We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.
Soul music is enjoying something of a renaissance, at the moment. In recent years, a wealth of talent has emerged on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Add those artists to a smorgasbord of soul stalwarts and you get this, the brand spanking new SMP playlist dedicated to contemporary soul music. Here you’ll find 60 tracks ñ and counting ñ spanning over four hours of the best, freshest soul music around, by the very cream of new and emerging proponents of the genre. Making up the numbers, so far, we have: Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Lulu James, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake and many, many more. As alway, with our own creations, we update this mixtape regularly. So don’t forget to subscribe.
90 Rap Songs From The 90s: Vol II
Depending on your perspective ñ and your age, of course ñ you may consider the 90s as something of a golden era for hip-hop music. TommyC83 most certainly does. The SMP user has put together this mixtape, a follow up to last year’s hugely successful 90 Rap Songs From The 90s. The original playlist was a consummate collection of some of the best hip-hop music ever put to record. And Vol II is more of the same. Our favourites include blasts from the past by everyone from Nice & Smooth, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Black Moon and Tag Team, to more familiar names such as A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Eric B. & Rakim and the Notorious B.I.G.. Super stuff. A must-hear for old school hip-hop heads and nostalgic rap fans. Check it out.
The Soundtrack to May 2013
Has the sun been shining where you are? If yes, you need a playlist that reflects summer’s arrival. Step forward SMP superuser Phil Wilce. “The mercury is pushing 99,” he says. “And at the burning heart, 50 of the hottest track you’ll hear in the next 31 days.” Wilce is our resident arbiter of taste, when it comes to new music. So when he recommends releases from Ghostpoet, Jakwob, Papa, Luke Sital-Singh and the Strypes, we tend to take note. And we think you should, too. The SMP user also recommends sun-blushed tunes from Empire Of The Sun, Alex Metric, Daft Punk, Jon Hopkins, Julio Bashmore and Justin Martin, with Dusky on the remix. We’re also fond of new stuff from James Blake, Steve Mason and Kurt Vile, to name just a few. But this playlist is all killer and absolutely zero filler. The very definition of a must-hear mixtape!
Gilles Peterson All Winners of 2013 #1
It’s that time of year, again: when the greatest show on radio gets even greater. We’re talking about BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson and his unmissable All Winners Show. Our highlights include: Cirrus, the return of Bonobo; Typesun’s The PL, a slice of contemporary soul that is one of our favourite tracks of the year; the impossibly beautiful Green Garden by Laura Mvula; James Blake’s collaboration with Wu-Tang’s the RZA, Take a Fall for Me; the amazing Eckoclick Remix of Bambooman’s Sun; and, well, pretty much every track on this mixtape … 25 tunes, spanning over three hours, of the best music from around the world ñ spanning every single genre that matters. Superb stuff from the tireless champion of new music that is Gilles Peterson. Many thanks to SMP user niniouz for putting this one together. A proper must-hear mixtape.
Daytime Deep House
Day parties. They’ve got a different vibe to the club. To the night. The best ones take place in gardens, yards or on terraces. The dream ones take place on the beach. Shades are a must. Vests and shorts are essential. Flip flops, too. Drinks? Long cocktails. Ice-cold beers. And as for the music … Well, day parties require a very special kind of music. If there’s one man who understands a good day party it’s Reggie Prim. The SMP user, our resident dance music connoisseur, has put together a mixtape full of the finest daytime deep house. “Good for night. Good for day. Good for work and good for play,” goes the pithy playlist description. Highlights include big tunes and remixes from Kruse & Nuernberg, Mano Le Tough, Guti, Cesar Merveille, Anneke Van Giersbergen and many more besides. Brilliant, as always, from that man Prim.
Best Independent Music of 2013 (so far)
The Orchard has pulled one out of the bag. Again. 2013 has been an absolute bumper year for new noise. With that in mind, one of our playlists of the week is a consummate collection of the best indie music released so far this year. “It’s hard to keep up with all the awesome indie releases out there,” says the SMP superuser. “Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve got you covered.” They have indeed. Our highlights include everyone from the Virgins, Sebastian Back and the Story So Far to Leddra Chapman, Dirtyphonics and the Black Angels ñ and, of course, the inimitable Har Mar Superstar. Click shuffle, hit play, turn it up and get ready to discover your new favourite band. Great stuff, as always, from the master mixtape maker that is the Orchard.
Party at Gatsby’s
The Great Gatsby, arguably the greatest American novel of all time, has been given the Baz Luhrman treatment. The Australian director has called in the acting talents of Messrs. Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire, alongside actress Isla Fisher. We’re pretty excited about it. Not least because the soundtrack is amazing. SMP user confunded thinks so, too. “Music from and inspired by Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby,” goes the playlist description. It features everyone from Amy Winehouse, Jaz-Z and Frank Ocean to alt-J, Little Comets and Lykke Li. A succinct collection ñ taking in just 15 tracks, spanning an hour and a half. A really nicely put together mixtape. So we beat on, playlist makers against the streaming service, borne ceaselessly into the back-catalogue.
150 Song History of Popular British Music
It’s a bold user who attempts to encapsulate the entire history of British music in one playlist. However, if there’s one man who’s up to the challenge, it’s SMP superuser hoxsd1. So, here we go ñ “A history of modern popular British music in 150 songs.” From Lonnie Donegan’s Rock Island Line to PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake ñ via rock’n'roll, punk, ska and two tone, 80s cheese, Britpop, talent-show pop and pretty much everything in between ñ this is a consummate retrospective on almost a century of music. You’ve got two ways of tackling this playlist: 1) Play it all the way through, in one or more sittings (preferably one ñ it’s only 16 hours long!) or 2) Click shuffle, hit play, turn it up and see what you discover. Either way, this mixtape is must for music fans of any age. Great work.
“Hemlock Grove” Playlist
So, who’s into Hemlock Grove, then? The horror-thriller is the latest must-see television series for Netflix, and it makes for compulsive viewing. Based on the equally brilliant Brian McGreevy novel of the same name, released last year, Hemlock Grove premiered this month. Like House of cards, all 13 episodes were made available for online viewing … Which, as we all know, is all but inviting you to draw the curtains, turn off your phone and forget the world exists until you’ve watched every last one. The soundtrack’s pretty good, too. Studio13 has put together a collection of all the music featured in the show. “This playlist is continuously monitored,” the SMP user says, “and will build up throughout the seasons as and when the music becomes available.” A collection of tracks that’s as eclectic as it is superb.
We are big, big fans of dance music, here at SMP. We’re house heads. Techno fiends. Drum’n'bass devotees. Disco aficionados. Electro enthusiasts. If it’s got a repetitive beat, if it makes you move your feet, throw your hands in the air and puts a great big grin on your face, we’re all over it. So much so that’ve we’ve decided to focus our passion for dance music into one ñ even if we do say so ourselves ñ deft collection of the best and latest floor-fillers on Spotify. Featured here: everyone from Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and Avicii to Daft Punk, A-Trak and A*M*E. From the mainroom to the underground, there’s something for everyone here. And don’t forget to subscribe. We update this playlist regularly. Play loud!