#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We start a new week with an alternative rock band from Seattle: “Roman Holiday” and their single “Fuel The Fire” released back in 2011. We continue with yet another American favorite: “Creep In A T-Shirt” by Portland based “Portugal. The Man”.

Then time for some dreamy Scandipop! The beautiful “Fool of Me” by “Say Lou Lou” also known as the twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey.

“White Denim” is a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. Next we have their song from latest EP “Takes Place In Your Work Space” released back in 2011.

The last song in our playlist this week is the beautiful single “The Worst Dreams” by Swedish “MF/MB/”

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

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Our Interview with LTJ Bukem

“It doesn’t matter where music comes from; if it hits you, that’s it…”

LTJ Bukem

When the lists of Great Drum and Bass Pioneers is drawn up – and can that day be far off? – the name of Danny Williamson will be on it, only he won’t be called Danny Williamson, he’ll be called LTJ Bukem, for LTJ Bukem is as legendary, as forward-looking and as groundbreaking as they come. In concentrated bursts over the last 22 years, Bukem has been recording, releasing, and DJing a uniquely melodic and textured stream of breakbeat fuelled drum and bass. Now, as he prepares his Good Looking label for a relaunch, Bukem is bringing his entire back catalogue to Spotify.

“We’re embracing the digital world,” he laughs. “We know there are thousands of fans who, over the years, have been asking, ‘what’s Bukem doing?’ It’s been three or four years since I last released something new, so now it’s time to reach out. It’s time to really do this…”

There is something curiously timeless about your music.

LTJ Bukem: That’s been my ethos since the beginning. If I pick up a piece of music to play in a club or to release I want it for life. I want to be able to pick up that piece of music in 20 years’ time, and still enjoy it for what it is.

Tell me a bit about the first music you ever really loved.

Blimey, well, this sounds really weird, but one of the first records I actually bought and got into, was by Bert Weedon! I’ve still got the record somewhere; he was doing Shadows cover versions. I also really liked Scott Joplin and a lot of that ragtime stuff. Then I began listening to The Police and The Jam – Paul Weller heavily influenced me. I think he’s an amazing guy, if you listen to those 70s Jam albums now they’re still amazing.

What was the first gig you went to see?

I would have been 9 or 10 and my piano teacher took me to see Chick Corea, that got me into the whole jazz scene, which became a massive influence and opened up the door to a lot of reggae too. When I started collecting music there was no genres, not for me, I just wanted to hear things that were great, so I got into all sorts of different styles of music. Still now, it doesn’t matter what it is or where it comes from: if it hits you, that’s it.

As a teenager you ran your own Sunshine Sound System – what would we have heard you playing?

Frankie Paul’s Pass The Tu Sheng Peng, Sylvia Striplin’s You Can’t Turn Me Away, Archie Bell and the Drells, Don’t Let Love Get You Down…

Just thinking about those songs is making you smile!

Yeah! Then there’s Loose Ends’ Gonna Make You Mine. We played a lot of that mid-80s funk and soul, but a lot of James Brown too. In fact, I’d play any James Brown I could get my hands on. I played a lot of early hip-hop like Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane too. I used to love those times – that’s why I’m smiling – because in those days you literally could just go to a dance and play for seven hours straight from any style of music that you loved.

People like Kindness, Rhye and Jessie Ware are revisiting that time, that pre-acid house era.

I think there’s a lot of people revisiting that music because there were some ground breaking sounds in there, musicians will always be going to go back to those elements.

Where should people begin with your own music?

You have to start at the beginning, with Demon’s Theme. I’ve always said that was three or four tunes in one, because at that time in drum and bass that’s how it was. You’d have the reggae start, the techno / house middle section, the soul breakdown and off into a mad rave kind of finish! My stuff was more about strings and bells, long intros and drums and promoters would say to me, ‘you’re not going to last five minutes, son! It’s not rave-y enough, it’s not mad enough!’ I was disheartened until I took it to (drum and bass legend) Fabio and Grooverider at Rage one night. They put it straight on and loved it. I played it on dub plate exclusive for a whole year and then thought, ‘Right, I’m going to start a label.’ And that’s the beginning of Good Looking Records. It was what I wanted to hear, records with some melody.

Your label compilation, Logical Progression, was a very big deal at the time.

There was nothing else like it. Nothing! There were compilations, but not an album where someone had put it together as whole piece that was the real start of the label. That got me in touch with London Records and Pete Tong and suddenly we were happening worldwide. I began to bring artists like PFM and Peshay on board. It began to feel real. At the same time I was getting together with Tony who did everything apart from select the tracks for release and gave the label a direction. He still does that now.

You had Photek recording as Aquarius then too?

Ha! Photek, that’s a funny story. I remember when no one had even heard of Rupert. He was still living in Ipswich and I had to drive down to his house to pick up all the DATs off him so I could go and cut the dub plates. Those were amazing times, the birth of it all really.

What record from history do you think, ‘I wish I’d made that’?

