Summer is (somehow) winding down and I had the urge to make a playlist to fuel me over the last remaining weeks. Enjoy.
- MOON ft. Sara Z – “Timestamp”
- Zoology – “Escape”
- DJ Krush – “Kuon / Far Away”
- Submerse – “Thinking About You”
- Mount Kimbie – “Adriatic”
- Domo Genesis ft. Michael Ray Cox Jr. – “Awkward Groove”
- Jafu – “Phoam”
- Almeeva – “4 Bells”
- Milly Roze – “Lonely Summer”
- M.I.A. – “Go Off”
- Locksmith ft. Jarren Benton, Futuristic – “Blinded”
Since the era of the Walkman, my hobby for making playlists has been on a steady decline. It used to feel so natural to create and burn a playlist on CD and give it to a friend. Now that everything is digital, that physical process is antiquated and unnecessary. It’s like a hand-written letter vs. an e-mail: a hand-written letter is much more personal, but the sheer convenience of an e-mail makes a hand-written letter impractical.
Ultimately they might accomplish the same thing, but the added constraints of the old ways change the way you approach the process. Adding constraints forces you to do more with less.
When I started using Spotify, it made playlists relevant for me again. Having all your playlists synced on the cloud (and sharing them with a click of a button) is amazing. But without any constraints, I have mostly built up genre-specific song lists hundreds of songs long, but I don’t consider them playlists: there is no cohesiveness. Sitting down and crafting a playlist is much more fulfilling for me than slowly building one up over a span of weeks/months.
I forgot how fun it is to make mixtapes. I’m going to make this more of a habit.
So here’s my first one in a while. It’s anchored by some of my favorite artists (Mount Kimbie, Burial, Tokimonsta) and is filled out with a bunch of other amazing songs I’ve discovered over the past month or so.
- Mount Kimbie – Flux
- SBTRKT – Pause For Thought
- Full Crate x Mar – Nobody Else
- Pomo – On My Mind
- Lone – Stuck
- Shainuse, Duktus – Wide Eyes
- RLP – Foncanoids
- George Fitzgerald – Full Circle (feat. Boxed In)
- Burial – Shell of Light
- Tropics – Home and Consonance
- Ragen Fykes – Love Life
- Tokimonsta, Gavin Turek – Never Alone