'By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you...'
This iconic line from Kendrick's 'King Kunta' is the perfect way to introduce this week's featured track, the incredibly funky extended mix of 'Waiting' by Oliver Heldens. It's surprising that he hasn't made his way onto this list sooner, given that he's one of my favourite producers of all time, but it's nice to save the gems for times like this.
This track has been the cornerstone of my commute home for the past year, energising me through traffic jams, galvanising me when some WANKER cuts me up on a roundabout, and generally making me feel as though it's alright if every other person on the road drives like shit as long as I have tunes like this to get me home. It's definite driving music - supercharged, bass-heavy and melodic, and you constantly find yourself tweaking that volume dial just a little more to squeeze every drop of power out it.
I like music with a story. But I also like music that makes me feel good. And when I'm soaring down the motorway (safely within the speed limit, obviously) with this song blasting, I feel on top of the world. This can mean the difference between a good day and an awful day - it sets you up on a positive trajectory, like a hearty breakfast or an invigorating shower.
Make 'Waiting' a staple of your daily routine, and see if it doesn't make you feel just that bit better about the less savoury things you have to deal with in your life.
Himalaya by Ellipsis
The Music to Save The World playlist is sponsored this month by Himalaya from Ellipsis.
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.