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!

#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.

ABBA The Museum opens in Stockholm, and we celebrate by sharing ABBA’s most-played songs

If you want an interactive journey through one of the biggest success stories in music history, you should pay a visit to ABBA The Museum. Here you can get close to the band by experiencing what it’s like to be the fifth member of ABBA, get on stage together with the other members, enter the Polar studio and see what he or she looks like in ABBA’s legendary costumes, and much more. Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Frida will tell their own personal ABBA stories through the museum audioguide.

We, as music partners of ABBA The Museum, have revealed ABBA’s most-played songs on our service, according to users all over the world. To view the top lists per country, and lots of other playlists, visit ABBA The Museum’s Spotify profile: http://spoti.fi/abbathemuseum

ABBA The Museum is located at Djurgårdsvägen 68, next to Gröna Lund at the scenic Djurgården in Stockholm. Tickets for ABBA The Museum are available now at www.abbathemuseum.com.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We start our playlist this week with a Danish folk favorite: “The Rumour Said Fire” and their beautiful single “The Balcony”. We continue with a Cincinnati-based indie rock duo. Time for “Bad Veins” and the song “Doubt” from their latest studio album “The Mess We’ve Made”.

We continue with a synthpop trio from Glasgow: “CHVRCHES” and their catchy song “Recover” Next we have American “Cayucas”, previously known as Oregon Bike Trails and their song “East Coast Girl”.

Last song in our playlist this week’s playlist is the beautiful “So Good at Being in Trouble” by “Unknown Mortal Orchestra”.

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.

Don’t miss a beat with Yahoo! On The Road

This week, our friends at Yahoo! are kicking off a whirlwind adventure across the US and Europe with the Yahoo! On The Road tour.

 With performances by John Legend, Fun., The Lumineers, Macklemore + Ryan Lewis, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, and Capital Cities (to name a few) on the books, this summer’s tour is set to sizzle.  And for those of you catching up on the tour online, you’re in for a treat.  We’re partnering with the web giant to enhance the tour’s digital music experience for users.

Head to the OntheRoad.yahoo.com to discover the brilliant new Spotify Play Bar — an embeddable widget developed specifically for Yahoo! Here you’ll be able to listen to and enjoy content featured on the site while you explore.

What’s more, you can expect exclusive audio content from a collection of “On the Road” tour stops in the U.S. and Europe on Spotify soon!

Fans can find the complete entertainment line up, get ticket information or simply be a tour “roadie” by visiting Yahoo! On The Road online or visiting the tour’s FlickrTwitter, or Facebook pages. 

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We start this week with a track called “Pompeii” by a new British favorite band: “Bastille”. This song is taken from their debut album “Bad Blood” released back in February.

Next we have an American indie rock band: “Pomegranates” and their song “Create Your Own Reality”. We continue with yet another American; Brooklyn based “American Authors” and their song “Best Day Of My Life”.

The French group “Phoenix” just released a new album called “Bankrupt!”. The next song in our playlist is one of my favorite tracks from this new album called “Chloroform”.

The last song in our playlist is the dreamy song “Love divine” by the Swedish duo “W&I”.

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.

Our interview with Little Mix

Jesy, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade came into our office recently and played four songs just for us. Afterwards we piled them into a room so they could tell us all about the music that they love, about the songs and artists that inspired them and, guess, what. They did.

What song reminds you of your childhood?

Jesy: Spice Girls’ ‘Spice Up Your Life’.

Leigh-Anne: I sang The Honeys ‘Finally Found’ a lot when I was younger, so that would be mine.

Perrie: I’d go for Eiffel 65’s ‘I’m Blue’ or Hanson’s ‘MMMbop’!

Jade: Mine would be ‘Baby Love’ by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

What record is your guaranteed, sure-fire party starter?

Leigh-Anne: Flo Rida’s ‘Wild Ones’ was my song of last year and I still bang it out all the time. I absolutely love it!

Perrie: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’ gets me in the mood. But Fatman Scoop’s ‘Be Faithful’ sends everyone nuts.

Jade: ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas is a bit obvious, but it always works!

Leigh-Anne: You’ve got to have Snoop and Pharrell’s ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’.

Jesy: Gwen Stefani and Eve’s ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ is a brilliant party track.

Perrie: The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ gets everyone dancing.

Jesy: No! I’d sit down if that came on – I hate that sort of music.

