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Ohrwurm: Cro – Einmal um die Welt

I don’t know much about the German music scene but I’ve heard the name Cro, so when the video for Einmal um die Welt (Once Around The World, for English speakers) popped up as a YouTube suggestion I decided to give it a click. And I’m glad I did.  The catchy blend of Rap and […]


Ohrwurm: First Aid Kit – Hard Believer

I’ve had First Aid Kit – Hard Believer bouncing around in my head since I saw the band walking around the DDR Museum in Berlin yesterday afternoon. Sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg are from Stockholm, though you wouldn’t know they’re Swedish to hear them sing or talk.  It’s almost as if they are channelling the […]


Ohrwurm: Foals – My Number

My latest Ohrwurm is Foals – My Number. Foals made a big impression in the UK in 2008 with their debut album Antidotes but it left me cold.  Their latest single, the catchy and upbeat My Number has caught my attention though. My Number is taken from Foals’ third studio album, Holy Fire, which will […]

The 1975 - Sex (screenshot from the official video)

Ohrwurm: The 1975 – Sex (and Chocolate)

The 1975 apparently caused quite a stir in 2012 but I’m only just hearing about them.  And unfortunately for me, I discovered them just a couple of days too late because they played at Lido in Berlin on Wednesday – gutted. Formed at school in Manchester the band have been busy recording their debut album and will […]

Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile (screenshot from the Official Video)

Ohrwurm: Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

Named Zane Lowe’s Single of the Week with good reason, Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile is a belter of a song just made to be played with the volume turned up. I was surprised to learn that the band has been together since 2003 and will release their fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse, in February […]

CHVRCHES - We Sink (screenshot from BBC Radio 1 session)

Ohrwurm: CHVRCHES – We Sink

Glasgow’s CHVRCHES is another band that I discovered thanks to the BBC Sound of 2013 longlist, which also introduced me to Palma Violets and Little Green Cars. This video is a live session for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale studios. CHVRCHES – We Sink [youtube]

The xx - Last Christmas (screenshot from Radio 1 Live Lounge session)

Ohrwurm: The xx – Last Christmas

Anyone who has travelled on AirBerlin recently will probably be fed up of the original but The xx covered Wham’s Last Christmas in the the Radio 1 Live Lounge. The xx will be playing what should be a very special gig in Berlin next year at Spreepark Plänterwald on 18 May 2013. The xx – […]

Lucy Rose - Merry Christmas Everyone (photo from A Very Lucy Christmas)

Ohrwurm: Lucy Rose – Merry Christmas Everyone

I remember buying the original version by Shakin’ Stevens on 7″ so was pleased to hear that Lucy Rose had covered Merry Christmas Everyone in Radio 1’s Live Lounge. I am at home with the family in Cardiff for Christmas and missing Berlin like mad and wherever you are, I hope you have a Merry […]

Little Green Cars - The John Wayne (screenshot from the official video)

Ohrwurm: Little Green Cars – The John Wayne

Little Green Cars – The John Wayne starts slowly and builds to a crescendo.  A sparse intro gains layers as the song progresses. There are obvious parallels with Mumford & Sons in Little Green Cars’ folk sound and for me echoes of Magic Numbers in the tight harmonies. Like the band in my last Ohrwurm, […]