In prep for the release of her new EP in March we asked soul-pop singer Khodara to put together a playlist of ten tracks. Any tracks. Any reason. And here they are. As usual the Spotify playlist is at the bottom. First though, let the New Yorker explain her playlist.
I know it seems cliche to say it, but there's never a moment when I'm not listening to music. It's meditative for me, a spiritual practice even. It doesn't matter if I'm listening to pop, blues, country, Top 40, or any genre really. Most people think with words, but I hear them, and feel every lick, lyric or hook, visceral and transformed. The very first time I heard Mariah Carey's 'Daydream' as a little girl, a whole new world of pursuit and possibilities opened up for me. Now, with every new song I hear and connect to, that world continues to expand and flow. What am I vibing to now?
Khalid - 'Location'
My type of chill out party song. You can listen to it regardless of your mood and instantly feel your inner swag.
Post Malone - 'Go Flex'
I can't stop listening to this song. Have you seen the video? Watch it. Post is all swag.
Britney Spears - 'Toxic'
Isn't this everyone's all-time favorite song?
MØ - 'Kamizaze'
Love the ethnic vibes combined with pure solid pop goodness. Could listen to this one all day every day. MØ is happening in every way right now and I could take a few pages from her book. She's on fire!
LANY - 'ILYSB'
Love the beat and voice layering. Sounds like the future of music to me in a very simplistic way.
Royce Wood Junior - 'Clanky Love'
This is what a live band should sound like! Makes you want to dance in the funkiest way possible.
Disclosure - 'You & Me'
One of the best remixes around. Eliza really shows her vocal capabilities here.
Chris Stapleton - 'Tennessee Whiskey'
Probably my favorite all-time artist right now. He introduced me to country and blues back in 2008 when I saw him live in Nashville playing with his then band, 'the Steeldrivers'.
The Internet - 'Girl ft. KAYTRANADA'
Love this song and everything it stands for. Big things coming for The Internet. Love her <3
Mark Ronson - 'Bang Bang Bang'
Mark is my ultimate pop producer. Was hard to pick one of his jams, but I'm currently really feeling this one.
You can find out more about Khodara and hear more of her music on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter and see what she's up to on Facebook.