Follow these 3 influential artists’s own Spotify playlists.
BY JESS BLACKLEY
- Lorde: LATE P.M., EARLY A.M.
Who: She made us all feel like royalty back in 2013 and now she’s back to shining the green light for to go and enjoy this one-of-a-kind voice.
You’re in Lorde’s Spotify:
- Broken Social Scene’s take on people changing with Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl
- The great use of panning in James Blake’s I Only Know What I Know, (your ears will awaken to new possibilities)
- Drake frustrated that his ex girl don’t appreciate what he did on Shot For Me All of these fit the ballsy honesty-is-the-best-policy lyric theme Lorde has going on.
You’ll dig it if: You don’t really care for the hype of the world and would just rather reflect on it; with the help of some synths, bass and atmospheric vocals.
When to listen: After you’ve watched a movie that has made you rethink every little thing about your life and you need some music to match this melancholy feeling.
- Tori Kelly: Tori’s Picks
Who: 2016 Grammy Best New Artist nominee. Bloody good hair. I’d be surprised if guitar sales across the demographic of teen girls after listening to the smash hit, Nobody Love didn’t hit a spike.
You’re in Tori’s Spotify:
- When you’re surrounded by the Spanish- neo soul goodness of Really Love by D’Angelo
- The g-funk greatness of Kendrick Lamar’s King Kunta and the song any pop artist would kill to have their name on
- Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud; it’s not a bad place to be.
You’ll dig if: you love soul, R&B, music with a message other than sex and just darn good melodies that’ll leave you smiling and thinking from the first 15 seconds.
When to listen: while you’re driving back after a trip with your mates (road trip anyone?). They’ll love you for this feel good collection of bangers with just a little more mystery than your usual 120bpm.
- Kendrick Lamar: The Making of ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’
Who: Arguably the most influential hip-hop artist of the last 5 years, he’s not only made his mark on Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown in 2015 but had the leading statesman in the music industry Pharrell in 2011 state, ‘He one of the next Outta Compton’. Prophetic.
You’re in Kendrick’s Spotify: Take a good look around. These are the songs that Kendrick drew inspiration from for his platinum selling debut good kid m.A.A.d city. Prepare to be surprised if you’re only aware of his funky Alright.
- Immerse yourself in the slinky, orchestral vibe from Portishead’s Roads
- The perfect harmonies of The Isley Brothers’ slow jam, Let’s Fall in Love, (Pt.1 & Pt. 2)
- The philosophical Slippin’ by DMX.
You’ll dig if: You love seeing a sliver of the behind the scenes process of an artist’s project. It makes you feel more human, knowing that they actually had to work for the masterpiece they now call their album. You’re a hip-hop devotee but a sucker for subtle neo-soul, and impeccable musicianship.
When to listen: be a catalyst for change, like these records were for Kendrick in the making of his debut. Feel the surge of greatness through your veins as you crank the volume on this one, while finishing that thing you really need to.