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    Toking Tunes

  • Heathens Haze: Inspired by a new strain from the mountains of Colorado

    The Band of Heathens curates a playlist featuring newer acts like Phil Cook and legends like Jerry Garcia.

    April 28, 2017

    Editor’s Note: For this week’s playlist, Word on the Tree is excited to welcome a very special guest — The Band of Heathens. Their latest album Duende was described by Rolling Stone as “Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul,

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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’

  • Cosmic Dust: New shades of jazz

    Toking Tunes brings you a playlist of recent experiments in jazz, from established artists like Robert Glasper to newcomers like Nérija.

    March 3, 2017

    ‘Cosmic Dust’ is comprised of tracks circling jazz’s periphery in the past few years. The playlist features a range of artists from the exciting British duo Yussef Kamaal to hip-hop-influenced BadBadNotGood.

    Lakuta brings us infectious, Latin-inspired rhythms on ‘Changanya,’ and The Comet is Coming offers frantic, trippy meanderings on ‘Cosmic Dust.’

    Also included is Thundercat’s recent release ‘Show You the Way,’ which features music legends Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald.

  • Electric Lazyland: Dance music for couch lock

    This week we bring you trip-hop sounds, featuring classics from the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead.

    February 24, 2017

    Daddy G, a founding member of the band Massive Attack, describes Blue Lines as “dance music for the head, rather than the feet.” If there was ever music for couch lock, trip-hop may be it.

    This week, we bring you a playlist of trip-hop sounds,