Backtrack: A Music Podcast

51 EpisodesProduced by M & JWebsite

Throwing off your streaming suggestions since 2018. Check for all the songs we talk about each episode!

About the Hosts



J has literally no qualifications to be hosting a music podcast. They listen to a lot of songs with less than 1000 plays on Soundcloud, and [sometimes incorrectly] assume others do the same. J likes vocal splicing, SOPHIE and everything PC Music, jersey club, major sevenths, Shawn-Wasabi-type-shit (TM), guilty pleasure night core remixes, Soundcloud-based collectives, and painting their nails. If you don’t know what any of those terms mean, J probably couldn’t name the lead singer of Radiohead, and definitely can’t name a single song by Red Hot Chili Peppers, so… yeah.



M has literally no qualifications to be hosting a music podcast. However, she did take a music theory class one time, so, you know, there’s that. M loves anything with some short and sweet piano riffs, hollow woody synths, basslines that "add movement," and she also probably won’t get tired of reggaetón, samba, or any remotely-African-diasporic rhythmic patterns for the foreseeable future. It might seem like she has a more well-rounded music taste than J, but she's really just compensating for all of J's deep SoundCloud cuts.

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*Cricket Sounds*

August 25th, 2019


Like we said at the end of the episode, we're gonna be going on a lil break after this :( but hang out with us on Twitter in the mean time and we'll …

Two Words That Mean One Thing Is A Synonym

August 13th, 2019


(continued from Ep. 49) - Ne-Yo teaches us about closed timelike curves, M tries to solfege and second guesses herself even though it’s the easiest …

One Word That Means Two Things Is A Double Entendre

August 10th, 2019


We remembered to say our own intro this time! Featuring albums from up and comers YBN Cordae and Rich “bonappeTIT” Brian, meandering friendly robot …

But Ipsa Frooby Noop

July 26th, 2019


Welcome to Backtrack! One of us is M, the other is J, it’s not that important apparently. What IS important is that we have a great intro song this week, so prepare yourself. Also, Freddie Gibbs is like caviar, M wants …

The Taste You Can See

July 11th, 2019



Two - In The Limousine Yeah

June 17th, 2019


Featuring Tegan & Sara, Robokid, Todrick Hall, Tyler The Creator again, Mariode, 100 gecs, MUNA, Steve Lacy. (Playlist linked here)

Also …

Make More Thing

May 23rd, 2019


AAPI Backtracks: Shawn Wasabi + literally everyone on Soundcloud, DEAN, Anderson .Paak, Mr. Carmack, ESTA. Note - Put My Hands On You is also co-co-produced by ESTA which M forgot to mention, another Filipino producer! …

Like A Dragon Real High (haHAhAAHaHHA)

May 9th, 2019


Backtracks (AAPI Month): Mitski, Blue Scholars. Featuring Still Woozy, Elujay, Omar Apollo, Col3trane, Izzy Bizu, Renni Rucci, PNAU, Mark Redito, …

Argonaut & Wasp: An MCU Production

April 25th, 2019


Featuring Totem, No Rome, Argonaut & Wasp, Loyle Carner, Sech, Avicii & Aloe Blacc, Cassette Tapes, Lil Dicky, Cupcakke. (Playlist linked …

Can We TTake It From The TTop

April 10th, 2019


Featuring Jack Ü, Grynpyret, Ariana Grande, Khalid, Silversphere, Fresh Hex, Jerry Folk, swimcoach & AOBeats, Amber Mark, Kevin Abstract.

The Song Is Donuts

April 4th, 2019


Featuring Mal Blum, Nipsey Hussle, Swim Good Now, Palmistry, Tank & The Bangas, Destiny Rogers, Rayana Jay. (Playlist linked here)

R.I.P. Nipsey …

Rayl Eyes, Rayalize, Rayl Lies

March 26th, 2019


Featuring Miss Honey Dijon, NERVO, Ray J (hence the title), Spencer Sutherland, Flume, Carnage, Shura, Obongjayar, Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

In Which M Becomes A Hamilton Stan

March 13th, 2019


Featuring et aliae, “the Schuyler sisters from the actual Revolutionary War Era ok” (-a Hamilton stan), Wyclef Jean, Riley, Samantha Uzbay, JAG, …

We're Both Young & Sick

March 6th, 2019


Featuring Maribelle, Penthouse Penthouse, Jojo, Tennyson, benny blanco, 2 Chainz, JULiA LEWiS, Young & Sick, Paul Mond, BETWEEN FRIENDS, Aaron …

The Dark Magic of Shazam

February 27th, 2019


Featuring Chloe x Halle, Hikeii, SOL Development, Manila Killa, omniboi (again lol). (Playlist linked here)

Would Billboard Lie To You Comma Girl?

