Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 6:11pm by Will Moreland
It's never too early to start getting into the Christmas spirit. And, as always, we've got the music wrapped up. The Playlists.net team has put its heads together to come up with this, the Complete Christmas Playlist, an extensive five-hour mixtape full of Christmas favourites.
Sure, come January, you'll be sick of many of the tracks here. But, for now, they'll inspire those feelings of nostalgia, excitement and joy that only a Christmas song can.
From Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Wizzard to McFly, Lady Gaga and Hurts, we've got all your festive favourites. And, of course, the greatest Christmas song ever – ever – written: Fairytale of New York by the Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl. In the words of Noddy Holder, IT'S CHRISTMASSSSS!
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 5:39pm by Will Moreland
Like old music? Particularly 60s music? Sick of hearing the same old music? The same 60s music? Again and again. We know someone who can empathise: "So, yeah, I love Louie, Louie and Good Vibrations and My Generation as much as the next guy," says Buzz Stuff, "but sometimes it's nice to hear some of the other stuff, don'tcha think?"
We do think. And fortunately the Playlists.net user has put their music where their mouth is with this compelling mixtape featuring "30 or so examples of that other stuff."
Other stuff like Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick, Small Faces and Love, the Blues Magoos and the Grass Roots. A really well put together collection of lesser-known tracks and forgotten artists from the 60s. And succinct, too, at just 30 tracks long. Highly recommended for anyone serious about music. It's a must-hear.
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 5:23pm by Will Moreland
Remember the name: bonchoman. The Playlists.net user is really onto something with this latest creation. It's a kind of self-help mixtape. Think of it as life guidance for those with two left feet when it comes to dancing around the issue of romance.
"For those smoochin' times," bonchoman says, "play this for your romantic evenings with your love or love to be." It's music to woo, basically. Seductive sounds. Come-hither tunes. Beguiling beats.
It features everyone from Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Prince to Raphael Saadiq, Erykah Badu and Outkast. Some good food, some nice wine, dim the lights, press play and let this mixtape do the rest. Here's to "smoochin' times"!
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 5:07pm by Will Moreland
You may or may not know that Spotify is home to DJ sets. Well, it is. (On a completely unrelated note, it also has audiobooks. Did you now that? Amazing.) Everything from one, two and three-hour sets, to mini mixes – some of them created especially for Spotify. One Playlists.net user, Gubi Mann, has kindly put together this mixtape, which shines a light on the very best of them.
It's called DJ WORLD LEAGUE- 150 Continuous Mixes. And, as the title suggests, it contains a veritable feast of DJ sets by some of the world's best spinners. Just some of the highlights include mixes from techno legend Carl Cox, the inimitable Felix Da Housecat and Playlists.net favourite Mr.Scruff – with many of these sets recorded at famous nightspots like Space in Ibiza, Warung Beach Club in Brazil and Los Angeles' Avalon. Super stuff. A mixtape you'll want to dip into again and again.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 8:21pm by Will Moreland
This mixtape is a beast. A Monster. A monolith. Or, as the hipsters it's dedicated to might say, it's epic. It contains over 2,500 tracks – an "ever growing-collection that is a one-song-per-artist playlist dedicated to the indie scene."
As you can probably tell, Tommy Westers is almost obsessive about finding and sharing new music. The Hipster Shuffle is regularly updated. So far it includes tracks by the likes of A / T / O / S, Acid House Kings, the Baptist Generals, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Junip, Jon Hopkins, Yuck and Two Gallants – all of which we strongly recommend you take for a spin.
Probably best not to attempt to tackle this mixtape in one sitting. Our advice? Come on. You know by now. Hit shuffle, click play, turn it up, and get ready to discover your new favourite band.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 8:11pm by Will Moreland
"Cover versions," bonchoman says. "Not ordinary covers, though. These are unusual or unlikely, but likeable. Give these songs a test ride; you'll probably find something new here."
What exactly does the Playlists.net user mean by "unusual or unlikely"? Well. if you've not heard William Shatner's (yes, the Canadian actor best known as Star Trek's Captain Kirk) cover of Common People, you're in a for a treat. A strange and terrible and beguiling treat. Covers by the likes of Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash and Chet Faker, on the other hand, are a little more straight forward but no less captivating.
A collection that's updated continuously. "Have fun," bonchoman says. "And feel free to send suggestions."
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:56pm by Will Moreland
Well, it's that time again, isn't it? When just about everyone with ears and an internet connection starts collecting their top tracks, album and artists of the past 12 months. One Playlists.net user has thrown their hat in the to ring already.
Lesspopmorefizz has put together, "An eclectic, multi-genre playlist of stand-out songs and artists from 2013. One song per artist. Electronic, alt rock, dance, indie and hip hop are among genres included."
Our favourite tunes come from the brilliant Ghostpoet, who returned with his second album this year; the inimitable Janelle Monae; Playlists.net favourite Maya Jane Coles; DJ Koze, who released one of our album's of the year; the superb Fat Freddy's Drop; and a masterclass in electronic music production from Gold Panda. It's a mixtape worth subscribing to, as it'll updated until end of December.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:43pm by Will Moreland
You Can't Make Old Friends ... The Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts ... When the Whiskey Doesn't Work ... Songs About Trucks ... Everybody's Got Somebody But Me ... Drop Kick Me, Jesus, Through the Goalposts of Life. Each one id s genuine country songs. Sadly, the final title in that series doesn't feature on this particular mixtape. What it does include, however, are all the latest country hits, in one, regularly updated playlist.
So far it stands at over 100 tracks tall and more than 10 hours long, and includes songs by the likes of Maiden Dixie, Rachele Lynae, Jared Ashley, Bo Phillips Band, Samantha Landrum and many, many, many more besides. Don't forget to subscribe for regular updates.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:21pm by Will Moreland
Dennis Wilson was a founding member of the Beach Boys, the drummer, the middle brother of bandmates Brian and Carl Wilson, and cousin of Mike Love. He was also "a uniquely talented songwriter, producer and performer" in his own right, as one Playlists.net argues with this collection of his music.
"You can read about his personal demons and his relationship with the rest of the band elsewhere," Playlists.net user blackmoses explains. "This playlist is about his deeply soulful music, presented here in (mostly) chronological progression."
It's a brilliant, career-spanning mixtape – perfect for newcomers and aficionados alike. A musician as gifted is he was fascinating. A playlist that's well-worth a spin.
Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 7:11pm by Will Moreland
Two-timing tunes, adulterous beats, fornicating ditties, extramarital ear worms, cuckolding warbles, ballads of the unfaithful ... This quite unique mixtape, as you may have guessed, is all about infidelity. The Other Woman: Songs of Infidelity is it's name. CrowdsourcedPlaylists is the Playlists.net user behind it – created, as always, with the help of his Facebook friends, who chose songs based around a new theme each week.
"Songs of wandering eyes and jealousy," goes the eloquent description. "Heavy on the country and the soul, but with some pop, rock, R&B and more thrown in."
Featured here, everyone from Irma Thomas, Dolly Parton and Doris Duke to Johnnie Taylor, Kelis and the Roches – all singing songs of the spurned. And quite brilliantly so. A nice idea from user it's worth keeping an eye on.
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