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Ukiyo's 'Isolation' Playlist

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With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is Australian pop-electronic producer Ukiyo:

My new single “Good Enough” is all about being happy with what you have, so here’s some songs that make me feel that! Put it on, forget about whatever’s stressing you out for a bit, then go tackle it with a fresh mindset.

“Sleeping Lessons” – The Shins
A song that never gets old, I’ve been listening to this one since I was jumping on a bus to high school every day.

“Borderline” – Tame Impala
My favorite off the new album, the sounds and the blend of styles are breathtaking. I’m a big advocate for the original single version though.

“Innerbloom” – RÜFÜS DU SOL
Thanks to Triple J in Australia for getting me back on this one, it’s got almost a cult following at this stage. 10 minutes well spent.

“Miracle” – Madeon
This was the standout on Madeon’s new album for me and there’s something about it that is just so incredibly right. You can hear such a strong vision in this & the blend of emotion & funkiness is superb.

“Two Weeks” – Grizzly Bear
This one has nostalgia written all over it, it makes thinking about anything feel like the ‘golden days’ to me. I’m also deep into a Community rewatch at the moment and this takes me back to hearing Childish Gambino’s mixtape for the first time.

“Talk” – Khalid & Disclosure
I don’t listen to a lot of radio so I never really listened to this song when it came out but recently during a deep dive on Disclosure I found out that they produced it and had to go back for a listen. Had on repeat since.

“Test & Recognise – Flume Re-work” – Seekae
Without trying to be “that” guy, I was listening to this one before it was cool. Glad Tik Tok has let more people hear this masterpiece.

“Clair de Lune” – Flight Facilities
Another long one, I love these songs that are all about the journey they take you on. I’ve never really tried to make a song like this so it’s on my list of things I want to try.

“Little Things” – Tokyo Twilight & DVNA
This song is just so cool and an inspiring use of sampling, it’s bold to use the same sample as a Flume song but this one did and I think it did it better. It samples an old Microkorg instructional video that I must’ve watched a hundred times back in the day too so I love hearing how he blended the two together so seamlessly.

“Glitter” – CALIBR
A local Perth guy who hasn’t put out a lot yet but this track really stood out to me as something with a clear vision and it’s incredibly soothing on the ears.

“Does Your Brain Ever Get This Loud?” – St. South
This one’s just so beautifully constructed and produced. In awe of the harmonies and little intricacies. Was blown away when I found out she lives just around the corner.

“Bummed” – Chet Porter & Alison Wonderland
This song is so unique in style. So dreamy. Chet Porter’s always been known for those big synthy electropop tracks but in this one, he makes everything a little smaller and it’s very effective and uplifting. That lead in the second half of the song is so catchy as well.

“Warm Thoughts” – Flume
One of the original songs that inspired what I wanted my Ukiyo project to be. It’s more than just a song at this point, absolute vibe.

“Half Past Sober” – DVNA
Love this one, an incredibly written song with production that’s next level too. Listen with headphones for maximum effect & check out the music video!

“Bando” – ANNA
Certainly an outlier on this list but this song is just so fun and energetic even if I have no idea what she’s talking about. The ultimate party starter, crank it.

“Alaska” – Maggie Rogers
This is another track I kind of missed in the moment and have gone back to in a big way. The kind of song that makes me want to stop being a producer all together and go to singer/songwriter route.

“Levitate” – Flume & Reo Cragun
One of his best recent releases in my opinion. Love the guitar sample which is new territory for him & the rhythm in the choruses is really something.

“Good Enough” – Ukiyo & Maribelle
My new one. Somehow it still makes me happy to hear it after a million listens so I hope it can make you feel the same.

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