The 41st Glastonbury Festival came and went in a flash!

With amazing headline sets from U2, Coldplay and Beyonce, alongside hundreds of other acts, the almost 200,000 mud-covered fans won’t forget it any time soon!

Whether you were there or not, Spotify “worked hard” with The Guardian to bring you a series of playlists from the festival. You can check them out below, including – setlists from the headliners, a secret appearance from Pulp and other highlights from the weekend.

Why not share your own favourites from the festival? Just drop them in the comments.

U2’s Friday Headline Setlist

Coldplay’s Saturday Headline Setlist

Beyonce’s Sunday Headline Setlist

Pulp’s Secret Saturday Appearance

All the Glastonbury ‘11 Playlists on Guardian Music

Exclusive pre-release of The Kickdrums latest album!

Meet the Kickdrums – comprised of producer/singer/songwriter Alex Fitts (Fitts) and dj/producer Matt Penttila (Tilla). Originally formed as a production/engineering team in Cleveland, Ohio – they’ve spent the last five years perfecting their craft behind the scenes, with production credits for Kid Cudi, Scarface & MGK – and producing remixes for Adele, Peter Bjorn & John, Wale & Kanye West.

With their focus shifting after growing tired of the redundant songs in rotation on television and the radio – the duo have come out from behind the mixing desk to bring us the fantastic new album “Meet your ghost” . During record of the album – Fitts dived deep into his alt rock roots and Penttila began experimenting with his love for electronic music. Fitts would spend his days penning songs and unraveling chord progressions, while Penttila would break down records and flip obscure samples on his drum machine. All the rules were thrown out the window. The end product would be mesh of alternative rock, soul music, and hip hop laid over heavy drum breaks and fuzzy guitars.

The band are happy to announce that ALL Spotify users (both open, unlimited & premium) can hear the album exclusively ahead of release date only on Spotify! Click here to stream the album & check out the band’s ‘Wild the F**k out’ playlist – a ‘ragelist’ of tracks that the band love to rock out to before playing a show!

Yuksek pre-release on Spotify

Emerging via the French electronic scene, responsible for groundbreaking artists like Daft Punk and Justice, Yuksek is a highly sought after producer/remixer and one of the standard bearers of post-Soulwax disco-rock club culture. With ‘Living On The Edge Of Time’ he stakes his claim as formidable solo artist with a collection of unabashed, jubilant pop tunes.

‘Living On The Edge Of Time’ was inspired by the numbness of life on the road, the feeling of being alone in a crowd and the constant need for creative exploration – it’s introspective and uplifting at the same time. Creating the album back home in Reims, Yuksek rounded up friends and fellow Reims scenesters such as The Shoes and The Bewitched Hands to lend him a helping hand in the studio.

If you are an Open user you can hear the 5 track album sampler now by clicking here. And for a chance to win a premium account and hear the full album before its release, enter the competition here.

If you are a premium user you can hear the full length album now. Click here take a listen.

Yuksek’s 11 track album Living on the Edge of Time is released by Fiction Records on July 4th.

The sounds of June courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

The Soundtrack to May 2011

We hit the ground running with the biggest of mixtape monthlies, The Soundtrack to… May’s edition is a suitably joyous symphony of eclecticism: there’s the devastatingly ace Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair from Arctic Monkeys; the long overdue return of Tom Vek on the infectious A Chore; the only British MC you need in your life, Ghostpoet with Survive It; and the singer-songwriter everyone’s talking about, Ed Sheeran on The A Team. All these and more await you in the best monthly round-up of fresh music you’ll find anywhere on the web.

New Releases – June 2011

Allow us to introduce to you our brand new, er ,New Releases playlist. You know that half-proselytizing, half-misanthropic blog post we do, Singles Club? Yeah you do, it’s the one where we say stuff about how listening to Jennifer Lopez makes you question whether we are "the lowest ebb in human history." Yeah, well that. You can listen to all the tracks we review on that, as well as the very best new release on Spotify, each and every month by clicking here. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Busy P Presents…

Ed Banger records got joined SMP this month, bringing with them a smorgasbord of mixtapes from their incredible roster of DJs and producers. This one’s from their head honcho, the top boy, the main man, Busy P. Not only is Pedro Winter an incendiary DJ in his own right, in Daft Punk he managed arguably the biggest dance music act of all time for over ten years – shifting six millions albums in the process – and, amazingly, he’s still only 34 years old. Including a handful of his own productions, his mixtape also features Metronomy, Panda Bear, The Strokes, James Blake and more.

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Spotify exclusive – Dry The River Live at Bush Hall

Dry The River Live at Bush Hall EP, is released exclusively to Spotify today, and is taken from their sell-out London show at Bush Hall on May 25th 2011.

Since 2009 “Dry the River” have lived and worked in their east London house, an ideal set–up, allowing them the freedom to work when they like. Musically the back-history is highly intriguing, with the band citing an esoteric list of influences – Leonard Cohen, At The Drive-In, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie, Neutral Milk Hotel , Bruce Springsteen and Devendra Banhart.

After being offered a publishing deal by Transgressive in late 2010 (Foals, Mystery Jets, Graham Coxon) the band released their first single ‘proper’ earlier this year via the Transgressive label. New Ceremony was released in March and saw the band pick up support from Radio 1, 6Music, NME, XFM, The Fly, Sunday Times and Clash. Produced by James Kenosha, the limited 7” sold-out on pre-order.

