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    Toking Tunes

  • How Sad, How Lovely: Ballads to ease the post-summer blues

    This week's playlist soundtracks the shift of seasons with a selection of melancholy yet warm ballads.

    October 5, 2018

    Autumn may have have arrived, and many of us feel stuck in a post-summer malaise. Temperatures have dropped, plant life has withered, moods have grown solemn; overall there’s a sense of uneasy transition.

    But what better vehicle than the ballad to accompany this seasonal shift? (Ballads of the most wayward persuasion,

  • Om: Jazz to transport you to a metaphysical plane

    The sounds of Alice Coltrane and Art Ensemble of Chicago make up this week's playlist, which goes on a long, winding journey through cosmic jazz.

    September 28, 2018

    There are probably thousands of different kinds of weed smokers out there. You have your casuals, your metalhead stoners, cannabis science nerds – the list goes on. But easily one of the best-known, and perhaps most-shamed, is the white-guy spiritualist. Nothing is more annoying than a fresh-out of university guy who is “really in touch with the 31 planes of Buddhism.”

  • Black Sun: When doobies lead to darkness

    Continuing a sinister, surreal thread, this week's playlist comprises dark, psychedelic sounds.

    September 21, 2018

    Smoking weed can take us to places we’ve never been before. Leading us by the hand, it walks us willingly into the unknown. This week, I’ve selected a playlist that accompanies those times most sinister, when the doobies lead us into darkness. That’s not to say that this is for when marijuana makes us depressed;

  • The Inmost Night: Gloomy, doomy goth sounds to color your high

    From classics like Siouxsie and the Banshees to newer ventures like Chelsea Wolfe, this week's playlist explores gloom and horror with a trip through goth.

    September 14, 2018

    Following on from last week’s blaze through a film noir lens, this weeks’ playlist paints a dark landscape to accompany getting high. Goth is the theme, and this aesthetic runs through these toking tunes: They create a world of gloomy detours and horror mise en scenes. The Inmost Night features the originals,

  • Incidental Boogie: Dramatic film noir soundtracks to whisk you away

    When stoned, the everyday can quickly become surreal and bizarre. This week, we've provided a soundtrack for those experiences

    September 7, 2018

    Smoking weed can often be a bright, yet mellow experience. For me, it’s mostly a cue to kick back, binge-watch a series, and eat ice cream in a state of utter comfort. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes you have to go out into the open world and perform simple errands while high,

  • Pissed and Passed Out: Sonic adventures through trippy films

    To subvert the typical stoner film, we've compiled a playlist full of tunes from under-appreciated works best seen with a joint.

    August 17, 2018

    The tedious conventions of the ‘stoner film’ can be detestable. There’s almost nothing worse than the mugs of James Franco and Seth Rogan chuckling away to each other about utter rubbish. In a slight turn away from the usual, this week’s Toking Tunes playlist features a bunch of film recommendations masquerading as a playlist.

  • Infatuation: Saccharine sounds to keep you hooked

    We've resisted the temptation to fill this week's playlist with Charli XCX.

    August 10, 2018

    The easiest route to curating a successful party or night-out playlist would be to fill it exclusively with post-2013 Charli XCX songs. Resisting temptation, this week’s pop playlist includes only one.

    This playlist marks a shift from some of the more introspective compilations we’ve published in recent weeks.

  • Dawn: Ambient sounds transport you to altered states

    From Meredith Monk to Holly Herndon, strange and enchanting sounds make up this week's playlist

    August 3, 2018

    In the liner notes of his seminal 1978 work Music for Airports, Brian Eno said his ambient music would “accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.”

    This has become somewhat of a blueprint for ambient artists: Craft sounds that are as unobtrusive as you want them to be.

  • Northern Lites: A playlist to ease the oppressive heat of summer

    Sunny vibes and off-kilter pop tracks offer reprieve from the sauna-like summer weather

    July 27, 2018

    Although the season is usually associated with fun and happiness, summer can be fucking horrible. At times, it feels like an eternally bleak sauna — the greatest suppressor of the mind and enjoyment. Finding the ideal album to ease the relentless heat will by no means fix the issue, but personally I find it a big help.

  • Disgrace: Appreciating inscrutable sounds with the help of cannabis

    'Noise music is listening music. It requires some certain kind of strength,' said noise artist Pan Daijing.

    July 19, 2018

    Power electronics and noise music can often seem like an impenetrable art form, but reveal themselves to be accessible and, often times, beautiful. This is most true of the fringes of the genre, reflected in the works of musicians like Pharmakon and AJA.

    Appreciating the human side of noise is the first step in enjoying it as a musical style,