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Shuffle your entire music library, then tell me about the first five tracks that come up.

I thought it might be cool to get a random slice of people's music libraries, musical knowledge, and how they relate to songs that aren't necessarily standouts or favorites. Don't worry about the five tracks being a representative sample of your tastes or anything--I just think it's a fun exercise!

Also, if you get a bad list of five, it's okay to re-roll.

63 comments

  1. [3]
    CALICO
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    Deathmøle–Fifty Goddamned Skeleton Warriors Korpiklaani–Wooden Pints Rush–Far Cry Moby–When It's Cold I'd Like To Die Röyksopp–Flax Youtube links taken from a shuffle of the music library on my...
    1. Deathmøle–Fifty Goddamned Skeleton Warriors
    2. Korpiklaani–Wooden Pints
    3. Rush–Far Cry
    4. Moby–When It's Cold I'd Like To Die
    5. Röyksopp–Flax

    Youtube links taken from a shuffle of the music library on my external HDD. 516h42m of audio all told, apparently; to say nothing of everything I have bookmarked on Spotify. Not what I expected to see, but not a poor selection.

    1. This is an instru-metal track by the fictional band Deathmøle, run by the author of webcomic QuestionableContent, Jeph Jacques. This one doesn't stick out to me in particular, but I don't really have any favorite tracks by him. They're all good by me.

    2. Korpiklaani is a Finnish folk-metal band, and I found them through listening to Turisas and exploring folk-metal. I love this track, and that badass outhouse-violin-monk.

    3. Surely y'all'd've heard of Rush? This track comes off the 2007 album, Snake & Arrows. This is a not-favorite track on a not-favorite album, but it's still a great Rush song I can't help but to jam out to.

    4. One of Moby's better tracks if I'm being honest. Featured in TV's The Soprano's and Netflix's Stranger Things, I have no connection to this track outside of just listening to its album, Everything Is Wrong (1995). Love Moby and his ethereal aural oscillations.

    5. Röyksopp is a Norwegian electronic-duo, perhaps most known in the US for that one Geico commercial. Really chill track off the B-side to the original 7" vinyl pressing of Eple.

    10 votes
    1. hamstergeddon
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      One of my favorite things about Rush is that they've been able to consistently put out good music over the years. So many bands from the 70s/80s broke up and came back later with subpar music. Or...

      Surely y'all'd've heard of Rush? This track comes off the 2007 album, Snake & Arrows.

      One of my favorite things about Rush is that they've been able to consistently put out good music over the years. So many bands from the 70s/80s broke up and came back later with subpar music. Or they shuffled up the lineup and the result just wasn't great. But Rush has been Geddy, Alex, and Neil since the 70s and they're still churning out music that makes you wonder how on earth all that sounds comes from just 3 people.

      4 votes
    2. firstname
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      I have been a huge fan of Röyksopp since the early 2000 when i first listened to their Album Melody A.M. And i have never heard or seen that b-side of the eple vinyl! This is pretty big for me, i...

      I have been a huge fan of Röyksopp since the early 2000 when i first listened to their Album Melody A.M. And i have never heard or seen that b-side of the eple vinyl!

      This is pretty big for me, i would kill something, perhaps a spider, to be able to add that to my spotify playlist. Thank you so much!

      3 votes
  2. [9]
    kfwyre
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    Regina Spektor - Small Town Moon This isn't my favorite Regina Spektor track, but it's still got a great feel to it. Great, focused piano, her distinctive voice, and quirky flourishes. The...
    1. Regina Spektor - Small Town Moon

    This isn't my favorite Regina Spektor track, but it's still got a great feel to it. Great, focused piano, her distinctive voice, and quirky flourishes. The stomp-claps behind the bombastic chorus are satisfying, though the song is over way too quickly. I like the straightforward sentiment: how do you leave home without hurting those you love?

    1. Imogen Heap - Closing In

    Again, not my favorite Imogen Heap song, but it's still good. Either the arrangement is more subdued than her other stuff, or it's been a while since I've listened to this album, but her voice sounds more front and center than I remember. I do like that there's a nice build and gentle release at the end.

    1. LCD Soundsystem - Great Release

    This is a track I didn't know off-hand. It's off of LCD Soundsystem's first album which is in my library but which I never really listened to (I picked them up with Sound of Silver). Listening to the track now it's got a nice slow build. Don't know what else to say about it beyond that at the moment.

    1. Muscles - Sweaty

    Muscles is an oddity for me. Their vocals are kind of annoying and their topics are kind of inane, but they do everything with an earnest, charming, down-to-earth quality that makes me smile. This track is a perfect distillation of their sound. The recurring chorus "my hand slipped into your hand / and it was awesome / and you were special" is pulled off in a satisfying way, especially when they layer it in the later half.

    1. BT - Mercury and Solace

    I listen to a lot of BT, but I know very few tracks by name. This is also off one of his earlier albums that I never really directly got into (I started with This Binary Universe). Listening to this now, I hesitate to call it generic, as I really love BT, but there isn't a lot that stands out for me.

    8 votes
    1. [5]
      dubteedub
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      I don't know how, but I completely missed out on listening to Imogen when they first came out and only just started listening to them in the last couple weeks after my wife played Hide and Seek...

      Imogen Heap - Closing In

      I don't know how, but I completely missed out on listening to Imogen when they first came out and only just started listening to them in the last couple weeks after my wife played Hide and Seek recently. If you have any recommendations for other songs by them to check out, please let me know.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        balooga
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        Imogen Heap is actually the singer's given name, isn't it?

        Imogen Heap is actually the singer's given name, isn't it?

        6 votes
      2. [2]
        kfwyre
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        Gladly! I was a huge Imogen devotee back when Speak for Yourself came out, and I'm of the opinion that the album can do no wrong. It was very much a labor of love, as she almost singlehandedly...

