If you’ve ever owned an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, HomePod, or its newer sibling, the HomePod Mini, you’ll be well acquainted with Apple Music, the Cupertino giant’s integrated answer to music streaming services such as Spotify and Tide. And it’s not just for iOS users, Apple Music is also available on Android. Integration can now be found in a range of kits, including Samsung smart TVs, Google Assistant smart speakers and Amazon Echo devices – including the popular Echo Dot.
With Apple Music clearly expanding into a non-Apple-branded kit, it’s increasingly easy to access and really quite likeable. But what should you listen to?
Answer: one of those great Apple Music playlists. Whether you want to hit that last mile to beat your 5k time on your daily run, focus your mind while working from home, or calm yourself down before you close your eyes, playlists are a great option. They’re also great for finding new tracks you might never stumble upon – songs that can be added to your heavy rotation and help Apple Music deliver more. Win-win.
Many of us are still working from home or at least finding time to discover new music, so we’ve compiled our pick of the best Apple Music playlists. Stick one in and relax – or grab your coffee and settle in for the day shift. Above all, enjoy it.
Nigerian producer Rexxie’s Afrobeats anthem KPK – an acronym for the Yoruba phrase “Ko Por Ke” or “Who said it wasn’t enough?” is a clear reaction against his detractors, his way of saying (in his own words): “‘Yo boy! ‘” It’s a message we could all use in these difficult times, but alongside the star’s remarkable single Nigerian you will get the latest and greatest songs from this musically abundant and diverse continent including hip hop, highlife, afrobeats, alte, house, Afrobongo or kuduro Go ahead and dance in the lounge.
World Top 100
Does exactly what it says on the sleeve. And you will never be stuck in a musical rut as it is updated every day. If you want a global musical hug on any given day, all the best tunes are here. When we listened our mix included Doja Cat, Cardi B, Morgan Wallen, Dua Lipa, Travis Scott, YOASOBI, Kehlani and Lewis Capaldi, but when you hit play, all we can guarantee is that you’ll get the most popular songs. the globe.
“As the agenda goes, so does the playlist,” Apple presumes of this updated weekly curation, featuring some of the best contemporary rap, grime and hip-hop. Expect anthemic, limitless tracks from Fredo, Central Cee, Aitch, Drake, Tion Wayne and Stormzy, interspersed with soulful vocal stylings from Ling Hussle and Lil Mosey. A definitive listening, often raw, powerful.
home office dj
Your desktop environment has probably changed a lot. In fact, it may still be your home – with all the challenges that such an arrangement entails. That’s why this fast and casual playlist is the one for you. Let him in if you’re currently without your regular office DJ; it will bring you the best of recent pop, R&B, hip-hop, dance and more, so you can focus on the task at hand. Can you think of anything more likely to see everyone have a productive day at work? We neither.
Trance & Progressive
Whether you want to feel bathed in sunshine on a blissful morning or cocooned in dark, juicy beats after midnight, this progressive house and trance playlist is ideal for your headphones. Expect hypnotic beats and punchy chord progressions from groundbreaking artists (Farius, Kidnap) and old favorites (Armin Van Buuren, Azotti, deadmau5): music to free a troubled mind after a hard daytime.
Hosting a Zoom party? Do you have a (very) exclusive ‘support bubble’ party at your place? You have just found the playlist. It’s updated regularly by Apple Music editors and features a healthy dollop of R&B, plenty of hip-hop, and 100% stone cold bangers. It’s the kind of playlist that will have your guest quietly pulling out their phone to fire up Shazam and find out what song you’re playing.
If you’re struggling to switch off right now (or if lockdown has seen you develop an irritating case of insomnia), do yourself a favor and let these ambient, unrushed, expansive tunes wash over you before bed. This will help your brain stop buzzing. All are specifically selected to promote deep relaxation when you need it most: just before you go to bed. Stick it on and close your eyes – you’ll be glad you did.
Heart-pounding tracks that might not scream “currently playing list” at first glance, but they sure do the trick. Think alt-J, Tame Impala, HAIM, Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals. Unconventional Classics (a punk by Vampire Weekend, Franz Ferdinand take me out) accompany new optimistic alternative offers (Sports! by Dream Wife and The death of a hero, Fountains DC) in this regularly updated playlist which is slightly to the left of the mainstream dial.
Pure garage classics
Because there’s nothing like a 4/4 breakbeat beat with a syncopated hi-hat to stir up a memory of the 90s. This Apple Music curation is actually brought to you by a legendary pop institution, Shattering Blows, and it shines a light on the UK garage bits you (probably) once lived for. Treat yourself to a moment of nostalgia and listen to hard-hitting tracks you haven’t heard in ages, including DJ Luck and MC Neat’s A bit of luck, imagine by Shola Ama and of course, 21 seconds by So Solid Crew.
Some of the highest-grossing singles of the past decade have employed the services of producers (some of whom eventually became more famous than the acts themselves) to layer, perfect and shape a relatively simple song into a surefire commercial success. This playlist does not contain any of these. Here you will have an acoustic guitar and a vocal, possibly some keys – maybe some drums. Think of Cobi Do not stop Where Wasting time by Billy Lockett, Dermot Kennedy Outnumbered and Olivia Dean Echo.
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