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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 4:00pm

Here at SMP we are dedicated to ensuring our website gives you the best possible playlist experience. So our crack team of web geeks have created a superb new feature to make things a whole lot easier for everyone.

Instead of having to click on the playlist you like the look of to see the tracks it contains, you can now simply hover your cursor over the playlist to reveal its content. You can scroll up and down through the list then simply click the 'x' in the top right hand corner to return to the playlist's picture or press play to! It's as easy as that!

Gary Evans

This week's album reviews

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 10:00am

The Chemical Brothers - Further

The wily old veterans of rave-ups are back with their seventh, yes seventh, studio album. So has age caught up with the synthetic siblings? Has Old Father Time left the rivers of Tom and Ed's creativity baron? Have the Electronic Battle Weapons been deactivated once and for all? The answer is an emphatic, no.

Further is a spectacular progression on what is an already peerless back catalogue. The album feels notably more cohesive than previous releases, flowing effortlessly from beginning to end. Current single, Swoon, aside, there are no stand out radio friendly singles which is predominantly the result of an uncharacteristic lack of big name guest vocalists, but this in no way detracts from the overall result.

Album opener Snow showcases The Chems trademark abstract twitches and beeps before easing into a soft but infectious vocal.

Escape Velocity is The Chemical Brothers at their very best. It's Ferocious, aggressive, and just down right mental. Along with Horse Power, this sort of industrial strength assault on the senses should be made illegal.

Another World and K+d+b highlights Tom and Ed's more melodic side while Wonders Of The Deep is a joyful way to round off another superbly executed body of work. Check the album out here. 8/10

Reboot - Shunyata

Shunyata is the first full length album from one of the hottest artists in underground electronic music today. The German DJ and producer has been steadily building a reputation with those in the know for his electrifying sets around the world since signing to Luciano's Cadenza record label over three years ago. He also had arguably the biggest tune of the season in Ibiza last year with Caminado alongside a string of dance floor destroying remixes. So, no pressure then.

If there was any pressure on Frank Heinrich's shoulders during the process of making this album, there is no evidence of it in the music. The album is an incredibly complex sonic journey, full of subtlety and nuance. The tracks interconnect seamlessly through seemingly never-ending layers of percussion, vocal flickers and melodies.

Although an acquired taste, this is a near perfect contemporary electronic album and defiantly worth spending some time on. Shunyata showcases Reboot as the hugely gifted and creative producer that he is. A must hear album. Listen now here. 9/10

Christina Aguilera - Bionic

In a world of Gagas, M.I.As and Rihannas is there still a place for Aguilera? Seemingly very aware of the new wave of potent female pop forces, Christina has attempted to take elements from each of the aforementioned artists and fuse them into one incredibly long, 23 tracks to be exact, album.

The result is a collection of music that is neither as strong as Christina at her best or a credible ripoff of the artists that are being imitated. Woohoo and Elastic Love in particular sound like poor M.I.A B-sides. The cringe worthy spoken intro to Glam, Love & Glamour (Intro), and the track itself are the most obvious nods to Lady Gaga's global domination but with an added twist of Aguilera warbling.

And therein lies the problem. This album is not a full-blown Aguilera effort nor as creative as M.I.A, nor as, er, Gaga as Lady Gaga. Die-hard fans will still buy it, and enjoy it, but it is not likely to attract the plaudits from non-fans in the same way Dirrty or Candyman did.
Listen here. 3/10

Hadouken! - For The Masses

Right, this his gone on for long enough. It is not 2005, high-tops, crap 80s track tops and caps with upturned peaks were never acceptable, and nu-rave was a bad joke. This simply must stop now and it is about time someone told the band with the novelty name that epitomises their vapidity, Hadouken!.

It's hard to know where to begin the criticism as each track surpasses its predecessor in a symphony of shameful metal-rave catastrophe. Worth a listen if only for the comedy value, or if you're in the company of someone you truly despise. 0/10

This week's album reviews are all ready and waiting for you to get stuck into on Spotify now. As always we love hearing your views and opinions so why not run your mouth off on Facebook or Twitter or even better, both.