        Gladly!

        I was a huge Imogen devotee back when Speak for Yourself came out, and I'm of the opinion that the album can do no wrong. It was very much a labor of love, as she almost singlehandedly wrote, recorded, and arranged it (hence the title). Even more than this, however, she funded its release independent of a record label (initially -- it later got picked up).

        "Hide and Seek" is absolutely a standout, though it's actually a bit misleading in that it is not representative of her usual sound. Singles "Goodnight and Go" and "Headlock" are great places to start for a sense of what she usually sounds like. "Goodnight and Go" is perfectly radio-friendly and down-to-earth, while "Headlock" is a bit more aggressive in its arrangement, yet still eminently listenable.

        The later tracks meander in different directions, but no matter which you choose you know what to expect: rich electronic arrangement, singable melodies, her lush vocals, and sincere human themes. If you want a deeper cut than her more poppy singles, closing track "The Moment I Said It" is powerful, and probably the closest the album comes to what it achieves with "Hide and Seek". The 6 minute track has an intentionally slow build, as it chronicles the buildup of a fight in a relationship. "Just put back the car keys" the speaker implores their partner, shortly before "you're scaring me / you're scaring me to death."

        The song climaxes here, with the speaker imploring "don't!" interrupted by an onomatopoetic "smash" implying an aggressive physicality. Thematically dark, the tone of the music is actually brightest at this moment, layering on some rich subtext for how a fight can finally feel once erupted.

        The kinetic second half chronicles the comedown over repeated lines of "I'm losing you" and a barely audible argument in the background. This might be apocryphal or me inventing a memory, but I think I remember that Heap revealed that the recording was an actual argument she had with a former partner.

        She has two follow-up albums: Ellipse and Sparks. Both of them are also great, but neither garnered from me the same amount of love I gave Speak for Yourself, mostly because it was my introduction to her richness. Prior to Speak for Yourself she collaborated with an electronic music producer under the artist name Frou Frou and released a single album: Details. Sonically and thematically it's right in line with her other work, and my second favorite album of hers. "Must Be Dreaming" is low-key stunning, while "The Dumbing Down of Love" shows that she can land a great, resonant closer more than once. The lyric "lover alone without love" is hard to pull off and could easily go maudlin, but she makes it work and work well.

        I know I've deluged you with a ton of links, but if you'll permit me one more, I actually have a non-Imogen recommendation given your affinity for "Hide and Seek." Vienna Teng has a track called "The Hymn of Acxiom" which is close enough to "Hide and Seek" that I consider them to be sister songs. I don't know for a fact that Teng was influenced or inspired by Heap, but the parallels are enough that I don't think it's coincidence. Both are slow, a cappella arrangements with rich, lush harmonies and distinctive vocoding that build slowly to resonant climaxes before a gentle release.

        4 votes
        1. dubteedub
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          Wow! Thank you for outting in so much effort here. I will absolutely start with Speak for Yourself and go from there!

          Wow! Thank you for outting in so much effort here. I will absolutely start with Speak for Yourself and go from there!

          2 votes
    2. [3]
      balooga
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      I'm just happy to find another BT fan in the wild. I know he's got a decent following but everybody I mention him to just gives me a blank stare. One of my favorite musicians of any genre.

      I'm just happy to find another BT fan in the wild. I know he's got a decent following but everybody I mention him to just gives me a blank stare. One of my favorite musicians of any genre.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        kfwyre
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        One of my all-time favorites as well! And, now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever really seen him discussed by anyone. Ever. What are some of his standout tracks/albums for you?

        One of my all-time favorites as well! And, now that you mention it, I don't think I've ever really seen him discussed by anyone. Ever.

        What are some of his standout tracks/albums for you?

        1 vote
        1. balooga
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          You already mentioned This Binary Universe, which might just be his master work. I was fortunate to see him perform the whole thing live in 2006. I don't think he's done anything else similar to...

          You already mentioned This Binary Universe, which might just be his master work. I was fortunate to see him perform the whole thing live in 2006. I don't think he's done anything else similar to that except the untitled (_) album, which is pretty good too. Those are more like symphonies than standard EDM.

          But his DJ stuff is just as good. Depends on what I'm in the mood for. I think my favorite of those albums is These Hopeful Machines, followed by ESCM. I was also pleasantly surprised by Electronic Opus, which I thought was just going to be a greatest hits compilation but the well-used orchestral rearrangements actually improved on the originals. Emotional Technology will always have a special place in my heart too, since it's the first one I discovered.

          2 votes
  3. [3]
    stonetheman98
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    Decided to hit shuffle play on all my songs in my Spotify Library. I couldn't find anywhere that listed the number of total songs in the library, but I'm just going to go with it's a large one....

    Decided to hit shuffle play on all my songs in my Spotify Library. I couldn't find anywhere that listed the number of total songs in the library, but I'm just going to go with it's a large one.

    1. Flies on my Dick - Ween
    2. Renegade - Styx
    3. Wet Tip Hen Ax - Aphex Twin
    4. Red Dawn - Knife Party
    5. Windwind - Autechre
    5 votes
    1. hamstergeddon
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      This is one of those rare songs that I will never skip when it comes up on shuffle. Such a great song.

      Renegade - Styx

      This is one of those rare songs that I will never skip when it comes up on shuffle. Such a great song.

      3 votes
  4. [3]
    Akir
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    Well, this one is going to be weird. 1.) Island of the Earth Dragon - From the Chrono Cross OST, by Yasunori Mitsuda 2.) Game over - From the Panzer Dragoon OST, by Yoshitaka Azuma 3.) さんぽ - From...

    Well, this one is going to be weird.

