Traffic Jams with Aloe Blacc

Three essential genres for this rising pop star’s commute playlist

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Aloe Blacc provides the soothing vocals to “Wake Me Up,” the collaboration with Avicci that has become an anthem for Angelenos stuck in traffic: “Wake me up when it’s all over” … and we’re off the 10. As a California native, Blacc understands how important music selection can be for surviving commutes. “When I’m driving,” he said, “I need something that keeps my attention.” Here is a sampling of music that does just that, along with our suggestions for how to add essence of Aloe Blacc to your personal playlist.

Psychedelic Jazz – “This is probably my favorite music, even though it’s very much unknown. There is really only one man who made music like this: Eugene McDaniels.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
“Tower of Strength”
“Feel Like Makin’ Love”
“Compared To What”

Brazilian – “The chord structures are complex and European with African beats.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Astrud Gilberto
Jorge Ben Jor

Classic Rock – “This is what I go for when I listen to the radio.”
Add These to Your Playlist:
Led Zeppelin
The Who
Rolling Stones

For more on Aloe Blacc, check out our behind the scenes look at his L.A. shoot of “Love is the Answer.” 

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