Matt Jenko

Let’s Feckin Go

28 May 2021

This isn’t a list I’d recommend when you need to focus and get stuff done: we have plenty of other lists for that. This is a list for when you just want to feel alive. Featuring artists like: Bring Me The Horizon • FEVER 333 • Mastodon• Architects • Strapping Young Lad • Cradle of Filth • August Burns Red • Enter Shikari

Music to Escape Reality — April 2021

27 May 2021

The cinematic score to your psychological journey with Matt Jenko. Featuring artists like: Bonobo • Yotto • Emancipator • CamelPhat • ODESZA • Carpenter Brut • Tinlicker • Four Tet • Jacques Greene • Tchami • RÜFÜS DU SOL

Hyperflow

26 May 2021

I don’t know what’s going on for you right now, but if you feel like you need to take a couple of hours to float down a river of sound, you’re in the right place. Hyperflow is built for that next-level of escapism, when you’re having a real hard time disengaging. Featuring artists like: Solar Fields • Jason Barty • ford. • Robot Koch • Emancipator • Cygna • IHF • L’Indécis

Ten Tigers — Where to Start with Bonobo • a playlist by musicto

6 May 2021

With a career spanning over 20 years, 8 albums, and 150+ songs (including remixes, reworks and reissues), the question of where to start with Bonobo might seem like a bit of a daunting one to approach. The purpose of this list is to give you a primer, to get yourself familiarised with what’s available so you have a foundation to go and explore the rest of the 100+ songs I didn’t include.

Music to Escape Reality — March 2021

28 April 2021

The cinematic score to your psychological journey with Matt Jenko. Featuring artists like: Bonobo • Yotto • Emancipator • CamelPhat • ODESZA • Carpenter Brut • Tinlicker • Four Tet • Jacques Greene • Tchami • RÜFÜS DU SOL

Ego Food

17 March 2021

We don’t like feeling like we can just force ourselves to adopt values. For me to want to be compassionate, to want to manifest in a particular way, a way that is kind and free of judgement or bitterness, is not what feeds the ego.

Lunarscapes

9 March 2021

Lunarscapes: a playlist from the music to escape reality cinematic universe. Featuring artists like: Bonobo • Yotto • Emancipator • CamelPhat • ODESZA • Carpenter Brut • deadmau5 • Tinlicker • Four Tet • Jacques Greene • Tchami • RÜFÜS DU SOL • Tourist • Luttrell • Oliver Heldens • BMTH • Lastlings • Durante

Music to Escape Reality — Feb 2021

6 March 2021

The cinematic score to your psychological journey with Matt Jenko. Featuring artists like: Bonobo • Yotto • Emancipator • CamelPhat • ODESZA • Carpenter Brut • Tinlicker • Four Tet • Jacques Greene • Tchami • RÜFÜS DU SOL

Songs to Wash Your Dog To

6 March 2021

A playlist by Alt Pop Artist and Musical Entrepreneur Gabe kubanda. Featuring artists like: Twentyone Pilots • Ed Sheeran • Panic! At the Disco • Justin Timberlake • Hozier

Along the Way

5 March 2021

We’re there for every day of our lives, but they all smudge into this one long trail of ideas and feelings and memories, and we just have this general sense of ‘being’ somewhere in the middle of it all.

Songs to Summon the Guardian Angel

4 March 2021

Align with the heavenly hosts and cross the abyss with Christopher Winn. Featuring artists like: Between the Buried and Me • Gojira • Rivers of Nihil • Lacey Sturm • Sleep Waker • Mastodon

Tired, But Good Tired

4 March 2021

Today I’m tired. Tired but happy!

Recalibration

3 March 2021

I’ve been on mirtazapine for a couple of months now, and it’s been interesting.

No Time

1 March 2021

Let’s just appreciate the fact that, no matter how much it might seem like it, time is finite.

Problem Solved

28 February 2021

My feeling is that people who are really successful don’t just weather the storms. They chase them.

Nothing Wrong In Sight

27 February 2021

You can learn a lot about yourself through paying attention to what you pay attention to. What do you discount? What do you ignore?

Close to Home

27 February 2021

This might not be an easy one, but it’ll be a real one.

Overthinking Rain

25 February 2021

Did you know I’ve always loved the rain?

What Are You Waiting For?

24 February 2021

I spent too much time waiting for something to happen.

Let’s Not Be Productive

23 February 2021

Sometimes, you can’t be productive. That is, the things you put effort into don’t produce results. That’s all that productivity boils down to, right?

Remember The Process

22 February 2021

When a project reaches a stage of difficulty, as it inevitably will, no matter how swimmingly it’s been going so far, it’s important to remember the process.

Permission Granted

21 February 2021

The thing is, no one will ever give you permission to be okay in your own skin.

