Listen: The Girl Life

Just in time for the weekend, we’re sliding in with a new playlist.

In a week where we’ve seen Britney Spears drop the bombshell details of the conservatorship she is kept under where she has no reproductive rights and claims to be unable to marry her long term partner to Wednesday’s news that Bill Cosby’s conviction for sex assault had been overturned by a Philadelphia court, we figured that maybe it might be a good time to give the women on our airwaves a little play.

So, welcome The Girl Life – a playlist of female-led bands and solo artists bound to get you humming along. From radio favourites such as Wolf Alice, Pale Waves and Beebadoobee that you’ll instantly recognise to artists you might not, this week we wanted to celebrate girl power in all its glory.

If she’s not already on your radar, start following Manchester-based singer/songwriter Phoebe Green. Our chosen track, IDK, is all about overthinking life – described as a ‘Basket Case’ for the new generation, Green sings of drinking more and thinking less over heady electro-pop riffs that will sweep you up before you know it.

You might recognise New York trio Sunflower Bean’s upbeat track Moment In The Sun – it was formerly Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1. Fronted by Julia Cumming, the Brooklyn-based band explained that the song is about ‘finally recognising what is important in one’s life, the people you decide to spend it with’ – something that we can all relate to more than ever.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Taylor, better known as Self Esteem returned to our airwaves in April with her first material since 2019 with the track I Do This All The Time. Reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free to Sunscreen – sees Taylor speak verses about the trials of adult life.

With a sophomore album out in August, now is the time to get ahead when it comes to Kississippi. Led by Philedelphia-native Zoe Reynolds, their debut track from the album, Big Dipper, charts emotions about things not always working out as you expect them to, Reynolds’ sublime vocals soften the blow on a bittersweet subject.

Tell us what tracks you loved in the comments below. If you liked this list, you may also enjoy our previous playlists, The Chill Life and The Friday Life – check them out in our Listen section

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