May Beats presented by @thursplay

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Here’s what you’ll listen to on this April Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

Starting off on this May Beats by @thursplay [2013] listen to Lana Del Rey’s new single “Young and Beautiful” and let’s all agree: yes, she still got it! Also with new music is Swedish electronic duo The Knife, listen to “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” from their latest album “Shaking the Habitual”. Next, enjoy Dublin-based Irish quartet Kodaline with “High Hopes”, followed by Swedish musician Big Fox with her new single “Girls”.

It gets better: listen to STRFKR groovy song “Malmo”, Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas with “Instant Crush”, new song by Camera Obscura “Do it Again”, This is Head with “Time’s an Ocean”, American group Haim with their new single “Falling” and British singer-songwriter Dan Croll with “Compliment Your Soul”.

Still on this playlist: Lord Huron, Synne Sanden, Walk the Moon, and Still Corners!

What were your favorite releases during May?

Share them with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.

Our Interview with Lorde

“Someone put a dozen sausages down their throat, just inserted them right down their throat!”

16-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor picks up the phone in her studio on the North Shore of New Zealand just moments after she has just released the music video for Royals into the world.

“It was only a few minutes ago,” she says, “so I’ve just tuned into the social networks, perusing things. I’m sitting here fretting about it all, but, so far, people have said really nice things.”

Ella should be getting used to people doing that. Her first EP, Love Club, went straight to Number One in New Zealand and was picked up on and praised by everyone from Grimes to Sky Ferreira. Influenced by James Blake, Lana Del Ray, Lou Reed, Burial, Bon Iver and Drake, Lorde is, clearly, already, a phenomenal talent – as for what’s next, she’s working towards an album and another new music video, for Tennis Court, a song about the town where she grew up and the friends she would (will) hang out all summer.

“We’re still doing the things that we’ve always done,” she says. “But this song tries to capture what’s happened to me in the past couple of months. Things are changing so fast…”

Tell me a bit about where you grew up.

I grew up mostly in a part of Auckland called the North Shore. It’s basically suburbs, and there isn’t really a lot to do. You have to catch a boat if you want to go into the city, so we all kick around and everyone rides bikes everywhere because no one can drive! There’s lots of finding underpasses and tennis courts and places that we make our own! And a lot of house parties…

What would happen at a house party on the North Shore?

Oh my God! I don’t know. I feel like my friends would kill me if I told you! Well, there’s some pretty inventive like games and dares that happen. Many involve eating strange things – like someone put a dozen sausages down their throat, just inserted right down their throat. I said, “I don’t even know what’s happening right now, so I’m just going to go with it”.

I’m hoping they were cooked.

They were definitely cooked. No one’s that intense.

What would I be hearing there?

People are pretty into TNGHT and Hudson Mohawke, so they would definitely be playing. Fantastic Mr Fox too, maybe a bit of James Blake. We listen to pretty good music! My friends have great music taste, and we kind of toss things around. I do find a lot of new music on Spotify.

That’s lovely, I didn’t even prompt you!

I’m just trying to be honest!

Who have you picked up on recently?

I’ve got into this guy called Deptford Goth, who I think is amazing.

That album has been a huge office favourite.

Yeah, I think that’s fantastic. I love Majical Cloudz too and I’m just getting into Prince. Prince is rad!

Tell me about the music that you grew up around, first music you were aware of playing in the house.

My dad’s always listened to Neil Young and lots of soul music like Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. As a young kid my parents seemed to have about eight or ten albums that they had on constant rotation – there was a definite adult contemporary vibe, a lot of David Gray, although I shed that quite fast!

What was the first music that felt like it was all yours?

Ha! I think every young person has a moment where they listen to music that is completely unlike anything their parents would ever listen to and for me that was Animal Collective. I remember thinking, “This is fantastic, Dad hates it!” I never knew music could be like that – so frenetic, but so much fun. Their album Merriweather Post Pavilion was a huge thing for me aged 12 or 13.

By that age you were already writing your own songs?

Yeah, I was. It was all pretty tentative. I’d always been writing – as a child it was short stories – but later I made the transition to writing songs. My mum’s a poet, so I never wrote any poetry, I left that to her! When I was 12 I entered this talent show at school. I sung and a friend played guitar – we did Warwick Avenue by Duffy, which was a big song for us back in the day – and we won. I’m pretty proud of that, to be honest. Somehow, the video of our performance got to Universal and we began talking. It’s strange as I feel like so many musicians have a half-decade or a decade of toil and albums that weren’t picked up or whatever, and I almost feel like that I need to have that to be a real musician, to have that suffering. But I was young and looking for an outlet, so I just grabbed my chance.

