Winter Exams 2011: The Playlist
The end of this semester will mark the end of a memorable occasion, for I will have just completed my first four months as an official PremierLife-r! As every action has an equal and opposite reaction, this final month of 2011 is not just a joyous one, as there is also plenty of gloom to go around for the entire student population of UWO. December marks a trying time for us post-secondary students, as Old Man Winter isn’t the only thing on our doorsteps, exams just happen to be right around the corner. With that negative statement, I think it is only fair to help students out with a couple playlists that might be perfect for the music listener in you. You can find three playlists here: one Hip-Hop, one to Electro/House/EDM, and one Indie/Folk/Pop.
This playlist will be kind of “controversial” as I fully shot down a few of the most popular artists in my previous article about musicians selling out to major record labels, thus their lack of inclusion in this. Regardless, there is a lot of good going on in the hip-hop community. This especially applies to the legendary band, The Roots, having just released a great record, Undun, Common’s soon to be released The Dreamer, The Believer and more new music from Blu & Exile, Q-Tip, Joe Budden and my most anticipated Christmas album, The Rebirth of Detroit, which features all new music posthumously put together featuring the beats of J. Dilla.
4. Wale – The Cloud
5. Gilbere Forte – 1st Floor EASILY among my favorite prospects, Gilbere’s mixtapes could let you coast through exams on their own!
Electro/House/EDM + Electro-Pop
Here is the genre that is legitimately taking over UWO and London. By indoctrinating this generation of university students with their music and rave-culture, there has been major demand for DJs to make appearances here in London, which we at PremierLife are happy to be a part of! Here is a little nudge to get your Electro/House/EDM playlist going. This playlist could alternately be used for your pre-drinks…That says a lot about this genre, doesn’t it? By the way, I do not recommend listening to this playlist in this specific order–I am not our resident DJs: HusH, Many Things and Mar Keey.
4. Deadmau5 – Aural Psynapse
This playlist here is straight off of my iPod. Imagine this: with a healthy dose of The Roots (who I will soon be doing a comprehensive introduction of, as inspired by Steph Connor, my lovely editor’s lack of knowledge about the best hip-hop band around worries me) and you have a little taste of what I listen to while locked in jail at Weldon or Taylor.
3. The National – Terrible Love (The National is my favorite band of all time. If enough of you enjoy this, I will write an article about them in the new year.)
7. Bon Iver – Holocene