16 playlists, multiple hours.
I thought it would be good to round up the best playlists curated by artists themselves that are short (5-20 songs) and can actually be finished in one sitting. If you really do like the long massive ones there are ones available by: Caribou, Four Tet, Kornél Kovács, Future Islands, Flume, The Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Jamie xx and I’m sure many others. I have also stayed away from the playlists that self promote all the artists work or a lot of the artists work for instance.
Photo credit: Alfie (top marks if you can name the artist behind the setlist)
1) “Blonded” – Frank Ocean
32 songs 1 hr 52 min
I’ve already broken my rule, but this is the longest one on here with 32 songs and can be achieved front to back with a bit of determination. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity not to share this great, varied playlist.
2) “Daft Punk Guy-Manuel Homem- Christo Playlist” – Daft Punk
17 songs 1 hr 10 min
The duo celebrated the release of their single “Lose Yourself To Dance” from the album “Random Access Memories” in 2013 by letting us have an insight into this playlist.
3) “Snoop Lion” – Snoop Dogg
12 songs 47 min
From wikipedia: “In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to Rastafarianism and a new alias, Snoop Lion. As Snoop Lion he released a reggae album, Reincarnated, and a documentary film of the same name, about his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.”
4) The Making of “good kid m.A.A.d city’ – Kendrick Lamar
9 songs 41 min
Some great choices on here and a very good compact playlist.
5) “PLEASURE BOY PLAY LIST” – Hannah Cohen
12 songs 55 min
Having only discovered Hannah Cohen recently it was a delight to find her playlist and for it to be short and listenable. Very relaxed and mellow but in a good way.
6) “Jungle – For Ever FM” – Jungle
16 songs 57 min
The tracks that inspired their 2018 album “For Ever”. Great memories of attending a small gig of theirs at the O2 Institute in Birmingham with a friend before they made their comeback with the release of this album.
7) “NUMERO” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
20 songs 1 hr 22 min
In places quite hard to listen to but interesting to gain insight into what UMO likes.
8) “CALMING SCI FI” – Grimes
28 songs 2 hr 37 min
A recent one and another that breaks the rule. Not only was it released shortly after Chris’ brilliant sci fi playlist, but it is very easy listening and good to put on in the background.
9) “Ally Pally” – Bombay Bicycle Club
10 songs 49 min
Some absolute corkers are on here. I’m guessing it’s from gigs they’ve been to at Alexandra Palace…
10) “Moses’ 2017 Favorites” – Moses Sumney
22 songs, 1 hr 33 min
A self explanatory one. Really enjoying Moses Sumney’s new stuff at the moment.
11) “Brittany’s Picks” – Alabama Shakes
17 songs 1 hr 3 min
Off the back of Brittany Howard’s terrific 2019 with the release of her album “Jaime“, it’s good to go back and see the influences behind Alabama Shake’s “Sound and Color” album.
12) “Pay Close Attention” – James Vincent McMorrow
18 songs 1 hr 15 min
I haven’t listened to James Vincent McMorrow for a long time but it was nice to see he made this short playlist.
13) “Team Sia’s Ear Candy” – Sia
17 songs 59 min
The team behind Sia share their favourite tracks.
14) “Best Friend Playlist” – Foster The People
15 songs 1 hr 11 min
Some bangers on here caught my eye as well as the length of it.
15) “Nevermind Alternate Version Playlist” – Foster The People
16 songs 1hr 8 min
Foster The People managed to feature twice – that’s what happens when you make listenable playlists that you can get to the end of!
16) “Song Machine” – Gorillaz
8 songs 12 min
Gorillaz launched “Song Machine” in January with “Momentary Bliss,” featuring British MC Slowthai and the punk duo Slaves. The new series will find the band moving outside the constraints of a typical album cycle as they team with an array of collaborators and drop new installments and music throughout the year.