Listening to albums from start to finish seems like a challenge in a time where curated playlists reign supreme. But when our habits are thrown out of rhythm, turning the shuffle off might do us some good.
Our friend and Manila-born, Tokyo-based creative and host of Sometimes Social Tokyo Kix Suarez shares a glimpse of his listening history with an eclectic mix of soul, folk, and rock. Whether you’re pining to expand your music taste or looking for something to put you in a contemplative mood, listen to these six albums featuring Carole King, Khruangbin, and more.
“A grime and hiphop producer turned Jazz pianist. An evening album best listened to with whiskey served neat.”
The Universe Smiles Upon You
This is How You Smile
“Like reading letters and collages of conversations between family. It’s a beautifully written and arranged album, probably his best one yet.”
The Heart of the Nightlife
"There’s a hazy and beautiful world full of palm trees and cold cold drinks with cocktail umbrellas that is painted by this album and the hopeless romantic in me hasn’t stopped listening to it since its release a decade ago."
"One of the most perfect albums ever made. I’ve listened to it at different stages in my life and I would always come across a song or two that would hit me a little harder than usual. If you decide to listen to just one out of the albums I picked, it would be this one.”