    1.) Island of the Earth Dragon - From the Chrono Cross OST, by Yasunori Mitsuda

    2.) Game over - From the Panzer Dragoon OST, by Yoshitaka Azuma

    3.) さんぽ - From a collection of Joe Hisaishi songs. An interesting one because I actually don't like Hisaishi that much, it was just a gifted album. This one's from Totoro.

    4.) Wizard's Sleeve - From the Soundtrack to a movie called Shortbus. IIRC this is the only original song written specifically for this song, but I have no proof. It's by Yo La Tengo.

    5.) Spring's Lullaby - From Xenogears Creid very possibly my favorite album of all time. It's by Yasunori Mitsuda as well.

    I swear my music collection is more than soundtracks.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      flying_saucer_eyes
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      Shortbus is a great movie!

      Shortbus is a great movie!

      1. Akir
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        It's one of my favorites actually, but I don't get to talk about it very often because it's not the kind of movie you can bring up in polite company.

        It's one of my favorites actually, but I don't get to talk about it very often because it's not the kind of movie you can bring up in polite company.

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    stormy
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    My full music library is too big and filled with random sound effects, so I'll do my main playlist instead: Exist - Space Jesus I quite enjoy this song, but I listened to it too much a while back....

    My full music library is too big and filled with random sound effects, so I'll do my main playlist instead:

    1. Exist - Space Jesus
      I quite enjoy this song, but I listened to it too much a while back. Still Enjoyable
    2. Divide - ODESZA
      i still really like this song, sad ODESZA hasn't really released much after this album, but its still a good one
    3. Daydream/Wetdream/Nightmare - Saint Motel
      cool vibey song
    4. 3030 - Deltron 3030
      I could talk for hours on what a cool project Deltron 3030 was, but I'll save you all. Do give it a listen tho! It's one of my favorite rap groups
    5. Friends - Flume
      I could also talk for hours about how Flume makes music. Theres something about his mixing ways that just grabs me.
    5 votes
    1. [3]
      bhrgunatha
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      Can you explain what you mean by your main playlist - I'm interested? I always think of a playlist as a self-curated list and given a large collection (for me anyway) that means choosing based on...

      Can you explain what you mean by your main playlist - I'm interested?

      I always think of a playlist as a self-curated list and given a large collection (for me anyway) that means choosing based on some criteria so it seems odd to have a "main" one.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        stormy
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        Sure! So basically I have a couple playlists that separate out into the best stuff (that I enjoy) for each of my main genres (Rap, Chill Electronic, Classic Rock, etc.). My main playlist is all of...

        Sure! So basically I have a couple playlists that separate out into the best stuff (that I enjoy) for each of my main genres (Rap, Chill Electronic, Classic Rock, etc.). My main playlist is all of these combined + ones I couldn't really categorize. It also makes it super easy to download the music I like because its all in one playlist.
        Another thing to add, with the exception of Rap, they're not actually sorted by genre but like "mood" almost. Chill songs go in one playlist, high intensity in another and so on. I just like Rap the most so there's a lot of that.
        edit: heres a link to said playlist. Some songs wont show up because I had to upload them tho (mainly 3030)

        2 votes
        1. bhrgunatha
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          OK that makes sense. One thing I love about Clementine is the Smart Playlists - which aren't smart at all - just very flexible where you can add as many filters on tags that your format supports -...

          OK that makes sense.

          One thing I love about Clementine is the Smart Playlists - which aren't smart at all - just very flexible where you can add as many filters on tags that your format supports - along with other metadata like play count. file timestamp, personal ratings etc.

          I already have a 50 random songs playlist so this post is just pick the first 5 from that.

          1 vote
    2. [6]
      ThatFanficGuy
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      How did you have the descriptions aligned with the numbered items?

      How did you have the descriptions aligned with the numbered items?

      1 vote
      1. [5]
        stormy
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        You can do it by putting a line underneath each number Like This! Second Example example 2

        You can do it by putting a line underneath each number

        1. Like
          This!
        2. Second Example
          example 2
        2 votes
        1. [3]
          cfabbro
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          1. Like This! 2. Second Example example 2 = Like This! Second Example example 2 (for those curious what exactly you meant by "line underneath each number")
          1. Like
          This!
          2. Second Example
          example 2
          

          =

          1. Like
            This!
          2. Second Example
            example 2

          (for those curious what exactly you meant by "line underneath each number")

          3 votes
          1. [2]
            stormy
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            Thanks! I still haven't mastered my escape characters.

            Thanks! I still haven't mastered my escape characters.

            1 vote
            1. cfabbro
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              No problem. Though that isn't accomplished using an escape character per se, it's a code block which you can get by typing three back-ticks ``` in a row on the lines above and below the code/text...

              No problem. Though that isn't accomplished using an escape character per se, it's a code block which you can get by typing three back-ticks ``` in a row on the lines above and below the code/text that you want Tildes to display exactly as you have written it. Inline code is a backtick ` before and after the code/text in the line, which results in this.

              You can read more about Tildes formatting here BTW: https://docs.tildes.net/text-formatting


              Annnnnd I just discovered a bug with the parser. Escape characters (backslashes) and back-ticks do not play nice together in some weird circumstances. :/

              1 vote
        2. ThatFanficGuy
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          Like This? Or maybe this? EDIT: ooh! it works!! Thanks. :D
          1. Like
            This?

          2. Or
            maybe this?

          EDIT: ooh! it works!! Thanks. :D

          2 votes
  6. ThatFanficGuy
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    Mobb Depp – Shook Ones, Pt. II Can't remember where I got it from, but I did recall, hearing it for the first time, that that was the beat from the battles in 8 Mile. Minority 905 – Blitzkrieg Bop...
    1. Mobb Depp – Shook Ones, Pt. II
      Can't remember where I got it from, but I did recall, hearing it for the first time, that that was the beat from the battles in 8 Mile.

