Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 8:02pm by Will Moreland
Depending on your perspective – and your age, of course – you may consider the 90s as something of a golden era for hip-hop music. TommyC83 most certainly does.
The SMP user has put together this mixtape, a follow up to last year's hugely successful 90 Rap Songs From The 90s. The original playlist was a consummate collection of some of the best hip-hop music ever put to record. And Vol II is more of the same.
Our favourites include blasts from the past by everyone from Nice & Smooth, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Black Moon and Tag Team, to more familiar names such as A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Eric B. & Rakim and the Notorious B.I.G.. Super stuff. A must-hear for old school hip-hop heads and nostalgic rap fans. Check it out.
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 7:16pm by Will Moreland
Here's how it works. Each month, the Acid Jazz Hispano crew source over 100 of the finest hits and rarities available on Spotify. They join the dots between every genre of music that matters: from blues, jazz and soul, to rock'n'roll, funk and disco, to house, hip-hop and electronica.
Sounds good, right? Over 7,000 subscribers certainly think so. And, every month, Acid Jazz Hispano asks these subscribers to add their favourite tracks to its monthly mixtape. "This makes AJH's playlists a unique listening experience full of surprises." In other words, the whole thing is a collaborative process.
Featured this month: Pieces of a Dream, Sharon Jones & Lee Fields, Jimi Hendrix, Lords of the Underground, Leaders of the New School, the Freestyle Fellowship, Kool & the Gang and many, many more. Always eclectic. Always brilliant. Over 15 hours of assorted musical gems.
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 7:00pm by Will Moreland
Has the sun been shining where you are? If yes, you need a playlist that reflects summer's arrival. Step forward SMP superuser Phil Wilce. "The mercury is pushing 99," he says. "And at the burning heart, 50 of the hottest track you'll hear in the next 31 days."
Wilce is our resident arbiter of taste, when it comes to new music. So when he recommends releases from Ghostpoet, Jakwob, Papa, Luke Sital-Singh and the Strypes, we tend to take note. And we think you should, too. The SMP user also recommends sun-blushed tunes from Empire Of The Sun, Alex Metric, Daft Punk, Jon Hopkins, Julio Bashmore and Justin Martin, with Dusky on the remix.
We're also fond of new stuff from James Blake, Steve Mason and Kurt Vile, to name just a few. But this playlist is all killer and absolutely zero filler. The very definition of a must-hear mixtape!
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 6:34pm by Will Moreland
It's that time of year, again: when the greatest show on radio gets even greater. We're talking about BBC Radio 6 Music's Gilles Peterson and his unmissable All Winners Show.
Our highlights include: Cirrus, the return of Bonobo; Typesun's The PL, a slice of contemporary soul that is one of our favourite tracks of the year; the impossibly beautiful Green Garden by Laura Mvula; James Blake's collaboration with Wu-Tang's the RZA, Take a Fall for Me; the amazing Eckoclick Remix of Bambooman's Sun; and, well, pretty much every track on this mixtape ...
25 tunes, spanning over three hours, of the best music from around the world – spanning every single genre that matters. Superb stuff from the tireless champion of new music that is Gilles Peterson. Many thanks to SMP user niniouz for putting this one together. A proper must-hear mixtape.
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 6:24pm by Will Moreland
When it comes to exercise, are you lacking inspiration? Devoid of motivation? Full of procrastination? Summer is well and truly on its way, and, if you're anything like us, you're probably starting to get more than a little bit concerned that your beach body is currently looking like more of a chunky carcass.
Allow this collection of jogging-friendly tunes to prise you off the sofa, into your running shoes and onto the street. This mixtape, specially curated by the SMP team, features a selection of uptempo noise-mongers charged with keeping those legs moving long after your stupid brain tells them they're tired. Featured here: everyone from Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada and Skrillex to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Katy perry.
Go on. Dig out your kit. Lace up your trainers. Get this playlist pumping in your headphones. And pound that pavement. We'll do the same ... Tomorrow. Probably.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 8:46pm by Will Moreland
What on earth is that your listening to? It just sounds like noise, to me. Do they have to swear so much? Why is it so loud?
Does any of this sound familiar? Yep, if your parents like the all of music you're listening to, then, chances are, the music you're listening to is not very good. However, there's always some middle ground – a place where artists who everyone can appreciate exist. Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker – whether teenager or octogenarian, these are musicians we all enjoy. They all feature on this playlist.
Alongside those artists are some proper mom singers – Michael Buble, Chris Isaak, Gary Barlow, John Mayer and their ilk. Here are 50 tracks – spanning almost six hours – of mother-friendly music.
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 9:57pm by Will Moreland
One man – an unsung hero, if you will – has had a hand in many of the most memorable and successful pop songs of recent years. You may not know his name, but you certainly know his music. Allow us to introduce you to Dr. Luke ...
Or, more truthfully, allow Tim Cason to get your acquainted. The SMP user has put together this playlist tribute to Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald – the American songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer who has gone from lead guitarist in Saturday Night Live's house band to award-winning producer of the biggest names in music.
A must-hear for fans of his work, and those who have never heard of him, this mixtape takes in tracks by everyone from Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Rihanna to Kesha, Jessie J and Marina and the Diamonds. A one-man hit factory, and the subject of a super playlist.
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 9:33pm by Will Moreland
So, who's into Hemlock Grove, then? The horror-thriller is the latest must-see television series for Netflix, and it makes for compulsive viewing.
Based on the equally brilliant Brian McGreevy novel of the same name, released last year, Hemlock Grove premiered this month. Like House of cards, all 13 episodes were made available for online viewing ... Which, as we all know, is all but inviting you to draw the curtains, turn off your phone and forget the world exists until you've watched every last one.
The soundtrack's pretty good, too. Studio13 has put together a collection of all the music featured in the show. "This playlist is continuously monitored," the SMP user says, "and will build up throughout the seasons as and when the music becomes available." A collection of tracks that's as eclectic as it is superb.
Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 8:59pm by Will Moreland
Passion Pit into Thrift Shop. Drinking from the Bottle back to back with Pompeii. Daft Punk lining up next to Skrillex. Ever wondered which songs SMP users listen to the most?
Wonder no more. Every Monday we publish a chart of the 100 most popular tracks from the previous week – and this playlist contains all of the songs from that chart. It's updated weekly – and always full of surprising new entries – so don't forget to subscribe. It's the perfect way to find out what your fellow SMP users are into. A serving suggestion: click shuffle, hit play, turn it up and see what you discover. A weekly fix of must-hear new music. A great mixtape, even if we do say so ourselves.
What? That's still not enough to whet your appetite? Okay. Don't take our word for it ... Over 40,000 subscribers can't be wrong. Check it out.
Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 8:01pm by Will Moreland
"I imagine the top speed for that old mower was five miles an hour," George Jones wrote in his memoir. "It might have taken an hour and a half or more for me to get to the liquor store, but get there I did."
After a hefty bout on the booze, Jones' wife confiscated his car keys. She thought this would prevent him driving into town for more drink. Jones, with an equal mix of ingenuity and stupidity, "borrowed" a motorised lawn mower and drove himself to the nearest liquor store.
The country star was far more than a prodigious drinker, of course. He was an immense talent – as this playlist, created by hoxsd1, proves. The SMP user's tribute showcases Jones' seminal career. A must-hear for fans and newcomers alike. A fitting tribute to George Jones, the king of honky-tonk, who died this week aged 81.
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