Playlist: Pop prospect Emily Burns picks her favourite music

We gave the rising star free reign to select ten of her current favourites - plus her own brand new single


With over 400,000 streams on Spotify in the past month, there’s no doubt that Emily Burns’ star is on the rise.

More and more listeners are getting onboard with her speckless alternative pop and her crystalline hooks, as bright singles like Bitch and Girlfriend At The Time become staples of pop playlists.

It’s not happened overnight – Emily spent years on the fringes, playing an outside stage at T in the Park way back in 2013, earning her shot the hard way – but now she’s arrived we’re sure she’ll continue to soar.

The next step for Emily is Seven Scenes From The Same Summer, a mini-album that she describes as a “really open and honest look into my dating life”. Set for release in four months time, it’ll include five new tracks and be available digitally and on limited vinyl.

We decided to flip the tables on Emily, making the curated a curator by asking her to put together an exclusive collection of her favourite tracks of the moment. We granted her free reign, and she duly picked out alt-pop and electro, sitting on her playlist alongside lovey duets and unashamedly mainstream sounds.

Read on for Emily’s picks, and hear the full playlist on Spotify:

Kim Petras – Heart to Break

Emily says: “This is just a straight-up pop banger. To me, it’s reminiscent of Robyn’s early stuff, which is massively influential to me! I haven’t heard anything like it for a while. I almost lost my mind the first time Kim jumped the octave in the chorus, it’s so so good.”

Kehlani – Keep On

Emily says: “I think I might be Kehlani’s number-one fan! She’s very true to herself, and Keep On is a great representation of that. It was my most listened to track of 2017!”

Carlie Hanson – Only One

Emily says: “You know when you hear a song and immediately want to listen again, and again… and again? This is one of those songs for me. The chorus melody is one of my favourite in a long time.”

Lewis Capaldi & Jessie Reyez – Rush

Emily says: “These two voices compliment each other so amazingly for me. It’s so passionate, especially in the final chorus. I actually well up almost every time I listen!”

Sasha Sloan – Ready Yet

Emily says: “Firstly, I absolutely adore Sasha’s voice. It’s frighteningly pure and delicate. I feel like I can really hear and empathise with what she’s going through, and I love the honesty in the lyrics.”

WESLEE – Bathwater

Emily says: “‘Drunk again sipping on your bathwater.’ Oh, I do love a weird lyric. This song makes me feel so chilled out. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I put this on and it immediately calms me down, which is a beautiful thing for a song to do!”

Tove Styrke – Changed My Mind

Emily says: “The melodies in this tune are so cool, and the production is perfect to me. It makes me want to dance, and that’s saying something. I feel like Tove Styrke really tells great stories with her lyrics, which is something I always aspire to do with my own.”

BANKS – Someone New

Emily says: “I love hearing an electronic artist strip things back and sing over a bare track. It’s one of my favourite things to do personally. I can never get enough of this song, it’s heartbreaking and so, so relatable. I love how at points you can actually hear her voice breaking, I can just picture her in tears at the mic recording it!”

Jack Vallier – Good For You

Emily says: “I’m a big fan of a desperately sad song that sounds wonderfully happy! The lyrics in this hit me hard. We’ve all been there Jack, I feel you.”

Daniel Caesar & H.E.R. – Best Part

Emily says: “We all love a good old-fashioned love song. ‘When you hold me, and kiss me slowly, it’s the sweetest thing.’ The lyrics are so simple, yet so powerful. These two artists were born to sing together, it truly sounds as though they are madly in love with each other.”

Emily Burns’ mini-album Seven Scenes from the Same Summer will be released on 20 July. Her new single, Girlfriend At The Time, is out now.

Katy Blackwood
Katy Blackwood is the Editor of FEISTY. She's been a self-confessed music geek, stan and encyclopedia since her childhood, loving both new and older sounds alike. Katy started out as a contributor to various magazines before founding FEISTY as an independent, female-led platform for new music.

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