Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 7:42pm by Will Moreland
Yo, what's happening Stateside? Hej, what's cooking in Sweden? I say, what the devil's going on in the UK? If you want to know what's happening in the world of music in all of these countries and more, then you've come to the right place.
This mixtape, for example, is all about new tunes in America. Each and every week we will update it with the latest new releases from the USA. And we'll be doing the same for playlists dedicated to fresh music from Sweden, the UK, Germany, Norway and more.
So far, right here, we've got songs from A Great Big World, Mayer Hawthorne, Yolanda Be Cool, Fighting the Villain, the Blank Tapes and many, many more. And don't forget to subscribe for automatic updates. Got it? Good. Check out our profile page for our full list of SMP-curated mixtapes.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 7:31pm by Will Moreland
That sound belonged to him. Sure, Jim Morrison is one of the all-time great frontment. Robby Krieger was an amazing songwriter and incendiary guitarist. John Densmore was no slouch, either. But that driving rhythm, the sound of the strange and surreal fairground: that belongs to Ray Manzarek .
One of rock'n'rolls most innovative musicians, Doors founding member and the man who "was instrumental in shaping one of the most influential, controversial and revolutionary groups of the 60s" died this week. The Music Box has put together this fitting tribute.
The SMP user has created a consummate but succinct collection of Manzarek masterpieces. It's an incredible body of work. Raymond Daniel Manczarek), musician, born 12 February 1939; died 20 May 2013.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:31pm by Will Moreland
You should have seen us, SMP the superhero, flooring bad dudes with perfectly timed fists to the face – ducking punches and kicks this way and that ... Then we were a movie star, swathed in flashflight, perpetually decked out in designer clothes, leaving a trail of adoring fans in our wake ... And not forgetting that time we were widely regarded as the foremost authority on string theory – the world's most celebrated theoretical physicist ...
None of those things really happened, of course. We were daydreaming. Nothing wrong with that, either. Good for the soul. But while you're off exploring your own little make-believe world, you may as well have a something to listen to – something real to listen to. Step forward Reggie Prim. The SMP superuser has created a mixtape full of songs to encourage your imagination. And a very relaxing one, at that. Check it out.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:23pm by Will Moreland
Ah, the white rapper. A strange breed, aren't they? They basically – like all rappers – fall into three categories: the good, the bad and the REALLY?!
"From punk-meets-rap, to underground backpack, to suburban fraternity to horrorcore," says enangq82. "The 50 best white rappers or hip-hop groups have 'em all covered."
The SMP user has curated a mixtape that features 50 tracks – spanning over five hours – of the best caucasian rhyme-spitters ever to pick up a mic – everyone from Action Bronson, Asher Roth and Bubba Sparxxx to Beastie Boys, House of Pain and the Streets. And, of course, he most successful white rapper of them all, Eminem. Super stuff.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:14pm by Will Moreland
You know the one. It goes: da da di da da, da da da du da da, da da da dah dah da. Or, what about this one: neh neh neh neh-neh neh neh na, neh neh neh neh-neh neh neh na. Or, one of the all-time greatest has to be: ba ba, beh beh, ba ba, bi bi, ba ba, beh beh, bi bi, ba ba!
We're talking, of course, about the greatest licks ever! (That was obvious, right?) "It's all about the riff," says Laurence Smith, "or it could be that killer hook .... Nah, it must be the groove. From MJ to Nirvana. From the Sex Pistols to Chuck Berry. All great tunes need that little something to propel them into the eternal consciousness."
The SMP user has put together a deft collection of 40 tunes containing the best noises ever made by man and guitar. Super stuff. Hit shuffle and see what you discover.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 7:05pm by Will Moreland
Giacomo Fusetti has put together a really interesting series of mixtapes. The SMP user is collecting music from bygone eras that perhaps didn't get the recognition it deserved when it was originally released.
Are you familiar with the work of Fugazi, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Pavement? What about Strapping Young Lad, Cocteau Twins and Yo La Tengo? No? This is the playlist for you – where you'll also find lesser-known tracks by Green Day, Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few.
Like this playlist? Course you do. It's brilliant. Why not also check out Songs you probably don't know - 80s edition and Songs you probably don't know - 70s edition. A very good idea, executed very, very well.
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.
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