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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 Under Obama

Given all of the change and frantic speculation that has come as a result of President Trump’s recent inauguration, it has been understandably difficult to pause and reflect upon that good born of our 44th President.

Of his myriad achievements, one of President Barack Obama’s most important is the legacy he leaves in canon of modern American music, for which we are all beneficiaries. It’s how his twin messages of hope and progress spurred one of the most creatively vibrant periods in its history. See for yourself.


Music That Inspired 20th Century Women

the latest critically acclaimed film from A24 (MoonlightSupersonicThe Lobster), 20th Century Women is a coming of age story set in late 1970s Santa Barbara, California amidst the rise of both punk rock and new wave. As a means of further explaining his work, director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, Beginners) put together this playlist of music that inspired his excellent film.

Of his playlist Mills says: ”This is the music that saved my emotional life when I was growing up in a place I found boring, limiting, not really for me, not able to deal with me. Many of these songs are in our film, 20th Century Women, the others could have been. If you turned on just the right radio station in 1979, these are some of the wonderful souls you could have hung out with, at least in your head.”

For more famous actors and musicians talking about the meeting of music and film, be sure to view our growing list of video interviews from this year Sundance Film Festival. Watch here.


Created by Prodigy, TIP and Yo Gotti

One half of infamous official Queensbridge murderers Mobb Deep, Prodigy is back in 2017 with his first solo project in 5 years: Hegelian Dialectic (The Book of Revelation).

Named after a theory devised by 18th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Prodigy took the opportunity of curating his TIDAL guest playlist to explore his love of conspiracy theories with his Illuminati Playlist.

You can also listen to TIP’s Current Favorites playlist here and Yo Gotti’s VIBE BEFORE THE SHOW playlist here.


Neon Sunsets & Hypnagogic Pop

In his superb novel The Last Days of Disco, Whit Stillman writes: “Disco was too great, and too much fun, to be gone forever! It’s got to come back someday. I just hope it will be in our own lifetimes.” Long story short, disco is back, baby! Wait no longer and hit the dancefloor to the sweet, swinging sounds of the genre’s nu-disco rebirth with Neon Sunsets.

Defined as “pop music refracted through the memory of a memory,” hypnagogic pop was first coined by Wire journalist David Keenan back in 2009. The term became popular in and around a time when several underground musicians were seemingly obsessed with exploring nostalgia, both in sounds, popular culture and recording formats. You can listen to our Hypnagogic Pop playlist here.


All Around The World

World music label Glitterbeat specializes in vibrant global sounds from Africa and beyond, with a vibrant roster that includes Tuareg rockers Tamikrest (Mali/Algeria), Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania), Bassekou Kouyaté (Mali), Bixiga 70 (Brazil) and more.

The label was created to release records that simultaneously embrace evolving global textures and localized traditions and roots, and is run by Peter Weber and Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic and much more). Enjoy this Glitterbeat-curated sampler of the label’s poast releases while reading our interview with Chris Eckman.

You can also listen to our regularly updated world music playlist, World Café, to find the best new tunes from around the globe  here.

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