tempest – Circles

Kate Tempest is a poet, playwright and rapper. Her spoken word performances are incredible and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage on Sunday.

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The Midweek Mix – 01/07/15 – Glastonbury Highlights

This week’s Midweek Mix is dedicated to the wonder that is Worthy Farm! Here are my top ten Glastonbury 2015 sets:

Jungle – Platoon
Jungle are a great festival band, and the child breakdancer made them even more entertaining than usual.

Patti Smith – People Have the Power
In a set very similar to the one I saw at Field Day, Patti Smith took us back to a time when music felt more revolutionary! She seemed very at home at Glastonbury.

Wolf Alice – Bros
Fresh from their debut album release, Wolf Alice delivered a more confident performance than last year’s John Peel Stage set, complete with plenty of crowd surfing!

Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
There’s something about seeing so many people moving together that always gives me the goosebumps!

Slaves – The Hunter
Slaves are just hilarious.

Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck
It was great to see Florence bounding around the stage again, post-foot injury, and I loved her shout out to Dave Grohl in the form of a Times Like These cover.

Courteeners – Not Nineteen Forever
I almost broke my toe dancing around my room to Not Nineteen Forever during Glasto 2014, and they delivered another fun set this year!

Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
A very calm but powerful performance from Ben Howard.

The Chemical Brothers – Saturate
Not my usual taste, but I remain totally mesmerised by The Chemical Brothers’ light show.

The Who – My Generation
Bringing Sunday night to a close, you can’t really go wrong with The Who… even all these years later!

The Midweek Mix will be taking a little break next week, but you can get your weekly music fix watching the full Glastonbury sets over on iPlayer!

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The Midweek Mix – 24/06/15 – Best Albums of 2015 (so far!)

We’re halfway through 2015, so this week’s Midweek Mix is dedicated to my favourite albums of the year so far!

Wolf Alice – Freazy
From My Love is Cool

Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man
From How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town
From The Desired Effect

Slaves – Live Like an Animal
From Are You Satisfied?

Drenge – Running Wild
From Undertow

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The Midweek Mix – 13/05/15

Here are the five songs you need to hear this week:

Cattle & Cane – Come Home

I was obsessed with Sold My Soul back in 2012, so I’m very glad to see some new material from these Teesside siblings. With their debut album out in the autumn, this might just be their year.

Brandon Flowers – Lonely Town

Brandon Flowers seems to have really found his solo sound with his second album and is drawing on classic 80s hits and his beloved Pet Shop Boys for some electro-inspiration. I am loving synth-filled Lonely Town.

Peace – Gen Strange

Despite being released back in February, the funky Gen Strange is going to sound so good in the sun. Watch out for Peter Crouch in the video.

Slaves – Cheer Up London

Slaves’ video appropriately appeared online last Friday when there were many post-election glum faces on the tube.

Cheer up London! Mind the gap!

Of Monsters and Men – Crystals

I adore Of Monsters and Men’s first album and I’m so excited for their second. The beautiful vocals coming out of the bearded man in this video send shivers down my spine. Wonderful.

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BBC Sound of 2015 – Top Picks

With only a couple of days to go until the BBC Sound of 2015 top spot is announced, here are my top five picks from this year’s nominees:


Kwabs is 2015’s answer to Sohn. Big, soulful, bass-heavy vocals coupled with synthetic beats. A genuinely interesting sound, which is exactly what this list should be about.


The internet is all over Holly Fletcher, aka Låpsley, and for good reason. Think writing your essay in the library at 4am, think late nights at work, think staying out all night and catching the first eerily empty tube home, think sleepless nights. This is the best combination of beautiful vocals and bedroom mixing for the perfect late night atmosphere.

Rae Morris

Rae Morris has already found herself in the spotlight thanks to collaborations with Clean Bandit, but she’s now proving that she’s got her own thing going on. Disappointingly, her voice seems to be better than some of her songs, but there’s something gripping about Do You Even Know? that is screaming out potential.


Where’s Your Car Debbie? has been going around my head for months and I love it. Following in the footsteps of Drenge and Royal Blood in the current trend of ‘two men making loads of noise’, these guys are welcome to attempt to burst my eardrums whenever they please. I can’t wait to catch them live.

Wolf Alice

No surprises here! Wolf Alice have been a huge part of the soundtrack to my 2013 and 2014, and with their debut album finally on the way this year, I won’t be falling out of love with them any time soon. Once you hear Giant Peach live at one of their gigs, you will know it to be true: Wolf Alice are The Sound of 2015.

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