Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
The Driver Era just released their debut album X in June. But the brother duo (Ross and Rocky Lynch) have already delivered two brand new tracks not even six months later: “A Kiss” and “Forever Always” arrived on Oct. 25.
Part of the reason for The Driver Era guys’ quick music turnaround is that both Ross and Rocky are inspired by someone special. Their Takeover Tuesday playlist also reflects that, as they titled it “A Mixtape For Your Girlfriend.”
Most of the 16 tracks on the playlist were sparked by how Rocky and Ross have been feeling in the past couple of months, including The Lumineers‘ “Patience,” and Talking Heads‘ “This Must Be the Place.” Some tunes were the result of random happenings, like Whitney’s’ “Polly,” which Rocky heard while getting a tattoo recently.
Along with their own experiences, the Lynch bros even dedicated a song to their sister Rydel (Sure Sure’s “Warm Animal”), who has also found a special someone. And of course, they had to toss in their new songs too, adding a track from X, “Giveuwhatuwant,” as well — all three of which encompass how it feels to be into someone.
The Driver Era will be bringing their lovestruck tunes on the road next year, as they just announced a world tour today (Oct. 29). Check out tour dates here, and their “Mixtape For Your Girlfriend” — as well as some comments from Ross and Rocky — below.
The Driver Era, “A Kiss”: “Hope you enjoy. Good luck not dancing.” — Ross
Sure Sure, “Warm Animal”: “My sister showed me this song. She pretty excited to have met her dude. It’s nice to see them interact.” — Ross
Ocean Alley, “The Comedown”: “I was on the roof of my house with this girl and she played this song for me.” — Rocky
Mosss, “Here If You Want (Pale Blue)”: “She played me this one too.” — Rocky
Surf Curse, “Disco”: “This song puts me in my emotions. The perfect song to tee up this playlist.” — Ross
Clairo, “Sofia”: “Met 10 different Sofias within a couple weeks, and heard this song right at the end.” — Rocky
Panama, “I Watched You Slip”: “This song pops up frequently in my life. Either I’ll revisit it, or it will come on unexpectedly. Honestly feels meant to be sometimes.” — Ross
Talking Heads, “This Must Be The Place”: “One of my favorite songs of all time. Its been extra potent recently. I’ve been learning a lot and it’s the perfect soundtrack.” — Ross
Deftones, “Sleep Walk”: “I sleep talk a lot.” — Rocky
The Lumineers, “Patience”: “I’m into a girl. She showed me this song. It will forever remind me of her.” — Ross