Talkhouse Playlist: Exploring Sound with Emily Estefan

The multi-talented artist shares what these songs have revealed to her.

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Emily Estefan put together a playlist full of unique artists whose songs reveal more about sounds, musicianship and exploration with each listen. Emily has a new record coming in 2017, but, for now, give this playlist a listen and enjoy some irresistible artists.
–Dave Lucas, Talkhouse Marketing Manager

Kimbra – “Something in the Way You Are”

Kimbra, to me, produces in an unedited landscape; she’s a fierce explorer of sound and her first album “Vows” is one of my biggest inspirations.

Hiatus Kaiyote – “Shaolin Monk Motherfunk”

This song goes through rhythms and harmonies that constantly show me the extent of Hiatus Kaiyote’s musicianship.

Snarky Puppy – “Skate U”

This song shows me that you don’t need vocals or lyrics to tell a story.

Fela Kuti – “Water No Get Enemy – Edit”

This song has one of the most infectious grooves and always reminds me of the main objective of music, which is to brighten your soul and lift your spirits.

Gretchen Parlato – “All That I Can Say”

Gretchen Parlato uses her voice as another instrument in this small live ensemble, and the arrangement of this tune is fresh and delicious.

Corinne Bailey Rae – “Been to the Moon”

The combination of Corinne’s powerfully wilting vocals and unbelievable instrumental sound choices makes this song irresistible.

Esperanza Spalding – “Crowned & Kissed”

Esperanza’s dialogue with her bass is genius. And the light-hearted feeling of the song doesn’t take away from the amazing lyrics, but only adds to the groovy package.

Erykah Badu – “Certainly”

One of my musical and philosophical heroes. Erykah Badu plays with the line of jazz and sarcasm, two of my favorite things.

The Ink Spots – “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”

This song reminds me of how melody can truly make a song and what you choose to add to it only colors the picture differently. This period of music is one of my biggest inspirations.

Radiohead – “There, There”

Radiohead was the first band that I listened to twenty-four hours a day. I love how rock & roll sneaks into different times and genres. “There, There” is a truly important song to me because I feel the honesty and every other component that makes a timeless song.