You can’t very well have a playlist including a salt water theme without Teardrop by Massive Attack and The Sea by Morcheeba. British trip hop at its finest.
We go on a journey to Jaipur too this issue with Thomas Newman’s score for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, set in the Pink City, and celebrate the colour via Janelle Monae and Grimes. Angel Olsen, Appleton and First Aid Kit bring the sister vibes, with Bronte as our finale – actually a song about the death of a friend’s family dog, who was named after three of the mightiest sisters in literary history. Now you know that fact, try listening without crying. It will bring you full circle.
- Teardrop – Massive Attack
- Rituals – Maribou State
- Saltwater – Geowulf
- Road to Jaipur – Thomas Newman
- The Sea – Morcheeba
- Pynk (featuring Grimes) – Janelle Monae
- Sister – Angel Olsen
- Ocean Eyes (Astronomyy Edit) – Billie Eilish, Astronomyy
- Surf, Pt. 1 – Foals
- Rebel Heart – First Aid Kit
- Thank U – Alanis Morissette
- Don’t Worry – Appleton
- Bronte – Gotye
Ocean Eyes – Billie Eilish
Fresh from an acclaimed appearance at Glastonbury, US singer Billie Eilish is making waves. At only 17, she’s something of a musical prodigy: her debut, Ocean Eyes, was released when she was just 14. She posted the song on SoundCloud, which went viral. This is our favourite of its official remixes.
Surf, Pt. 1 – Foals
This short track from Foals’ new album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1 is a tantalising glimpse into what we might hear more of in Part 2, the Oxford five-piece’s sixth album, which comes out in the autumn. One of the UK’s finest rock bands, they’re famed for the calibre of their live performances.
Pynk – Janelle Monae
An anthem to female empowerment, Janelle Monae’s Pynk is loaded with themes of creation, sexuality and self love. It also playfully interpolates Aerosmith’s Pink and the band is listed in the songwriting credits. It’s a song that sees beyond gender to celebrate a more fluid society.