Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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Atlanta rapper Raury's "Devil's Whisper" is a powerful song that flirts with gospel and folk, says World Cafe's David Dye. (Courtesy of the artist)
Atlanta rapper Raury's "Devil's Whisper" is a powerful song that flirts with gospel and folk, says World Cafe's David Dye. (Courtesy of the artist)

Let our panel of public radio hosts turn you on to new music by Raury, Dafnis Prieto, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lianne La Havas and more.

Every month, we ask a group of public radio hosts to turn us on to songs they haven't been able to turn off. This month, our esteemed panelists picked an unforgettable cut with touches of gospel and folk from the Atlanta hip-hop scene, a moving jazz tribute to a Cuban bassist, a horn-laden stomp that captures the raw energy of a sweaty summer night and more. Hear all 10 of their favorites below.

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Raury.

Raury.

Ona.

Ona.

Dafnis Prieto.

Dafnis Prieto.

Crooks.

Crooks.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

Thundercat.

Thundercat.

HONNE.

HONNE.

Yukon Blonde.

Yukon Blonde.

The Staves.

The Staves.

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Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Keep your seatbelts on because we will listen next to the "Devil's Whisper." That's the name of a new song by the Atlanta artist Raury, and it's the latest feature in our music project Heavy Rotation. The song was chosen by David Dye of World Cafe at WXPN in Philadelphia.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DEVIL'S WHISPER")

RAURY: (Singing) You better run, run from hell. You better run, run, run from hell.

DAVID DYE, BYLINE: It starts off - you feel a little bit like you're in church, right? You got these handclaps. You got this big, singing chorus. And this acoustic guitar comes in, and Raury starts singing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DEVIL'S WHISPER")

RAURY: (Singing) Trying to rule world the world, I see. Well, young boy, I can give you everything. Diamonds - everything you touch can be.

DYE: He kind of tells his story, and if you listen to this song, he wants followers, in a way. And he talks about his - the church - what his church might be, and it's not particularly a religious thing. It's a gathering of like-minded individuals.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DEVIL'S WHISPER")

RAURY: (Singing) This world may frown upon the things I have you do, but I got taste, and I got style. I know the twist and turns to make your life worthwhile. Oh.

DYE: He's been referenced as part of a new group of musicians called Young Atlanta. And he feels like his music and this group of people that he hangs out with in Atlanta - everything is equal - like, hip-hop next to folk next to some kind of funk next to rock. It all makes sense as one music, and I really feel you hear that in this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DEVIL'S WHISPER")

RAURY: (Singing) We are hanging our love. As we love, so above. We got poison everywhere, so what's a war on a drug? We at war with ourselves. Talking war with no guns. So if you had to meet yourself, would you go through it or run? 'Cause I could be MLK. I could be Juicy J.

DYE: He talks about the church. He talks about that he's not a reverend, but as he does that, his rap gets more and more intense, and you feel a little bit like you want to say amen at some point.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DEVIL'S WHISPER")

RAURY: (Singing) ...Are the ones that are flexing. I'm not trying to be a preacher. I was never a reverend, but can take your [expletive] to church and show you glimpses of heaven. You better run, run, run from the devil.

INSKEEP: David Dye of World Cafe, talking about the song "Devil's Whisper" by Raury. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.