In The Groove: Birthday candles for Gil Scott-Heron and Marvin Gaye, plus disco-meets-pop

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On In The Groove, I consider Gil Scott-Heron and Marvin Gaye to be poet philosopher kings who could take lyrics capturing the moment and turn it into music that’ll soundtrack the rest of your life. So, there’s no way around celebrating the birthday of Scott-Heron and Gaye, who would’ve turned 75 and 85 this week, respectively.

There’s also a mini-mixtape exploring some of the disco influence on today’s pop acts like Gossip, Remi Wolf and Channel Tres, and some electronic-meets-punk music from Lip Critic, who will be in town at the Lager House on June 24.

In The Groove with Ryan Patrick Hooper playlist for Tuesday, April 2

  • “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (feat. Lalah Hathaway & Common) – Robert Glasper
  • “Sonny Jr. (Dreams)” (feat. Robert Glasper & Dwele) – Black Milk
  • “Move Love” (feat. We Are KING) – Robert Glasper
  • “I Can’t Stand It” – Maxim Ludwig & Angel Olsen
  • “Fragile” – Sugar Tradition
  • “Wave That Flag (Demo)” – Grateful Dead
  • “Tremplin” – Claude Perraudin
  • “Intimidated” (feat. H.E.R.) – Kaytranada
  • “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” – Esther Phillips
  • “Billy Jack” – Curtis Mayfield
  • “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
  • “This Can’t Be Real” – Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven
  • “We Almost Lost Detroit” – Gil Scott-Heron
  • “2-3 Zone” – Erick the Architect
  • “oHio” (feat. Freddie Gibbs) – ScHoolboy Q
  • “Black Narcissus” – Joe Henderson
  • “Flowers” – Andrew Ashong & Theo Parrish
  • “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” – Missy Elliott
  • “I Can’t Stand the Rain” – Ann Peebles
  • “Rain” – Kerri Chandler
  • “It’s Only” – Herbert
  • “Gears” – Divorce
  • “Jazz On the Autobahn” – The Felice Brothers
  • “Milky Max” – Lip Critic
  • “R&B” – English Teacher
  • “Gap in the Clouds” – Yellow Days
  • “megapunk” (TSHA REMIX) – Ela Minus
  • “Give It Up For Love” – Gossip
  • “Cinderella” – Remi Wolf
  • “Just Can’t Get Enough” – Channel Tres
  • “Me and the Devil” – Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven
  • “The Crutch” – Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven
  • “I Want You” (John Morales M+M Extended Mix) – Marvin Gaye

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.