February 20th, 2019


Featuring Ehiorobo, omniboi, Bomby and Donkirap for BHM, Adé, Betty Who, Years & Years, Ninajirachi. (Playlist linked here)

2 Sad 2 Trans, The Sequel!

February 13th, 2019


Featuring Stromae, Le1f, SOPHIE, James Gardin, Emma Wahlin, Caravan Palace, Beck, Robyn, Lonely Island. (Playlist linked here)

SALLAD (Sad Ballad)

February 6th, 2019


Featuring TLC & Kevin Abstract for Black History Month, Big Wild, Young & Sick, Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra, Dylan Brady, Siroj, Kstylis …

It Was His Tag Mr. Krabs, He Was Number 1

January 29th, 2019


Featuring Halpe, Cashmere Cat, Mac Dre, Idris Elba again, Sarz, DJ Lag, Coco & Breezy, DZZ, Krysh, Kirk Franklin, Tory Y Moi, YNW Melly, Vampire Weekend, Rostam, Correll B (intro). (Playlist linked here)

Edit …

Minecraft VIPs Only

January 16th, 2019


Featuring Hellogoodbye, Anamanaguchi, Lindsay Lowend, Kenny Man & Sebastian Yatra, Lizzo, Rudimental, 21 Savage, Abhi the Nomad, NewAgeMuzik, …

Episode 29: Tell Your Friend Veronica It's the Season 1 Finale!

December 12th, 2018


Featuring Hayley Kiyoko, SZA, onlytom, Earl Sweatshirt, adam&steve, Cautious Clay, lil aaron. (Playlist linked here)

*albums this week are all pretty heavy - The 1975 covers addiction, Earl Sweatshirt deep dive …

Episode 28: Despacito As Well

December 5th, 2018


Featuring Black Thought, Meek Mill, Cashmere Cat, John Mayer, Alessia Cara, JID, Winnetka Bowling League & RAC, Big K.R.I.T, KEY, Maite Hontelé, umru. Also note - don't be overwhelmed by the playlist!! M just added …

Episode 27: When I'm In The Dark, Can't See

November 21st, 2018


Featuring VanJess, Left At London, Mariah Carey, Tyler The Creator, Leikeli47, Girlpool, Fresh Hex, LIZ. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 26: Rebranding As A Podcast About Only Old SoundCloud Vibes

November 14th, 2018


Featuring Tunji Ige, Radiohead, King Princess, Saba, Mr Eazi, Shagabond, Aya Nakamura, Lucky Daye, Hayden James, Samuraii & Loote, Maisie Peters. (Playlist linked here)

J's addendum: "I swear the Think loop is …

Episode 25: The Chill-Hype Dichotomy

October 31st, 2018


Featuring Madeon & Mark Foster, MIA & Robokid & Alt-OK, GAWVI, KWAYE, NAO (hitting that all-caps game harder than ever), Smino, Onlytom, Louis The Child, Joji, Promnite. See the show notes or go to

Episode 24: Nuts Like Some Cashews

October 24th, 2018


Featuring Swindail, Naji, Sachi, Cherokee & Gibbz, Open Mike Eagle, Empress Of, MØ, BKBeats, Novo Amor, Khalid. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 23: We Actually End In A Reasonable Amount Of Time

October 17th, 2018


Featuring Wave Racer, DZZ, Harrison, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny & Drake, Lando Chill, Hi Tom. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 22: This One's Gonna Be A Genuine Thrillah

October 10th, 2018


CARE WARNING (during Lil Wayne): guns, self harm, depression. Starts at 49:20, ends at 54:14. Featuring QUITAPENAS, Guy Akimoto, Griffin McElroy, Kelela, Ghostface Killah, Jack & Jack, Kim Petras, Tofubeats, Kero …

Episode 21: We're So 3000 And Late

October 3rd, 2018


Featuring Ryan Playground, Nezi Momodu, RALPH, Riton & Kah-Lo, Mark Redito, Common as Stonekeeper. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 20: This Is The Drivel You Love

September 26th, 2018


Featuring Starrah, Charli XCX, Japanese Wallpaper, Nao, Gabriel Gundacker (the genius behind Zendaya as Meechee). (Playlist linked here)

