Playlist #3: Shmedium Pace

Posted every Friday, hear my weekly playlist including some old and some new. We’re definitely going to speed it up a bit next week so for this weeks playlist, we have some chillwave sounds including Toro y Moi, Cuco, and Tom Misch.

Toro y Moi, “Girl Like You”

We’re starting this week’s playlist with an artist that has and forever will be in my Top 10. Chaz Bundick, also known as Toro y Moi, began making bedroom beats in 2001 back home in Columbia, South Carolina. A decade later Bundick moved to Berkley, California where a lot of his music pulled from disco origins. Several years later, Bundick changed his name to Chaz Bear and completely shifted gears to his R&B chillwave sounds leading us to his most recent album above, Boo Boo.

Cuco, “Drown”

Cuco, real name is Omar Banos, is a first generation Mexican-American from Hawthorne, South L.A. He’s just 19 years old but already has a super unique sound and most of his music is actually made from his bedroom. Cuco originally gained famed in 2016 when he posted a video on Twitter of him playing “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny found here. He picked up speed in 2017 and has been rising ever since. While I don’t know what he’s saying in most of his songs, I vibe with all.

Phum Viphurit, “Lover Boy”

Holy crap I love this man’s voice. Phum Viphurit is the stage name of 22-year-old artist Viphurit “Phum” Siritip. He was born in Thailand but raised in New Zealand, with English as his first language. I read somewhere that he takes inspiration from Young the Giant, Bombay Bicycle Club and Mac DeMarco, which now all makes sense considering Phum’s sound. His second album will be coming out soon so keep an eye out.

Sabrina Claudio, “Numb”

I was super fortunate to have seen Sabrina Claudio live while I was at LollaPalooza this past weekend. She is absolutely beautiful live and she shared this new single during her set. “Numb” was just released on August 8th as part of her new album that will be releasing in the next few weekends. This single is very groovy compared to her other more emotional songs, and the lyrics are much more repetitive in “Numb” as compared to others.

Ravyn Lenae, “Blossom Dearie”

I first heard Ravyn Lenae when she opened for SZA’s Ctrl tour in 2017. At the time, Ravyn already had a pretty big following but I didn’t really check her out until earlier this year. “Blossom Dearie” is one of her older songs but still very good.

Tom Misch, “Movie”

Someone really important to me showed me this album a bit ago and it holds a super special place in my heart. Tom Misch is a London-based singer and songwriter who does an incredible job at blending hip-hop inspired beats with soulful vocals. “Movie” is found on Misch’s first full length album Geography and was released in April of this year. I have yet to meet a single person who doesn’t like Tom Misch…even the Uber drivers who I force to play Tom Misch during the Uber ride love Tom Misch.

 

Let me know how you like this week’s playlist and what you would like to hear more of!

Caitie Santo

Hi, my name is Caitie Santo. I am a 22-year-old living in Chicago, Illinois. I was born in Fremont, California but later attended school at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated with a degree in marketing and I am currently working for a business management consulting firm in Chicago. 
I was exposed to the arts at a young age, and my appreciation grew as I pursued a professional career in ballet several years ago. Although that career path ended during my first year in college, my experience is still deeply intertwined with how I describe myself, whether it is the music I listen to, the things I do, or the things I wear. I hope to continue developing my artistic expression through the various projects I work on including this blog, where I will share whatever comes to my mind.

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