David Byrne Shares New Music Playlist Featuring The Mars Volta, L’Rain, Clairo, Beyonce and More

David Byrne released the August edition of its monthly playlist series, titled “Tomorrow’s Hits Today”. He wanted to highlight more promising and currently popular artists with this list, contradicting reports that older music is more popular today. He writes:

There was yet another article that came out this week noting that old music is far more popular than new music. “70% of the music market is made up of old songs,” one article states. There are many reasons for this: there are a lot more old songs than new ones, and with unlimited choice on streaming, well… you do the math. Algorithms are also offered as an explanation. That said, there are a lot of amazing new songs and music popping up all the time… This playlist is proof of that. Some of these artists will be familiar, some will not. Some are what might be called “commercial”, others are more unusual. All are worth seeing. Enjoy!

(apologies to Daptone Records for borrowing their catchphrase)

Featured artists include Beyonce, Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, Kevin Morby, Florence + the Machine, Billie Eilish, Clairo, Black Pumas, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Lizzo, Nilüfer Yanya, Ibeyi, FINNEAS, Lana Del Rey, L’Rain , Mars Volta, Saucy Santana, Tones And I, Santigold, Sasha Sloan, Cynthia Erivo, Little Simz, Pink Sweat$, and more. Listen and see the full list below.

The melody – Amylie
Age of Anxiety I – Arcade Fire
Meteorite – BANKS
Lineage – Gabriels
Colors – Black Pumas
Long trips – BoyWithUke
This is not a cliché – Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul
In Your Eyes – Chilly Gonzales & Guesch Patti
I love Nwantiti (ah ah ah) [feat. Joeboy & Kuami Eugene] [Remix] – CKay
Sofia – Clairo
Stand Up (from Harriet) – Cynthia Erivo
Boomerang (Suzi Analogue Remix) – Dawn Richard
Boa – Eglantine Gouzy
Goodbye Mr. Blue – Father John Misty
A concert in six months – FINNEAS
stabilize – Nilüfer Yanya
My Love – Florence + the Machine
Toxic – BoyWithUke
Love and Hate in Another Time – Gabriels
Sister 2 Sister – Ibeyi
Concrete on Water – Jockstrap
Liquor Store – Joel Corry
The Beast – Amylie
Trouble – Joy Crookes
Flamingo – Kamikaze Palm
This is a photograph – Kevin Morby
Blame Me – L’Rain
Mount Everest – Labrinth
Johnny Run Away – Tones and Me
Let Me Love You Like A Woman – Lana Del Rey
Introvert – Little Simz
Grrrls – Lizzo
Blacklight Shine – The Volta of Mars
I don’t want your baby – Mikhaela Faye
Funny Girl – Father John Misty
Brad Pitt – MO
Undumpable – Moonchild Sanelly
the dealer – Nilüfer Yanya
PINK CITY – Pink Sweatshirt$
I love you (a happier song) [feat. Doja Cat] – Post Malone
Nadezhda – Red Robyn
Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. BC Unidos) – Santigold
More – Sasha Sloan
Booty (with Latto) – Saucy Santana
Woman – Simi
Hello – Tay Money & Saucy Santana
Dance Monkey – Tones and Me
Sacrifice – The Weeknd
Safari – Disco Club Yelle
Saragina Rumba – 17 hippies
Television – Billie Eilish
Let It Rip – Moonchild Sanelly
Mythical Links – Mamalarky