Ya Own Way - MNDSGN

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Ya Own Way - MNDSGN

Every element of this track from Los Angeles-based  MNDSGN (pronounced "mind design") has me hooked. The funky, laid back bass and drums, dreamy synths, and chant-like chorus let me know that we're all just trying to figure out our own way…

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Thinkin of - Kiefer

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Thinkin of - Kiefer

This week's track is a chill, jazzy hip hop track from LA-based producer and musician Kiefer. Now releasing music on Stones Throw Records, he studied jazz under Kenny Burrell at UCLA. While there, he started to see how he could connect the beat-making he had been honing since age 12 with jazz piano…

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Thinking of You - Lord Echo

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Thinking of You - Lord Echo

This cover of a Sister Sledge tune had me grooving and feeling carefree from the first listen. I admit I had never heard of New Zealand-based multi-instrumentalist producer, engineer and DJ Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous) before, nor had I heard the original Sister Sledge song…

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Push On - Nick Johnson

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Push On - Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson is a "singer-soulwriter," producer, and musician based in North Carolina. The song he submitted to this playlist, "Push On" is a high energy soul track, with a blazing horn section, slick strings, 70's percussion, and inspirational lyrics.

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Mystic Bounce - Madlib

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Mystic Bounce - Madlib

The legendary, prolific Madlib remade Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew", along with several other Blue Note recordings, for his 2003 "Shades of Blue" album. This version indeed does have more of a "bounce" to it than the original, with its slightly faster tempo, hand claps, background party noise, and prominent, repetitive kick drum pattern.

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 Car Phone Confessions - Mario Dones

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Car Phone Confessions - Mario Dones

A few weeks ago Brooklyn-based rapper Mario Dones submitted this track, and it seamlessly fits into the playlist both sonically and thematically. The lyrics use the relatable issue of having car problems to express the desire to keep pushing forward even when everything seems to be going wrong.

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Here I Come - Dennis Brown

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Here I Come - Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown's smooth vocals never fail to set me at ease. The tone and positivity he emits, along with his subject matter, has made him my favorite reggae vocalist. This opinion was also shared by Bob Marley himself, who gave him the title, "the crown prince of reggae."…

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Love Is Real - Moods

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Love Is Real - Moods

Moods is a prolific producer from the Netherlands who has been producing since he was a kid. His latest single, "Comfortable" has been streamed over a million times on Spotify. A recent interview has him describing his music in three words: "warm, groove, joy" - which is a perfect encapsulation of how this track will make you feel.

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Conscience - Weaver Beats

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Conscience - Weaver Beats

Jerred Jones, aka Weaver Beats, recently submitted this track to the playlist. He has been producing music for over 7 years, and he is born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  His style of music ranges from hip hop to wave electronic to trap and phonk. The song "Conscience" is from his 2016 release by the same name…

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B4 The Night Is Thru - Jesse Boykins  III

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B4 The Night Is Thru - Jesse Boykins III

Jesse Boykins III is a Jamaican-American producer and singer-songwriter. His first album was released in 2008, and he signed to Def Jam in 2017. He released his latest album, “Bartholomew” in December 2017. “B4 the Night is Thru” is from his 2014 release, “Love Apparatus.” ...

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Spirals - The Careen

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Spirals - The Careen

This week I'm sharing out a submission from a young producer who goes by The Careen. I found that the melody of "Spirals" stayed in my head after listening. The hopeful yet somber vibe fits with the rest of the Music to Forget Your Troubles playlist.

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To Do List - Jericho Jackson

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To Do List - Jericho Jackson

Jericho Jackson is a Detroit duo made up of producer Khrysis and rapper Elzhi. The two have had long careers individually and finally came together to release this collaboration this year. A friend hipped me to the group and I instantly connected with the music...

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Take it Slow - Charlotte Dos Santos

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Take it Slow - Charlotte Dos Santos

Charlotte Dos Santos is a Norwegian singer and producer whose sound combines old school r'n'b, jazz, Latin and Brazilian music with electronic sounds. Although she grew up in Norway, her father is Brazilian and she listened to a wide range of music growing up. Her influences are showcased in her acclaimed 2017 Fresh Selects release, "Cleo."

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Prototype - OutKast

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Prototype - OutKast

Dreamy, funky vibes are served up plentifully on this classic track from OutKast's 2003 Speakerboxx/the Love Below double album. The song is a celebration of a new love, who may not be "the one" but who is good enough for now. Andre 3000 blissfully sings, harmonizes, and ad-libs about spending time with his prototype.

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Lowrider - Yussef Kamaal

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Lowrider - Yussef Kamaal

Drum and bass are the focus of this instrumental funk track from London duo Yussef Kamaal. Both members of the group,  Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), are drummers, so the emphasis on groove comes as no surprise.

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Here - Eric Lau, Rahel

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Here - Eric Lau, Rahel

Added to the playlist this week, a beautifully jazzy hip hop track by Eric Lau, a producer and DJ from London. Lau has worked with such artists as Gilles Peterson, Georgia Ann Muldrew, Fatima, Homeboy Sandman, Robert Glasper, and Erykah Badu.

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Ordinary Day (feat. Stuart Zender) - Omar

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Ordinary Day (feat. Stuart Zender) - Omar

Seasoned British soul singer Omar Lye-fook has been making music for over 30 years and comes from a highly accomplished musical family, notably his younger brother, Scratch Professor. "Ordinary Day" is a groovy soul track with heavy Brazilian percussion, and a ridiculously funky bass line from the great Stuart Zender, best known as Jamiroquai 's bassist.

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I Really Don't Care - Bilal

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I Really Don't Care - Bilal

I can't think of a better track title for the Music to Forget Your Troubles playlist than "I Really Don't Care." This track from Bilal is off of his 2015 album, "In Another Life." I'm also a huge fan of the producer of this album, the prolific Adrian Younge, who also played a majority of the instruments on the album. The sounds are a throwback to 60's and 70's funk and soul, with the unique falsetto, classically trained R'n'B vocals of Bilal.

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Montara - Bobby Hutcherson

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Montara - Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson was a great jazz vibraphonist, one of the many great artists we lost last year. "Montara" is from Hutcherson's album of the same name, released in 1975 on the jazz label Blue Note. Montara is also a city in Northern California, where he lived with his wife until his passing last year.

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