This week's playlist was originally built entirely as an electronic playlist but, after a few listens, I scrapped 11 out of the 15 tracks because it didn't feel balanced. In the process, however, I've pretty carefully (more so than most weeks) reintroduced songs, reordered them and created something in the process that I feel resembles a dome. On one hand, listening to helps protect me from the outside world; on the other, genres brush up against each other, ebbing and flowing in a way that seems to mimic a musical ecosystem.
A new pop single from Rhye kicks things off before I move globally, featuring a new favorite Blue Lab Beats and an older favorite Pierre Kwenders. In this particular playlist, I tend to build up moments of electronic energy (as in the DRAM rework to Jlin stretch) but then tend to back away a bit (as from Tune-Yards to Sufjan Stevens). These represent moments of growth and reflection, but also form unexpected connections as in the bridge from Sufjan's tender piano cords to Kölsch's kinetic but soft electronic arrangements. It's also exciting to introduce a lot of new faces into the mix this week, from Raveena and Mangabey to Dounia and Anna Leone. They provide the soul that any good dome needs.