Have I told you lately how much I love Spotify? This afternoon, my ‘Release Radar’ playlist was on in the background, when a live track came on and I thought to myself “I recognise that voice…”. I gave it a few more seconds, but couldn’t place it exactly. I picked up my iPhone to check the […]

Spotify flagged up The Hot Sardines in my ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. Or listen… you know what I mean. Here’s my fave so far – a super-upbeat version of ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen’. A lifetime away from the more mushy and shmatzly versions you […]

Beautifully delivered by the very talented Sara Gazarek. And I have Spotify’s recommendations to thank for stumbling across her beautiful voice. Just added a couple of her albums to my iPhone for off-line listening. Wonderful stuff.

Tough couple of days, what with one thing and another. In fact, a few things. But I’ve just spent an hour listening to Gregory Porter and I’m feeling a lot better about life in general. Music, eh? Cures all ills… Gregory Porter’s new album, Take Me to the Alley is out now and is just lovely. This […]

Last night’s Eurovision really was a change from the norm. On three counts, in fact. For a start Sweden did a magnificent job of hosting a complex and demanding live TV show, not once but three times in a single week. Two semi-finals and a grand final. Additionally, each night was staged differently, with the […]

Just check out how they opened last night’s semi-final… Give it to Sweden to host every year, I say. And while you’re at it, make Petra Mede President of Europe.

If I’m honest, I’m pretty disappointed with the results of last night’s second Eurovision semi-final in Stockholm. I thought some of the great songs I’ve grown to like in the last few weeks were a virtual shoe-in for the final. I was sure of the other would bomb.

Boy was I wrong.

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  Oooh. Despite what I promise myself every year, I end up getting more annoyed at Eurovision voting decisions. Last night’s first semi-final of the song contest was no exception. While acts like Cyprus and the Czech Republic getting enough voted to secure a place in Saturday’s final, the guys from Estonia and Iceland went […]

I’m man enough to admit that, against all my better judgement, this has grown on me since I first heard it. I actually found myself humming along with it the other day. Scary. It has shades of Bonnie Tyler about it (check out the leggings and strained chorus) and, while it’s quite generic in a […]