Once a month, Drowned in Sound’s founder Sean Adams, will curate a 20-track playlist featuring some of the month’s finest releases. Songs, mostly from the ‘alternative’/indie-rock/electronic sphere’s albums of the month, plus a few classics from the Spotify archive will feature alongside a hand-picked splattering of brand new bands.
1) Phoenix ‘Love Like A Sunset Part I’
Drums drip into a sea of synths on this instrumental track from sophisto-pop Parisians Phoenix, taken their Grammy award-winning album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – which was also our album of 2009!
2) Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Skeletons’
It’s Blitz! the third album from Karen O and co, raised the bar in many ways. Primarily it shifted the reputation of the New York trio from mere fashionista favourites to the status of one of the greatest bands in the world right now. New single ‘Skeletons’ was released on February 1st and has a brilliant video!
3) Massive Attack ‘Babel’
Moving on from the best of 2009’s record releases to one of the most anticipated albums to come out so far this year: Heligoland (Review). This incarnation of the Bristol innovators – who dominated magazines pages, media polls and bedroom stereos throughout much of the 90s – has produced one of their finest works to date. Their brooding beats lead an enviable guestlist of friends, ranging from, amongst others, Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Blur’s Damon Albarn, to this track featuring Martina Topley-Bird.