Rekords Rekords playlist and early releases

Frontman Josh Homme: There’s no ulterior motive at this label, no overbearing corporate machine, middleman or pressure to conform. Just art in its purest form. As Josh sees it, “now is a great time to make music for the sake of making music. Single, shmingle, just make a fucking piece of art.”

Here you can listen to the first three Rekords Rekords releases. Firstly, the much sort after and quite rare QOTSA debut, re-released in all its remastered glory. Also featured are first signings Alain Johannes and Mini Mansions.

Spark is Johannes’ first solo debut after being a longstanding collaborator with artists including QOTSA, Mark Lanegan and Desert Sessions . Here, he pays tribute to his late wife and creative partner Natasha Shneider with an honest and heartfelt collection of songs. “The rollercoaster of Spark’s fragile beauty is the reason I started playing music”, says Homme , “some things that can’t be explained with words. This record is such a great example of what cannot be said but what is so true.” Spark is available on Spotify Premium from 30th of May and for all users on June 6th.

Also present is the Mini Mansions debut, also available onSpotify Premium from 30th of May and for all users on June 6th. Mini Mansions is a project started by Michael Shuman while on a break from Queens of the Stone Age. He melded heads with longtime friends Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes in a dusty room in the San Fernando Valley and it was born. Shuman describes it as “completely different than anything that’s coming out right now and it’s something very special.”

Spotify Premium exclusive – My Morning Jacket’s Circuital

My Morning Jacket are back with their much-anticipated new album: “Circuital” and we are happy to announce it is available to listen exclusively on Spotify Premium alongside of a playlist compiled by front man Jim James.

“The new record, Circuital, is named after the title song,” explains Jim James, of My Morning Jacket’s sixth studio album. “On that song I sing about ending up in the same place where you started out. And that makes a lot of sense for this album… I hate the phrase ‘going back to our roots’, but for this record we came home and made it in Kentucky. And it just felt a lot like it did when we were first starting out…”

Spotify Premium exclusive – The Black Lips’ Arabia Mountain

Founding fathers of Atlanta’s “flower punk” movement The Black Lips are set to release Arabia Mountain, their sixth full-length album, June 6th on longtime label Vice Records/Cooperative Music available now exclusively on Spotify Premium.

Arabia Mountain was recorded between Brooklyn and Atlanta over the last few months of 2010 and with the collaborative assistance of celebrated DJ and producer Mark Ronson, Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter, and a human skull with a microphone jammed into it.

Arabia Mountain also marks the first time the Lips have worked with an outside producer. Mark Ronson, best known for his production work with the likes of Nas, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran, Lily Allen, and Amy Winehouse.

Update to Spotify for iPhone & iPod Touch now available

We have an update to our popular iOS app to let you know about. This update is version 0.4.13 and includes a number of improvements and features, including a brand new swipe action.

The full list of improvements and features includes:

  • Improved: Sync your playlists even if Spotify is running in the background.
  • New: Play queue. Queued tracks will play immediately following the currently playing track. After all the queued tracks have played, the playlist or album you were playing from before will resume.
  • New: You can now swipe left-to-right on a track (in a playlist, album or search result) to reveal a menu of actions for that track. [iOS 3.2 or newer] The possible actions are:
    • Star or unstar the track.
    • Add the track to the play queue.
    • Share the track to friends.
    • Add the track to a playlist.
    • Show the track’s album.
    • Show the track’s artist.
  • Fixed: Sharing tracks and albums to Facebook is now possible again.

Enjoy the update!

The sounds of May courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

Sharemyplaylists.com provides us with their latest installment monthly playlists. Be sure to also check out their recently launched iPad app, making discovering playlists more fun than ever!

90′s Indie
To celebrate the release of Upside Down: The Creation Records Story on DVD and Blu Ray, we’ve teamed up with Sony CMG UK to give away three CD copies of the incredible original soundtrack. Click here to find out how, and to listen to their amazing playlist inspired by the movie.

May 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

Our monthly round-up wouldn’t be complete without checking out the tunes provided by our friends over at Acid Jazz Hispano. Their taste is exemplary, as always, as they take us on an eclectic journey through everything from jazz and funk, to soul and house, through hip-hop and disco. Our favourites from this month’s edition include: Jurassic 5, Missy Elliott, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Van Morrison, Alcohol Jazz, Mr Scruff, St Germain, The Herbaliser and Cannonball Adderley.

L.A. Noire Radio Songs

L.A. Noire is the latest release from Rockstar to get gamers in a tizz. It’s garnered rave reviews from the press as a watershed moment in console history – and the music is pretty decent to. Check out this playlist for all the music from the game, artists such as T-Bone Walker, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The game also stars Ken Cosgrove, Mad Men fans. Sadly, he doesn’t feature on this playlist.

