The Tasty Turntable - October 2014

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:13pm by Will Moreland

The Tasty Turntable, each and every month, serves up a spinning platter of the very best new music around. Veteran mixtape-maker hoxsd1 is your genial host.

"With Autumn upon us,” hoxsd1 says, “we present a great new collection of the songs that have been keeping our turntables busy in October. As we like to say, music has no rules. New, old, slow, fast. Anything goes, as long as it's good."

The users favourites include tracks In Dreams by tomemitsu, Beautiful Boy by John Lennon (new to Spotify), and the newly released Crybaby by Cookies – all feature here. There's a plethora of classic tracks on offer, too. Your new favourite band is ready and waiting …

Guilty Pleasures

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:11pm by Will Moreland

The guilty pleasure is a kind of music that brings us all together. It's not strictly a genre, not as such, but it unites us in a way no single genre ever could.

Take Lou Bega's Mambo No. 5, for example. You either like that song, but understand it's a bit silly, or that song annoys you – because its a bit silly. Love it or hate it, it’s a song that causes a wry smile. That's what this mixtape is all about …

"Those things you know shouldn't love," Lorna Clapps says, "but do … Everyone has those songs that they hate to admit they love! This playlist is filled with all of your guilty pleasures. Lorna's favourite guilty pleasures include Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Vanessa Carlton and "so many more!"

Sonic Highways - Music from the HBO Series

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:10pm by Will Moreland

HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways celebrates the band's 20th anniversary and follows Dave Grohl and co as they take in some eight cities while recording their eighth studio album.

Grohl, who is also on directorial duties, wrote one song in each city, with the help of local legends, in equally legendary recording studios.

This mixtape, which Patrick Mahan kindly put together, contains many of the songs heard in the series – not only Foo Fighters, but Cheap Trick, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Wilco, Nirvana, Etta James, Jay-Z, Kanye West and more. Super stuff.

The Annual 2015 - Ministry of Sound

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:09pm by Will Moreland

The Annual is, for many clubbers, the point around which they mark their calendars. It's an institution. Almost as old as the London label is itself – they've been releasing Annuals in various forms since 1995 – it is the must-hear dance music compilation: "One Year. One Album. All of the biggest dance hits."

The 50 tracks best of 2014 covers all corners of electronic music – from house and techno to bass and electro, and beyond. Just check out this line up: Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Ten Walls, Sub Focus, Robin Schulz, Duke Dumont and, well, to many more to mention …

All of the best productions and remixes from the passed 12 months, in one place, demanding to be play loud. Pre-party, after-party, disco at your desk: this one's essential listening.

Halloween Rocks 2014 by

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:08pm by Will Moreland

Halloween Rocks, which puts together, is now in its fourth year. The user has updated the 2014 edition so it now features 140 ghoulish tunes.

Not only does the collation feature macabre music from the likes of Rival Sons, the Fratellis and the Raveonettes – on tracks with titles such as Electric Man, Halloween Blues and Killer in the Streets respectively – but it also includes spooky sound effects.

And don't forget, we've created a special halloween genre: upload your spooky playlists, choose the drop-down halloween genre, and they'll appear on this page:

Nothing But The Hits

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 1:07pm by Will Moreland

Nothing But The Hits: wanna guess what this one's about? Yep. Biggies. Chart-toppers. Songs that get stuck in your head. Tunes you wake up singing. Bangers you go to bed humming. Anthems you give the most airtime. Tracks you listen to on repeat … This playlist is about all the hits, and its updated all the time.

It currently stands at just over three hours long and we regularly give it a refresh. As it is, it stars the likes of David Guetta and Sam Martin, Robin Schulz, Nico & Vinz, Ed Sheeran and more. Don't forget to follow.

Songs that Get Stuck in Your Head

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:18pm by Will Moreland

I get knocked down. But I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down … Some songs stick in your head more than others … Mmmbop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du bop, ba duba dop, ba du … Some songs – maybe it heard first thing on a morning – just refuse to leave your head … I don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. I don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind …

Well, for good or ill, Lorna Clapps has made a mixtape consisting exclusively of those of songs … Never gonna give you up. Never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around – and desert you. Never gonna make you cry. Never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie – and hurt you …

We're not sure if it's the best thing we've ever heard, or the very, very, worst – either way, we implore you to listen … It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious …

The Soundtrack to October 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:16pm by Will Moreland

Something strange and beautiful from FKA twigs. Deep, driving tech-house goodness from Dusky. Mercurial dirge from the most exciting band in Britain, Fat White Family. Yep. It's that time again …

One of the greatest pleasures in the calendar is checking in each and every month with the Soundtrack to … Phil Wilce's staple new-music mixtape never disappoints, and October's edition is no exception. Over to the man himself for the introductions:

"This month, everyone's talking about new Aphex Twin and SBTRKT. Singing Johnny Marr and Jamie T. Rediscovering Leonard Cohen. All over the next big thing, James Bay. And listening to the Soundtrack to October 2014."

Strictly Rhythm - 25 Years of Classic House

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:14pm by Will Moreland

Strictly Rhythm Records, in its own words, *is* house music. It's a bold statement but one hard to dispute. Since the imprint's inception, way back in 1989, it's released tracks by artists such as Erick Morillo, Todd Terry, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Armand Van Helden, DJ Pierre, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, Ultra Naté and Barbara Tucker – who all feature here.

It's a succinct best-of – just over two hours of music – but one carrying enough weaponry to destroy even the toughest of dancefloors. Imagine hearing these three back to back at 3am: Reel 2 Real’s I Like To Move It; Ultra Naté’s Free; Josh Wink’s Higher State Of Consciousness …

Sterling work by our friends over at Strictly Rhythm. We defy you to listen to this mixtape without a big smile on your face. Extra points if you jump up at your desk and break into a two-step. Essential listening for dance fans.

Beginners guide to Yacht Rock addiction

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:12pm by Will Moreland

Hold on. Wait a minute – just a second … Yacht rock?! POLKYL explains all: "Soft rock or adult-oriented rock music will never sound better then this. Music almost from a bygone era for those who grew up in the 70s and early 80s. Should you ever aspire to have your own yacht, start with this selection – while dreaming and saving money."

So which bands would you listen to while sailing the world on a ship made of your own wealthy smugness? Eagles, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac and Daryl Hall & John Oates … and over 500 more. There are, in fact, over 48-hours of yuppie sea shanties.

"They don't make them like this anymore," POLKYL says. It might be for the best … Cheesy. Nostalgic. Great fun.

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