Notes: On Quantifiable Taste

Harboring identity statistics that do not impact our health or wellbeing

On the morning of 2 January, I purchased my first monthly MetroCard of the decade. The act made me wonder if I had actually bought 12 of them in 2019 or if my travel schedule had prevented it. I didn’t keep track. I could have looked through Mint to see my transaction history—but I didn’t. Instead, I opened my iPhone Notes app and went to …

Naomi Banks’ Farewell to 2018 Playlist For COOL HUNTING

The London-based singer selects songs by SAFIA, Kehlani, Blossom and more

Fusing genres, London-based Naomi Banks released her debut EP Deja Vu last month and it’s a lush, immersive soundscape blending jazz, electronic, neo-soul and more. Emotive and tender, powerful and soaring, Banks’ songs strike a heartstring. “I think people listen to music and lyrics so differently, which makes it difficult to create something that will be received in the same way,” she tells us. “I have tried …

PNAU’s End of Summer Playlist for COOL HUNTING

The Australian electro-pop trio assembles some tracks via their own "secret method"

Australian electro-pop trio PNAU (Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Sam Littlermore) might be best known for upbeat, summery dance jams, but to mark the official end of the season, they’ve made a playlist for COOL HUNTING that’s a departure from expectation. With tunes spanning rich electronic, minimal techno, new wave and more, the tracks found on this diverse playlist were selected by PNAU using what the band …