5@5: A morning playlist featuring CAMARANO, Bad Honey, and more


This 5@5 morning playlist consists of CAMARANO, Bad Honey, Air Kalo, and more.



CAMARANO – Mortal Man (Submission)

When I listen to “Mortal Man”, I start to think about how simple we are as human beings. Life isn’t to be as complicated as we make it, but there’s no turning back now. We’re knee-deep and intertwined into whatever makes us happy or comfortable for a lifetime. CAMARANO, the Australian shoegaze singer-songwriter, is one of my favourite new artists by far for his sonic consistency and quality. He’s just a mortal being like the rest of us. Therefore, we challenge you to lend him your ears.

Bad Honey – Motions (Submission)

Do you know what it sounds like to hear the original music for the sample one of your favourite producers used? Well, as a young adult who didn’t live through the highlighted years of R&B, in my mind, it mirrors that sentiment. If you listen carefully, the song is about learning and healing. It’s imperative to give yourself the time and space to do so; that’s why I cosign the sound and message of the song.

Air Kalo – Weather Change featuring Blu (Submission)

Shortly after the release of his five-track “Black is Beautiful” EP, Air Kalo, returns with the silky smooth “Weather Change”. Performed by a singer named Blu, the producer also wrote the lyrics for the sweltering record.

Lil Freezer – Around the Planet (Submission)

Aside from word pronunciations that aren’t ‘native’ to North America as we know it, Lil Freezer brags about having regular activity (business) occurring around the planet. Personally, I think the “Around the Planet” singer is onto something. I’m looking forward to seeing how more multilingual artists crossover into the mainstream conversations.

ANNALIA – Dust (Submission)

Is this what it’s like to fall in love? If I remember correctly, you feel like you’re floating on a bottomless floor. It never ends. No one gets hurt. Everything is Irie. If only everyday life could feel like ANNALIA’s “Dust”. (Sigh)

Ghost & the City – Living Room (Submission) (Bonus)

This go ’round, Oakland’s Ghost & the City diversified their instrumentation to make “Living Room” as unique as “NWTA”. However, the looming track talks about wishing that you never met someone. Personally, I am unsure if I wish I never met someone. I might wish that person would understand how valuable I am. I’d want them to know their value. We wouldn’t allow ourselves to waste each other’s precious time.

Don’t be surprised when you see the Bay Area duo on another morning playlist. The musical teams sound feels like it is supposed to be there when starting your day; preparing your mind.

Blvck Spvde – Svmthing Like Vmvzng (Submission) (Bonus)

I imagine “Svmthing Like Vmvzng” will play in my kitchen in my new home as I am raising a child or another pet, whichever God provides first. Check out the St Louis R&B/Soul singer Blvck Spvde’s track from his song—co-produced by Iman Omari.