Fifteen sonic slices of September

For sipping martinis on your balcony alone, or for surfing with tears in your eyes

Fifteen sonic slices of September

I won’t waste your time. If you’re reading this, you aren’t here to talk. You’re here because you need end-of-September jams so sizzling that you’ll be able to fry breakfast on your turntable, or at least warm a small child’s hands with your earbuds. And you need them now.

I hear you already: “Hold it right there, Jacob. Not that I know who you are, exactly, but I don’t have time to waste. Every moment I spend not enjoying the glorious heat of September is another moment closer to midterm season and my fast-approaching deadlines. If I’m not so relaxed that my limbs atrophy, then so help me God. What’s on this list?”

Well, here are 15 scorchers hand-picked — with oven gloves — from humid climates all over the world. Be sure that the hot classrooms of U of T are empty before you plug in your headphones.

João Gilberto, father of Brazilian music style bossa nova, is on this list because his tunes would make even Brian Wilson call a waiter over and say, “Whatever I’m drinking needs a tiny umbrella in it, stat.” Sora’s recently re-issued Re.sort will have you dabbing at your eyes with your Hawaiian shirt.

You may recognize “Riot!” by Hugh Masekela from last year, when Earl Sweatshirt, his nephew, sampled it. You may also recognize the voice in Makeout Videotape as that of a young Mac DeMarco. But are you here for names, or are you here to attain catatonic levels of chill?

These tunes speak for themselves, but for best results, you’ll want the 1961 Village Vanguard performance of “My Foolish Heart” and the Mandarin single version of “Moonset.” What? Are you trying to do this halfway? Listen, if you can hear Bill Evans’ keys flutter delicately like a feather between your toes at sunrise and not be instantly reduced to half-waking bliss, maybe summer just isn’t your season.

I know what you’re thinking: “You’re still talking, Jacob. We’ve been over this. Do you have my jams or not? Where are the jams?” And to that I say that I’m at my word count now, so here you go:

1. Bill Evans Trio, “My Foolish Heart,” live at the Village Vanguard

2. Ryo Fukui, “Early Summer”

3. Lamp, “A都市の秋”

4. IU and Oh Hyuk, “Can’t Love You Anymore 사랑이 잘”

5. Little Simz, “Selfish (ft. Cleo Sol)”

6. Tyler, the Creator, “A Boy Is a Gun”

7. Taeko Ohnuki, “4:00 AM”

8. Cléa Vincent, “Château perdu”

9. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, “Are You Real?”

10. João Gilberto, “Brigas, nunca mais”

11. Elephant Gym, “Moonset月落”

12. Makeout Videotape, “Heat Wave”

13. The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset”

14. Hugh Masekela, “Riot”

15. Sora, “Rayuela”

The Varsity’s summer send-off playlist

For the hour after golden hour… and every hour after that

<i>The Varsity</i>’s summer send-off playlist

Jumping into the new school year is exhausting. Between course selection, tying up loose ends, and trying to make the most of the weather — when it’s not so oppressive — we trudge into September with well-worn bags under our eyes.

Not to worry, though, because this summer The Varsity’s Arts & Culture section has handpicked 10 summer jams to cure your end-of-summer blues and give you an extra spring in your step. No, we are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and no, our research on this matter is not published — yet. But these songs are guaranteed to work wonders on a brain wracked with the exhaustion of doing nothing for four months! 

Peruse our prescriptions below. Take them with a spoonful of sugar if you must, but, either way, relax to the beat of a summer well spent, starting with the exuberant chords of Sir Woman.

Sir Woman’s single, “Highroad,” matches bright, upbeat R&B motifs with a brass section fit for any open-air jazz bar. Her lyrics float in and out of sweeping melodies that build into a cheerfully sunny musical narrative bustling with self-love and gumption, matched only by Lizzo herself.

Complementing the gentlewoman is the effervescent Kaiit, performing “Miss Shiney,” an expository R&B perusal into her artistic process with beats reminiscent of ’90s hip hop, with an 808 drum to boot! Her consistent flow and ad libs add structure to an otherwise weightless song. Its minimalist production value, despite itself, manages to fill the room with gorgeous volume.

Look no further than “Seventeen” by Peach Pit for an accompanying aperitif: a cool beach rock serenade that will leave you bouncing your foot despite yourself. Its charming chord progression keeps the song simple enough to love on the first listen, while its vocals grant it a unique calling card that makes playing it again a pleasure.

Kevin Abstract of BROCKHAMPTON wields a syrupy-sweet rhythm guitar in “Peach,” bouncing along to a steady snare-kit beat that whips the whole ensemble into a warm summer daze. You can practically see this song lounging on a Muskoka chair. 

Contrasting the rolled-back instrumentals of Abstract’s performance, Ocean Heights’ “Out the Way” leans into production and instrumentation to administer a dose of smooth, pop-R&B perfection. Ocean Heights’ vocals drape over the crisp melody like caramel, complementing its layered manufacture to produce one sweet earworm.

“U Used To” by Charlie Burg embraces the cool tones of summer’s palette, propping itself up on pop-y notes and synth-shades to paint a fresh image of a summer fling. Don’t let its high production fool you — its acapella ad libs break through the chorus to give Burg’s foray into summer a sincere and palatable note.

Similarly sincere but with an added tender glean, the abstracted “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate” brandishes Briston Maroney’s distinctive voice alongside killer guitar and a meaty bassline to deliver an experience evocative of those erratic summer nights.

And what kind of mixtape would it be without songs to dance wildly to?

“Honestly” by The Bantams forms one edge of a rug-cutting triad completed by Hounds’ “Shake Me Up” and The Lost Boys’ “Sober (feat. Griff Clawson).” All three bank on their upbeat tempos and lyrics to get you on your feet and moving to summer’s final beats. 

Strewn throughout the mixtape, these songs bring you back to basics to remind you what the best summer music’s all about.

With these songs you’re practically destined to make it through the first two weeks of school. Don’t worry if it’s a slow start to begin with — just think of it as a slow burn to a climax worth waiting for.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and soak up the summer! We at Arts & Culture will catch you on the flipside!

The ultimate summer running playlist

Lace up your runners and put your earphones on, you’ll want to turn up the volume for these hot tracks

The ultimate summer running playlist

We all know Toronto only has two seasons: winter, and construction. So, now that the weather is starting to warm up, try listening to these tunes to block out the city noise when you feel like going for a run.

  1. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, 1982

I strongly recommend starting your cardio workout with a light jog transitioning to a sprint with this classic track featured in Rocky III. This song is my go-to warm-up beat and is guaranteed to help you run the distance.

  1. “Run Run Run” by Celeste Buckingham, 2012

In this catchy tune, the artist sings, “You better run, run, run / Nowhere to run / But to me.” If lyrics can contain subliminal messages, then they are sure to get you motivated for the exhilarating run ahead!

  1. “Nonstop” by Drake, 2018

With over 800 million streams on Spotify, Drake’s song “Nonstop” from his 2018 album Scorpion is clearly a popular fan favourite. The Toronto native sings about the fast-paced music industry and his impressive work ethic that evidently paid for his timeless timepiece: a Rolex watch. Cue the beat: “This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, shit don’t ever stop.” If this isn’t a Toronto man’s jam, I don’t know what is.

  1. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees, 1977

When you feel a runner’s cramp coming on — usually on the right side, just under the ribs — keep your beats per minute (BPM) steady to this tune featured in the 1977 drama/romance movie Saturday Night Fever, featuring a bearded John Travolta. Fun fact: the beat in this song has also been used repeatedly to teach CPR.

  1. “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey, Cedric Gervais remix, 2012

Summertime is rad, not sad! Especially when you’re listening to the sweet, seductive voice of Lana Del Rey. Her angelic vocals, which are remixed in this up-beat version, are pure serenity. So, enjoy the summer sun heat and feel the beat while the soles of your feet skip through the streets.

  1. “All Day and Night” by Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, and Madison Beer, 2019

The best thing about this song is the continuous melody which makes it a perfect track to run to without interruptions. Hopefully, this trio of artists will collaborate again to make another great running anthem.

  1. “Runnin” by Mike WiLL made-it, feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and Nicki Minaj, 2018

“Runnin, runnin, runnin, this shit, both legs broke / Runnin, round town, yeah they comin for my head though / Funny thing about it they don’t always see my head though.” The lyrics speak for themselves, but please don’t break your legs for the sake of your run.

