listen up: our uk playlist
posted: March 21, 2014
We’re chuffed to be landing across the pond on March 28th with our new store opening in London’s Covent Garden! To celebrate, back in Vancouver we’re rocking out Brit-style from London to Liverpool with a playlist crafted by our in-house specialists. ‘Av a listen, mate.
There are more than 50 songs to get down to on this playlist, but here are a few of our favourites:
This new(ish) Manchester four-piece’s playful and catchy indie guitar hooks paired with their simple-yet-effective style will have you hitting repeat. It’s the perfect sunshine-will-be-back-soon track.
This North London girl’s EPs are filled with hateful jolly melodies, but they sure are catchy. The quaint, plinky-plonky melody is sure to have you,”doo doo doo, da doo doo-ing,” for the rest of your day.
Queen ft. David Bowie
This gem is the result of an unplanned jam session between the four members of Queen and Davie Bowie. Bowie was in the studio to sing backing vocals on another Queen song “Cool Cat.” With passions high and a 24-hour session fueled by cocaine and wine (it was the early 1980s after all), this track was born.
Dance Wiv Me
What’s up darlin’? Dizzee’s South London twang paired with (dare I say) one of the catchiest (grime) beats of this decade, will have you at least bopping your head to this catchy track.
Passenger ft. Ed Sheeran
Hearts on Fire
This tender duet between longtime friends Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) and Ed Sheeran is the ultimate acoustic collaboration with vocals stripped down to the bare essentials. The music and words written by the sweet-sounding man hailing from Brighton coupled with the raw vocals of Suffolk-raised Sheeran put together are simply magical.
Bombay Bicycle Club
These boys got together at 15, and named themselves after a chain of Indian restaurants in Britain. Coincidentally this breezy track, which takes a modern twist on indie music, has some South Asian influence; it was recorded while the band was traveling. It’ll leave you in the best of moods.
In My Life
John attempted a song that would read like an imaginary bus trip from his boyhood home to the center of Liverpool, describing all his childhood haunts and lamenting the changes time had brought on, according to one review. Apparently it didn’t go over so well the first time around and was set aside, but was revisited a year later and—with some help from Paul—it was perfected.
The innocent keyboard chime, paired with quaint xylophone sounding keys and haunting male-female vocal interaction make this the perfect tune for a quiet night in, with someone more or less on your same wavelength.
Noah and the Whale
Five Years Time
This London-based indie-folk quartet has a rootsy sound filled with chirpy bells and whistles. In frontman Charlie Fink’s own words, this song has, “the ability to produce joy in people who hear it.” It is fun, fun, fun.