There’s an art to choosing appropriate songs to listen to while you get ready to take on the night, particularly a weekend night. We’ve got that covered for you. Below, we’ve listed reasons why each artist and song will prepare you for the best and for the worst.
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H E L M U T - “Holiday”
This Berlin-based musician has a way of setting the atmosphere with his minimal and moody instrumentation and vocals.
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Puro Instinct - “Luv Goon”
Babe duo, Piper and Sky create slightly dysfunctional but dreamy soundscapes that push any listener to be present in the moment.
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Charlie Hilton - “Funny Anyway
Charlie Hilton’s newest solo project is charmingly reminiscent of Nico and reminds you that it’s all “Funny Anyway”. Its timing is quirky, things all seem a bit off but it works in a way that it’s easy to remember things don’t need to be done in conventional ways.
Broadcast - “Poem of Dead Song” (instrumental)
Float in and out of poetry derived from themes you might experience tonight and here’s to hoping none of them relate to death.
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Habibi - “I Got the Moves”
Brooklyn-based Habibi bank on their smooth way of marrying sixties girl band melodies with garage rock toughness. Stream “I Got the Moves” later on when you’re in that moment of panic and feeling like you could use an extra boost of confidence.
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The Staches - “Tall Man”
When things start winding down but you’re not ready to wind down with them, how do you find that second burst? The Staches’ “Tall Man” perfectly demonstrate this exercise.
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Los Tones - “Jangle”
These four dudes from Sydney are sexy if you’re into things like, sticking your head out the window while on roadtrips, dancing on small, round tables in basement motorcycle bars and hazy psychedelic garage rock.
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The KVB - “Always Then”
Darkwave couple the KVB slow things down without the intention of ending any excitement. Their steady vocals and demanding bass line in “Always Then” can and will remind you that you have total control over how this night goes.
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Future Holograms - “Valentine”
Future Holograms lends a bit more mysterious energy, maybe through creating a futuristic atmosphere. Maybe there’s something more to that, like fostering anonymity through putting on a new persona.
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Black Marble - “Static”
“Static” offers nearly three minutes of intentional introspection. The Brooklyn duo are more than a couple of guys who belong to the darkwave community. These two “bedroom producers” open up the listener to ask some questions that you’ve been putting off for a while.
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Labyrinth Ear - “Humble Bones”
British dream-electronic pop duo Labyrinth Ear have created a song perfectly suitable for the season and this moment: it’s optimistic. Close your eyes and envision pastels. Open your eyes and don’t be afraid to dance.
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Haraket, remixed by King Krule and Jamie Isaac - “Taint”
It’s nearly the end. Because of it, it only makes sense to slow things down. Abigail Hardiman of Haraket slides her voice over a remix that you would expect King Krule to create. It’s thoughtful, smooth and daring enough to make a lasting impression.
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Slow Magic - “On Yr Side”
For a man who has created much of his music persona behind a brightly colored mask, his audiences have accepted and become content with the unknown. This is a theme we urge you to apply to tonight: go without expectations.
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Darkside - “Metatron”
Dream team Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington conclude our recommended songs to go out to in the best way we could ever imagine. “Metatron” rises and falls, teasing the listener with its guitar solos and remapping a thought process you convinced yourself you had towards this sort of preparation.