Early 2011 saw the band play some rapturously received shows at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas (hailed by NME as one of the highlights of the week), headline this Bush Hall show and begin recording their debut album, due for release in 2012, with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) in his Connecticut home-studio.

The band play over 40 festivals around the globe this summer 2011 including Glastonbury, Hop Farm, iTunes Festival, Reading & Leeds, Lovebox, Bestival and many many more.

Dry the River will release a new single in early July, which is already highly anticipated by tastemakers and their ever growing fan base. In the meantime check out their Exclusive EP, and their “Dry the River playlist” and their “These Truly Are The Last Days Festival playlist”.

Spotify Premium exclusive – Kenneth Bager ‘The Sound of….’ one week early!

Deconstruction Records are delighted to announce their latest signing Kenneth Bager, to the label. Bager became a DJ in the late eighties in Copenhagen, where he formed the legendary acid house ‘Coma’ parties, the Danish equivalent to London’s Shoom and Spectrum parties. As an A&R of his own Scandinavian COMA label he signed The KLF, The Shamen, Moby and Dance To Trance. As a club promoter, Bager was responsible for bringing new acts and DJs to Denmark for the first time: Paul Oakenfold, Norman Jay, Gotan Project; Sven Våth, Metro Area, Bob Jones, Coldcut, The Orb, and others. He currently runs Music For Dreams, DJs and works for Denmark’s P3 Radio Station (the Danish equivalent to Radio 1) where his radio show is an eclectic blending of genres as diverse as world, electronica, techno, klezmer, dub, house, classical, soul, film scores, obscurities, rarities and other ditties.

Deconstruction is giving Spotify Premium subscribers an exclusive pre–release of his ‘The Sound Of…’ album from today! The album is full of baleric beats and timeless melodies including the first single which will be released in Sept ‘Sound of Swing (Oh Na Na) ft Aloe Blacc. Listen to the album now exclusively to Spotify Premium. Not a Premium member? Click here to upgrade to Spotify Premium.

http://www.deconstructionrecords.co.uk

Wiley’s 100% Publishing is out now

The seventh studio album by prolific English producer and rapper Wiley is now available to hear in full on Spotify.

Called 100% Publishing, the album was written, produced and mastered in it’s entirety by Wiley, and is one of the most varied musical sets Wiley has ever assembled. You could begin with the stripped back bounce of tunes like Numbers…, Information Age and Yonge Street (so named cos it’s the longest street in the world). You could point to the effortlessly supple grime of title track 100% Publishing or Boom Boom Da Na. Depending on your mood or taste, you could highlight the avant garde genius of a tune like I Just Woke Up, the r&b strut of Pink Lady, the sweet soulfulness of Up There or the introspective solemnity of Wise Man And His Words. Throughout, Wiley spits lines which are often funny, sometimes shocking, regularly surprising but always shot through with a surreal lyrical brilliance which shows the man’s deep love of language.

Check out the clip to Numbers Ub Action – the first single from 100% Publishing now.

To be in with a chance of winning one of three deluxe 100% Publishing CDs, simply tell us – what was the name of Wiley’s first studio album? Good luck!

Special footage from tonight’s Glastonbury headliner – U2

Tonight U2 headline the legendary Glastonbury Festival on Worthy Farm. There’ll be 150,000 watching the set live in Somerset – along with millions watching on TV in the UK and Ireland. Spotify have been given access to special footage from the build up to their performance, which includes interviews with the band and exclusive rehearsal footage from 2010 and earlier this year.

Included in the selection is an exclusive clip of the band discussing their legendary song ‘Vertigo’. Watch below for a unique insight into the band and visit u2.com for more.

Evaline pre-release sampler!

For those of us waiting for the next band to take over our minds, hearts and souls here comes Californian kids EVALINE – with a full quota of startling tracks with intense guitars and swooning vocals matched with a high energy live show that has been gathering fans in every city they play.

Evaline started touring their new songs in summer 2010 supporting Paper Tongues, Neon Trees, Deftones, Dredg, Dir en Grey and Apocalyptica throughout the USA and Placebo and Young Guns in the UK, gaining early approval from the UK press.

Their 12 track debut album Woven Material is released on June 27th and the band will be playing a run of festival dates in the UK and Europe this summer including Hard Rock Calling and T in the Park.

You can listen to the pre-release here!

The Japanese Popstars are back with their brand new album ‘Controlling Your Allegiance’

The Japanese Popstars – Gary Curran, Declan ‘Decky Hedrock’ McLaughlin and Gareth Donoghue – may have been together for just four years, but they’ve carved out a reputation to rival the biggest names in dance music as a must-see live act and purveyor of raucous, foot-stomping, energetic electronic dance music. In the two years since their debut album ‘We Just Are’ dropped on Gung-Ho!, they’ve gone on long tours of the States, played in Australia, across Europe and, of course Japan!

But it’s ‘Controlling Your Allegiance’, the brand new album out this week, that’s the real leap forward. The trio admit having to sharpen up in every department, not least because they’ve used vocalists for the first time. And not just any old session singer either. Featured vocalists include The Cure’s Robert Smith, rising star James Vincent McMorrow, The Editor’s Tom Smith, Techno legend Green Velvet, and mercury-nominated singer Lisa Hannigan.

A must-see festival act, you can catch The Japanese Popstars this weekend, second headline on the East Dance Tent on Sunday night, as well as at Secret Garden Party, Bestival, and various European festivals.

Listen to the album on Spotify now!

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