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Get in the mood for your favourite album through listening to it’s musical inspirations and it’s legacy on our monthly playlists.

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. Check out this playlist of music that inspired the album.

Fugees ‘The Score’ Legacy Playlist

Spawning the solo careers of Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, the impact the Fugees had on the 90s mainstream was immense. They were one of few groups to rap about what their life was really like, showing not every hip-hop artist is a gangster from the hood.

The Avalanches ‘Since I Left You’ Musical Leadup Playlist

The Main Attraction, Blowfly, DJ Shadow, Big Audio Dynamite and more feature in our playlist of sounds that inspired 'Since I Left You'.

De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ Musical Lead-Up...

De La Soul changed the game with 3 Feet High and Rising proving that hip-hop was more than just rapping about the streets, taking inspiration from pop, soul, disco, and even country music.

Grateful Dead ‘American Beauty’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Listen to the artists that were buddies with the Grateful Dead during this era including Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, Earth Opera and more...

Grace Jones ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Described as “a biography” in its liner notes, Slave to the Rhythm spans a broad sonic range, incorporating elements of funk, r&b, and go-go.

Joni Mitchell ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Duke Ellington, The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joan Baez and more to whet your appetite before listening to Mitchell's seventh studio album.

The Roots ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ Legacy Playlist

Emphasising sparse jazz grooves and an improvisational approach, Do You Want More?!!!??! is perhaps the greatest display of jazz and hip hop combined.

R.E.M. ‘Automatic for the People’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

This playlist both whets the appetite and gives musical context before listening to R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People. It features bands that inspired R.E.M....

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