Fall in love with Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz’s brand new album, Love is a Four Letter Word is out today and to celebrate, we have tons of awesome content up for grabs!

Check out our dedicated, interactive page to tune into an exclusive commentary of the album, unlock tangram puzzles to access special content from Jason, plus stand in line to win an autographed CD in our playlist competition. All this and much more, right here!

The sounds of April courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

Share My Playlists

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

Easy Like Sunday Mornings Vol.4

Our first must-hear mixtape this month comes in the shape of Kieron‘s latest, eagerly-anticipated edition of Easy Like Sunday Mornings. Volume four is brimming with mellow tunes, old and new, that will make any day feel like a lazy Sunday – Roy Ayers, Teddy Pendergrass, Maxwell, Ray Charles, Herb Alpert and many more.

My Name is Brian (and I’m awesome)

Without a shadow of a doubt, our playlist of the month is My Name is Brian (and I’m awesome) . Now, admittedly, that is a pretty poor title. But it’s true – Brian really is awesome. He’s created a mixtape that doubles as a job application – read the track titles in order. And guess what … Brian received job offers! Well done that man.

NME’s Best Songs Of The 60s

The good old NME is 60 this year! To mark the occasion, they’re celebrating with the best music from each decade of their lifetime. On this playlist, they count down the best tracks from the 1960s – from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, The Stooges to The Velvet Underground, Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin and beyond.

Don Draper Seduction Music

Having a spot of bother with the opposite sex? Ask yourself this: What would Don do? And, more importantly, what would Don listen to while he’s doing it? The answer is, of course womanising and anything seductive and 60s. If you’re planning some womanising or indeed manising (that’s definitely a thing – don’t bother checking it) this month, these are the sultry sounds you need to help you on your way. Do it Donnystyle.

Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service

The last time SMP saw Jarvis Cocker, at T in the Park 2011, he proceeded to wipe his backside on notorious and now defunct British tabloid newspaper. It was strange and glorious dirty protest. We love him. He’s a national treasure. A musical genius. And his radio show is pretty cool, too. Check out the tunes he plays here.

Berlin techno

Next up, a killer collection of dancefloor-destroying, mind-bending, sub-troubling, party-starting, hands-in-the-air tunes. This is one of the best electronic music mixtapes we’ve heard in ages – a real must-hear weekend party playlist. Check out tunes from rising stars of the underground, like Russ Yallop, Maya Jane Coles and Art Department, alongside house legends, such as Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard and Marco Carola.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik

Another favourite this month comes courtesy of Afront and his “loosely chronological” mixtape journeying through German electronic music – old-school and modern synthpop, futurepop, EBM and electro-industrial, ending with a selection of minimal synthpop, ambient and Kosmische Musik. A must-hear playlist.

Gilles Peterson Jukebox

SMP was saddened – no, devastated – to hear Gilles Peterson’s Radio 1 show has been cancelled. And we reckon grohs probably felt the same: “A selection of tracks that Gilles Peterson may have on his own jukebox,” goes the description to this mixtape. Thankfully, GP is back on BBC Radio 6 Music with bigger, better show. But this one’s still a must-hear for Gilles fans.

80 x Hip Hop in the 80’s

This mixtapes features 80 of the finest, most ground-breaking hip-hop records from the 80s. Everyone’s here. From Afrika Bambaataa to Slick Rick, Eric B & Rakim to RUN-DMC, Ice Cube to LL Cool J – over 10 hours of the finest rap music ever put to wax. If you’re into hip-hop and you don’t listen to this playlist in its entirety – all 80 tracks – consider our friendship over. Word.

New Releases 2012

Last but certainly not least, we have the playlist that is home to best new music in 2012, the SMP New Releases mixtape. We update this mixtape every week with the best new tracks on Spotify – subscribe for automatic updates. Added this month: Spiritualized, Graham Coxon, Orbital, Richard Hawley, The Futureheads, Plan B, Arcade Fire, Paul Weller and more. Lots more.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

First I would like to start with saying thank you for all the nice suggestions that you all have been sending me! Much appreciated! And now, to this week’s music.

The Norwegian indie band “HighasaKite” came out with a debut album in 2012. “All That Floats Will Rain”. There is a lot of really nice songs on this album and I have had a few of them in my Music Monday playlist before. We start this weeks Music Monday with their song “Indian Summer”. You should also check out “Son of A Bitch” and “Winners Don´t Come Easy”. All very good songs. I’m really looking forward to see “HighasaKite” live on festivals in Scandinavia this summer!

