This week, Formula One lands in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ for the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Home to the legendary SXSW festival, Austin, Texas attracts some of the finest musicians in the world, including at the Grand Prix, where fans can enjoy performances from Public Enemy and none other than Sir Elton John and his band.
With so much music on offer (and quite a few hours of travelling time to fill), it got us thinking. Just what, we wondered, would our in-house music guru Daniel Ricciardo choose if he was asked to make a playlist for the US GP?
Naturally, he jumped at the chance to play us some of 'his' music. In between grooming his Texan-themed face fur and planning his Austin beef schedule, Daniel took time out to create the ultimate soundtrack for the US Grand Prix. He's not shy about his music taste, so we're sure some of you will recognise the usual suspects on the list, but he's mixed things up a little to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning ears in the Team.
The result is an eclectic collection that definitely rewards repeat listening.
You can grab Daniel's full SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE but in the meantime, check out ten awesome anthems for your race weekend.
- Weekend – Priory / Album: Need to Know
If this doesn't make you smile, then nothing will! The perfect start to the race weekend from eclectic American band, Priory, this feelgood tune needs to be cranked right up and sung out loud with your mates.
- Chapel Song - Augustines / Album: Rise Ye Sunken Ships
A beautifully battle-scarred anthem from alternative American band Augustines, this will kick you right in the feels while filling you up for the forthcoming fight on the racetrack.
- Crushed – Parkway Drive / Album: Ire
As the Honey Badger knows, this is just what you need to get you totally pumped ahead of the race start. Super loud, super heavy and super awesome, this is Aussie metalcore at its finest.
- Lovesick – Mura Masa / Album: Someday Somewhere
A downtempo genre fusion of everything from hip hop to smoky jazz, this haunting classic-in-the-making from eclectic producer Mura Masa will stay in your head forever. It's spot on for your post-race chillout.
- Mind (feat Kai) – Jack Ü, Skrillex, Diplo, Kai / Album: Skrillex and Diplo present Jack Ü
A standout track from Skrillex and Diplo's debut studio album, Mind is a sweet slice of chill-infused EDM with an unashamedly addictive vocal hook from Canadian singer, Kai. Get totally lost in the groove at the post-race party.
- Limelight (NGHTMRE Remix) – Just a Gent, NGHTMRE
NGHTMRE's remix of Just A Gent's infectious, melodic anthem is one of those blissed out tunes that will turn up on all your future playlists. It's perfect for watching the stunning Texan sunset.
- Coffins – MisterWives / Album: Our Own House
As the sun goes down, relax and relive your race memories with the sweet soulful sound of New York's MisterWives. Gentle, emotional folk at its best, it'll hook you in right from the start.
- Keep the Wolves Away – Uncle Lucius / Album: And You Are Me
Nothing conjures up the feeling of a Southern night better than this beautiful track from Austin-based band, Uncle Lucius. Travelling through classic country, blues and rock, its heart-stealing melody will linger long after its end.
- Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show / Album: Old Crow Medicine Show
It wouldn't be a Daniel Ricciardo playlist without one of America's finest folk bands performing their signature song. A perfect cure for those post-race blues, it's a song to sit under the stars and fall in love to.
- S.O.B – Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats / Album: Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats
So that's it - it's all over for another year. Head out of Austin with some amazing memories, a big smile and this toe-tapping single from Nathaniel Rateliffe. Packed full of soul and impossible to ignore, it's the ideal closing track to your race weekend.
Daniel's playlist also features some epic tunes from the likes of GZA, The Gaslight Anthem and Action Bronson. So sit back, turn up the volume to max, and get acquainted with the Honey Badger's favourites.
Tip: As with any decent playlist, choosing to shuffle will give you some unexpected pleasures, but we reckon that taking things from the top works beautifully.