Playlist: Bessie Turner

Bessie Turner made us a playlist of her favourite tunes ...

East Anglia based singer-songwriter Bessie Turner gave us a meaty playlist of her favourite songs and some great reasoning as to why each tune made the cut.

Lead image photo credit: Chris Driver.

Bessie released her debut EP entitled 22:22 back in April featuring the singles ‘Words You Say’ and ‘Casa’, receiving a clutch of warm reviews.  Bessie performed to a packed Servant’s Jazz Quarters in Dalston, East London and is now on tour opening for Baxter Dury.  There’ll be new music later in the year and she’ll be embarking on her own headline shows this autumn.

Here’s the playlist, take it away Ms. Turner …

Laura Logic – Hiss and Shake

This song makes me bounce around and air sax like I’ve been day drinking special brew on an empty stomach, I believe Laura Logic played Sax in X-Ray Spex so she deserves an OBE for being wicked as well as for this great song.

The Modern Lovers – Hospital

I adore (fancy) Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, this song is one of my favourites the lyrics really resonate with me. It’s dramatic and heartfelt and I love his male vocal taking that on.

Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen.

It just makes sense. No more no less. I was shown this song by a great lady during a topsy-turvy time and it will stay with me forever. Reminds me of sisterhood and feeling cosy and safe. I’d love it if he read an audiobook of anything by Kurt Vonnegut.

Mount Kimbie – Blue Train Lines

Ahhhhh, this song. I’ve loved Mount Kimbie since hearing Taps in my late teens, this one features King Krule who I’ve also loved since he called himself Zoo Kid. It’s a work of art, I cried my eyes out when they played this in their set at Latitude last year. I had this emotional wave of “fuck I’ve just played on the same line up and everything’s okay and wicked”. 

Yves Montand – Rue St Vincent

I heard this in a Wes Anderson film I think, I’ve got a little playlist with heaps of Django Rhynehart on too which is perfect for sipping wine while you cook or smoking cigarettes looking out to a river or anything else contrived and fantastic.

Beck – Devils Haircut

What a genius. Odelay was one of the first albums I bought especially for my car when I passed my test and I just love it from front to back.

The Velvet Underground – Stephanie Says


These guys will always be held in the highest regard to me. Lou Reed is an absolute idol to me, his lyrics and music made me feel like he’s your best mate. I’d imagine myself as Stephanie and everything was alright.

Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling – The Water

Both are insanely talented songwriters and folk musicians. This song got me through some insane times, I was living on a boat and it would just ground me back to life… and then I showed it to my friends and we’d all sing it together and it turned into the best memories.

Le Tigre – Deceptacon

Mannnnn…. this is just the perfect little pop punk song. I love Kathleen Hannah and everything she’s ever been involved in, The Julie Ruin is so high up there too. Pop this song on while you’re getting ready to go out and smash the shit out of your day. It will make it instantly better.

Jeff Buckley – So Real

This moves me into another place… The production is so mesmerising, it’s eery and keeps you guessing. It reminds me of having parties by myself in my flat in Ipswich pretending I was a muse at an arty rock after show in New York. Best nights of my life.

Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank

I don’t know much about these guys but I love this song so much, they have one called No below which is really special. It’s kind of Sonic Youth female vocal YEAH

Souls of Mischief – 93 till infinity

I remember watching these guys in a pub in Ipswich and falling in love with live hip hop.

Mary Wells – You beat me to the punch

Her voice is like watching someone dip a perfectly ripe strawberry into dark chocolate.

Amy Winehouse and Nas – like smoke

Two of the greats stepping in for four minutes to make your day better.

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