When we published our very first KohSpot playlist last month, we simply wanted to share some music with like-minded individuals after being disappointed one too many times by awful soundtracks at Bangkok bars and restaurants. Seriously, does anything kill the vibe of a place more than sound?
What we weren’t expecting was to hear from dozens of KohSpot readers with the same frustrations – yearning to stay more apprised on sounds from around the world, both indie and pop.
Without further ado, we present KohSpot’s December 2010 Playlist. We also invite you to share your favorite cuts from the month with us in the comment box below.
1) Beach House, “Zebra”. The Sub Pop rocker duet from Baltimore delivers this chillingly dreamy and alluringly hypnotic track off their summer album, Teen Dream. This would be the type of music you’d hope to hear sitting patio-side at Serenade Wine Bar while sipping a body-healing Syrah.
2) Sharon Van Etten, “Love More”. A song of contemplation, examining failure and longing, play this track after a night of denials by the hotties at RCA as you sit alone with your thoughts by the windowsill.
***Pickin’ it up a bit***
3) LCD Soundsystem, “Dance Yrself Clean”. Hailed as one of the best songs to make love to in 2010, Dance Yrself Clean is dripping with sexuality. Starting slow, the song takes off at minute-mark 3:08 to psychotically exotic levels that would make the most practiced Soi Cowboy dancer blush.
4) Robyn, “Dancehall Queen“. An international pop star since 1979, Robyn, who hails from Sweden, released this track earlier in the year to itch the craving’s of her expansive cult following. The music video to this reminds us of Bowie, and nothing reminds us more of Bowie in Bangkok than the city’s best dive bar - Wong’s.
5 ) Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, “Better Things to Do”. Modern day funk at its best, period. Best played…anywhere.
6) The Dutchess and the Duke, “Reservoir Park”. Former Seattle-based punk rocker combo, Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison, started The Dutchess and the Duke but with a style more aptly defined this go-around as “acoustic guitars with a cool but honest folk-rock influenced sound.” This is most likely to be playing right now from Andrew Waits’ iPod, a Bangkok-expat legend and photographer.
7) Fela Kuti, “Water No Get Enemy”. Historically recognized as one of the most influential global musicians of the last century, the Nigerian inventor of Afro-Beat, saxophonist, producer, singer, and huge political activist, Fela Kuti has inspired people from around the globe with his groovy, sneaker-kickin cuts. Play this track while sipping espresso at Cafe ViVi while organizing your recent Southeast Asian travel pics.
8 ) Kanye West, “Power”. No stranger to controversy (the dude said George Bush hates black people), Kanye West released his newest album on Nov 22, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, to rave reviews from all walks of music. The album is a complex and exhaustive collection of songs that feels perverse and morose while still maintaining masterful design. The song “Power” is one of its early radio hits and displays the grandiose ingenuity of his album. Hear this at Dean and Deluca.
9) Dr. Dre, feat Jay-Z. “Under Pressure“. Unofficial first leak of Dr Dre’s much anticipated Detox Album. You won’t want to miss this, regardless of your opinion on the musical genre. This will be turning at Escobar before you know it.
10) DJ Vadim, “Black is the Night”. Rising out of the Soviet Bloc, DJ Vadim blends a British style hip-hop with cracked-out jazz to churn out experimental sounds behind the turn-table. This would be best played at Nest Bar on Sukhumvit 11 if Nest Bar lost its ridiculous ego and sophomoric attitude.