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When I was a kid, my dream job was to be the person who chose the music that played in movies and TV shows. While watching anything on screen, I obsessed over scribbling lyrics and then Googling them to find exactly what songs were playing during important storylines.

My parents weren’t really used to playing music at home, so this sophisticated method was the first time I discovered artists who weren’t flush with pop radio. I now know that selecting music for anything has an official title. He’s a music supervisor, and it’s also a notoriously difficult industry to break into. (If you have contacts, do not hesitate to contact me. I have grandiose visions.)


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The path Euphoria has taken hold of God’s good soil in recent weeks is truly worth studying. At the micro level, I understand. But for a generation of people who pride themselves on an anti-capitalist schtick, it’s interesting that a commercial juggernaut like HBO can capture their attention in such a big way. That’s the power to put hot people on screen, I guess.

The way I see it, the magic of Euphoria universe – aside from its much-talked-about cast, costume, and makeup selection – is that the musical score is so dynamic, it’s almost a character unto itself. Music supervisor Jen Malone did a great job of satiating diehard traditionalists (Rue rapping over 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up” and Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize” on New Year’s Eve – an ode to the party scene of 10 things i hate about youmaybe?) and those who just want to listen to the next big thing.

I’m not going to lie, I’m personally not a big fan of Euphoria. It grows too close to cringe for my liking. But it’s amazing to see any musical score take off like that. If you want to keep up with the sounds of season two, this running playlist should provide the goods as they happen.

Otherwise, because you didn’t ask, here are some of the shows I lean towards for their music. Unsafe, Underbelly (first season), Chewing gum, freaks and geeks, Atlanta, Darya and that of my generation Euphoria, Skins.

Taming Impala – ‘No Choice’

Recorded during the sessions of The slow race, it would be difficult to differentiate “No Choice” from the songs that actually ended up in the tracklist. It’s classic Kevin Parker in execution, with a sweet psychedelic sound and some lonely lyrics. The song came out to celebrate The slow race deluxe edition, out February 18.

FKA twigs – Caprisongs

FKA Twigs likes to push the limits. Her 2019 album Magdalene cemented her as a pop shapeshifter, so a follow-up was highly anticipated by just about everyone. On Instagram, the singer described her new mixtape Caprisongs as a soundtrack to prepare for an outing: “It’s bronzer in the sink, alcopop next to it…a club preview…your best friend who is always late but brings the most to an evening.

Despite being an unknown precursor to her usual work, the 17-track release is filled with familiar musical panels. Artificial authenticity with sporadic vocal notes aside, Twigs does well to provide a playful soundtrack to “your next club pregame” — whatever that means.

Earl sweatshirt – Sick!

Before the pandemic, a musical director friend had opened for a certain American rapper. He was doing side shows for a traveling festival and had a few friends backstage after the show. It was extremely boring and very not rock and roll, however, I was able to sit on the same couch as Earl Sweatshirt. He was so enigmatic – everyone had an eye on where he was at all times. Like the older brother of a friend you really want to impress. He spoke a lot about video games and how the medium crossed over with rap and hip-hop. I think I said a total of three words.

Every time I hear his music, I think back to that encounter. It was clear that Earl Sweatshirt is a rap nerd, but on this 10-track, 24-minute release, it’s more evident than ever. Sick! listens lighter and more melodic than his previous solo projects, and is something to soothe those looking for something more vulnerable.

Young T & Bugsey – The truth must be told

Not much to say about this album except that it’s good. You may know Young T & Bugsey – AKA Ra’chard Tucker and Doyin Julius – from their famous single “Don’t Rush” on TikTok. The song made the soundtrack for an aligned “bright challenge” and helped them break into the US Billboard charts.

What’s good The truth must be told is the fact that they didn’t just try to click copy and paste on their viral success. They spend 15 tracks flirting with the same hit formula, while experimenting with deeper waters with their same signature flair. If you like something familiar, start with “Roberto C” and “Blessings.”

Sneaky sound system

In December, I saw a few people sharing this TikTok. Inside, the user @jerome.music alerts viewers to Australian band Sneaky Sound System and details how singer Connie Mitchell features on some of Kanye West’s most iconic songs, including “Flashing Lights”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Champion”.

If you’re a fellow tragic Kanye, you’re like, duh. This is old news. And, if you’re also a Sneaky Sound System fan, you’ll be aware that this affiliation is potentially the least interesting thing about the band. I’ve been waiting a long time to write my thesis on Sneaky Sound System’s criminal understatement. Rufus, Flight Facilities, Flume – Sneaky Sound System walked so these contemporaries could run.

They have released two of Australia’s greatest electronic albums of all time (the first being a self-titled debut and the second aptly titled 2) with pieces that transcend. ‘Pictures’, ‘UFO’, ‘I Love It’, ‘Kansas City’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘When We Were Young’, ‘It’s Not My Problem’ – as far as Australian dance tracks go, the only other competitive success – manufacturers I can think of are The Presets. They had a very real influence at the time, and it is on this hill that I will die. Revisit their music and watch your world open up.

Other honorable mentions

‘The feat of the game. Kanye West’ – Eazy

‘This morning feat. Arin Ray and Smino’ – Martin Terrace

‘Keep It Up’ – Rex Orange County

‘Beg For You feat. Rina Sayamaya’ – Charlie XCX

‘Promised feat. Andie’ – Hermitude

“Running with the Hurricane” – Camp Cope

‘You Belong’ – The Presets

‘Sacrifice’ – The Weeknd

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