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Ruth Medjber’s top tracks of 2021

Ruth Medjber’s top tracks of 2021

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Ruth Medjber is a photographer whose eyes have been hired by Arcade Fire, Hozier, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and many others.

She is currently running a 2021 Refugee Rescue Photo Competition with Wyvern Lingo’s Karen Cowley which will have an exhibition in 2021.

See Ruth’s previous choices from 2020.

There is a playlist too.



1.

James Blake – Friends That Break Your Heart

I’ve a massive grá for musicians singing about photographs, job done James Blake. Plus he got his heart broken by a bestie, ditto bitch! x

2.

Noah Yorke – Trying Too Hard

This was my alarm track. A beautiful, quiet wee track. If anyone is allowed to sound Radioheady it’s this lad.

3.

Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time

We needed a modern day, female led, Baz Luhrman. Also great if you have any mates called Mairead.

4.

Michael Kiwanuka – Beautiful Life

This is a “roll a spliff for a walk and stare at the sky” tune.

5.

IDLES – The Beachland Ballroom

Watching the rapid evolution of IDLES in real time has been incredible.

6.

Sprints – How Does The Story Go?

I saw Sprints about 5 months ago and my ears are still ringing. A live band worth risking Covid for.

7.

Wet Leg – Chaise Longue

Me leg isn’t the only thing that’s Wet, wha wha wha. (Can I say that?!)

8.

Houseplants – Window Pane

I sing this to myself any time someone wants to talk about my windows project. It’s made it enjoyable again.

9.

Django Django – Glowing In The Dark

I have light up wheels on my roller skates, so this track obviously goes on when I’m rolling round Finglas at night thinking I’m the shit.

10.

Audiobooks – The Doll

My 2021 is dominated by ultra cool female vox.

11.

Melt Yourself Down – Pray For Me I Don’t Fit In

 Horn bops.

12.

Elaine Mai, MayKay – 3AM

I could have picked ALL the songs on Elaine Mai’s 2021 album Home, and just be done with this list. I chose 3am as it’s sexy AF (thanks to MayKay’s fantastic, dirt bird lyrics).

13.

Royal Yellow – Until

Mark (Royal Yellow) saved my life once. So I owe him a spot on this list. Thankfully he also writes deadly tunes.