Party Playlist: Bash for 75

To find the most compelling music for parties, audiophile Charlotte Druckman turned to the pros behind the best restaurant soundtracks, and suggests three winning cocktails to pair with the soundtrack.

Bash for 75

Musical selections by Todd Mallis.

Popping a few CDs into a sound system isn’t good enough for the best restaurants anymore. These days, playlists are expected to show as much creativity as menus.

Todd Mallis, the music director for B.R. Guest restaurants, likes weaving different voices, eras and genres into his playlists. "Keep it moving," he says. "Never stick to just one tempo." At Level V, located underneath the restaurant Vento in Manhattan, he picks eclectic music that has enough kick to keep the energy up through the night.

"Being music director is about creating an atmosphere," says Mallis. "You want songs to be familiar but not too recognizable," like the catchy music by French indie rock band Phoenix featured in Sofia Coppola’s movie Marie Antoinette.

Artist Song Download
Dusty Springfield Wishin’ and Hopin’ Dusty Springfield - Ultimate Collection: Dusty Springfield - Wishin' and Hopin'
Les Nubians Makeda Les Nubians - Muzik of the Mind and Spirit - a Concept Compilation - Makeda - Les Nubians
Marcos Valle Crickets Sing for Anamaria Marcos Valle - Samba '68 - Crickets Sing for Anamaria
Andrew Bird Skin Is, My Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs - Skin Is, My
Gnarls Barkley Smiley Faces Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere - Smiley Faces
Yo La Tengo The Race Is On Again Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass - The Race Is On Again
Grand National Peanut Dreams Grand National - Kicking the National Habit - Peanut Dreams
Primitive Radio Gods Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand Primitive Radio Gods - Rocket - Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
The Ditty Bops Gentle Sheep The Ditty Bops - The Ditty Bops - Gentle Sheep
Phoenix If I Ever Feel Better Phoenix - United - If I Ever Feel Better
Jem They Jem - Finally Woken - They
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