Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 12:03pm by Will Moreland
True Detective should come with a warning. Not because of scenes of graphic violence, bad language or sexual activity (though there's lots of those, of course). But because True Detective is so good, its central performances so memorising, its plot so gripping, that once you watch it, it instantly renders other TV obsolete. Ruins it. Part of the series' greatness lies in T-Bone Burnett's haunting, brooding soundtrack.
From the theme tune – the Handsome Family's brilliant Far From Any Road – to tracks by the likes of the 13th Floor Elevators, Grinderman, Slim Harpo, Father John Misty, Wu-Tang Clan and more, the HBO show sets the scene with its amazing soundtrack. We implore you to watch this show and listen to this playlist.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 6:19pm by Will Moreland
How about this for a playlist description: "cool and provocative music from cool and provocative films". That's how MusicDejour describes Palme d'Or: Best Of Foreign Film Scores.
It's a mixtape full of "dramatic, modern film scores and soundtracks" by the likes of Gustavo Santaolalla, Ennio Morricone, Joe Hisaishi and many more besides – a sumptuous 40-track, four-hour journey into the heart of the best movie music.
It's an eclectic mix. And one put together with great skill. This is the perfect mixtape to have on in the background while you work, while you study, while you relax. A playlist full of sweeping, cinematic music that will carry you away. Highly recommended.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 2:31pm by Will Moreland
Coffee and music. Music and coffee. It's an important marriage. A good coffee shop is made great by the music it plays. If the music's perfect, the coffee, somehow, tastes better. With this in mind we set our finest mixtape-making minds to work creating what we think is the consummate coffee-house soundtrack.
So what does the perfect coffee mix sound like? It's the irresistible sound of Janelle Monae. It's the soulful sound of Gregory Porter. It's the folky sound of Fleet Foxes. It's the storytelling sound of Ryan Adams. It's Beth Orton. It's John Legend. It's Bon Iver. It's all these artists and more
Play this in your headphones at your local coffee shop. Play it at home and turn you living room into a coffee shop. Where you play it, it's a smooth, soothing collection of mellow music.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 1:53pm by Will Moreland
It may be a little premature, but we're beginning to turn our attention to festivals. They'll be coming round quicker than you think. And we can't wait. One Playlists.net user – and influential record label – is thinking exactly the same thing. Specifically, dance music festivals.
"It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to Miami, Las Vegas, or to Belgium," says Ultra Music. "This playlist will get you in the right state of mind to rave wherever you are."
Ultra Music is an American Grammy-winning label, one that Steve Aoki, Kaskade, Pitbull, Calvin Harris and Axwell call home, so you can count on them as an expert in all things electronic music. All of these artists and more feature here. A top playlist. A must-hear for dance fans.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 12:06pm by Will Moreland
NME published its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" recently. Playlsits.net user chrisgoodm began scanning the list, looking for his favourites, tracks he expected to make the cut. "I was startled," he says, "at some of the omissions."
So he decided to do something about. He set about creating a mixtape of his own. The result is NOT the NME Greatest 500 – a creation that collects by best tracks the music mag overlooked.
Featured here, everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, to name just a few. Which overlooked tracks has chrisgoodm overlooked that the NME overlooked. Give him a shout and let him know.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 11:57am by Will Moreland
We're not sure about you, but here at Playlists.net headquarters – we're sick of winter. Wind. Rain. Grey skies. Chapped lips. Runny nose. We're ready for some sunshine. We're ready for cocktails in beach bars. Outdoor parties. Dancing till sunrise. We're ready for some balearic beats.
Balearic mixtape 014 is something of Playlists.net institution. Created by lacheyy, it's full of sun-kissed, blissed-out Balearic and Balearic-inspired music – from the lush keys of Francesco Carone to the bubbling electronica of Darkside, it's class throughout.
"Here comes another balearic mixtape filled with sunshine. Hopefully it can help you to get through this dark time of year. The summer is soon to come." Our is a vodka limón. See you on the beach.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 11:46am by Will Moreland
Hip-Hop Remakes is a mixtape that looks at the best – and, often, oddest – rap covers of all time. However, this being arguably the most inventive and innovative of genres, they're not just straightforward takeoffs. They're interpretations. Reworkings.
Nas versus Elzhi. Mad Skillz up against Quasimoto. Biz Markie toe to tow with Snoop Doggy Dogg. Special Ed faces Vanilla Ice. Which versions are best? You decide.
The setup is simple, as mixape maker, Playlists.net user Vincent van der Does, explains: "This playlist contains over 100 tracks featuring the original hip-hop record followed by the interpretation of this record by another hip-hop artist." Got it? Get it. And uncover some rap gems. Super stuff.
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 11:33am by Will Moreland
Did you see the Brits? What did you think of the Brits? Do you even know what they Brits are? For our overseas playisters, perhaps not familiar with the awards, the Brits are kind of like the Grammies – but without the credibility or the personality.
That said, the "variety and diversity of the Brits through the years" is unparalleled. And that's what this mixtape, created by Playlists.net user [PIAS], is all about it.
It's a six-hour, 50-track beauty that features everyone from David Bowie, Prince and John Grant to Nirvana, Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys. An eclectic and entertaining collection of the some of the Brits' best alumni. Worth a spin – if only to remind yourself it wasn't also so rubbish.
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 7:13pm by Will Moreland
What, exactly, is Ethereal Indie Folk, you may well ask. Allow Tommy Westers to explain: "Introspective lyrics, haunting vocals and heavenly folk-tinged arrangements. It's ethereal, dreamy, longing, powerful and epic."
The Playlists.net user's serving suggestion for this particular mixtape is while enjoying moments of calm: it's a collection of tracks perfect for taking a step back, taking time out or sitting down with a cup of coffee.
Your hosts, here, include the likes of Bear's Den, Hayden Calnin and Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Wickerbird, Lost in the Trees and Shady Bard. A lovely idea for a playlist, and one that's been put together very, very well. Highly recommended.
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 6:54pm by Will Moreland
Are you an electro aficionado? A bass music buff? Have a taste for techno, do you? Are you looking to discover the very best in dance music? Step this way, beyond the red rope, passed the mutant doorman, and onto the VIP dancefloor that is UK DANCE TOP 40.
Our most gifted mixtape makers have put their heads together to curate the ultimate party playlist – full of the latest, biggest and best electronic music in the UK.
Featured here – on what is a 40-track, six-hour jackathon – everyone from Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and Diplo to Disclosure, Rudimental and London Grammar. Don't forget to subscribe.
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