Playlist: Cariss Auburn

Following the release of her latest single Oblivion, we asked Wolverhampton native Cariss Auburn to make us a playlist for the weekend.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 9 Apr 2021
  • min read

Ahead of the release of her Refraction EP, Wolverhampton native Cariss Auburn has just unveiled a dreamy left-field R&B cut with newest track Oblivion.

Supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund, Auburn’s latest offering unveils another side to her dynamic sound and sees her hotly tipped as one to watch in the UK alt-pop scene.

Cariss cites the likes of Bree Runway, Denai Moore and FKA twigs for the blueprint of her sound: ‘Women unafraid to do what they want, entirely liberated in their art, refusing to be boxed into one genre.’

Refraction is due for release 6 May 2021, but you can give Oblivion a listen below. 

We asked Cariss Auburn to make us a playlist for the weekend. Tune in.

Rachel Chinouriri - Darker Place

I just love it when artists are indefinable. This song has been stuck in my head in the absolute best way.

Rina Sawayama - Bad Friend 

Platonic heartbreak really isn’t sung about enough and this track from Rina about of the loss of a friendship is a masterpiece in storytelling you’ll also want to scream-sing to.

Kelela - Frontline 

It’s a true art how Kelela builds soundscapes, you listen and you step into a different world. I saw her perform this live at the Roundhouse and I was definitely floating above my body.

Anaïs - Learn to Love

I found Anaïs last year, I think it was actually because PRS Foundation tweeted about a project of hers. What a delicate and vulnerable piece of songwriting. A real ode to love and partnership. I need to learn this on the guitar expeditiously.

Lianne La Havas - Midnight (Live at The Roundhouse)

One of those ones you hear and just have to stop what you’re doing to soak it in. Vocalist of a generation, stunning guitarist, she’s a performer I’ve looked up to since forever. 

Tamia - So Into You

One of my favourite songs of all time, the simple melody reflecting the honesty of her feelings, that bass dropping in from The was Commodores sample, perfection.

BTS - Serendipity (Full Length Edition)

‘The universe has moved for us’ - it’s 100% one of the greatest love songs I have ever heard and all the streams are from me.

Broncho - Try me out sometime

I heard Broncho at the end of a TV show once years ago then went to every gig they did in London. Super cool band that have soundtracked a lot of happy memories.

Yaeji - Waking Up Down

Absolutely a bit of me: sing about the hardest parts of life but make it upbeat.

Bree Runway - Apeshit

RELOAD ITTT. Can’t be held respond for my actions when I hear this one.
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