Tour Playlist by Cut Copy

Cut Copy has returned with their fifth studio album, "Haiku From Zero" a sprawling, dancey album filled with dark lyrics and bright beats. This theme of darkness and light can be seen on the album artwork, which shows cars crashing alongside sunsets and rainbows. While listening to the album, you'll find yourself dancing to lyrics like "Television eyes, they seem real lies/ When somebody dies, they start it over" on "Living Upside Down" and "Midnight’s crazy when you’re down/Plant your tears in the ground" on "Airborne." 

Before embarking on their month long tour across North America in support of "Haiku From Zero," we asked the band to give us a list of songs they'll be listening to while on the road. The result is an obscure list of songs, most of which will have you dancing immediately in addition to a couple of tracks off of "Haiku."  Frontman Dan Whitford also provided commentary for each song, giving us a tiny glimpse into what draws his ear to certain songs. All but two of the songs are available on the Spotify playlist we created which you can follow here. Check out the playlist below and buy tickets to their show at 9:30 Club on November 29th which will be an electric evening of dancing.

    The Playlist:

    Cut Copy - Living Upside Down

    This one is probably the favourite song of ours to play at the moment. I think mainly because it has an extended, sprawling feel to it where we can actually sit back and really enjoy performing it. 

    Talaboman - Losers Hymn

    I pretty much love everything John Talabot puts his hand to. The Talaboman release is a bit less conventional dance music, but still really interesting.

    Steve Monite - Only You

    There’s so many re-releases and compilations of obscure music coming out at the moment. I found out about this track via a compilation of Lagos disco and it never fails to get us dancing.

    Woo - Green Blob

    Woo is another group that is being rediscovered at the moment. They put out a string of fairly obscure tapes and records over a 20 year period which is only now getting a wider release. I love how bizarre and psychedelic their tunes are.

    Daphni - Medellin

    Dan Snaith has been doing really interesting stuff the past 6 or 7 years as both Caribou and Daphni. This is from his most recent release which has been getting a workout in our DJ sets.

    Linda Smith - I So Liked Spring

    Our friend Michael Kucyk (aka Noise In My Head) helped organise and release this compilation. It’s a truly magical assortment of folk, electronic and weird pop.

    Tunnel Signs & Will Buck - Spirits

    We released this 12” on our Cutters Records imprint at the start of this year and we’ve played it in pretty much every DJ set we’ve done this year. It’s a great jam.

    Wally Badarou - Hi Life
    Wally is a bit of a legend in my book. His Echoes album is one that I listen to every few months and pretty much never get sick of. Timeless stuff.

    Somebodies Baby - Tapes

    I don’t know much about this at all except that it’s a great tune that I found on vinyl a while back. Sounds like it’s been left out in the sun too long, but in a very trippy, satisfying way.

    Watussi - If All We Had Was Love

    When we recorded “in ghost colours” at DFA's studio, Eric Broucek was the engineer. And he along with another good friend of ours (Morgan Wiley from Midnight Magic) made this great tune. It didn’t come out on DFA but for me it sits right up there with the best of that era of live dance jams.

    Statue - Face

    Statue is an artist we’ve released on our label ‘Cutters' in the past. And this is his most recent offering; a certified dancefloor filler!

    Cut Copy - Black Rainbows

    Our current single from our new album is Black Rainbows. It probably took the longest to record, changed 4 or 5 times, and at one point was almost left off the album. But ironically it's always these dark horse songs that seem to end up being the most popular!

    Follow the Cut Copy Tour Playlist on Spotify here and the YouTube playlist here

    Tour dates:

    • 11/9 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club
    • 11/10 –Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
    • 11/11 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater 
    • 11/12 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 
    • 11/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall 
    • 11/15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre 
    • 11/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada 
    • 11/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 
    • 11/18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre 
    • 11/21 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall 
    • 11/22 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 
    • 11/24 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 
    • 11/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    • 11/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    • 11/29 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    • 11/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle 
    • 12/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 
    • 12/2 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel 
    • 12/3 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm 
    • 12/5 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
    • 12/6 – Miami, FL @ North Beach Bandshell