16 Playlists From Our Favourite Musicians


We like to think of the current state of affairs as one really, really long road trip.

You’re confined in a small space with a few windows cracked, equipped with snacks, loved ones, and a collective urge to kill the boredom at all costs. But when the snacks start to run out and your companions give you the shits, what remains? Music, that’s what. Here’s 16 of our favourite playlists, curated just for Monster Children by artists from across the entire spectrum of music. From hip-hop, to punk, to electronic and more, it’s a mixed bag that’s got something in it for everyone. Check ‘em out below, and find more over on our Apple Music curators page.

Nilufer Yanya

We originally asked singer-songwriter Nilufer Yanya to send us her go-to playlist when’s she’s bored out of her brains on a long haul flight. While none of us will be stuck in that particular predicament for a while, Nilufer’s soulful collection of tracks is still the perfect playlist for when you want to disconnect from it all for a little while.

Listen to it here.

Dope Lemon

Dope Lemon, aka Angus Stone, is a laidback dude. And in these not so laidback times, we all need to tap into a bit of Angus energy. Start with his mellow playlist featuring Lana Del Rey, SiR, Stevan and more.

Listen to it here.

John Gourley – Portugal. The Man

The list of activities you can do inside the house are endless! There’s cooking, YouTube tutorials, online gym glasses, books to read, films to watch, and maybe even another human to do some activities with. John Gourley, frontman of Alaska’s finest, made the perfect playlist for some such… activities.

Listen to it here.

Winston Surfshirt

It might be too hard to picture now, but on the other side of this shit show is going to bright, sunny days. A warm breeze will blow through your hair as you’re sitting at a park, or the beach, or on a rooftop with your friends, and you’ll think, ‘Goddamn, it feels good to be alive.’ That’s what Winston’s Surfshirt’s playlist sounds like.

Listen to it here.

Nuge

Pro skater, bassist, DJ, and maker of phenomenal pho, Nuge, gave us this playlist a while back now. Back then, this collection of songs made us vow that we were finally going to do it: we were going to get good at playing the guitar! A few ‘Smoke on the Waters’ later, we didn’t, but after giving this another listen we’re ready to go again. There’s no time like pandemic time to dedicate a few hours to YouTube tutorials. Thanks Nuge.

Listen to it here.

Genesis Owusu

Canberra-based rapper Genesis Owusu is one of our favourite young hip hop acts not just in Australia, but across the world at the moment. He put this playlist together for us in the lead-up to an Aussie festival he was playing, selecting his favourite songs from his favourite artists on the lineup. Music festivals have been canned for now, but we’re going to take this a good omen that brighter days are ahead.

Listen to it here.

Jimmy Lyell – Flight Facilities 

Jimmy’s known for being one half of electronic duo Flight Facilities, and a hell of a guy to boot. If you never got a chance to see the pair perform their songs live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (or his DJ set at the Monster Children Photo Annual party, for that matter) we pity you fools. Anyway, with live gigs off the cards we’ve been reminiscing on Jimmy’s playlist, and can confirm it only gets better with every listen.

Listen to it here.

Adeline Jasso

Sometimes, you just want to disappear into your feelings for a bit. We’ve all felt that way, and often the best way to sink into your melancholic side is through music (the lifespan of bands like The Smiths and Radiohead are testament to that). Singer and guitarist Adeline Jasso is a master of curating moving melancholia into a single playlist, and you should definitely give it a listen.

Listen to it here.

Baker Boy

Alright, after your melancholic interlude with Adeline, it’s time to inject a little spring into your step again with our very own Baker Boy. The hip-hop artist from Arnhem Land put together one of the most upbeat playlists in our entire back catalogue, and if it doesn’t succeed in making you smile, go watch an interview with the eternally peppy Baker Boy himself—you just can’t help but love the kid.

Listen to it here.

The Growlers

Anyone who knows Beach Goth, will know that when it comes to handpicking musical talent, LA band The Growlers are seasoned pros. The playlist starts with one of our favourite up and coming bands of the moment, Starcrawler, continues on with Kirin J Callinan and Hatchie, and ends on a fitting note, with The Growlers themselves. Definitely worth sinking your teeth into.

Listen to it here.

Easy  

LA band Easy are a super group of sorts, pulling in members from different bands, styles, and projects. What the five-piece do have in common, is seriously good taste in music. Light up that spliff and hit play on this collection of time and space transcending tracks, and we’ll see you when you get back. From where? Exactly.

Listen to it here.

Tash Wolf

Tash Wolf shreds on a guitar like no one else her age. Seriously, the girl has insane skills that’ll make even guitar veterans droll, and so it only make sense that she put together a guitar-heavy playlist for you to try emulate on that busted up old guitar in your living room. No time like the present! God speed, we hope you live alone.

Listen to it here.

Deaton Chris Anthony

One of the kookier playlists in our archive, but if you know anything about DCA, kooky is exactly what you’d expect. Deaton does a whole bunch of stuff, but his music career has recently skyrocketed, and even though he didn’t put a single track of his own on this playlist (Deaton, what are you doing? It’s called self promotion), you should go and check his tunes out after giving this freaky playlist a whirl.

Listen to it here.

DZ Deathrays

Yes, we know. You can’t go to your favourite bar, but you can travel there in your mind with this raging playlist from Aussie duo DZ Deathrays. Don’t forget to raise a glass to your favourite watering hole midway.

Listen to it here.

Randy Randall

It wasn’t until right this moment that we realised Randy Randall had it right all those years back—the world does feel like we’re living in a constant state of root canal. But the balm for everything (including intrusive oral surgery) is music, and what better music to soothe the soul right now than a bit of George Harrison and Brian Eno?

Listen to it here.

Pist Idiots

When we do get back to to our favourite aformentioned watering hole, we’re heading straight to the jukebox and lining up every single one of the songs that Sydney punk band, Pist Idiots, have put on their playlist. Good job boys.

Listen to it here.

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