Joe’s Playlist About Nothing


20 songs, 1 hr 47 min, 9 min reading time.

Alfie asked me to put a playlist together for this site, and I wasn’t sure how to theme or cater it. So I went ahead and just scrolled through the last year of my iTunes library, picking out some songs I’ve loved over the last year or so. What we’re left with is a pretty eclectic mix, but one that I hope you enjoy. A lot of these songs won’t be new to a lot of people, but hopefully there’s a bit of something for everyone.

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1) “Str8 Outta Mumbai” – Jai Paul

Jai Paul’s legendary leaked demos have recently been re-released onto streaming services. The influence of these tapes on modern pop music is unquestionable, and it’s a testament to Paul’s production abilities that they still sound so fresh.

Album: “Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)” (2013)
Label: XL

2) “Come On You Slags” – Aphex Twin

The last month or so of revision listening has been dominated by Brian Eno, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin. Tackling Richard D. James’ monster discography is quite a task, but there are so many highlights to choose from.

Album: “…I Care Because You Do” (1995)
Label: Warp Records

3) “Aquarius” – Boards of Canada

Music Has The Right To Children is an almost unrivaled work of electronic psychedelia, and I love it.

Album: “Music Has The Right To Children” (1998)
Label: Warp Records

4) “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” – Daryl Hall & John Oates

A cheesy bit of 80’s pop, that was a classic in my last house. The music video is pure class too.

Album: “Private Eyes (Expanded Edition)” (1981)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment

5) “We Got It for Cheap (Intro)” – Clipse

Been on a serious Pusha T kick recently, and this intro track really sets the tone for Clipse’s fantastic, Pharell-produced second album.

Album: “Hell Hath No Fury” (2006)
Label: Arista Records

6) “Jailbreak the Tesla (feat. Amine)” – Injury Reserve

I was a bit disappointed in Injury Reserve’s debut when compared to mixtapes like Floss, but this is a banger. Production is great and the song is hilarious.

Album: “Injury Reserve” (2019)
Label: Seneca Village Recordings

7) “Blood Of The Past (feat. Kate Tempest)” – The Comet Is Coming

My favourite track on one of my favourite albums of the year, the apocalyptic electronic/jazz of ‘Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’.

Album: “Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery” (2019)
Label: UMG Recordings

8) “A Quick One Before the Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut” – Have A Nice Life

The beautiful and haunting opener that kicks off one of my (and many others’) favourite albums of all time, Deathconsciousness.

Album: “Deathconsciousness” (2019)
Label: The Flenser

9) “Random Rules” – Silver Jews

“In 1984, I was hospitalised for approaching perfection. Slowly screwing my way across Europe, they had to make a correction” are some of the best opening lines ever. Looking forward to the return of David Berman.

Album: “American Water” (2008)
Label: Drag City Inc.

10) “A Minor Place” – Bonnie “Prince” Billy

The opener to ‘I See a Darkness’ is slightly less depressing then the rest of the album, which is a beautiful piece of work. You can hear the influence on artists such as Father John Misty down the road.

Album: “I See A Darkness” (1998)
Label: Domino Recording

11) “Melody” – Serge Gainsbourg

‘Histoire de Melody Nelson’ – a classic. It’s worth reading the story of the album, it’s a weird one.

Album: “Histoire De Melody Nelson – 40√®me Anniversaire” (1971)
Label: Mercury Music Group

12) “Movies” – Weyes Blood

‘Titanic Rising’ will probably be my album of the year, and this is undoubtedly the finest moment on the record. Stunning.

Album: “Titanic Rising” (2019)
Label: Sub Pop Records

13) “Save the Life of My Child” – Simon & Garfunkel

I had a big Simon & Garfunkel phase last year. Here is a track from their (in my opinion) best album, ‘Bookends’.

Album: “Bookends” (1968)
Label: Columbia Records

14) “Brian Eno” – MGMT

I love MGMT and I think ‘Congratulations’ is one of the most under-appreciated albums this decade. Give it a shot, you’ll be surprised.

Album: “Congratulations” (2010)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment

15) “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” – The Unicorns

Just a straightforward, quirky, indie song from the one-album wonder band.

Album: “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (Remastered)” (2014)
Label: The Unicorns

16) “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” – Klaatu

Klaatu are an interesting band. At the time, people thought their debut was actually a secret Beatles return. It wasn’t, and so everyone kind of forgot about them. But I think this opener is great.

Album: “3:47 EST” (1976)
Label: Capitol Records

17) “Suite Two: Frosted Ambassador / Green Typewriters / The Princess Turns the Key to Cubist Castle / Looking for Meaning (Peel Session)” – The Olivia Tremor Control

The Olivia Tremor Control are one of my all time favourite bands. Here is a cut from their John Peel Session EP. Do yourself a favour and listen to Dusk at Cubist Castle.

Single: “John Peel Session” (2015)
Label: Chunklet Industries

18) “The Payback” – James Brown

A nice bit of funk from the man himself.

Album: “The Payback” (1973)
Label: Universal Records

19) “Babyfather” – Sade

I was introduced to this song through Frank Ocean’s radio show, and it’s a great bit of pop. The refrain is beautiful.

Album: “Soldier of Love” (2010)
Label: Sony Music Entertainment

20) “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” – D’Angelo

I can’t say anything about D’Angelo that hasn’t already been said. This is one of my all-time top songs.

Album: “Voodoo” (2000)
Label: Virgin Records America

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