The Cole Porter Songbook

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:23pm by Will Moreland

Cole Porter is perhaps one of those artists whose songs are more famous than he is. His talents as a performer were surpassed only by his abilities as a composer and songwriter. That's what The Cole Porter Songbook celebrates. 

Avante's on mixtape-making duties. The user has put together a collection of the greatest ever recordings of Porter's songs. It stars everyone from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire, to Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Julie London.

This 62-track, five-hour mixtape is a must for fans, and also, for those unfamiliar with his stuff, a great way to get into Cole Porter.

50 Of The Catchiest Songs (Scientifically)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:22pm by Will Moreland

This, we believe, is what they call a game-changer … We’ve received some superb mixtapes dedicating themselves to catchy songs, tracks you can't stop singing, tunes that lodge themselves firmly in your head and refuse to leave. But McLovin_Music is taking things up a notch by turning to science. 

"Science has spoken," McLovin tells us. "These songs are some of the most catchiest songs from past and present."

Thinking about the physics and frequencies of sound, scientist have determined songs by Rick Astley, Paul McCartney, Carly Rae Jepsen and the White Stripes are among the catchiest ever recorded. Well, you don't need white coat and a test tube to know that … 

UK Number 1's of 2014

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:20pm by Will Moreland

Lorna Clapps has created a playlist collection all of the songs that reached number in the UK Charts so far in 2014. It's been a record-breaking year, Clapps says: Pharrell Williams' Happy was the first this decade to go triple platinum, while Megham Trainor's All About That Bass was the very first single ever to reach the top spot on streams alone. 

Clapps' mixtape – so far standing at 33 tracks – also includes smash hits from Sam Smith, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Duke Dumont and many more besides. Three hours, in fact, of non-stop number ones. Super stuff. 

INDIE Guide (November 2014)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:19pm by Will Moreland

Something special from Caribou, a beautiful track from Jose Gonzalez, a new tune from favourite the Drums … 

Ole Pappert's monthly mixtape, dedicated to he best new music around, is a must-hear … partly because its the final INDIE Guide in 2014.

Pappert's favourite tracks come courtesy of The Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian and Lorde. "Some of which," he says, "we will certainly hear again in the "INDIE Guide Best Of" at the end of this year." We can't wait. 

Hip Hop: Best in 2014 [November]

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:18pm by Will Moreland

Mixtape-maker enangq has rap music in November sorted: his latest creations focuses of "new, mostly non-commercial hip-hop tracks" – his particular favourites coming from Common, Wu-Tang Clan, Thurz and Marcus D.

Reading like a who's who of the best hip-hop artists around at the moment, this mixtape also includes tracks and guest appearances by Run the Jewels, the Black Knights and Dice Raw, Action Bronson, Andre 3000, and Mos Def. 

Currently standing at almost 150 tracks tall – spanning some 14 hours – this the must-hear November mixtape for hip-hop heads. "Stop looking for your monthly rap fix," enangq says, "cause you just found it!"

Soul Daze & Disco Nites

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 at 1:13pm by Will Moreland

This is a playlist for the more discerning fan of soul and disco. Mirrorman82 explains more: If you love "old-skool" soul and dance music you need to listen to this in-depth collection of some of the finest tracks the genre has to offer. From the great voices of the 70's to the more sultry side of the 80's."

This is an epic playlist – over 700 tracks. That's enough music to last four days. But this is no drag-and-drop. Mirrorman82 clearly knows his soul and disco – and funk – putting together a carefully curated selection of tracks by everyone from Teddy Pendergrass, Womack & Womack and Stevie Wonder, to Anita Baker, Mica Paris and Sade. Essential listening for soul fans. 

PRE CLUB | house blend

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 5:33pm by Will Moreland regulars will see the title – PRE CLUB | house blend – and know exactly which mixtape-maker created it. It is, of course, Reggie Prim – our main man when it comes to all things underground and electronic.

For his latest trick, our premier house and techno tastemaker has put together a mixtape to “get you in the mood to get down.”

This is perfect pre-party music: friends, maybe some food, more than a few drinks … easing yourself into the late night and early morning ahead. Tune and remixes come courtesy of Miguel Migs, Martin Luther, Bunte Bummler, Super Flu and Sydney Charles. Heaven for house heads.

Songs To Fall Asleep To

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 5:32pm by Will Moreland

We begin with the lush Intro from the xx’s debut album. From there we journey through genres and eras, taking in touch of the Lost Twenties, some Radiohead, a little Mazzy Star … your eyes are feeling heavy … PJ Harvey, Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams … muscles relaxing … by the time you reach Damien Rice, Sara Bareilles, Tyler Ward, we expect you’ll long gone to land of nod.

This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep. It’s a 40-track, four-hour collection that the team painstakingly put together. Play … quietly.

Wake Up!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 5:32pm by Will Moreland

Alarm goes off. Must be some sort of mistake, you think. I've barely slept. You hit snooze. Alarm. Snooze. Alarm. Snooze. Alarm … Oh, sh******!

Sound familiar? What you need first thing on a morning, even before your coffee, is a little musical eye-opener. And this is the mixtape to give you just that. Our expert mixtape makers have curated over three hours of invigorating music – more than enough to rouse even the sleepiest of sleepy heads.

The line up of liveners includes everyone from Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Diana Ross, to Elbow, Lightning Seeds and the Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Early starts never sounded so good.

The Soundtrack to November 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 5:32pm by Will Moreland

Phil Wilce is feeling laconic. The Soundtrack to November 2014 is, he says, quite simply: “Heat to warm your ears in November.” Usual deal: 50 of the best new tunes by the hottest artists around released this month.

Brooding electronic from SBTRKT and Warpaint. A fidgeting, beast of a track by Basement Jaxx. Big, 70s-inspired rock and roll from the Black Keys. A classy, proper deep house production courtesy of Apollonia.

This monthly mixtape is the very definition of must-hear – an essential listen for those those looking for new music. Play loud and play often.

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