    2. Minority 905 – Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones cover)
      I love covers and remixes. The give the original a different sound, a different feel. I first heard Blitzkrieg Bop in Spider-Man: Homecoming, so it had a youthful feel to me. Minority 905's cover enhances that feel for me.

    3. Panik – Noch Nicht Tot
      A remnant of the days where I used to study German profesionally, in a linguistics department of the uni. Got a lot of my current German-language songs from that time.

    4. grandson – Blood // Water
      One of the songs I found in a stranger's music library on a local social network. The songs were... different: nothing I'd heard before. Saved a whole lot of songs in the three days of listening to about half the library.

    5. Knife Party – Boss Mode
      One of the earliest electronic-music bands I'd heard. Can't remember where I heard Boss Mode, but it's... quite a thing.

    5 votes
  7. [3]
    hamstergeddon
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    What a fun idea! While I love music I'm not capable of describing it very well, so I'll just describe what I like about it instead :) System of a Down - Streamline One of my favorite songs on this...

    What a fun idea! While I love music I'm not capable of describing it very well, so I'll just describe what I like about it instead :)

    System of a Down - Streamline
    One of my favorite songs on this often forgotten SOAD album. I love their use of more classical stringed instruments in the song. I love how music peaks and valleys all over the place (I know nothing of musical theory, so I assume there's a proper term for that). Really good album. Love that the CD itself looks like some bootleg CD.

    C418 - Sweden
    One of the most iconic songs from Minecraft. I haven't really played the game in years, but nostalgia brings me back to this song often. It just reminds me of those early days in Minecraft where you didn't really know anything and you had to dig holes to hide in at night because you spent too long collecting wood and now there's an angry skeleton archer coming your way and you don't have time to build a proper shelter.Sergei Baronin does a really relaxing acoustic guitar cover of the song.

    Gorillaz - Fire Coming out of the Monkey's Head
    Song goes back and forth between spoken and sung parts telling a story. I like the song because there's obviously a lot of subtext, but I'm not sure if there's an official explanation for the song or not. Lots of ways to interpret it.

    Reggie Watts - Fuck Shit Stack
    Reggie Watts is so insanely talented it's not even funny. The lyrics and video make it pretty clear this is a spoof of the themes of hiphop and rap. Music video is pretty trippy as well, if that's your thing. Got into his music when he was the bandleader on Comedy Bang! Bang! before that British monster kidnapped him for his late night show. Although him leaving CBB also introduced me to Kid Cuddy, whose departure in turn gave me a new appreciation for Weird Al.

    Linkin Park - The Little Things Give You Away
    I remember when this album came out. I'd been into Linkin Park for a few years prior to that and they were basically the soundtrack to my senior year in highschool (even if they weren't taken very seriously by most people I knew at the time). But when Minutes to Midnight released, I kind of hated the entire album. I listened to it a few times, enough to still remember the songs, and kind of swore it off for like 10 years. I recently added it back to my Spotify list and I actually really enjoy that album now. Maybe I just had to grow up to appreciate it?

    5 votes
    1. timo
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      Thanks for this! It amazes me how Minecraft's music gives you this nostalgic feeling. Usually I only get nostalgic about something from a time when I was way younger. But somehow, not Minecraft.

      One of the most iconic songs from Minecraft. I haven't really played the game in years, but nostalgia brings me back to this song often. It just reminds me of those early days in Minecraft where you didn't really know anything and you had to dig holes to hide in at night because you spent too long collecting wood and now there's an angry skeleton archer coming your way and you don't have time to build a proper shelter.

      Thanks for this! It amazes me how Minecraft's music gives you this nostalgic feeling. Usually I only get nostalgic about something from a time when I was way younger. But somehow, not Minecraft.

      3 votes
    2. krg
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      That'd be "dynamics." System of a Down were one of my go-to bands in high-school. I'll always enjoy their first album the most, back when they enjoyed being weird. But, 'Steal this Album' is...

      music peaks and valleys all over the place

      That'd be "dynamics."

      System of a Down were one of my go-to bands in high-school. I'll always enjoy their first album the most, back when they enjoyed being weird. But, 'Steal this Album' is definitely a strong 2nd.

      1 vote
  8. dubteedub
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    Watch 'Em Holla - Ghostface Killah, Reakwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna I don't even remember listening to this song before, but I got on a huge Ghostface Killah kick a few years ago and saved all of...

    Watch 'Em Holla - Ghostface Killah, Reakwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna

    I don't even remember listening to this song before, but I got on a huge Ghostface Killah kick a few years ago and saved all of his albums. I am really digging the sample of this track and the verses are slick.

    Time After Time - La Cassette

    I love Time after Time and have a ton of covers saved of this song for some reason. This one is a much slower, chill electronic version. More recently I have been all about Gunship's cover, which is phenomenal.

    Shade - Trash Boat

    I always enjoy some good punk rock / post-hardcore. Trash Boat has a nice gritty vocalist along with some more melodic singing mixed in, which I really dig.

    Brothers Keeper - Anderson .Paak, Pusha T

    I love this track. Anderson Paak's Malibu is one of my favorite hip hop albums and while I thought Oxnard was a bit more hit or miss, Brothers Keeper was such a stand out on the album. Pusha T is also fantastic here. He does the best YEUGHs.

    I've Been Dead All Day - Bayside

    Just a nice catchy pop punk track that I enjoy.

    5 votes
  9. [4]
    soctar
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    Mr. Brightside -- The Killers (honestly amazing that this came up first) Cadenza -- Miguel Zenón, Spektral Quartet (Their tiny desk is amazing, definitely worth a listen) Needy Bees -- Nick Hakim...

