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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A$AP Mob and 21 Savage Essentials
The A$AP Mob is a powerhouse hip-hop collective from Harlem, New York. Founded by A$AP Yams, A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz, members of the group include A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ant, A$AP Lotto, A$AP Lou Banger, A$ap Relli, A$AP Ty Beats, A$AP TyY, Da$h, Yung Lord and Playboi Carti. This playlist gathers highlights from the Mob’s impressive output so far.
With his menacingly calm flow, and laser-like focus on rapping about the chaotic elements of the street life, 21 Savage finds himself at the forefront of Atlanta’s newest wave. His dark, angry, mid-tempo trap anthems have created such a heavy swell that in the last 12 months 21 has been named to XXL’s 2016 Freshman list, released a full-length project with Metro Boomin, Savage Mode, and collaborated with Drake on “Sneakin’.” You can listen to his fast-growing list of essentials below.
The Golden Voice of Jim James
Glazed with honey and feathered with angel wings, Jim James is one-man southern choir blessed with a golden voice. The Louisville, KY native is surely best known for his longtime leadership of eclectic My Morning Jacket, the rock and roll stalwarts who have carried the torch of epic folk/Americana, southern rock, psychedelia and more since the late 1990s. Aside from his main band, James keeps busy tending his own solo career (also known as Yim Yames) and lending both his vocal and production skills to numerous projects, including “supergroups” like The New Basement Tapes and Monters of Folk, and artists like M. Ward, Laura Veirs, Basia Bulat and Ray LaMontagne, just to mention a few. Out with his new solo album, Eternally Even, we revisit this playlist giving credit to one of the finest voices, songwriters, studio men and human beings of today.
Label Focus: Jade Tree
For 25 years and counting, Jade Tree has been one of the most exciting independent record labels for any fans of post-hardcore, punk, indie and emo bands. With a remarkable catalog which includes, to name only a few, The Promise Ring, Cap’n Jazz, Jets To Brazil, Kid Dynamite, Fucked Up and Lifetime, they managed to document a scene and a moment in independent music history that many hold high in regard, and that many consider the ultimate soundtrack of their formative years. To help commemorate the label for their great continuing service to indie music, here is a playlist featuring some of the highlights from Jade Tree’s extensive catalog. Read our great feature interview with co-founder Darren Walters here.
Modern Songs, ’80s Sound
Vulture is New York Magazine’s own entertainment destination, covering such subjects as film, music, TV-series, cinema and video games, offering great articles for readers who desire comprehensive reporting on cultural phenomena that otherwise might not get treatment it deserves. Recently, Vulture ran an ongoing series where they examined various aspects of ’80s pop culture. Writes Vulture, “There are countless tracks since 2010 (the time frame we’re using as our definition of “modern”) that borrow from the ’80s, and a great deal of them should be embarrassed by neither their sound nor its provenance.” We couldn’t agree more, and we’re happy to present you with the extensive list put together by Vulture‘s writers.
Legends: Alicia Keys
The expectations were through the stratosphere after Alicia Keys’ 2001 debut, Songs in A Minor, achieved multi-platinum success and won five Grammys. She has done nothing but exceed those by becoming a global superstar who has collected 15 Grammys to date while staying true to the gritty and determined spirit that came from her upbringing in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. The singer, songwriter and classically trained pianist has continued to drop incredible albums that tackle universal themes like love and heartbreak in a way that’s relatable to all. With her sixth studio full-length, HERE – our Album of the Week – out now, here are some amazing records from her illustrious catalog.
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