Guest Artist Playlist // Baywaves

By May 28, 2018PLAYLIST

   Photo Credit: Baywaves

     Madrid-based outfit Baywaves recently welcomed into the world their ethereal, dynamic EP It’s Been Like and it’s a sweet dose of summer. The shimmering, four-track release is the follow up to the band’s 2016 Only for Uz EP and several singles. It’s an airy, melodic psych-pop concoction that will stick in your mind with its lush, playful arrangements and entrancing vocals from lead singer David Alonso.

The band curated this month’s guest artist playlist, which focused on the tracks that inspired them during the recording process of It’s Been Like. 

The Avalanches – “Electricity”

“I think Fran (our bassist) discovered their first album some years ago but they really grew on us all after watching their set at Primavera while releasing their second album. The way they blend electronic elements and samplers with real instruments and how they build really evoking soundscapes is a huge thing for us and something you can see on our last songs.”

Stereolab – “A Flower Called Nowhere”

“We’ve always known of Stereolab bust just recently we’ve started discovering their unique mix of singable, groovy 60s pop songs with weird production elements and minimal orchestral arrangements (we love Serge Gainsbourg’s albums and there is a lot of Gainsbourg in Stereolab) and that’s something that we love, as hopefully transpires from our music.”

Bibio – “jealous of roses”

“A well-known electronic producer picks up his guitar for an album and comes out with the funkiest riffs and beats in the world, wrapped in a hazy, lo-fi cloud of elements. Top class.”

Kendrick Lamar – “PRIDE.”

“There’s nothing new to say about Kendrick, but we love the work Steve Lacy puts here on production. We’re big fans of him and this song has his melting, sweet melodies all around the King K rapping, which is 10/10.”

Ross From Friends – “Talk To Me You’ll Understand”

“Lo-fi hip hop was probably the rising genre of 2017, right? So it may seem like a pretty common pick but for us, it was the door that leads to music that was clearly electronic and beat focused while at the same time was clearly organic, melancholic… Huge influence on our latest single, “Still In Bed”.”

Washed Out – “Hard To Say Goodbye”

“We love Washed Out’s chillwave beginnings (yep, he was damn good at early chillwave) but this song from his latest album is the perfect mix of that dreamy and smooth bed of sound with real grooves and organic percussions we’ve talked about with Avalanches too.”

Mr. Jukes – “Angels / Your Love”

“When indie-rock was the thing and we were teens, we all were huge fans of Bombay Bicycle Club. This is Jack’s new project and you can see how much he’s grown to deliver this great album, with sick funky beats, horns and saxos, samples and beautiful melodies. Also a great influence on one of the tracks of our forthcoming EP.”

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – “Star Stuff”

“This is Chaz Bundick from Toro Y Moi apparently “jamming” with a couple of jazz dudes and what a great album they jam. This guy’s good at doing everything so here’s some very good classic psych jazz tunes you’ll enjoy.”

Opossom – “Blue Meanies”

“This album never got a lot of recognition but it contains some killer tunes we’ve always enjoyed. The beat in this song is pure groove and we love how drums and voices are produced here.”

Alwin Reingoud – “Sweet Dream”

“This is the only track you can find online of Alwin Reingoud, a Surinamese disco killer. We are big fans of strange compilations of obscure 70s music (Too Slow To Disco, Psychemagik), so this tune that shatters the wall between funky and tacky disco with a killer dance kick is pure gold to us.”


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