Yo-Yo Ma, "Suite no. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010: I. Prélude"
These pieces, which come up occasionally, really don't make a lot of sense in isolation. Shuffle is good at some things - surprises, shaking up your routine, serendipity - but is bad at an album like this.
The Meters, "Africa"
Rejuvenation is my favorite album from the second Meters phase of life. The grittier, mostly- or all-instrumental Meters of the first few albums had changed into a brighter sound, with vocals and more bounce. Still incredibly funky, of course, but a different feel. Generally, I lean towards the earlier sound, but this album is undeniable.
Le Grand Miercoles, "Caravan Party"
Who wants some surf reggae ghost cowboy funk? YOU KNOW I DO
Trans Am, "Casual Friday"
Trans Am were (are?) tricksters, with a musical style ranging all over the map, but always with kind of a playful edge. A lot of what they do is centered around playing with rhythms, which is why this pure piece of drumming kind of makes sense in context on the album.
The Queers, "Brush Your Teeth"
The Queers here carrying the flag for that most frequent cause in punk rock: personal hygiene.