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Playlist: Pillow Talk #1

The weekend’s barely begun but we’re already thinking about the after party – prepare with our Pillow Talk playlist.

Welcome to your monthly Pillow Talk playlist on Wonderland. Our goal here is to provide you with an essential survival kit of jams for hangovers, after-parties and mornings after – songs from anytime, anyplace, and anyone. Get to know our inaugural selection below and equip yourself for the late nights and hazy mornings which await you this weekend.

Jadu Heart – “Jewel”

Enigmatic two-piece Jadu Heart are signed to Mura Masa’s Anchor Point imprint. They dropped this track earlier in the month as part of their debut Wanderflower EP. It’s a blissful voyage through trip-hop textures and ethereal but richly soulful vocals. Plus it literally starts with the sound of the rainforest so go chase that zen.

Rihanna – “Te Amo”

Don’t act like you forgot…

D.R.A.M. ft Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

OK so the jury is still out on whether Lil Yachty is a genuinely exciting prospect for hip hop or just a fan-boy desperately emulating his heroes. Either way, this gleaming collaboration with D.R.A.M. is a perfect soundtrack to ease you in to the weekend and the summertime. Both rappers bounce across the featherweight instrumental with ease.

Millie Jackson – “If You’re Not Back In Love By Monday”

Millie Jackson’s 1977 LP Feelin’ Bitchy is full of the kind of soothing soul you need every weekend, whatever the weather. This cut in particular – a sincere love-song brimming with moonlit affection – is the perfect tonic for heartbreak, hangovers or both.

Kyla – “Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix)”

Drake’s overconfident cherrypicking of any sounds or styles that take his fancy is a whole other debate. Luckily, his cribbing of the Crazy Cousinz edit of Kyla’s UK funky treasure “Do You Mind” successfully brought the original back to everyone’s attention. Let the beat take you. Make yourself a Bloody Mary and party round the house like it’s 2008 again. Thank you Drake.

All Saints – “Summer Rain”

Entrusting Melanie, Shaznay, Nicole and Natalie with the playlist for your early mornings is a wise move regardless but this is a standout cut from their triumphant comeback record Red Flag. It’s a sultry, balmy R&B-indebted cut driven by acoustic noodling. If it doesn’t do if you then whip out “Never Ever” and act like the comeback never happened.

24hrs – “STYLIST”

Nobody seems to know much about who 24hrs is or why he’s so hellbent on being your stylist but it doesn’t matter when you’re getting lost in this jam. Crisp drums, clear vocals and an acrylic-sharp hook. Ideal settings for the night before turning into the morning after.

Arthur Russell – “Answers Me”

More Pablo offshoots. The haunting sample Kanye uses on “30 Hours” is a chilling highlight of the whole record. The original, a 1986 classic from experimental sensei Arthur Russell, is worth revisiting. Nothing will nurse your hangover better than these tones. In fact, listen to the whole of World of Echo and just deny that Kanye brought you there whenever clever people ask.

Barbara Streisand & Barry Gibb: Above The Law

Right, so don’t watch the video. No, do. Do watch the video. Taken from their 2005 platinum-selling collaborative album Guilty Pleasures, “Above The Law” is on some serious blockbuster romance. If you aren’t feeling at your best or you want another couple of hours under the duvet, then why not let Barbara and Barry join you?

Words
Duncan Harrison
Playlist: Pillow Talk #1

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