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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Remembering Chuck Berry
Though the world may have lost an icon over the weekend, Chuck Berry (1926-2017) will forever be celebrated and remembered as one the true pioneers of rock and roll music. As The New York Times rightly recalls, “his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years.”
Though his superstar status may have started to fade with the advent of Beatlemania in the mid-1960s, Chuck Berry continued to tour and play all the way up to his death on March, 18 2017. He was 90 years old. Bruce Springsteen said it just about right: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.”
More Life, More Drake
Having reached rap’s top echelon, Drake made his return over the weekend with More Life, a “playlist” that reflects the familiar sound his fans have grown to expect from him.
Consistency has never been a problem when it comes to Toronto’s self-proclaimed 6 God, so on the new More Life, expect to hear smooth vocals, introspective lyrics, and the continuing influence of Drake’s world travels by way of tracks tinged with dancehall flourishes, Nigerian Afrobeats and more.
Just Can’t Get Enough: Depeche Mode’s Return
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. Most recently, however, the synthpop pioneers in question are back with Spirit, an excellent and pointedly political album that marks the group’s last release since 2013′s Delta Machine. Be sure to give it a listen today.
Real Estate and the Indie Circus
If the band Real Estate were to invoke a color, it would be azure. Their sun-soaked jangle-pop feels as tranquil as the feeling of the ocean breeze running through your hair as you lounge about the beach among friends on some fine summer afternoon. Still, underneath the surface murmurs an unsettling feeling that the carefree moment is about to end and that life is about to hit you…
Real Estate are back now with In Mind, their fourth studio album to date and latest since 2014′s characteristically strong Atlas. For an overview of the New Jersey band’s blissful slack-rocking sound, you can dive head-first into our Real Estate & Friends playlist here. You can also continue to keep up with the world of indie with our regularly updated Indie Circus playlist here.
New Swedish Pop Maestros
Though Swedish pop musician Zara Larsson made her return last week with So Good, her aptly titled sophomore album, the quality of the release should come as no surprise. In fact, history proves that pop mastery is practically in her blood.
Ever since pop phenomenon ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest, along with the hearts of an entire generation, in 1974 with “Waterloo,” Sweden has been widely regarded as one of the most prominent pop-music-producing nations in the world. In fact, according to an Export Music Sweden report in 2013, the Nordic nation of just 10 million people was the third largest exporter of music in the world after the United States and Great Britain.
Sweden’s claim to fame is a result of successful talent across the board, with record songwriter-producers like Max Martin, music video makers like Jonas Åkerlund, and sensational EDM producers like Swedish House Mafia and Avicii. As the 2010s witness the rise of a new generation of strong pop stars like Zara Larsson, Tove Lo, Robyn, Miike Snow and Icona Pop, there’s no doubt that Sweden is still on top of the pop game.
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