August 11, 2017
This week’s Toking Tunes playlist comes from Calum Armstrong aka Pet Grotesque. A former editor at Volteface (where Word on the Tree’s founder and editor has freelanced), Armstrong left his full-time gig to pursue music. His debut album Good Egg is available at Bandcamp and you can find out more at Facebook.
August 4, 2017
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’
July 28, 2017
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.
July 7, 2017
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.
June 30, 2017
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,
June 23, 2017
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,
June 16, 2017
In the early 1900s, a new type of music called jazz was blossoming in the bordellos of New Orleans. Jazz musicians were known to be avid cannabis smokers — “moota,” as it was called, became a popular substance in the red-light district. The genre accompanied the Great Migration of African-Americans to the Midwest and Northeast in the ’20s and ’30s,
June 9, 2017
Rap music and reefer, hip-hop and the holy herb; these two things have been virtually rolled into one fat blunt since the ’90s. When Cypress Hill released their eponymous debut in 1991, they sparked a fire that continues to burn strong.
This week’s playlist decidedly avoids ‘I Got 5 On It’ and ‘Gin and Juice’ (great but overplayed weed songs) or anything by Wiz Khalifa.
June 2, 2017
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,
May 26, 2017
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,