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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.

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

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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.

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The Budos Band reveals heavy metal roots with a new playlist

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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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.

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German house masters Booka Shade made us a playlist

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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.

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

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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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Research shows sad songs can make you less sad, so here's a playlist

Bummed out? Go ahead and press “play” on that Smiths album: It could be good for you.

A study by Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch recently looked at why people listen to sad music and found that “listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation.” So maybe listening to Joni Mitchell on repeat after your last breakup wasn’t a bad idea after all.

Because everyone should have a go-to gloomy playlist, EW compiled a playlist of our favorite sad songs with notes on why we keep listening to these tearjerkers. Listen, read, and, if you feel inspired, weep along.  READ FULL STORY

'Drive' soundtrack heroes Electric Youth made us a soundtrack playlist

It’s not hard to understand how Toronto synthpop duo Electric Youth ended up on the soundtrack to Drive. One of director Nicholas Winding Refn’s favorite filmmaking tricks is to set scenes of unsettling violence to exactly the combination of stylized retro electronics and weightless pop hooks that their “A Real Hero” does so well. (See also: his use of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys in Bronson.) But beyond that, the pair (who recently released their debut album Innerworld) have soundtracks woven deep in their musical DNA, as the playlist they made for us proves.

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