  1. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk, 2001

I highly recommend blasting this tune to get you pumped for summer. Daft Punk’s songs have an incredibly unique way of engaging the listener, using fool-proof beats that are guaranteed to keep you moving, and maybe even dancing.

  1. “Alors On Danse” by Stromae, DubDogz remix, 2010

Speaking of dancing, this French song “Alors on Dance” — meaning so we dance — is the perfect track. Whether you’re training for a marathon, hitting the treadmill at your local gym, or warming up for a dance-off, this is your tune!

  1. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, 2013

End your workout on a high — a runner’s high. While cardiovascular exercise increases the release of endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine in your body, this upbeat and feel-good song will similarly leave you feeling euphoric and energized.

Treat yo self 2019 by listening to this Galentine’s Day playlist

Really, every day should be Galentine’s Day

Treat yo self 2019 by listening to this Galentine’s Day playlist

Galentine’s day? What’s that?

Brought to us by none other than the legendary Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) of Parks and Rec, Galentine’s Day is simply a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.” This unofficial holiday, on February 13, is not only dedicated to gathering your gal pals and showing them some love, but also, a day for you to celebrate what you admire most in the women around you.

So, another Galentine’s Day has come and gone, but here’s a playlist of 10 songs that I hope will help you celebrate Galentine’s Day in the fashion that suits you — because really, every day should be Galentine’s Day!

  1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, 1967

I strongly recommend blasting this classic as soon as you hop out of bed. The feel-good vibes that the legendary and well-missed Queen of Soul produces are guaranteed to help you start Galentine’s Day the right way.

  1. “No Scrubs” by TLC, 1999

What more can I say? You can’t celebrate this special day without some TLC. We’ve all had one or two scrubs try to holla at us, so why not make your special day 10 times better by singing along to this all too relatable tune.

  1. “Can’t Hold Us Down feat. Lil’ Kim” by Christina Aguilera ,2002

This song is the definition of women’s empowerment, which is why you must listen to it this Galentine’s Day. It not only calls out the double standards faced by women in society, but also encourages all women to come together and make it known that we can’t be held down!  

  1. “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony, 2015

Just in case you forgot how badass you really are, this catchy tune is guaranteed to remind you of your worth — it’ll also get you bopping your head and tapping your feet to the beat.

  1. “Girl” by Destiny’s Child, 2005

Galentine’s Day allows us to truly appreciate the times when our girlfriends have been there for us. There’s nothing better than the comfort of your girlfriends when you’re going through a tough time, especially when you’re dealing with a heartbreak, and this song is about just that.

  1. “I Don’t Need a Man” by The Pussycat Dolls, 2005

Dating or not, this upbeat tune is a strong reminder that you don’t need a man to make you feel good or get what you want. You can do that all on your own, and you certainly don’t need to rely on someone else to make your life complete.

  1. “Formation” by Beyoncé, 2016

Cue the beat:

“Cause I slay, I slay, I slay, I slay.

All day, I slay, I slay, I slay…”

I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves.

  1. “Feeling Myself feat. Beyoncé” by Nicki Minaj, 2014

Need a song to channel exactly how you’ll be feeling on Galentine’s Day? I advise you to look no further than this ultimate collab from two of your favourite queens! I seriously recommend playing this song as you’re entering lecture. I’m telling you, it will make you feel so damn good about yourself!  

  1. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, 1996

We’ve all gone through the phase where we’ve aspired to be like the Spice Girls upon hearing this song. If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your girls, assign your roles and channel your inner spice! If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day alone, no worries, you can still channel your inner spice. You can have just as much fun belting out the song by yourself.

  1. “Independent Women Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, 2000

Rounding out this playlist is none other than the anthem of womanhood. It is your ultimate Galentine’s Day song! You might as well forget the whole playlist and listen to this one song on repeat. If you opt out of playing this song on repeat for the whole day, make sure you listen to it at least once, because you cannot have a Galentine’s Day celebration without it.

Things that go bump in the night

A playlist for wandering bodies

Things that go bump in the night

While sex is often dramatized as something similar to the glorious union of two silkily muscular dolphins, reality isn’t usually as kind. I, for one, am not a grey tube with flippers. Though I am extremely intelligent for my kind — blonde woman — so go figure.