    Mr. Brightside -- The Killers
    (honestly amazing that this came up first)
    Cadenza -- Miguel Zenón, Spektral Quartet
    (Their tiny desk is amazing, definitely worth a listen)
    Needy Bees -- Nick Hakim
    (Green Twins is a great album, also an awesome tiny desk show)
    Flesh without Blood -- Grimes
    (I think there was a solid 3 months a couple years ago where I was listening to Art Angles on repeat, kinda fun to see it come back)
    Everyone That Loves You -- Bomb the Music Industry!
    (If you're into the DIY punk scene, Jeff Rosenstock/BTMI is a must imo)

    This is with Spotify, so I'm sure shuffle weights more towards songs that I've listened to more instead of strictly random -- these aren't super deep cuts for me

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      kfwyre
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      My husband and I went through almost the exact same phase! "Flesh Without Blood" is great, but we got full on stuck on "Kill v. Maim." The lyrics are hard to understand and we never bothered to...

      Flesh without Blood -- Grimes
      (I think there was a solid 3 months a couple years ago where I was listening to Art Angles on repeat, kinda fun to see it come back)

      My husband and I went through almost the exact same phase! "Flesh Without Blood" is great, but we got full on stuck on "Kill v. Maim."

      The lyrics are hard to understand and we never bothered to look them up, so to this day we sing "Oh no the eight / oh no the eight ball!" during the chorus. It is certainly wrong but probably more fun than whatever the real lyric is. We've head-canoned it to be about an important game of pool, or something like that.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        vivaria
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        BEEEEE EEEEEE AYYYCH AAAAYE VEEEEE EEEEEE AGGRESSIVE!!!! ITALIANO MOBSTAAA, LOOKIN SO FRESH-AHH Oh my god, it was my song of the year for 2015. I'm a relatively grounded, quiet, gentle person but...

        BEEEEE EEEEEE AYYYCH AAAAYE VEEEEE EEEEEE AGGRESSIVE!!!! ITALIANO MOBSTAAA, LOOKIN SO FRESH-AHH

        Oh my god, it was my song of the year for 2015. I'm a relatively grounded, quiet, gentle person but even I couldn't help but get fired up by it.

        2 votes
        1. kfwyre
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          Yeah, the song has an incredible energy. "You gave up being good when you declared a state of WAAAAR" is such a great way to launch into the chorus.

          Yeah, the song has an incredible energy. "You gave up being good when you declared a state of WAAAAR" is such a great way to launch into the chorus.

  10. [2]
    synergy-unsterile
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    track artist album Storm Yoshida Brothers Best Of Yoshida Brothers: Tsugaru Shamisen Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor op.19 'Sonata Fantasy' - 2. Presto Yuja Wang Sonatas &...
    track artist album
    Storm Yoshida Brothers Best Of Yoshida Brothers: Tsugaru Shamisen
    Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor op.19 'Sonata Fantasy' - 2. Presto Yuja Wang Sonatas & Etudes
    Back in Time Clazziquai Project Mucho Punk
    Misery Business Paramore RIOT!
    破滅の純情 Walküre 絶対零度θノヴァティック / 破滅の純情
    1. Storm is one of the more popular Yoshida Brothers tracks, I quite enjoy the unique sound of the Shamisen (Japanese string instrument)
    2. This is the second part of the Piano Sonata and I'm impressed by the technical virtuosity but I'm not very well versed in Classical music.
    3. Actually, the only Clazziquai Project album I like is "Instant Pig"
    4. Misery Business is one of my favorite Paramore tracks. I'm very fond of the lyrics and Hayley's voice.
    5. Walküre is one of my guilty pleasures, and I really enjoyed all their tracks in Macross Delta.
    4 votes
    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      I keep scrolling down the list, seeing the table, and thinking "Oh, that must be the end of the comment section, that". The lack of a wall of text throws me off. :D

      I keep scrolling down the list, seeing the table, and thinking "Oh, that must be the end of the comment section, that". The lack of a wall of text throws me off. :D

      2 votes
  11. damonish
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    Star-Maps of the Ancient Cosmographers, by Bal-Sagoth, album Atlantis Ascendant Emotional Haircut, by LCD Soundsystem, album American Dream A Pillow of Winds, by Pink Floyd, album Meddle Pistol...
    1. Star-Maps of the Ancient Cosmographers, by Bal-Sagoth, album Atlantis Ascendant
    2. Emotional Haircut, by LCD Soundsystem, album American Dream
    3. A Pillow of Winds, by Pink Floyd, album Meddle
    4. Pistol Grip Pump, by Rage Against the Machine, album Greatest Hits
    5. Another One Bites the Dust, by Queen, album The Ultimate of Queen

    Not bad, the two greatest hits albums is dubious.

    4 votes
  12. tomf
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    I am thankful I got a decent mix. I've got some weird shit in here. The Congos - The Wrong Thing Peppermint Harris – Wait Until It Happens To You * loud Art Pepper - Begin the Beguine Feist - A...

    I am thankful I got a decent mix. I've got some weird shit in here.

    4 votes
  13. [2]
    DonQuixote
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    Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal; Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini - Rachmaninoff; The Great Suburban Showdown - Billy Joel; Vine St. - Harry Nilsson, Nilsson sings Newman; Sway - Marian Hill

    Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal; Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini - Rachmaninoff; The Great Suburban Showdown - Billy Joel; Vine St. - Harry Nilsson, Nilsson sings Newman; Sway - Marian Hill

    4 votes
  14. [2]
    Ellimist
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    Heathens- twenty one pilots Mass Effect 3 Sountrack; Leaving Earth- Clint Mansell Rogue One Soundtrack; Master Switch- Michael Giacchino Really Slow Motion- Dominus Mirrors Edge Soundtrack;...
    1. Heathens- twenty one pilots

    2. Mass Effect 3 Sountrack; Leaving Earth- Clint Mansell

    3. Rogue One Soundtrack; Master Switch- Michael Giacchino

    4. Really Slow Motion- Dominus

    5. Mirrors Edge Soundtrack; Pirandello Kruger- Solar Fields

    3 votes
    1. Grendel
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      I love twenty one pilots! have you listened to their new album yet?

