The Handbook
The Handbook

Us nine-to-fivers patiently long for the sporadic bank holiday weekends we’re graced with every few months but settling back into the swing of things after a three day weekend can be a lot to handle. One way to shake away the weekend cobwebs is a bucket load of coffee and a productive playlist to get your juices flowing and ease the sudden workload that awaits you. 

While we can’t arm you with coffee, we can arm you with seven killer playlists that’ll see you swimming through the week. There’s something for everyone amongst this varied mix. Try something new, you never know you might end up being an instrumental funk fan.

Monday: Sci-Fi Scapes

As much as you might hate ‘focus’ inspired playlists, you’re going to need one this Monday morning, trust us. 

Settling into work after a three day week is always tricky but one playlist that’ll keep you both focused and on your toes is Spotify’s Sci-Fri Scapes. The playlist will see you discovering new albums and artists, including the usually softly spoken, folk singer Sufjan Stevens and his new experimental electronic album, Aporia, through to Radiohead’s unsung hero, EOB and his sci-fi sound. 

Other highlights include Four Tet’s 41 Recordings, Mouse on Mars’ Kompod and Cluster’s Avanti.

Tuesday: Your Favourite Coffeehouse 

We’re really missing our daily trips to Gails for a quick coffee meeting or a weekly catch up with your pals at your favourite coffee shop. It doesn’t look as though we’re alone because Spotify’s Your Favourite Coffeehouse playlist has almost four million followers. 

For you freelancers who are missing being able to nip off to your local and get lost in good coffee and typing for a few hours, this one’s for you. Listen along to acoustic artists, including Passenger, Kina Grannis, Hozier and Leon Bridges

Wednesday: Instrumental Funk

In need of a boost to get you through hump day? Get listening to Spotify’s Instrumental Funk playlist because we could all do with a bit of soulful rhythm to get us through the week. 

Finding motivation to be productive on a Wednesday is always the hardest but rather than getting stuck in a sing-a-long rut to your favourite tunes, mix it up with a few hours of instrumental tracks and see how much it pays off. You’ll be grooving to funk heroes, including the Commodores, Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock.

This playlist still lets you have a bit of a boogie without falling into an unmotivated midweek mess.

Thursday: Bedroom Pop

Wave goodbye to throwback Thursday, use this day to uncover upcoming talent with Spotify’s Bedroom Pop playlist.

It’s often easy to forget where your favourite artists first found their footing in the industry but this playlist will remind you that most musicians started in the most humble of places: their bedroom. From DIY heroes Frankie Cosmos to Mac DeMarco who helped kickstart this new era of music through to rising stars Beabadoobee and Clairo, this playlist is nostalgic, catchy and embodies what it means to be lo-fi in today’s world.

Friday: Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now

When British pop icon Charli XCX first announced she was releasing a ‘DIY’ quarantine album, we instantly knew we were about to see a new side of pop music forming but the execution of the album is something else. 

In the middle of writing, recording and producing the album, Charli has made this album a very collaborative experience, asking for advice from the audiences over Zoom calls and Q&As and of course, it’s completely bizarre, in true Chari XCX fashion.

Saturday: Cinematic Indie Folk

Typically when you’re hosting a barbecue, you’ll want tunes that sum up the brilliance of summer, sunshine and friendship, but right now, things are still very different to the norm. Spotify’s Cinematic Indie Folk playlist is usually one I’d like to enjoy on a long road trip with friends but it seems more appropriate as the background music for an isolation BBQ. 

Tracks include hits from Lord Huron, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling and Hozier.

Sunday: Nightcap

Cap off your weekend, whisky in tow, with a little help from Leon Bridges and Khruangbin’s Texas Sun, Alabama Shakes lead singer, Brittany Howard’s, solo album, Jamie, and singer-songwriter Tom Misch in Spotify’s Nightcap playlist.

Filled with the type of music that’ll send you into a blissful afternoon nap, this playlist is relaxing, soulful and might even have you singing along to some of the sweet, sweet melodies.


Looking for other playlists to get you through the week? Check out last week’s list