2014 - indie october

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:41pm by Will Moreland

Your genial host on a comprehensive tour of the best indie around is user Chris Sumpter. "Don't be scurred," says Sumpter. "Get up on your indie October horse and let's ride." We're not entirely sure what that means, but what we do know is that this is essential listening for those seeking out new guitar music.

Highlights include the stomping, anthemic return of Jamie T, the gloriously, carousing comeback track by Death from Above 1979, and the latest slice of leftfield indie-pop from alt-J.

Standing at almost 100 tracks – that's almost ten hours of tunes – this is your one-stop shop for new music in the month of October. Great work.

New Electronic

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:38pm by Will Moreland

Radial put together a mixtape celebrating the, "Latest underground sounds from the ever-evolving electronic music scene."

From house and techno, to bass and electro, via the more experimental side of the scene, this collection covers all corners of electronic music.

Standout tracks include productions and remixes courtesy of Caribou, DJ Rashad, Aphex Twin, Todd Terjie and Floating Points, to name just a few. Radial adds new tracks each and every Wednesday, so don't forget to follow. A must-hear for dance fans.

The Bearded men of the Music industry

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:36pm by Will Moreland

Introducing: the Bearded men of the Music industry. Koen van der Sommen created this playlist. "Well, the title says it all," he says. "I did my best to collect together rough-bearded men who create surprisingly tender music."

The playlist takes in tracks from genres indie, rock, country, reggae. New stuff and oldies. There's even a smattering of classical music. Some of the folliclularly fecund artists on show include Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Sebastien Tellier, Bob Marley & the Wailers and many, many more.

Over 100 more, in fact. More than 17 hours of music. "They have one thing in common," Koen concludes. "Great, great beards." And their music's not bad, either.

Hip-Hop Workout

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:35pm by Will Moreland

Nothing gets the blood pumping like the irascible MCing of DMX, the hyperactive bars of Busta Rhymes and the irrepressible, nagging beats of Dr. Dre ... Meet your new favourite workout mix.

To carry you through those last, laborious few lifts, those final, heavy-legged paces, one more stomach-burning crunch – you need a strong soundtrack. Tracks that act like a shot in the arm. Basslines that drive adrenaline. Vocals that get the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. What you need is the Hip-Hop Workout.

The team (the fine physical specimens that we are ...) put its heads together to create the ultimate collection of motivational hip-hop music. Here you'll find four hours of the best in pumped-up rap music around – more than enough to carry you through even the most arduous of workouts.

The Artistry of DJ Mustard

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:33pm by Will Moreland

What does T.I.'s No Mediocre have in common with Ty Dolla Sign's Paranoid? Trey Songz' Na Na with Tinashe's 2 On-again-off-again? Jeremih's Don't Tell Em and Teeflii's 24 Hours? Dijon McFarlane helped create them all.

DJ Mustard – as he's known – is the man who "completely owns popular rap and R&B in 2014." Hoxsd1 has put together a mixtape celebrating the DJ-producer's extensive – and impossibly successful – body of work.

The mixtape also includes tracks featuring artists such as Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Ludacris and many, many more besides. A playlist that is essential listening for any hip-hop head and R&B fan.

Soul Revival: Fourteen

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:32pm by Will Moreland

"Soul made a major comeback in 2014," Reggie Prim says. Over the past few year Prim has proven himself to be one of's true tastemakers. So when he makes such a bold statement, we tend to sit up and take notice.

Loretta, Bernhoft, Lee Fields & the Expressions and Sharon jones & the Dap-Kings are amend the artists spearheading the soul revival Reggie's taking about. He's put together a collection of contemporary should music featuring all of these artists and more – 40 tracks covering some four hours.

"Are you," Prim asks, "ready to get down?" Succinct and put together with real care, by a mixtape-maker who knows his Marc Broussard from his Nick Waterhouse, this one's a must-hear.

Women Who Rock

Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 12:54pm by Will Moreland

V V Brown definitely does. Joanna Gruesome, too. Sharon Van Etten? No doubt about it. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: absolutely. What we're talking about, here, is women who rock.

Radial is on mixtape-making duties: "A playlist of the best songs by some of the most rockin' ladies making music today." Some of user's favourites include Haerts, Betty Who, Haim, Lorde and man, many more.

Almost three hours of music, in fact: 30 tracks separated by genre but joined by gender. That – and their prodigious talents in the fine art of rocking. Good work.

Funny Songs: Best Comedy Songs

Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 12:52pm by Will Moreland

Have you heard the one about the user who put together a mixtape full of the best comedy songs on Spotify? Lorna Clapps is on compere duties, hosting a stellar line up of comedians and comedy musicians.

"If you love to laugh," Lorna says, "then you'll love this playlist. All the best comedy songs in one place. From Fascinating Aida to Benny Hill and everything in between."

Other highlights include the boisterous My Old Man's a Dustman, the buoyant When I'm Cleaning Windows and the so-bad-it's-sorted-of-good Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. A great idea, nicely worked.

Kinda Retro In Modern Times

Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 12:50pm by Will Moreland

Here's a great fact for you: the word "retro" derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning "backwards, or in past times." You have Jokke Samen to thanks for that. The veteran mixtape-maker uses this little piece of trivia as the hook on which to hang his latest playlist: Kinda Retro In Modern Times.

The Sheepdogs, Jokke says, would definitely have played a Woodstock were they around. Van Morrison influences Patrick Swean's stuff. There are shades of the Rolling Stones in TAB the Band. And Pineapple gives more than a nod The Velvet Underground.

There are over 100 tracks, here, by artists following in the footsteps of those who came before them. Kind of retro. Kind of brilliant.

Autumn Afternoon

Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 12:48pm by Will Moreland

This playlist is the sound of lazy afternoons spent in your most favourite coffee shop – sipping from steaming cups, people watching through steamed-up windows. It's browning leaves. Walks in the park. Hats, gloves, scarfs. It's coming in out of the cold. Slipping into something more comfortable. It's dark nights in front of a crackling fire with someone special. Autumn Afternoon is the sound of fall in all its glory.

Our mixtape features almost 50 autumnal tunes, spanning nearly five hours. It takes in everyone from Ed Sheeran, Sufjan Stevens and Two Door Cinema Club to alt-J, James Blake and the Tallest Man on Earth. Whatever you're doing this autumn, make this your soundtrack.

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