Ain’t No Way – Aretha Franklin

Music lost an inimitable voice this week, Aretha Franklin was reported ‘gravely ill’ by sources close to her and passed away on Thursday 16th of August. She told the story and strife of so many hidden women in an age dominated by men and with the sheer power of her voice she held so much “influence across the landscape of American music, no matter the genre,” – Barack Obama. There will never be another one quite like her (especially one, that swans onto a stage in full sequin gown and fat off fur coat and belts out ‘You Make Me Feel’. I mean, come on). Rest in Peace.


Like a Prayer – Madonna

In a week full of of incredible female icons in the midst of it all Madonna turns 60. Her incredible influence on fashion, ageism and sexism in media will forever be appreciated (and under appreciated my so many). Madonna, thank you for your service and long may it continue.

Rimshot – Erykah Badu

In honor of Erykah’s opening track on the Tiny Desk Concert with NPR this week (WHICH WAS MIND BLOWING – CLICK THIS LINK), Rimshot is undoubtedly one of her finest tracks. YOU GET ‘EM QUEEN.

Magnolia – Slaves

With the opening line : ‘Did you know 65% of UK homes contain at least one magnolia wall?’, this track come from their hotly released 3rd album ‘Acts of Fear and Love’ and  speaks to my unabashed hatred of cream walls and interiors from an circa 60 minute makeover. It’s rowdy.


So for the final slot on the 5 tracks you need this week was a toss up between The 1975’s TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME and every track on Ariana Grande’s new album Sweeter.


Grande pipped it. It’s impossible to not recognise Ariana Grande’s influence over current pop tracks; whimsically combining the vocal ranges of the likes of Whitney & Mariah with trap beats and sensual imagery and lyrics. Grande is onto a winner, and more than likely a number one album on her hands. It’s no surprise she’s killing it (even in the Carpool Karaoke clickbait game too).


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