Next band out this week is “Firekites”. An Australian band formed from Newcastle, New South Wales. They play amazing acoustic music and I really like their song “Last Ships” from their first album “The Bowery”. Then time for indie pop! Mauro Remiddi known as “Porcelain Raft” is an Italian-born singer/songwriter. I like his dreamy songs and especially “Tip of your Tongue”

The last artist out this week is another Norwegian artist; “Mr Little Jeans”. She just came out with a new single called “Runaway”. If you never heard her sing before I recommend you also check out some of her earlier singles. I would start with “Rescue Song”. A very cute and catchy song!

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive on Spotify

Photo credit: Clara BalzaryJust in time for their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ full catalog is now on Spotify.

Starting today fans of the Chili Peppers can listen to their entire music catalog from every album on Spotify including their latest release I’m With You, which has topped the charts in 10 different countries.

Spotify is the first streaming music service where Red Hot Chili Peppers fans around the globe can listen to multi-platinum albums such as Stadium Arcadium, Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Mothers Milk, and more.

Fans of the band can also catch them live on tour in North America and Europe throughout the rest of 2012. For more information on tour dates and to start listening click here.

Introducing the Spotify Play Button

Today we’re excited to introduce the Spotify Play Button, a wonderful new way of integrating Spotify content within blogs, websites and other social networks.

Making it even easier to share and discover music, the Spotify Play Button is a simple yet extremely powerful music widget that makes it easier than ever to deliver all the world’s music to fans of your website or blog. Adding the Spotify Play Button to your Tumblr, website or social page will light it up with music in a flash and feature any song, album or playlist. To enjoy the tunes, all you have to do is hit Play. Totally free. Totally instant. Totally awesome.

Making music even more personal

We’ve teamed up with some of the best and brightest sites online to help make sharing and discovering music even more seamless.

Add a soundtrack to your Tumblr in a flash. Embed all your favourite music and search for the tracks you love within Tumblr’s ‘Audio’ bar.

Transform your Facebook profile or artist page with FanRx. It’s never been so easy to power up a profile. Rev up your Brand’s Facebook page with FanBridge and feature specific songs or albums, draw attention to new releases, fan-only demos or exclusives.

You’ll love the Spotify Play Button – especially when can you tune into the music on your favourite sites. The Spotify Play Button on PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Time Out Group (New York City, Paris, London), Rolling Stone and more will give you access to all the music content you can dream of with just one click.

Browse and enjoy playlists on ShareMyPlaylists.com just by hitting Play.

Want to sing along to all your favourite tunes without having to search for them? Head over to Tunewiki and browse, click and play.

For more information about the Spotify Play Button, come this way.

Spotify Just Got Even Better on Your Boxee

Today Spotify is getting a great update on Boxee Boxes, these great devices that find many of your favorite shows, movies and Spotify playlists and put them on your TV. a lot more functionality to explore while enjoying music using your Boxee and Spotify Premium.

Boxee

Now you can easily search, find and play any track, artist or album, even if it’s not in one of your playlists. Listen to whatever you want from Spotify’s millions of tracks.

You can now access your Spotify Inbox. You’ll get notified when your friends share a song, album or playlist with you.

And you can now play your music in shuffle mode. It lets you sit back and relax while Spotify does the DJ work with your tracks.

If you are a Premium subscriber, you can enjoy all of these functions on Boxee. Haven’t checked out the Boxee Boxes yet? Come this way.

Get a first look – and listen – at LouFest 2012

The summer is heating up with another sizzling festival announcement. We’ve teamed up with LouFest, St. Louis’s biggest indie music event, to give you an exclusive look at their 2012 line-up!

With a sizzling roster that includes The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, Girl Talk and more – this is sure to be one festival not to miss. Check out this exclusive playlist for a first look at what’s in store for the August 25 -26 festivities.

Click here to discover LouFest 2012.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

We start a brand new week with a Swedish pop rock band; “The Majority Says”. Their song “114” was made famous in a large television commercial, broadcasted in Scandinavia for the new Viasat Film channel. I love their dreamy and vulnerable vocal.

After a dreamy start we continue with a nice flashback from 2010. “I Blame Coco” with her single “Quicker”. And then time for a little dose of English indie rock; “The Wombats” with their song “Techno Fan”. Next one out is Los Angeles-based electro-pop duo “Uh Huh Her” with their song “Another Case” from their second album “Nocturnes”.

This weeks new finding is a band called “Electric Guest”. Their song “This Head I Hold” is very charming and catchy. I get the whole Motown retro feeling when listening.

The last one out this week an American indie rock band from Stillwater, Oklahoma. “Other Lives” with “Dark Horse” from their latest album “Tamer Animals”.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!