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 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 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.

The Best Tracks of July 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 12:54pm by Will Moreland

We're still savouring the sounds of soul queen – and certified chef – Kelis. Equally tasty is the evergreen Moby and his cover of Duran Duran's Rio (yep – seriously). And Tom Vek – the criminally underrated Tom Vek – and his trademark feast of sound, found on Sherman (Animals in the Jungle).

Also enjoying these songs is user Brian Askrud. So much so that he's featured them here, on his mixtape The Best Tracks of July 2014.

It's a regular thing, this playlist of his: each month he put together a comprehensive list of his favourite new tracks and remixes – mostly from the genres indie and electronica, mixing them with the odd classic to create an must-hear mixtape.

Friend Zoned

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 12:38pm by Will Moreland

Let's all give mixtape-maker Mark Mason a big hug. "Oh come on," Mark writes. "Even the coolest of us have lusted after a girl who liked us, but just not like that. It's a part of being human. So is writing pithy songs about it!"

With that in mind, he's put together a 26-track lament of a mixtape, all about unrequited love. That's almost three hours of songs to tug on your heartstrings.

It stars artists such as Pulp, The Smashing Pumpkins and Death Cab for Cutie on tear-jerking songs Like A Friend, Lily (My One and Only) and I Will Possess Your Heart. A mixtape as diverse as it is brilliant – and as it is weepy.

The Enhanced Soundtrack: Ibiza 2014

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 12:30pm by Will Moreland

You start with a long, lazy lunch at a beachside restaurant – seafood in the sunshine, coffee and cocktails. You move on to Playa D'en Bossa – beach bars, vodka limons, Balearic beats. You catch the sunset at Café del Mar. You hit the bars in old Ibiza Town. A club or two. Then up into the hills you go – a villa party till sunrise. Next day, you do it all over again.

Summer season in Ibiza is officially in full swing, and Enhanced Music has created the soundtrack.

It's a four-hour, 50-track mixtape featuring everyone from Tapesh, Disclosure and Maceo Plex, to Tiesto, Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren. Great stuff.

Already Tomorrow: Alternative R&B

Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 9:04am by Will Moreland

Kelis to Little Dragon, the Roots to How to Dress Well: these are the artists flying the flag for unique, innovative, contemporary soul and rhythm and blues.

Already Tomorrow: Alternative R&B is a collection of, "Forward-looking releases from today's most creative purveyors of soul and R&B." It comes with the stamp of quality that is Reggie Prim's name – being one of the finest purveyors of playlists around.

It also stars the such luminaries Kendrick Lamar, Jesse Boykins III, Chance the Rapper and favourite Taylor McFerrin. Super stuff, as always, from that man Prim.

Strictly BASS... 59

Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 8:52am by Will Moreland

The start of a new month, and the unveiling of a brand new new Strictly Bass – Syknyk's unmissable monthly tour around the best in brand new bass music.

The user has, "Decided to go hard with some big room tracks to start us off and then hit the dubstep, glitch hop, drum and bass and other genres." Issue 59 features tracks and remixes by the likes of Hadouken!, Laidback Luke, Borgore, Klaxons, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Disclosure and more.

Ever the perfectionist, Syknyk has even arranged the tunes so they flow nicely together. Like a DJ set. So set your Spotify crossfader to between seven and 12 seconds fior the best results. A must-hear for bass fans.

40 Scary Themes from horror movies

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 7:14pm by Will Moreland

As the stranger lurks in the shadows. As the protagonist runs up the stairs instead of out the door. As the heads of the identical twin ghost girls rotate 360 degrees. These are the haunting sounds that play.

Playlist Advisor has put together, "A very complete collection of the best soundtracks from cult horror movies." It features 40 creepy, foreboding, downright horrifying film scores.

The names – Carlo Savina, Pino Donaggio, Keith Emerson – may not be familiar, and the titles – Suspiria, Ruby Rain, Death Dies – even less so, but we guarantee the tracks featured on this playlist will be indelibly seared into your brain.

80s Road Trip

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 6:43pm by Will Moreland

Picture the scene: you, a car, the open road. Oh, and it's the 80s. Your shoulder pads are almost as big as your hair. You're driving a Ford Capri – no, an Audi Quattro – no, make that a DeLorean ... What are you listening to? Patrick Mahan has the answers, and he's packaged it up in this totally tubular mixtape.

"Get behind the wheel of your brand new Delorean and put in a shiny new cassette tape," Pat says. "It's time for a road trip, 80s style!"

From U2, Prince and Michael Jackson to New Order, Prefab Sprout and Giorgio Moroder, this is a consummate collection of 80s road music.

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