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Internet rap sensation Kitty made a playlist for your Thanksgiving travel

The rapper Kitty (formerly known as Kitty Pryde), gets called an “Internet rapper” a lot because she got her first break when the video for her song “Okay Cupid”–a cotton-candy-light slice of stoner rap showcasing a real if nontraditional flow–went viral amongst hipsters, hip-hop heads, and music critics, and because she has the standard online presence of a 21-year-old in this day and age.

But she has an offline life too, and it’s involved a good amount of travel between gigs. So before the biggest day of the year for traveling, she’s sharing a playlist designed for it.

“This playlist is 4 flying in airplanes or driving in cars when you feel weird,” she emails, “and basically every time I spend on a long flight or long car ride I’m either feeling weird or trying to forget that I’m sad.”


Hyperpop geniuses Kero Kero Bonito made us a playlist

Although so far they’ve only released one mixtape–the recent Intro Bonito, which is a hit around the EW office–the members of London hyperpop trio Kero Kero Bonito are already shaping up to be great artists. And you know what people say about those.

One big difference between KKB and other acts–apart from sounding like a PlayStation loaded to the gills with Adderall and bootleg J-pop remixes–is that they’ll gladly admit to stealing ideas from other musicians. In fact they made us a whole playlist called “Music That KKB Stole Ideas From For Intro Bonito.” Not only does it give some insight into one of the year’s more interesting releases (in retrospect you can clearly hear the Japanese twee pop, Jamaican dancehall, and Chicago house in their hyperkinetic audio collages), it’s also just a really good mix.


Category-defying electronic producer David Heartbreak made us a bananas playlist

David Heartbreak is something of a DJ’s DJ, and he counts among his biggest fans dance music luminaries like Diplo, Brodinski, and Skrillex, who went so far as to sign him to his own OWSLA label and release his new LP Rose Colored Bass. But as electronic music continues to dismantle the distinctions between genres his blend of EDM, hip-hop, reggae, and whatever else catches his ear seems more and more likely to put him on a level with his better-known supporters.

Recently he took a break from wowing the world’s biggest DJ’s to put together an EW playlist that shows off the breadth of his listening habits, covering everything from deconstructed hip-hop to classic rock. Like Rose Colored Bass it just begs to be put on repeat.


Robin Schulz shares a playlist that's heavy on the Robin Schulz


German producer Robin Schulz got a big boost recently when his bongo-driven remix of Mr. Probz’s slow jam “Waves” went massively viral, reaching as high as No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. But Schulz is about more than simply combining deep house and soul. To celebrate his latest success, a remix of French folk-pop duo Lily & the Prick’s “Prayer in C” (which is doing “Waves”-like numbers on YouTube and Spotify), Schulz gave EW a playlist that goes heavy on his own remixes but also includes some unexpected selections like Chet Faker and SOHN.


The Budos Band reveals heavy metal roots with a new playlist


Brooklyn’s The Budos Band is signed to the soulful throwback label Daptone and makes a big, walloping, horn-driven sound that splits the difference between classic Afrobeat and old-school American funk, but its range of influences runs much deeper than that. The group’s recent LP Burnt Offering takes the Budos sound in a dark direction with a debt to vintage heavy metal and horror movies, resulting in songs that are both ass-shakingly funky and seriously spooky, as suitable for goths as for Sharon Jones fans.

The group recently sent EW a playlist designed to highlight some of these heavier influences, along with this note:

“These songs represent the attitude and aesthetic that the Budos Band strives to achieve. We may not play metal per se, but the darkness, heaviness and unabashed thrashing of these songs inspire us to new levels of Budos Mayhem.”


Comedian Cameron Esposito shares a playlist of great stand-up

Cameron Esposito broadcasts her jokes just about everywhere: She hosts two podcasts, has appeared on multiple TV shows including Chelsea Lately and The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusontours frequently, and, most recently, released her second comedy album titled Same Sex Symbol.

Esposito’s comedy veers toward the confessional, with bits covering topics ranging from her sexuality to her appreciation of everyone’s differences. “I have a side mullet,” she says on Same Sex Symbol. “I look like most of Portland’s men.” The album came out Oct. 7 and has already peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s comedy chart. READ FULL STORY

Up-and-coming rapper Pell explains where he's going and what he's listening to


The rapper Pell hails from New Orleans, but his style has little in common with the syrup-swilling sound that most rap fans associate with the city. His new album Floating While Dreaming mixes the ongoing cloud rap trend with a heavy shot of organic Native Tongues vibes and more than a few hints at the young MC’s affection for indie rock, including a single that features indie crooner Dent May on the hook.

“The style is just 100 percent me,” he tells EW. “I like to think in some capacities I’m ahead of the curve. I can make something classic and timeless but still catch the ears of the youth and the people who are looking for a hit single. Something that’s relatable right now. A lot of people out right now are trying to talk about something different from what they’re doing, and it’s easily transparent to the listeners. Nine times out of 10, the ones that are respected for these braggadocious lyrics are talking about lives that aren’t even theirs.”


Midnight Faces share a playlist for a tour-van warehouse party

On their recent album The Fire Is Gone, LA’s Midnight Faces (multi-instrumentalist Matthew Doty and vocalist Phil Stancil) mix The Jesus and Mary Chain’s sugary sledgehammer aggression with The Strokes’ scruffy pop sensibilities and a hint of contemporary radio pop. That sounds like a sure-fire recipe for success in 2014, and accordingly the band’s currently out on the road with the rising electropop act Electric Youth. Reporting in from the road, the duo shares this playlist of what they’ve been playing in the van, which includes everything from Led Zeppelin to French death-techno.


German house masters Booka Shade made us a playlist


House music’s been having a bit of a moment lately, thanks in part to the success of revivalist acts like Disclosure. But Berlin duo Booka Shade has been making house since well before those guys first got their hands on a copy of “On and On.”

In anticipation of their upcoming single “Line of Fire,” one half of the group, Arno Kammermeier, made us a playlist with an unexpected amount of rock ‘n’ roll on it.

Booka Shade plays the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival tonight.


The Paperhead shares what they've been listening to in the van


The Paperhead is frequently grouped in with Nashville’s vigorous garage rock scene, but the band actually draws less from The Stones and The Seeds than it does from a period of the late ’60s and early ’70s where whimsical psychedelia and pastoral folk met up with rock’s push toward more sophisticated songwriting.

Their new Africa Avenue LP (out now on the buzzy Chicago label Trouble in Mind) is full of giddily tripped-out pop hooks and unexpected sharp turns that have made them one of the most talked-about rock bands of the moment. They just wrapped up their latest tour, and they’ve shared with EW a playlist of what they’ve been listening to in the van.


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