Spring is finally here, tuneful birds have returned to our shores and trees are slowly unfolding their limbs. And to mark the most hopeful season of the year I have made a playlist that hopefully addresses the fresh and freeing feeling of Spring.
I am such a homebody as soon as sweater weather hits, I literally have to force myself to leave the house to go to work or to pick up groceries to ensure my survival. Socialising, well you can forget about that, I am not leaving the house unless it’s a life or death situation. So to fill my time I read, watch tv and study…ooh très excitant! And I also spend a weird amount of time curating perfect playlists for the mood I’m in…so here is the Chilled Out Winter Days Playlist
This playlist features some rather eclectic songs and genres…like who’d thought a film soundtrack reworking of a classic Punk Song (Hong Kong Garden I’m looking at you) would fit into a playlist with Korean Hip-Hop and soft indie folk…I think it does…this would be rather embarrassing if it doesn’t…Please tell me it does!
Also is it just me or does Sofia Coppola have such awesome soundtracks to her movies, Lost in Translation is one of the first films that I watched as a child that made me fall in love with cinema and I have watched it a million times since, and that soundtrack is just so iconic! I’ve also been obsessed with the soundtrack to Goblin which is honestly one of the best Korean Drama’s I’ve ever watched (and believe me I have devoured many!!!) and considering much of the series is set in Winter the soundtrack is perfect for this playlist. And the final soundtrack goodness that found it’s way onto this playlist is Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, this classical piece is sublimely beautiful and considering Christmas is in the title I can be my festive song of the playlist.
Autumn is upon us. And as the days get shorter and colder my listening habits change, gone are the fun and exciting party tunes of summer, it’s all about Indie Rock and a little dash of chilled out Hip-hop.
Recent Music Discoveries From The Playlist
Nell is a Korean Indie-Rock band, they have been around for ages but it was only in early September that I discovered them. My favourite song so far has to be Broken (hence why it’s the opening track on my playlist), I love how deep the song is…I just can’t get enough of it.
I’ve known of this band for quite a while and I never actually took the time to check them out. But as I’ve been in an Indie-Rock mood recently I decided to finally listen to a few tracks. As a result, I’ve fallen in love with their Electro-Funk-Indie-Pop-Rock vibe!
This track is super reminiscent of Fame by David Bowie…Was it intentional for a band called The 1975 to release a song with a very similar vibe to a song from that very year!? Hmm
Another awesome Korean Indie-Rock Band. And this music video is rather aesthetically pleasing too.
My last music update was back in March where I declared my love (and obsession) with DEAN and DPR Live. So as it’s been a while I thought I would update you on what music I’m loving right now.
JUNHO – 想像
First up we have Junho (from 2PM) and his new Japanese song 想像 which translates to Imagination. There is a mini album that this song is part of but I haven’t been able to listen to it yet as I can’t find it on iTunes, Spotify or Deezer!! (edit: The Album is now on Spotify and iTunes!!!)
The song and its accompanying music video are rather sensual , I mean look at how gorgeous Junho is! The basis of this music video is essentially a fantasy from the POV of the woman reading the book who I assume is his girlfriend. Her fantasy of him is set in a very minimalistic world with a very cool and sophisticated colour palette, the ultimate metrosexual male. However, the ending of the video is juxtaposed with Junho smiling at the woman while watching tv in a much warmer toned setting. Fantasy vs Reality!
JANELLE MONAE – DIRTY COMPUTER
If you guys follow me on Instagram then you will now that I have been obsessing over Janelle’s latest album on my insta stories quite a bit!
I absolutely love her latest album Dirty Computer (and the short film that went with it). It is such a fun and catchy collection of songs, but there is also such an important message flowing through them! Janelle speaks for the LGBTQ community, the Black community and Women. There are also commentaries on Trump’s America.
I love all of the tracks on the album but Make Me Feel is just perfection. I love the Prince feel to the song and it’s such a fitting tribute to his legacy as one of the coolest and most interesting musicians.
HOLLAND – I’M NOT AFRAID
As the first openly Gay K-Pop Idol in Korea Holland is making waves with his song I’m Not Afraid, It’s a celebratory track that declares That he’s not afraid of judgement and can be free to live his life the way he wants to.
And, the music video is amazing, it’s a further celebration of the LGBTQ community that includes Lesbians and Drag Queens and people of all different races. Inclusion at it’s best! It’s quite shameful that youtube originally put an age limit on the video! It has since been removed but the fact that it had been censored in the first place is a little concerning, especially when you consider what other content is out there that doesn’t get censored!!!
JUN. K – MS. NO TIME
Just like fellow 2PM band member Junho, Jun. K’s latest Japanese track (and the rest of the Album!) is nowhere to be found on music platforms in the UK!! So, I’ve been watching the music video over and over again! And seeing as this was his last solo promotion before going to the Army I’m sad that I can’t listen to the rest of the album!!
Ms. No Time is such a cool 90’s sounding track and the music video is so colourful and creative.
L.E.J – POUPÉES RUSSES
These three French women are so talented and their style of music is so unique (mixing rnb, classical instruments and vocals with pop). And their first album of original songs Poupées Russes (they became famous for medley mash-ups of popular songs) has become one of the most interesting albums I’ve listened to this year so far!
SEUNGRI – 셋 셀테니 (1,2,3!)
With literally every other member of Big Bang enlisted in the Military Seungri has made a comeback to tide us over for a little longer!
At first, I wasn’t keen on the song but after a second listen I became obsessed! It’s too damn catchy. The music video is pretty awesome too as it either was or looks like it was shot all in one take!! And the 50’s aesthetic is super cool! Now it’s time to check out the rest of the album.
MALIYA – BREAKFAST IN BED
This song is perfect for a chilled out Lazy Sunday morning! I found this track while listening to my discover weekly playlist on Spotify and I fell in love immediately!
MALIYA has such a soulful voice and the whole vibe of this song feels very late 90’s and early 00’s r’n’b pop! The rest of the album Ego also fits nicely with the aesthetics of Breakfast in Bed
ANGÈLE – LA THUNE
A cool laid back reggae-infused French Pop track is just what I needed this summer.
This bizarre Bonnie and Clydesque video is rather amusing, especially the critique on Social Media!
JAIN – COME
While this song is a little old (from 2016!) it was a recent discovery for me, my discovery of this awesome track was partially due to my French studies and also from my Spotify Recommendations!
This song is so catchy and perfect for the summertime and I love the African influence her music has as she spent much of her childhood in Africa. The Editing in the video is so cool and clever!
Okay, so that’s a wrap up on my Music I’m Loving Right Now Vol. II. Don’t forget to stay tuned for Vol. III which will be coming in the Autumn Time.
Let me know in the comments section what you’ve been listening to recently as I’m always on the look out for cool new music to listen too
Currently, I am listening to these two Korean Artists (DEAN and DPR Live) pretty much non-stop, so I thought I would make a playlist and share them with you as they are really awesome. I don’t really know how to describe their genre so I’m going to say that it’s Chilled Out Electronic R&B and Hip-Hop.
And of course, I am totally in love with Bigbang’s last single before they go on hiatus due to their respective military duties. Flower Road is the perfect farewell track that also promises a great comeback!
Check out my other Playlist Posts
And if you know of any musicians with a similar vibe to Dean and DPR Live drop me a recommendation in the comments section!!!