WARMER MIXTAPES #1226 | by Ulysse Genet [CHAZE]

1. Chic | I Want Your Love
This one because my mom used to play that album back in the 70's, even if she was more Rock oriented, and I kept remembering that song. Also because more than 30 years later the song didn't age at all and everything about it is great, you have to move your body when you hear it!

2. Joe Arroyo | Rebelión (No Le Pegue A La Negra)
As you see I listen to everything, well, almost... And Salsa is a genre I really appreciate. This is Colombian Salsa, Joe Arroyo was one of the greatest. This song reminds me about when I went to Medellín for the first time 4 years ago, I could hear the song everywhere playing even knowing it's an old song... Great feeling to be in Medellín and listen to dope Salsa!

3. Rare Arts | Boriqua Posse (The Kiss Connection Mix)
This is a dope Latin House track from 1991, reminds me of one of the first times I went to visit NYC. It was crazy back in the days and you could hear cars bumping that track from Brooklyn to the Bronx!

4. Giorgio Moroder | Chase (Midnight Express Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
I'm also a big fan of Movie Soundtracks and this Music in the movie is just incredible... There was an audio recording of the French gangster Jacques Mesrine (that was killed by cops in the 70s) where he is listening to the soundtrack and having visions... I think you can find that audio on YouTube, it was a letter he was writing to his wife and doing it while listening to the soundtrack. He died just a few days later, pretty intense stuff... Not sure if Giorgio Moroder is aware of that...

5. Tangerine Dream | Beach Scene (Thief Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
One of my favorite soundtrack themes ever I also love the movie, some real deep stuff, makes you escape from whatever mood you're in... 

6. The Blackbyrds | Rock Creek Park 
There is too many Soul, Funk and Disco tracks to name one, but this one just came up to my mind. Reminds me the time when I used to live in Queens, New York, chilling in the park with my girlfriend in the summertime... And hiding our drinks from the cops...

7. The Notorious B.I.G. | Unbelievable
I lived 12 years in NY, but before I lived there I used to go at least every 2 years. I was in NYC in the Summer of 1994 when I heard this song on the radio and I was like what the fuck is that??... I was listening to a lot of Hip Hop at that time and this just sounded new. I was blown up by the DJ Premier's beat and by the rapper, B.I.G. Great, great song and times!!

8. The Flamingos | I Only Have Eyes For You 
when you see "a bronx tale" then you gotta fall in love with that oldies song,just great 60's vibe.

9. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 | The Message
My background is Graffiti, I have been writing for over 25 years. There is a classic documentary from the 80's called Style Wars. When the song The Message gets played in the movie it is just magical, I get goose bumps...

10. Dion | The Wanderer
This is another song I discovered trough a movie, The Wanderers, great 70s movie about the gangs in NYC in the 60s... Lyrics are crazy and also give me goose bumps!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1225 | by Mauro Büchler, Carlo Lardi and Manuel Jacomet of Plasma

SIDE A | by Mauro Büchler

1. Rage Against The Machine | Killing In The Name
This is one of the first songs that really blew my mind away.

2. Moderat | Rusty Nails
The perfect song to ride down a freshly snow-covered mountain on the snowboard.

3. Oceansize | One Day All This Could Be Yours
This song reminds me of a good friend. We played this song a thousand times on the air drums, totally drunk.

4. The Killers | Mr. Brightside
Makes you just happy!

5. Queens Of The Stone Age | First It Giveth
Did you listen the drumbeat in the chorus? Baaaaaam!

6. The National | Lemonworld
A song to cry...

7. Atoms For Peace | Amok
I drove like a mad man a thousand miles by bicycle to Rome. Just to listen to this song.

8. Massive Attack | Atlas Air 
My favorite car-driving song. Not forgetting to hang your arms out the car window!

9. The Notwist | Consequence
Melancholy - fuck off.

10. Portishead | Mysterons 
Favourite voice, favourite drum beat and favourite atmospheric sound.

SIDE B | by Carlo Lardi

1. Lazerhawk | King Of The Streets
I listen to this song often right now. When I need some energy or just a mood-change.

2. Placebo | Running UpThat Hill (Kate Bush Cover)
Also one of my favorites at the moment. Beautiful song to chill out and stay in bed.

