The November Playlist

Posted on by Zoe

When there’s nothing but minus temps and red-cold hands to come for the next few months, I’ve found two remedies that work well for me: 1) “fuzzy feeling” tunes and 2) an endless supply of salted caramel hot chocolate. Both tasty, and both positively necessary.

“Fuzzy feeling” tunes are pretty self-explanatory, but here’s my take: songs that make your tummy feel tickly on the inside. Bright, major chords need not always apply; a song with the most melancholy lyrics or melody can still bring on that fuzzy, self-indulgent feeling. You know you’ll be sidekicking with a song when it transports you elsewhere and it satisfies your mood, even if you’re wallowing in S.A.D.

Two weeks ago, I got my “fuzzy feeling” tunes all lined-up, ready to pile into a blog post. And then, my lack of timekeeping skills got in the way. So, apologies for the late arrival of the November playlist, but I hope these jams will be good enough to be forgiven. Onto the good stuff!

1. DEATH IN VEGAS - GIRLS
 

Psychedelic/electronica band Death In Vegas are known for being music chameleons - sifting between sounds at every possible opportunity. Whilst their sound can be heavy and raucous, I also love their minimalistic sound, and both forge together in ‘Girls’. N.B. Must re-watch Lost In Translation.

2. DRAKE FEAT. MAJID JORDAN - HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME
 

Drake is the man. He’s had more chart-toppers than Yeezy or Jay-Z (yeah, it’s true because I read it on The Man Repeller). This super smooth love song never peaks or slows, yet it’s still an absolute tune. Keep it on repeat like I do, it feels good.

3. STEREOPHONICS - NICE TO BE OUT
 

In case you didn’t already know, this Welsh girl grew up with ‘Word Gets Around’ on cassette. That album, along with Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’, were the sonic highlights of my childhood. So naturally, MJ and KJ’s voices just get to me; they dig a little deeper than most. ‘Nice To Be Out’ is from the Phonics’ third studio album, and it’s a little diamond in the rough.

4. LORDE - RIBS
 

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen this one coming from a mile away. Lorde is just 16 years old, but her dreamy lament of stressing over getting old proves that she is a lady way beyond her years.

5. DESIRE - UNDER YOUR SPELL
 

Another song taken from the silver-screen, ‘Under Your Spell’ is played against one of the greatest scenes in Drive. Beautiful and cinematic.

6. INCUBUS - ECHO
 

This song should remind everyone to never underestimate Brandon Boyd. One of the best gigs I’ve ever been to was an Incubus gig - they’re complete professionals and hopeless romantics. I love listening to the entire ‘Morning View’ album for the ultimate chill-out episode.

7. KATY PERRY - THIS IS HOW WE DO
 

She may be one of my top 5 girl crushes, but her new album is not high on any list for me. The only standout track, besides Roar, is ‘This Is How We Do’ - it’s as cheesy feel-good as the title suggests, and a predicted “summer of 2014″ song.

8. REEF - GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
 

Reef were my first proper rock gig back when I was a little, naive 13 year old. As much as I remember hating plastic cups of beer flying past my head, Gary Stringer’s songs and showmanship stuck with me. Reef newbie? Listen to ‘Together’ for a cohesive run-down of their best bits.

9. SNOOP DOGG & WIZ KHALIFA - YOUNG, WILD & FREE FEAT. BRUNO MARS
 

A curveball for the Romeo playlist, but I’m keeping it carefree, bubbly and happy. Young, wild and free!

Check it all out on Spotify:

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  • Miri Koslowski

    I look forward to these every month. Thanks Zoe!! :)