Talkhouse Weekend Playlist: Long Drives with Jay Som

Find out what song helps the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist get through traffic without being too stressed.

Recently, Bay Area musician Jay Som (a.k.a. Melina Duterte) signed to Polyvinyl records and announced that on November 18 she will be reissuing her self-recorded full-length Turn Into. Ahead of the release, we asked the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to help us start your weekend with a Talkhouse Weekend Playlist, and received this gem that spans everything from low key bossa nova from João Gilberto to the soothing sounds of Lil Yachty. Enjoy!
–Dave Lucas, Talkhouse Marketing Manager

Steely Dan – “Do It Again”

This is my ultimate jam – Steely Dan is the best. When the percussion starts and the keys kick in it just grooves too hard. This song has my favorite guitar solo ever.

João Gilberto – “Estate”

I remember riding in my friend’s car on long drives listening to João Gilberto late at night. “Estate” is sensual and sweet; his voice never fails to calm me.

Horace Silver Quintet – “Silver’s Serenade”

Back when I was a dedicated trumpet player I would play along to this record daily. All the members play so well together and listen to each other tightly; plus my favorite trumpet player Blue Mitchell has the sickest solo.

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Boy Problems”

I’m still completely hooked on her Emotion album! This song is ridiculously catchy/funky because it’s basically a French house pop song.

Tadashi Shinkawa
 – “カーニバル”

Sweet and velvety track, love the production and his airy vocals.

So Young – “Sixteen”

I absolutely love the lyrics for this song. The desperation in the vocals and the subject matter instantly transports me to my teen years.

Empress Of – “Hat Trick”

I feel like this track is a shout out to Cocteau Twins. She is a force of nature; I respect and admire her so much as an artist.

Lil Yachty – “1 NIGHT”

I love Lil Yachty and I love this song because that ear worm hook helps me get through traffic without being stressed.

Charlotte Day Wilson – “Work”

I found this song while randomly clicking on YouTube videos. “Work” is one of those songs that pulls you in immediately and makes you feel high.

DeBarge – “I Like It”

One of my favorite songs since I was a kid. My dad had All This Love in his record collection and I remember trying to sing the crazy falsetto notes the singer does at the end. It’s incredibly catchy and has the sassiest instrumental arrangements.

(Photo credit – Cara Robbin)