Westside Wired’s September 2021 Playlist


Westside Wired’s September 2021 Playlist

School is back in session, which means it’s time for another Wired playlist! Last year’s September edition placed a focus on groove and feel, and I wanted to follow that line of thinking this year as well.

As a bassist, I gravitate towards songs with a prominent bass feature, and one of my favorite picks off the playlist is the lead track, “Time (You and I)” by Khruangbin, a psychedelic soul trio hailing from Houston Texas. Khruangbin headlined the Maha festival in Omaha this year and played an amazing set. Their stage presence and performance skills were captivating and the whole band played super tight. One thing I like to keep in mind when making my playlists is the pacing. Songs like “The Chocolate Conquistadors” from BADBADNOTGOOD speed the pacing of the playlist up early on with a bouncy chord progression and driving kick drum. As the list progresses, Thundercat slows things down with “Without You,” an aired out ode to a past lover. The playlist also features Penny Goodwin’s “Slow Hot Wind,” which was sampled by Tyler the Creator on his latest album Call Me If You Get Lost. I loved how Penny’s vocals and piano solo were mixed into Tyler’s track, “HOT WIND BLOWS.” I think it’s great how artists are finding ways to incorporate jazz into modern music. It’s important to keep the genre alive and thriving, and I think sampling has been a lifeblood for jazz in the last three decades. The September playlist closes with some classic R’n’B soul tracks from Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Foster and as per request from my editor Ben Kutler, “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

My favorite thing about some of these artists is that they let their music do the talking for them. There isn’t much lyrical substance to this playlist, but the character and feel of the instrumentals make up the difference. It’s kind of like the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I think an instrumental can convey a message just as effectively as any lyricist; just ask Pharoah Sanders… 


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  • Time (You and I) –
  • The Chocolate Conquistadors – BADBADNOTGOOD, MF DOOM


  • Fazon – Sopwith Camel


  • Astral Traveling – Pharoah Sanders


  • Without You – Thundercat


  • Lift Off – Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes


  • Summer Nights – Lonnie Liston Smith


  • Slow Hot Wind – Penny Goodwin


  • Mystic Brew – Ronnie Foster


  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire