Grey Luh - Berhana

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Grey Luh - Berhana

While he was in college in New York, Amain Berhane split his time between three things: class, work and music. Rarely did the three intersect. In the daylight Berhane would go to class and work one of his many part time jobs. At night, he would transform into Berhana (a slight spelling alteration of his last name to make it read how it actually sounded), writing sultry R&B…

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Can't Believe The Way We Flow – James Blake

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Can't Believe The Way We Flow – James Blake

I've wanted to fit James Blake into this playlist for a while now. But when I thought about how people might be listening to this playlist (in the car, at work, chilling at home, etc), much of Blake's catalogue didn't seem appropriate. It's not that his subject matter or style didn't fit the playlist (his obsession with heartbreak actually made him perfect for it), but it's how he composes his tracks…

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Monsoon - Amber Mark

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Monsoon - Amber Mark

We spend a lot of time on this playlist analyzing songs about a certain kind of love. Relationships, heartbreak, marriage — these topics have all produced incredible songs. But today, we're reframing our our perspective on what catching feelings really can mean, thanks to Amber Mark and her track: "Monsoon"…

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My Body - lemin.

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My Body - lemin.

We first saw lemin (pronounced "lemon") perform at a showcase this past summer, where she was one of about a dozen artists, each with 10 minutes to show their stuff. Most artists came out with big outfits, high energy, dance moves, and hype men to get the crowd's energy up. Lemin was different…

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Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

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Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

James Arthur's career has been one of very public highs and lows. Arthur first gained international attention for winning The X Factor in 2012, but he didn't have his eyes set on the show until his mom forced him to audition. He had spent the past decade gigging around the UK, trying to break through as a musician with no luck, and found himself too broke to pay his electricity bill…

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Hello – Adele

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Hello – Adele

One of the toughest things to do as an artist is follow up a hit song or album. How do you keep your name top of mind? For most artists, that means releasing a steady stream of new music, jumping at any to guest features, and pushing for consistent media coverage. For Adele, it's meant taking a step back from everything.

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Get It Together - Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith

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Get It Together - Drake, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith

In 1926 famed inventor Nikola Tesla predicted a connected world, where you could reach your friend in another country as easily as you could talk to your neighbour, through "instruments that will fit in a vest pocket." Tesla's vision has been realized through smartphones, personal computing and ubiquitous internet. The impact of these innovations is undoubtedly massive, and music serves as an interesting way to examine them.

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coffee - Miguel

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coffee - Miguel

"Fly, funkadelic, intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy, dope shit". 

That's how Miguel once labeled his music, and honestly, there's probably no better description for our track this week. "Coffee" (originally called "Coffee (Fucking)" was the lead single of the R&B singer's 2015 album, Wildheart.

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