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Doing a whole lotta nothing. Kicking back. Chilling on the couch. This mix of smooth hip hop and head-nodding electronic beats was made for that.
Need an on-trend and consistently bouncy soundtrack for entertaining your friends? Throw on this mix of the best (and buzziest) indie pop songs and melodic dance grooves from around the world.
In honor of the rerelease of Bob Marley's album "Kaya," we've put together this mix some of the best reggae music from the timeless roots and dub period. Time to celebrate, get high, and groove. Click here to pre-order "Kaya" http://tinyurl.com/cw35jyv
Bob Marley & The Wailers
We've picked a collection of emerging hip hop, indie, and R&B to help you kick it poolside this summer without breaking a sweat.
Mellow out with this playlist of chill-ass rap and R&B, all hand-picked by Snoop. Fo shizzle.
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
Textural and atmospheric instrumentals that induce the feeling of traveling through the cosmic ocean.
A blend of hazy rap anthems from old heads and smoked-out upstarts. Roll one up.
The grill is hot, the beers are cold, and the sun is shining; throw on this mix of warm, feel-good reggae and give everyone at your barbecue something to groove to. Spicy jerk chicken encouraged.
It's 4/20 every day of the year with this bud grinding, blunt rolling, weed smoking trip through some of the haziest hip hop and rastafied reggae anthems.
Devin The Dude,
It’s summer break. Relax with your friends and this on-trend mix of rhythmic indie and R&B, head-nodding hip hop, and atmospheric deep house.
Jay Dee (A.K.A. J Dilla),
Curated by Asher Roth, this mix of laid back hip-hop, smooth R&B, and easy-going classic rock is perfect for lazy summer evenings spent doing a whole lot of nothing. AsherRothmusic.com
A Tribe Called Quest,
Eric Burdon & War
Your sunglasses are on, your recline is perfect. Melt under the sun with good friends while listening to this mix of paisley haze, heady soul grooves, and tropical rhythms.
Menahan Street Band
These era-spanning reggae and ska tunes are perfect for lounging around on lazy summer evenings.
The organic, psychedelic melodies of indie and freak-folk create a peaceful atmosphere, allowing you to commune with nature as you wander through the woods to your weekend cabin.
MV & EE
Kick back with friends on a lazy afternoon while listening to this mellow and eclectic collection of vintage rock, R&B grooves, and fresh new discoveries, curated by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.
Richard Hell & The Voidoids,
Listen to this mellow, globetrotting mix while lounging with friends on a sunny weekend afternoon. Coconut oil optional, sangria encouraged.
Help soothe last night's hangover with these smoothed-out hip-hop and rap tracks that will calm your nerves while freshening you up for a brand new day of fun. Remember to drink plenty of water.
Hip hop's founding producers invented the genre by sampling deep funk breakbeats, but in the early '90s a young Dr. Dre found new inspiration in the synth-based funk of Parliament/Funkadelic records. He dubbed the new sound "G-Funk".
Lil 1/2 Dead,
Embark on an atmospheric musical journey featuring trippy electronica, drum & bass, indie rock, and reggae. Hallucinogens optional.
From a bad-trip run through the jungle to a soaring journey around the dark side of the moon, these legendary classic rock songs from the '60s and '70s are epic in sound and scope.
African "desert blues" is just about the biggest sound in world music circles today. Blending western forms with African soul, plus a healthy dose of amplification, it's a hypnotic sound that speaks hauntingly of the place and its people.
Ali Farka Touré,
The seismic cultural shifts of the late '60s didn't escape Brazil which experienced its own artistic revolution, dubbed Tropicalismo, or "Tropicália." Combining Brazilian pop with bits of British and American psychedelia, this movement influenced the music of David Byrne, Beck and more.
Rasta, repatriation, and reefer: classic roots reggae from the 1970s.
The Mighty Diamonds,
Break out the tie-dye, burn some Nag Champa and load up on your headiest hemp accessories, because this mix of your favorite '90s college jam bands will have you noodling again in no time. No bad vibes allowed.