What sort of songs were you writing then?

One of the earliest songs I was about a girl in my year that took to drugs and went off the rails – it was kind of like a diss track. I wasn’t happy that she was letting down our year group in that way, she gave us a bad name. I also wrote a song about how I slipped on some rocks in the middle of winter and almost drowned. They were often these sort of strange, melodramatic pieces. But then I was only 13!

Your Love Club EP is a pretty startling collection – there’s a lot of strong emotion in there.

Ha! Yeah, well, that was the time they were written. The title song is about a group of friends that I fell in with that sort of took over my life for a bit. Mid-way through last year I found a group like that and stopped going home so much, stopped caring about the friends that I had when I was young. I mean, this club was awesome – when you’re in it everything feels so perfect – but it quickly became quite intense. Eventually I realised that family and old friends are the way to go sometimes.

There’s a great line in Bravado where you sing, “I was raised up to be admired, to be noticed…”

You see, I’d been listening to Kanye West and there’s a track called Dark Fantasy where he says, “we found bravery in my bravado” and I liked that idea of false confidence delivering real confidence. In reality I’m a super-shy, contained, non-confrontational person, but I was about to step into a line of work – a line of art – where everyone would be watching me, and everyone would want to talk to me and confront me. That song is me coming to terms with having to be a public person.

Does it worry you, having to deliver these very personal pieces to, basically, everybody in the world?

Right now it feels very strange, because my music is very anecdotal – there are hyper-real, hyper-personal details in all my songs. Often I’ll play one to a friend and they’ll say “Oh my God, that was about the night this happened, I spilled that drink on you and now you’ve written a song about it!” Some guy emailed me about the Love Club and said, “This song totally resonated with me”, and that was awesome, the idea that someone else could pin their life to something which was so personal to me.

Royals really takes on that whole over-consumption culture…

You see, at that time I’d been listening to a lot of Lana Del Ray and a lot of A$AP Rocky – because I love rap, that crazy money and opulence and extravagance. But I also know it’s all total bullshit, you know!

Do you think the perfect song exists?

Oh, well, the first thing that came into my head was a Lou Reed track, something like Perfect Day or Heroin – they’re both close to perfect because they have this complete honesty, which sounds clichéd, but Lou Reed is putting his entire soul on the line here, that’s something everyone can relate to. Everyone likes honesty that almost makes you cringe a little bit; Lou Reed taught me that unflinching honesty is a very powerful tool in song writing.

There’s a theory that musicians really ought to be writing music for the future, does that seem sensible to you?

Ooh, yeah! Artists should write like that, but not enough do – half of the crap on the radio these days is too worried about what’s current. Right now I’m listening to this band called The Replacements – they’re from the ’80s or something – and half the songs make me think, “God, I should cover this!”

So, we’re throwing a house party at yours tonight, and you’re DJing at midnight, the peak of the party. What five songs will you play?

OK. I’m going to play Evelyn by Fantastic Mr Fox, Jasmine by Jai Paul, Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side, because it’s the sweetest dance record ever, Kiss by Prince, because that’s the next sweetest dance record ever and I’ll finish with TNGHT’s Higher Ground, that’s like the perfect song to just lose your mind to.

Finally, crucially, what’s your favourite noise?

Oh! I know the answer, I know the answer! I have these monitors called in-ears and when I play live I put in my in-ears a minute or two minutes before I go on stage. So when the microphone is on, out on the stage, I can hear the buzz of the crowd, and I can hear them talking and cheering and getting excited for me to play. And there is no better, cooler, more hyping sound in the world. It makes me so ready to play: I love it so much. So it’s definitely that sound!

Stuck for what to play next? Start Discovering.

We’re excited to let you know that from today, you can start to enjoy an entirely new and personal way of discovering music on Spotify.

The all-new Discover page

Your hunt for the right music is over! Spotify’s Discover page continually seeks out personal recommendations for you.

- Endless recommendations based on the music you listen to.

- New single and album releases from artists you follow.

- All the music and playlists shared by friends and trendsetters you follow.

- Find out when an artist you love is touring near you – the information will just bubble up through recommended shows from Songkick.

