5 Albums That Defined My Teenage Years

Ah, to be a teenager. Watching bad teen shows 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale made me realise that teenagers are portrayed as highly dramatic and angsty and full of raging hormones. While this may be partially true, my teenage years was filled with an inherent wave of cynicism. I was truly bitter about the world, and turned to music for my answers. Perhaps this anecdote will help you understand why –

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A playlist for the sweetest feeling

One time, I was sitting next to my crush and he had his laptop open, his window was on iTunes. I took a peek. I think he had a playlist named after me. I didn’t dare ask about it as it might embarrass him and me probably. I could be wrong, and he might have named a playlist “perp” or something that begins with “p” and it’s just my bad eyesight. But for a moment, it was the sweetest feeling ever. Here’s a playlist for the stickiest, sweetest feeling:

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You make me feel like a fool / waiting for you

Cute – D.R.A.M.
Fool – Frankie Cosmos
Shut Up And Kiss Me – Angel Olsen
Lovesick – Orange Juice
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Take Me Where The Roses Grow – Mystery Jets
Say Something Loving – The xx
In Your Eyes – BADBADNOTGOOD, Charlotte Day Wilson
You’re The One – Syd, Kaytranada
Thinkin’ About You – Frank Ocean

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Sometimes, I get a bit sad as I feel out of place in the world and I encounter something that throws me off or something doesn’t sit right with me. But then, also sometimes, I realise I’m a part of something far greater, and feel grateful that I’m alive and can listen to new music that will eventually be legendary status. Also, I might actually get a chance to witness them live one day, or just, I know I’ll be able to be part of something by being part of a live experience.

On Drake’s More Life

drakeHow do I describe Drake’s new “playlist” More Life? It’s like the feeling you get when you meet a seemingly mysterious yoga instructor who has an ambiguously soft European accent and you think he’s #deep ‘cos he has a beard and isn’t white and you fantasize about what he could be like in bed but then you take a step back and you realise he has ugly tattoos and refers to “periods” as “moon cycles”. That’s how I feel about More Life. Some more pointers here too:

  • Drake samples himself 
  • Did you read that correctly?? He samples HIMSELF like wow what a Kanye move…but it’s by Drake
  • Drake samples J-Lo too, and yes, how dare he
  • He reps for UK with Giggs (he pronounces ‘ting’) & Skepta, for Atlanta with Quavo and Young Thug (sure), for the most beautiful Sampha — wow guys look at Drake supporting all these up & coming artists, totally not riding on them or anything
  • The release includes a recording from his Mum…like Frank Ocean??
  • His “mixtape” shouldn’t fall under his belt but be renamed to “Drake and Friends” ‘cos honestly the best parts of it are the “and friends” bit

This might read like I hate it, but no, I love it. I’ve had More Life on repeat everyday since its release. It features “peak Drake” – it has Drake at his whiniest, at his most sensitive, at his most obnoxious etc. It’s Drake on his now signature wave-rider™ style, a Pitchfork-certified “cultural tourist” and it’s absolutely hypnotic.