Karen Harding is a voice that any fan of electronic music will recognise. The highly talented UK singer / songwriter continues to go from strength to strength as she drops her debut 8-track EP ‘Sweet Vibrations’ on Ultra Music. Some highlights from the last year include; crashing through half a billion streams of her music; marking 1 million UK sales of her breakthrough top 10 hit single ‘Say Something’ (co-written with MNEK) as well as 1 million Shazam’s of her music.
Karen has also been honing her skills as a DJ and became the first female DJ to deliver a guest mix on ‘Diplo & Friends’ on BBC Radio 1. However, she is still best known for her work as a songwriter, vocalist and live performer – she recently landed on daytime BBC Radio 1 playlists with singles, ‘Un-Do My Heart’, with Digital Farm Animals, and ‘Morning’, with Shift K3Y – and she has collaborated with the likes of Paul Woolford, Purple Disco Machine and Giorgio Moroder among many others.
To celebrate the release of the EP, Karen has delved into her music collection to select her ‘Back To Mine’ favourites…
Picard Brothers – Blessings In This House (Higgo Remix)
This is the perfect vibe to get everybody going, I never want the party to end so would definitely be turning this one up on arrival through the door.
Picard Brothers – Blessing In This House (Higgo Remix)
N Joi – Anthem
Gotta put a classic in there.
N-Joi - Anthem (Official Video)
Salute – Joy
One of my favourite songs right now. Big fan of Salute and his energy. Love how this record has such a throwback vibe too.
salute - Joy [Official Visualiser]
Snakehips & Armand Van Helden – Freedom (You Bring Me)
Can’t go wrong with this, funky bass line, amazing vocals and exactly what I need at 2am!
Snakehips x Armand Van Helden - Freedom (You Bring Me) (Official Visualiser)
Wilkinson – If You Want It
This one is definitely one for the end of the night. It’s got a chill vibe to it and I love it.
Wilkinson - If You Want It
Toni Braxton – He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me
Every time we go back to mine the R’n’B is guaranteed to come out. This one is an absolute monster and always gets the lasses up and hair getting flicked everywhere!
Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough (Video Version)
Christina Milian – Dip It Low
This brings back memories of me dancing around the house and blasting this out. A classic.
Christina Milian - Dip It Low (Official Music Video)
Riton and Raye – I Don’t Want You
I’ve always been a big fan of Raye, seems that whatever she touches always turns to gold. I was so happy to see Riton and Raye collab on this record. I can’t help but dance along.
Riton, RAYE - I Don't Want You (Lyric Video)
Fred Again – Billie (Loving Arms)
One of the best songs of the year.
Fred again.. - Billie (Loving Arms) (23 July 2021)
Elton John, Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)
The more I listen to this record the more I fall in love with it. This is the one I’d play when everyone has gotta clear out and the sun is coming up