Drowned in February playlist

Here’s February’s selection of playlists from Sean Adams, founder of Drowned in Sound, a UK-based music blog and irreverent community of music lovers.

Drowned in February 2011

Here we go again. Another month whooshed on by but with more great releases condensed into it than any month in recent memory. There were of course the big guns like Gaga and Radiohead dominating conversations on the web but February wasn’t all about them, especially as it saw the return of some of my favourites. There was those shoe-ravin’ Aussies Cut Copy with the sound of summer, the strangely textured sound of war-documenting from PJ Harvey, a sci-fi folk record from Bright Eyes and a gigantic robotic beast of an album from Mogwai. That’s not to mention February’s bevvy of new music including the debut album from the much-hyped James Blake, delightful Canadians Braids or the throb of Austra. …listen here.

Also be sure to check out the top February playlists put together by the DiS community.

2011 Picks by DrownedinSound.com

Our community are slowly compiling their favourite records of the year (so far!!!) in this thread and I’ve been picking albums loved by them and by our reviewers in this playlist.

Two other playlists I made this month:
Songs That Sound a bit like ‘Born This Way’
DiS does Valentines

Magic Chairs by Efterklang wins first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award

Efterklang’s third full-length album, Magic Chairs, has won the first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award from a shortlist of 21 albums from across Europe.

Magic Chairs is the Danish band’s first album on the UK’s seminal 4AD label, who released the record globally in February 2010, with the band’s own label, Rumraket, releasing the album in Scandinavia. The record was mixed by Gareth Jones, famed for his work with Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and Grizzly Bear.

Magic Chairs has been described as “exemplary escapism” (BBC Music Review), containing “subtle tension and lurking drama”, combined with “heartbreaking melody” (The Guardian). Their “arresting, wistful songwriting style” (Mojo) has captivated audiences throughout Europe, making this orchestral masterpiece truly deserving of the title “Album of the Year”. Other exceptional artists that were up for the award included Caro Emerald, The National, Delorean and Agnes Obel.

Congrats!

De nominerte for Spotify-stipendet ”Årets innovatør”

I samarbeid med Spellemann deles for første gang stipendiet “Årets innovatør” ut. Stipendet skal gå til en norsk artist som i løpet av 2010 har utnyttet de uendelige mulighetene den nye teknologien åpner for til å kommunisere med publikum på en kreativ, nyskapende og inspirerende måte.

Jurygruppen har etter nøye overveielse blitt enige om fem nominerte som tydelig har omfavnet distribusjons- og markedsføringskanaler på en innovativ måte, med digitale elementer.

De nominerte er:

De nominerte er valgt ut av juryen som består av:

Aimar Niedzwiedzki – Innovation Director, Isobar
Elin Aamodt – Daglig leder, GramArt
Mats Borch Bugge – Musikksjef, P3
Roy Erland Funner – Markedsjef, IFPI
Öjje Holt – VD Norden, Spotify

Vinneren av ”Årets innovatør” tildeles et stipend på 25 000 NOK som skal brukes til å fremme kreativitet. Vinneren får også en markedsføringskampanje på Spotify til en verdi av 200 000 kroner.

Vinneren blir annonsert i forbindelse med Spellemann. Spellemannprisen 2010 finner sted i Oslo Spektrum 5. mars 2011 og blir sendt på TV2.

R.E.M.’s signed guitar and Sonos giveaway

R.E.M. is set to unveil its latest album, Collapse Into Now, and Spotify listeners can check out a 5-track sampler for a taste of what to expect from the new album.

Additionally, we’re running a competition, giving all Spotify users a chance to win:

  • A Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar, signed by Michael Stipe
  • A Sonos S5 – a high-performance wireless music system
  • A signed photograph of the band
  • A special Spotify playlist compiled by the band, which will be automatically added to their Premium account

Spotify users can enter the competition by visiting the contest page today.

UPDATE: Big congrats to jammie443 for winning the big prize!

Adam Tensta’s new single and tickets to see him live

Scared Of The Dark is the second single and title track off Adam Tensta’s forthcoming album. The track is produced by Addeboy vs. Cliff and features American artist Billy Kraven. Behind the pseudonym is the multiple Grammy award winning songwriter and producer Jeff Bhasker. He is previously credited as music director for Kanye West’s – 808′s & Heartbreak, and has also worked with Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Rihanna. On Scared Of The Dark, Adam talks about his fear of mistakes regarding life-altering decisions; about forcing himself to address parts of life that have, up until now, been swept under the rug.

Check out his new single and also have a look at his American Made video in partnership with NIKE.

Also, make sure you take part in the competition to win concert tickets to see Adam Tensta live in Norway, visit the contest page to enter today.

Win tickets to see Hurts in Oslo!

Hurts debut single Better Than Love was a nice little hit all across the continent, and the follow up Wonderful Life – with an optimistic chorus which contrasts sharply with verses describing crying, rain and suicideplans – was a massive smash. Most played on Danish radio in 2010, a top 20 hit in 11 European countries and #50 in the year-end chart of European hits in 2010. Their album Happiness is chock-a-block full of hits, and even features pop-princess Kylie Minogue’s vocals. Happiness was top ten in the UK, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland, picking up gold and platinum awards along the way.

Hurts are in the process of conquering the world, and as part of their European tour they visit Oslo, Norway on Sunday 6th March playing Rockefeller Music Hall. Visit the contest page for you chance to win tickets to the show!

IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award

The new European Independent Album of the Year Award is a Mercury-style award which celebrates the musical talent and diversity of independent European releases, aiming to promote exceptional artists and the independent sector alike.

The winner is selected, regardless of sales figures and publicity, from a shortlist which is compiled based on a national and non-national album nominations from European territories. A jury of Impala board members choose the winner based on musical merit alone. The criteria for nominations and the selection process may well evolve with the progression of the award.

The nominated albums for the 2010 edition of the award are listed here, along with the label and nationality. The winner will be announced 28th February in Brussels.

To support the award we’ve teamed up with IMPALA to make a playlist so you can judge for yourselves in advance of the big day.

Roxette are back and bigger than ever!

After massive successes world-wide with hits like It Must Have Been Love, The Look and Listen To Your Heart, Roxette are currently heading out for a world tour promoting the release of their first studio album in 10 years – Charm School.

The smash-hit first single “She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio)” is already climbing the radio and Spotify charts and now Roxette are releasing the Charm School EPK – an 8 minute video on the Charm School album with interviews with Per, Marie, photos from the tour and fully loaded with new and exciting Roxette material – exclusively to Spotify. Watch it today!

Get into the mood with our Valentine’s Day playlists

Monday is Valentine’s Day and to ensure that you have enough music for an entire weekend of romance we’ve compiled a series of playlists from our label friends.

Also don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s Day e-cards which are the perfect gift alongside flowers and chocolate.

Have a lovely weekend!

Drowned in Sound’s Highlights Playlist

In this month’s playlist post from Sean Adams, founder of Drowned in Sound, he’s been scraping the ice off 2011′s windscreen before gazing onto a whole new world ablaze with excitement for the months ahead. January’s playlist features an hour of returning heroes (Bright Eyes, PJ Harvey, …Trail of Dead, Dr Dre) and exciting new acts (How to Dress Well, There Will Be Fireworks, ANR, Jamie Woon, Girl Unit). However, the playlist opens in tribute to Trish Keenan of the absolutely brilliant Broadcast, who sadly passed away earlier this month.

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This month’s bonus playlists:

Music for Office Workers – a 3hr playlist of electronica pianos, post-rock and wordlessness that creates an aural backdrop to help you concentrate.

Winterwave – a wintery themed playlist featuring the likes of Talk Talk, Cocteau Twins, Jeniferever and 20 other tracks with an icy-chill.

DiS Winter Playlist – an even more wintery playlist, compiled collaboratively by the DiS community

DiS at the Gym #1 – an hour of music to assist your beer-belly busting.