Music To Isolate To: Genesis Owusu
With the ongoing and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a crazy world out there right now, so it’s never been more important to band together. Self-isolation and social distancing are two of the most effective tools we have as a society to help fight COVID-19, but they’re also very difficult to undertake and they have very real, long-lasting consequences on the music and arts industries — some of which we aren’t even aware of yet. Our artists and our industry are already feeling the ripple effect, and things are only going to get worse before they get better.
Because of this, it’s up to us to use what we’ve got at our disposal to best represent and amplify our community and continue to tell artists’ stories. Purple Sneakers has always fiercely represented Australian music and our team are some of the best writers in the country, so we’re going to use our platform to continue doing what we do best: connect our community with the artists we love, and support artists by promoting their incredible music.
Music To Isolate To is an ongoing artist-curated playlist series by Purple Sneakers. We’ve asked some of our favourite artists ever to provide us with the ten songs they’re listening to while in isolation, and provide some commentary for their selections. We’ll be running these for the foreseeable future every Monday and Thursday, and you can follow the Spotify playlist which will be updated on these days right HERE. The idea is to not only promote artists who are curating the playlists, but to also promote those songs that mean a lot to them whether they be longtime classics or fresh new releases.
The next artist in our Music To Isolate To series is GENESIS OWUSU. A force not to be reckoned with in the hip-hop landscape and beyond, Genesis Owusu delivers something different from the fray. Authentic, intelligent, sometimes emotional and heartfelt, sometimes upbeat and so much fun, sometimes lit and hard hitting — he is a chameleon hellbent on never staying in the one place for too long. His flexibility and adaptability mean listening through his discography is a full-bodied experience through its many unpredictable twists and turns. Last year, he released four stellar singles and jumped on IMBI‘s ‘peaches & scream’, and this year he’s offered verses for MAINA DOE and CITIZEN KAY. While we’re hoping that there might be new music around the corner, this isolation playlist is going to do us just fine. A big mix of tunes all serving their purpose to get through the many different facets of isolation, Genesis Owusu‘s Music To Isolate To is a joy to behold. Dive in:
Genesis Owusu – Good Times
For obvious reasons
Nai Palm – Atoll
This song feels like Nai Palm telling me, “Even when everything isn’t ok, everything will be ok”
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You
Right now is the perfect moment in time to pause and reflect on everything, and this song creates a great space to do so.
Brent Faiyaz – Fuck The World
Now that we’re all on lockdown, ain’t much to do but do the do, ya dig.
Milan Ring – Step Back
A gentle power anthem. Don’t need to be screaming to assert real, commanding energy. This one is for when you get out of the pits and decide to remember who the fuck you are.
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
As a Dragbonball enthusiast and durag advocate, this song was a 10 before I even pressed play.
Tasman Keith – Billy Bad Again
When I see 40-year-olds going Mortal Kombat on each other over toilet paper, I like to think this song is playing somewhere in the back.
Remi. – Elevate
The day this song dropped I told Remi. it really didn’t have to bounce like that smh. They’re so unreasonable.
Ryan Fennis – Good Kid
My man made the feeling of paranoia into a song and it never fails to make me feel like I’m about to hack into the Pentagon.
Amyl and the Sniffers – Gacked On Anger
Anger is often looked down upon, but in reality it’s a necessity for change. This one is revolutionary anger fuel.
Duke Deuce – Crunk Aint Dead Mob
Maybe the hardest song I ever heard. My white blood cells’ battle cry against Coronavirus.
Introduction by Emma Jones
Image via Huck