“The five of us all live together in a glass house in Gainesville, Florida where we rehearse and compose. We get a lot of summer storms, hurricanes and the like. We happened to compile all of these songs in the midst of those summer downpours. While having nothing to do with storms specifically, these songs might just make the perfect soundtrack to a rainy day.” — Hundred Waters
Hundred Waters, the latest signatories to Skrillex’s label, just released Thistle EP, which you can check out here. And be sure to subscribe to Hundred Waters’ precipitation playlist on Spotify.
Playlist compiled and written by Hundred Waters, who are Nicole Miglis, Trayer Trayon, Zach Tetreault, Paul Giese, and Samantha Moss.
Gang Gang Dance – “Glass Jar”
[TT] About this I know only what can be heard: slow bending wails landing in chords sixty stories deep, drumming that rewards muscle memorization, an unknowable voice belting out Polynesian black magic, and, to tie the room together, sparkly little steel drum melodies dotted about.
The Books – “Animated Description of Mr. Maps”
(PG) This song is how I was introduced to The Books. I was overwhelmed by the clankiness of the percussion at first, but quickly changed into a Books fan/muse (reader?) once the magically crafted vocals, and ‘animated description’ came in.The percussion also reminds me of a swath of people in old iron boots, drunkenly walking towards me, in search of Mr. Maps. Don’t want to think about what happens when they find him.
Air – “Universal Traveller”
(TT) My friend Galal is a maniacal genius, in book, street and spirit. He once administered me Salvia and played this song. The voice was an automatonic form of the Woman (who I had only heard otherwise through Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”), and the end part synth sound was a peaceful flapping wind.
Four Tet – “Pyramid”
(TT) Recently this song pops up whenever we chill hard in multitude form. It was originally conceived as part a mix that showcased a very particular culture, and shares much in common with the others on the mix. On one hand it’s weird to see Four Tet adopt ‘genre’ as an intention of his music. On the other hand this track is so ridiculously likable that it doesn’t make a difference who when how or why it was made.
Drake – “Doing it Wrong”
(NM) Tray’s brother recommended this album a few months back, so we downloaded one night and listened in the dark. This song was on repeat in our house for weeks after.
xxyyxx – “About You”
(ZT) This fellow, known by Orlando, FL natives as Marcel Christopher is one of our hometown heroes. He’s continuously pumping out thoughtful and elegant pieces like this one that give spine chills for days.
Shigeto – “Ann Arbor Parts 3&4″
(ZT) We came across Shigeto’s music while on our last tour around the country and have been hooked ever since. His masterful production, deep-pocket grooves and goosebump-melodies are one of my biggest sonic addictions.
Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”
(NM) This song made me cry the first time I heard it. The vocals start like a phone call you put down and forgot about. It’s a strange song, and sometimes it doesn’t make sense, but when you pick it up, it makes all the sense in the world.
Jaga Jazzist – “All I know Is Tonight”
(ZT) Jaga Jazzist has been one of my biggest inspirations for almost a decade now, since first hearing their 2002, A Living Room Hush. The laser precision of every member and every beat in this music is unparalleled, not only on recordings but in their live show as well. If I had to choose, I’d pick JJ to be my only music on a deserted island, the soundtrack to my end of the world party, my wedding band, etc…
DJ Shadow – “Stem”
(P) This song marks one of my first likenings to instrumental music maybe, back in early high school. It is a topsy turvy journey that Shadow does a good job of keeping the mood during. It has a fantastic and ominous wash section at the end, and a spookish antiquated monologue to break it up in the middle, bespeckled with beautiful violin samples and pluckish things I enjoy.
Global Communication – “12:18″
(NM) The whole world is in this song.