- Words Cal McIntyre
South London songstress MYSIE talks us through her top 10 tracks at the moment that continues to inspire her kindred spirit of freedom, hope, loss and love.
With her debut EP ‘Chapter 11’ just hitting the airwaves, MYSIE has already been enchanting those ears that listen to her soft and honey glazed melodies with equally spellbinding visuals. If you are new to MYSIE and you’re looking for three of the best words to describe everything MYSIE encompasses think of ‘you are limitless’.
Born from the belief that you are consistently growing and evolving with energy, MYSIE uses these three words as a mantra to her life and music – inspiring revolution and evolution. The lead single of her debut EP is none other than ‘Doves’. A song covering the universal theme of love and lust – “wanting to leave but being drawn back by how amazing that person makes you feel.” MYSIE explains. Don’t we all know that longing? MYSIE’s soft burning voice drips like honey through delicate melodies that brings the listener through a wave of nostalgia to their own personal heartbreaks. Accompanied by an emotive visual directed by Dottie Kay, ‘Doves’ takes inspiration from ‘Urban Riders’; a multifaceted body of work by photographer Mohamed Bourouissa. It’s clear MYSIE knows what message she wants to get across and has a unique body of visual and sonic references to continually inspire her world.
Although just 23 years old, MYSIE’s intellectual work that aims to work through personal and universal problems through the power of music has made ‘Chapter 11’ one of our favourite releases this Summertime. We caught up with the intimate and kindred MYSIE to find out her top ten tracks so we can get to know the inspirations behind her magical so far.
On The Level by Mac DeMarco
"When I first heard this song, my jaw dropped. The synths, the simplicity, the sounds, wow. This song is iconic."
Que No Salga La Luna by ROSALÍA
"This whole album is a statement. It’s Incredible. Never heard anything so beautiful. Its like a prayer."
Let It Happen by Tame Impala
"The groove of this song gets me every time. The message behind this song is profound. Let it happen. Kevin Parker, you are a genius."
You Don’t Even Know Me by Armand Van Helden
"I was only 3 when this song came out. I remember it being played every time at home. Gives me nostalgic feels."
Lotus and the Jondy by Thundercat
"When I play this song, I close my eyes and i’m taken on a wild journey. The musicality, the drums, the bass. This song goes anywhere, and everywhere."
Pyramid Song by Radiohead
"One of my favourite Radiohead songs. The build is incredible. Thom Yorke’s voice gets me every time. You never know what to expect with Radiohead."
Way To Go by Empire of the Sun
"Timeless. Hot summers in London."
The Dreamer by Anderson Paak ft Talib Kweli
‘Malibu’ is a work of art. This is the last song on the album. My favourite track on the album, so much energy.
Sooner or Later by N.E.R.D
"Seeing Sounds is one of my favourite albums. I could listen to this song all day. When the chorus comes in…. chords, chords, chords, chords!"
You Give Me Something by Jamiroquai
"This song holds a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to Jamiroquai. Jay Kay is on another planet. This song made me realise how important music is, and how it can make you feel."