When you’ve got a nice long commute to work each day you end up looking for a variety of music to listen to on the drive. That’s where these songs have come from. They’re songs I use to occupy my mind as I make the same long drive every day. They all put me in a good spot and allow me to appreciate the traveling all that much more.
1. “Hoarse” – Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt’s triumphant return with his new album Doris is packed full of fantastic tracks, it’s hard to find just one to pull out. But for myself, as soon as I heard the first notes of Hoarse I fell in love. The BadBadNotGood production makes the song feel like a spaghetti western movie and Earl’s lyrics are stuffed to the brim with complex double entendres and rhyme structures. This track proves once again that Earl bleeds brilliance.
2. “Context” – O’Brother
Disillusion, the next album by O’Brother, dropped last week and the first song released off it was “Context.” This track hits hard with grit and strength that O’Brother has a monopoly on. Guitars and drums chug through the song with a powerful force that drives it straight to your bones. Vocals drift over top of the sludgy instrumentals and accent the song in the best way possible. Though the tune is over 5 minutes long it feels like it flies by, a sign that listening to it is indeed fun.
3. “My Only Swerving” – El Ten Eleven
This song makes for perfect cruising music. It’s a chill, laid back instrumental tune that bounces along like a hand in the wind. Starting off with a lackadaisical guitar and bass, the drums are able to slip in and give a smooth rhythm to the song. If you need an extra track for your summer music mix CD, check out “My Only Swerving.”