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The Soundtrack to August 2011

This month’s The Soundtrack to… is "musically looted and resold for twenty quid in the backroom of your local pub". It’s a bargain at twice the price, as our premier monthly mixtape is once again a beacon for fresh new music. Featured on this edition: the brilliant new Chicago house-indebted track from The Rapture, dancefloor destroying ragga from Toddla T, some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and the finest electronic music courtesy of Bugge Wesseltoft & Henrik Schwarz.

September 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

If you’re yet to get your listening gear around this month’s Acid Jazz Hispano, what the hell have you been playing at? If you have never heard of Acid Jazz Hispano, seriously, what the hell have you been playing at? Never mind, there’s always time. Have a look at this month’s edition for lashing of funk, soul, jazz, blues, house, hip-hop and pretty much everything in between.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize: 1992-201

Few could argue with decision to award PJ Harvey this year’s Mercury Prize. She’s also the first person to take take the title for a second time – after wining in 2001 – getting the judges’ vote for her incredible, strange, beautiful and eerily prescient album, Let England Shake. Click here for tracks by her and many of the artists nominated since the prize’s inception in 1992.

I LOVE THE 90’S – Over 1000 tracks!

Ah yes, ‘the 90s’: the label historians have come to place upon a particularly primitive era in human history. A time when internet was dial-up, mobile phones only made calls and Phillip Schofield was, well he was exactly the same. Thankfully some pretty ace music came from this time: Beastie Boys, Beck, Daft Punk, Edwyn Collins, Nirvana, Placebo, The Chemical Brothers and tons more feature here.

Resident Advisor Top 50 August 2011

Featuring a gorgeous, simmering deep house banger from Osunlade – with Ame on remix duty; another super production from Motor City Drum Ensemble; the incredible Solomun Vox remix of Haze & Noir’s Around; and big, big, dancefloor destroying tracks from Larry Heard, Die Vögel, Mendo, Butch, Loco Dice and stacks more besides, this playlist is a must for all electronic music heads.

Big Lebowski Mix

People went crazy for this playlist on our Facebook page this month. And we don’t blame them. This mixtape, as endorsed by The Dude himself, features the likes of Gipsy Kings, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Booker T. & The MG’s, The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone, among others; all of which are begging for you to listen to while sipping on a Caucasian. The Dude abides…

The BEST BRITISH songs of all time

Rule Britannia, marmalade and jam, five Chinese crackers up your… Anyway, aside from that charming little ditty, the good people of Britain are responsible for some of the greatest music ever put to record. This is indisputable. But do you agree with these selections for The BEST BRITISH songs of all time: Joy Division, The Clash, The Kinks, The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Blur and Arctic Monkeys, to name but a few. Well, do you?

The Best Covers of Bob Dylan

"Few Bob Dylan recordings are on Spotify," says the creator of this playlist. "But his music is still here. Here are some of the greatest songs by America’s most iconic living songwriter, as performed by other artists." Those other artists include The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, Solomon Burke, The Flying Burrito Brothers and stacks more besides. Incendiary covers all-round. Top playlist

Covers In a Different Genre

We get a lot of really good playlists dedicated to cover versions here at SMP, but this one is all bout covers with a twist. All of the songs here have taken the original track and changed its respective genre. Featured: Marilyn Manson doing Personal Jesus, Alien Ant Farm’s version of Smooth Criminal, Ben Folds take on Bitches Ain’t Shit, Jimi Hendrix’s brilliant All Along The Watchtower and stacks more covers from the likes of Iron And Wine, Nouvelle Vague, The Vines, Antony And The Johnsons, Patti Smith Group and more.

New Releases – September 2011

We end, rather egotistically, with a playlist of our very own. But wait there, hear us out, we haven’t gone all power-mad; this is the must-hear mixtape to stay up-to-date with the very best new music released each and every week on Spotify. We update this playlist regularly so keep your peepers peeled on it at all times. All. Times.

Drowned in September 2011 plus playlist picks by Drowned in Sound.

Founder of UK-based music community and alternative music authority, Drowned in Sound, returns with his playlist featuring this month’s release highlights of an indie-rock/electronic slant, plus provides a hand-picked selection of playlists he’s enjoyed.

Drowned in September
September is a strange month. In the UK festival season is coming to a close and students are about to get their loans, which means a swag bag full of quality releases. There’s the heart-stopping elegance of St Vincent’s new album Strange Mercy (front-runner for my album of the year!), the return of that sea-sickness sneezing bourbon surfer Tom Waits, the soaring softness of Apparat, New Look’s glorious future-pop debut LP and the small matter of a new album from Feist. That’s not to mention a Patti Smith greatest hits, Jesus & Mary Chain re-issuing their records and some album called Nevermind having some anniversary or other. Click here to hear this playlist

Recent Playlist Picks

Record Label Love
Amidst the scenes of hooded hoodlums ransacking UK high streets last month, there were shots on the news of a huge warehouse burning in the north London suburb of Enfield. I woke up to discover that this was the SonyDADC depot, which houses PIAS who distribute records for 200+ independent labels including XL, Domino, 4AD, Ninja Tune, Warp, Chemikal Underground and also my DiS label. Whilst in shock, and aware that something needed to be done to help, I set-up for a series of ‘developer challenges’ to create web apps and useful tools to help music fans support the independent music community. Meanwhile, I made this playlist featuring some tracks by some of my favourite acts on the affected labels. And you can find playlists for the individual labels here.

The Neptune Music Prize 2011
Drowned in Sound’s annual alternative to the Mercury Music Prize (which has a playlist here) serves up a selection of our favourite UK releases, ranging from the lush ambience of Luke Abbott to the genteel dubstep womps of Mount Kimbie and the strangely absent from the Mercury list, Wild Beasts. Find out more and vote for your favourite, here.

Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
With Spotify finally arriving in the US, it didn’t take long for the uncrowned king of social media to share a link to his profile, which features playlists like (real men wear) Parachute Pants (Gary Numan, Soft Cell, Human League, Talk Talk) and also this great NIN set change playlist from their farewell tour that has everything you’d expect Trent to blast at his fans before a show, ranging from David Bowie and Bat for Lashes to M83, Magnetic Fields and Peaches .

Kill Rock Stars’ 2011 sampler goes some way to showing how fantastic this rock fire starting, riot-grrrl pioneering, Portland Oregon based label is.

Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, has an ‘interesting’ selection of playlists.

The New Yorker’s pop critic Sasha Frere Jones’ playlists are every bit as enlightening and mind-expanding as his writing.

Reading & Leeds Festival 2011 Last weekend saw the likes of Muse, Deftones, Pulp and The National, ripping it up in a field in Berkshire. We made this playlist to soundtrack it.

So, those are my picks, have you heard or made any good playlists lately?

By Sean Adams @seaninsound