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APAHM - PLAYLIST BY JIWON LEE

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6Hdt7alMsE30OGyvY96YhJ?si=NevmO3lqSsek1KnidIQbyw

The artists in the playlist come from a whole variety of backgrounds.

We start out with some bops from NYC-based Korean American DJ, Yaeji, and an underground Korean American rapper, Uzuhan. While both are born and raised in the States, a quarter of their songs are in Korean.

Then we move onto some 88rising artists — 88rising being, of course, one of the hottest Asian labels today. Even within 88rising, the artists come from all over the globe: Joji (previously known as Pink Guy on Youtube) was born in Japan, Higher Brothers are Chinese, while NIKI is Indonesian. I cannot emphasize just how good 88rising is at finding undiscovered Asian artists then making them the stars they were born to be. I mean, their biggest rapper, Rich Brian, was born and raised in Indonesia and learned English through listening to rap music. Imagine the awesome songs the world would have never gotten to hear if 88rising did not pick this talented man up.

I’ve also included our favorite actress-rapper, Awkwafina (she does not need further explanation), a former K-pop artist Tiffany Young who just started her solo career in the States, Parekh & Singh, a pop duo from India, and Yuna, the most famous female vocalist in Malaysia. We end strong with some throwback tune from the group that redefined electronica — Far East Movement.

These amazing artists come from all over the place: some were born and raised in America, some spent a decade as a K-pop girl group member, while others had to learn English on their own through music. But they are all connected by two things — their amazing musical talent and their awesome Asian background.

— Jiwon Lee

Playlist - End of the Night

Sure, party playlists are all the rage. We love a set of certified, danceable bops. But, what do you play when the party’s over?

That’s where this mix comes in. “end of the night” will put a cap on your evening with slow, soothing, and sometimes sad tracks. The transition from party mode to winding down is seamless, with “Drunk in LA” by Beach House and “Perfecto” by Mac Miller kicking off the mix. The playlist continues with tracks peppered with softly strummed guitar and confessional lyricism. To close out the evening, fall asleep to the philosophical preachings of Father John Misty, almost like a big-kid bedtime story.

I chose this selection of tracks because of their modernity — with the exception of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” — so that the mix could blend well with the tunes played at a contemporary kickback, house party, or romp around the town. Additionally, a handful of the songs are the last songs on their respective albums, so I figured they could top off the night as they top off their records.

Listen with friends on the way home or when you’re lazily getting ready to hop in bed. I hope this (meaningfully) sings you to sleep.

Fiona Pestana

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