Some sweet stuff from Music Hack Day Stockholm!

Last weekend we hosted a Music Hack Day in Stockholm bringing together programmers, developers, musicians and designers to conceptualize, build and demo the future of music. Over this period of 24 hours, a ton of interesting stuff was developed and we thought we’d share of the some highlights!

One of the standout apps was Orly, which enables you to check if the track you’re currently playing on Spotify samples, borrows from, or even covers another track. Fun!

Some other great stuff born from the event includes:

  • Floor Filler – an app that can detect if the crowd is dancing, and will change the song for you when they don’t. No better way to keep the party going!
  • Extendify – a Google Chrome Extension that adds Spotify Play Buttons on sites with information related to music (artists, playlists, tracks…)
  • Joggify – a mobile musical experience designed to give you maximum motivation and energy while running. The iOS app plays a curated Spotify playlist while keeping track of your movements using accelerometer data. If you happen to stop, your music will grind to a halt too! A genius way to keep motivated while training!

For the first time ever, this hack day also got its own soundtrack via a dedicated Soundrop room. Tune in here to check out the the tunes that the coders listened to while working on all this awesome stuff.

The sounds of January courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

40 Years hits

We’re often extolling the virtues of the recent wave of Swedish pop stars. But it’s no new thing. This playlist proves that Sverige has been a bastion of superb music for a long time. Created by SMP user 50Hz, it’s a mixtape that takes in everyone from Lykke Li, Acid House Kings and the Soundtrack of our Lives, to Jose Gonzalez, Peter Bjorn and John and First Aid Kit. Right up our street, this one.

Inaugural Ball 2.0 – Chicago Style

Our resident house music connoisseur ñ and the user responsible for some of the most lyrical playlist descriptions we’ve ever received ñ has done it again. This time, Reggie Prim is celebrating Barack Obama’s inauguration with 44 “positive and inspiring house jams.” It’s a collection of Chicago house ñ and Chicago house-indebted ñ classics: from Frankie Knuckles, Kerri Chandler and Todd Terry to Smoove, the Shapeshifters and Fax Yourself. Great stuff.

Ubercool Lazy Jazz

“A little collection of great songs that remind me of a smoke-filled, seedy jazz club,” says *AJLW. It’s a description that grabs our attention ñ just as his track selection holds it. It’s a superb mix of old and new, here, a consummately put together mixtape that features SMP favourites Tricky and Count Basic, the timeless Rose Rouge by St Germain and the party-starting Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix of Nina Simone’s Sinnerman, to name just a few. Simple and classy. A must-hear.

Tipped For 2013

We’ve had the soaring Nothing Arrived by Villagers on repeat for weeks now; Thom Yorke’s sumptuous, leftfield take on bass music, new Atoms for Peace track Default, is a must-hear; while we still have a recalcitrant distrust of Andy Burrows ñ call it a Razorlight hangover ñ we must admit, his solo stuff is … Well, it’s awful ñ listen to the superb Where Da Money Go by Jim Jones Revue, instead. Tipped For 2013, courtesy of the reliably brilliant [PIAS], is the indispensable mixtape for new music in the coming year. Over five hours of essential bands.

The Best Workout In The WorldÖEver

Right, hands up, whose new year’s resolution is to get fit, get ripped or at least be able to summit the stairs without rasping for breath? Yep. Same. How’s it going? Yep. Same. SMP user Ian Wright has created a playlist to help keep you motivated ñ “40 tracks of pure 128 BPM energy for you to work that body to!” he says. Helping you get buff: Calvin Harris, Martin Solveig, Swedish House Mafia, Benny Benassi and more. Good luck.

House Music 2013

We do have a penchant for house music, here at SMP. Deep and groovy, dark and techy, uplifting and jackin’ ñ if you can dance to it, we’re all over it. Which is why we’ve put our heads together to come up with a weekly mixtape full of best new house tracks around. We hit the ground running, with scintillating productions from the underground and the mainroom alike, by everyone from Luciano, Maya Jane Coles and Steve Lawler to Nicky Romero, Avicii and Tiesto. Don’t forget to subscribe.

American Roadmovie

It’s the sound of Jack Kerouac and Dean Moriarty, searching for ‘it’. It’s hitchhikers and diners, motels and gas stations. It’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It’s Midnight Run. It’s Sideways. It’s the sound of Captain America and Billy, gunning their engines. It’s the sound of Route 66. It’s the sound of cinematic vistas and endless freeways. This playlist is the sound of Peter Kleinw‰chter’s month-long roadtrip across the US. The SMP user has put together all the tracks that helped him along the way on this superb mixtape.

Domino Best of 2012

From tracks by established greats ñ John Cale, Spiritualized, Dirty Projectors ñ to those by some of 2012′s best new artists ñ Petite Noir, Melody’s Echo Chamber, the Child of Lov ñ it’s been another stellar year for London-based independent record label Domino. Add tracks from Dan Deacon, Animal Collective and SMP favourite Villagers, and you have a must-hear mixtape. A super retrospective from a consistently brilliant indie imprint. Over two hours of the best new music from the past 12 months.

Vocoder 4tw

Thanks to the likes of T-Pain, Akon, Lil Wayne and their ilk, the vocoder’s legacy has been somewhat tarnished in recent years. SMP user Jake wants to rectify this. He’s put together a playlist that includes 55 tracks ñ spanning over seven hours ñ of classic tracks which feature the weird little machine that does odd things to vocals. Some of the best examples of the vocoder’s worth come from Beastie Boys, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Air, Super Furry Animals, Nicolas Jaar and New Order, to name just few.

The Soundtrack to January 2013

Pop perfection from Haim with Don’t Save me; SMP favourite Grizzy Bear with the brilliant Simple Answer; an electro monster from Drums of Death, Life in the Machine; Pelican, the scintillating new production from Julio Bashmore … Here we go with “50 tracks to listen to while you break every resolution,” courtesy of SMP superuser Phil Wilce. He’s starting 2013 in much the same way he ended 2012 ñ with lashings of new music. A must-hear, as always.