The Best Thing I Ever Wrote

20 February 2021

You don’t always have to be happy. But you never have to be miserable.

The Comfort of Inertia

19 February 2021

You enter a paradox of creativity, of knowing that the thing is nowhere near ‘finished’, but not wanting to change anything about the thing because you’re so in love with the iteration

What’s In A Name?

18 February 2021

Somewhere along the way, the meaning changed. My name became synonymous with mockery, to the point where hearing it actually hurt.

Shouting Into The Void

17 February 2021

Here’s something you might not want to hear: nobody owes your their response.

Drifting

16 February 2021

The feeling of drifting, of existing rather than living, as though life is merely happening to you and not with you, is probably one of the most unsettling experiences I’ve ever been through.

Sleepless

15 February 2021

My battle with sleep is a tale as old as time. If I want to fall asleep, I’m chronically awake. If I want to wake up, I’m an immovable, eternal entity.

All These Eggs & Only One Basket

14 February 2021

What makes a good artist? I think this is a much more helpful question than its more popular counterpart, ‘what makes good art?’

Sense & Sensitivity

13 February 2021

I’ve long been fascinated by the acknowledgement of internalized negativity, by the idea that the authors of the narratives we grow up believing are not necessarily the Pulitzer prize-winners we assume them to be.

Shifting Sands

13 February 2021

Keeping a level head in the face of potential rejection. Oooh what a thorny topic this will be!

Peaceful Moments

12 January 2021

The idea of having something beautiful and profoundly yours ripped away from you is probably the one thing that terrifies anyone in my position more than anything else.

Pressure Vessels

20 December 2020

This is a bit of a mess of a piece. Think of it as a stream of consciousness, an examination of the pieces of thoughts that lie scattered about the ol’ mindscape.

Safe Harbour

24 November 2020

I think we all like feeling like we have a sanctuary that we can safely say is ‘ours’, a secure base from which we can derive a sense of consistency and control in spite of all the other uncertainty the world can and will offer us.

A Thousand Roads

8 October 2020

When I think about what I want in life, it all points toward quite a simple vision really. I think getting this pinned down has been one of the main reasons why I felt so lost throughout my late teens and early twenties.

Existential Crisis

9 September 2020

Since I’m in the middle of trying to figure out how I can incorporate my playlist into my increasingly-elaborate project, I figured I’d simply drop some tracks that I can’t stop listening to at the moment.

How to add Music to your Instagram Story (2020)

24 July 2020

FINALLY! An easy to understand video with step by step instructions showing you how to add music to your Instagram story.

6 Ways I’ve been Staying Productive As A DJ During Lockdown’ – Mel Low D

22 May 2020

Professional DJ Mel Low D shares 6 things she’s been doing to stay productive during lockdown, with tips that apply to creatives all round

Staying Productive with Remy Sounds

22 May 2020

In this six minute youtube video, producer, DJ and festival runner Remy Sounds shares some of the ways he’s been staying productive during lockdown

Top 5 Reasons Every Band Should Have a Discord Server – CelticWolfTV

21 May 2020

What if I were to tell you about an app that can effectively marry all of your online identities and streamline the way you communicate with your audience – or better yet – how your audience communicates with you?

‘5 things I wish I’d known when I started streaming’ – Jared from Shaping The Silence

21 May 2020

In this post, Jared shares ‘five tips for how to start and improve your live stream as a musician. Lately, it’s become very important for musicians to live stream, but how can you make your stream stand out?’

Enter Shikari — THE GREAT UNKNOWN Album Review

9 May 2020

My love for Enter Shikari by no means unconditional, and I certainly don’t love everything they release unquestioningly. It took me a VERY long time to appreciate The Spark, and there isn’t a single album of theirs where I like every single song.

Interview with Kristen Olsson – Music to Escape Reality

4 March 2020

You find a lot of different characters in the music business. There’s no shortage of try-hards and dreamers, trying to ‘make it big’ for reasons only their own ego understands. It’s always refreshing then to chance upon someone who is here for the right reasons—for the love of the craft, for the desire to create beautiful art.

Kristen Olsson is one such person. From writing songs on Martha’s Vineyard to singing jazz in New Orleans, it’s clear that for her, music isn’t a vain pursuit of followers or streams. For her, music is a way of life. It’s who she is.

It’s all about identity.

New Sky – RÜFÜS DU SOL

17 February 2020

And so we’re leaving our little moon for a New Sky. As Himalia crumbles and falls apart around us, we depart for our new home.

Nightwalk – Spencer Brown

3 February 2020

And so I get up, leave my room, head out onto the rooftops. I’ve done this a lot lately. A Nightwalk to calm my troubled soul.

