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  • Keep That Same Old Feeling: Funky tunes for toking

    This week’s playlist is filled with the rhythms of funk, featuring Parliament, Tower of Power, and Chaka Khan.

    May 26, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Opening this week’s playlist is a classic tune from The Crusaders, off of the 1976 album Those Southern Knights. Keep That Same Old Feeling features a range of funky artists, including British ensemble Cymande, Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and the uncut spirit of Parliament.

    The father of P-Funk himself is,

  • Eight Miles High: A trip through psychedelic rock

    This week's playlist features essential tunes from artists that need no introduction, including Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

    May 19, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    This week’s playlist — Eight Miles High — goes on a trip through the ’60s psychedelic rock. Opening with a jam from Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper entitled ‘His Holy Modal Majesty,’ it also features tunes from The Byrds, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Small Faces, among others.

  • 3 Feet No Pressure: Sounds of Chicago footwork and beyond

    This week's playlist takes you on a journey from the essential RP Boo to the innovative JLin.

    May 12, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    3 Feet No Pressure is filled with the unexpected rhythms of footwork. From Chicago and beyond, this week we bring you sounds from (and inspired by) the street dance that originated in the ’80s.

    The playlist opens with footwork pioneer RP Boo. ‘02-52-03’ features a banging sample of DJ Slugo’s ‘114799 (The Godzilla Track),’ which listeners may recognize as a fragment of the 1964 Mothra vs.

  • I Get High: A 420 special

    For 4/20, we bring you a special playlist of weed-related tunes, from Cujo’s ‘Fat Ass Joint’ to Billy Boyo’s ‘One Spliff a Day.’

    April 20, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    As a little 4/20 celebration, we’re publishing this week’s playlist early and filling it with toking-related tunes. I Get High features melting sax loops courtesy of Cujo, the smooth vocals of Freda Payne, and the irresistible footwork rhythms of Jlin.

    Billy Boyo closes out the playlist with the famed ‘One Spliff a Day,’

  • L’isle joyeuse: Late Romantic compositions

    This week’s playlist features Western classical composers from the mid- and late-Romantic era, inspired by the Colorado Symphony's 'Classically Cannabis' events.

    April 14, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Opening this week’s playlist is a taste of the impressionist sounds of Claude Debussy, in the colorful ‘L’isle joyeuse,’ or ‘The Joyful Island.’ The vivid compositional style of Debussy seems well suited to toking — as evidenced by his inclusion (along with Giacomo Puccini) into the programs for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Classically Cannabis”

  • Psychedelic Soul: Groovy sounds from the sixties and on

    From classics by The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to more recent tunes from Lee Fields & The Expressions, this week's playlist brings you a range of soulful songs.

    April 7, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Psychedelic Soul offers everything from trippy sounds to R&B and Funk. Of course, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin makes an indispensable appearance, as do the sensual vocal talents of Minnie Riperton. Also essential is the groovy growl of Betty Davis in ‘Anti Love Song.’

    Infectious gems on this week’s playlist are Darondo’s ‘The Wolf’

  • Kaotic Harmony: A trip to Detroit

    This week’s playlist features the classic sounds of Detroit techno and electro.

    March 31, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    The sci-fi synth sounds of Dopplereffekt’s 1999 ‘Rocket Scientist’ set the scene perfectly for this week’s playlist. Though limited by Spotify’s Detroit-techno selections, Kaotic Harmony persists in taking you on a journey to the city, stopping by the iconic sounds of artists like Cybotron and Underground Resistance. [Editor’s note: Underground Resistance’s ‘Mi Raza’

  • Deep Feeling: Sounds of the blues

    We start this week’s playlist with an early tune from Chuck Berry, before moving along a range of bluesy sounds from B.B. King to Big Mama Thornton.

    March 24, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    After Chuck Berry’s passing this week, we thought it would be apt to begin our latest playlist with a song of his. ‘Deep Feeling’ is a slow and soulful blues tune off of Chuck Berry’s 1957 After School Session. Berry, a pioneer of rock’n’roll, was incidentally arrested for marijuana possession in 1990 and now has a hybrid strain named after him.

  • Forbidden Fruit: Early explorations in drum and bass

    This week's playlist delves into the early days of the iconic UK sound, featuring pioneers like 4hero, Roni Size, and Stevie Hyper D.

    March 17, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    This week’s Toking Tunes playlist features the infectious rhythms of early drum and bass. ‘Forbidden Fruit’ highlights tracks from seminal releases New Forms by Roni Size, Two Pages by 4hero, and more.

    The opening track off of the 4hero record ‘Loveless’ features American spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker,

  • Noche: Dark ventures in pop

    A wide range of dark, experimental pop sounds, featuring Kelela, Arca, Yves Tumor, and more.

    March 10, 2017
    By Mollie Zhang

    Dark and melancholy experiments in pop comprise this week’s Toking Tunes playlist. ‘Noche’ features many new up-and-coming artists across the spectrum of popular music, such as Coucou Chloé and Kamixlo, plus more established names like ScHoolboy Q.

    Haunting vocal arrangements can be heard on Coucou Chloé’s ‘Halo’ as well as Arca’s recent ‘Anoche’