Episode 19: Albumgeddon III: Stay With Me San Francisco

September 19th, 2018


Featuring Mac Miller, Jess Glynn & Le Youth, jstlbby, Grandmaster Flash, SOPHIE, Love Sadkid, Kiddo & Decco, Tkay Maidza, Masego, Uniiqu3 …

Episode 18: Your Kacheek Is Dying

September 5th, 2018


Featuring No Rome, John Splithoff, Troye Sivan, Eminem, Jerry Folk and Elsie Fisher (kind of). (Playlist linked here)


Episode 17: Eat More Tomatoes

August 28th, 2018


Featuring Ozuna, Bacilos, Brasstracks, Bas, R3hab, Blood Orange, Life Of Dillon, UNIIQU3, and E-40. Yes, all of those artists released albums or EPs. Yes, we attempt to discuss all of them. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 16: Slime All Your Friends Out

August 22nd, 2018


Featuring Porter Robinson, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Aminé, Young Thug, Sarah Reeves, Mitski. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 14: That Other DJ He A Bozo

August 7th, 2018


Featuring Chace, Yellowclaw, Cazzette, The High, A-Trak, A-Trak's Brother In Chromeo, Mac Miller, No Rome, Mura Masa, Silk City. (Playlist linked here)


-We Bare Bears T-Pain promo

-Gallant on We Bare Bears


Episode 13: Wait! We Was Just Hangin'

July 31st, 2018


Featuring Towkio, Lido, Saira Kariya, DJ Khaled, Mac Miller, Airynore. (Playlist linked here)

Songs not on Spotify:


-Enchanted - J. Cole


Episode 12: Go Best Friend! Go Best Friend!

July 23rd, 2018


Featuring Masego, Mars Today, Wave Racer, Zedd, Diplo AKA Random White Dude Be Everywhere, DJ Telly Tellz, UNIIQU3, DRAM, and Lyn Collins. (Playlist …

Episode 11: Benny Blanco Fancast, Episode 1

July 17th, 2018


Featuring Rudimental, Pyramid, edIT, Jaden Smith, Taylor Bennett, Benny Blanco, Dirty Projectors, Vory, Baauer. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 10: It (was) my BRRRRRRRRRRA

July 13th, 2018


Featuring Paulina Rubio, Hi Tom, WDSTK, Lontalius, Drake and Channing Tatum (Playlist linked here)

Episode 9: Jack My Swag

June 26th, 2018


Featuring The Carters, Cosmo’s Midnight, No Rome, Oh Wonder, Sophia Grace, and for the last time for at least one week, Kanye West. See the episode page for songs that we talked about that aren’t on Spotify! (Playlist …

Episode 8: Albumgeddon, For All The Nas and SOPHIE Fans

June 20th, 2018


Featuring Ariana Grande, Whethan, Oh Wonder, Chromeo, The-Dream, Nas, Kanye, SOPHIE, Breakbot. (Playlist linked here)

*Nas, talented and smart …

Episode 7: Sending Good Memes Yeah You Really Come Through

June 12th, 2018


Featuring Kids See Ghosts, Lily Allen, Parks Burton, Pusher, Hi Tom, Luv Ocean, Inodi. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 6: None of Us Would Be Here Without Sprite Tropic Berry & McDonalds

June 6th, 2018


Featuring Ieuan, Yellowclaw, Major Lazer, Syre, Kendra Dias, Noah Yoo (Testudo, CAFUNÉ). (Playlist linked here)

Episode 5: El Episodio de Reggaetón

May 29th, 2018


Featuring EASYFUN, Iiris, Riton, Kah-Lo, Passion Pit, Hannah Diamond, a variety of reggaeton artists. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 4: Bella Thurrrrrne

May 21st, 2018


Featuring KYLE, Disclosure, Brenmar, Clean Bandit, Jack Ü, Noah Slee. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 3: Sometimes I Just Wanna Talk About "Girls" by Rita Ora

May 11th, 2018


Featuring Alex Metric, Bad Sounds, Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Made In Heights, Sean Paul. (Playlist linked here)

Episode 2: "It sounds like an Epic Quentin Tarantino Halloween Western Rave"

May 1st, 2018


Also featuring Janelle Monáe’s gratuitous use of halftime breakdowns, Post Malone’s cartoonish smile, Janet Jackson, bo en, Pnau, X Ambassadors & The Knocks. (Playlist linked here)


April 25th, 2018


Featuring Full Crate, In The Blue Shirt (linked because it’s not on Spotify), Ryan Hemsworth (again, not on Spotify), and Avicii (RIP Avicii, …

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