Amnésie – Nhyx

13 January 2020

‘What a lot of people forget is that Zephra has done this before…’

Branches – Fluida

18 December 2019

All this talk of the world ending just makes me laugh really.

Linked – Bonobo

10 December 2019

This vast lake, tranquil beneath a terminal sky. Lying, floating amidst a wash of mirrored stars, drifting peacefully as the atmosphere burns…

Blood And Wine – Marcin Przybyłowicz

5 November 2019

A crumpled note, scrawled in red — ‘If only they knew. The show I have in store for them, oh if only they knew…

Be Someone – CamelPhat & Jake Bugg

28 October 2019

Despite the bright daylight, the city feels dark. It’s cold, and imposing, and unnatural, and it doesn’t want me here.

The Escapist’s Handbook, Vol. I – The Expanse 📽

11 October 2019

Let’s cut straight to the point right from the get-go: The Expanse is brilliant.

Shift – Afrosamuraiist

2 October 2019

Everything hurts; my body feels like it’s not my own, and staring out through eyes that belong to somebody else, I see that it doesn’t look like my own, either…

Into Clouds – Luttrell

16 September 2019

It washes over me, seeping into every fibre of my being, immersing each and every atom to the point where I don’t know where I stop and it begins…

Helix – Flume

19 August 2019

A lifetime has passed; an ocean of eternity has washed over me…

Lfost – Calcou

12 August 2019

‘Drifting, floating, falling, but never moving… Time ripples around me but I can’t reach it, and I’m held here in a stasis that lasts an eternity and spans an entire universe…

Underwater – RÜFÜS DU SOL

29 July 2019

‘Floating, weightless, the pressure holding me as though it were a vice. I hung in stasis for what can only have been eternity, somewhere between sleep and death…’

Sirens – Icarus

22 July 2019

‘I’d been so long in this wilderness that I thought I’d never see another soul again. One by one our tiny band had fallen apart, lost along the way or through a loss of heart, until only I remained…’

Keep Her Close – ODESZA

15 July 2019

‘After a time, the beauty of the garden started to fade away into something altogether more ominous. Even though we’d been trailing for hours, the same landmarks kept appearing on our horizon…’

Bloom – IHF

2 July 2019

‘We woke to the sun breaking on our faces. Squinting from the brightness, we looked around to find that the desolation we’d gone to sleep amidst had vanished.’

Girl On Fire – Medii

24 June 2019

We felt the fire before we saw it. The heat stung our eyes, grasping at our throats, suffocating us.

Noctuary – Bonobo

11 June 2019

We walked for days. The fleeting image had been more than a figment of our collective imagination, we knew it, and so we followed the trail of crooked lights deeper into the wilderness than any soul had dared go before us…

Odd One Out – Yotto

19 February 2019

This week we’re going for a short and sweet entry, and I’ll just let the music do the talking – for once…

(Re)Mixing It Up – An Interview with Save the World Featured Artist SWACQ

29 October 2018

As a music curator, I’m sent a lot of music. But every so often, I’m hit with something that completely stops me in my tracks. Dutch producer SWACQ’s remix of ‘Faded Away‘ by Sweater Beats & Icona Pop is well and truly Music to Save the World! to (you can read about why here,) and had rightly been our featured track for the month of October.

With a catalogue that spans a huge range of styles and includes collaborations with the likes of Tiësto, Nicky Romero and Justin Mylo not to mention the frequent spins on the iconic Hardwell on Air collections – SWACQ is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the world of electronic music…

Say My Name (Instrumental) – Odesza

31 July 2018

I originally had this track lined up for a Save the World! entry later this year, but Cam from Music to Practice Yoga’s June feature sparked the Odesza fever in me and so I had to bump it to the front of the queue!…

Unbound – Kisnou

25 July 2018

Our writing is our art. And our art is who we are. When we aren’t creating, we’re stagnating, and for a writer that’s not a comfortable way to live…

Ocean (From “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker”) – TPR

17 July 2018

My writing journey began, without a doubt, with the Final Fantasy games of the late 90s/early 2000s. Text heavy and without any voice actors, you had to prepared to do a LOT of reading in order to enjoy the story. It was more immersive than any book I’d ever read, and the settings and the characters were so vivid that it wasn’t hard to spend hours lost in the worlds that lay beyond the controller…

Landscapes – RelaxingVibe

10 July 2018

The sun sets over the Himalayas. Spiritual and warm, the golden warmth of the last rays of light sets the majestic peaks ablaze, as ancient voices echo across the slopes…

Himalaya – Ellipsis

4 July 2018

Good afternoon class. Your regular teacher is on vacation (he’s gone Saving the World!), and so for the next four weeks, I’ll be your professor. My name is Dr Jenko, and it’s lovely to meet you all…