3. Iron Maiden | The Trooper
Also a song that can give me lots of energy. One of my all-time favorites from one of my all-time favorite bands. In my opinion, no other track represents the band better than The Trooper: A dramatic story, told in a melodic monster - strong, fast and absolutely intense.

4. Iron Maiden | Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)
As I learned playing the bass-guitar by learning to play almost every song from Iron Maiden, Losfer Words stands for fun and challenge for the ones to play it. It reminds me of the time when I was a 17-year old, playing it loud at my parents house disturbing the neighbours.

5. Muse | Hysteria
When I first heard this song, I didn't believe that I could play that awesome bassline. One of my favourite basslines in Young Rock History. I used to listen to it a lot, about three or four years ago.

6. The Killers | Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
When talking about basslines, this is another favourite song of one of my favourite bands. I still like to listen to it, mostly when I'm alone.

7. The Prodigy | Invaders Must Die
I love to dance. No other Music makes me wanna party more than The Prodigy. The songs from the album Invaders Must Die reminds me of a party in late 2009, where we danced in Nature of the Swiss mountains to the whole album.

8. Lady Gaga | Dance In The Dark
In 2010, I became a big fan of Lady Gaga's second album The Fame Monster. Epic Dance In The Dark still is my favourite song from Lady Gaga. I never really understood why she didn't make a single and video out of it. Huge melodies and riff, reminds me of 80s Heavy Metal themes.

9. Kiss | Creatures Of The Night
I discovered this awesome record on a holiday in Greece, when a friend of mine played it in the car while driving to the beach. We were about 18 years old.

10. Placebo | Song To Say Goodbye
Reminds me of the sad moment when an ex-girlfriend of mine lost her beloved cat.

SIDE C | by Manuel Jacomet

1. Eminem | Kim
This is the best example that Music can be a valve to let out Aggression, Anger and Hatred. It sounds like a cathartic exercise. It’s beautiful to be part of it. (Unfortunately his wife Kim unwillingly got into Media).

2. The Fall Of Troy | I Just Got This Symphony Goin'
I enjoy their unorthodox song writing, done in unconventional time signatures. I like his voice changes, which reach from Growling to Screaming to a gentle Falsetto.

3. Tom Waits | In The Neighborhood
Tom Waits is one of my all time favourite artists. I like his eclectic way of making Music.

4. OutKast | Return Of The "G"
André 3000 is a versatile genius. His (anti-)flow in the verse is unbelievable.

5. Die Prinzen | Schlaflied
My mum played me this song when I was a little kid. I still like listening to it. The melody is just brilliant.

6. Maximilian Hecker | My Fiends
I love his fragile voice. It’s like from another world.

7. Mobile | See Right Through Me
While I’m listening to this chorus I become weightless.

8. The Low Anthem | Charlie Darwin
It is so beautiful I can barely breath.

9. Slipknot | People = Shit
Slipknot at their best time. I like their energy. My favourite part is Sid’s scratching part. I love DJs that play in real bands.

10. France Gall | Les Sucettes
Deep lyrics.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1224 | by Shannon Hurley of Lovers And Poets

1. Donna Summer | I Feel Love
The best Electronic Dance song of all time, thanks to Giorgio Moroder’s innovative use of the Moog and the drum machine. Plus, Donna Summer’s voice worked so well in the world of Dance Music. It still sounds so timeless, yet futuristic.

2. The Beatles | Here Comes The Sun
George Harrison’s sweet, simple song contains two of my favorite things: Moog Synthesizers and handclaps.

3. Joe Jackson | Look Sharp!
Jackson combines Jazz, Pop, and Punk with just the right balance of polish and attitude.

4. Zero 7 | Destiny (with Sia Furler and Sophie Barker)
Sia’s rich, soulful voice raises this track high and above the rest of Zero 7’s catalog. This is one of the first songs I heard on KCRW after moving to LA and reminds me of that place and time.

5. Chantal Kreviazuk | In This Life
This is my ultimate sing-along song. Chantal’s writing reaches pure perfection here, and her voice is the vehicle for the song. It has a lovely arrangement and the mixing is top-notch. Sonic Pop Enjoyment.

6. Boards Of Canada | Roygbiv
Emulating the soundtracks from old projector films used for Public Schools in the 70s, Boards Of Canada nails it with this song. The warm analog sounds bring about a great sense of nostalgia.

7. The Human League | Don’t You Want Me
The hypnotic drum machine, the heavy synth riff, and those ultra-cool vocals (not to mention the band’s androgynous style in the Music Video) have earned a righteous place in 80s Pop Music history.

8. Bill Withers | Lovely Day
The warmth of the Wurlitzer gives me goose bumps in this incredibly vibe-y song. The Sun always comes out when listening to it.

9. Keane | Somewhere Only We Know
Tom Chaplin’s soaring vocals make this song a standout on Keane’s debut album Hopes And Fears.

10. Gerry Rafferty | Baker Street
One of my earliest Musical memories is this song coming on the radio. It has the greatest saxophone riff of all time.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1223 | by Narongrit Ittipolnavakul [Hope The Flowers/Hon Narongrit]/(Poxydonz, Disaster Of Abyss, SendingPop, Landfall, Step Touch) & Wasin Wainiya [Arm Wainiya] of HOLD ME and Willshare

SIDE A | by Narongrit Ittipolnavakul

1. L'Arc-En-Ciel | Jyojyoushi
The first song I listened in J-Music when I was 15. I goosebumped when I heard it. I didn’t know the meaning of it, but made me want to compose Japanese-style songs. It describes me right now and brings me closer to Music and Composition.

2. The Devil Wears Prada | Swords, Dragons, & Diet Coke
In 2010 there were many Metal-Core bands. I felt into this song because its unorthodox and heavy rhythms stirred me so much. That’s why I compose Music with heavy rhythms and focus on Bass rather than Treble.

3. miaou | Anything Goes
The first time I heard Post Rock Music. I was trying to find my favorite style from the American, European or Asian bands. Then I found miaou. I love their sweet Asian melodies and riffs and inspired me to compose Tsuki No Minna. Honestly, they are my main influence. I want to prove that I can make what I want. All or nothing.

4. Mono | Dream Odyssey
It makes me dream deep in Space. Mono is very good on making those moods. I’ve watched their live show in Thailand and loved it. Everything out from the instruments is gracefully integrated. And this is the another influence in my Music.

5. This Will Destroy You | Threads
While finding Post Rock Music the best fit for the idea in my work, I found This Will Destroy You. They have sweet guitar melodies and heavy rhythms. This is it! This is what I will combine with my Asian style.

6. Inspirative | Felicity Is Out There
The first Thai band I’ve known in Post Rock Music. They’re so great in describing the Thai style with their non-lyrical Music. It’s like they compose the Music inspired by the experiences in their own lives. It’s like they’re telling the story in the song. That makes me want to make my own Post Rock band.

7. Afternoon | Thomas Alva Edison
When I’ve listened to Inspirative I continued finding more Thai Post Rock bands from the Post Rock label named FinalKid. That's how I found Afternoon. First time I watched the video for this song I felt that I was missing someone and it brought back some old memories. It’s fantastic.

8. Enuff Z'Nuff | Fly High Michelle
They’re my favorite Hard Rock band. I admit that I’m not in their generation. I feel like growing up when I listen to their sound. I want to compose Music like them, have a fashion style like them... I love it! It has some Asian scents... But it’s up to your feeling.

