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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Kehlani Guest Verses
After limited success as a member of the group PopLyfe, singer-songwriter Kehlani exploded onto the music scene with the release of her 2014 mixtape Cloud 19. The project was listed among Complex’s “50 Best Albums of 2014” and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated You Should Be Here, debuted at number 5 on the national R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 2015.
On top of her own material, Kehlani’s smoky, sultry vocals have made her a hot commodity as a featured vocalist on tracks by rappers and pop stars alike. Finally out with her debut studio album, SweetSexySavage, this playlist highlights some of Kehlani’s best guest verses from over the years.
Ever since taking shape in their bedroom in the mid 1970s, Half Japanese has been out of tune. Out of tune on their instruments, and out of tune to the shifting trends around them. Instead, this lovely band, centered around brothers Jad and David Fair, helped spearhead the lo-fi/D.I.Y. movement and had a major influence to such bands as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kurt Cobain who ranked them among his very favorites, chose them to open for Nirvana on the In Utero tour and was even wearing their T-shirt when he died.
We honor the underground legends with these two new playlists, collecting favorite moments from Half Japanese’s massive catalog and the greater scope of their influences, peers and sonic progeny.
Be sure to read our 5 Albums That Changed My Life feature with Jad Fair here.
New Latina Pop
Let’s give it up for the ladies of Latin. From icons like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, to refreshing faces like Leslie Grace and Sofía Reyes, our New Latina Pop playlist showcases the very best of female talents in Latin pop today.
“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career…” Just over 20 years ago British director Danny Boyle put out Trainspotting, an important socio-historical cult classic film with a legendary soundtrack to match. Well beyond most films before or after, the original Trainspotting soundtrack transcended mere ideological compatibility, serving also to sonically score the film’s scenes and inform its characters in an intensely visceral and, at times, tangible sense.
Two decades later, in 2017, Boyle returns with Trainspotting 2, the long yearned for sequel that unsurprisingly boasts yet another memorable soundtrack. As we wait to see what the film has in store, get in the zone with the soundtrack today.
Lady Gaga x Super Bowl
With Super Bowl 51 about to descend on Houston, Texas this weekend, the media is busy discussing every angle of America’s biggest sports championship, from the teams and game itself, to the ads and of course the halftime show – the most widely-viewed concert event of the year – this year headlined by pop icon Lady Gaga.
As with every year, there is endless speculation about what the performance will entail: what Lady Gaga will play, what surprise guests she might bring onstage, and, given recent events, what she may or may not do or say to address the volatile political climate. With well over 100 million viewers expected to tune in on Sunday, one thing is for sure: for just shy of 15 minutes, all eyes will be on Gaga.
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