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Weekend Playlist: Pitchfork Music Festival—The Deep Cuts

By Sophie Day in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 19, 2014 4:00PM

Many of you may know that this weekend is a very special weekend, one that many people anticipate all year. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Pitchfork Music Festival will take over Chicago’s Union Park. There will be 43 acts and upwards of 50,000 attendees at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.

There has been plenty of coverage of Pitchfork in the weeks leading up to the festival, and whether you’re going to the festival or not, these are all artists worth knowing and paying attention to. A quick search on Spotify can get you each name’s top 5 songs to get you familiar. We want to take you a little deeper. We want to set you up to impress your friends, and get to know each of these artists just a little more intimately. This week’s playlist features 17 tracks that you won’t find a cursory examination of singles - these are the deep cuts.

A few tracks to highlight:

Giorgio Moroder is a musical legend who’s been called the Father of Disco. Here he has taken on a pretty soft-spoken track off of Coldplay’s newest album Ghost Stories, which was released this May. Moroder makes this song his own, and one you can’t help but dance to.

“In My Car” is an unreleased song by Brooklyn group Real Estate that was part of a FlexiDisc released as part of Smuggler’s Way from Domino Record Company. Check them out for more awesome never-before-heard tunes.

The tUnE-yArDs cover of Fela Kuti’s “Lady”, in collaboration with ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo, Akua Naru, and others was released in 2012 as part of a fundraising and awareness initiative for the RED campaign and seeks to reclaim the song for African women.

Another cover, “Stormbringer”, sung by Beck is a cover of a John Martyn song that appeared on a tribute album after the beloved musician passed away in 2009 called “Johnny Boy Would Love This”.

“Rosalyn” is a beautiful collaboration between St. Vincent and Bon Iver. In an interview, Annie Clark (St. Vincent) said that the two met at Bonaroo a few years ago and talked about doing a song together. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) sent her a song that he had been working on for a while, and this beautiful track is the result of that chance meeting.

Check out more hidden gems below: