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Illustration by Miriam Ivanoff
Garage rockers The Strange Boys kick off the Imagination issue playlist with a bluesy little number about a poem party. We've never been to one – are they any good? This track makes them sound like a riot! The Texans are followed by Bradford Cox's spooky singalong anthem "Sheila" from his new Atlas Sound album, Logos. We also have big songs from The Drums, Real Estate, Meth Teeth, and a Halloween anthem from Dead Man's Bones. After Young & Lost's new signing Othello Wolf, things get a lil grimy with some digi dub from Jahdaan Blakkamoore, crack rap from Raekwon, and some wonky 2-step from Joy Orbison. For the grand finale Dave 1 and P-Thugg bless us with a new Chromeo track, Private channel the spirit of Bobby Brown, LMFAO get their nasty on in Ibiza, Ebola breaks our bass bins and Diddy pops some Ciroc in the club with DJ Hell. Oh yeah, we can't forget about The Gyratory System, who play us out with one of the most insane tracks of the year. It's amazing, but really intense. Just the way we like it.
Illustration by Tess Savina
I thought it would be cool to start off this month's playlist with "Love's Dart", the debut single by London quintet Django Django. It's a melancholy love jam of the highest quality. Sweet harmonies, lads. It also seemed appropriate, seeing as our MONSTROUS October Franken-fashion issue is about to drop, to include "October Days" by The Softboiled Eggies. Terrible name, great band, killer song. There's even bigger tracks from Exlovers, Trailer Trash Tracys, Warpaint, Health and A Place to Bury Strangers after that, and some chilled vibes from crooners Kings of Convenience, Detroit soulboy Mayer Hawthorne, and Mazzy Star legend Hope Sandoval. As ever we finish in the club, with a banger from HudMo, some space bass from Nite Jewel, a cheesy foam party anthem from A Trak & Armand Van Helden (Duck Sauce), a retro Fever Ray electro remix by CSS, a nu-skool Italo anthem by Retro/Grade, and a VERY SCARY instrumental by Two Fingers. Enjoy!