Yuna Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

Selling out New York City’s Mercury Lounge is a huge accomplishment for most musicians, and to do it on your first try is practically unheard of. But that’s exactly what Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna did in February for her debut NYC performance. However, coming from someone who’s won numerous honors at Malaysia’s AIM awards and is already being tapped to play at festivals, we really shouldn’t be surprised. Yuna’s debut release, the Decorate EP (out now via Fader), is sure to be just as successful and will have everyone eagerly awaiting her upcoming full-length. Here’s the mix tape she made for MAGNET.

“Decorate” (download):

Pink Floyd “Another Brick In The Wall”
I used to listen to this song all the time when I was a kid. My dad would play it in his car, and I always imagined as I listened to it that kids at my school would cause chaos and not do their homework. I never really understood the lyrics, because I just started to learn English, but I did understand “We don’t need no education … Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone!” Video

The Cardigans “Erase And Rewind”
This is probably the sexiest song I’ve ever heard. The intro is just haunting, followed by Nina’s sultry voice explaining how she changed her mind and erased what she felt and thought and came back to the initial point. The first time I heard this song was in Never Been Kissed and straight away bought the Gran Turismo album. Video

Copeland “Love Affair”
A friend of mine told me once that Copeland was going to perform in Kuala Lumpur before they disband and told me I should go. I didn’t because I’ve never heard of them. And then after a while I listened to their whole album and thought, “Oh no! I can’t believe I actually missed this band’s concert and I won’t be able to see them ever again because they disbanded, like, five months after I actually really, really listened to their stuff.” That was like a slap in the face for me. “Love Affair” was my favourite song. I love how toward the end, the song takes a different twist. Video

Lauryn Hill “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was the first CD I bought with my own money when I was 12, and it changed my life forever. I discovered I could sing R&B and write lyrics that mirrored Lauryn’s songs. The title track was my favourite because it wasn’t a typical love song, and it was just a beautiful singing over the piano. Video

Machine Drums Featuring Theophilus London “Late Night Operation”
My friend introduced to Machine Drums last year, and it was my first time listening to Theophilus London, as well. I fell in love with this song. It’s Kanye meets N*E*R*D meets Daft Punk. I’m obsessed with it. Video

Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
One of my favourite songs by Bob Dylan. I don’t know why, but I think it has something to do with the absolutely amazing black-and-white, one-shot music video where he was just standing in the alley holding cards. Every time I listen to this, I imagine the video. Video

Mew “Introducing Palace Players”
I didn’t get it when I listened to this song the first time. The intro, to me, was just crazy, the drum beats were so complicated, and I couldn’t digest it. After a while, I learned the beats to the song, and I found it absolutely genius. After I finally got it, I shared it with my drummer, Adil, because I just thought that it’s such a cool song that drummers should listen to. Video

The Velvet Underground “Sunday Morning”
“Watch out, the world’s behind you/There’s always someone around you.” When you listen to this song you can’t help but wonder, “How come these guys were making music that sounds new wave in the ’60s?” It sounds like something Death Cab would come up with. Video

Foals “Spanish Sahara”
I was never a huge fan of Foals’ first album, but the second one to me was amazing. I loved every track in there, and my favourite one would be “Spanish Sahara.” It just shows that they’re capable of doing so much more than “Cassius.” And to come up with something emotional and powerful like “Spanish Sahara” is just awesome. Video

Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone”
I love listening to this when I feel like I’ve done something great, and I think of all the haters and the people who used to give me a hard time growing up. I love it when Bob sings the chorus in a very direct, cynical way: “How does it feel?” Video