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Quarantunes | Spotify Playlists

4/28/2020 | Katie Bald
Pat Fenelon

While there's certainly science backing it up, we doubt you need a subscription to Psychology Today to understand the connection between brain activity and music (see: the scientific reason that certain songs bring you right back to your 13th birthday party, your junior prom, or—cringe—summer 2012). Multiple studies have shown that music, whether it’s the stuff you’re into or the Top 40 you’re inadvertently immersed in, plays a huge part in making and recovering lasting memories (it can even reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and agitation in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease).

What’s going on globally is pretty big, and it might be easy to overlook the day to day (and even minute to minute) impact that this extended time spent in our homes will have on us for decades to come. One of the more minuscule of those effects is the music memories you’ll forever associate with 2020’s lockdown. What you’re listening to now will stay with you and remind you of this time inside for…well, forever. With that being said, we propose including the things we put in our ears as part of our quarantine health regimen. Just like we take our daily vitamins and drink lots of water, let's pick music for its nutritional value. Let's listen to the stuff that gets our hearts and bodies and dancin' feet moving. Let's listen to good music and make good memories.

Don’t know where to start? You’re in luck.

In the interest of keeping the good vibes going and helping you foster some good tunes for good memories, we’re putting together a few cityhomeCOLLECTIVE Spotify playlists--some from us, and some compiled by a few of our musically inclined friends. We'll be releasing these over the next few weeks, so be sure to follow our account for track updates and more playlists to come. Don't have a Spotify account? We've got you covered. The songs are listed below in the order they appear on their list. Hop on YouTube and listen along!

CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTs

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🎵our first playlist was created for clock-out o’clock. Close the laptop. Pour a glass. Light some candles. Unwind. (We’ll do the same, and we can pretend we’re together!) This collection of tunes is moody, laid-back, and a bit bass-heavy (we’re thinking a deep red-orange, for you synesthetes). It’s the first sip of a whiskey drink after a long week of living/working/eating/exercising/entertaining yourself from home. There’s a little old and a little new here. There’s a low, slow, soothing element at play, but with just a hint of fruit. Maybe it’s an Old Fashioned. Maybe it’s a glass of pinot noir. (Not into boozy bevvies? Think of it like an Arnold Palmer, heavy on the tea.) It’s the kind of cool that warms you from the inside out, and it’ll get you through this quarantined cocktail hour with ease.

5:00 somewhere 🥃

“The Boss” - James Brown, The J.B’s
“Cold War” - Cautious Clay
“Daddy Issues” - The Neighbourhood
“Smalltown Boy” - Bronski Beat
“Promise Not to Fall” - Human Touch
“1950” - King Princess
“Wasteland” - Tierra Whack
“How Long” - Ace
“Stayin’ Alive” - Say Lou Lou
“Vérité” - Claire Laffut
“Bonita Applebum” - A Tribe Called Quest
“Feels Like Summer” - Childish Gambino
“Right Down the Line” - Gerry Rafferty
“Canopée” - Polo & Pan
“Instant Crush” - Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas
“Desires” - Timecop1983
“Think” - Kaleida
“Girls Just Wanna Have Some” - Chromatics
“YEAH RIGHT” - Joji
"i keep forgettin' (everytime you 're near)" - michael mcdonald
“So High” - Ghost Loft
“Sordid Affair” - Röyksopp
“Summer Games” - Drake
“People, I’ve been sad” - Christine and the Queens
“Playground Love” - Air, Gordon Tracks
“Let My Love Open The Door - E. Cola Mix” - Pete Townsend

 

🎵Our second playlist is another first--that is, this compilation is a GUEST contribution from our all-time fav dj, avenues prom committee. APC KNOWS THEIR STUFF (in fact, we entrusted these deft hands with manning the 1's and 2's at every brew + 'Q ever), AND THE MOOD OF THIS LIST OF TRACKS IS SLIGHTLY MORE SUMMER-LEANING THAN OUR FIRST. IT'S HUMID, SWEET, AND VERRRYY SMOOTH. THINK: DRIVING THROUGH MIAMI AT NIGHT IN JAKE RYAN'S PORSCHE 944, HAWAIIAN SHIRT UNBUTTONED AND THE SMELL OF SUNSCREEN HANGING IN THE AIR. IT AN ELECTRIC POOL PARTY. IT'S CHIPS AND GUAC AND PATRICK NAGEL'S ICONIC '80S ART. THIS LIST IS FOR LIVING ROOM DANCE PARTIES AND FRONT STOOP SITTING. LET AVENUES PROM COMMITTEE WELCOME YOU TO SUMMER IN THE CITY...

AVENUES PROM COMMITTEE 🌴

"MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS" - DELTA 5
"HAN JAN" - PEGGY GOU
"80'S JOINT" - KELIS
"COMPOS MENTIS" - DÂM-FUNK
"WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?" - LUXXURY
"DEAR ELLESSE" - CONCISE KILGORE
"ROOFTOPS" - MXXWLL
"GLIDE THROUGH THE GALAXY" - ZACKEY FORCE FUNK
"THE WORST IN ME" - KAYTRANADA
"MOODY" - ESG
"CHERRY FUNK" - POMO, KAYTRANADA
"MOMENTS IN LOVE" - THE ART OF NOISE
"SHE'S STRANGE" - CAMEO
"BETCHA DON'T KNOW" - NAJEE
"HANGIN' ON A STRING" - LOOSE ENDS
"MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM" - THE ENGLISH BEAT
"RUN TO THE SUN" - N.E.R.D
"I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON" - CHERRELLE
"HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE" - SADE
"PORTUGUESE LOVE" - TEENA MARIE

 

🎵Our third playlist comes to you from none other than our ceo...the head honcho and boss man, chc owner cody derrick. we'll let cody tell you a bit about the vibe of this playlist himself: "i talk a lot about how we can live more intentionally, how we can create a home/space that supports us unequivocally. but what if we really worked to internalize the love songs? the verses about global conflict, fear, joy, etc.? what if we used our music in the same way we use mindful design..that is, to discover a bit more about ourselves? these songwriters are giving us a whole hell of a lot of good advice, and there is a lot of freedom in taking on the responsibility of our own inner work. this list is a long one, and it's something of an emotional roller coaster for "the self"...but that's kind of the point here. take a minute and go inside--Inside your house, inside your mind, inside your self. if you're anything like  me, you'll discover a few of your own blind spots and open the window to some self discovery (and ultimately, freedom). pro-tip: rules be damned. i suggest you thRow this baby on shuffle, put your arms up, and enjoy the ride...

going places, inside ⛰

"time" - angelo de augustine
"every time the sun comes up" - sharon van etten
"wood" - rostam
"if the sun stops shinin" - damien jurado, richard swift
"have you ever seen the rain" - willie nelson, paula nelson
"new world coming" - nina simone
"song to the siren" - amen dunes
"i'm alive" - sam garrett
"electric lines" - joe goddard
"little bit of rain" - fred neil
"____45____(live at the philharmonie de paris)" - bon iver
"the promise" - sturgill simpson
"out for the west" - CAstanets
"stranger" - paul simon, nico segal
"good luck" - meernaa
"MIdnight special" - willie watson
"square one" - moss kena
"miles away" - josh ritter
"long lonely road" - valerie june
"a hard rain's gonna fall" - The staple singers
(for the full track list, click here)

 

 

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