High 5: Five Playlists You Need to Hear This Week

High 5: Five Playlists You Need to Hear This Week

TIDAL’s music editors are continuously at work crafting new playlists for different themes, genres, moods and occasions, as well as offering you a continuous flow of guest curated and exclusive artist playlists. To help guide you through the constant flow of great new content, we highlight five of our favorites right here. This is the TIDAL High 5.

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The Immortal Charm of Vinyl 

Saturday, April 22, 2017, marked the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, a holiday celebrating the indie record store and the continuing success of the vinyl format.

Every year Record Store Day welcomes a plethora of exclusive releases. This year’s releases included vinyl records from Andre 3000, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John and many, many more. In light of the holiday we caught up with various indie artists and you can check out the series of exclusive interviews and playlists here.

Since its conception in 2001, Jack White’s Third Man Records has been a champion for the promotion and advancement of vinyl, endlessly releasing new vinyl exclusives and novelties, and even opening the first major new pressing plant in over 30 years. In the event of Record Store Day, Third Man Records shared this new playlist of Record Store Recommendations featuring “jams that have been (or should have been) recommended to us, by us, from record stores and their employees.”

 

The Latin Sinatra

American actor, playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the most decorated, all-around artists of the moment. Of course the Pulitzer/Tony/Grammy/Emmy-winning artist, performer and MacArthur fellow is perhaps best known for writing the book, music, and lyrics to the hit Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton.

In the TIDAL exclusive playlist “The Marc Anthony Primer,” Lin-Manuel Miranda pays homage to the legendary Marc Anthony, whom he cites as one of his main musical influences. Growing up with deep Latin roots, Miranda describes Anthony as “our Sinatra.” The playlist includes tracks handpicked by Miranda that highlight the multifaceted talents of Marc Anthony.

You can listen to “The Marc Anthony Primer” playlist here. Also be sure to check out the album inspired by Miranda’s play, The Hamilton Mixtape, here.

 

Big, Bad and Dangerous

Renowned Atlanta rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer Big Boi has been a cultural phenomenon since he first began his career in 1991. While attending Tri Cities High school in the early 1990’s Big Boi met Andre 3000 and the two joined forces to form OutKast, one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful duos of the ‘90s and ‘00s.

Earlier this week Big Boi released two brand new tracks, “Mic Jack” and “Kill Jill“, his first singles since 2015.

Big Boi is also gearing up for the release of Boomiverse, his forthcoming studio album and follow up to 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. The album will also be Big Boi’s first studio album since signing with Epic Records in 2014. In order to celebrate the illustrious career of the legendary rapper, we have compiled a playlist of some of his best work throughout the years.

You can listen to our Big Boi’s Best playlist here. You can also listen to out best of OutKast playlist here.

Girls Do It Better

As a former guitarist/vocalist for the indie rock band Dirty Projectors, singer-songwriter Amber Coffman is no newcomer to the music industry. While with the Dirty Projectors Coffman worked on five of the band’s studio albums and has also appeared on tracks such as J.Cole’s “She Knows” and Nusko’s “Hold On.” Coffman is now gearing up for the release of her debut solo album, City Of No Reply, set for release later this year on Columbia Records and prefaced by singles “No Coffee” and “All To Myself.”

Coffman cites iconic influences Dolly Parton, Roberta Flack and Joni Mitchell as being conducive to her shaping her own unique sound. In fact, she curated a fantastic playlist filled with tracks from some of her favorite female singers of the 1970s entitled which you can listen to here.

 

Slacker Icons

Pavement, perhaps one the most beloved and idiosyncratic indie bands of the ‘90s, released their debut studio album Slanted & Enchanted 25 years ago. Although their only brush with mainstream was the single “Cut Your Hair” in 1994, Pavement was by far one of the most influential bands of their time, achieving huge critically acclaim without ever singing to a major label.

To celebrate the quarter century anniversary of Slanted & Enchanted we had influential music journalist Joe Levy write about their very first New York show. Don’t miss out on our Legends and Tracks & Traces playlists commemorating Pavement’s one-of-a-kind legacy.

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