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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Dilla Day

J. Dilla was quite possibly the most brilliant, prolific and influential mind to ever grace the realm of hip-hop. Born James Dewitt Yancey and raised in Detroit, Dilla would emerge from Motor City’s underground hip-hop scene and go on to coin some of the most timeless and reused productions in rap while working with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde and Common. On February 10, 2006, just three days after the release of his seminal album, Donuts, J. Dilla passed away at the age of 32, following a battle with a rare blood disease. We remember his indelible mark on music with this Produced by J Dilla playlist highlighting some of his best work.

You can also listen to our Pun Dilla playlist, one also celebrating the legacy of rapper Big Pun here or otherwise to our Samples of J. Dilla playlist here



Known for her synth-drenched experimental art-pop, Grimes the alter ego of Canadian-born artist Claire Elise Boucher. Though she made her label debut back in 2010 with Geidi Primes, an album inspired in part by Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, Grimes fully infiltrated popular culture with 2012′s extremely danceable Visions. Celebrated for her catchy yet disruptive take on electronic pop, Grimes returned in 2015 with Art Angels, a characteristically adventurous and genre-defying album that simultaneously managed to boast her most accessible sound to date. In the event of her TIDAL exclusive video premier for “Venus Fly,” ft. Janelle Monáe, (along with behind the scenes) check out Grimes’ essential cuts with this playlist.

You can also enjoy Grimes’ wonderful personally curated Deep Vibes playlist here.


Just Can’t Get Enough: Depeche Mode

Since releasing their debut in 1981, the legendary English electronic outfit known as Depeche Mode have mutated time and time again to reach millions worldwide. Avid fans of such disparate genres as industrial, indie, goth and even metal are still likely to have a DM album in their record collection. From “Just Can’t Get Enough,” penned by Vince Clarke before he left the band to form Erasure, to an impressive list of hits and dark masterpieces written by Martin Gore and wholeheartedly sung by Dave Gahan, the band has an undeniably impressive back catalogue. Currently in the midst of a comeback behind the new lead single “Where’s the Revolution,” you’ll want to explore all of their ever-timely work today.


Indie Slackers

In the world of indie rock, Mac Demarco is just about as close as one comes these days to being a true household name. Born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV, the goofy, gap-toothed, chain-smoking Canadian singer-songwriter known musically for his for his brand of surfy slacker rock has consistently impressed since making his full-length studio debut with 2012′s Rock and Roll Night Club. Four albums into his decidedly cheeky career, Demarco continues to entice, winning the hearts of newcomers by way of his extraordinary live performances, his exceptionally quirky yet genuine behavior, and, of course, his knack for song. Dive into the best Mac’s got to offer with this playlist.

You can also check out our excellent recent playlists for fellow slacker-eccentrics Real Estate, Kurt Vile and Ariel Pink.


20 Years In: Thievery Corporation

Splicing and mixing slices from Dub, Acid Jazz, Reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Bossa Nova and beyond, Thievery Corporation is a Washington, D.C.-based collective orbiting Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, and their supporting artists Rob Myers, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Natalia Clavier, Frank ‘Booty Lock’ Mitchell, Mr. Lif, Jeff Franca and Ashish Vyas. To get you in the mood for their 10th studio album, The Temple Of I&I (2017), take a musical journey through 20 years of Thievery Corporation, filled with of their best tracks so far.

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