A playlist to get your weekend started, by Natalie Washington (@transsomething)

I always bang on about how nGendr is supposed to be for trans & nonbinary people to excitedly nerdgasm over stuff they love, and that it doesn’t all have to be about gender – it can be about anything.  Yet, everything we receive always seems to be about that.  And maybe we haven’t set the best example.  So, this is me getting excited about something that I enjoy.  Everyone thinks they have the best musical taste, but most people are, of course, wrong. Because I do. So I’m going to share a few songs that I’ve been enjoying every week, and hopefully you will too.  And if nobody listens, I don’t care, because I’ll enjoy doing it.  Here is this week’s selection:

The Sugarcubes – Birthday

Before Bjork was Bjork (well actually she still was Bjork and had been in another band, but nevermind), she was in this Icelandic band with her then-husband, who had a touch of The Cure about them. I love Bjork’s voice, and this is a lovely record. Not one for karaoke though.

GUM – Anesthetized Lesson

GUM is basically Jay Watson out of Tame Impala. I love a bit of dirty 80s-sounding synth-electro (I suspect you’ll be hearing a lot more of that sort of thing on these playlists), and this is one I’m listening to a lot at the moment.

Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train

Tangerine Dream have been around for ages and came out of the scene John Peel called krautrock, but Germans called kosmischemusik, along with Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Popol Vuh etc. They are technically still going but the line-up is a bit Triggers Broom-esque.  Anyway, this song was apparently used in some sort of sex scene in the film Risky Business, but I haven’t seen it. It is, however, a great piece of music

Slowdive – Star Roving

I love Slowdive, and since they have some new stuff coming out this year (of which this is first), I couldn’t leave this off. The whole early-mid 1990s shoegaze/dreampop scene is getting abit of a renaissance at the moment, so expect it to feature heavily in these playlists!

Prince – Purple Rain

Yes, I know – I’m making a playlist and I’ve gone and put one of the most obvious songs of all time on it.  It’s just that good though, it really is.

Anyway, here is a Spotify playlist which you can subscribe to, and I’ll be adding to this over the coming weeks: