A guide to the music of selected Downtown Manhattan coffee shops
(Image: Back cover of album)
The album I have created is a compilation of some of the music that is played in four chosen coffee shops in Downtown Manhattan. I visited Ost Cafe, Bluebird Coffee Shop, The Smile and Saturdays Surf NYC, and investigated the music that was played there. These locations were chosen because they are unique (not part of chains), and are designed in ways that are aesthetically appealing to me.
I chose to pull the music for my album from a few of the numerous NYC-coffee shops, because I feel that they say a lot about the culture of NYC. They reveal certain aspects of NYC-lifestyle. By this I mean that they show that there is demand for places where you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or take it to-go. These shops also give me the impression that many New Yorkers make the ritual of getting coffee part of their everyday life.
Album Playlist (including links to youtube-videos and the websites of the cafes):
Ost Cafe: Charles Mingus - Moanin’
Saturdays Surf NYC: The Black Keys - Your Touch
Ost Cafe: A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
Saturdays Surf NYC: Guru - No Time To Play
Saturdays Surf NYC: Bloc Party - Banquet
Ost Cafe: Thelonius Monk - Straight, No Chaser
Saturdays Surf NYC: Guru feat. Lord Tariq - Knowledge
Bluebird Coffee Shop: Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
Saturdays Surf NYC: The Drums – Forever & Ever Amen
The Smile: Otis Redding - A Little Tenderness
Review of album:
This mix of music from a few different coffee shops is of great variety. The album starts off with a very powerful delivery from jazz musician Charles Mingus, in the song “Moanin’”. Another outstanding track is the song “Knowledge” by Guru, which reflects the vibrant and energetic vibe of NYC. Many of the songs of the album belong to different musical eras and genres. For instance there’s both a couple of 1960s souls classics (Sam Cooke and Otis Redding) and a song by the present-day rock-band The Drums. Overall the album is dynamic and energizing in the sense that gives you a feeling of the good vibes of some of the best NYC-coffee shops. I think the best way which I can describe this soothing, yet energizing album, would be to call it “sips of sound”.
(This review is written by myself, which might seem kind of weird, but it was part of the homework assignment.)