This edition is a globetrotter. Artists from Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and the USA all contribute to the playlist this time around. Listen here on Spotify
Brittney Parks is a violinist/vocalist hailing from Cincinatti, Ohio, and drawing inspiration from the fiddling styles of Northeast Africa. Her artist name, Sudan Archives, underscores the region that is the source of her stylistic directions. Her new self-titled EP is a beautiful blend of modern and traditional.
Nadia Reid has been a big surprise for me this year. Her record, Preservation, really came out of nowhere for me, and it is so good. Sometimes you listen to singer-songwriters, and you think you’ve heard it all before, but this record is genuine and heartfelt.
Other favorites included here are Jupiter & Okwess, The War On Drugs, Robert Plant, and Yasmine Hamdan.
It is probably foolish of me that I never checked what countries Spotify is available in since that is the platform I’ve been using for these playlists. Realizing that these aren’t shared to many places, I’m now including the full list below:
- Queens of the Stone Age – Feet Don’t Fail Me
- Hollerado – Born Yesterday
- Robert Plant – The May Queen
- The War On Drugs – Pain
- Sudan Archives – Wake Up
- Sonreal – Who Care
- Jupiter & Okwess – Hello
- Frankie Rose – Love In Rockets
- Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den
- Nadia Reid – The Arrow and the Aim
- Frances Cone – Unraveling
- Wolf Parade – Valley Boy
- Everything Everything – Desire
- Dent May – Across the Multiverse (feat. Frankie Cosmos)
- Sabrina Malheiros – Salve o Mar
- The Mynabirds – Golden Age
- Miriam Makeba – Murtala
- Chad VanGaalen – Mind Hijacker’s Curse
- Jupiter & Okwess – Pondjo Pondjo