20 Years of Britpop

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 2:04pm by Will Moreland

It's become a bit unfashionable to say you like Britpop. But look beyond the parodic bad-boy behaviour, the champagne sessions with the prime minster and the very, very questionable garb, and Britpop is home to some brilliant music.

That's what this creation is all about. Pello has put together, "A playlist celebrating 20 years of all things Britpop." The mixtape was made to sit alongside a new print the London-based artist and Illustrator created celebrate two-decade anniversary of this particular chapter in music history.

Alongside Blur, Oasis and the Verve sit everyone from Gene, Mansun and Shed Seven, to Pulp, Suede and Longpigs. A top-drawer Britpop mixtape.

The Alternative Guide to Hip-Hop

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 1:46pm by Will Moreland

"If you like hip-hop," Jonathan Good writes, "but are looking for something a bit different, then check this bad boy out. Word to your mother...." While we'd rather leave our mother out of it, Jonathan, if it's all the same to you, we did indeed check out this mixtape and we were in fact very impressed.

The user has put together a collection of rap music that eschews the usual chart-friendly, guns-girls-bling hip-hop in favour of something a little more substantial: deft delivery, lyrics with purpose, carefully crafted beats.

It features artists such as Blackalicious, DJ Shadow and Mos Def, Jay Electronica, El Michels Affair and more. Classic. Contemporary. Alway exemplary. Check it out rap fans.

Old School: House. Club. Garage

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 1:31pm by Will Moreland

Calling all retired ravers: user lesspopmorefizz is inviting you to take a trip down memory lane to relive the musical highlights of your youth, a youth spent in pubs, clubs, bars, fields and warehouses.

His old-school collection of dance tracks is geared towards getting you "in the groove to reminisce on the good old days of house, club and garage music."

It begins in early 80s, tracking the changing face of club culture into the 90s, and has a handful of early 2000s tunes thrown in for good measure; that's the likes of Adonis, Armand Van Helden, the Bucketheads, Lil' Louis & the World, DJ Lynnwood, MJ Cole and many, many more. A bumper collection of dancefloor classics.

How Music Works David Byrne

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 12:55pm by Will Moreland

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne released How Music Works – part autobiography and part music theory handbook – back in 2012. It's a must-read for musos and aspiring musicians alike.

Andrew Tempest has put together a mixtape featuring every track – at least, every track available on Spotify – from the discography section of the book. "A bit ironic, I know," the user says, "given David Byrne has made his views on Spotify clear."

From Mozart and Wagner, to Chet Baker and John Coltrane, to Ramones and Television, all the way through to Jay-Z and Rihanna: this is a truly comprehensive journey through the history of music. A must-hear.

In New Music We Trust - April 2014

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 8:19am by Will Moreland

A driving, searing new tune from the Horrors. The Danger Mouse-produced return of the Black Keys. And the dreamy sounds of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Just some of this month highlights in new music, as curated by one of our our most on-form users.

It can only be In New Music We Trust - April 2014 – Laney's must-hear monthly mixtape dedicate to the best in cutting-edge music as heard on BBC Radio 1 DJs and Hypem.

Another exceptional creation from user, it also features new releases from the likes of Skrillex, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Villagers, the Orwells and Little Drago. Super stuff.

i-D and Diesel Present A-Z of Dance Video

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 9:44am by Will Moreland

Do you know your death drop from your east coast swing? Your finger tut from your chicken noodle soup? Your krump from your twerk? If not, i-D and Diesel are here to help.

The iconic fashion magazine and equally iconic fashion brand have joined forces for the ‘A-Z of Dance’ – a dynamic new video showcasing 26 cult dance styles.

Directed by Jacob Sutton and shot against the beautiful backdrop of the LA skyline, ‘A-Z of Dance’ shows some of the world's hottest dance talent performing the moves that made them famous, including: Atlanta’s twerk outfit Mizz Twerksum; Nicole ‘The Pole’ Williams, star of Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’ video; and, fresh from performing with Pharrell Williams at the Brit Awards, Northern Soul sensation Levanna McLean.

All performers wear Diesel’s new Jogg Jeans, a combination of denim and jersey which allows them the freedom to bend and flex and whine in all manner of inconceivable contortions.

i-D and Diesel are now inviting fans across the globe to dance their way into a one-of-a-kind follow up film by sharing footage on their preferred social media using the hashtags #joggjeans and #iDdance, or by joining the London casting call at Diesel’s Covent Garden Store on Tuesday 10 April 2014, 2-4pm. The casting call includes many stars from the video, including Nicole “The Pole” Williams.

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Miami Vice Season 1

Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:19pm by Will Moreland user superstar2008c has put together a mixtape featuring all songs from the the most 80s TV show ever made – from the most 80s thing ever made – Miami Vice.

This playlist features tracks from series one, but he's created collections for all five series. "Season one of Miami Vice," superstar2008c writes, "introduced the show's trademark style of highlighting important scenes with music."

It did so with 62 unique songs over the course of 22 episodes. The music here he describes as "light, popular fare" – mirroring the overall tone of the series. It features Devo, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley & the Wailers and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Commendable work. It's a musical-time-capsule must-hear.

USA Latin Top 40

Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:10pm by Will Moreland

By now, you should be familiar with our Top 40 mixtapes: there's one dedicate to top-selling UK singles; another to the biggest US hip-hop and R&B hits; and another to the most popular club tracks in Sweden ... You get the picture.

Well, allow us to introduce you to the latest addition to this series, USA Latin Top 40. It's dedicated to – you guessed it – the biggest and best Stateside latin hits.

This regularly updated, 40-strong playlists currently features a Romeo Santos hook-up with Drake, a touch of pop genius by bilingual songstress Shakira and not one but two tracks from Marc Anthony. Three hours of latin pop at its very best. Don't forget to follow.

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.

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