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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things: a pastor, an activist, a humanitarian, a giant among men. As the primary voice and figurehead for the civil rights movement, he led marches, organized peaceful protests, and gave legendary speeches that distinguished him as one of the greatest orators in American history. Despite making progress as a nation, recent events have made it abundantly and frustratingly clear that America still has a great distance to travel.

As such, we have made this Music From The Mountaintop playlist, gathering powerful songs about or inspired by Doctor King and the ideals he stood for. From the cries of Otis Redding and Nina Simone, to the self-respect of James Brown and Aretha Franklin, to the success stories of JAY Z, Kanye and Frank Ocean, music has been a force of its own in furthering the long and continued fight for a better world for all.

You can also listen to JAY Z’s personally curated songs for survival” playlist here.


Migos & Run The Jewels

Considered pioneers of the Atlanta Trap Rap sound that has taken over mainstream hip-hop, Migos is the energetic Atlanta trio consisting of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. Originally catapulted to fame by the Drake-featuring remix of their hit 2013 song “Versace,” the group has released hit after hit in the years since, most recently the 2017 single “Bad and Boujee.” This playlist features some of Migos’ best and most current work.

Joining forces in 2013, Run The Jewels is the superduo of veteran rapper Killer Mike and producer El-P. Released three acclaimed studio albums thus far, their raw, unfiltered brand of hip-hop is the perfect blend of craziness, vulgarity and all-around excellence. Here are some of our favorite tracks from Run The Jewels. You can listen to our Run The Jewels Essentials playlist here.


A DJ Is Playing My House

Alert the neighbors and clear the living room of anything breakable, because a DJ just pulled up to your house, and this party’s about to blow the roof. Featuring tracks from such artists as Calvin Harris, Avicii, deadmau5, Major Lazer, Swedish House Mafia, Martin Solvig, Alesso, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Kygo, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki and more, there’s no doubt this high-energy playlist will keep you going all night long.

For a more specialized mix, be sure to check out Calvin Harris’ personally curated Greatest Hits playlist. Of the excellent playlist Harris simply states: “These are the tracks I’ve made that have been the most successful, in order of what I love the most.” You can listen to the Calvin Harris’ playlist here. Today is his birthday, after all!


The xx Essentials

Following the critically-acclaimed, Mercury Prize-winning self-titled debut from 2009, and 2012′s near equally celebrated Coexist, The xx are finally out with their eagerly-awaited third full-length: I See You.

Known for their decidedly downtempo and dreamy brand of indie electronic, The xx have effectively enamored the mainstream time and time again, transcending genre with ease and, consequentially, speaking to music fans of all sorts. This essentials playlist features highlights from all three albums, alongside remixes, guest appearances and Jamie xx tracks featuring bandmates Romy Croft and Oliver Sim.


The Flaming Lips Through The Years

The Flaming Lips are a band without comparison. Formed in Oklahoma City in 1983, initially by fonted by Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark, the band found its stride with Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), blew away critics with The Soft Bulletin (1999), conquered the masses with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002), and they continued to charm and entertain (and sometimes confuse) us with their endless experimentation bottomless creativity.

This playlist follows the steady evolution of one of the weirdest and most wonderful band of the last 30+ years. You can also listen to our Us and Them: Covers by The Flaming Lips playlist here.

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