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Spotify Premium – Suede Re-Mastered Albums Pre-Release & Playlist

Fresh from a stint of live shows at Brixton Academy, London performing their first 3 albums in their entirety, 90s band Suede are re-releasing all five of their studio albums. The releases include their self titled album- dubbed “best debut album of 1993” by NME in 2010- as well as “Dog Man Star”, “Coming Up”, “Head Music” and “A New Morning”, collectively containing fourteen UK Top 20 singles.

Demon Music Group and Edsel Records, have put together the five albums in deluxe editions with the help of all current band members and Bernard Butler (the original guitarist and pianist). These deluxe editions include the non-album b-sides, demos from the band members together with previously unreleased song. It’s a can’t-miss experience for all Suede fans!

Alongside the deluxe editions, the Original albums have been re-mastered and are made available with two bonus B-side tracks.

Suede release re-mastered, expanded versions of their studio albums, one per week starting with debut Suede on 30th May. Listen to the albums exclusively one week ahead of their nationwide release on all 5 original albums on Spotify Premium. There is a special exclusive Spotify playlist that has been selected by the band.

Listen to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way exclusively on Spotify Premium now!

The countdown is over – Born This Way is finally here! Ahead of the global release of Born This Way on Monday May 23, Spotify Premium users in Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Finland and Spain can now exclusively hear the album in full.

Premium users can hear the album by clicking here.

All other users can also hear Born This Way in full from today, with the Spotify Premium 7-day free trial.

And to celebrate all things Lady Gaga, fans can now also enter Spotify’s countdown competition – offering two lucky monsters the chance to get up close to Lady Gaga at the Little Monster Awards, taking place in Paris this June. This amazing prize includes flights, accommodation and tickets to be at this exclusive event – but hurry, entries close Sunday May 29th. Visit Spotify.com/ladygaga to enter.

For more Lady Gaga music on Spotify – including the latest singles Born This Way, Judas and The Edge of Glory, visit Lady Gaga on Spotify.

Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way to debut exclusively on Spotify

Lady Gaga’s hugely anticipated new album Born This Way will be released globally on Monday May 23. But starting next Wednesday May 18, Spotify Premium listeners in Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Finland and Spain will be able to hear the album in full, five whole days before its official release.

Starting today we are counting down to this pre-release stream by launching a competition that could see two lucky fans get up close and personal to Lady Gaga herself at an exclusive fan event in Paris this June. With flights and accommodation included, the Spotify winner will be on hand to see Lady Gaga perform tracks acoustically from Born This Way.

To enter for your chance to win, you’ll need to answer a daily Lady Gaga question – the answer to which will be a song – and submit the 5 songs to us in the form of a playlist. More information and full competition terms and conditions visit the competition page.

So all you little monsters out there – come back each day to see the new Lady Gaga question and get excited for Born This Way, available to listen in full on Spotify Premium next Wednesday May 18. And don’t forget – if you haven’t yet tried Spotify Premium, you can take the 7-day free trial now.

Drowned in Sound’s April and Festivals Playlists

Sunday Times (London) columnist and founder of the irreverent, independent-music-loving community DrownedinSound.com, Sean Adams returns with a selection of playlists filled with a mixture of names ranging from Kate Bush, TV on the Radio, Friendly Fires, Sufjan Stevens and Justice to somewhat lesser knowns like EMA, The Antlers and Braids…

High on anti-histamine I’ve been compiling a few playlists for the month that was and the festivals that are to come…

Drowned in April 2011

This month’s playlist is 2hours crammed full of recent singles and albums that the DiS writers and readers have been loving. April was an incredible month for music, ranging from the sprawling glacial guitars of Jeniferever and Explosions in the Sky to Hauschka’s ‘prepared pianos’ which teether somewhere near dance music territory via Atari Teenage Riot’s raaah and Kate Bush’s reworking of her classic ‘Deeper Understanding’, which was written back in the very early days of the internet. And rather than moan about Spotify charging (Sheesh people! You can’t even buy two pints in London for what it costs for access to unlimited music!), please share with me what you’ve been loving this month, new or old, in the comments section below or @drownedinsound on Twitter.

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Spotify update now available to download!

We’re continuing to roll out Spotify’s latest, greatest features to all of you as part of an automatic update, but for those of you who simply can’t wait, we’re now making the new version available for download directly from our website. Click here to get our leanest, greenest music machine yet:
http://www.spotify.com/download

And don’t forget all you iPhone, Android phone and iPod touch users out there – you’ll also need to get the latest version of the Spotify Mobile app to wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists in Spotify. Check Apple’s App Store or the Android Market for the latest Spotify Mobile update. Alternatively visit m.spotify.com on your phone.

We’re continually testing and tweaking, so please let us know if anything isn’t working juuust right. Check it out – we really hope you like it!