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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From Mac, With Love
Following up last year’s acclaimed GO:OD AM, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is back with his most personal, soulful and amorous work to date: The Divine Feminine. Typically known for his carefree bravado and cocksure swagger, the exciting new project engages with the theme of love by way of an effective blend of hip-hop and soul, which also fills his new TIDAL guest playlist. Be sure to also check out our brief feature with Mac where he shares some of the songs that have played in the soundtrack to his life.
Although they may be a household name, post-hardcore heroes Touché Amoré have been a vital staple of the American D.I.Y. underground community for close to a decade. With the new arrival of their critically-acclaimed fourth full-length, Stage Four – TIDAL’s Album of the Week – we review the finest tracks from their full catalog. Fans should also look through Touché Amoré’s Parts of the Whole playlist, where the band lists its diverse influences and inspirations – from Jimmy Eat World and Converge to The National and Leonard Cohen.
The Dean of Counterculture Comedy
The late, great George Carlin (1937-2008) was a legendary American stand-up comedian and social critic known for his dark and unapologetic take on such taboo topics as religion, politics and psychology. Famous for iconic bits like “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television,” “A Place For My Stuff” and “Baseball and Football” among many, many others, the influence of Carlin’s timeless work proves as self-evident today as ever, shining through the routines of such modern comedians as Louis C.K., Lewis Black and Jerry Seinfeld.
With the release of George Carlin’s long-shelved stand-up routine, I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die, we highlight some of the best (and most controversial) material that the so-called “dean of counterculture comedians” had to offer over the course of his storied career.
Robert Glasper’s Inspirations
After dominating the jazz charts, winning a couple R&B Grammys, and recording with everyone from Erykah Badu to Norah Jones to Snoop Dogg — all while its leader is scoring a Miles Davis film, playing keys on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu and Maxwell’s blackSUMMERS’night, and collaborating on forthcoming albums for Herbie Hancock, Common and Mac Miller — the Robert Glasper Experiment is, in a word, untouchable.
Following up their 2013 second album Black Radio 2, the jazz hip-hop fusion quartet (which also features Casey Benjamin, Mark Colenburga and Derrick Hodge) is out with their vibrant third album ArtScience, Robert Glasper put together this eclectic playlist of cherished songs.
Best New Indie Music
Few areas in music today are more vibrant, diverse or alive than the free-spirited, open-minded world of independent music. Associated more by approach and artistry than a particular sound, though commonly leaning on rock roots, indie artists embrace an admirable role, doing more with less resources and prioritizing artistic vision over commercial appeal. Updated with fresh tracks every month, Indie Circus gathers some of our favorite new singles and album cuts released by independent artists.
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