Along with the Discover page, we’re also introducing our new Audio Preview feature. You can dip into new music without moving away from the song you’re playing. If you like what you hear, you can save it for later or play it right away. The choice is yours.

The Discover page is available from today on our brand new web player which is now available to all users. Just head over spotify.com on your computer to try it out.

We’ve also started to gradually roll out the Discover page to users on our desktop and mobile apps. When we’re ready to update your account, you’ll receive a notification.

Happy discovering!

Check out Yelp’s Cocktail Sipping Playlist

Imagine. It’s hot. You’re on a sunny terrace in Stockholm.

You’ve got a nice cocktail in your hand and your darkest shades on.

What music is playing?

As a special summer treat, our friends at Yelp Stockholm have created a playlist together with their Yelpers for those magic cocktail sipping moments.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sun at some nice place with these tracks.

Check it out!

Last but not least; here are a few terraces Yelp Stockholm suggests you to check out this summer:

Hornhuset

Sjuan

Anglaise

Lydmar

Taket

Ljunggrens

Dramatenterrassen

Enjoy!

The Incredible Story of Zach Sobiech

We were saddened to hear that Zach Sobiech passed away on Monday. Zach is a true inspiration to us and we wanted to share his story with you all.

At age 13, Zach was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Zach bravely fought his illness for years but last year, doctors who had run out of treatment options, told him he likely had a few months to a year to live. Zach, who had always loved music and was never far from his guitar, once again turned to music. Instead of writing letters he wrote songs, and his song “Clouds” – which was his own way of saying goodbye – became an instant Internet sensation and garnered worldwide attention after his story appeared in newspapers, on television and websites around the world.

In his memory, Sobiech’s family has started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, to enable further research into the cancer that has taken the teenager’s life. Learn more about his incredible story here and if you can, donate to the fund here.

The sounds of May courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

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

Soul Deluxe

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.

Dancefloor Anthems

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!

Idag kan ni förhandslyssna på fjärilseffekten exklusivt här på Spotify!

fjärilseffektens EP ‘Dansa som en idiot’ anländer om tre dagar, men redan nu kan ni förhandslyssna på EPn här på Spotify! fjärilseffekten grundades under hösten 2011 av Hannes Wiklund, Hampus Blomberg och Anton Fernández. Under en relativt kort karriär har man bland annat hunnit vara förband till Veronica Maggio, fått ett lokalt kulturpris och släppt två egenproducerade EPs.

“Dansa som en idiot är i grunden en låt om att försöka vara sig själv och inte bry sig så mycket om vad andra tycker och tänker. Förmågan att kunna se på sig själv med distans och acceptera den man är. Det är ett seriöst budskap som förmedlas genom en ganska lättsam text med klubb- och danstema. Det var en enkel, naturlig och rolig text att skriva”, säger Anton Fernández. “Tanken med den instrumentala biten av produktionen har varit att försöka skapa en klubbig, modern låt med väldigt enkla och klassiska medel. Även om house-influenserna finns där är låten baserad helt på ett piano, ett trumset och diverse slagverk.”

Övriga låtar på EPn är ‘Starka nu’, ‘Komma hem’ samt ‘Har du inte fattat än’.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start this week with a Canadian synth-pop duo “Allosaurus”. The first song in our playlist is a track called “Emma-Jane” taken from their debut album “Old Solar”.

We continue with “Fender Heist”, an ecclectic pop duo based in Oslo, Norway. Hear their debut single “Chino” released at the end of 2012.

Then time for a dose of Indie/Rock! “Keep Together” by American “Hunter Hunted”, also known as Dan Chang and Michael Garner. “Eliza and the Bear” are a five-piece Alt-Indie/Rock outfit from London. “Upon the North” was a part of their Double A Side release with “The Southern Wild” released in February.

The last song in our playlist is the beautiful “The End” by American “The Lower 48″.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Exklusiv låt med Loreen!

Den 17 maj släpper fjolårets Eurovision vinnare Loreen nya singeln “We Got The Power”. Redan nu finns den tillgänglig exklusivt på Spotify!

Låten är skriven av Ester Dean som utan tvekan är en av USA’s hetaste låtskrivare just nu (Katy Perry, Rihanna,Lil Wayne m.fl). Bakom produktionen står Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn, Lana Del Rey). Den 18 maj får vi, tillsammans med 100 miljoner tv-tittare runtom i världen se Loreen framföra låten i finalen av Eurovision Song Contest.