State of play, August 2017

This is a document.

Tidying through my iTunes folder at last. I have narrowed it down from 53 days worth of songs to 1.8 days (which isn’t as much as it sounds – a mere 680 songs).

Here is what I am keeping, to tide me through the remainder of the month. I appreciate I am showing my age but you know what? I do not care.

Various – A Prince Buster Tribute (personal mixtape, does what it says on the tin – features Buster himself in a variety of guises; 32 songs)
Various – Songs 2-Tone Taught Us
(personal mixtape: compiled after Prince Buster’s death, 26 songs)
Various – The Great Pop Mix Tape (personal mixtape: 109 songs, entirely female-led, overwhelmingly drawn from the past 10 years, mostly the last 5, does need updating from 2017 if anyone would care to make a suggestion or two)
Various – 1980s AOR soft rock (personal mixtape: 145 songs, and does what it says on the tin)

Beyoncé – Lemonade (of course)
Beyoncé – Singles Compilation (personal mixtape, 40 songs)
Cher Lloyd – Sorry I’m Late/Sticks & Stones (mainly because I want to hear them)
Destiny’s Child – #1s (of course)
Dexys – Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul
(one of these days, I am determined I will like it)
Dexys Midnight Runners – Nowhere Is Home (Live At Duke Of York’s Theatre) (so, so good; the next person who interrupts me listening to this on the Southampton train I swear I will punch)
Electric Light Orchestra – Discovery/Out Of The Blue (my main listening right now)
ELO & Olivia Newton John – Xanadu (because the above is my main listening right now)
The Goon Sax – Up To Anything (my second favourite album of 2016)
Jeff Wayne – War Of The Worlds (because it feels so deliciously wrong to be enjoying this)
La Roux – La Roux (even after all this time, I am still gobsmuck)
Little Mix – DNA/Get Weird/Glory Days (my main ladies: I am not that familiar with the two older albums but I intend to be soon)
Lorde – Melodrama/Vevo x Lorde (yes, I do prefer the more unadorned versions)
The Membranes – Dark Matter/Dark Energy (I still want to give this a proper listen)
Sugababes – Overloaded, The Singles Collection (‘Push The Button’ is my go-to song when I submit an important document online – in particular, my PhD submission)
Terry – Remember Terry (I want to hear this. I do remember Terry)
Tunabunny – PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland Jr (I meant what I wrote; I want to hear this more)
Vanessa Paradis – Vanessa Paradis (sometimes my taste surprises even me)

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