In June 2017 playlist curator Sam Murray made the stupid decisions to perform at a festival at 10pm a night in the middles of rural Wales, whilst needing to be at work at 9am the next morning in Middlesbrough. After a hopeless look at public transport and calling the friends list he bumped into a band he knew from Manchester who offer him a lift there.

So after their even late set finishing at midnight he joined the band for a punishing journey through the dark wilds of Mid Wales arriving back in Manchester at 4am in for some quick sleep before an early train to work.

How did he do it?

I bet you’re not asking, but if curiosity bites this playlist was in part the answer. Whilst taking on DJing duties in the band car he wanted to find the mix to allow those in the back seat a sleep, but let the driver concentrate a delicate balance most of the time. Sam realised the trick is int he come down, a reduction of adrenaline levels solicited through the sonic therapy within this list.

This playlist is not only drawn from that fateful night but many other nights post going to gigs and post playing gigs. These tunes are drawn from the sharing and stories of those late night drives and train journeys and full of those ‘you gotta hear this’ tunes alongside those ‘I need this to drive’ tunes. As a long time front seat passenger, due to my long legs which evade all calls of shotgun, I’ve collected songs that I want to share with you all in my sonic prescription.

From the reggae tune you didn’t expect, to jazz diamonds in the ruff this playlist has it all to bring you down gently. Recommended uses are attached alongside anecdotes I had to share to see if you find yourself in the same situation. So put on that seat belt and get ready to come down responsibly.

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About the Curator: Sam Murray

Sam murray - Musicto Curator

Sam Murray is a liability when it come to music, he harbours a secret passion for cheese but most of all actually believe the Eurovision Song Contest has good songs, and that if he played them to you without knowing it was from the contest, you would love it too!

It is said if you cut Sam open out will fall a punch card for a music box and a drum for a heart powered by every step he takes. He is a professional clarinetist and plays in several bands in a variety of style. He also holds a Masters Degree in Popular Music, so you would hope he knows his stuff, and is currently working towards a Popular Music PhD exploring the music scene in Portland Oregon.

Sam holds three fundamental truths in life:

  1. Everyone can make music
  2. Music is best made when answering questions and solving problems
  3. There is no such thing as a ‘guilty pleasure’, own your dark music secrets!!