Tei Shi’s perfectly off kilter pop is some of the most infectious, interesting music out there right now. With her latest album, Crawl Space, she cements her place as one of the our absolute favorites. We asked for some of the tracks that she listens to when on tour, check out the playlist below and get ready to groove. You can check out Tei Shi on tour now.
1. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’connor
One of my favorite ballads, written by Prince no less. I listened to it a lot when I was working on the album.
2. Showtime – Nelly Furtado
I love this Nelly Furtado throwback. I had never heard the song before and was shown it by a producer when I was working on one of the album tracks.
3. Lovefool – The Cardigans
I rediscovered The Cardigans while working on my album. This song is one of the best and most interesting pop hits of my childhood.
4. Running Up The Hill – Kate Bush
I listened to this song a lot at a certain point of working on the album. Mainly watching the music video because there’s nowhere else you can listen but Youtube, and it’s such an iconic video.
5. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This song is just a total classic. The chorus is so simple, and I really love the way the drums sound. There was definitely some loose inspiration here for some tracks on the album.
6. Sugah Daddy – D’Angelo
I love D’Angelo and that’s all. I think at certain points in my album I was going for a feel similar to the one in this beat.
7. Goosebumps – Travis Scott
This is just such a feel good track and the Kendrick verse is so solid. Was on repeat for a while on the road.
8. Didn’t Cha Know, Erykah Badu
One of my favorite Erykah Badu moments. It just oozes swag.
9. Wit It This Christmas, Ariana Grande
I like to warm up for shows by singing along to some of my favorite vocalists. This song is dope and I really like singing to it before shows.
10. Countdown – Beyonce
There were definitely some Beyonce moments in some of my album. I’ve always loved this song, the structure and the production is so wild. I referenced some of the percussive elements for moments on the album