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DAR & Roon – Songs for Europe

  • A little over one week ago, DAR readers were invited to submit their top 3 hifi demo cuts with a view to winning a lifetime’s worth of Roon. The reader response was nothing short of electric. Entries now number almost 150 with two weeks left to run on the competition.

    I used the first 100 submissions to compile a Tidal playlist for which search results returned 220 songs. The “DAR & Roon – Songs for Europe” selection was born. In effect, it’s a playlist that imagines DAR readers in charge of demo selections across the floor of Munich High-End 2017.

    Spotify and Qobuz users needn’t feel excluded. Soundiiz was used to convert this playlist over to those platforms with the French service’s catalogue dropping some content along the way. Don’t blame me or Soundiiz. Blame the bureaucracy of licensing agreements. Omissions/inclusions do not affect the prize draw itself.

    The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ omission was more deliberate. I’ll let this quote from Nick Cave explain why: “I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

    DAR & Roon – Songs for Munich can be heard on Tidal right hereA Spotify version is here and Qobuz hereFiring ’em up with ‘shuffle’ turned on is recommended.

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

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    1. Wonderful playlist with lots of new music I didn’t hear before. Just one problem: I can’t tear myself from the stereo to do my duties. Thanks!

    2. Thank you for this. I already imported this into my TIDAL/Roon.

      Quesiton: Any TIDAL playlists for electronica or music you’re enjoying/discovering? I follow you on insta and almost always discover a jewel from your Roon snaps.

      Love that you have a strong opinion on RHCP (which I share for the bulk of their work but there are a few nice tunes here and there).

    3. What a great idea – thanks! I’m currently enjoying Tidal’s “1977” playlist and wondering what a megabucks system could do for The Stranglers “No More Heroes” or The Clash’s “White Riot”. Even hearing Heatwave’s “Boogie Nights” would be fun, but I think it’s still too soon for McCartney’s “Mull of Kintyre” – give me another decade or two for that to no longer feel overplayed.

    4. I’ll go ahead and substitute “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by the Marcus King Band to atone for my RHCP sins.

    5. Wa
      Hat a great way to discover new music. Thanks for putting this together, John.

    6. This is great! Will it be updated with all entries when the submissions close?

    7. Thanks for posting. The omission of RHCP is silly though. If the goal is to present music that helps an audio rig show off its ability to reproduce music, you are missing a true gem in Blood Sugar Sex Magik. And this is coming from someone who didnt submit content for this playlist. Rather I found myself scratching my head at the assertion that RHCP sounds like sh*t on a stereo.

      • You’re right – it was silly. A little bit of humour dropped into my otherwise deadly serious writing style. 😉

    8. Thanks again for putting the list together!

      BTW, a service like Soundiiz may be able to scrape a playlist out of webpage (to reduce your workload). You could ask them.

    How loud do you listen?

    Munich High-End 2017 starts today