WARMER MIXTAPES #1487 | by Louis Gregory [Lou Sinergy]
1. Aesop Rock | Daylight
This track really opened my eyes to how powerful and interesting Vocabulary is, especially in Hip Hop. Not only did it provide endless repeats, it also expanded my lexicon.
2. Elliott Smith | Between The Bars
I first heard this on a film, can't remember which film, probably a romantic comedy on Netflix, but as soon as I heard it, I backlogged all of Elliott's work! The pain in his vocals and lyrics used demonstrated first hand how Music can potentially be therapy to an artist.
3. Vampire Weekend | Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
This track is a prime example of how certain songs remind you vividly of experiences. I worked in Cape Cod for 3 months and, everytime I hear this song, it takes me back there instantly.
4. Ghetto | Convo With A Cabbie
Storytelling is a strong asset to have when it comes to songwriting and apart from Eminem - Stan, this song is up there for me, mainly because it is a story over a Grime tempo which I think is difficult. Ghetto sticks to the progression of the story all the way throughout and even adds a moral at the end.
5. Stevie Wonder | Black Orchid
My mum shown me this song years ago and every time I hear it I just think of her, so it makes me, weirdly, feel safe.
6. The Streets | Empty Cans
This song, specifically the second half, is responsible for, in my opinion, the most meaningful hook written: It's the end of something I did not want to end, beginning of hard times to come, but something that was not meant to be is done, and this is the start of what was. It hits me on every emotional level. It's also the best outro to an album.
7. The Streets | Blinded By The Lights
If I could, I would just name every song from A Grand Don't Come For Free, but that's not really eclectic of me. This song though always gets me hyped up, but at the same I really delve into the lyrics of betrayal and the fuck it attitude Mike channels.
8. Eyedea & Abilities | Smile
Firstly, RIP Eyedea, what an emcee! This is one of them songs that genuinely lifts my mood from the start, which is what I always look for in Music, especially in a Hip Hop track. The chorus is also a solid 10/10.
9. Pharoahe Monch | The Grand Illusion (Circa 1973) (feat. Citizen Cope)
Pharoahe is hands down one of the greatest wordsmiths around in my eyes and this track proves this. Especially when he is delivering strong messages. In fact, I love this song so much I got one of the lyrics on my wrist for my first tattoo... External gratification is not happiness eternal.
10. Rone | Bye Bye Macadam
Even though I don't drive, this is the perfect driving song. The track has such an organic build up and such a spine chipping drop, I can't help but bust an uncontrollable head nod when I hear it.