Gary Evans

Singles Club

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 1:03pm

Each week SMP will bring you a round-up of the latest singles releases for your audio enjoyment. All the tracks we feature are available for you to listen to straight away, for free, on Spotify. We will also let you know what we think of each track. Do you agree, disagree, or couldn't care less about what we say? Well why not let us know about it by giving us a shout on Facebook or Twitter. Go on, you might as well.

Kele Okereke has gone solo and, as recent Bloc Party efforts hinted at, electro. The front man's voice, which has always been anomalous and powerful, is sadly in no way matched by the tired music on display here. Although Tenderoni is a million miles away from Silent Alarm era Okereke, it's far from innovative. Popular dance music is currently saturated with innumerable obvious synth heavy 'floor-fillers', and has been for far too long. This track gives more than a subtle nod to Mason's Exceeder which was released way back in 2006 (a lifetime in dance music terms). What do you think? Listen to the track here and decide for yourself.

The latest wave of angst infused teenage rock from the valleys comes in the form of Kids In Glass Houses and their new single Undercover Lover. Faux-American accents, check, clichéd 'heartfelt' lyrics, check, textbook key change, check, Frankie from The Saturdays??? As if things weren't bad enough, check. Teenage girls will love it, the rest of the world will hate it. Don't take our word for it though, make up your own mind here.

Swedish electro vixen Robyn has been making dance floor friendly electropop since a little baby La Roux was prodding at her first Casio MT-4O, and successfully so. Although Dancing On My Own Again does not come close to breakthrough hit With Every Heartbeat, it is still catchy as hell. Check it out here. For a remix with more bottom end bite check out the Jakwob Remix.

Touted as the next big thing in the, increasingly homogenised, world of male singer songwriters, is Joe Worricker. What sets JW apart however is fantastically unique voice, all lethargic and wry. Unfortunately, the music and lyrics have all been heard before. Right down to the Paolo Nutini sentiments and Scouting For Girls melody. Get you listening gear 'round it here.

2008's 22 Dreams saw Paul Weller drag himself out of his self-imposed prison of mediocrity and into a spectacular new vain of creativity and experimentation. This was built upon with his Latest album, the brilliant Wake Up The Nation, and double A-side Find The Torch, Burn The Plans / Aim High showcases his rejuvenation perfectly. FTTBTP is anthemic and purposeful while Aim High is an infectious slice of well executed 60s soul-pop. You would be mad not to listen to it and you can do so right here.

Gary Evans

World Cup 2010 Playlists!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 9:45pm

So. Here we go then. After the endless qualifiers, the squad selection debates, the injuries and mishaps, the predictions and punditry and the hype and hysteria, it is finally time for the greatest show on earth. To celebrate the Word Cup Share My Playlist legend lpmale has put together some incredible playlists that will have you busting moves like Roger Miller, swinging your arms like Bebeto and kicking your legs like Becks.

The concept is simple, each nation gets eleven tunes each to showcase their musical prowess before going head-to-head on the pitch. Let's get suck in then.

South Africa vs Mexico

The first tie of the tournament sees the host nation take on Mexico in what promises to be a colourful affair and, musically, this playlist is as equally vibrant. Tracks from The Big Four, Dudu Pukwana, Thee Midniters and Flakiss in particular are well worth wrapping your lugs 'round.

Cameroon vs Japan

There is some spectacular world music representing Cameroon in the form of Manu Dibango, Sally Nyolo, Orchestre D’essono and Tobbo Eitel on this 'list. Making noise for Japan is a track you may recognise by Meiko Kaji, from the Kill Bill soundtrack, and musical mentalists Melt Banana's cover of We Will Rock You simply must be heard to be believed, amongst many others from the land of the rising sun.

