When he’s not busy producing digital content for Chicago’s daily paper The RedEye or tumbling or tweeting with abandon, apparently, Ernest Wilkins makes Spotify playlists inspired by his friends. Ernest told me he’d created a playlist riffing on my style, but there’s no way anyone could make a playlist as well as me.
No one, I say. Well, what a difference and hour makes. I was dead wrong.
From that first hour’s listen (and several hours since), It’s clear, musically-speaking anyways, Mr. Wilkins knows me better than I know myself. He knows me so well, in fact, that he was able to forage a playlist so earnestly (and Ernestly) “Max Wastler” I decree, for all of Eternia, this mix shall heretofore be known as “Ernestus Augustus.”
From his playlist I garnered the following about my own playlists:
1) start off sonically in one place and end somewhere else entirely.
2) include a few deep cuts from new artists that are just coming into prominence or likely never will.
3) include a few deep cuts from long-forgotten artists, whether or not its deserved.
4) never burn too hot, rock solid, and carry enough of a dance beat that they’re worth giving your partner a turn or two.
5) end with a bang.
Ernest was cool and kind enough to allow me to share this mix on All Plaidout. Double the cool? He’s included some of the tunes he’s most looking forward to getting on the good foot this weekend at Lollapalooza. Those artists include B.o.B., Chief Keef, Dum Dum Girls, and Gary Clark, Jr.
For those of you lucky enough to spend the weekend sweatin’ it out in Chicago’s Grant Park, let this act as your warm-up. And for those of you beating the heat this August, put these tracks to the test. Burn Cool, Burn Ernest. Mr. Wilkins, thank you, sir.
1) Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – California Dreamin’
2) Earth, Wind, & Fire – Devotion (Live)
3) Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights
4) Nas, Amy Winehouse – Cherry Wine
5) The Sheepdogs – Who?
6) Billy Paul – Let the Dollar Circulate
7) Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
8) Toto – Georgy Porgy
9) Zeus – Anything You Want Dear
10) Leroy Hutson – Ella Weez
11) The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
12) Daryl Hall & John Oates – Adult Education
13) The Dirty Guv’nahs – We’ll Be The Light
14) Blowfly – I Don’t Want No Woman to Give Me Nothing
15) Eddie Money – Think I’m in Love
16) Camp Lo – Luchini Aka This Is It
17) Dum Dum Girls – Always Looking
18) B.o.B. – Beast Mode
19) Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese – I Don’t Like