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5@5: A morning playlist featuring Pete Philly and KOWL

This 5@5 morning playlist consists of Levi Hinson, Pete Philly, KOWL, and more.

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LEVI HINSON – GRIP! (Submission)

The opening line, on ‘GRIP!’, puts a truth that we should embrace on front street. What is it? Death is the topic. Although his song may be the shortest one on this list, it has a depth that is unmatched and will make you want to play it back—to hear what he said. I might have listened to it twelve times, total. Not to mention, the sample at the beginning, the way the production sounds, and the tone of his voice reminds me of Odd Future, and especially, Earl Sweatshirt.


Mike Rogers – Loose Ideas featuring JONES, Tiggs da Author & MYBADD (Submission)

I’m unsure if all concepts end up like this, but some music tends to feel like it comes into your life at the right time. To best describe it, I am in the ‘moment before the moment’ stage. You know, those moments that define you, and aren’t easily duplicated. I’m talking about those moments you may never get back. I am in a great place in my life right now due to my persistence, faith, and opportunities that people give to me. Listen to ‘Loose Ideas’ by the Dutch production duo, featuring JONES, Tiggs da Author & MYBADD.


KOWL – Skyline (Submission)

‘Skyline’ is a head-bopper, all throughout. Within that short amount of time, it exists when you’ve pressed play, you may feel a rush of delight. An Australian producer, based in Hobart, Tasmania who goes by the name of KOWL created the track. It has texture, movement, and samples, used in a way that doesn’t feel forced.


Pete Philly – Dear (Submission)

How many times have you heard music that sounds this good, coming from Aruba/The Netherlands? In general, how good is this song? It has all of the elements that I enjoy in songs. An endearing vocal lead, a juxtaposed composition, ad libs, words that make you feel closer to the artist, ‘Dear’ feels as good as the person it describes. Pete Philly has a polished talent. There’s no wonder why you’re probably hearing about him for the first time, but he will tour in Europe, working with Red Bull Music Academy. I love when that happens.


Scratch Massive – Last Dance (Submission)

How beautiful is ‘Last Dance’? It’s the type of song that would take me from one mental state to another, with ease. Not to mention, the music video is divine. It follows a male dancer, who appears to be in sync with a female counterpart. Unfortunately, she is under lots of distress, witnesses a murder. It is a deep song with a beautifully-done visual. Check it out below. I look forward to seeing/hearing more of their work in the future.


Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is part of the Complex Day Ones, an exclusive community to help make the Complex experiences even better.