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  • PONPONPON: POP!

    This week's playlist features hyper-saturated sounds from around the world, including a range of pop artists from the eclectic to mainstream.

    September 15, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Opening this week’s playlist is the bright and flashy ‘PONPONPON’ from J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Catch the fantastically trippy video here if you haven’t already.

    Also featured this week are a range of pop sounds. On the weirder end of things we have the eclectic Róisín Murphy with ‘Night of the Dancing Flame’ from her excellent 2005 album Ruby Blue,

  • Heart It Races: Sounds of indie rock

    This week we feature everything from the indie-pop sounds of Stars to folkier tunes from Father John Misty and Fleet Foxes

    September 8, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Many tunes from the noughties make up this week’s playlist, complete with a few more recent ventures in indie rock. We kick it off with a few feel-good tracks from the likes of Dr. Dog, Rilo Kiley, and Bombay Bicycle Club.

    In between features some folkier sounds from Fleet Foxes,

  • Devil’s Gateway: Exploring industrial sounds of the ‘80s

    A journey to the noisier side of the decade, from post-punk to synthpop

    September 1, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    This week’s playlist features tunes from post-punk’s vicinity, from noisier, industrial tracks to songs that veer towards synthpop. Based on releases solely from the ‘80s, it includes many sounds from the U.K., but also artists from the U.S., Slovenia, and Japan.

    Opening the playlist is a growling tune from industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle,

  • Herbsman Hustling: From classics to experimental dub tunes

    This week's playlist features highlights of the genre, including King Tubby, Mad Professor, and Dokkebi Q.

    August 28, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    It goes without saying that there are more than a few weed-related dub tunes out there — a few of which appear in this week’s playlist alongside classics and more experimental tracks.

    Essential sounds from time-honored artists include King Tubby’s ‘King Tubb’s Big Big Dub’ and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s ‘Rude Boy’

  • Highly Flammable: ‘Someone roll them blunts’

    This week’s playlist features high-energy, bassy sounds from East London.

    August 4, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    We bring you heavy sounds originating from East London in this week’s playlist. It features a host of Grime pioneers and essentials, from Skepta’s iconic ‘That’s Not Me’ to ‘I Luv U’ from Dizzee Rascal’s seminal Boy in Da Corner.

    Stefflon Don’s infectious, reggaeton-tinged ’16 Shots’

  • I Wanna Be Down: Smooth sounds of rhythm and blues

    Toking Tunes returns with a mellow playlist, featuring R&B sounds from the 90s to today.

    July 28, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    After our brief hiatus, we return with a soulful, R&B-tinged playlist. Opening with ‘I Wanna Be Down’ from Brandy’s 1994 eponymous album, the playlist traverses ’90s essentials, as well as more recent ventures.

    The playlist also features tunes from contemporary artists like Alexandria and Childish Gambino and the classic title tune from Aaliyah’s 1994 Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.

  • Spiritual State: Hip-hop-infused electronic sounds from Koop, Tokimonsta, and more

    Departing from the warm sounds of influential Japanese producer Nujabes, this week’s playlist features a range of dreamy tunes.

    July 7, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Nujabes’ ‘Spiritual State’ opens this week’s playlist — the first track from the eponymous album. Released posthumously, it’s a beautiful release from a producer gone far too soon. Enjoy part of his influential soundtrack for the anime Samurai Champloo here.

    The rest of this week’s selections follow a similar tangent.

  • Rising Light: Trance-inducing drone music for stoned listening

    This week’s playlist is full of meditative, drone music, featuring artists like Stars of the Lid and Sarah Davachi.

    June 30, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Opening this week’s playlist is a minimal, delicate drone piece from Sarah Davachi. ‘For Voice’ is a stunning meditation of familiar timbres made up of layered voices. Closing the playlist is Marielle V Jakobsons’ ‘Rising Light’ — a more texturally varied piece that references psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s.

    In between the two,

  • High Road: The eclectic sounds of indie pop

    This week, we feature the playful pop sounds of artists such as Santigold, Róisín Murphy, and Grimes.

    June 23, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Our latest playlist High Road features various pop sounds, from the eclectic St. Vincent to the ever-eccentric Róisín Murphy. The former has recently announced a new tour, sparking speculations over a fifth album to follow 2015’s eponymous St. Vincent.

    Also included: The catchy,

  • 28 Grams: Weighty sounds from South London

    The soul-shaking sounds of dubstep form this week’s playlist, with tunes from essential artists like Burial, Benga, and more.

    June 2, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    The title of this week’s playlist comes from Loefah and Skream’s 2005 release ‘28 Grams.’ As a teenager in South London, Loefah’s eventual music career was nothing more than a daydream entertained while smoking weed. ‘Root’ (also released in 2005) would have been an ace track for the playlist,