Spotify Premium, Speech Debelle single and Q&A


British rapper Speech Debelle released her debut album, Speech Therapy, earlier this year to rave reviews. She was kind enough to do a little Q&A with us in support of her latest single, Better Days, which Spotify Premium users can listen to starting today. Also, check out Speech’s official website for news and info about upcoming gigs.

Update: Just wanted to congratulate Speech on her Mercury Prize nomination, well done!

Where are you?
South London, UK

Describe a typical day?
Wake up and check emails, head out to an interview followed by time in the studio then maybe go to a friend’s.

How’s the European tour going?
The tour is in October and at the moment I’m on the festival circuit, playing at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bestival and the Secret Garden Party.

Best/worst ever gig?
The best gig was Pussy Parlour at Glastonbury a few weeks ago, mad fun! I guess the worst was Dirty Boots at Glastonbury, only because it was the seventh gig in three days and I had lost my voice, not nice!

Describe your musical style in three words.
Neo melodic rap.

Who are your biggest influences?
Michael Jackson, Sizzla, Prince, Madonna.

What makes you happy?
Food, good company, classic songs not the new shit!

What makes you sad?
Choice FM, the top 10 UK singles and albums charts. Michael Jackson’s death.

What was the last lie you told?
I don’t tell lies!

Your last single – Go Then, Bye. Sounds like a tough situation. Did things resolve themselves?
Time resolves things, we still talk every once in a while but it’s not always appropriate anymore.

Favourite place to hang out?
The studio, and it seems the mechanics for the last week cause they can’t seem to fix my car stereo that they fitted!

Favourite city and why?
Right now I’d say London because it’s where the pound is. Saying that though I’ve been to St. Lucia and although pounds are what they don’t have and what they want, they still seem so much happier than us London folk!

Name us your three desert island discs? The albums you couldn’t live without.
SizzlaDa Real Thing‘; Me’Shell Ndegéocello ‘Bitter’; 2Pac ‘Greatest Hits’

Fancy putting a playlist together for us?
Speech Debelle’s Tribute To Michael Jackson

Human Nature
My favorite song of all time, this is what my song ‘Daddies Little Girl’ is based on. The tempo and drum pattern at the beggining is identical.

Will You Be There
It’s such an emotive song, the words, the passion in which he sings it, the choir, the progression and the constant snare! I also love the line, “I’m only human.”

In the Closet
From one of my fave Michael albums, the very underrated ‘Dangerous’. I love how he’s dancing, it’s hot!

Who Is It
Again off the ‘Dangerous’ album, Teddy Riley did his thing, the beat is on fire!

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
If this don’t wanna make you dance, something’s wrong with your body! He was also so good looking in this video and he looked so happy.

Remember the Time
One of the best videos of all time. Teddy riley again on production, they were an amazing team.

Dirty Diana
This is Michael showing us that he can do any type of music and better than most. Michael doing rock.

This Place Hotel (a/k/a Heartbreak Hotel)
The strings and trumpet section make it a triumphant break up song.

Spotify Premium UK, The Dead Weather debut


The Dead Weather is the latest supergroup to form bringing together members of The Kills, The Raconteurs, Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack White of the White Stripes. The Nashville based band was formed back in February 2009 and their murky mix of blues and classic rock has been generating early rave reviews.

Their highly anticipated debut album, Horehound, is being released next week in stores. In a UK exclusive Spotify Premium subscribers can get access to the full album starting today.

Spotify Premium UK, exclusive live & acoustic sessions

Today we’ve got two exclusive sessions for Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK that you should sure to check out.


The first one is amazing Acoustic EP by Daniel Merriweather who’s hit album Love & War has been extremely popular on Spotify since it was released earlier this year.

The second release is a Spotify Live Session recorded by V V Brown. Her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, will be released later this month but premium subscribers can get an early taste of her live act.

Spotify Premium Sweden, I Want You!


The Swedish indie rock band Peter Bjorn & John released Living Thing earlier this year. Starting today Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden can listen to a special remix album of the Living Thing The Remixes that they’ve put together. The album contains remixes from the likes of Jan Hammer and Teddybears.

Peter Bjorn and John also want to find the best remixer amongst their fans and to do this they have teamed up with MusicMyne to create a unique opportunity for fans to remix their latest single, It Don’t Move Me. The best mix will be featured on their site and made available on Spotify. Visit the MusicMyne site to start mixing and vote for your favorite.

The band will also embark as opening act for Depeche Mode on their US tour later this summer – before that you can catch them on a few exclusive European festival dates – check for more info.

Spotify Premium, Stop the world

We have a number of pre-releases today for premium subscribers.


The Irish band, The Blizzards, have been touring heavily since their second album, Domino Effect was released last year. Today we have an exclusive Live Spotify Session, recorded just for us at a special studio gig in London. Spotify Premium users in the UK can listen to the session as a teaser for their forthcoming album.


In Sweden and Norway premium users can listen to the new album from R&B artist Maxwell. The much anticipated album, BLACKsummers’night, is his first studio release since 2001 and now available on Spotify.


For premium users in Spain we have the latest album from the Grammy winning singer Bebe. Her new release, Y., is out at the end of the month but premium subscriber can hear it on Spotify first.

Spotify Premium Sweden – In My Heart


The American DJ and singer-songwriter Moby has had some huge hits in his career. Later this month he’s releasing his latest album, Wait For Me, starting today Spotify Premium subscribers in Sweden can listen to it before everyone else.

Moby has also put together a number of really cool videos for the new tracks which can be found on his official website, check out the video for Shot In The Back Of The Head directed by David Lynch.

Shot In The Back Of The Head from Moby on Vimeo.

Spotify Premium UK – Goes to eleven


The boys are Back from the Dead. 25 years after David, Nigel and Derek first hit the stage they are back with a brand new album. To celebrate their return we have a pair of tickets to see Spinal Tap live at Wembley Arena on June 30th for one lucky Spotify Premium subscriber.

Along with the winner, five runners up will get a special package that includes a two signed t-shirts, CDs and download vouchers. For a chance to win the tickets leave a comment here on the blog and we will pick one lucky winner and five runners up early next week.

Spotify Premium UK – Everything Is New

jack-penate.pngThe indie sensation, Jack Peñate, has been hard at work after his debut album, Matinée, stormed the charts in 2007. His brand new release, Everything Is New, is out on June 22nd but starting today Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK can listen to it in its entirety.

To get a taste of the new album check out the single, Tonight’s Today, then head over and register a premium account to listen to the full album.