Leigh-Anne: There was that song we were always playing in the kitchen of the X-Factor house.

Perrie: Panic At The Disco, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

Jesy: I wouldn’t have that!

Perrie: We’d have to have ‘Love On Top’ by Beyonce too.

What song would you play before you left the house to get you in the mood?

Jade: I’d go for ‘Dirrty’ by Christina Aguilera.

Perrie: Calvin Harris and Example’s ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’.

Jesy: Oh, for me it would have to be ‘Run It!’ by Chris Brown or ‘OMG’ by Usher.

All: Robyn S’ ‘Show Me Love’ is still an amazing song.

What’s your ultimate dancefloor track?

Jesy: I love that Cascade track, ‘Every Time We Touch’.

Leigh-Anne: Wynter Gordon’s ‘Dirty Talk’ is a huge tune!

Perrie: Oh yeah, I love that one!

Jesy: You can’t have a party without Run DMC’s ‘It’s Like That’.

Jade: Or ‘Flowers’ by Sweet Female Attitude – love that.

Does the perfect song exist?

Jesy: Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ – the words to that are just amazing.

Leigh-Anne: I wish that we’d done ‘No Scrubs’ or ‘Unpretty’, those were kind of perfect – but right now I’d say Bruno Mars’ ‘When I Was Your Man’. That is a perfect song.

Jade: ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder is brilliant – I’d nominate that.

After the party, what would bring you back to earth?

Leigh-Anne: I’d listen to all slow jams…

Jesy: Toni Braxton’s ‘Un-Break My Heart’!

Perrie: Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’ is a great song – and we all love ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman.

Jesy: ‘End Of the Road’ by Boyz II Men.

Jade: Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ is perfect for going home if you’re going home with someone…

Leigh-Anne: So is Usher’s ‘Climax’!

What would you recover to the next day?

Leigh-Anne: I don’t like to stop the party!

Jade: ‘Jimmy Mack’ by Martha and the Vandellas. Oh, and ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley.

Jesy: ‘Tonight’ by John Legend, that’s a great record and ‘You Remind Me’ by Usher.

Leigh-Anne: I’d have to have some Chris Brown in there too – probably ‘4 Years Old’, or ‘Stuck On Stupid’.

Finally – crucially – what’s your favourite noise?

Perrie: I love rain on a window and the pop from a brand new jar.

Jade: For me it’s crunchy leaves.

Jesy: I love thunder – as long as I’m inside.

Leigh-Anne: I love a saxophone. It’s really sexy!

April Beats presented by @thursplay

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

It’s the last week of April and in this playlist you can listen to the best music releases all other playlist might have just missed!

Starting off on this April Beats by @thursplay [2013] discover Swedish group Hurricane Love with their heartfelt single “Only Human” and let their smooth voices get you in the mood for what comes next, James Blake with “Overgrown” from his latest album of same name.

Of course you’ll be able to listen to the much anticipated new song by Daft Punk ft. Pharell Williams “Get Lucky” followed by “Sacrilege” by the excellent New York based Yeah Yeah Yeahs – who doesn’t love Karen O’s voice?

It gets better: listen to Swiss/German pop duo BOY catchy new song “Little Numbers”, Autre Ne Veut with “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, new song by Vampire Weekend “Diane Young”, English alternative rock band Suede with “For the Strangers” from their new album “Bloodsports” and Finish duo Sin Cos Tan with “Bittersweet”.

You know who else released new music? IAMX, Iron & Wine, Rilo Kiley and Broken Social Scene, all in this playlist!

What were your favorite releases during April?

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

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We start this week’s playlist with a band featuring members of The Get Up Kids, fun., The New Amsterdams, Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, and Ghosty! We continue with “Lasorda”, and the sound of Suzannah Johannes’ soft vocals. “The Age of Wonder” is from Lasorda’s self-titled debut album, released back in December 2012.

We also have a solo artist “Deptford Goth” also known as South Londoner Daniel Woolhouse. “Feel Real” is from his debut album “Life After Defo” relesed in March.

Next song in our playlist is “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” by the American electronic/pop band “Stepdad”. Then time for Copenhagen’s Søren Løkke Juul and “Indians”. The song “Bird” is taken from his latest album “Somewhere Else”

Last song in our playlist this week is “Is It Honest?” by American “Woods”.

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.