In exciting news, we managed to convince electronic-soul-pop lord Max Frost to put together a playlist for our award winning 'Songs To Chill The F**k Out To' series, and just in case that isn't enough for you, In even more exciting news, the 23 year old is headed our way for his first ever Australian shows next week, taking in both SYD & MEL.
We've been high on Max ever since he blessed us with the all kinds of catchy White Lies a couple of years back which triple j rightfully gave a right flogging...
and his recent Intoxication EP which featured another jjj fave in the shape of Paranoia has been an office fave, thanks in large part to its ability to increase productivity around here by at least 57% when played.
After spinning both of the joints above and then diving into the playlist he compiled for us below, the selections all make a lot of sense and his musical output is almost exactly what you'd get if you put them all in a blender. Hit play below to see what we mean and read on for Max's breakdown as to why each track made the cut.
Wink - Little Dragon
This was the first song I ever heard form this band. Its got such a cool genre fusion and such a great vibe.
When I'm Small - Phantogram
Discovered this song after I got introduced to this band through "Fall In Love." Such a simple production but such an epic feeling. Her vocal feel is super meditative where you don't even really care what she's saying it sounds so good.
River - Leon Bridges
This dude has a great voice I think this is the best and most vulnerable track I've heard from him. Chorus is so classic. Folk gospel magic.
Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
This is the funkiest bass line that has ever or will ever be played. I cannot listen to this song without making the stinky face.
Flying High (In The Friendly Sky) - Marvin Gaye
If you haven't listened to What's Going On all the way through from top to bottom then put the crack pipe down and go get the record. This is a more surreal cut from it but possesses a beautiful sadness that I've always found mesmerizing.
Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar
Some really hard to notice nuances in the production of this track. Especially in the percussion. There is some kind of weird bottles being tapped or something... anyways... this song is the shit.
The World Is Yours - Nas
I play this track every time I'm first pulling into New York. The Illmatic feels so in tune with the city. This song in particular is my favorite. Nas' verses are each a masterpiece within themselves.
Drive Slow - Kanye West
Great story from Kanye. Vibe is classic. Can't go wrong.
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
I've listened to this whole album probably 100 times or more. This song always hits me hard. Its sad without really trying to be. But still a groove.
I Am The Walrus - The Beatles
This is still feels like the most modern song I've ever heard and its almost 50 yrs old. Trippy and genius.
Clint Eastwood - The Gorillaz
Such a brilliant and eclectic combination of things on this record. Hook is classic. Verses are classic. This is one of the songs where I listen and just can't understand how they came up with it.
Catch Max Frost in the complete opposite to chill mode as he plays Sydney (March 3 @ Newtown Social Club) & Melbourne (March 4 @ Northcote Social Club) with local lad Lanks. For all the info you need to know head here and for your chance to win a coupl'a tix thanks to the good peeps at Mushroom hit up this link.
Max's Intoxication EP is available now where all quality music is sold and streamed.