The guys from Pr0files curated a great midweek playlist for us.
Lauren Pardini and Danny Sternbaum are the duo making gritty synthpop straight out of LA: a refreshing change from all the bubblegum indie synth we’ve been seeing so much of, Pr0files’ sounds is a little sadder, a little sexier and a lot more sophisticated. With their vocally astounding and brilliantly well produced debut album, Jurassic Technologie, out yesterday, what better time could there be for the pair to cook up a little midweek playlist for Wonderland?
Entitled “Night Drive”, the playlist has that whole midnight cruising thing going on and features just the kind of artists you would expect these guys to be listening to – Duke Dumont, Chrome Sparks and Kavinsky, among others. Pardini and Sternbaum were also kind enough to take us through why they’ve picked each track and tell us what these songs mean to them. So have a read, plug in, and while you’re at it give Jurassic Techonologie a listen: you won’t regret it.
Pr0files – “Call Yourself a Lover”
Danny Sternbaum: The first single we released. It’s the perfect track to put on when you’re driving home alone after a night out that did not quite go your way. –
Chromatics – “In The City”
DS: This song is the essence of a night time drive. So hypnotic and romantic, but there’s also a slight feeling of danger that runs throughout the track. I can listen to this over and over.
Movement – “Us”
Lauren Pardini: This song feels like taking your clothes off in front of someone else- in a cold room. Pure vulnerability.
Karma Fields – “Skyline”
LP: I mean, the first line of the song is “LA Skyline, Neon Signs” It pretty much sums up the playlist title – and when that beat drops I want to pull over on the side of the road because it’s too good.
Chrome Sparks – “Give It Up”
DS: Just picture you’re life is Risky Business 2.0. This song plays after you throw a party that goes awry in your parents’ house. You get in your car and drive out to the ocean to figure you out how you’re going to clean up the mess. Hopefully you don’t drive your car into the water (spoiler alert) like Risky Business.
Poom – “De la vitesse à l’ivresse”
LP: Ahhhhhh, Le French. They just know how to chill you out and mix a string section with slow funk grooves. I don’t even know what this title means, but the language mesmerizes me. I just hope they’re not saying anything bad about me.
Joakim – “Heartbeats”
Love the intimacy in this one. The outside world ceases to exist when I listen to this song. Just dwell in that feeling. -DS
Duke Dumont – “Ocean Drive”
Aside from blasting this while driving along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway, for those who are unfamiliar), it’s just the perfect song to listen to several times in a row on your night drive. You can’t not feel great after hearing this track. – DS
Kavinksy – “Odd Look” (ft. The Weeknd)
DS: Another one of our favorite french artists. Kavinsky’s music is made for driving late at night, fast. Literally. And having The Weeknd’s voice on this one is just a bonus.
Big Black Delta – “Into The Night”
LP: This song is moonlight personified.
Bibio – “Petals”
LP: This unravels my thoughts in a positive way. Those dreamy vocals and all that reverb are so relaxing.