"Untitled" collage on paper by Hisham Akira Bharoocha.
Lately, we've been stockpiling great new tracks like little music squirrels, but can you blame us? This fall, we're loving all the fresh female voices, so we decided to make you a playlist featuring some of the best artists around. From indie-rock royalty to YouTube sensations and brand-new discoveries, these are the songs that'll make you hit repeat. Don't worry, we didn't forget the bros —though, the testosterone is toned down, and you'll probably hear more synthesizers than guitars on this mix. Yeah, this playlist might not soundtrack your next dance party, but it should help you find a new favorite band. Enjoy!
Download each song individually—or—for continuous listening, download the entire Refinery29 fall 2011 playlist mixed by Night Plane.
To download tracks, right-click on the link and save the file.
I Break Horses—Hearts
"Winter Beats" [MP3]
Not to generalize or anything, but Swedish bands seem to always take all the things we like about a musical genre, and warp it so that it becomes something otherworldly. Here, '90s shoegaze gets a Swedish massage, with arpeggiated synthesizers taking the place of hazy guitars. Buy this album
Radiohead—The King of Limbs (Singles)
We were bugging when we saw Radiohead with two drummers recently, and this track makes good use of both of them. Buy this album
Washed Out—Within and Without (Bonus Track Version)
"Eyes Be Closed" [MP3]
Lush doesn't even begin to describe this track. It's like swimming in a warm pool in slow motion. Buy this album
CANT—Dreams Come True
A moody, atmospheric song-poem from Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor . . . at least until the big drums kick in and it becomes an unexpected dance jam. Buy this album
"Hold On" (feat. Sampha) [MP3]
We didn't see it coming, but with James Blake and now SBTRKT, dubstep is turning out some legitimately great R&B jams. Buy this album
Nika & Rory—I'm Not Going Anywhere
"I'm Not Going Anywhere" [MP3]
You can't recognize it right away, but this is Nika of Zola Jesus fame (or infamy). Here, she turns out the kind of uplifting and beautiful auto-tune-pop we knew she was capable of, but totally didn't expect from her. Buy this album
All music is for sampling purposes only. Please go out and buy the artists' records. If you would like for us to remove a track, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1 of 2