Our bodies make sounds and produce fluids. Smushing them together often gets a little messy and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, especially if you have roommates with particularly sonic voyeuristic tendencies, a bit of ambient sound can be useful. As I’m sure you know, this is where music comes in handy.

But in the heat of the moment, making a musical selection can be stressful. Music can make or break a mood! So here I am with this generic and universally applicable playlist for you, embedded in an article that will pop up whenever anyone googles my name.

Please, enjoy. Embrace pleasure with an open fist and a tight glove.

1.  “Pink Beetle” by Rejjie Snow, 2016

As a recovering Catholic, I can assure you that all good things follow a resounding chorus of “Our Father.”

2. “Couch” by Triathalon, 2018

Okay, so we started out with some heavy religious motifs. Am I the only one who finds that hot? Surely not on this campus — cough, cough, St. Mike’s. Now let’s move into some lo-fi innuendos.

3. “Got Friends feat. Miguel” by Goldlink, 2018

Is this song about an orgy? I don’t know, I’m not Ilan Zechory. But it could be. In conclusion, mystery is hot and so is this song.

4. “Move Slow feat. Olukara” by Maxwell Young, 2016

Whew, okay, things started to heat up with that orgy-no-orgy debate, so let’s smooth things out a little bit. Here’s another skinny European.

5. “Yeah, I Said It” by Rihanna, 2016

Do I need to explain this? Nope.

6. “Why” by Roy Woods, 2016

Let’s get some Canadian nationalism in this strange line-up, shall we? Roy Woods is a trifecta of sexual energy: his name is gorgeous, he says “thighssss” with about a million s’, and he mumbles enough for me to project whatever I need to hear onto his vocal sounds.

7. “Redbone” by Childish Gambino, 2016

It has the word bone in the title! Hahahah.

Also, all the scenes in Atlanta of Donald Glover in tightie-whities has ensured that I will never not be attracted to him. So yeah, it’s a hot song. Aren’t you glad I dodged the obvious stay woke joke here? Comedy gold!

8. “Carmen” by Jay Squared, 2017

Honestly, this popped up on my explore feed last year and I got super into it. Could this be because I was alone at the time, and the singer — whoops — crooned “you ain’t alone no more!” in the first line? Who knows, psychology is a nerd’s game.

9. “Call Me Up” by Homeshake, 2017

Alright, we’re winding down. Soft trumpets. Yes. Lovely. Ooh, a soft voice talking about the future. Lovely. Don’t tense up, don’t tense up. The future. Pass the rash cream, please.

10. “Glory Box” by Portishead, 1994

Conclusion! Bing, bang, boom. “Just want to be a woman.” Or whatever you wanna be. It’s a post-orgasm world, “A thousand flowers could bloom. Move over, and give us some room.”

 

Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Escape commuting in the cold with some good vibes and ez listening

Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Regardless of whether your commute to class is 20 minutes or an hour and 20, there is always a need to keep distracted — especially in the snowy season! Music is the perfect pastime. Not only can you bury your hands deep in your pockets, but it is also a great escape from the everyday stress of schoolwork and assignments. Here are 10 tracks to do just that.

1. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, 2004

This killer throwback to the early 2000s provides a strong sense of nostalgia for anyone who enjoys singing along to what can be described as a former emo-teen anthem. The steady beat and easy-to-remember lyrics will have you reminiscing about your childhood, forgetting about your long, overcrowded daily commute.

2. “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, 2018

Cardi B has once again blessed us with a song that not only has a great backtrack but also fun lyrics delivered by a host of talented collaborators. This upbeat song almost guarantees the overwhelming need to dance — or if you’re on the subway or bus, maybe just some light head bobbing.

3. “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, 2018

The solid lyrics and beat provided by the Australian boy band will at the very least provide a distraction from even the worst commute. At the very best, it will make you want to sing along with full fervor in the middle of a crowded subway car.

4. “Jesus of Suburbia” by Green Day, 2004

This is another throwback song that will remove you from your lengthy, tumultuous journey. Green Day provide an upbeat tempo and elaborate guitar solos that will definitely leave you feeling hyped up and ready for whatever the day has to offer.