9. Hammock | Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life
This song encourages me, gives me a hope to fight the despair in my past. It’s like they bring me to the Stars. I always get some powers to stand and fight in my life and my journey. When I’m downhearted... I always pick this song.

10. Explosions In The Sky | The Only Moment We Were Alone
I didn’t like it a lot the first time I heard it. But on their live show in Thailand, in 2014, OH MY GOD!... It’s so powerful. It made me feel goosebumps and my heart shivered.

SIDE B | by Wasin Wainiya

1. Yellow Magic Orchestra | Rydeen 
First time I heard them on Live Earth (07/07/07), on TV. In a midst of many World's favorite bands, they were the last band in that broadcasting. I thought that they are really cool. And when I listened to this song in the show... I loved its peaceful melodies instantly. With Kiyomisu Temple in the background. It was a very epic show for me. And made me to be their fan.

2. Ryuichi Sakamoto | Energy Flow
Yellow Magic Orchestra brought me to him. After hearing this song, I suddenly dashed to my friend’s piano and composed my song named Cleansing. He’s my main influence in my own Music.

3. Inspirative | Felicity Is Out There
First Post Rock band I've heard. With the beautiful melodies and harsh harmonies in the last section of the song, I feel like I’m painting a picture that doesn't impress me enough. Then I splash the color into the picture and make a beautiful picture at last. I instantly loved Post Rock Music thanks to this song.

4. L'Arc-En-Ciel | Finale
I love their composition in this song. Long intro to make a mood, storytelling harmony and beautiful melodies. I have listened to this song nearly 50 times in a row.

5. Casiopea | Asayake
They bring me into the Jazz Fusion world with this song. With enthusiastic riffs, rhythms and the unorthodox chord progression, I fall in Love with this Music and I want to be able to play it. I’m still practicing...

6. Pat Metheny Group | Have You Heard?
Pat Metheny is a Jazz guitarist. He widens my Music World with his well-known exciting Jazz Music. With his unique Improvisation and Composition, he’s another inspiration to get various ideas from. This is the first song I heard from his group and I was thrilled with the exciting and funny rhythms.

7. Mogwai | Mogwai Fear Satan
They are my first foreign Post Rock band. I'm always amazed with their rages burst out from the song. It’s powerful and it feels like they blast all of their pain, anger, rage, fury... Everything in this song. Fantastic!

8. Slipknot | Surfacing
I’ve listened to this song since I was 8 via my elder brother. Everything from this song was new for me. The brutal riffs, heavy rhythms and harsh screams... I've been addicted and it made me fall into the Metal’s pit since then.

9. The Chemical Brothers | Elektrobank
Their Music is not only EDM. I think it has some IDM’s scent in it too. I feel the same like in the Music Video. It’s like the story. It brings me to another world of EDM.

10. Boards Of Canada | Reach For The Dead
The pure IDM, their Electronic Music is not for the clubs. It’s for the listeners! Well, not much synthesized sounds in this song. I can imagine anything freely while I’m listening. I can Free myself from the Real World to Imagination and do anything I want!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1222 | by Rob Cameron (Second Family, EEEK!), Daniel Ruiz (DruiZ, Aunts And Uncles, Synthcake, White Blood Cells, we just stole a car, Sorry Buttons, Like Animals Again, Slight Birching, Half Chinese), Andrew Janczewski (Second Family) & Tristan Orchard (DBL Dragon) of BESTiE

SIDE A | by Tristan Orchard

1. Deftones | Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) (Acoustic)
I don't really listen to Deftones at all but somehow stumbled on this Acoustic version which flips it from being a really heavy song into something the complete opposite. I love the Warmness to it, the crackles, the Lo-Fi-ness of it. I have it connected in my head to a Summertime memory of an oceanside cabin on Hornby Island, one of the gulf islands that's a few hours travel from Vancouver that is my favourite place in the World. It's night time and it's warm and I'm with good people.

