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START THE STORM: The Ultimate Launch Mix

"This is the moon without a tide, we'll build a fire in your eyes."

Welcome, one and all, to the the relaunch of what was once Coming of Faith into The Tempest. Grab yourself a drink (cocktail, coffee, tea, whatever suits your fancy) and play this playlist as you celebrate the women The Tempest holds on a pedestal. Make this the soundtrack of your life if you’re a beautiful, strong individual — which you must be if you’re reading this. We love you, and welcome to The Tempest!

1. “Shoop” || Salt-N-Pepa

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bbc.co.uk

Best lyric: “Girls, what’s my weakness? (Men!)”

2. “Primetime” || Janelle Monáe (feat. Miguel)

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elumina-mag.com

Best lyric: “You’re like a fire the world can’t tame, I wanna riot ’til the stars come out and play.”

3. “Gold Lion” || Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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npr.org

Best lyric: “This is the moon without a tide, we’ll build a fire in your eyes.”

4. “Hello Bitches” || CL

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billboard.com

Best lyric: “Diamonds in my grill, someone’s gonna stop me? Who?”

5. “Go Slow” || Tei Shi

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newtorchent.com

Best lyric: “Feeling like a new machine, if you’re living how you’re living for me.”

6. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” || Ananda Shankar

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nnm.me

Best lyric: Forget the lyrics, Shankar’s cover of this classic The Rolling Stones song blows us away every time.

7. “Feeling Alright” || Warpaint

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s1.zetaboards.com

Best lyric: “My mind is made of simple thoughts, I’m going up to start this day, soon you see me now.”

8. “Pedestrian At Best” || Courtney Barnett

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localsuicide.com

Best Lyric: “My internal monologue is saturated analog, it’s scratched and drifting I’ve become attached to the idea it’s all a shifting dream bittersweet philosophy I’ve got no idea how I even got here I’m resentful I’m having an existential time crisis.”

9. “Flawless” || Beyoncé (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

independent.co.uk
independent.co.uk

Best lyric: “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just this little wise. Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted: This my shit, bow down bitches.”

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10. “Jimmy Franco” || LOLAWOLF

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hivesociety.com

Best lyric: “Do you know what I’m thinking? When I’m not thinking ’bout you?”

11. “Comeback Kid” || Sleigh Bells

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wonderingsound.com

Best lyric: “I know you tried so hard, but you can’t even win. You gotta try a little harder, you’re the comeback kid.”

12. “Modern Girl” || Sleater-Kinney

rollingstone.com
rollingstone.com

Best lyric: “Anger makes me a modern girl. Took my money, I couldn’t buy nothin’. I’m sick of this brave new world.”

13. “Brain” || Banks

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manrepeller.com

Best lyric: “I can see you struggling, boy, don’t hurt your brain. Thinking what you’re gonna say cause everything’s a game, always trying to calculate, trying to look smart but not too smart.”

14. “Break the Rules” || Charli XCX

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mtv.com

Best lyric: “Boys and girls across the world, putting on our dancing shoes, going to the discotheque.”

15. “Around the Clock” || Tink (feat. Charlemagne Tha God)

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blameebro.com

Best lyric: “A wise man told me the first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Are you aware of the changes that are happening around you? Are you willing to accept the change that is upon us?”

16. “Somos Sur” || Ana Tijoux  (feat. Shadia Mansour)

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mode.com

Best lyric:  “Esto no es utopía, es alegre rebeldía, del baile de los que sobran, de la danza tuya y mía. Levantarnos para decir “ya basta.” Ni África, ni América Latina se subasta. Con barro, con casco, con lápiz, zapatear el fiasco, provocar un social terremoto en este charco. Translation: This is not utopia, this is a joyful dancing rebellion of those who are overrun, this dance is yours and mine. Let’s rise to say “enough is enough.” Neither Africa or Latin America are for auction. With mud, with a helmet, with a pencil, drum the fiasco to provoke a social earthquake in this puddle.”

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We’re all about highlighting the best of music that you don’t really hear on the radio: music by underrepresented voices, tunes by your best friend you believe really needs to be out there, what you’re convinced will be the next big underground hit (or maybe it’ll be above ground – we don’t discriminate!). If you’re musically inclined and want to see your suggestion maybe featured in a future mixtape, we want you to throw your song(s) in the hat. All suggestions go – except for shitty top 40 music, stuff that makes the neighbors vomit over how lame it is, or music that’s just hateful against a group of people (unless they’re oppressive, in which case it’s a little different).

SO, THROW IT IN. RIGHT HERE. SUPER EASY. 

Because we love you, we compiled all your new favorite songs in one playlist. Enjoy!

  1. Shoop Salt-N-Pepa Buy
  2. Primetime (feat. Miguel) Janelle Monae Buy
  3. Gold Lion Yeah Yeah Yeahs Buy
  4. Hello Bitches CL
  5. Go Slow Tei Shi Buy
  6. Jumpin' Jack Flash Ananda Shankar Buy
  7. Feeling Alright Warpaint Buy
  8. Pedestrian At Best Courtney Barnett Buy
  9. Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche) Beyoncé Buy
  10. Jimmy Franco LOLAWOLF Buy
  11. Comeback Kid Sleigh Bells Buy
  12. Modern Girl Sleater-Kinney Buy
  13. Brain Banks Buy
  14. Break The Rules Charlie XCX
  15. Around the Clock (feat. Charlemagne Tha God) Tink Buy
  16. Somos Sur (feat. Shadia Mansour) Ana Tijoux Buy

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Shayan Farooq

Shayan Farooq

Shayan was creating mini documentaries profiling Pacific Asian artists for the USC Pacific Asia Museum of Pasadena. You can follow her on Twitter, but not in real life.

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