Spotify launched a pair of new playlists on Wednesday. Big whoop — except this time the streaming service is taking a page from the Beats 1 playbook, enlisting artists to host the radio-like programs, dubbed AM/PM and Secret Genius, and part of their ongoing “Originals” series.
AM/PM features artists like Tinie Tempah, Wolf Alice, Jean Michel Jarre and Terry Hall talking about their favorite morning and night music. Each artist gets to program two playlists, one for each part of their day. Wolf Alice singer Ellie Rowsell, for example, picked the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” as her first track (though she does mistakenly say the band “learned to play their instruments after their career had started”).Secret Genius is a more traditional-sounding interview show, with topics discussed and songs sprinkled throughout each episode.
The first three installments released by Spotify feature Nick Van Eede, Ed Drewett and, most notably, James Blake, who comments on his collaboration with B