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.