So, that’s it then. 2010 over and out. How was it for you? Yeah, the World Cup was a little dull, we’ve had apocalyptic weather conditions and global political unrest, but the music was pretty tasty wasn’t it? SMP user Phil Wilce – curator of the brilliant monthly playlist The Soundtrack to… – is the man behind this creation, summing up the year that was 2010 consummately. Big tunes from the likes of Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Janelle Monae, Everything Everything and Plan B are amongst our favourites that made the final cut; find out if yours did by clicking here.
Another of our favourite 2010 retrospectives is this little beauty, created by ga8. MY BEST OF 2010, as you may have guessed from the title, is a collection of his top tunes from the past 12 months. This eclectic playlist is your one-stop-shop for everything that made 2010 an ace year for for music, taking in tracks by The Black Keys, Gil Scott-Heron, Trentemøller, Caribou, The Dead Weather, Vampire Weekend and Gorillaz to name but a few – brilliant playlist.
That’s 2010 wrapped up nicely, then, but what’s brewing for 2011? Well we’re all about fresh new music here at SMP which is why we’re really excited about this brand new monthly tastemaker, Alternative Cupcake. January’s edition charts all the tunes you should be getting your listening gear around this month; in particular we’re feeling tracks by The Roots and Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Interpol, Sons And Daughters and Band of Horses. Check them all out for yourself right here.
One of our more established monthly playlists is this gem from Erlend Fanuelsen – a perpetual smorgasbord of genius new music. Hot in the world of indie and electro this month is brooding, malevolence from White Lies with Bigger Than Us; suitably sumptuous pop from Belle & Sebastian; and the joyous, cacophony of wonderment that is Swim Until You Can’t See Land by Frightened Rabbit.
New to SMP in 2011 is Sony Sweden, and they’ve kicked off their playlist career superbly with Artists To Watch in 2011. Pretty self explanatory this one: if you want cracking new music from Magnetic Man, Tove Styrke, Miles Kane and Fritjof & Pikanen, get clicking here.
One of the most important, innovative and exciting musical revolutions of recent times was the creation and development of house music. Discover the music that helped to shape and create the genre on this spectacular playlist by pasi68: Mix a dash of Kraftwerk with a sprinkle of The Salsoul Orchestra and a soupcon Roy Ayers Ubiquity for the perfect house music recipe – an amazing playlist and a must for all house heads and music geeks alike.
If House Roots pieces together the fledgling years of house music then Last Night a DJ Saved My Life watches it grow into the behemoth that we know and love today. Based of the book of the same name by Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton, this playlist features all the big tunes from the best nightclubs the world has every seen, such as: The Loft, Warehouse, Paradise Garage, Music Box and Haçienda.
We’re incredibly proud to announce that subculture stalwarts Ben Sherman are now creating playlists especially for SMP – and pretty special they are too. So, if you want to know what the Ben Sherman design team are listening to while working on their new collections, this is the playlist for you. Expect the best new music around from the likes of Everything Everything, Detroit Social Club, Gold Panda, The Joy Formidable and The Vaccines.
Music. And. Girls. And not just any girls, blondes! What more could you ask for from a playlist. If that, slightly sexist, review hasn’t captured your attention then perhaps tunes by the following artists will: Dusty Springfield, Nico, Cyndi Lauper, Robyn, Fever Ray, Goldfrapp, Lykke Li and Blondie, obviously. Good, yes?
Radio Caroline is the real life pirate – in every sense of the word – radio station that sent lawless rock and roll into the airwaves of the UK. For a taste of they tunes they used to play, check out this playlist based on the radio’s music policy from 1976, and click here for all of the music from ’76 to ’80 – arguably the station’s most influential period.