Waking Hours // a Playlist by George Cooper
A bit of this and a bit of that. A playlist for a day.
Biig Piig – ‘Dinners Gettin’ Cold’
Best paired with coffee and orange juice, this track is a staple of many a morning routine. Taken from Biig Piig’s debut EP entitled ‘Big Fan of the Sesh, Vol.1’, it’s the perfect remedy for the morning after the night before.
Bahamadia – ‘Uknowhowwedu’
Easing you into the day, from her 1996 album ‘Kollage’ comes Bahamadia’s ‘Uknowhowwedu’, a masterclass in flow and a sheer auditory delight. Sampling ATCQ and Schoolly D, it’s a great track from a criminally underrated artist.
The Ronettes – ‘Be My Baby’
In my opinion, simply the best pop song ever written.
Tinariwen – ‘Cler Achel’
Rock ‘n’ Roll from Northern Mali. Tinariwen are a big band with a big sound, combining electric guitar, bass, traditional percussion and beautiful vocal harmony in Tamashek. They achieved international critical acclaim in the early- to mid- 2000s, and rightly so.
The Originals – ‘Suspicion’
A very danceable Northern Soul classic. Put this on your party playlist.
J Dilla – ‘Last Donut of the Night’
Hands down one of my favourite albums at the moment, ‘Donuts’ (2006) makes me wish Dilla was still with us. This is the penultimate track of the album, which begins at the end with ‘Donuts (Outro)’ and ends at the beginning with ‘Welcome to the Show’. Most of the tracks are only a minute or so long, but all of them are brilliant.
Djazia Satour – ‘Temet Liyam’
The track takes you places you weren’t expecting. The whole album [Klami] is sublime, and a fine example of just how much good music there is out there if you’re willing to go out and search for it.
Four Tet – ‘You Could Ruin My Day’
Released in 2001, this song is testament to the potential of computers in making music. It builds and builds with layers of synth sounds and percussive effects, as well as samples of string harmonics and woodwind instruments.
Donny Hathaway – ‘I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know’
Winding down. The smoothest of soul singers collides with strings and brass in this great song by the great Donny Hathaway.
Jungle Boy – ‘Glass’
For that quiet walk home at the end of the night, my good friend Jacob Palmer brings you the latest sounds of humanity. His debut single ‘Glass’ never fails to move me. Featuring CHA:DY on vocals, the track ebbs and flows from one powerful piano chord to another. Expect big things from Jungle Boy in the new year…
Check the playlist here.