Big Data, a.k.a. Alan Wilkis, spends a lot of time thinking about heavy stuff, like the erosion of our privacy and how companies and the government exploit it. That admittedly paranoid worldview permeates pretty much everything he makes—including his song “Dangerous” and its hysterically gory video.
On the other hand, he’s also a pretty hardcore pop guy, and his sensibilities are accessible enough to land “Dangerous” at the top of the alternative rock charts. That side comes through loud and clear on the playlist that he put together for EW. Acts like Jungle and William Onyeabor that he chose aren’t exactly household names, but there’s an approachable, playful quality in pretty much all of his picks. The other major theme is that the tracks combine traditional instruments with electronics, a hybrid aesthetic that he himself works in. All in all it reflects his ability to challenge listeners in a way that they’ll actually enjoy.