Denmark vs Netherlands

The winners of Euro '92 against the best team never to win the world cup. The Dutch must be favourites on the pitch but who gets the victory in this playlist battle? Listen to tracks such as 'that one off-of the advert with the women shaving their legs' (Shocking Blue - Venus) and the brilliantly titled Time og Dag og Uge by Anne Linnet (No, I've never heard of her either).

Australia vs Germany

Undeniably two of the least glamorous footballing teams in the world but how does their music measure up? Germany is the home of underground house and techno and Austria is the motherland of, er, Yodeling? There is some real class on this playlist from the likes of Kraftwerk, Volker Kriegel and INXS without a hint of yodel-ay-ee-ooo insight, sadly.

Slovenia vs Algeria

Well we all have our favourite Slovenian and Algerian popstars, don't we? No, just me? Well after listening to this playlist you too can be an expert on the sexy sounds of Bratko Bibi?, La?ni Franz and who could forget good old Maurice el Medioni.

USA vs England

The big one, our boys opening group match against that lot from across the pond and an equally huge to playlist to match. The Rolling Stones and Bowie do battle with Hendrix and Howlin’ Wolf alongside a plethora of transatlantic classics. Hopefully the match itself won't be such a close encounter.

Uruguay vs France

Some true quality propping up the French end from the ever influential Serge Gainsbourg, genius from Air, and a cool groove from MC Solaar. I'll let you make your own mind up about the questionable music emanating from the two time champions from South America.

Korea Republic vs Greece

Koreans vs the Greeks, 4th in World Cup 2002 vs champions of Euro 2004, two teams that have pulled off huge shocks in big tournaments go head-to-head sonically. A playlist full of equal surprises in store for you here too with some quality artists representing their respective nations.

Nigeria vs Argentina

Funk filled mastery from Fela Kuti and Chief Checker mixed with Terry tha Rapman's interesting take on Eminem's My Name Is do battle with a soft-rock Argentinian vibe.

Many thanks to lpmale for all his hard work in putting together this unbelievable collection of playlists. If you like what you've heard here then why not have a give the rest of his playlists a whirl by clicking here.

Gary Evans iPhone app now available

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 at 8:52am


We're delighted to announce that the iPhone app is now available in the iTunes store. Click here to download it for free (iTunes link).

The app is designed to work alongside the Spotify app. Use it to discover new music and ready made playlists from our members.


- Access to tens of thousands of ready made Spotify playlists
- Search by artist, track title and playlist title
- 1 click access to playlists, simply choose your playlist and the app will automatically open the Spotify app and play your choice
- Quickly and easily browse our Featured playlists from the homepage
- See the latest playlists listed by genre




We'd love to hear your feeback, please let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

Coming soon, the iPad app!

Win tickets to the Isle of Wight Festival

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 12:32pm


To celebrate the third Fashion Against AIDS campaign from H&M, Absolute Radio and H&M have teamed up to to give you the chance to win 15 pairs of weekend camping tickets and an exclusive pair of VIP passes to the Isle of Wight Festival. Complete with special access to the H&M Lounge where you can relax and soak up the festival atmosphere in complete style!

All you have to do is click here and submit your favourite festival track for your chance to win! Need some inspiration? Then check out H&M's ultimate festival playlist here.

Playlists of the month - May 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 11:46am

Courtney Love’s Playlist
First up we have we have a very special playlist from a female rock legend, Courtney Love. The lead singer of Hole told us, "I’ve been listening to a lot of female vocalists singing about men lately; A lot of old jazz/blues standards." This 'list features classic tracks from some of the greatest, and most troubled, female vocalists of all time such as Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and more comtempary artists, PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star and Cat Power. A fantastic insight into the songwriter's current musical musings.

Hung Parliament Special
If, like most of Britain, you have been left completely bewildered by the general election, why not forget that the country appears to be on the verge of sliding into political apocalypse with a fantastically humorous pun based playlist? 'Boys In The Backroom' - very good, 'Stuck In The Middle With You' - even better, 'Mr. Brown' - a little obvious, and my personal favourite 'God, Make Up Your Mind' - hear hear!

The Soundtrack to April
One of the tracks of the year so far from Kelis and new audio goodness from LCD Soundsystem are just 2 of the reasons why it's worth listening to the Soundtrack to April. Comprised of new releases from near and far, this series of playlists is one of our most popular.

Strictly BASS… Part Two
If your into fidget, dubstep, drum 'n' bass or boomin' bottom end from any other repetitive beat based sub-genre then this is the 'list for you. Some big, big beats with everyone from Cagedbaby to Toddla T and some creative remixes from the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Editors and Paloma Faith thrown in for good measure.

Download Festival 2010
Here we have a playlist representing the angriest festival of the summer with the best named bands you will find anywhere on Spotify. Glamour Of The Kill, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Genitorturers, Steel Panther, Job For A Cowboy and Mad Bearded Fret Wank (alright I made that last one up). More familiar Download favourites all feature here too with several tracks from the likes of Wolfmother, Megadeth and Motörhead.

Funny Stuff/ Comedy /Standup
"Even more people will not enjoy the CD, than will not enjoy the show and that's fine I've learned to live with that but the problem is that now a lot of people that don't enjoy the show have a compunction to go home and blog about it and that's bad because there's a good chance i will find that blog some day and it will make me really sad" says Doug Stanhope. Don't be sad Doug, this blog recognises your superb caustic wit and applauds it. If you want some 'LOLs' 'OMGs' and 'LMAOs' from Spotify then this is the playlist for you.

BBC Radio 1 Playlist (updated weekly)
Self-explanatory this one but if you want to hear the best of Radio 1’s daytime playlist without having to endure Chris Moyles casual bigotry and faux Leeds United supportership then this is the solution. Plenty of quality tunes from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend and Crystal Castles amongst the usual r ‘n’ b and pop nonsense.

Dimitri from Paris
Sexy and sleek house, funk and disco in abundance on this playlist dedicated to the French DJ. Some beautiful down tempo lounge beats infused with some groovy floor-fillers make this a playlist of real quality. A must for any dance music aficionados.

Latitude 2010: All Artists’ Top Songs

If your off to the Suffolk based festival this summer then this will get you right in the mood. Big tunes from headliners Florence + The Machine, Belle & Sebastian and Vampire Weekend compliment tracks from up-and-coming acts such as These New Puritans, Egyptian Hip Hop and Tokyo Police Club. You can almost taste the bland over-priced noodles and warm larger.

Inner City Blues: Urban pessimism in the 1970s

Another superb, subversive playlist from alexlists featuring some of the greatest soulful social commentary and protest songs ever written. Heavyweight messages layered over sensational compositions by some of the greatest voices of all time such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Gil Scott-Heron make this an essential listen.

Kieron’s Electro Vol.3
Here is the third in the series of Electro playlists from SMP's very own Kieron and it is bursting at the seems with absolute club bangers. All the electro big hitters are involved - Simian Mobile Disco, Deadmau5 and Boy 8-Bit - alongside some huge remixes from Miike Snow, The XX and Funkagenda. This is the perfect pre-club warm up collection.

Well, after this months epic playlist voyage I think it's time we all took some time out to relax and what better way than with this quality collection of laid-back tunes. Chill-out favourites from Zero 7, Nouvelle Vague and Imogen Heap combine with more underground down -tempo mastery from DJ Shadow, Fink, Four Tet and many, many more. Enjoy.

Gary Evans

No more invites needed for Spotify, yay!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 1:24pm

Picture this, there is a magical online record shop that lets you listen to all of your favourite music completely free of charge but the doors are locked and the only way you can gain access is with an invite from someone on the inside. Who do you ask? That weird I.T guy at work who loves prog-rock and always smells of tobacco and body odour, or what about that chap at college with the penchant for N-Dubz and trousers that don't cover his underwear, as a last resort you could even ask your cousin Alison for an invite but things have never quite been the same ever since she made that drunken pass at you at your uncle Cedric's funeral.

Well fear not as this bizarre, abstract, hypothetical problem need never trouble you again as Spotify is not only completely free to use but now also no longer requires an invitation for the service. Better still, with Spotify Unlimited you can get unlimited ad-free music access and import your own music files all for the very reasonable price of £4.99 a month.

Spotify has always endeavoured to create a fair environment for artists and record labels as well as music fans which is what it achieved through a combination of the money it generates from advertising revenues and subscriptions. This meant that due to Spotify's huge popularity the 'invitation only' model was the best sustainable way of ensuring the service's success. Here at Share My Playlist we had over 1300 requests for invites when we were giving them away last year, proving how much of a hot ticket the invitations were.

To celebrated this auspicious occasion we have some great playlist based punary for you to indulge in. Enjoy!

rockin in the free world

Now we can all officially rock in the free world (without an invite no less) we may as well do it while listening to this playlist which includes everyone from The Boss and Blondie to Green Day and Guns N’ Roses.

Just some plain good tunes
It really is as simple as the title suggests. If your a fan of Fleet Foxes, Primal Scream, The Stone Roses and Radiohead then what are you waiting for? Get amongst it!

Can we invite Al over again?
A playlist of total quality featuring one of the coolest underground DJ's around at the moment, Simon Baker alongside Dutch Rhythm Combo and Al Usher in a fantastically eclectic 'list.

Gary Evans

Classical Brit Awards 2010

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 9:18am


Whether you are a classical music expert or novice nothing quite matches the spectacle of an orchestra in full flight and this week The Royal Albert Hall played host to the stars of the genre at the Classical Brit Awards.

To mark the occasion we have some brilliant classical playlists for you featuring all the nominated and performing artists and legendary pieces from some of the most brilliant musicians and composers of all time.

The ceremony may not boast a bust up between Liam Gallagher and Peter Kay but they are still the jewel in the classical crown with the top prizes this year going to Angela Gheorghiu for Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year went to Vasily Petrenko and Thomas Adès scooped Composer of the Year.

Find out more about the awards and all the winners here.

Classical Brits 2010
Brilliant playlist paying tribute to the all the Classical Brit winners, nominees and performers including Philharmonic Orchestra, Only Men Aloud Blake and André Rieu.

My Favourite Classical Pieces
Great little playlist featuring Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, Claude Debussy, Lorin Maazel, Erik Satie, Pachelbel and Beethoven.

Classical - The famous ones!
Fantastic introduction to all things classical here with many pieces you will be familiar with even if you are unaware of their titles such as The Ride of the Valkyries, Waltz from ‘Swan Lake and Air On A G String.

Gary Evans

Your chance to create the new video for Deadmau5

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 9:15am

One of the hottest DJ's and Producers in dance music today , Deadmau5, is giving one lucky fan the opportunity to help create the video for his new tune, Some Chords. Anyone who has seen Joel Zimmerman's kinetic live show - he wears a massive mouse's head for the first half of his set - will appreciate what a fantastic opportunity this is.

You have two weeks to come up with a pitch before the mouse man himself selects his favourite entries, then it's down to the Canadian's fans to decide which one will scoop the $1200 budget and is given a further two weeks to deliver the video.

Check out the track here and get more info on the competition from our friends at Wooshii here.

In the meantime hear are some Deamau5 related playlists to get your creative juices flowing.

Minimal, progressive , trance
Deadmau5 inspired playlist featuring the man himself and various other star of house techno and trance, Kaskade, Steve Angello, John Dahlbäck, Umek and Armin Van Buuren.

More of the same hear with some of the biggest floor-filling monsters of the last ten years such as Junior Jack's Stupidisco, Armand Van Helden's My My My, Steve Angello's version of Be and the evergreen Insomnia by Faithless.

You Can’t Top This ****!
This, audaciously named playlist is another selection of club bangers featuring not only Deadmau5 but other such beat making luminaries as Fragma, Eric Prydz, Justice, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Pendulum.

Gary Evans