In The Groove: DJ Etta’s soulful takeover ahead of Movement, plus somesurprises brings Seattle shoegaze to Detroit

Listen to “In the Groove” with Ryan Patrick Hooper weekdays from noon-3 p.m. ET on 101.9 WDET.

DJ Etta and Ryan Patrick Hooper.

DJ Etta and Ryan Patrick Hooper.

It’s been amazing to have live DJs in the mix on In The Groove this week. I loved the soulful set that DJ Etta cooked up for the class (you can see the full playlist below). She’ll be cracking open the Waterfront stage at Movement 2024 on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

The rest of today’s set was really focused on anything but dance music, so I wanted to keep things chill.

The big discovery here is somesurprises out of Seattle, who made their live Detroit debut at Trinosophes in Eastern Market. Incredible, well-written shoegaze that has a bit of a ghosty western flare to it, don’t you think? They are definitely being added to the regular rotation.

Plus fresh stuff from Detroit’s own Ian Fink, Youth Lagoon, Rapsody, Jam City, System Olympia and more.

In The Groove with Ryan Patrick Hooper Playlist for May 21, 2024

  • “Be Reasonable” – somesurprises
  • “Lucy Takes A Picture” – Youth Lagoon
  • “Advantage Points” – Chilly Gonzales
  • “Light As Grass” – Lucy Rose
  • “Somuchhope_v8” – Ian Fink
  • “Neon_cave” – Ian Fink
  • “Moonlite” (Duality/Detroit live version) – Ian Fink
  • “Lltb” (feat. Wet) – Jam City
  • “Sanctified” – System Olympia & Working Men’s Club
  • “Strong Feelings” – Dry Cleaning
  • “Cherry Sunshine” – somesurprises
  • “Empires Never Know” – Jessica Pratt
  • “Go Home” – Angel Olsen
  • “Raw” (feat. Lil Wayne) – Rapsody
  • “Chasing the bus” – Yaya Bey
  • “Dream Of You” – Lionlimb & Angel Olsen
  • “Poppies” – La Luz
  • “The Garden” – Papooz
  • “Strange World” – La Luz
  • “Radiant Hue” – Shadow Show
  • “Mellifluous Manner” – Setwun
  • “Through Your Soul” (feat. Bubz Fiddler & J Dilla) – Amp Fiddler

DJ Etta’s In The Groove Mix

  • “Time Capsule” – Weldon Irvine
  • “Cosmic Jungle” – Rick Wilhite
  • “The Rapper” (instrumental) – Indeed
  • “Stay On In The Groove” – Rodney Franklin
  • “Who La La?” – Linkwood
  • “Carnival De L’Espirit” – Gary Bartz
  • “Feeding” (feat. Kemi Pennings) – Kai Alce
  • “Massamba Afundance” – Jahari Massamba Unit
  • “Here’s To You” – Skyy
  • “Call It Jungle Jazz” – Matt Samo
  • “A.I.E. (A Mwana)” – Blackblood
  • “Evil” – Earth Wind & Fire
  • “Boss Tres Bien” – Quartette Tres Bien
  • “Soul Searchin’ Time” – The Trammps

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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.