Tea Leaf Green,
Derek Trucks Band
Whether they're jamming on extended improvisational solos, combining unlikely genres, or playing songs backwards, jam bands make innovative, risky, and unclassifiable music that'll never sound the same way twice.
The Allman Brothers Band,
Medeski, Martin & Wood
These relaxed, mellow sounds from around the globe, plus beloved Western artists indebted to world traditional music, provide an eclectic soundtrack for dreaming about exotic climes.
King Sunny Ade,
Lie in the grass, bake under the sun, and let your mind drift away to these mellow, dreamy, and jangly indie pop songs.
Psychedelia is eternal. These contemporary indie artists explore altered states much like the lysergic explorers of the past.
TV On The Radio
A beautiful park on a sunny day is the stuff contentment is made of. Enjoy the light breeze, the soft grass, and this playlist of smooth and warm '70s-era grooves.
Spend an afternoon under the big bright sun with these African and African-inspired guitar sounds. Featuring African musicians and the Western artists who have been inspired by them, these songs are perfect for happy, lazy days.
Super Mama Djombo,
Nocturnal and textural electronica for long nights spent by yourself or with someone special. Listen to this until the sun rises.
Welcome to the Smoker's Club, where modern rappers cultivate major weed habits and forge bonds over their love of greenery. Roll up and hang out.
Trademark Da Skydiver,
Devin The Dude
A vast nation of many cultures, Canada has formed the breeding ground for some of hip hop's most respected artists. Take a journey across Canada's expansive hip hop landscape with this party-starting musical trip from Vancouver to Halifax and back again.
If Canadian hip hop is the rap world's best-kept secret, imagine the sonic gold hidden in the underground. We've mined through the frozen tundra to bring you the best of Canada's indie hip hop scene, from early favourites to the next wave of Northern talent.
High-flying psychedelic rockers, otherworldly avant-jazz pioneers, and cosmic electronic adventurers; these artists will lead you on the trippiest sonic journeys you can take with -- or without -- chemical assistance.
Dust off your frisbees and hacky sacks and get ready to hit the quad with this righteous mix of radio-friendly rock hits from the '90s and early aughts.
G. Love & Special Sauce,
Dave Matthews Band,
Summery, fun, and jangly lo-fi pop. Grab some friends, pack some munchies, and lie on the grass and watch clouds for hours.
Sonny & The Sunsets,
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
Fergus & Geronimo
A fierce wind of freedom blew through the jazz scene of the '60s and early '70s, expressed with equal urgency by both avant-jazz adventurers and the proto-rap "street poets" of the era. Let it all explode right in front of your ears.
The Last Poets,
Art Ensemble of Chicago,
Float on your back into the middle of a beautiful lake. Watch the clouds pass overhead. Keep floating.
Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, gained massive popularity after releasing a series of mix tapes that showcased his unique brand of dreamy and smooth electro-tinged R&B. Listen to tracks and remixes by The Weeknd and similar artists who also create hazy, sexy slow jams.
Grab your shades and roll down the windows; these smooth jazz and funk-sampling hip hop instrumentals are perfect for a Saturday morning cruise.
Jay Dee (A.K.A. J Dilla),
Dirty, dusty sounds left out in the sun too long, echoing off the steer skulls and sand dunes into the wide open spaces.
Townes Van Zandt,
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi,
Ethereal, melodic, and ambient songs to help you unwind after work. From current indie to forgotten gems from the past, everything reverberates with the same dreamy aesthetics.
As a freshman, Derek Smith left college to focus on music production full-time. Today, as Pretty Lights, Smith runs his own record label and is headlining festivals around the country. Listen to the best tracks from Pretty Lights, his contemporaries and label mates.
Delve into the quiet, ballad-oriented side of Miles Davis, along with a wide selection of the contemplative moods of members of his classic 1950s and '60s bands. Get mellow with Miles.
The Modern Jazz Quartet
Set the controls for a trip around the globe filtered through the mixing desks of world music's top music crossover artists. The mash-up of electronic and pop elements with world flavors takes you around the world within a single song.
Dead Can Dance,
O Yuki Conjugate,
Suns Of Arqa
Ethereal and mellifluous sounds from the cloud rap kids, interspersed with pioneering productions from the regional forefathers to the spacey sound. Your new soundtrack to zone out with.
Evoking memories of hot summer days, these soulful rap cuts from the '90s to today are perfect for lazy Sundays. Nod your head.
A Tribe Called Quest,
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Playlist Generation guides you on a relaxing, ambient journey with an eclectic mix of the finest chill out tracks both past and present.
Low Motion Disco,
The Beta Band
Nate Dogg was one of the best hook singers in the history of hip hop. This playlist highlights the best collaborations from his legendary career.
Tha Dogg Pound,
Who loves the reefer? Throughout the history of hip-hop, rappers have extolled the virtues of weed. Dig.
Looking for a chilled-out take on that brain-splitting, wobbly bass? Liquid dubstep combines ambient soundscapes with beautiful melodies and, of course, visceral bass lines.
Saturday Night Gym Club,
Ghosts Of Paraguay,
After a hot summer day in the city, seek refuge on a rooftop and welcome the evening air with these hazy indie cuts.
Owiny Sigoma Band,
Think of these progressive instrumentals as the ultimate "temp tracks" -- that is, the music used during the editing phase of a film production to set the mood for a scene. Great for budding indie filmmakers and soundtrack enthusiasts.
Enjoy the low, thudding bass of chill dubstep, the perfect soundtrack for relaxing nights.
Hatcha & Lost,
Bang your head -- but do it slowly -- to these heavy, resinated jams. Perfect for bad acid trips, contemplating the void, and late-night rides in the desert with a car full of strangers.
Listen to highlights from Los Angeles-based independent record label Plug Research, which specializes in dark, funky electronica with hints of soul and hip hop.
This smoothed-out, laid-back hip hop goes deep on the jazz-sampling tip and showcases MCs dropping deep and introspective lyrics. One to bliss out to.
A Tribe Called Quest,
The sequel to Songza's original French Hip Hop playlist (http://bit.ly/JB2GvZ), this playlist features more essential cuts from the world's second most important hip hop scene.
Turn any old room into a trendy cocktail lounge with this jet-setting collection of swank, laid-back grooves.
This is the sound of your life at its most dramatic; cinematic music that will elevate your everyday moments.
Hypnotic breaks and pensive soundscapes from today's greatest electronica artists: the perfect soundtrack for reading, working, or just relaxing.
Late night public transit has a way of setting the perfect stage for dark, entrancing music with salacious undertones and plenty of atmosphere. Transcend the cacophony.
How To Dress Well,
Indie R&B -- or PBR&B to the glib -- combines dreamy, synth-based indie music with contemporary R&B beats. This lush new sound has been influencing underground and mainstream artists alike.
Funk, R&B and jazz-funk with an emphasis on atmospheric sounds, synth solos and psychedelic moods.
The rap, R&B, and soul-centric soundtrack for the Cadillac that has been passed down through the generations. If those spokes could speak...
Devin The Dude,
Listen to the best new underground and indie rap. These freshman MCs take as much inspiration from mainstream rap as they do from their backpack hip-hop forebears.
Epic-length explorations from the jam band underground, along with a few tunes by the bands who inspired the style.
Donna The Buffalo,
Covering songs -- or entire albums -- is a long standing tradition amongst jam bands. This playlist collects the greatest recorded covers by some of the best jam bands, past and present.
The String Cheese Incident,
My Morning Jacket
These are the songs that take classic rock to another level: forgotten B-sides and sprawling deep cuts from the most iconic rock acts of the '60s and '70s.
A crate-digger's dream, here are the smooth, soulful and funky tracks sampled by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for their visionary '90s hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.
