Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 1:59pm by Will Moreland
It's here. It's come around again. Never let's you down. It's that time of the year when the hallowed clubs of Ibiza once again open their doors to the hedonistic delinquents who've been dreaming of their dancefloors for the past eight months. Yep, the summer season has arrived in the Balearics. And we've got the soundtrack sorted.
Or, more precisely, our friends over at Defected Records have got the soundtrack sorted. Defected presents Ibiza 2013 is the consummate guide to the biggest and best tunes to look out for on the White Isle this year.
Highlights include: Loco Dice, Hector and Steve Bugg, Shlomi Aber, Jamies Jones and Hot Since 82. Whether you like your house music deep and groovy or dark and driving, there's something for you here. Ours is a vodka limon. See you on the beach. Hasta luego.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 9:19pm by Will Moreland
Soul music is enjoying something of a renaissance, at the moment. In recent years, a wealth of talent has emerged on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Add those artists to a smorgasbord of soul stalwarts and you get this, the brand spanking new SMP playlist dedicated to contemporary soul music.
Here you'll find 60 tracks – and counting – spanning over four hours of the best, freshest soul music around, by the very cream of new and emerging proponents of the genre.
Making up the numbers, so far, we have: Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Lulu James, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and many, many more. As alway, with our own creations, we update this mixtape regularly. So don't forget to subscribe.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 8:57pm by Will Moreland
We are big, big fans of dance music, here at SMP. We're house heads. Techno fiends. Drum'n'bass devotees. Disco aficionados. Electro enthusiasts. If it's got a repetitive beat, if it makes you move your feet, throw your hands in the air and puts a great big grin on your face, we're all over it.
So much so that've we've decided to focus our passion for dance music into one – even if we do say so ourselves – deft collection of the best and latest floor-fillers on Spotify.
Featured here: everyone from Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Avicii to Daft Punk, A-Trak and A*M*E. From the mainroom to the underground, there's something for everyone here. And don't forget to subscribe. We update this playlist regularly. Play loud!
Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:34pm by Will Moreland
Right. That's it. Enough moping around, mourning the weekend, lamenting its passing. We're just about ready for a midweek pick-me-up. Who's in? We knew we could count on you. Just like we can count on Laurence Smith.
The SMP user's playlist description is as lively as his track selection. "Is is Rave? Is it Pop? Is it Acid House? Don't ask me," he says. "This is all about a bit of feel good tuneage and ultimately not definitive. A kind of in a genre-mix smorgasbord." You had us at the word rave, Laurence – with extra marks added for using the word smorgasbord.
Get ready to disco at your desk to the sounds of Bomb the Bass, the Prodigy, the Shamen, Black Box ... Need we go on? We will anyway: Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk, A Guy Called Gerald, Phuture and many, many more. Play loud. Tinnitus loud.
Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 7:13pm by Will Moreland
The first time you meet your significant other's parents; when you're speaking to your grandmother; that time you told your old ma that, no, you won't be out late and, no, there won't be any drinking and, drugs, don't be so stupid ... You know that person? That's the softer side of you. The PG you. The pre-watershed-friendly you.
We've all got that side to our character. And so have even the meanest, toughest and wildest of rockers. That's what this playlist, created by hoxsd1, sets out to prove. The SMP user has put together a mixtape that asks, "What to do when hard goes soft? Here's a playlist featuring the softer side of some of the hardest rockers."
Here you'll the find the mellow side of artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Machine Head, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Guns N'Roses, Metallica and many, many more. A great idea, executed very, very well.
Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 6:57pm by Will Moreland
It's not cool to like these songs, but, secretly, we all do ... You know the ones – one-hit wonders; novelty records; good bands gone wrong; wrong bands gone wronger; freaks, geeks, miscreants ...
You see, the term 'guilty pleasure' has no place in the SMP lexicon. If you like a song, it's good. If it makes you dance, turn it up. If it makes you smile, play it. If if makes you laugh, all the better. Here you'll find almost 100 songs, lasting just under half a day, that engender all of these responses and more.
Featured here: everyone from Michael Bolton, Barry Manilow and Kenny Loggins to the Bangles, the Weather Girls and Bay City Rollers. Also included here – Phil Collins: for that we wholeheartedly apologise. It's unforgivable. We realise that. Sorry. Again. We really mean it.
Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 6:39pm by Will Moreland
The Royal Teens sang about Short Shorts. *AJLW, on the other hand, makes mixtapes trumpeting tight pants. Yes, the SMP user has put together a playlist that features, "Some eye-watering performances from some of the true greats."
Who was king of the figure-hugging trousers? Justin Timberlake isn't nicknamed the Trousersnake without good reason. Prince, too, has a penchant for strides that leave little to the imagination. Bruce Springsteen prefers a more traditional denim style, but form-fitting jeans nonetheless. As for Michael Jackson, well, his were both ankle-grazing and butt-clentching.
A really inventive playlist, this one. But more than that it's full of fantastic music – 37 tracks, to be exact, spanning over four hours. Well-worth a spin. Check it out.
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at 9:37pm by Will Moreland
It's a bold user who attempts to encapsulate the entire history of British music in one playlist. However, if there's one man who's up to the challenge, it's SMP superuser hoxsd1. So, here we go – "A history of modern popular British music in 150 songs."
From Lonnie Donegan's Rock Island Line to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake – via rock'n'roll, punk, ska and two tone, 80s cheese, Britpop, talent-show pop and pretty much everything in between – this is a consummate retrospective on almost a century of music.
You've got two ways of tackling this playlist: 1) Play it all the way through, in one or more sittings (preferably one – it's only 16 hours long!) or 2) Click shuffle, hit play, turn it up and see what you discover. Either way, this mixtape is must for music fans of any age. Great work.
Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at 9:07pm by Will Moreland
In a 26-year career at Manchester United Football Club, Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson won 38 trophies – including 13 Premier League and two UEFA Champions League titles. 2012/13 marks his final season. To celebrate the achievements of one of the most gifted managers in the history of sport, Russell Goldsmith has put together this playlist.
The SMP user's mixtape is full of tracks that relate to Ferguson's incredible tenure – titles such as (You're The) Devil In Disguise, Time of the Season, On Top of the World and, less optimistically, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
A great playlist, honouring the greatest manager of them all. Over 20 tracks – spanning over two hours (including Fergie time) – representing a peerless life in football. Check it out, United fan or not. Super stuff.
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 8:47pm by Will Moreland
There's a lot to be said for the three-minute pop song. Of course there is. Expressing a mood or feeling, telling a story or stressing a point, convincing the listener to laugh or cry, dance or smile, and doing it all in 180 seconds – well, it's nothing short of geniuns. But ...
You know what's missing from music today? There's not enough 10/15-minute tunes. Big, long driving tracks. Mad, left-field progressive numbers. Deep, driving grooves. Yep, we're big fans of epic songs, here at SMP. Which is why we've put this playlist together.
Here you'll find over 300 tracks – a mixtape that celebrates the 12-inch single. It's full of classics, rarities, remixes and edits from the 80s and beyond. Click shuffle, hit play, turn it up and see what you discover.
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