      I love twenty one pilots! have you listened to their new album yet?

      2 votes
  15. bhrgunatha
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    For the love of god - link your shit up so we can listen! I'm actually really pleased with this selection. I think this is a pretty good sample of my current musical tastes since I'm massively...

    For the love of god - link your shit up so we can listen!

    I'm actually really pleased with this selection. I think this is a pretty good sample of my current musical tastes since I'm massively biased towards abstract, experimental. ambient and especially electronic music. Despite having albums from the late 50s on and a wide variety of genres - including lots of mainstream bands like RHCP, Queen, Pink Floyd or Van Halen - my collection is far and away what you might call off the beaten track so "Fair Warning" that means people rarely like what I post - my recommendations rarely get much attention or agreement. (It's OK - I'm not looking for sympathy - just a statement of my experience)

    1. Aes Dana & MikTek - Evenfall ‎from the album Cut (2014). It's more of an IDM track than I'd usually expect - even from the other collaborations with MikTek you'd think it's be more ambient and atmospheric. I haven't heard anything new for several years now :(
    2. Kick.S - X1307 from Acid 3030% (2018). I went on a deep Acid dive after an article on HN about the venerable TB-303 a few months ago. By far the brightest single discovery was Kick.S with a deliciously large catalogue to discover. I'm surprised such a recent addition gets included in a random sampling but I'm not knocking it.
    3. Coil vs The Eskaton - Nasa-Arab from Nasa-Arab 12" (1994). Coil's music in general is hard to categorise or describe but their experimentation with electronic music was (I think) ground-breaking (more specifically what I'd consider to be among the absolute peak of electronic music Time Machines.) This track is a pretty good reflection of their electronic output though and haven't heard it for quite a long time so I'm glad it came up!
    4. The Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea (Journey To Pyramid) from Papua New Guinea (1992). Let me quote from a random Discogs user - noviellion "A league of their own. Powerful ambient soundscapes, tripped out hip hop and experimental breaks. These guys stand out above the rest and dont get caught up in the trends. They do what they do." - a perfect and much better summary than I could have written. I'd say this track was a good example of their "experimental breaks."
    5. Nina Simone - My Man's Gone Now. What can you say about Nina Simone? I honestly don't know. You only get a few musicians like her per generation. What a spectacular way to finish a random list!
    3 votes
  16. elcuello
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    Heathen Foray - Ragnarök I've always had a thing for folky metal but it has to be heavy. This ticks all the boxes and for some reason every song I've come across called Ragnarök is just awesome....

    Heathen Foray - Ragnarök
    I've always had a thing for folky metal but it has to be heavy. This ticks all the boxes and for some reason every song I've come across called Ragnarök is just awesome.

    We are Glaciers - K's Choice
    I have loved this band since the early 90s. The harmonies and melodies these siblings can make soothes my body. This is an instrumental track with a great build up and just pleasing. Makes me wanna fly.

    Walking in the air - Howard Blake, Declan Galbraith
    I saw this cartoon again last Christmas and the melancholy feeling this song gives me is intens. The growing up and loosing your childhood in a way resonates with me. If you get a chance watch it with your kids og just watch it.

    Istapp - I Vänten På Den Absoluta Nullpunktan
    The only song I have with this Swedish band but it's messy, loud, black and kinda sweet at the same time. Weird mix but it works.

    Kryptos - The Summoning
    These guys makes the best driving music. Every time this song comes on I imagine I'm driving down a highway with the windows rolled down and just cruising to new adventures. It's heavy, slow, repetitive and just rocking.

    3 votes
  17. [3]
    NaraVara
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    My music library gets a little thin on the music I've been listening to over the past 5 years because that's about when I started transitioning to streaming, so less of my music winds up in my...

    My music library gets a little thin on the music I've been listening to over the past 5 years because that's about when I started transitioning to streaming, so less of my music winds up in my library. Discovery playlists have also basically killed how often I make mix playlists for myself. I also don't go out as much, so I wind up with fewer iTunes purchases from being drunk at home by myself as I used to have. This is a long-winded way of me saying I think this exercise is a bit frozen in time from my late 20s.

    Also, my uncle was a night-club owner, DJ talent scout, and a huge AV nerd and audiophile back in the day. When I was in high school he had me rip a ton of his CDs and laserdiscs for him and a TON of my library is just the copies of these Mp3s I kept for myself. I haven't listened to a lot of these at all TBH and the bitrate on a lot of these was trash. But when Apple did their functional "piracy amnesty" deal where they replaced all your tracks with legit, non DRM Apple Music versions I jumped at the chance. I now have properly mastered versions of these in lossless formats, but I was never sure if the original ID3 tags were right and I'm now unsure if I managed to carry them all over.

    1. Led Zeppelin - Traveling Riverside Blues

    See above regarding my uncle, this is how I discovered Led Zeppelin (and Bowie, and Depeche Mode, and a bunch of other stuff). This isn't my favorite Zeppelin song (which is Stairway to Heaven and I don't care how much of a cliche that is), but it's pretty good and emblematic of what I like about them.

    1. Depeche Mode - Agent Orange

    Credit to my uncle again. I don't have any particular feelings about any individual Depeche Mode song, but I could kind of just put any album on and listen to it all the way through. One of the problems with having a lot of your formative experiences with music being a firehose of exposure to a bunch of great new stuff is that you can't really sink into anything individually, not matter how good.

