The Fortnightly Playlist,July 21st, 2019

Black Pumas, DAM, Ben Harper, Mavis Staples, KOKOKO, Jesca Hoop, Bleached, SAULT, Ride, and Blood Orange all feature in this very diverse edition of The Fortnightly. There are some real favorites of the year included here that I’m very excited about.

It makes sense that I’d feature more from the new Mavis Staples record, We Get By. It’s an album that is certainly among my top 3 for the year so far, and I’ll probably be writing more about later this year. This edition also includes a new single from the producer of We Get By, Ben Harper. To be perfectly honest, I can’t think of two artists making more and better music than these two. They’re prolific, but more than that their music is always top notch, inspired and impactful.

It seems no one knows much about this group called SAULT, but there is a lot of excitement about their debut album, 5. They’ve got dancey, energetic, and soulful grooves, and an overall sound that melds together and many different genres. It seems that everyone I know who follows music has been somewhat blindsided by this one, and the record is now garnering a lot more attention 2 months after its release on the label, Forever Living Originals. As of yet, there seems to be little known about them aside from their excellent album.

Other favorites this edition include Black Pumas, Blood Orange, DAM, and KOKOKO!

tracklist:
Black Pumas – Colors
The Soft Cavalry – Never Be Without You
Kyle Craft – Sunday Driver
Belle & Sebastian – Sister Buddha
Bleached – Hard to Kill
Tijuana Panthers – Little Pamplemousse
Jesca Hoop – Red White and Black
Ben Harper – Uneven Days
North Mississippi Allstars, Mavis Staples – What You Gonna Do?
Mavis Staples – Sometime
Sault – Let Me Go
Blood Orange, Justine Skye – Good For You
Editors – Frankenstein
Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold
Mirror Ferrari – Vater
Ride – Repetition
Confidence Man – Don’t You Know I’m in a Band?
KOKOKO! – Malembe
DAM – Milliardat
Mavis Staples – One More Change

The Fortnightly Playlist, July 7th, 2019

I build these playlists because I like them myselft. I get little bits of joy from compiling a list that covers all genres, but still flows smoothly as if it were a cohesive album. I don’t always strike the right balance through the entire list, but sometimes I hit that sweet spot, and I love it. This edition features new albums from Sampa the Great, Mavis Staples, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bad Books, and Two Door Cinema club, as well as new singles from Lucy Dacus, Dem Atlas, and Temples.

Mavis Staples has released yet another enduring record. She’s a national treasure, and an artist that is constantly working and releasing high-quality material. Featured here is the title track of We Get By which is a beautiful duet with Ben Harper. NPR’s review of this album called Mavis “the living embodiment of gospel music’s place in the civil rights movement”, and that seems the best way to describe her specific place in our American Music canon. But it needs to be emphasized that she has not stopped pushing to new territory with her music. It has a rootsy feel, but also a modern twist. She hasn’t shied away from working with young artists of very different styles. Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Pusha T… nothing is off-limits to Mavis.

Are you looking for a record made by and for guitar players? Because as a guitar player for nearly 20 yrs, I couldn’t recommend one more than Mettavolution by Rodrigo y Gabriela. The Mexican duo have everything you could want in an instrumental guitar album. It is two guitar masters weaving in and out of each other with strong grooves building to furious pace, and every little flourish brings something more to each song.

Other favorites this edition include Shredders, Ane Brun, Sampa the Great, The Raconteurs, the collaboration between Iron & Wine and Calexico, and Open Mike Eagle featuring on this Two Door Cinema Club song. Enjoy!

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Ane Brun – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Sampa the Great, REMI – Flowers
Two Door Cinema Club, Open Mike Eagle – Nice to See You
Temples – Hot Motion
Julia Shapiro – Harder To Do
Middle Kids – Beliefs and Prayers
Stella Donnelly – Old Man
Lucy Dacus – Forever Half Mast
Kishi Bashi – A Meal for Leaves
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Terracentric
Mavis Staples, Ben Harper – We Get By
The Raconteurs – Help Me Stranger
Bad Books – Myths Made Plain
Calexico, Iron & Wine – In Your Own Time
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Krotona Days
Black Adidas – Be Cool
A-WA – Malhuga
Shredders – Ayeyayaya
Dem Atlas, Atmosphere – Bad Days Are Over
Sampa the Great – Protect Your Queen
Rel McCoy, Grimace Love – The Moment