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Every Monday (hopefully), we’ll bring you new additions to some Spotify playlists we’re building and a spot of commentary on what you’re listening to.
The aim is to provide you with some quality music to fit the mood you’re in, or the mood you want to be in ☺
Firstly, if you’re looking for worship music, try our TDC Worship Music Playlist. Here we keep a growing bank of every song we've ever played on Sundays.
And then we have two new playlists: TDC Dance Party and TDC Lounge. Because we're straying from traditional worship music with these, the odds are that the artists and the sentiments of the songs won't be explicitly Christian, but that doesn't mean you can't take a lot from them. We hope they bless you in your walk and feel free to send us suggestions!
1. Feel The Love - Rudimental
2. I Got U - Duke Dumont
3. Anywhere For You - John Martin
4. You Lift Me Up (Live City Remix) - Mikey Wax
5. One Day (Vandaag) - Bakermat
This week is all about 5 of the best dance songs you likely didn’t hear last summer. And while I could list 20+ tracks that fit this billing, I don’t want to overwhelm. So, I’ll start with 5 and we’ll see where we go from there…
None of these songs are explicitly 'Christian' but they are all super positive jams that could very well be written for our God. We sung the repeated lines from Feel The Love for a few consecutive weeks in Columbia Heights. I dare you to listen to this and not move your body. And smile. Warning though: listening while driving can be dangerous.
I Got U was number 1 in the UK last year but didn't really feature in the States. Same with Anywhere For You. Both have great beats that are perfect for the club with some simple vocal lines (hear the Whitney sample?) that also don't require much spin to be worship songs.
You Lift Me Up was recommended by a friend (Alan Krill) and has been an anthem of mine since; again, as a dance song and a worship song: 'You lift me up before I fall too far... you pick me up when all my hope is gone'. Fantastic.
And then finally, the last addition comes from a typsy German who stumbled across the dance floor at a wedding I was DJing to ask for some Dutch House music. I laughed, declined, but then went back to look up the artist he was banging on about (Bakermat). And I couldn't be happier that I did because I found a brilliant dance song to the words of MLK. Words that are a timely reminder of a dream that we still long for in our city, our nation, and our world.
The North Borders - Bonobo
About 11 years ago, a good friend of mine that I led worship with at church and played Rage Against The Machine songs with in a really bad cover band, told me about Bonobo. I listened to one song, thought it was weird, and never listened again.
Then earlier this year I was working and needed to drown out the noise of the TDC office (we can be a surprisingly rowdy bunch). I went to Sigor Rós and wasn't happy, same with a couple of other artists, and eventually came across Bonobo and have been listening to this album constantly since. When looking for chill music, be it something in my ears when I'm working, or something to play in the background while I'm praying, I listen for music that is stripped down so not too busy, but still has a hook that I can get behind. Like the lines in the road when driving on a lonely night - it keeps me fixated and awake without taking up any mental space. There can be words, but there can't be too many of them, and the vocals should be ethereal, hanging there without distracting me from the other words that I'm reading/writing/thinking.
In my ears, this album fits all of those criteria. It may not be the reflective style that suits you, so I'll try with something different next week, but if it does, I hope the sounds really help you focus, be it in your working or your unwinding. We won't normally drop a whole album into this playlist, but I couldn't resist this time around.