Walpole Weekend Wind-Down x Ten’s 25th birthday

After a high-pressure week of meetings, management and making connections, the best way to decompress is to plug in your headphones and allow a superb selection of tunes to take your brain far away from the world of work. Enter the Walpole Weekend Wind-Down x Ten.

This playlist celebrates both Ten’s 25th birthday and our global company, with a selection of tracks from 1998 to the present that reflect our multicultural team’s diverse tastes.We’ve rifled through the music collections of our team to find a classic song from every year of Ten’s existence.

From French slow grooves to experimental Scottish electronica, take a listen...

1998RoygbivBoards of CanadaA typically atmospheric number from the Scottish hauntologists – a favourite of our London team
1999SterolabCome and play in the milky night (demo)A sweet little gem from the British-French electro-collective that will sweep the week’s cares away
2000Erykah BaduDidn’t Cha KnowThe R&B singer is on typically strident form in this stunning track from the
Mama’s Gun
2001The Beta BandSquaresBack to Scotland for a driving, toe-tapping tune from these indie mavericks
2002Beck Lost CauseA reflective and downbeat number from the bard of LA
2003Los HermanosConversa de Botas BatidasA track from a seminal album that catapulted the Rio de Janeiro band to cult status
2004Sebastien TellierLa RitournelleA masterpiece of French electronica featuring the great Tony Allen on drums
2005Cheikh LôSanta YallaTraditional Mbalax dance music fuses with rhumba to create this steady Senegalese groove, perfect for sunny Friday evenings
2006Sergio MendesThe FrogA Latin American legend makes a contemporary comeback with will.i.am and Q-Tip
2007MIA Paper PlanesThe Sri Lanka-born Londoner is wholeheartedly global (as well as critiquing globalisation)
2008Amidou and MariamCe N’est Pas BonAnother favourite of the former Africa correspondent on our team of travel and lifestyle writers, this blind Malian couple won legions of fans with their melodic harmonies long before they played Glastonbury 2023
2009Matthew Halsall TogetherCool evocative jazz from the Manchester saxophonist
2010St. Vincent Laughing with a Mouth of BloodThe Texas-born singer-songwriter’s complex instrumental arragements have seen her collaborate with the likes of Talking Heads’ David Byrne
2011Jamie xx Gil Scott-HeronHomeThe great poet of life on the gritty Harlem streets (of
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
fame) teams up with the English DJ and producer behind indie popsters the xx
2012Mac DemarcoDreamingA wonderful slice of lo-fi from the singular Canadian singer-songwriter
2013James BlakeLife Round HereA textured electronic soundscape from the genre-jumping, Mercury Prize-winning Londoner
2014Silk RhodesPainsUnbeatably chilled, American producer Michael Collins and singer Sasha Desree pay homage to ’70s soul
2015Julia Holter Sea Calls me HomeRaw vocals and saxophone characterise this gem from the American singer-songwriter, who has drawn comparisons to everyone from Kate Bush to PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux and Nico
2016NonameSunny DuetGloriously upbeat hip hop from Fatimah Warner, a Chicago-born veteran of open-mic nights and poetry slam competitions
2017Loyle CarnerMean it in the MorningThe Mercury-nominated London rapper captures the British capital’s energy
2018Jorja SmithBlue LightsThe UK’s West Midlands shows it has more up its sleeve than Led Zeppelin with this streetwise R&B singer-songwriter
2019Four TetTeenage birdsongBritish electronic artist Kieran Hebden does it again on this richly layered composition that simultaneously sets toes tapping, engages discerning listeners and evokes distant memories
2020Daniel AveryTwo lone swordsmenAvery’s tribute to producer/mixer/musician and all-round legend Andrew Weatherall is a fittingly downbeat tribute to someone who changed music and DJing singlehandedly
2021Little SimzWomanAn artist who summarises everything that makes London (and its music scene) so fresh, ever-evolving and truly world-leading
2022SaultFight For LoveWe’re in a mellow mood as we approach the end of our playlist and the present day, thanks to fluid guitar-picking, jazz vibes and butterfly-soft vocals from this British R&B collective
2023SamphaSpirit 2.0The blazingly talented Mercury Prize-winning Brit shows why his soulful voice has been utilised by everyone from Stormzy to Alicia Keys

With offices from London to Cape Town, Mexico City and New York, the resulting playlist offers a Friday night session of chilled global sounds, so hit play and get ready for the weekend with Ten.

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