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Indie Heartbreak

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:33pm by Will Moreland

Nothing says "Indie Heartbreak" like the quivering vocals of Bright Eyes, like the world-weary poetry of the National, like the howling blues of the Black Keys. So says one Playlists.net user …

Chazykyu created, "A playlist for when you can hear the shards of your heart clink and clatter to the ground with every breath you take; for that empty feeling swelling in the pit of your stomach, all because of the one that got away."

Admittedly, not the merriest of mixtapes we've ever heard. But expertly put together nonetheless: a collection of music featuring some of the most beautiful lyrics and heartbreaking melodies ever recorded.

Moshi Moshi Music: On The Office Stereo

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:31pm by Will Moreland

London-based record label Moshi Moshi Records is home to some of our favourite artists – and has been for the better part of 20 years. Which is why we can't get enough of this mixtape: "A selection of aural gems that grace the stereo in the Moshi Moshi Music office. A little insight into what's bumping around our brains."

As you'd expect, the Moshi mob have exceptional taste. This is an 80-track, 10-hour mixtape that takes in fine music old and new, across countless genres and almost as many countries.

From Cocteau Twins, Robert Palmer and Simon & Garfunkel to Tom Vek, Floating Points and Perfume Genius – as collection of tracks as eclectic as it is brilliant. Super stuff.

The Best Tracks of September 2014

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:30pm by Will Moreland

Big, fidgeting blues by Jack White. Maceo Plex's deep, dark, driving house sound. A track from tirelessly innovative producer Trentemoller. And a couple of cracking remixes: Rick Ross reworking Ed Sheeran and Hudson Mohawke lending his handiwork to Paolo Nutini. Just some of the highlight's on baskrud's monthly mixtape showcasing the best new – and newish – music around.

The Playlists.net user has impeccable taste, you see, particularly where indie and electronic music is concerned, and collects all of his "findings" each month in one must-hear mixtape. September's 50-track edition is a must-hear. And it's updated regularly, so keep an eye on it. First-class mixtape-making.

A Different September 2014 by soundofus.com

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:29pm by Will Moreland

A Different September 2014 by soundofus.com promotes the alternative side of new music released this month. The Playlists.net user picked as highlight tracks by Jack White, Prince and TV On The Radio.

We'd add to that the surprisingly melodic return of Aphex Twin (after a 13-year absence, no less), a brilliant Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar collaboration, and a new release from one of our favourite bands of the 00s, the Vines.

As usual, soundofus.com updates the mixtape regularly throughout the month. So, if you don't want to miss any updates, subscribe. A succinct playlist, featuring only the best new music released in September. A must-hear.

David Bowie - remixed

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:27pm by Will Moreland

Bowie in abundance, here, on a 30-track, five-hour mixtape showcasing the very best remixes of Thin White Duke classics. Stef Galley is in charge. The Playlists.net user has curated an outstanding collection of tracks covering the breadth of Bowie's back catalogue, reworked by some of the most exciting DJs and producers in music today.

Standout tracks – and there are many – include: Moby's reworking of Sunday, Leftfield let loose on Jump They Say, James Murphy's deft edit of Love is Lost and a trio of remixes courtesy of french maestros Air. Bowie fan or not – this makes for essential listening. First-class mixtape-making.

Motivational Songs

Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 6:26pm by Will Moreland

Wise words by Bill Withers. Sound sentiments courtesy of Des'ree. Barroom chest-beating by Chumbawamba … Tina Turner gives a pep talk. Louis Armstrong croaks and your heart sings. And when James Brown tells you he feels good – you feel good.

We're talking motivational songs. Tried, tested and guaranteed to get you moving. Over 50 of them, in fact. Six hours of the biggest and best mood-lifting, life-affirming, most inspirational music ever recorded, expertly curated by the Playlists.net team.

Detroit’s Not Bankrupt In Sound

Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:55am by Will Moreland

As a city, Detroit is not without its problems. But music certainly isn't one of them. That's the point Marjorie L. Wilkinson, Esq. articulates beautifully in this mixtape, the brilliantly titled Detroit’s Not Bankrupt In Sound.

Paying tribute to the land "of General Motors and Motown Records," Marjorie and friend created a collection of tracks – and indeed whole genres – born and bred in Michigan, "songs about the city or by some of its most famous performers."

From Motown to rock to rap – from Martha Reeves & the Vandellas to the White Stripes to Eminem – this is a first-class playlist. (But, Marjorie, one criticism – no techno? No Belleville Three, Carl Craig, Theo Parrish, Richie Hawtin, Moodymann?) Nonetheless, a great idea. Great execution. Great mixtape-making. A must-hear.

Kate Bush 2014 Set List

Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:53am by Will Moreland

The gig of the year? The decade? Diehard fans would argue yes, Kate Bush's first show in 35 years was one that will not be beaten. But if you couldn't place your hands on a ticket – which were rarer than hen's teeth – then Aaron Buckley has the next best thing …

Kate Bush 2014 Set List – as you can probably guess – is a 22-track, two-hour approximation of the artist's recent live shows. From Lily, Hounds of Love and Joanni through to King of the Mountain, Among Angels and Cloudbusting.

Not only essential listening for Bush buffs, but a consummate introduction to her work for those looking to see what all the fuss is about. Good work.

The Best Dance Playlist Ever

Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:52am by Will Moreland

Doug Christman has put together what he's calling The Best Dance Playlist Ever. A bold statement indeed. But we like that kind of bluster, that kind of bravado. If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well … So, what does the definitive collection of dance music sound like?

Well, not quite how you might expect. There's no David Guetta, for example. No Avicii or Calvin Harris or Armin Van Buuren. No Swedish House Mafia – not here. But there is a dancefloor-shaker by Disclosure, an absolute banger by Blasterjaxx and a couple of deft disco-house tunes courtesy of Duck Sauce.

A work in progress, and updated frequently – apparently the best dance playlist ever can only get better. Worth keeping an eye on. Super stuff.

Best Novelty Songs Ever

Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8:50am by Will Moreland

We've made our feeling's on guilty pleasures very clear. Where music's concerned – there's no such thing. If you like a song, it's good. It makes you dance, great. If it makes you smile, well, all the better. That's why we welcome with open arms Lorna Clapps' brilliant new mixtape, Best Novelty Songs Ever.

Chas & Dave's mantric Rabbit? Amazing. Who hasn't done the Time Warp? The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – that's funny, and weird. The Crazy Frog, we're not so fond of … Las Ketchup: gone but sadly not forgotten … Fast Food Rockers? If you can't say anything nice ...

"How many do you remember?" Lorna asks. Too many, Lorna. Too many. Probably the best collection of novelty songs we've ever received – for good or ill. Definitely worth a spin, if only once. Lots of fun.

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