Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:59pm by Will Moreland
Dancing to jazz? Ah, right ... you mean, like ... Dancing, to jazz? So ... Dancing? To jazz? You shake your head to jazz. You click your fingers to jazz. You smoke a cigarette to jazz. But, surely, you do not dance to jazz, do you? Playlists.net user jazzyjez says you do – and he's put together the "Definitive collection of killer dancefloor jazz battle cuts" to prove it.
It features, he says, the kind of music you'd hear played by DJs such as Paul Murphy and Gilles Peterson at venues like the Electric Ballroom and Dingwalls. "And to which," jazzyjez adds, " posses such as IDJ (I Dance Jazz) in London, Brothers in Jazz in Leeds and Stax Groove in Tokyo battled it out on the dancefloor." Jazz battles. Sounds cools, right? It is. And it includes music by Quasimode, Kenny Barron, Quasimode, Fela Kuti, Bobby McFerrin, John Coltrane, Gregory Porter and many, many more. A must-hear.
Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 6:32pm by Will Moreland
It's dark when you wake up and dark when you leave work. You have a runny nose and chapped lips. Perfect white snow stays for a day; brown slush lingers for weeks. The buses are slow. Trains grind to a halt. People forget how to drive. Your shoes get ruined. You have to endure people talking about the weather, all day, every day. Winter's rubbish, right? Wrong.
We've created a playlist full of songs designed to keep you warm when it’s cold outside. We've wintery tracks from the Smashing Pumpkins, the xx and Two Door Cinema Club, chilly tunes by Norah Jones, Kate Nash and Ellie Goulding, season songs from the Martin Harley Band, JEFF the Brotherhood and Walk the Moon ... Winter never sounded so good.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 12:41pm by Will Moreland
The other day, listening to this mixtape at Playlists.net HQ, Eye of the Tiger came on and, before we new what was happening, we'd inadvertently ended the Cold War. Just like that. Listening to Bowie's Heroes, we all just got up from our desks and saved some orphans from a burning building. Then, during Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone, we became embroiled in an office montage – tops off, pumping iron, riding motorcycles, playing volleyball.
The source of our sudden – and quite unbelievable – get-up-and-go was this creation from Playlists.net user Adam Westley. "Listen to any of these songs in the morning and you're ready to go," he says. "Songs to inspire and prepare you for anything life may throw at you." A nice idea, put together very, very well. Give it a spin.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 12:18pm by Will Moreland
Lionel Richie? He wears his pencil-thin. Lemmy's gives him the look of a wild and warty pirate. Prince's is preened to perfection. Stevie Wonder's, on the other hand, is something of a soup strainer. Bee Gees? The more traditional geography teacher look. And Freddie Mercury has perhaps the most famous one in all of rock.
We're talking, of course, about moustaches. It's that time of year again, Movember, when men around the world grow their 'taches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
This playlist, created by Russell Goldsmith in honour of Movember, is all about "artists with facial hair." The Playlists.net user adds: "If listening to this playlist, please remember the serious side of Movember: find an appropriate charity and give generously." Couldn't have said it better ourselves. A good playlist for a good cause.
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 6:24pm by Will Moreland
Laney's monthly mixtape is a collection of new music as played by Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Rob Da Bank – "with a few trending songs from Hype Machine and Twitter's emerging artists thrown into the mix." And November's issue is a cracker.
We recommend the masterclass in pop music that is Vampire Weekend's Worship You; one of the highlights of Jake Bugg's second album, Slumville Sunrise; Come Walk With Me, the return of the brilliant M.I.A.; a cracker by Gentleman's Dub Club, Feels Like; and a simmering production by Playlists.net favourite Nicolas Jaar.
Looking for new music? You've found it. Over 100 tracks worth. More than 13 hours of it. Super stuff. Don't forget to subscribe.
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 6:18pm by Will Moreland
From the Kinks (Waterloo Sunset) and the Clash (the Guns of Brixton) to XTC (Towers of London) and the Jam (Down in the Tube Station at Midnight), so many great songs have been penned with England's capital as their central character.
"There have been many songs written and sung about London," Playlists.net user and creator berekvam says. "Many elements of London life have been explored in song. Here are 75 great songs about London."
It's a brilliantly put together playlist – standing at over 70 tracks tall and almost nine hours long – an eclectic mix of tracks, spanning myriad genres and eras. Well-worth a spin – if only for Werewolves of London by the inimitable Warren Zevon.
Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 8:15pm by Will Moreland
"Good vibes." That's how Acid Jazz Hispano describes it's monolithic monthly mixtape, a series that has become a Playlists.net favourite. It's a must-hear. A collection of music that joins the dots between all of the genres that matter – from blues and jazz to soul and funk to disco and house to electronica and hip hop.
Another thing that makes Acid Jazz Hispano such a special playlist it the fact that followers submit tracks each month. Mixtapes are collaborative creations. November's edition features everyone from Guru, Parov Stelar and Gene Chandler to Jeff Cascaro, Nathan Haines and Breakbot. It's stands at 100 tracks tall, as as eclectic as it is captivating. Check it out. Over 7,000 subscribers can't be wrong.
Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 7:50pm by Will Moreland
"Do you like Latin music? asks TheOrchard Yeah, we do, actually. "And electronic music?" Yep. We love it. Why? "You must not miss our Electrolatino playlist." Interesting. What's on it? "The hottest selection of electrolatino songs from Pitbull, J. Alvarez, Xriz, DCS, Natalia and many more. It ensures the summer never ends." Sold.
TheOrchard is one of Playlists.net favourite users. A playlist partner, in fact. And a taste-maker when comes to new and left-field music. So if you're not familiar with the electrolatino genre, this is as good an introduction as any.
We'd recommend, in particular, you check out tracks by Maluca and Diplo, Juan Martinez Danny Romero and La Banda Del Diablo. Proper feel-good, holiday-esque music.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:57pm by Will Moreland
Here at Playlists.net, we're blessed with a wealth of brilliant mixtapes dedicated to the best new releases from the worlds of indie and electronic music. You can now add to that list a consummate collection of new hip hop releases. It comes courtesy of enangq and his playlist Hip Hop: Best in 2013 [November].
"The best and hottest (mostly non-commercial) releases in hip hop for 2013," the Playlists.net user says, "updated for November to include the latest from the likes of Cannibal Ox, Pusha T and Ransom."
We'd also recommend you check out tunes by Tyler the Creator, Bumpy Knuckles, Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip, Danny Brown, Quasimoto and a couple of tracks by Playlists.net favourite Earl Sweatshirt. This one's updated every month, so don't forget to subscribe.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 12:47pm by Will Moreland
Do you ever get listener's block? You sit at your computer. You really want to listen to some music. Some good music. But you don't know what, exactly. Your mind's completely blank. It happen's to the best of us. Or perhaps the opposite happens. Playlists.net has almost 150,000 mixtapes. It can be overwhelming.
In either instance, this mixtape by Playlists.net user JJ could be the scratch to your itch. It's influential music mag NME's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, condensed down to one track per album.
"The album is an artform by which any act worth caring about wants to be judged," NME write. The acts worth caring about here include everyone from the Smiths, David Bowie and the Strokes to the xx, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dizzee Rascal.
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