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”
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’
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’
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.
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,
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’
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.
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,
February 17, 2017
This week, we at Word on the Tree bring you a playlist of nostalgic, funky sounds from the Middle East. “Middle Eastern Groove” offers a blend of pop and folk music, from Lebanon in the ’90s to Turkey in the ’70s.
The playlist opens with the easy, infectious groove of Ahmed Fakroun in Nissan,
February 10, 2017
Amidst a chaotic political situation and six more weeks of winter (as predicted by Punxsutawney Phil), Word on the Tree brings you a playlist of Toking Tunes with ambient sensibilities. “Rain Dreams” features the mellow cello sounds of avid stoner Kelsey Lu, as well as the serene textures of Heathered Pearls,