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The Tasty Turntable - July 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 8:25am by Will Moreland

To start, may we recommend the light and fragrant Miles Kane. Then perhaps sir would like to sink his teeth into Everything but the Girl. And finish with something sweet – the syrupy Mac Demarco.

Welcome to the Tasty Turntable, where the tunes are always fresh and there's no need to book in advance. The monthly playlist is the work of master mixtape-maker hoxsd1: "Music has no rules. New, old, slow, fast. Anything goes, as long as it's good."

Apéritifs and digestifs are served in the shape of alt-J, RJD2, the Jam, Jamie xx, First Aid Kit and the War On Drugs, to name just a few.

Summer 2014 Indie Hits

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 6:05pm by Will Moreland

The future disco-funk sound of Jungle. The shimmering, psychedelic guitars of the Horrors. Big, bouncy, feel-good house music by the 2 Bears. The irresistible, irrepressible, iridescent return of La Roux.

It's hard to define exactly what makes a great summer song. But, when you hear one, you know. Daniel Sosa has heard 50 such tracks and has put them together on this mixtape, Summer 2014 Indie Hits.

He also points to favourites from Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Deadmau5, and Alt-J on a playlist full of: "Cool introspective dance tracks at the beginning and awesome alternative rock at the end." Nicely done.

House Music 2014

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 5:51pm by Will Moreland

House, techno, bass, electro ... if it makes you move, if it causes you to throw your hands in the air, if it puts a big smile on your face – well, it's on this mixtape.

You see, this is your one-stop shop for the best new electronic music around. The slow-burners, the floor-fillers, the mind-benders – they're all here.

It features everyone from Sick Individuals, twoloud and Avicii to Dada Life, Theo Parish and Carl Craig. It's called House Music 2014. It's updated regularly. And it's a must-hear. Don't forget to keep eye on it, too – we update this playlist regularly.

Best tracks you never heard before - Vol 1

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 5:30pm by Will Moreland

Best tracks you never heard before – created by Florent Bertiaux – is a great playlist for those who suffer from listener's block. You know: you sit down, you want to listen to something ... but you're not quite sure what.

"Discover some tracks you probably never heard before." That's the tagline. The collection is a mixture of lesser known tunes by familiar faces – James, Starsailor, Benjamin Francis Leftwich – and songs from lesson familiar but equally brilliant artists – Junip, Sun Kil Moon, Whiskeytown..

When listener's block strikes, treat it with a does of the Best tracks you never heard before. Super stuff.

Oh Canada!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 5:13pm by Will Moreland

Canada is a hotbed of cool new bands and artists right now. That's according to hoxsd1, who's put together a mixtape that gives you a guided tour of must-hear music from the Great White North.

The Playlists.net user points to the "Euro-cool influences in Montreal" and the "thriving underground scene in Vancouver" as highlights, tracks by Jeen, Ivory Hours and the Shanks being particular favourites.

We'd add to that standout tunes from the Viet Cong, Wooden Sky, the Honeyrunners and the Pick Brothers Band, to name just a few. An essential listen for those searching for the best new music around.

The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 5:35pm by Will Moreland

The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection. It's a bold statement from BMStrand, but we think this 1,000-track playlist delivers everything it promises – and then some.

"I feel it is important to highlight the magnificent work of composers," the Playlists.net user writes, "works of art that are unfortunately often overlooked. Please share this collection so that composers and their wonderful tracks may get the attention they deserve."

It features OSTs from the worlds of TV, film and video games, and a "couple of instrumental wonders which are often used as soundtracks but not always for something specific." A real labour of love, it makes foe essential listening.

Ultimate Walking Tunes

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 8:57am by Will Moreland

We've all heard of the running mixtape, those tracks intended to keep tired legs moving that little bit longer. But what about strolling songs – what about music to walk with?

Step forward Lee Batchelor. The Playlists.net user has put together a collection of the Ultimate Walking Tunes. "This is the only playlist that you will need," Lee says, "while walking around burning those calories off."

Lee advises you set crossfade to 10 seconds and stroll, saunter or sashay to his eclectic collection of tunes – tracks by the likes of Hot Chip, Willy Moon, Janelle Monae and LCD Soundsystem, to name just a few. Super stuff.

Summer Anthems 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 8:45am by Will Moreland

Could it be Coldplay reborn as ravers, the return of Ed Sheeran, or a banger from Iggy Azalea? Calvin Harris sings the word summer more than most, so he must be in contention. Then there are tracks by MKTO, Paramore and You Me At Six ...

We're talking about summer anthems. There are stacks of great new music vying to be the soundtrack to your summer, the song that reminds you of holidays, barbeques and lazy days at the park. This mixtape features the very best shiny, happy, summertime tunes.

Daft Punk's Get Lucky was last summer's undisputed heavyweight champion tune. Who's going to take the crown in 2014?

Jazzplosion 1

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 8:21am by Will Moreland

Jazzplosion is a new series of mixtapes bringing you the very best in modern jazz. Each collection – this being the first – serves up around 50 tracks from the genres most exciting emerging and established talents.

"The energy of modern jazz will surprise you," writes Playlists.net user hmbrd, the creator of this mixtape. "Dynamic rhythms, smooth melodies, young spirit – modern jazz at its best."

Highlights include music from Tingvall Trio, pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Swedish-Polish duo Lars Danielsson & Leszek Mozdzer, to name just a few. Jazz fan or newbie, this one's not to be missed.

The Smiths covers and projects

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 1:11pm by Will Moreland

Smiths fan of the world unite: The Walrus has put together a mixtape dedicated to the work of Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce, and it's a must-hear.

A real labour of love, this one: it's a collection of the Playlists.net user's favourite covers of Smiths songs, and various side projects and guest appearances by all members of the band.

No more than one track per artist, and no song more than once, it features the odd Smiths classics, alongside tracks by the likes of Talking Heads, Modest Mouse, Dum Dum Girls, the Wedding Present and Death Cab for Cutie, to name just a few. Really great stuff.

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