We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.
25 songs inspired by Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk are currently playing their way through an eight-night residency at London’s Tate Modern, performing the albums, in full, that have gone on to prove so influential throughout pop music. SMP user Stef Galley has put together this mixtape, which gives 25 examples of artists influenced or inspired by Ralf Hütter and co – everyone from Felix Da Housecat, Kris Menace and Sub Focus to Pet Shop Boys, Electric Six and the Human League. A really well thought out playlist.
Ultimate Valentine’s Day Playlist
Valentine’s Day brings with it enough stress without having to worry about what music to play while you’re being all romantic and chivalrous and stuff. With that in mind, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a mixtape featuring 250 mood-setting songs: tracks by artists such as Omar, Teddy Pendergrass, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Barry White … Need we say anymore?
Anti Valentine’s Day Playlist
Valentine’s Day is, of course, not for everyone. We understand that. That’s why we’ve put together a playlist for all the single ladies and the gentleman flying solo, those unlucky in love and those not looking for love … Lily Allen, Kate Bush, the Smiths, N.W.A., Kraftwerk, Talking Hits, Johnny Cash, Billy Bragg and more feature here. They’ve all penned tunes that could dampen a romantic mood quicker than a Crazy Frog impersonation.
The Soundtrack to February 2013
Who’s up for some new music? “50 tracks to knock you out,” says Phil Wilce. “February’s punching well above its weight.” He recommends tunes by Toro Y Moi, Alex Metric, Bonobo and, particularly, B.J. Smith. We think you should also check out the brooding new Burial release, Claude VonStroke’s killer remix of Infinity Ink and the glorious return of Yo La Tengo, all featured here. Like a fine wine, The Soundtrack to just gets better with age.
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
After years of rumour and speculation, it’s been announced Daft Punk WILL release new material – this year! Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel’s first studio album in eight years – their forth release – is due in May. SMP user Ditto Ramirez is celebrating the news with a mixtape of Daft Punk, Daft Punk-inspired and Daft Punk-sampled music: featuring, alongside the French duo, everyone from LCD Soundsystem to Gorillaz. Well-worth a listen.
Chris Junkin is sick of it. He’s had enough of “looped drum beats” and “samples from 80’s hits.” In response to the homogeneous music which proliferates the charts, he’s created a mixtape “containing some of today’s – and yesterday’s – best natural sounding music.” Providing the “organic sound” is everyone from the National, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver to Neil Young, the Band and Van Morrison. A must-hear playlist, this one.
Ah, the one-hit wonder – music’s curiosities, the oddballs and misfits, the talent-squanderers and those who achieved far more than their talent warranted. This is a cracking collection of fleeting chart successes, created by SMP user kapotjeplov, which includes acts such Babylon Zoo, Ann Lee and House of Pain, China Crisis, Belinda Carlisle and Mel & Kim. The inclusion of the Verve, Echo and the Bunnymen and Edwyn Collins is more than a little unfair, but this is a solid playlist nonetheless.
Ultimate Piano House
If you’re looking for a little audio pick-me-up, why not check out our expertly put together – even if we do say ourselves – mixtape full of the very best in piano-led house from the late 80s and early 90s. Featured here, everyone from Inner City, Joe Smooth and Marshall Jefferson to K-Klass, Robin S and N-Trance. A proper feel-good collection of tracks. Play loud!
Future Tarantino Tracks?
“I like the way you make mixtapes, boy.” Our Django impression, there, directed at hoxsd1. He’s the SMP user behind this creation, “a collection of songs that sound like they could, some day, make their way into a Quentin Tarantino film.” From Count Five, Johnny Cash and the Herbaliser, to John Lee Hooker, the 13th Floor Elevators and the Pogues, you can imagine a Tarantino plot unfolding to all of these tunes. A great idea, well put together.
A Starter’s Guide to Noise Rock
Ah, nothing there’s nothing quite like a nice, mellow, undemanding mixtape: SMP user Slavoj Zizek’s A Starter’s Guide to Noise Rock, for example! Featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and the Birthday Party, this playlist is a superb introduction to the post-punk genre – one of a series offering a beginner’s guide to some of the more obscure musical sounds. See also: A Starter’s Guide to Instrumental Hip-Hop, Minimalism, Math Rock and others, on Zizek’s profile page.