Sly & The Family Stone,
Kool & The Gang,
The Last Poets,
Grover Washington, Jr.
Get intimate with these lushly arranged records full of artful elegance.
Sit back, relax, and drink the "electric kool-aid." This playlist offers up the best psychedelic music from the genre's most fruitfull decade, the 1960s. Far out, indeed.
Country Joe & The Fish,
The Pretty Things,
Enjoy these predominantly acoustic, unplugged songs with a distinct wintry feel. Imagine yourself snowed-in on a winter day, sitting by the fireplace with little to do but reflect.
Hop in your VW Bus and take the psychedelic journey back to the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. This playlist features live (and some studio) versions of songs that'll transport you right back to Yasgur's Farm. Don't take the brown acid.
Sly & The Family Stone,
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Classic Jamaican reggae songs, plus newer songs from reggae artists in the U.K., U.S. and Africa.
Bob Marley & The Wailers,
Toots & The Maytals,
What is stoner metal? It's a little psychedelic, a bit down tempo, and features a whole lot of down tuning. Enjoy this heavy dose of THC-infused metal responsibly. Munchies not included.
High on Fire,
Queens Of The Stone Age,
A varied mix of smooth downtempo grooves and sunny pop handpicked for sitting by the ocean with a refreshing beverage.
Warm instrumentation and funky breakbeats acquire a stylish electronic sheen thanks to these artists and producers who put their own twist on vintage cool.
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Eclectic sounds from the African continent, from afrobeat, highlife and juju to desert blues and Ethio-jazz.
Ali Farka Touré,
Inspired by pioneering DJs, leftfield disco, and the spacier side of synth-driven music, modern-day disco producers slow down the BPMs and explore hypnotic, psychedelic moods that move both the mind and the body.
The musicians who played on Miles Davis's pioneering jazz-rock albums, such as Bitches Brew, graduated to their own groups after working with the mercurial trumpeter. Here's the first wave of Miles's fusioneers, along with some extended family members.
Toss some kindling on those lakeside logs, take a long, deep breath, and let yourself slip into a mellow mood. These easy-rolling folk, jam rock and bluegrass tunes will usher in that sitting-around-the-bonfire feeling whether you've got one burning or not.
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Stylish, soulful, and funky tunes hand-picked for your next casual get-together by Patrick Wilson of The Special Goodness and Weezer. http://thespecialgoodness.com
The Bad Plus,
Throw on your sunglasses and melt into a lawnchair with these heady chillwave and synth pop grooves.
Toro Y Moi,
An eclectic mix of sultry soul, funk, and R&B from throughout the years that all sounds best in the midnight hour.
Listen to this dark, atmospheric mix of soulful electronic tracks, R&B slow jams, and hip-hop beats from underground artists and popular superstars.
It wasn't all peace and love; feel the bad vibes of the psychedelic void with artists from the 1960s to now.
The Velvet Underground,
Brian Jonestown Massacre,
A DJ set can't consist entirely of hard-hitting bangers; move bodies while stimulating minds with the heady rush of these progressive trance tracks that build gracefully to gentle yet blissful breakdowns.
Go west and watch the desert sun set to the sounds of red hot synth pop and retro California cool.
Soul music re-emerged and took on many forms throughout the '90s and '00s -- often referred to as "Neo Soul" or "Soul Revival." Listen to the greatest songs from the women that captured that spirit.
It's that time just before dawn when the sky is a deep blue, and you've stayed up all night to see it. Soundtrack the view with this mellow blend of classic trip-hop and newer downtempo artists
An introspective mix of moody garage rock, perfect for relaxing, reading, writing poetry, or hanging out at your local beatnik coffeehouse.
Druids Of Stonehenge,
The New Colony Six,
Plunge into a Lynchian state of mind through this off-kilter mix of the macabre, the bluesy, and the eerie that embody the wonderful and strange confusion of David Lynch's world.
Au Revoir Simone,
John Lee Hooker