5. “Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1999

The relaxed tempo of this song, along with the gentle riff of the guitar solos, is a great way to set a chill tone for the start of a day. It is also perfect to help you unwind while commuting back home after a long day of class.

6. “Kiwi” by Harry Styles, 2017

The high energy of this song, as well as the great vocals from our favourite ex-member of One Direction — cue tears — allow for an incredibly entertaining commute. I dare you not to bop along to the fun beat and amusing lyrics.

7. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant, 2010

Easy breezy listening with this mellow tune. It creates a strong sense of nostalgia, helping you lose yourself in whimsical thought. Nothing passes time better than daydreaming about joyous memories and the past, and this song will definitely take you back there.

8. “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant, 2013

Nothing says ‘chill’ like the soft serenade of an acoustic guitar. Whether you are on your way to lecture or on the way home, this song allows you to easily get lost in your thoughts and forget about the stress of the day.

9. “In My Feelings” by Drake, 2018

Despite topping the charts and sparking a viral online challenge months ago, this song is still as hype as ever. It has a great vibe and reduces any lengthy commute with its solid beat and entertaining lyrics.

10. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, 1978

There is nothing like an old school classic. This song is a bit of a throwback, but being serenaded by Freddie Mercury is still as great now as it was 40 years ago. The jazzy, incredibly upbeat sound of this song will make any journey feel like breeze.

There’s nothing deader than a Halloween haunt with bad music

Pick this playlist for your party to get in the mood for a spooky season

There’s nothing deader than a Halloween haunt with bad music

Whether you’re a goblin or a ghoul, every creature that dwells in the darkness loves to get down and freaky at a good dance party. Halloween is upon us once again — there will be pumpkins, monsters, but also parties popping up to scare you at every street corner in the country.

If you choose to host a party, or if you just want to get into the Halloween groove, here are my top 10 Halloween songs to help you become a frightfully good party host and get all your monster homies into the Halloween spirit!

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, 1962

This song has withstood the test of time. The lyrics of this iconic song allude to monsters such as Wolfman, Frankenstein, and Dracula all enjoying a spooktastic dance party. It is truly a graveyard smash with its catchy beat and addictive lyrics.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson, 1982

The music video for this song is almost as famous as the song itself. Who can resist hordes of zombies dancing in unison? As a bonus, no mere mortal can resist the legendary Vincent Price doing a stellar voice over.

“It’s Almost Halloween” by Panic! At the Disco, 2008

In the middle of the dark woods, there is a party in a clearing. Are those mummies, vampires, and werewolves partying? Nope! It is the American pop punk band in full costume! Although it’s one of the newer songs on this playlist, Panic!’s “It’s Almost Halloween” might just be the best in the genre when it comes to explaining just what Halloween is really all about. Check out the music video for the full picture.

“I Put A Spell on You” by Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins, 1956

This song has risen in popularity through its many covers and is also featured in the classic 1993 Halloween film Hocus Pocus. The original singer of this song was frightful in his own right, because Screamin’ Jay usually pulled voodoo aspects into his performances. It’s a great one and definitely worth a listen!

“Addams Family Theme Song” by Vic Mizzy, 1964

They’re spooky and they’re kooky! In the 1960s, there was a fondness for the unconventional, yet still relatable, child-friendly world of the monsters. Not only was The Addams Family a result of this trend, but it also produced The Munsters and Bewitched.

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr, 1984

Just like many other songs on this playlist, this is a track to a cult classic Halloween film. Ghostbusters has a sequel and a feminist revival too, leading to more alternative renditions by artists like Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot.

“Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain, 2011

“Calling All the Monsters” makes appearances on numerous Disney television shows. The lyrics are about facing your fears. Compare that with the monster-filled dance party in the music video. What more is there to say? Give it a play.

“Spooky Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold, 1996

There’s just something about those darn skeletons which keep bringing the spirit of Halloween year after year! This song became popular after a video of a pumpkin-masked, black leotard-clothed man did his fangtastic dance on YouTube. Give it a watch. I dare you.

“This Is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson, 1993

Marilyn Manson is scary. Now imagine him creating a song about the scariest day of the year. Terrifying, right? This song rose to popularity when it was featured on the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a classic and you should pop it on your party playlist ASAP.

