Courtesy of winter’s return, my 4 hours of flying from Chisinau to London ended up far closer to 10. As the snow blanketed the tarmac, flights were late and connections were missed. No matter, with a MacBook Pro before me and a pair of Sennheiser’s covering my ears, 36,000 feet became’s new office.

These are the albums that filled my ears.

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke and featuring T.I. and Pharrell

To say that I watched the film clip for Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines for the music would be the equivalent of a chap back in the 1960s saying he read Playboy for the articles. He didn’t, and I didn’t. Like everyone else who has watched it, I came across Blurred Lines courtesy of impressively proportioned model Emily Ratajkowski featuring in the clip. Naked. Naturally. Believe it or not, there is a shortcoming to the whole thing – mostly the utterly annoying #thicke emblazoned throughout the video; when are people going to try and stop making hashtags happen? #thicke = so fetch. Even without Ratajkowski it’s still a catchy track, happily filling my ears at 36,000 feet when watching the video might have seen me arrested once the plane touched the ground.

Northern Lights – Kate Boy

A Swedish-Australian quintet but with only four band members? Yes, Kate Boy, you have my attention. But your mix of synth and vocals would have done that anyway. There’s no debut album from Kate Boy to be had, but their first EP, Northern Lights, is a recent addition to HQ’s background music. Across two songs and two remixes there’s plenty of beat and enticement though we’re favouring the titular track over the accompanying In Your Eyes. And as for the fifth band member? Fictional. But the deception is worth it.

Bloodsports – Suede

Anyone with a penchant for alternative English rock with a decade old vibe will probably end up with Suede’s Bloodsports amongst their playlists. It’s the bands sixth album and their first since they broke-up back in 2003 and subsequently reformed. Broody tracks abound, making this something better suited to dark evenings rather than light days. Not so much slow as it is well paced, Bloodsports is going to appeal to those who want to reminisce about British life in late 90s Britain. For them, it will be nostalgia made musical.

Chelsea Hotel No 2 – Lana Del Rey

If Bloodsports is better suited to dark evenings, then Lana Del Rey’s Chelsea Hotel is for the outright melancholy. This isn’t a Del Rey original (though is anything about Del Rey? Surely everything about Lizzie Grant’s transformation to Lana Del Rey is calculated?) but rather a husky cover of a Leonard Cohen track, the story of a brief affair unadapted to its new singer (the poetic “giving me head on an unmade bed” of the original remaining). It’s also one of Cohen’s great stories of a love had but lost – don’t be the one to miss out here, give the track a listen even if you shouldn’t make a habit of it.

I Love You – Woodkid

When we featured the film clip for Iron by Woodkid, we got a great reaction. Or Woodkid did. He (real name, Yoann Lemoine) is a master of amazing film clips and, having created them for everyone from Lana Del Rey to Rihanna, has increasingly turned his hand to also making music and not just the film clips to accompany them. He’s back with I Love You, a layered wall of sound that goes from beat to soul with an upbeat riff, downtrodden lyrics and Satan playing the organ. Even Phil Spector would be impressed. As for the clip, it features model Matvey Lykov with Kris Van Assche making it perfect fashion fodder.

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