We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.
Mull of Kintyre, Barbie Girl and Unchained Melody (the savage Robson & Jerome version), We Found Love, My Heart Will Go On and Unchained Melody (the murderous Gareth Gates version) … People of the United Kingdom, you have a lot to answer for Ö Each of these singles, you see, has sold over a million copies in the UK. Scandalous. Redemption comes, however, in the shape of tracks by Donna Summer, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, New Order, Dexys Midnight Runners, Lou Reed and more, who have all also shifted over a million copies. All of these songs, good and evil, feature here.
“I knew it was applicable to pop music,” Robert Moog once said of the synthesiser when he developed the instrument in the mid-60s, “but our first market was the experimental composers, and that’s not what you’d call the basis for a big business. Nobody believed there was any future in that sort of thing.” There was, of course, a very bright future for “that sort of thing” ñ as this playlist, “Music made with Moogs and mini-MOOGs,” created by SMP user hooligan, proves. Featured here: Kraftwerk, Donna Summer, Roxy Music, Metronomy, Radiohead, Devo, Gary Numan and more. We salute you, Mr Moog.
Lemmy’s gives him the look of a wild and warty pirate. Prince’s is preened to perfection. Stevie Wonder’s is something of a soup strainer. As for Little Richard, he wears his pencil-thin Ö We’re talking, of course, about moustaches. It’s that time of year again, Movember, when men around the world grow their ‘taches to raise funds and awareness for menís health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. This playlist, created by Rev H-Bomb, showcases some of the finest examples of facial hair in music.
It’s been a great year for house music. Some of our favourite tracks include: Technasia’s driving, techo-house banger Heart of Flesh, the indelible sound of Candi Staton on Hallelujah Anyway and Tiga & Subb-an’s jacking Pleasure from the Bass. But few tracks can compete with Julio Bashmore’s ubiquitous Au Seve ñ one of 2012’s biggest and best tunes. All of these tracks, and many, many more, feature on SMP user Kasper Langendoen’s best-of 2012 mixtape, dedicate to the finest deep house music from the past year. Great stuff.
“Anyone who uses more than two chords is just showing off.” Woody Guthrie said that. They’re sentiments echoed by SMP user ardengard, who says: “Some say you need three chords to play rock ‘n’ roll. I say two chords is enough.” For proof, look no further than this mixtape, which features 32 tracks ñ spanning over three hours ñ that use just two chords. Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan: two chords. Joy Division, Black Sabbath, Nirvana: two chords. Talking Heads, the Flaming Lips, Spiritualized: two chords. Great mixtape.
Want to keep abreast of the latest releases in the USA? Up to date with new music stateside? Au fait with, er, fresh American audio? … We’ve got just the ticket. This very mixtape, New Releases USA, is your one-stop shop for new music on Spotify in America. From rock and pop to hip-hop and R&B, if it’s new, we’ve got it covered. We’ll also be adding to this playlist weekly, so be sure to subscribe for regular updates.
The sound of an orchestra in full flight is undeniably impressive, jazz collectives are not without their merits, and who could resist the beat of a big fat kickdrum. Still, there is no sound in music quite like that of a “filthy, dirty, fuzzy rock’n’roll” guitar … SMP user Mark Mason has created a playlist dedicated to just that. From Muddy Waters, the Stooges and Black Sabbath, to Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, this mixtape is full of tinnitus-inducing riffs swathed in fuzz and feedback. Turn it up to 11.
It’s the sound of a match being struck on stubble. It’s the sound of a sweaty brow and gritted teeth. It’s the sound of a Stetson pulled down low over slitted eyes. It’s the sound of bandannas and buckskins, rifles and revolvers. It’s the sound of the good. It’s the sound of the bad. It’s the sound of the ugly. It’s the sound of a pistol duel. It’s the sound of two fingers of gutrot whiskey sliding down the bar in a lawless saloon. It’s the sound of the hero riding off into the sunset. Jokke Samen’s playlist is the sound of cowboys and the Wild West. And it sounds brilliant.
If Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt, one of the most heartbreaking swan songs in music history, doesn’t get you, then Mike Skinner’s ode to his late father, Never Went To Church, has to. If Nick Drake’s poignant and beautiful Black Eyed Dog doesn’t bring a lump to your throat, then surely heart-rending classic Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division must. If songs by Bright Eyes and Simon & Garfunkel, PJ Harvey and Neil Young, the Pogues and Ryan Adams, don’t reduce you a blubbering wreck, check your pulse … Or listen to Evanescence ñ enough to make even the stoutest soul cry. They all feature on this superb hoxsd1 creation.
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests.” Barack Obama said, bringing his scintillating victory speech to a close after decisively winning a second term as US president. “We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.” SMP user Steven Marshall has created “a soulful R&B playlist” to celebrate Obama’s re-election. From Al Green, Bill Withers and Etta James, to Aaliyah, Macy Gray and Roots Manuva, this one’s a cracker.