New Subscriber Playlist: “The Beat Goes On”

This month’s subscriber-only playlist and podcast episode is a collection of beat tapes, chillhop, and other vibes.

The music on this month’s playlist, titled “The Beat Goes On,” might technically fall under “hip-hop,” but it’s of a considerably more atmospheric and vibe-heavy variety. Eschewing flashy MCs slinging rhymes about wealth, women, and their own prowess, the world of lo-fi “chillhop” is the domain of producers blending hip-hop beats and scratches with ambient interludes, muted samples, and a lo-fi aesthetic that’s more intimate and relaxing.

Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special, interesting, and/or meaningful. This month’s episode focuses on City Girl’s “Slipping Into Ash-Filled Streets,” a somber song that feels like it leaked into our world from a Wong Kar-wai movie.

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