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Talking Heads legend David Byrne is here to deliver your perfect mixtape, and his latest one is a doozy.
Byrne, who regularly compiles themed playlists on his website, started the year off with a Gospel mixtape that expertly combines an eclectic selection of traditional and modern gospel tunes, from classic spirituals to recent songs from Chance the Rapper.
"You don’t need to believe to love gospel music. But if you aren’t moved by gospel music, you need some serious help" he writes on his site, "Here are the roots of rock and roll, RnB and hip hop. This music is about transcendence and community. It’s about surrendering to something bigger than yourself, and in doing so, there is ecstacy and joy. In gospel music, that surrender is to God, but as many singers discovered, that feeling can be easily repurposed to secular ends. One can enlist the power of the music to surrender to love and sex just as easily—its tools are that powerful, flexible and adaptable. There is a tension there, as well as a potential linking and union of the sacred and the profane. Life is both."
Listen to the playlist at David Byrne's website here, or stream a sampling on Spotify below.