ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist—Whethan
Over the past few weeks, electronic artists have celebrated the musical contributions of black artists by compiling ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists. The playlists have succinctly spotlit productions from black artists and artists of color that have influenced these artists’ careers, and on a simpler level, kept them moving and grooving.
Following respective ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists from Cuppy, CeCe Rogers, Martin Badder, Loud Luxury, Akira Akira, Anabel Englund, Brando, and Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire, Whethan curates Dancing Astronaut’s ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist for the week of August 3. Speaking on his hand-selected collection of cuts, Whethan said,
“This is a collection of songs that I’ve curated to showcase some of my favorite black artists. Some of the songs are newer, and some are songs that first inspired me to try to make my own music. Kanye was a really important artist to include because he helped me discover dance music through his song ‘Stronger.’ I owe so much of my inspiration to black artists and this playlist is a small taste of some of the artists who inspire me.”
Among Kanye‘s “Good Life” is an expanse of music from musicians such as Toro y Moi, Playboi Carti, Channel Tres, Travis Scott, Thundercat, and Frank Ocean. The diverse assortion also features originals from Tyler, The Creator, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among other artists.
Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here: