The Soundtrack to April 2014

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 4:24pm by Will Moreland

"Sweet but filthy. Lazy but punchy. Noisy but sleepy. Fighty but cuddly." Can you guess what it is? Why, it's staple, the reigning super heavyweight champion of the monthly mixtape, The Soundtrack to ...

Phil Wilce recommends, for your listening pleasure, new music from Tensnake, Jamie XX, Frank Ocean and, first track on this playlist, Here It Comes Again by the Amazing Snakeheads.

Our favourites, this month, are tunes from the Black Keys, the War on Drugs, the Horrors and Jimi Goodwin. But, as always, this mixtape is all killer no filler. And check out the cool new cover art. It's a bona fide must-hear.

Electro Boutique

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 4:08pm by Will Moreland

Welcome to the Electro Boutique. Step inside. Make yourself comfortable. Jonathan Good is your genial host. He's hand-picked a selection of tracks from some of his favourite artists from the field of electronic music.

And what great taste the user has. He's curated a mix of old and new, bringing together everyone from dance masters like Digitalism, the Avalanches and UNKLE, to new and exciting artists such Andhim, In Flagranti and Leon Vynehall.

"If you are looking for some memorable beats," Jonathan says, "then look no further." A really smart, sharp, 27-track mixtape, taking in some of most memorable electronic music in recent memory.

The Best Tracks of April 2014

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 3:58pm by Will Moreland

Begin with the sweeping, cinematic sounds of the the War on Drugs. Add to that a cracking Bowie cover from Janelle Monae. Mix in a touch of the epic, courtesy of the History of Colour TV. And finish with a dash of a must-hear Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar hook-up. What do you have? A recipe for The Best Tracks of April 2014.

Playlists.user baskrud's creation celebrating the very best in new music is fast becoming one of our favourite monthly mixtpaes.

It feature lots of indie and electronic music. New stuff. Newish stuff. A few remixes. But exclusively songs of the very highest calibre. It's regularly updated, too, so be sure to follow. It's the playlist in which your new favourite band awaits.

David Lynch Roadhouse Music

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2:45pm by Will Moreland

You're zipping down a dark, deserted highway in a 57 Buick. You're sitting roadside in a trucker bar at 3am in some backwater American town. You're sipping coffee – coffee black as midnight on a moonless night, of course – in an erie, empty diner. It's all very odd. It's all very Lynchian. But what music do you hear?

Jack Wagner has created a playlist inspired by the work of director David Lynch: "the moods of his films, and even featuring a few songs from his soundtracks."

It's Includes tracks by everyone from Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra and Dirty Beaches, to Marty Robbins, Shangri-Las and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. We do like mixtapes like this. Very creative. Very, very listenable. Great work.

Idris Elba - My Musical Influences

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2:36pm by Will Moreland

Stringer Bell. Stringer Bell has made us a mixtape! Idris Elba, one of our favourite actors, one we all know as the star of the Wire and Luther, the actor chosen to play Nelson Mandela, is also a DJ.

Spinning under the name Driss, he runs his own club night, 7 Wallace, and completed a summer residency in Ibiza last year. This year sees him playing iconic British festival Glastonbury.

Idris Elba - My Musical Influences proves what impeccable taste the big man has. The nine-track playlist features tracks by the likes of Fela Kuti, the Heptones Notorious B.I.G. and Bob Marley & the Wailers. Super stuff. It's a must-hear.

TuneDr's Late Night Hip Hop Vol.2

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2:17pm by Will Moreland

"From the dark and sinister," writes Tune Doctor, "to the smoked out jazz joints, a hip-hop playlist for the wee small hours."

Tune Doctor is a blog ran by a group of friends with a shred passion for music. Where once they'd get together to listen their favourite artists over a few drinks, "work and geographical constraints" mean they now do the same thing virtually – over at

This, the second in a series of late-night hip-hop mixes, features the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Young Fathers and Mattafix. A tight, succinct 90-minute mixtape made people who know and care about good music.

The Unknown April #1 2014

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:51pm by Will Moreland

'The unknown (is on my side)' – the collective name for two users from Sweden – have put together a mixtape full of great new music released in the month of March.

The duo recommends tracks by Future Islands, Phantogram, Jamie XX, Tune-Yards, The War On Drugs, FKA, Denitia and Senne, Alligator Indian and Vok. Standout tracks, for us, come courtesy of the Danger Mouse-produced Black Keys, slacker-rock rising star Mac Demarco and Britain's best band, Elbow.

A mixtape that's definitely worth a spin if you're seeking out new music, and one you should keep an eye on in future. Nicely done.

GHETTOBLASTER 89 Eastcoast Oldschool HipHop

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:29pm by Will Moreland

"Straight outta Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York City," says Gubi Mann. "The soundtrack of my youth. Listen to how classic hip-hop sounded, before it hit the west coast big time and became gangsta."

This is a mixtape made with real love, created by someone clearly very knowledgeable about the genre. There are 29 tracks here – spanning just over four hours – and not a bad one among them.

Eric B. & Rakim, RUN-DMC, Slick Rick, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemey ... we could on but we won't. Our advice is simply this: click play and play very loud indeed. A hip-hop playlist of the very highest order. It's a must-hear.


Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:18pm by Will Moreland

The country that's king of EDM, home to the best pop, the heartland of weird, wonderful, leftfield electronica. We know Sweden has impeccable taste in music, producing some of the world's biggest and best artists.

So, we thought it was time we put together a playlist full of the biggest hits in Sweden, a succinct collection – just 40 tracks – and one updated regularly, so it's always fresh. This is what we came up with.

SWEDEN TOP 40 CHART currently features amazing music from native and international acts alike – artists such as Rihanna, Pharrell Williams and Imagine Dragons, Avicii, Alcazar and Linus Svenning. Another top-drawer production from our crack team of mixtape makers, even if we do say so ourself.

Truer Detective

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 7:35pm by Will Moreland

Now it's over, we can all agree that True Detective is pretty much the greatest thing in the history television, right? If Nic Pizzolatto's masterpiece is the high-water mark in the golden era of TV we're said to be living through, then it's thanks in no small part to T Bone Burnett's soundtrack.

Like Adam Arkapaw's cinematography, it not only sets the scene, but the mood, the tempo, the rhythms of the show. user kubr1ck knows this. It's the thinking behind creation Truer Detective.

"Music from and inspired by the HBO TV Series "True Detective," it features the likes of Father John Misty, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, to name just a few. A must-hear for fans.

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