As you may or may not already know, YouTube is quite strict about having songs on videos (copyright reasons). Thus, although I cannot associate my favourite songs with my content there, I can still share it with you here. I listen to music according to the mood I am in, my Spotify playlists are very diverse. In this post I’ll try to give you some examples of the music I like and the occasions when I usually turn them on.
Jumping Around: Bleachers (‘Don’t take the money’), Paul Simon (Graceland), The Cure (‘Friday I’m in Love’), Moby, Metric (‘Gold Guns Girls’), M83, MGMT, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Jamiroquai, Anne Marie, Disclosure, Robyn (‘Dancing on My Own’), HAIM, Kygo, Beyoncé, and more. – For me, these bands are party material, mostly hipster-ish but still, either you’re dancing by yourself or with friends, just DANCE.
Relaxing: Bon Iver, Beirut, Bob Dylan (‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, one of my favourites), Kings of Convenience (‘Mrs. Cold’), Selah Sue, The Black Mamba, Angus & Julia Stone, Rodríguez, Gramatik, Rhye, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim, etc. – Either you’re thinking about your significant other or a crush, just enjoying a sunny day or a bubble bath, or you feel funky, I’m sure you can find something cool for those moments in this list.
Writing: Delicatessen, Dead Combo, Nouvelle Vague, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Massive Attack, José González, The Shins, The Cinematic Orchestra, and much more. – I wrote my master thesis listening to these (and John Mayer!), which means they work!
Sexy Times: Portishead (‘Glory Box’, and everything really), Air (‘Playground Love’), Smoke City (‘Underwater Love’), Groove Armada (‘Think Twice’), Zero 7 (‘In the Waiting Line’), The White Strips (‘I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself’), Solomon Burke (‘Cry to Me’), etc. etc. – You know what I mean.
Sadness: Janis Joplin (especially ‘Little Girl Blue’), Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley (i.e. ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’), Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone (‘Just in Time’), The Smiths, Fleet Foxes, London Grammar, Orelha Negra (‘Since You’ve Been Gone’), 10cc (‘I’m Not in Love’), … – If I’m feeling shitty, I just wanna feel… worse. These do the trick until I’m all cried out.
On Repeat AT ALL TIMES: Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Blood Orange, The xx, alt-J, Jamie XX, Arctic Monkeys, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Tegan and Sara, Lo-Fang, The Acid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, The Black Keys, The Tallest Man on Earth, Glass Animals, The National, Tame Impala, Rudimental, The Police, Thievery Corporation (Saudade). – These are some of my all times favourites.
Occasionally I listen to trash songs, of course, who doesn’t love Bieber after 5 beers, or even some reggaeton at 5am or at the gym class? Well, I do, I live in Spain after all.
I might share some more of my current favourite songs as part of the ‘Talk is cheap, my darling’ series here on the blog, stay tuned! (ahaha, see what I did there?)