If you haven’t already heard of it, then read ahead. I insist.
22tracks has been one of my favorite platforms for discovering new music for sometime.
The concept is simple: it’s an online jukebox with playlists of different genres, each filled with 22 tracks. The playlist is curated by a handful of specialist DJs from Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris. You just click, and listen for free. Simple as that.
The playlists vary on a spectrum from ‘Afroheat’ to ‘Grime’ to ‘Tropical’. Each playlist is updated with 5 news songs every week, meaning each song has a lifespan of a month on the site. As an easy way to discover new genres and fresh sounds, it saves you trawling though pages and blogs on the internet until your eyes dry up.
Recently I can’t get enough of JP Mano’s ‘Soul/RnB’ playlist under the Paris tab: smooth, city-eve listening featuring gems such as this track by Curtis Mayfield.
I even discovered one of my all-time favourite songs there: a minimalist, soul-fufilling collaboration of Jessie Ware and Osaka duo BenZel.
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