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.

History Of Disco

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:11pm by Will Moreland

Here in the office, we've been doing some virtual crate-digging … a bit of head-scratching … and then a whole lot of mixtape-making. It was worth it. We've put together a collection of the best hidden treasures from the disco era, with more than a few crowd-pleasers thrown in for good measure, to chart the History of Disco.

We're pretty please with the result, too. It's 80 tracks tall. It's over 13 hours in length. And it's full of longtime favourites and long-forgotten classics.

Who's made our dream team of disco stars? Chic, Donna Summer, the Salsoul Orchestra, Inner Life, Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott-Heron, Bill Withers, Quincy Jones … need we go on? There are also a stack of 12-inch versions, club edits and remixes. It's disco heaven!

Best Nas Guest Verses

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:09pm by Will Moreland

Best Nas Guest Verses – as you might well guess from the title – is a mixtape featuring the best bars spat by seminal rapper Nas, on other artists' tunes. Simple. Carlos Ramirez is curator, here – the user honing his creation down to just 23-tracks spanning some two hours and 41 minutes.

Highlights, on what is a surprisingly eclectic collection of tunes, include: a hook-up with Wu-Tang Clan, guest bars for Beastie Boys, a pitch-perfect collaboration with Prodigy, and no fewer than four guest appearances on records by Raekwon.

If there's one artists missing from this mixtape, however, it's Olu Dara – Nas's father. Jungle Jay is our favourite father-and-son song. Other than that, a flawless collection. A real must-hear for Nas fans and hip-hop head alike.

Talent Meets Potential Project Issue 1

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:07pm by Will Moreland

Talent Meets Potential Project ( is a cool blog that digs out the best new music by undiscovered artists: "Sifting through hundreds of songs daily to find you the best."

Neal Critchley has put together a playlist featuring some of the best artists the blog has uncovered – a 23-track, three-hour mixtape that really is the last word in under-the-radar music.

Standout tracks include: All the Pretty Horse by Pauline Andres – a song capturing the beauty and melancholy of the Cormac McCarthy book from which it presumably takes its name; a stunning, stripped-back piece of songwriting by Hutch on Devil Take tomorrow; and the autumnal, Fleet Foxes-esque folk of hoots & hellmouth with Why Would You Not Want To Go There? Super stuff: the new music mixtape – reinvented.

Ultimate Halloween Playlist

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:05pm by Will Moreland

We've created a special halloween genre – upload your spooky playlists, choose the drop-down halloween genre, and they'll appear on this page:

While your uploads are exceptional – as always – we like to have a go ourselves. The modestly entitled Ultimate Halloween Playlist is what we believe to be the perfect collection of modern All Hallows' Eve music.

We've put together 100 of the most terrifying tracks, bone-chilling beats and sinister songs around – macabre music by everyone from Bobby Pickett and Michael Jackson to Duran Duran and Prodigy. And, most frightening of all, Lady Gaga … Don't have nightmares.

David Mancuso at The Loft NYC

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:46pm by Will Moreland

David Mancuso was around at the very beginning of the New York disco scene. His Love Saves The Day party – held at his home, a loft space in NY’s NoHo district, on Valentine’s Day in 1970 – is rightly held up as a seminal moment in dance music history. user hoxsd1 celebrates Mancuso's infamous, invite-only parties and the music he played at them in this superb mixtape: "Mancuso had an unusual style of playing records. He was known for leaving space between each track, playing them fully from beginning to end with no adjustments. He had a reverence for music – especially good, new music."

This playlist features over 100 tracks Mancuso liked to play. Artists familiar and obscure, such as Talking Heads, Booker T. & the MG's and, Gladys Knight & the Pips Candido, Ednah Holt and Babatunde Olatunji.

Made In Canada

Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:44pm by Will Moreland

This mixtape celebrates two things: the fact that Canada is currently home to a wealth of gifted musicians, and that this week Spofity launched in the country.

Playlistme Canada has kindly put together a mixtape showcasing some of this talent: "The diversity and quality of music coming from Canada is something worth celebrating."

It features almost 100 tracks – spanning more than 10 hours – by Canadian artist, an eclectic mix of old and new: from Rush, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen to Feist, Arcade Fire and Steppenwolf. Great work.

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.

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