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.
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!
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.
It’s the inimitable Acid Jazz Hispano next. June’s edition features soul from James Brown, funk from Bootsy Collins, contemporary northern soul from Frank Popp Ensemble and hip-hop form A Tribe Called Quest, all sandwiched between such luminaries as Van Morrison, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis, Ennio Morricone and the late, great Gil-Scott Heron. If you only listen to one playlist today – although we strongly recommend a balanced mixtape diet of at least five-a-day – make it this one.
If you’re on the hunt for ace new music, but don’t have the time or the patience to read some fickle muso rags or listen to hyperactive radio jocks, then cast you’re curious lugs over indie & electroncia. We’re enjoying tunes from Death Cab for Cutie, Friendly Fires, X-press 2 Ft. Rob Harvey, Trentemøller, Booka Shade and Miles Kane, but not Deadmau5. Can’t win ‘em all. Top playlist.
By far the most talented man in the history of music to bear a more than striking resemblance to Sideshow Bob, Phil Spector is known for his pioneering wall of sound production style, and that’s it… That’s definitely what he’s most famous for. The music. Nothing else worth mentioning, really… Check out his smoking productions for the likes of The Teddybears, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner and Ben E. King, amongst others, right here – hotter than a pistol, every single one of them.
The king of bass, SMP user syknyk, is an ever present on this monthly post. If you want bangers, he’s got them; if you show no regard to the safety of your ear drums, give him a click. Strictly Drum & Bass… Part 22 features big ones from Mattix & Futile, Subz & Matik, Danny The Wildchild and Calibre. If you like this, check out Strictly BASS… Part 19.
Next we have the long awaited return of Kieron’s R&B Mixtape. Volume 6 is a joyous mix of old new; big-hitters like Sade, Beyonce, Jill Scott and Kelly Rowland and fresh new acts like Kelly Erez, Soundgirl, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown, to name but a few. That’s 22 tracks-worth of the smoothest, dirtiest and coolest R&B jams. Click here to get involved, you know it makes sense.