Louis Cole, Kadhja Bonet, Flying Lotus, Smino and Jonwayne… Everything happens in Los Angeles.
To accompany our Motown Girls playlist, we salute the guys who shone for the world’s greatest pop and soul label.
Chicago has all the musical richness of Great Black Music with a remarkable rise in rap and jazz over recent years.
It’s cocktail time on the terrace. This selection will give you a neck massage and will slowly make you move your hips.
How modern R&B artists manage to touch every corner of today’s musical world.
In the beginning there was Hiatus Kaiyote, a quartet of "future soul" formed in Melbourne in 2011...
"When the inexpressible had to be expressed, Shakespeare laid down his pen and called for music", Aldous Huxley in Music at Night.
How the group who knew best how to harness the energy of rock became one of the most important names in the history of rap.
1979 marks the beginning of what one will call ‘post-punk’. Don’t expect to hear hits in this playlist as great as they all are, but very minor singles or album tracks.
Ever since the cultural revival brought about by the Jasmine Revolution, the electro and rap scenes in Tunis have been blooming.
The continuously crashing crest of modern pop’s wave, found in the up and comers of Atlanta hip-hop.
With their first five albums and an early Peel session in a period of just over three years, Roxy Music shaped the future of music.
Founded in 1994 by Laurent Garnier and Eric Morand, the Paris-based label contributed greatly to France’s emerging electro scene, before closing its doors in 2008.
Ever since the Arab Spring, Cairo’s underground has been waking up. Hear the sounds of mahraganat and Egyptian trap.
25 years of music from the iconic British electronic duo in 2 hours and 50 minutes.
João Gilberto was a pioneer of bossa nova. Mixing traditional and modern musical influences, he inspired generations of musicians.
John Coltrane’s career reminds us how much the essence of jazz requires a permanent mise en abyme.
Moroccan artists breathe fresh air into the hip-hop scene, tapping into the country's cultural depths and fires of emancipation.
"May God keep us safe from the bad neighbor, and from the novice violinist," says an Italian proverb.
A bittersweet selection of songs of love, loss, longing, and self loathing.
1981 bookmarked the transition into a new world. Listen to the future's foreshadowing while immersing yourself in the Dionysian sweat of a discotheque for a wild ride.
With the embryonic stirrings of house, the global wave of the so called world music, the disco/funk turning into hip-hop, 1981 was a year that changed everything.
The perfect playlist to help your kids develop the same impeccable taste in classical music as you.
Ian Dury was a hero, a mad performer, a pantomime villain, a sharp lyricist, a cripple, a lover and a rocker all rolled into one person.
The perfect playlist to help your kids develop the same impeccable taste in punk and alternative rock as you.
Legendary, unknown, or unexpected, hear some of the musicians who have inspired David Bowie all along his incredible journey.
DEVO produced hits to make us dance, but also to dismantle mankind’s pretentiousness, which the band pointed out as being the source of all the violence we are able to commit.
The legendary producer has creatively guided the likes of Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Adele, and Kanye West over the last three decades.
The story of the unlikely actors who, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reinvented American music and ushered in the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
Welcome to the Church of Little Richard aka the Innovator, the Originator and the Architect of rock and roll.
From down to mid-up tempo, from Jamaica to Brazil with a French twist, from the 1960s to the 2010s, a selection to warm you up.
How Tim Armstrong, the lead singer of Rancid and a figurehead of Californian punk, proved to be perfect Artistic Director for Hellcat Records, a subsidiary of Epitaph.
This playlist focuses on composers' final works: complete or not, abandoned or interrupted by the very death of their authors.
Four German electronic music pioneers took over the synthesiser in 1970s and changed pop music forever.
The English group established itself as one of the most important groups to have come out of the punk movement.
Tony Allen, the masterful drummer who invented Afrobeat along with Fela, knew how to marry his original groove with every musical genre and each new musical generation.
1968 was a year of phenomenal music, a year when the album really begins to become regarded as important for an artist to be able to make a statement.