I think it would have to be a soul record. If I was allowed a few I’d say, Lonnie Liston Smith’s Voodoo Woman, Chick Corea’s Lenore, Dave Angel’s 1st Symphony, a track called Yeah (Dope Mix) – by Swing Kids and an old tune on XL called Dub War by Dance Conspiracy. Too many to mention

OK, a simple final question: what’s your favourite noise?

Oh man, my favourite noise is peace and quiet.

Do you get much of it?

I’m being serious! And the answer to your question is: no, I don’t, but when I do, it’s like the most wonderful thing ever, because hearing no music for a while really makes me want to hear music again. Sometimes it’s really nice to just sit and contemplate things, to close your eyes and have some meditation time.

That’s what comes of being a grown-up, Danny.

Exactly!

Our Interview with Bastille

“I still find it bizarre that anyone even listens to my music…”

Dan Smith formed Bastille, basically, in his London bedroom back in 2010. Last April they released their debut single, Overjoyed, which was followed, in fairly quick succession by Bad Blood and Flaws before the monstrous great hit Pompeii arrived February. Much of the rest of the time Dan’s been away on tour, but now he’s back in London for two days writing and recording. Oh, and the band supported Muse and Dizzee Rascal at the Emirates Stadium.

What on earth was that like?

Ha! It was as mad as you’d expect and by some way the biggest thing we’ve ever done! It was totally surreal to see the inner workings of an event like that and to see just how big Muse really are. I fist-bumped Dizzee Rascal backstage, that was a first for me on a Wednesday evening.

Welcome to your new life.

No! This is like some mad competition winner’s new life.

You say that, but it could be stadiums all the way from here.

I don’t know. I’m cynical and pessimistic as a rule, so this feels very unreal to me. I’ve not remotely contemplated even the idea of playing our own arena tour. That’s why it was so great to see what this was like; we may never get another chance! At the moment we’re constantly finding ourselves in mad situations. Last night I sound-checked in the middle of a completely empty arena. Then a crowd turned up and we knew they weren’t there to see us, but we got to test the water and try and win people over.

Was it a bit scary – be honest now.

I was terrified, but I wanted to enjoy it too. I kept looking over at the guys and cracking up. They put our logo and artwork on these giant screens, so that was cool. Some fans sent us a few photos and it looks insane.

You’ve been touring on your own for around two years now and hardly done any support shows.

No – just Two Door Cinema Club, really. The one thing I’m pleased about is the Muse and Two Door shows both came from the bands themselves – there were no golden handshakes! You hear a lot of talk about how bands getting on to bills, but that definitely wasn’t us. For the first two years we did everything ourselves, we made all the decisions together and that was fun. Then we signed to Virgin in the UK and they invested time and gave us space to do what we wanted. We’ve never had any hype and so the album took a lot of people by surprise. We’ve not had much acknowledgement from the media, so our fan base is serious, genuine, word of mouth people.

Have you notice things change recently?

Definitely – we’ve had a lot of radio play and people sharing our songs online, that’s all been huge help to us. We actually underestimated the size of our fan base!

They’re the people who’ve made Pompeii such a huge, viral hit.

They are – and it’s a strange thing that song. I wrote it in my bedroom on my laptop, just for fun. I’d been reading about Pompeii and how it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, but also how it was known as a city of hedonism. I was struck by these images of the space left by the bodies when they decomposed and by the people’s movements caught in the ash. It was all so potent, I began imagining what it would be like if those same ashy corpses could talk about their city. To be honest, I still find it bizarre that anyone even listens to my music and I never had any ambitions to be in a band. I always think that people will only share something if they really like it, so it’s a compliment that people are sharing Pompeii so much. It also means wherever we go we have this great song to finish our shows with, as when we play it everyone goes, “Oh, it’s *this* lot…”

Does it feel like you’re starting again in America?

A little, but our ambitions we so non-existent to begin with that we really don’t mind at all. We never imagined we’d ever leave England and we’ve had a sold out set of dates in Europe and we’ve just gone Platinum in Italy. We’ve never even played a gig there. So America is a massive uncharted territory for us. We’ve only been there briefly – we played South By – and we’re excited to give it a go. We just want to see if anyone actually comes to the shows and what those people might be like…

What five records couldn’t Bastille exist without?

Ready Or Not by The Fugees, Only Living Boy In New York by Simon and Garfunkel, Concrete Schoolyard by Jurassic 5, Hope There’s Someone by Antony and the Johnsons and A Punk by Vampire Weekend.

Does the perfect song exist?

I don’t think it does as your taste changes so much throughout your life. But recently I’ve had Bad Religion by Frank Ocean lodged in my brain and the new James Blake album is brilliant too. I just love music, I buy and listen to a lot of new stuff, I don’t tend to dwell on old things.

Where do you look for new music?

Spotify, a bit! My friend’s recommendations mean a lot too. I chat to a lot of people about new music…

Finally – crucially – what’s your favourite noise?

Ah! Well, the silence that comes after a really annoying noise suddenly stops. Imagine a whirring fridge or a buzzing fly, then that deep, deep silence, it’s wonderful. It’s the clarity, it’s like someone’s unplugged your ears.

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 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’.