The New Power-Up Playlist

Courtesy of POWERS, obvi

by nylon

Some days coffee does the pick-me-up trick and some days it straight-up does nada. Try as you might, that caffeine kick you crave leaves you jittery and not much else. Yikes. But when the going gets tough and getting going is nearly impossible, we turn to music. We haven't done any scientific research on the topic, but the right BPMs have been known to perk our office up like a shot of espresso.

One artist that's been on rotation as of late? POWERS. The L.A. (by way of New York) duo has an ear for disco-inspired beats, smooth bass lines, and feet-tapping, shoulder-shimmying sounds you can't help but feel good listening to. Their debut album, Alpha, is due out later this year, with "Heavy" being our latest taste. It's a slick piece of pop and longing, brimming with seduction. So it should come as no surprise the music they listen to for a good time is just as rich.  Who knew pairing OG Gorillaz with newcomer Jain would sound so playful? POWERS did, and our lives are happier because of it. 

Get into their world below. And be sure to check 'em out when they and James Hersey hit the road for the NYLON Music Tour this coming spring. Power up, power on.

"Do It"- Tuxedo

Try to not feel sexy listening to this.

"Drinkee"- SOFI TUKKER

We love everything these two have been doing but this song, in particular, is one of our favorites.

"Move Your Feet"- Junior Senior

Nostalgia combined with how feel good this song is, make it like audible coffee.

"Move On Up"- Curtis Mayfield

When you have to wake up and don't want to get out of bed, just put this on and let it prime your soul for having a good day.


Every time we hear this we feel like we can do anything. It's one of our favorite songs off our old EP.

"Makeba"- Jain

Hands down one of our favorite new artists; the U.S. needs to get hip to this girl because she is so badass.

"Bad Girls"- M.I.A

This song makes us want to be in a girl gang with M.I.A.

"Barbra Streisand"- Duck Sauce

If you didn't before, now you can say you like Barbara Streisand...

"Ghengis Khan"- Miike Snow

We dare you to try not to sing along to this one.

"Clint Eastwood"- Gorillaz

We were obsessed with these guys as teenagers and still freak when this song comes on.

"Been So Long (feat. Nick Leng)"- StéLouse

We love this song and Nick is going to be coming on the road with us!


This title is the only way to get us to say "8AM" with a positive connotation.

"Can I Sit Next To You"- Spoon

Yes Spoon, please sit next to us.

"FML"- K.Flay

"I've been feeling so blessed but stressed"...

"Feel It Still"- Portugal. The Man

Can not wait until these guys release their new record.