This month’s The Soundtrack to… is "musically looted and resold for twenty quid in the backroom of your local pub". It’s a bargain at twice the price, as our premier monthly mixtape is once again a beacon for fresh new music. Featured on this edition: the brilliant new Chicago house-indebted track from The Rapture, dancefloor destroying ragga from Toddla T, some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and the finest electronic music courtesy of Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz.
If you’re yet to get your listening gear around this month’s Acid Jazz Hispano, what the hell have you been playing at? If you have never heard of Acid Jazz Hispano, seriously, what the hell have you been playing at? Never mind, there’s always time. Have a look at this month’s edition for lashing of funk, soul, jazz, blues, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything in between.
Few could argue with decision to award PJ Harvey this year’s Mercury Prize. She’s also the first person to take take the title for a second time – after wining in 2001 – getting the judges’ vote for her incredible, strange, beautiful and eerily prescient album, Let England Shake. Click here for tracks by her and many of the artists nominated since the prize’s inception in 1992.
Ah yes, ‘the 90s': the label historians have come to place upon a particularly primitive era in human history. A time when internet was dial-up, mobile phones only made calls and Phillip Schofield was, well he was exactly the same. Thankfully some pretty ace music came from this time: Beastie Boys, Beck, Daft Punk, Edwyn Collins, Nirvana, Placebo, The Chemical Brothers and tons more feature here.
Featuring a gorgeous, simmering deep house banger from Osunlade – with Ame on remix duty; another super production from Motor City Drum Ensemble; the incredible Solomun Vox remix of Haze & Noir’s Around; and big, big, dancefloor destroying tracks from Larry Heard, Die Vögel, Mendo, Butch, Loco Dice and stacks more besides, this playlist is a must for all electronic music heads.
People went crazy for this playlist on our Facebook page this month. And we don’t blame them. This mixtape, as endorsed by The Dude himself, features the likes of Gipsy Kings, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Booker T. & The MG’s, The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone, among others; all of which are begging for you to listen to while sipping on a Caucasian. The Dude abides…
Rule Britannia, marmalade and jam, five Chinese crackers up your… Anyway, aside from that charming little ditty, the good people of Britain are responsible for some of the greatest music ever put to record. This is indisputable. But do you agree with these selections for The BEST BRITISH songs of all time: Joy Division, The Clash, The Kinks, The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Blur and Arctic Monkeys, to name but a few. Well, do you?
"Few Bob Dylan recordings are on Spotify," says the creator of this playlist. "But his music is still here. Here are some of the greatest songs by America’s most iconic living songwriter, as performed by other artists." Those other artists include The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Solomon Burke, The Flying Burrito Brothers and stacks more besides. Incendiary covers all-round. Top playlist
We get a lot of really good playlists dedicated to cover versions here at SMP, but this one is all bout covers with a twist. All of the songs here have taken the original track and changed its respective genre. Featured: Marilyn Manson doing Personal Jesus, Alien Ant Farm’s version of Smooth Criminal, Ben Folds take on Bitches Ain’t Shit, Jimi Hendrix’s brilliant All Along The Watchtower and stacks more covers from the likes of Iron And Wine, Nouvelle Vague, The Vines, Antony And The Johnsons, Patti Smith Group and more.
We end, rather egotistically, with a playlist of our very own. But wait there, hear us out, we haven’t gone all power-mad; this is the must-hear mixtape to stay up-to-date with the very best new music released each and every week on Spotify. We update this playlist regularly so keep your peepers peeled on it at all times. All. Times.