Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean we have to break out the sad music. September is mostly known as the time to get back to school, get serious about your goals, and never stop grinding—it’s always been that way. There’s nothing wrong with buckling down, but let’s have a groove in the background as we transition into a new season.
They say “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” (IYKYK.) And in honor of that, in honor of doing the damn thing, here’s a brand new playlist to get into the right mood. Keeping in tune with the disco/house music feel that’s been ripping through our playlists all summer, thanks to Drake and Beyoncé, these bands make things a little harder. You’ll find a little more drums, a little more guitar.
From rising TikTok R&B to smooth indie, and even a little metalcore, there’s something for everyone here. Even though these genres initially sound like they have nothing to do with each other, the random elements of soul in hardcore (see: “Burn by Cherie Amour”) and the smooth insert of punk in indie (a la Bartees Strange) makes everything flow together.
For instance, Turnstile’s “BLACKOUT” is the perfect blend of using hard riffs, electronica, and pop. It’s heavy without being too heavy. Coletta’s “Black Rabbit,” on the other hand, is one of the trippiest songs that has ever been released. It’s excellent on its own, but explodes among the rest of the heavy hitters on here. The way the band explores dipping in and out of R&B adds a unique layer to a song that is over way too quickly. “Circle With Me” by Spiritbox has this same motif, but explores new territory by way of hard vocals.
While this particular track came out over a decade ago, there’s something about Cudi’s music that is effortlessly timeless. And, though nothing on this playlist is boring, there’s also not a melody that’ll take you away from the task at hand. It’s one of those playlists that you won’t know is over until a couple of songs later.