Kazak’s Picks: October 2021

Clockwise from top left: I Don’t Need the Light by Bedouine (Waysides album artwork), Vanishing by Circuit des Yeux (-io album artwork), Tehachapi by Margo Cilker (Pohorylle album artwork), and First Time in America by Naira Marley (Single artwork)

One of the things that I enjoy most about making these monthly playlists is the opportunity to discover incongruous musical pairings that fit together perfectly in spite of all reasonable expectations. October’s playlist featured a number of particularly delightful examples; I can’t say that when I started this blog that I expected to be putting a sludgy alt-rock track by illuminati hotties side-by-side with immaculate, disco-infused K-Pop by TWICE. I certainly wouldn’t have put money on a transition like that working so smoothly. But somehow it really does flow, and once again I’m left with a big, silly smile on my face as a result of the wonderful unpredicatbility of music.

Any track that was released as a single or as part of an album, EP, or any other kind of musical project in October was eligible for inclusion for this month’s playlist (which is why you might see some tracks that first emerged in previous months).

WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.

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Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.

Agnes – 24 Hours (Pop)

Katy B (feat. Jaz Karis) – Open Wound (R&B)

PinkPantheress – I must apologise (Drum and Bass/Pop)

Wiki – Wik Da God (Rap)

illuminati hotties – Knead (Alternative/Indie Rock)

TWICE – The Feels (K-Pop)

Margo Cilker – Tehachapi (Country)

Ross from Friends – Love Divide (Dance/Electronic)

RAY BLK (feat. Kojey Radical) – Smoke (Rap)

Spoon – The Hardest Cut (Rock)

Joy Crookes – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Soul)

Self Esteem – How Can I Help You (Pop/Experimental)

Kacy Hill – Seasons Bloom (Pop)

Parquet Courts – Walking at a Downtown Pace (Indie Rock)

Magdalena Bay – Chaeri (Pop/Dance)

Naira Marley – First Time in America (Afro-Beat)

Lana Del Rey – Blue Bannisters (Singer-Songwriter)

Quantic & Nidia Góngora – Adiós Chacón (Cumbia)

Lex Amor – Rocks (Rap)

Michael Kiwanuka – All My Life (Singer-Songwriter)

The War on Drugs – Wasted (Rock)

Bonobo – Rosewood (Dance/Electronic)

Bedouine – I Don’t Need the Light (Singer-Songwriter)

Conan Gray – Telepath (Pop)

Angélica Garcia – Malagueña (Experimental)

Mild Minds – Haunted (Electronic)

Anz – Inna Circle (Electronic/Dance)

Alex Lahey – Spike the Punch (Indie Rock)

Animal Collective – Prester John (Pop/Psychedelic)

Circuit des Yeux – Vanishing (Baroque Pop/Experimental)

Helado Negro – La Naranja (Singer-Songwriter/Electronic)

Maxo Kream (feat. Freddie Gibbs) – WHAT I LOOK LIKE (Rap)

Eris Drew – Pick ‘em Up (Dance)

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Aqua (from Playing Piano for the Isolated) (Classical)

Hand Habits – More Than Love (Indie Rock)

Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware – Kiss of Life (Disco/Pop)

Big Thief – Change (Folk)

To listen to this playlist on Spotify, YouTube, or Apple Music please return to the top of the page

Further Listening – 2021 Tracks

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