Thanksgiving Day Playlists: For cooking, dining, decompressing

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You’re looking at that turkey right now, thinking, “What music is going to get me through this Thanksgiving Day?”

And you already know KCRW has your back with this special Thanksgiving edition of Guest DJ Project with Good Food host Evan Kleiman and chefs as the music masters, prepped by master producer Rachel Reynolds.

Tom Schnabel previously cranked out 83 songs for your T-day playlist.

KCRW DJ Valida this year chopped and prepped this French mix, saying:

I typically think of cooking for the holidays as a more continental cuisine fare. At least in my household growing up, French music was a favorite (besides Bosnian) while friends and family congregated in the living room waiting for the food to arrive from the kitchen (my mom and other female members of the extended family would prepare the food… men would typically not spend too much time in the kitchen unless it’s to grab more beer and wine)… My dad is a Francophile and most of these songs remind me of being around my family, at home (except for maybe one or two towards the end of the mix). To me, cooking and French music go hand in hand. Also, it’s a mellow mix – easy listening while you cook to inspire some great meals.

And Thanksgiving promises plenty of food for the soul. But how about some soul for the food? KCRW DJ Marion Hodges has crafted a soul-centric slice of pie, with tracklist below.

1. Chance the Rapper & the Social Experiment “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur”
2. Mark Ronson – “A La Modeliste (Bonobo Remix)”
3. Corinne Bailey Rae – “Put Your Records On (Nehzuil Remix)”
4. Connan Mockasin & Devonte Hynes – “Feelin’ Lovely”
5. The Beatles – “Come Together (Rhythm Scholar Remix)”
6. Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Band – “Express Yourself”
7. Omas “What You’re Looking For”
8. Dusty Springfield – “Son of a Preacher Man (Holtoug Edit)”
9. Arrested Development – “People Everyday (Altered Tapes Rework)”
10. Joey Negro & the Sunburst Band – “Educated Funk”
11. Herb Alpert – “Rise (Sophie Lloyd High Fives Edit)”
12. Michael Wycoff – “Looking Up to You”
13. D’Angelo – “Betray My Heart (Dino Soccio Edit)”
14. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day (Pickster Refix)”
15. Al Green  – “Love & Happiness (4 AM Remix)”
16. Sly & the Family Stone – “4 Minutes to Thank You”
17. Esther Williams – “Last Night Changed it All”
18. Chic – “Good Times (KON Remix)”
19. William De Vaughn – “Be Thankful for What You Got (FKJ Remix)”

Thanksgiving Soul by Notquitepunk on Mixcloud