5@5: A morning playlist featuring Northern National, THR, and more

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Dr LaFlow, Northern National, THR, and more.


This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Dr LaFlow, Northern National, THR, and more.


Photo: Courtesy of the artists

Dr LaFlow – Downpour

Smooth and loopy, “Downpour” seems to get inspiration from a Madlib/Quasimoto work. Dr LaFlow, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida based producer shares the first single from a project entitled, “Look Into My Portals.” Check it out. I’d add the beat to my phone as my alarm clock notification tune.

Northern National – Slow Down

When Northern National said they are similar to Imagine Dragons, they weren’t lying. “Slow Down” is an anthemic record about standing up tall for a lover. It’s motivational, so I wouldn’t mind adding it to my daily routine. Stream the track below from their second EP: DARK.

Thaddeus Franklin – Killer

Hey, women aren’t saints. Hell, no one is, and that’s what “Killer” by Thaddeus Franklin is all about. The Dallas-native singer-songwriter had to find out the hard way that his lady wasn’t faithful. Ouch! What would you do if you found out that your partner wasn’t what you thought they were?

Kick & Casonka – Created

Tropical in production laced with wonky vocals inspired by Houston’s chopped and screwed sound, Kick & Casonka drop “Created.” I can see myself playing the song when I am en route to my first destination.

THR – Stormy

According to the information I’ve received, THR is a seventeen-year-old artist. The Yorktown, Virginia-based musician says that he likes to experiment with genres. To me, “Stormy” is loud enough to wake anyone up out of a slumber.

Lloyd P-White – No Morals (Bonus)

Born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, the rapper with three names—Lloyd P-White—released a song testing opponents. According to his bio, his musical tastes are diverse ranging from the Motown era to Modern Hip-Hop. He hasn’t been making music for too long, so it is interesting to see what he’s going to do next.

Tobtok & Oliver Nelson – 99 Red Balloons featuring River (Bonus)

Could you imagine 99 red balloons flying above your head in the sky? Honestly, the sounds of the record wouldn’t match my hysteria. Nonetheless, the fantastical EDM production was made to bring people to the festival grounds or the dancefloor. Check out the Swedish producers Tobtok & Oliver Nelson single “99 Red Balloons” featuring singer River below.