The draw of island life has almost universal appeal, be it in the form of white sands and exotic bounty, secluded eco-hideaways or a floating city. To serenade SUITCASE Volume 21: The Islands Issue, we’ve drawn up a playlist of sounds as unique as the places we feature. Plug in and be transported to your very own island escape.

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For Fogo Island

The Rolling – Heaven

Shuggie Oats – Aht Uh Mi Head

For he Andaman Islands

M.I.A. – Jimmy

The Andaman Islands are moored far off the Indian coast in the Bay of Bengal and the islands’ music is a mash-up of different cultures, reflected in M.I.A.’s layering of disco, dancehall and Bollywood.

Phum Viphurit – Long Gone

Four Tet – Lush

For Greenland

Nive Nielsen and the Deer Children – Good for You

The indigenous Inuk and Greenlander Nive Nielsen is known for her folkish brand of “Inuit indie” and red ukelele, which she plays in this catchy tune.

Tom Misch and Sam Wills – In the Midst of It All

Floating Points – Myrtle Avenue

For Hydra

Leonard Cohen – Bird on the Wire

Cohen adopted Hydra as something of an artistic homeland during the 1960s, and this bohemian anthem was inspired by a bird sitting on the telephone wires outside his window.

Yellow Days – Outro (Baked in the Sunshine)

For Venice

Claudio Monteverdi – Lamento D’Arianna

For Nevis

Protoje ft. Chronixx- Who Knows

Prep for a spot of chilling in the West Indies with Shy FX’s drum and bass spin on the relaxed vibes of Protoje, a reggae artist from Jamaica.

Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura Band and Motor City Drum Ensemble – The Rumba Experiment

Lord Echo – Thinking of You

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own

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