For as long as humans have existed on Earth, music has played a crucial role in our development as a species. Plato said:
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”.
As we perpetually interact with sound as we go about our daily lives – music provides order, inspiration, and connection. Scientists have shown that rhythm is hardwired into the human psyche, activating the pleasure centers of our brain. Psychedelics have long inspired auditory accompaniment, and psilocybin researchers have even determined a synergistic effect between music and an intentional trip experience. In the practice of ritual and ceremony, music can be used as a tool to connect with breath and unite intentions. The same can be said for putting on an album to soundtrack your workout, making a mixtape for a friend, or dancing around a fire. Trippy Music brings us together, enhances the moment, and makes us feel good. Yum.
Every month, we’re giving you a new playlist to soundtrack your moment. Pulling from shamanic traditions, psychedelic funk, global grooves, and underground jams – each playlist is curated with the goal of inspiring curiosity, playfulness, and connectivity with self and source.
November reminds us to give thanks. One of the easiest ways to hack the brain is to shift attention towards gratitude. Researchers have determined that the effects of a gratitude practice are strong enough to rewire our brains to look towards the good. All the music in our November MixTape are songs that invite harmony, ritual, contemplation, healing, gratitude, and grace.
We open with the joyful sounds of Nada Sadhana & Kevin Courtney, and move to Nick Mulvey’s enthusiastic Ram Dass sample in the dissonance-heavy “Give it to Kali”. Tame Impala’s psychedelic funk further implores us to let go of the past (listen for the Groundhog Day reference), and we bop to The Human Experience’s latest prismatic electronic single – “Rising Tides”. We bliss out to two sensuous string covers from Kishi Bashi and Kate Simko, and close with a neo-funk declaration of love from MaMuse. All songs curated with the intention of love, release, presence, and gratitude.
Turn on, tune in, and drop out.
Enjoy the trip!
PS – Still loving the tunes of October? Don’t worry, we saved the list for you below.
October brings us into a season of shift, and here is the perfect playlist to ground your transition. You’ll move to Drumspyder’s darbuka drum grooves, call on ancestral powers with Mongolian metal band The Hu, walk through the fog to Eivør’s Nordic driving vocals, and shake it out to the psychedelic classic “Season of the Witch”. MGMT evokes neo-psychedelia synth mastery, and we close in true #spookyszn fashion with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You”. Boo-teauful!
RS Contributing Author – Mariel Pauline
Mariel Pauline is an interdisciplinary artist, event producer, and plant medicine evangelist. Her audiophile tendencies have allowed her the privilege of working deep in the underground NYC nightlife and global festival communities for over a decade, where she began immersing herself in studying our plant allies. She can often be found drinking tea, playing with fire, hanging upside-down, and chasing the sun. Connect with her on Instagram – @marjustmar.