2. Justin Bieber | All That Matters
This song is currently stuck in my head and on repeat.

3. Roy Orbison | Crying

4. Usher | Climax
This is one of my favourite songs. The vocal melodies in are amazing. I remember being in awe of them and thinking it was the hardest song ever to sing. I use it to warm up my vocals before shows.

5. Todd Terje | Inspector Norse
There's a short film documentary about this song called Whateverest which details this guy's who the song is about, who makes this homemade drug out of household chemicals and gets really high. He's also an artist and does this piece he calls No Bad Days which is the inspiration for our album title.

6. Best Coast | Bratty B
Best Coast's Crazy For You album got me through a break up and this is my favourite song from it.

7. Björk | Hunter
In my second year of University, I took half the year off and went back packing in Europe. I was on a ferry leaving Turkey for the Greek Islands and this song was playing and I have that moment locked in my head.

8. The Beach Boys | Good Vibrations
Before I was old enough to choose Music to listen to, I would listen to a lot of The Beach Boys that my dad would play. I love this song. It's perfect. It embodies everything all at once. The harmonies, the production, the instrumentation.

9. Monie Love | It's A Shame (My Sister)
One of my biggest pet peeves is having a song in your head but no idea what it is or how to find. When I was really young this song was on the 90's US TV show In Living Colour which was a personal favourite. They used to have these dancing parts of the show for the intro and before it would go to commercial and JLo was one of them, LOL. It was super badass. They played this song. Maybe 15 years later, working as a DJ, I was digging for vinyl at a shop and speaking with a DJ who had been playing for a while and hummed the melody and he knew the song! Then I had to find it and ordered three different versions of it as it turned out the version I had heard was only on the 7" single.

10. Miguel | Sure Thing
This is basically the sexiest song ever written. I want to cover this song, but the rest of the band won't do it because they have black hearts. I hate them.

+11. Drake | Best I Ever Had
About a year ago I needed to get out of town and convinced my best friend to travel down to Portland with me to hang with some band friends we have down there. We didn't really plan anything and just winged it. We ended up camping in the middle of nowhere on the coast on a beach and doing some psychedelics. At a certain point I swear thought we were being visited by aliens but it turned out it was the US Coast Guard and they were watching us with this night vision infrared light for 30 minutes from a boat. They finally left after deeming that us foreigners weren't a threat. We had this little tiny speaker thing and this song played.

SIDE B | by Daniel Ruiz

1. Lucho Bermúdez y Su Orquesta | Arroz Con Coco
I love this song because it not only has my grandfather singing on it, but it also is one of the funnest Cumbias from the great Lucho Bermúdez. I always want to dance to this and sing along.

2. Charles Mingus | Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
This song made me want to study Music, it especially gave me a great perspective and made want to study the Jazz idiom in the drumset. It blends Cumbia Music with rainforest sounds that transcends into an epic Charles Mingus Jazz composition, which involves a very inspired performance with the uniqueness of his writing.

3. Queen | Don't Stop Me Now
Queen is one of the best bands of all time, their 1988 Live Aid performance is by far the best live set ever! Ha. Don't Stop Me Now is an excellent crafted tune that just gets more epic as it progresses, it is not an epic over played Bohemian Rhapsody, but also it's not just a simple Pop tune. Plus it is about having a good time!

4. Tony Allen | Jakelewah
Afrobeat at its finest, by Fela Kuti's drummer; a very amazing musician. This tune like most of his others, has a great message, a cool arrangement with really interesting polyrhythms and a great musical craftsmanship.

5. Radiohead | 15 Step
In Rainbows is in my opinion Radiohead's best album to date. It incorporates a solid intricacy of really Experimental writing with an unique Pop sensibility. I could choose pretty much every song of this album, but I went with 15 Step because it's in 5 or 10 or 15, whatever you want to see it as.