    1. Dragonette - My Things

    This song is just funny, and a great a club/dance track. It's pretty classic early 2010s dance pop. This was also around when my social circle had a disproportionate number of newly out gay guys in it, so I had a LOT of dance pop blaring in my life. This was also about when I first met the woman who would become my wife, and when we first started dating she tended to get jealous easily so friends would reference her with this song a lot.

    1. Hamilton, The Musical - Your Obedient Servant

    I actually took my wife to see this last year as her Christmas present. I'm not generally a fan of musicals and think they're cornball and hokey, but I loved this one. It's hard to pick a favorite song out of this, they're each good in their own ways and my enthusiasm for a track shifts based on my mood at the time. This one is just plain funny, even though it's kind of proceeding with a pretty dark sequence of events. I love the hip-hop styling superimposed over genteel wording though. The "careful how you proceed good man, intemperate indeed good man, answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or prepare to bleed good man" is so good, and Leslie Odom Jr. delivers it with the perfect sense of contained and calculated rage.

    1. Janelle Monae - Oh Maker

    I love Janelle Monae and I'm glad one of her tracks came up in this list. I will stan for her inclusion as a once-in-a-generation talent on par with acts like David Bowie, Queen, or Michael Jackson (without that whole pedo thing). The triptych of concept albums blending time travel fiction with references to Metropolis are inspired. She manages to layer a ton of allegory on top of the robot uprising story, tying it to topics like her own queerness, her approach to art, and racial politics, etc. And the way she blends influences from so many genres really appeals to my own eclectic musical tastes.

    3 votes
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      kfwyre
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      I haven't ever listened to Janelle Monae, but she's always been on the periphery of my interest. Your description has nudged me to finally give her music a valid go. Also, it's worth noting that...

      I haven't ever listened to Janelle Monae, but she's always been on the periphery of my interest. Your description has nudged me to finally give her music a valid go.

      Also, it's worth noting that you picked the right musical to go to for not liking them. Hamilton is completely unconventional. Also landmark. Probably the most culturally significant musical since, I don't know, maybe Rent?

      2 votes
      1. NaraVara
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        And not just musicals, Hamilton wound up making me like classic hip-hop too. I never really cared for most of the hip-hop from the '80s and '90s, and I still don't really care for most of the big...

        Also, it's worth noting that you picked the right musical to go to for not liking them. Hamilton is completely unconventional.

        And not just musicals, Hamilton wound up making me like classic hip-hop too. I never really cared for most of the hip-hop from the '80s and '90s, and I still don't really care for most of the big singles. But the deep cuts that I never listened to in the past are surprisingly good.

        2 votes
  18. jwong
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    鬼打牆 - 范曉萱&100%樂團 Honestly haven't a clue what this is. According to my library, I have just one play from this in 2013, after adding it in 2010. It seems to be a slow-paced Taiwanese rockpop....
    1. 鬼打牆 - 范曉萱&100%樂團

    Honestly haven't a clue what this is. According to my library, I have just one play from this in 2013, after adding it in 2010. It seems to be a slow-paced Taiwanese rockpop.

    1. 브로콜리의 위험한 고백 - Han Hee Jung (한희정)

    Another song I haven't heard from from 2013. This one is folk rock with soft vocals.

    1. 西門町老人 - MC HotDog/Johnny Wu

    Taiwanese rap about the old guys in Ximending District.

    1. On the Bridge - Love & Pop (sorry, no Youtube link, seems hard to find much online about them)

    Korean indie pop rock kinda similar to Nell

    1. Electroclash is the Noose Around My Neck - Pants YELL!

    indie pop with acoustic guitar

    3 votes
  19. xstresedg
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    Limp - Sumo Cyco (YouTube) The Sign - Ace of Base (YouTube) Democracy Sucks - BackWordz (YouTube) Radioactive (cover) by Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling (YouTube) Happy Now by Zedd ft. Elley Duhé...

    Limp - Sumo Cyco (YouTube)

    The Sign - Ace of Base (YouTube)

    Democracy Sucks - BackWordz (YouTube)

    Radioactive (cover) by Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling (YouTube)

    Happy Now by Zedd ft. Elley Duhé (YouTube)

    2 votes
  20. Consideration
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    Moonshine -- The Spencer Davis Group Mexican Radio -- Wall of Voodoo Saber Dance -- Dick Hyman & His Orchestra The Eleven (Live) -- Grateful Dead Let's Go Away For Awhile -- The Beach Boys
    1. Moonshine -- The Spencer Davis Group
    2. Mexican Radio -- Wall of Voodoo
    3. Saber Dance -- Dick Hyman & His Orchestra
    4. The Eleven (Live) -- Grateful Dead
    5. Let's Go Away For Awhile -- The Beach Boys
    2 votes
  21. Gyrfalcon
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    Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) - Florence + the Machine Florence + the Machine was just getting big around the time I was getting old enough to pick out music that I enjoyed. I have listened...
    1. Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) - Florence + the Machine
      Florence + the Machine was just getting big around the time I was getting old enough to pick out music that I enjoyed. I have listened for a long time, and though this particular remix is not a great example of the type of music of theirs that I like, it's a fun song.
    2. No Goodbyes - Dua Lipa
      What can I say, I like pop music with feminine voices.
    3. Disco Hunt - Vincenzo Salvia
      Sometimes synthwave makes good focus music, but I don't listen to it much otherwise.
    4. La de da de da de da de day oh - bill wurtz
      Though best known for his History of Japan and History of the Entire World videos, Bill Wurtz also makes songs that are both silly and make you feel things.
    5. Coat of Arms - Sabaton
      Recently I've been on a Sabaton kick. Though I haven't really been a fan of metal in general, I really love that they weave real history into powerful music. Coat of Arms is the title track for my favorite album of theirs, though I would say that the tracks I prefer are Uprising (Some of my heritage is Polish), Screaming Eagles, and White Death.
    2 votes
  22. vektor
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    Avicii - Wake me up Nirvana - Smeels Like Teen spirit Illenium - Only One So far, so unremarkable. Some old-ish rock, some electro. I'll often listen to Illenium or the likes or some math rock...
    1. Avicii - Wake me up

    2. Nirvana - Smeels Like Teen spirit

    3. Illenium - Only One

    So far, so unremarkable. Some old-ish rock, some electro. I'll often listen to Illenium or the likes or some math rock when working on something that requires focus.

