The right playlist is as essential to setting the mood—any kind of mood. So we tapped Carol, the lovely, musically-inclined designer behind Prae, to share some of her go-to jams and favorite records to take us from work to werk.
What music have you discovered recently that you’re loving?
I’m really into Aussie homegrown talent at the moment like singer-songwriter Jarryd James (his EP is fantastic), Ry X, Panama and RÜFÜS DU SOL, (the latter two bands are great for beachy vibes). Neo-soul/rhythm & blues singer Son Little and gospel/soul singer Leon Bridges (adore “Coming Home” and “Brown Skin Girl”) are new discoveries that will definitely be on permanent rotation too.
When you’re working, what’s on your inspiration soundtrack?
It really ranges depending on my mood but lately I’ve been working better with lyric-less music that’s a little electronic. My friend recently introduced me to Kiasmos, they have this song called “Looped” which puts me right in the zone. I’ve also been playing a lot of Onra’s “Chinoiseries pt 2” album which reminds me of a cooler version of the Chinese opera music that my grandparents loved. If I’m feeling particularly distracted, I’ll put on some Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. I don’t know anything about classical music but there’s a very human touch to it—truly inspiring. I’m digging this playlist on Spotify called “Studying with Classical Music.”
And when you’re heading out for the evening?
Anything throwback hip hop from the noughties like “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell, “Into You” by Tamia & Fabolous, or basically anything that isn’t spelled correctly like “What’s Luv?” by JaRule featuring Ashanti, 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” and “Frontin’” by Jay Z and Pharrell. Kanye and Drake are no-brainers. For something more upbeat but semi-chill I’ll put on the soundtrack from the movie “Chef.” And for a bit of rock—AC/DC, which is just pure gold.
Who’s on your list of go-to/always-in-rotation classics?
If I’m feeling a little moody I’ll go for Chet Faker, Eric Clapton, Ray LaMontagne, The XX, Lorde, Coldplay, or D’Angelo. For soulful, feel-good vibes I’ll put on Bob Marley, Etta James, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke or The Bee Gees (my folks always played them). And of course you can’t go wrong with Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, FKA twigs, Justin Timberlake and TLC for all day, everyday.