6. The Meters | Tippi Toes
The guitar riff on this song is basically what draws me in, it is so creamy and catchy, for me The Meters will always be an inspiration to Funk and R&B.

7. Daft Punk | Contact
Although Random Access Memories is a new album, it really caught my attention, it blends Electronic sounds with an amazing Live studio band. When I first heard the last song of the album, Contact, I thought it was a perfect way to end it, because of its climactic nature. Also shout out to Giorgio By Moroder and Motherboard from the same album.

8. King Crimson | Indiscipline
This song has one of the most epic drum buildups with a very wacky riff and super intricate storyline. To be honest ever since I heard it I have been a huge Bill Bruford fan.

9. Holy Fuck | Super Inuit
This band is awesome, and they play and amazing live show, full of energy and great upbeat tunes. This song to me is the amalgamation of High Energy sweat drenched super good times, and it's all condensed into one song. Great tune to get work done to.

10. Return To Forever | Captain Senor Mouse (feat. Chick Corea)
This song is very intense, and it's from the 70's Jazz Fusion era, very challenging and performed with pristine precision. I am not the biggest Chick Corea fan, but this song in particular gets me every time, I love it!

SIDE C | by Andrew Janczewski

1. Art Ensemble Of Chicago | Thème De Yoyo
I don't know what you would call this kind of Jazz, but it's fantastic. Very raw and stripped down, with a great groove. Whoever recorded this really found an amazing sound for the band. The song is taken from an album called Les Stances A Sophie, which I found through Soul Jazz Records. A really wonderful label that generally focuses on re-issuing albums or genre compilations of older Music. I got into them when following my love of Jamaican Music. I highly recommend checking them out.

2. Lokonon André & Les Volcans | Mi Kple Dogbekpo 
I came across this track not that long ago on a compilation record called African Scream Contest on the Analogue Africa label. I really love older African Pop Music. You can often hear an influence from the Popular Western Music of whatever time it was recorded, but they take it somewhere else with unique approaches to rhythm and melody. I'm often fascinated by African guitar players, but this song has a great vocal melody.

3. Loose Joints | Is It All Over My Face (Female Vocal)
Tristan turned me on to this song and it's now one of my favorites. It's Disco, from the Disco era, but completely stripped of any of the saccharine, lush production and instrumentation often associated with the genre. Guitar, bass, drums, Rhodes piano and a superb vocal line. Just an amazing song.

4. George Harrison | Wah-Wah 
I had never listened to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album until a friend gave it to my girlfriend a while ago. The whole triple album is amazing. I could have chosen many of the songs from it, but I like this one too, so here you go.

5. Freddie Scott | (You) Got What I Need 
Not much to say about this one, just a solid old R&B song. It's the basis for the Biz Markie classic Just A Friend.

6. A Certain Ratio | Do The Du (Casse)
Here's a really danceable Post-Punk, Punk-Funk kind of thing that I always come back to. I really like ACR. The late 70s/early 80s seemed like a very interesting time for Underground Dance Music, with disparate worlds coming together. Punk influenced white kids from Manchester adopting New York dance styles and Martin Hannet producing ESG.

7. David Bowie | Word On A Wing 
I love, love, love David Bowie. This is from the Station To Station album, which I think stands up alongside the three Berlin albums that came immediately after (pretty much everything he did in the 70s is incredible). What gets me about this song is his vocal delivery. It might equal his singing on Heroes.

8. Hannah Epperson & Oh No! Yoko | Soft Shoulder 
This is a collaboration between some friends of ours and produced by Howard Redekopp, with whom we worked on our album. A group of very talented people all around. We were there when Howard played them the first mix, and I remember being blown away when Hannah comes in with the hook. It arrives out of left field and is beautiful.

