I like music that uses harmony, deep basslines, mellow-to-elated beats, and foreign languages or soothing vocals, to impart the idea that you have to be kind of cocky to actually 'get it'. I have absolutely no way of articulating what I'm talking about here, except to say that the Supperclub series (particularly the track Ébredés from the first album) epitomizes what I'm talking about. [artist]Deep Six[/artist] gets close to what I'm talking about too, as does [song artist="Lizzy Ling"]Tokyo[/song] (apparently not available in Pandora yet), [song artist="J. Ralph"]One Million Miles[/song] (also not available in Pandora yet), [album artist="Zinga Son"]La Revancha del Tango[/album], and [artist]Zero Seven[/artist]. Finally, I enjoy a little [artist]Lake Trout[/artist] every now and then too, although it can get a bit TOO 'chillout' for my taste.
On many occasions when I'm not in the mood for my hipper-than-thou Lounge music, I like piano-rock á la [artist]Ben Folds[/artist] or [artist]Billy Joel[/artist], as well as the genre of 'Power Pop', best exemplified by artists like [artist]The Jellyfish[/artist] and the group [artist]Brendan Benson[/artist]. I also like most any song sung with genuine passion (even if the singer's passion may have been induced by mood-altering substances), like some of the things by the [artist]Talking Heads[/artist], [artist]Natalie Merchant[/artist], and [artist]Rufus Wainwright[/artist], among many, many others.