coffee break: YOUR WEEK TWO PLAYLIST

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We asked our contributors to hit us with their favorite coffee break jams, and we got a full menu: some roasted and some raw, some dark and some light, some sweet and some bitter.

Music baristas, at your service.  We’ll try extra hard to get your name right on the cup.

  • SHLOHMO — “Places” — as described by stephanie wang
    hitches scratches raindrop
  • YOUNG THE GIANT — “I Got” — as described by melanie cahill
    swaying crooning
    CORINNE BAILEY RAE — ¨Closer¨ — as described by beti girma
    sweet sensual soul
  • CHET FAKER — “Blush” — as described by shannon wu
    exposed brick walls
  • CAGE THE ELEPHANT — “Cigarette Daydreams” — as described by kelsey dayton
    rain out the window
  • JUAN LUIS GUERRA — “Bachata en Fukuoka” — as described by alejandra salazar
    dark rich dizziness
  • JOANNA NEWSOM — “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” — as described by victor liu
    wilted flower falling water
  • BLUE SCHOLARS — “Coffee And Snow 2” — as described by nishant karandikar
    hold the cream and sugar
  • DAUGHTER – “Youth” – as described by siena streiber
    simple remedy
  • A GREAT BIG WORLD — “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” — as described by claire kim
    always in my head
  • TAYLOR SWIFT / CHARGAUX — “Shake It Off” — as described by jackson wiley roach
    classical pop
  • MILKMAN — ¨Interlude¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil
    everyone needs a break
  • CITY AND COLOUR — “Against The Grain” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
    sugar for your coffee

 

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SHLOHMO — “Places” — as described by stephanie wang

The little hitches and scratches of old equipment layered atop a a rhythmic melody reminiscent of raindrops makes you want to cozy up to some good old-fashioned dark roast coffee.

 

YOUNG THE GIANT — “I Got” — as described by melanie cahill

As far as this song goes, I’m going to let it speak for itself in the swaying, crooning style it does so well. While listening, take a minute break from your rushing life and relax. If you want, you could also revel in the fact that, like many successful people, the lead singer of this band was once a Stanford student. What a small world.

 

CORINNE BAILEY RAE — ¨Closer¨ — as described by beti girma

When it comes to coffee break or study music playlists, you can be sure to find this song on all of my lists. Corinne Bailey Rae is most widely recognized for her song “Put Your Records On”, but I’m a much bigger fan of the more soulful sound in “Closer”. “Closer” is the perfect blend of sweet, soulful, and sensual, making it my favorite Corinne Bailey Rae song and a perfect addition to your coffee break music.

 

CHET FAKER — “Blush” — as described by shannon wu

$5 latte at some coffee place in the Arts District. Blue Bottle Bella Donovan beans, wild and citrusy. Exposed brick walls, quaint hanging mason-jar lights. Soft light against industrial spaces. I can’t afford to be here.

 

CAGE THE ELEPHANT — “Cigarette Daydreams” — as described by kelsey dayton

If, on your coffee break, you find yourself looking out the window and wishing it were raining so that you can be properly reflective and nostalgic, I suggest you listen to this. It’s one of my favorite songs, and it always makes the world slow down a little bit.

 

JUAN LUIS GUERRA — “Bachata en Fukuoka” — as described by alejandra salazar

Regardless of how you take it, this song is the best damn cup of coffee you’ve ever had. It’s instantly welcome (language notwithstanding–the Spanish should be the last thing to deter you from this song). It’s the kind that warms your belly after trekking through cold winter nights, familiar enough to be considered a classic but not stale enough to be dismissed as a mere staple–it only takes one listen to know it’s much more special than that. “Bachata en Fukuoka” is a dark, rich brand of coffee, the kind that leaves you slightly dizzy afterwards simply because it’s just so unexpected, so intoxicatingly good.

 

JOANNA NEWSOM — “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” — as described by victor liu

“I am cold, out waiting for the day to come,” croons Joanna Newsom — wilted flower with voice like falling water. Tea buds will bloom from between 197 to 212 degrees fahrenheit, somewhere near the boiling point. Heat rises, heat lifts, and it feels so good to be a rose.

 

BLUE SCHOLARS — “Coffee And Snow 2” — as described by nishant karandikar

This song goes great with a robust dark roast, hold the cream and sugar. I like the part where he shoots darts at Venom.

 

DAUGHTER – “Youth” – as described by siena streiber

I recently rediscovered Daughter after a much longer than necessary break. Daughter tugs at your heart strings, with universally simplistic lyrics that describe heartbreak and loss in a way that other bands simply can’t. Whether you just need to remember the good times of Winter Break or you are pining over the guy down the hall, this song can remedy every emotional illness.

 

TAYLOR SWIFT / CHARGAUX — “Shake It Off” — as described by jackson wiley roach

I’m a real sucker for covers of pop songs played on classical string instruments (Vitamin String Quartet, anybody?). This here is a very beautiful and very playful and very bright one of those. Go Chargaux Go!

 

MILKMAN — ¨Interlude¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil

Milkman was a late-00’s Girltalk-wannabe who sneakily struck gold on this minute:fifty-four of original production amidst a mixtapes of mediocre mashups. Remember 2008? Bush was president. I was whipping an ‘05 Honda Odyssey. Man, everyone needed a break.

 

CITY AND COLOUR — “Against The Grain” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab

Here’s a little sugar to go with your coffee. Slip this song in and stir with a spoon. Sip slowly. Breathe in the steam. Coffee with a side of music, slipping its arms around your shoulders.

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