An hour is a pretty short amount of time to cover the tracks left by the late Bill Withers, one of the greatest soul folk singers ever.
We look at the artists who left their mark on Blur without whom their pop may not have tasted quite so delicious.
Imagine a room in an unknown city. The sounds of the city are muffled and distant. Time stands still.
Detroit had Motown, New York had Atlantic, Memphis Tennessee had Stax.
From Manitoba to Caribou, Canadian producer Dan Snaith has made the fascinating transition from alt rock to electro without losing any of his abilities as a songwriter.
Long drives can easily become a nightmare if the kids get bored…
Michel Legrand played the full spectrum of feelings in the same way he played the full scale of the 88 black and white keys.
Why it is wrong to describe Frank Zappa as a brainiac and cynical musician...
The rise and fall of the Hippie movement following the common stages of an acid trip.
From 1991 onwards, Kraftwerk has favoured reworking, restructuring and constantly updating their former compositions.
It is the undefinable magic that he lent to the words and music of others that means Frank Sinatra will live on for a very long time.
As Pantera perfectly put it in “Goddamn Electric”: “Your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath.”
One of the greatest rock bands of all time draws its inspiration from blues as much as folk and the psychedelic scene.
While London was Swinging, this Detroit label defined the 60s of America. We celebrate their great female artists.
The rock 'n' roll revolution began with a small independent Memphis record label. It truly changed the world.
Taken from us far too young, J Dilla remains one of hip hop’s most influential producers ever.
When you know you have a long dull winter ahead of you, this might be the moment to listen to songs about going away.
In the late 1960s, the military dictatorship in Brazil arrested and imprisoned many artists and intellectuals for their political beliefs. The militarists are back.
The golden days of autumn are now over, the leaves have turned brown and summer is but a distant memory.
1968 continues to resonate as a landmark year for rock, pop and soul. Discover our best singles of the year.
Was 1975 that a bad year for pop and a dead zone for new music like the great Bob Stanley says?
A pop icon and music legend who has influenced artists such as David Bowie, Thom Yorke, and Leonard Cohen.
At the turn of the ’70s, a new kinky playfulness begins to appear in the arts throughout Europe.
34 songs you need to listen before going out to party...
New Order have never been so sincere as in the melancholy of their ballads, when slowness gave them time to strip down
A guide to the obsessive British producer behind some of the most memorable records of the punk and post-punk era.
The end is not limited to inescapable and final death. There are other kinds of endings, when we say goodbye or farewell, we leave one another, we depart.
1966 proved to be such a wonderful year for music that it is worth documenting these great tracks that somehow avoided the radar.
If jazz has been revived in London then it’s on the dancefloors, thanks to a growing audience of twenty-somethings.
Decca’s offshoot label showcased some of Britain’s most happening pop, psychedelic and progressive artists of the late 60s.
Midnight in the semi-darkness of a nightclub. You’re sitting on a stool, effortlessly leaning against the bar.
This is a movie for your imagination to watch as it wishes. In fact, you’re starring in it.
The band formed by irascible and unpredictable Mark E Smith in 1976 has become a Manchester post-punk institution. A playlist for both the beginners and the fans.
In the winter, nature goes to sleep, and it’s the perfect time to dive into a sea of lively, yet sad songs.
Seasons, and winter in particular, have always inspired classical music composers.
Native productions, remixes, wild disco, afro-house… here is a tour of the world’s non-traditional world music.
Less is more, and I think no instrument proves it better than the berimbau.
Brian Wilson not only founded North America’s Beatles and wrote their songs, he changed the way music could be heard.
Discover the British avant-garde crate-digging label run by Andy Votel and Doug Shipton.
Electricity is in the air. Your heart’s aflame and your body’s so light you could fly...
Feeling moody and wistful. Your heart weighs heavy but your body’s so light you could fly.
29 songs to get a killer party your guests will never forget…
A familiar reminder that happiness can be found anytime, even when the sky is grey.
Pulp were the band of the underdog: the student, the misfit, the quiet, the shy, the bored.