9. Peter Tosh | I Am That I Am
I'm a big fan of Jamaican Music from the 60s and 70s. A small island that produced a disproportionate amount of staggeringly good Music. My mom had Peter Tosh's Equal Rights album on tape when I was a kid and now I have it on vinyl. Maybe that's why I like that album and this song so much. Thematically, it's pretty classic Peter Tosh, but the simplicity of the lyrics and melody in the chorus really stand out for me.

10. Portishead | The Rip
This is from the album Third. Beth Gibbons has the most amazing, haunting voice. I love the way this song slowly builds, but still remains perfectly understated. Also, I'm fascinated by songs that never deviate from one chord progression but don't feel at all repetitive (Gut Feeling by Devo, Radiohead's The National Anthem). I hope to write one at some point.

SIDE D | by Rob Cameron

1. Joni Mitchell | All I Want 
I had a turntable in my room when I was a teenager in the late 90s. I would fall asleep listening to my mom's copy of Blue. Anytime I hear any of the songs off that record it makes me think of home and my mom. Like a safety blanket for my ears.

2. The Strokes | Under Control 
I was really into The Strokes around the time I first started playing Music with a few of my best friends. It was a great period in my life and this brings me back there. It makes me think of riding around in a minivan blasting tunes. Drinking beers and cheap wine in the driveway with the garage door open, taking a break in between trying to make up songs.

3. Born Ruffians | This Sentence Will Ruin/Save Your Life
Whole album... The first time my friend Simon played me this song it blew my mind. Again in the mini van. Some good tunes in that van. Born Ruffians are still one of my favourite bands 7 years later. The EP this song is off of would be on my top 10 album list if one existed. Simon is still one of my best friends in the world as well. Longevity, that's what's up.

4. Animal Collective | Fireworks 
Animal Collective helped change the way I thought about Music. Strawberry Jam is my fav album of theirs, and this is my fav song off that album. Tough call. I wanted one Animal Collective song on here. I love their songwriting. They write weird demented Pop songs that are catchy as fuck. Respect.

5. Grizzly Bear | On A Neck, On A Spit 
This song is beautiful. Grizzly Bear write beautiful Music. I find it cerebral and sophisticated. It makes me feel like a real grown up when I listen to it and is what I imagine young to middle aged intellectuals listen to. Being a pseudo wanna-be intellectual myself, I relate to that. Grizzly Bear are the real deal for the everyman. They take me to a specific place and affect a different approach in thought for me. Plain and simple, I like how it makes me feel.

6. A Tribe Called Quest | Jazz (We've Got) 
I Love Hip Hop. A Tribe... are one of the best. One of my favourite things about them is how they blend and sample other genres. Mainly Jazz. Bet you didn't guess I was gonna go there... It's an homage, adaptation, and re-imagining all in one. And it rules.

7. Miles Davis | Blue In Green (with Bill Evans)
One of the saddest songs I listen to on a regular basis. I put this on when it's raining a lot. Or when I'm feeling contemplative. It's not depressing. It's not always that sad every listen either. But it can take me there if I want it to. And Music that can take you somewhere is more precious than gold.

8. Joy Division | Atmosphere 
I just fucking love the bass playing in this song. The bass is one of my favourite parts of Joy Division. Peter Hook is definitely an influence for me. This song in particular though, the tone and simplicity just hit perfectly for me.

9. Konono Nº1 | Paridiso 
Andrew gave me this incredible compilation a few years ago called Africa 100. This song was on it. It's been on my iPod ever since. It was even my ringtone for a spell, I love it so much. If you watch a video of this band you will appreciate it even more. A lot of the instruments are home made out of less than ideal materials. This opened A New World of Music for me. Thanks, Andrew!

10. Kendrick Lamar | Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
I took a break from Hip Hop and Rap Music for a while. It became monotonous in the Mainstream and stagnated as a whole. Kendrick Lamar wasn't the one to break this monotony. He wasn't even the one to change my perception of Hip Hop and alert me to its departure from the dark ages. But this entire album... Wow. On repeat. Over and over. Please.