DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Spectrum
The theme this month is Spectrum. When I think of spectrum I think of ambiguity or fluidity. Visions of vivid rainbows or oscillating audio frequency spectrograms come to mind. Ranges rather than specifics, this tends towards the unwieldy and inexact. The organic twists and knotty turns of an old tree versus the rigid precision of a cold steel beam. This probably threatens our inherent affinity for structure and order which provides us with security and stability. We don’t always do well with the imprecise, some of us are probably more comfortable than others. However, it serves us well to embrace spectrums and accept impermanence as more natural than fixed extremes. Our world is an organic mess, and we better get used to it.
As always with these playlists I try to represent a fairly wide range of styles and genres. Emerging and established artists, a few new releases along with well known classics, avante garde experimental tracks next to polished pop hits, the aim is for an exciting and eclectic mix. The theme was selected by the Las Vegas chapter, so I incorporated a few artists from sin city including indie rockers The Killers, late 90’s R&B teenage trio 702, as well as a recent resident, the amazing new talent, Georgia Anne Muldrow. It was surprisingly difficult to find artists who actually originated from Las Vegas (Vegas folks help me out here, I know I must be missing something). Nonetheless, it is clear that the desert city is an oasis attracting creative nomads from far and wide. As the godfather of street rap, Rakim once wisely said, “It ain’t where you from it’s where you at”.
On the continuum and within range from the smooth radio ready sounds of the Bee Gees to the riotous and raucous Bad Brains, the musical styles on this playlist run the gamut. The theme is spectrum, and tracks will no doubt cover the spread. There is something for everyone on this song list, from the out of sight space jazz of Sun Ra, to Canadian hit maker Drake, to 90’s inspired Bully, to the Latin rhythms and brilliance of Elza Soares. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this one an 11.