Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:29am by Will Moreland

What better way to get to know London-based alt-pop duo Thumpers than by digging deep into its music collection. Not only does this mixtape bring to the artists who have inspired and influenced the music they make, but it also features a commentary from band members Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr.

The boys have taste in music as exceptional as it is eclectic – among the artists featured here are Blur, J Dilla, Camille, Vangelis and Tears for Fears.

The band's debut album, Galore, released on Sub Pop Records, is out now. This playlists provides insight into how and why they band made the record.

Del Weekender

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:26am by Will Moreland

Rocksteady, Del Weekender explains, is a musical style with origins in mid-60s Jamaica: "As popularity goes, it was short-lived: its heyday only lasted about two years, from 1966-68, filling the gap between ska and reggae. But it is arguably the most influential of all Jamaican music."

The user collects tracks from all the "main players": labels such as Studio One, Blue Beat, Treasure Isle and Beverley, and tracks by artists such as the Cables, the Uniques, the Tennors and Keith & Tex, to name just a few.

This is a 70-track, five-hour introduction to the genre – created ny someone by someone who knows their Sir Harry from their Sugar Minott. Essential listening for rocksteady fans and newcomers alike.

Wise Up! Great Songs to Study By

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:24am by Will Moreland

Putting together a study soundtrack is a fine art. Too uptempo, and you can't concentrate. To mellow, and before you know it you're face down in your physics textbooks. Fear not. Veteran mixtape-maker hoxsd1 is here to help out.

"Going back to school isn't have to be all bad," the user says. "Here is an eclectic mix of study songs guaranteed to keep you focused on your work."

It's an eclectic collection that takes in everything from classical and jazz to chillout and house – Pachelbel String Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Boards of Canada, Bonobo and more. Hoxsd1 is updating this playlist all this playlist all semester, so keep an eye on it.

TV Theme Tunes

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:22am by Will Moreland

Here's one for you: what's the best TV theme tune of all time? Is it the Rembrandts feel-good Friends theme tune? What about the show-tune inspired title song to Family Guy? Or is it the theme tune every 90s kid know all the words to – the rap from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

Lorna Clapps is celebrating TV theme tune in all their glory, in what may well be the most comprehensive collection of its kind we have ever received.

Equal parts cheese, nostalgia and genuinely brilliant pieces of music, this mixtape takes in themes from Cheers, New Girl, CSI and many, many more besides. Good work.

Beautifully Crafted Covers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:21am by Will Moreland

There's no shortage of covers mixtapes, here at, but this one is right up there with the very best. *AJLW has curated a collection of Beautifully Crafted Covers – rare covers versions of familiar tracks by lesser-known artists.

As standout tracks *AJLW highlights DJ Disse's take on Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side, Hannah Peel's simple and haunting rendition of Tainted Love, and Yael Naim's seductive, spellbinding version of Britney Spears' Toxic.

Also worth a spin, Ane Brun doing Feeling Good, the Civil Wars let loose on Billie Jean and Chet Faker's version of No Diggity – which we think is even better than the original. It's that good. Great playlist.

At the Indie Disco

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:19am by Will Moreland

Ah, yes – the indie disco. Sticky carpets, booze sold in cans. Converse covered in club sludge. Swilling cider over your best mate as, arm in arm, you sing your heart out to the chorus of Mr Brightside.

The Clack celebrates the indie disco in all its grubby glory on this playlist, At the Indie Disco: "A mixtape that celebrates 30 years of those midweek indie discos, in every British town, as vocalised by the Divine Comedy."

The mixtape is full of "classic, jangly indie for shy, alternative types to shuffle to." Tracks by indie disco staples such as the Jam, the Smiths, Primal Scream, the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays – and, of course, New Order's Blue Monday as the last tracks of the night. Super stuff.

Domino Friends Electric

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:58pm by Will Moreland

You're all familiar with Domino, right? One of the coolest indie labels in the world, based in London, office in Brooklyn, home to pretty much all of the past two decade's best indie bands … Yeah. That one.

Well, that one has put together a collection of its "favourite electronic tracks, past and present." And – as you may well expect – the Domino crew has exceptional taste.

From Flying Lotus, Joe Goddard and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, to Caribou, Floating Points and Paul Woolford – this is a 200-track journey through house, techno, bass, electro – and virtually everything in between. A proper must-hear mixtape.

Brand New

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:55pm by Will Moreland

Have you heard the new Aphex Twin tune? The one with the pithy title? We can't get enough of it. Same goes for the lush, bittersweet Blue by Hyde & Beast. Prince is still popular in the office. As is Interpol's return to form – All the Rage Back Home.

Our mixtape, simply entitled Brand New, is the place where the team shares all of its favourite, under-the-rader tracks. This is the must-hear collection of new music – one we update regularly.

Royal Blood, Fall Out Boy, Basement Jaxx, Party at the Pharmacy and more – all artists featured here. What have we missed? Give us a shout and let us know. A playlist for those with their ears to the ground and their eyes on the future.

FRESH INDIE poprockdancefolk September

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:54pm by Will Moreland

"Here's your 23-song guide to September's freshest indie music," announces Daan Van Rossum. He goes on to recommend new music in the shape of a soaring, sumptuous track by alt-J, sexy, sleazy electronica courtesy of SBTRKT, and Dry the River, with a hook big enough to hang your coat from.

Among the other artists to have made the cut are Deers, Zella Day, Faded Paper Figures and the Kite String Tangle, to name just a few.

At just two hours long, this is a mixtape honed to perfection. Nothing but the very best new releases make Daan's mixtape. But if you think there are any tracks he's missed, send him your recommendations. He wants to hear from you. First-class mixtape-making. Click play, turn it up. Your new favourite band is ready and waiting …

Hip-Hop Jazz Vol. 2

Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:51pm by Will Moreland

The second in this series of playlists created by TommyC83 is a must-hear for hip-hop heads. Hip-Hop Jazz Vol. 2 – as you can probably guess from the title – is a collection of "rhymes over jazz beats."

Not just any rhymes, though. Not just any old beats. Hip-hop's greatest lyricists, best MCs. Seminal jazz musicians, originators and innovators. Common, Eric B. & Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. Miles Davis, the Roots and Robert Glasper. Two genres, together in perfect harmony, by some of music's most gifted practitioners.

TommyC83, a man who clearly knows his hip-hop, has created a real classy curation. Expertly arranged, put together with care and knowledge, this is essential listening.

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