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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Gorillaz Essentialz

Co-created in 1998 by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is British virtual band known for their one-of-a-kind visuals, A-list features and genre-bounding sound.

Seamlessly blending elements of hip-hop, world music and alternative rock over the course of three true studio albums and a handful of compilations, Gorillaz have effortlessly managed to ensnare the curiosity of the world with each and every release.

In anticipation of their upcoming fourth album, Humanz - their latest since the North American tour sketch that is 2011′s The Fall – we put together a playlist to highlight some of their most essential work, including the four new tracks released just last week. You can also listen to our Damon Albarn playlist here and our Legends: Blur playlist here.

 

Kendrick is Coming

Born in Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar began his music career at a young age, under the name K-Dot. The young rapper gained significant recognition after releasing a number of mixtapes based on his experiences growing up in Compton. With his rising notability, Kendrick caught the attention of Dr. Dre.

In late 2012, Kendrick put out good kid, m.A.A.d city, a critically-acclaimed masterpiece that would considerably extend his fanbase, thanks to hits like “Poetic Justice” and “Swimming Pools,” set off his reputation as one of the hottest rappers of our time. Following m.A.A.d city, Kendrick put out the earth-shaking masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly, an album considered by many, including President Obama, to be the finest of 2015, if not the decade.

Now, in anticipation of Lamar’s upcoming fourth album—teased last week by “The Heart Pt. 4,” we bring you the four best songs from all previous works, plus guest appearances. You can also listen to our Kendrick Lamar Guest Verses playlist here.

 

DJ Semtex’s Guide to Grime

A product of UK garage, jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, Grime is the one true sound of British hip-hop. From birth Grime was something completely new, so unique and fresh that it became the perfect representation of United Kingdom’s many subcultures in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

But with the immense popularity of the mixtape culture and widespread airplay at London’s many pirate radio stations, Grime quickly rose from being an underground phenomenon to becoming commercially successful.

So if Drake’s More Life has you seeking more international rap, you need look no further than UK radio giant, DJ Semtex’s guide to the current crop of across the pond songs that deserve your attention.

 

Robert Pollard’s Side Projects

On April 7, rock hero and Guided by Voices mastermind Robert Pollard is releasing his 100th studio record, August by Cake.

The insanely prolific singer-songwriter may be best known for his work with GBV, but he’s also made music under the names Boston Spaceships, Ricked Wicky, ESP Ohio, Teenage Guitar, etc.

We’ve put together a sampler of those bands for your enjoyment. Streaming this week only on TIDAL, you can check out the new music video for Guided By Voices’ “5° on the Inside,” along with an interview with guitarist Doug Gillard, here.

 

FRESCO

FRESCO is a regularly playlist dedicated to everything new and fresh in the vibrant and diverse Latin music universe—covering pop, hip-hop, reggaeton, bachata, salsa, indie and beyond.

For more sounds from the world of Latin music, you can check out our Get Yours: Fresh New Reggaeton playlist here.

Additionally, be sure to check out new TIDAL exclusive playlists personally curated by Latin artists, including like Victoria La Mala’s Selena Y 2Pac’s Daughter playlist here and Don Omar’s Spring Love playlist here.

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