    1. Kettcar - Sommer 89 - this is interesting. This song is about a fictional guy who cut a hole into the hungarian-austrian border fence in '89, helping East German refugees. His friends are opposed to the event, as, while understandable and humane, it destabilizes the situation and could ultimately lead to a united germany forming a world power in central europe. The song also tells of the reasons why people fled to germany - old tropes like bananas and jokes about "ossis"(easties) in there, as well as our constitution and free elections - but also Hartz IV (2005 onwards unemployment benefits) and Begrüssungsgeld, a one-time cash for east german citizens immigrating - informally also used for a similar (controversial) program for 2015-era refugees. This song appearing shortly after the refugee crisis, this transforms the song into a current-day political statement. I don't mind politics in my music.

    2. Rise against parts per million Definitely political as well. Rise against is probably my favorite band. Give Welcome to the Breakdown a go as well, it's good too. This album appearing just months after the 2016 US election, it's clear who the jester is.

    Bonus Mentions that didn't make the first 5:

    Farin Urlaub - Dermitder - guess which band member this song is dedicated to? Very catchy, funny lyrics.

    Feine Sahne Fischfilet - Zurück in unserer Stadt - Leftie political punk band FSF (literally fine cream fish filet - great name) is rather controversial, what with conservatives and new-right politician trying to silence them. Admittedly, they're chaos incarnate (see video evidence linked above), and their lyrics are kinda radical, but I can't get myself to disagree with them at all. This song is about them getting back into their hometown, getting shitfaced and amongst other things taking a shit in front of the local fraternity. Background being that fraternities (not a strictly academic entity - villages have frats too) have quite the reputation of being a breeding ground for right-wing, neonazi thought. Not as apolitical as the video makes it seem.

    2 votes
  23. krg
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    Part 1, music that's in my "thumbs-up playlist" and therefore previously vetted: Anita - Smino I'm usually not that enthusiastic about sing-songy rap, but this album ('blkswn') really impressed...

    Part 1, music that's in my "thumbs-up playlist" and therefore previously vetted:

    1. Anita - Smino
      I'm usually not that enthusiastic about sing-songy rap, but this album ('blkswn') really impressed me.

    2. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - The Lettermen
      I stumbled upon The Lettermen while looking up versions of "Sleepwalk" (their version) and I find the three-part harmony take on pop songs kinda endearing.

    3. Angel Baby - Jenni Rivera
      Another cover. Heard this in a local Mexican bar and, well, it's pretty sick. I'm a big fan of the original, too, of course.

    4. Always and Forever - Heatwave
      The ultimate love jam, in my opinion. If I've had enough to drink and the karaoke DJ has it, I'll sing it.

    5. Paper Trails - Darkside
      These guys groove so hard. Their live renditions must be listened to, really: a, b, c . Sad I didn't get to see them live before they broke up. I really like the concept.

    Part 2, music that I've added to my Google Play library but haven't necessarily listened to, yet (but stuff I have listened to, as well):

    1. Heaven - Talking Heads
      I haven't listened to this particular Talking Heads album much ('Remain in Light' has my undivided attention), but this is a nice enough ballad.

    2. Electric Red - Miles Davis (AURA)
      Don't think I've ever listened to this Miles Davis album, but I do like his later stuff. Especially 'Tutu'. Started getting weird. This belongs in a 16-bit cyberpunk noire videogame. It's a pretty heavy track, actually.

    3. IPT-2 - Battles (EP C)
      Love Battles. This is a short piece, but has a cool groove. I do think they peaked with 'Mirrored', but I still enjoy the other albums quite a bit.

    4. Radiance - Tim Hecker (Virgins)
      Well, it's hard to speak on a single Tim Hecker track. His albums mostly need to be listened to whole. And this one is damn brutal in the best way.

    5. Aqua 7 - Donato Dozzy & Nuel (The Aquaplano Sessions)
      I've never heard of this artist(s?). Listening now and...it's electronic. A bit too static for me, though.

    1 vote
  24. firstname
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    The Groovers - Where You Belong Bonobo - Transits, Featuring Szjerdine Afterlife, Cathy Battistessa - Speck Of Gold Amon Tobin - At The End Of The Day Hard Candy - Ultra Violet Amon Tobin -...
    1. The Groovers - Where You Belong
    2. Bonobo - Transits, Featuring Szjerdine
    3. Afterlife, Cathy Battistessa - Speck Of Gold
    4. Amon Tobin - At The End Of The Day
    5. Hard Candy - Ultra Violet
    6. Amon Tobin - Defocus

    Funny how it ended up being two songs by Amon Tobin, but not very surprising since i am a huge fan and have a ton of his music in my library.

    These songs where chosen from my main playlist, a work in progress where i try and add every piece of music i have loved dating back 19 years, but also a reflection of it and its continuation. I chose that year since i became 14, and started to explore music by my own more, rather then being influenced by family members like my sister. I feel like the early teens are what is going to define your taste in music for the rest of your life.

    1 vote