“Modern Monster Mash” by Key of Awesome, 2014

This one is a little different from the rest. Instead of being a song on a CD, this Halloween hit is actually a YouTube viral sensation. Creative YouTubers Key of Awesome updated “Monster Mash” by changing the lyrics to include newer horror film icons. You’ll find Freddy Krueger from The Nightmare on Elm Street series, Michael Myers from The Halloween series, Jigsaw from Saw, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, and many more.



Hi? HIGH — listen to these ‘chunnnnes’ when you’re jamming

A playlist for when you’re living your best life

Hi? HIGH — listen to these ‘chunnnnes’ when you’re jamming

We all know how important the role of ‘aux-holder’ is when you get together with your friends to smoke. You need songs that are so great that, when no one wants to speak, you can just sit back, listen, and still have a really good time. Songs to lie back with on a sofa and close your eyes to impressive instrumentals and lyrics clever enough to provide you with something to mull over in your head. 

Bonus points if the song sounds as spaced out as you feel. 

If that’s your vibe, pop to your nearest dispensary — but not until October 17, of course — gather your friends, and stick the following on the speakers.

“Cheer up, My Brother” by HNNY, 2015

Honestly, just a really lovely song — sweet, soothing, simple vocals over a laidback beat and a gentle, sunny melody. Easy listening. Perfect to bop about to while you fry yourself up some perogies.

 “Archangel” by Burial, 2007

When I first heard this song, I listened to nothing else for about two weeks. Dense, incredibly produced minimal garage/post-dubstep, and part of a milestone album that paved the way for future experimental electronic artists like Jamie XX and James Blake. It’s actually a very sad and lonely song — listen with caution or you’ll get a bit lost in your own head. Try to admire the pioneering percussion and unique sound instead of getting lost in a depressive spiral about your ex.

“Silver” by Caribou, 2014

If you feel like an album listening session — a great high activity — check out Caribou’s 2014 Our Love, featuring this track and other bangers you may remember from your youth, like the still-great “Can’t Do Without You.” “Silver” sounds like travelling through a space tunnel or something — the fading in and out of weird trippy synthy sounds, with high-pitched, half-whispering vocals over the top that create a mini spacey dream world in a song. A perfect choice. 

“Alberto Balsalm” by Aphex Twin, 1995

It took me a while to get to a point where I could listen to Aphex Twin in a state of anything but complete confusion — so don’t fear if you feel the same. This song, however, can act as your gateway drug. But this time, instead of leading you on to heroin like your mom thinks weed will, it will lead you to one of electronic music’s most important, creative, and talented pioneers. Get lost in five minutes of music that you would never believe was made 20 years ago. 

“Two Thousand and Seventeen” by Four Tet, 2017

So rich and sweet you won’t believe your ears. Four Tet blew up with his 2017 album New Energy last year and this is one of the best songs off it. Another album you won’t regret listening to from start to finish when you’re baked. 

“North Circular” by Real Lies, 2015

A light garage beat that wouldn’t feel out of place in a club, with that Mike Skinner vibe of lonely, poetic lyrics, practically spoken instead of sung, laced through it. A really, really gorgeous song. Perfect for late nights in your lounge. 

“Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead, 2000

Radiohead, as pretentious as the people who say things like this about them, is perfect for listening to while high. The interaction of the different layers of this song is unbelievable and makes it sound so trippy and just really impressive. Perfect ‘blow your mind’ music. 

“Terrapin” by Bonobo, 2000

If at this point in the playlist, you’re in need of something a little sunnier, then no worries, I’ve got your back: some early Bonobo that I still prefer to pretty much everything he’s made since. Just really, really pleasing to listen to. 

“Marilyn” by Mount Kimbie featuring Micachu, 2017

Once again, a little bit more upbeat and feel-good. Another perfect ‘bop around the kitchen while you cook up a storm’ song. 

“Space Song” by Beach House, 2015

End on a high. Beach House’s famous tune just has everything ­— a lovely melody and vocals, a great hook, some weird synthy things, and lyrics simple enough that you can easily sing along to them no matter what state you’re in. Close your eyes, cuddle your mate, and enjoy.