Publishers’ Playlist: Indie Pop and Jazz Fusion

Casey Chan and Brian Cho

With summer done, BCA students may feel as though they have little free time on their hands- but don’t stop listening to that summer music. One of the major pastimes of BCA students is listening to music. For this reason, we have compiled a list of song that filled our summer and hopefully will fill our school year.

Among the songs rising to the top are pop/electro releases, as well as some fusion jazz songs. Each song is completely unique, and we hope that you get to try some of them. Enjoy! 

Playlist (Theme: Pop, Indie Pop, Electro Pop)

  • Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers ft. Daya (2016)
    • A synthesized electro-pop song featuring Daya’s soulful voice.
  • Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele (2015)
    • A slow, resentful song by the musical legend Adele. The song’s lyrics are biting and angry, since Adele is showing her scorn for a past lover.
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (2016)
    • An upbeat dance song that will be featured in the upcoming movie Trolls. Produced in collaboration with Pharrell Williams.
  • Easy Love (Original Mix) by Sigala (2016)
    • A happy song that features a riff from Jackson 5’s classic song, “ABC”.

      Matoma and Astrid S
  • Couch Potato by Jakubi (2015)
    • A slow song with comedic lyrics; it is about a girl who does not feel the need to have motivation.  
  • Fast Car Remix by Jonas Blue (2016)
    • A remix of “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman, with a different beat. The singer is Dakota.
  • Cut to Black by Lemaitre (2013)
    • A bright song with a lively piano track. We would also recommend the instrumental to this song.
  • Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay ft. Beyoncé (2015)
    • A slow anthem by Coldplay, with a vibrant backing track.
  • This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris and Rihanna (2016)
    • The newest release from Calvin Harris and Rihanna, it was heralded by many as the “song of the summer”. A full version can be found on Spotify.
  • Running Out by Matoma (2015)
    • A fresh tropical house song by Matoma.

Total length: 36 minutes


Playlist (Theme: Jazz Fusion):

  • Hip Skip – Tony Williams (1978)
    • A funk-rock heavy song with legendary drummer Tony Williams along with his horns section including Michael and Randy Brecker.

      Miles Davis
  • Palm Grease – Herbie Hancock (1974)
    • A groove heavy song from the album Thrust with very percussive rhythms from Mike Clark’ s drums to the Fender Rhodes electric piano that Hancock plays.
  • What Game Shall We Play Today – Chick Corea and Return to Forever (1972)
    • A song that has a very light and airy feel capturing the iconic electric sound of Chick Corea’s playing in this electric fusion jazz song.
  • Rio Samba – Larry Carlton (1978)
    • A relatively upbeat song infusing samba rhythms with a ‘summer beachy’ vibe.
  • Watermelon Man – Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters (1973)
    • A rendition of the original 1962 version on Hancock’s Takin’ Off, this new version of “Watermelon Man” features a great funk influence and groove.
  • B****** Brew – Miles Davis (1970)
    • From his highly influential album for jazz fusion of the same name brings a song full of character and musicianship with Davis booming away on his trumpet.

Total length: 1 hour, 4 minutes