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We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

18 Best Tracks Of 2012 So far

We begin with one of our favourite playlists of the month so far: NME‘s 18 best tracks of 2012. It’s been a good year for new music, as this mixtape proves. Featured here: Grimes, Death Grips, alt-J, Django Django, Plan B and more. What tracks are missing from this list? Why not create your very own best-of 2012 playlist and let us know.

Hipster’s Guide to America!

SMP user Victoria Locke celebrated Fourth of July in her own inimitable way: “Of course, being a Hipster’s Guide to America, everything is tinged with a bit of irony, because being overtly patriotic just isn’t us.” This playlist is brimming with tracks from all the US hipster capitals: Brooklyn, Portland and San Francisco. Check it out.

The 52 Most Depressing Songs Ever

Summer’s here. The weather is nice. Spirits are high. Not for long. Not if Rich has got anything to do with it. He’s put together this playlist, based on the book I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard, by Tom Reynolds. What do you think: is this playlist really as glum as it appears?

Afront’s Minimal Wave

Afront‘s got another outre genre for you to check out: “Minimal Wave (or Coldwave) is minimal synth music from the early 1980s.” We can’t get enough of this collection of “stripped-down, icy synthpop”. We urge you to check it out immediately. More playlists like this available here.

A Soundtrack for Coding: the 2am session

Hot on the heels of her first, smash hit coding playlist ñ well, almost a year later, actually ñ Joanna Butler unleashes her latest creation into cyberspace, A Soundtrack for Coding: the 2am session. “This second edition,” she says, “aims to make your tech skills shine in the small hours.” She infuses “soothing sounds” with “electro beats” to ensue coders make their deadlines. Four Tet, Burial, Infected Mushroom, Popof, Fredrik and more ñ 50 tracks altogether, which is just over seven hours of cody beats.

From the Cotton Fields to the White House

J. Paul DiMaggio is SMP’s main man for blues playlists right now. From the Cotton Fields to the White House explores the many variations the blues has evolved into ñ Black gospel, juke joint, boogie-woogie … ” A must-hear mixtape but blues fans and newcomers alike.

NOW Running

We’ve recently received some ace new playlists from our friends over at Now-Music. One of favourites is this beauty, based on new compilation NOW That’s What I Call Running!, which features 52 tracks ñ that’s over five hours ñ of the best music to keep those legs pumping. Now, where did we put our our trainers?

Funky Brass Covers :: DJ Tricksta

A really fun playlist next. Ricky Knight has created this amazing collection of, “Quirky pop, soul and funk covers with a New Orleans infused brass band twist.” Everyone from A Guy Called Gerald to Kings of Leon, and from Blackstreet to Marvin Gaye, get parped to within an inch of their lives.

Rap Samples Jazz

Next up, we’ve have a playlist from our man with the samples, agent3613. The latest instalment of his now legendary series ñ check out all of his playlists here ñ is full of hip-hop tracks which use classic jazz as their hooks; 42 songs, that’s over six hours of jazz imbued tunes. Nice.

Around “On The Road”

We absolutely love this final playlist, created by TheOrchard. They’ve put together a collection of tunes to soundtrack the misadventures of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, the central characters in Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Slim Gaillard, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and more.

EMI, Spotify, & Luger present a music hackathon like no other

Combined with one of Europe’s best music festivals, Way Out West, hackers will try to create the next greatest music app. The theme of this hack battle is music discovery.

Spots are limited and early RSVPs will also receive VIP access to the Way Out West festival!

Event Schedule:
Monday August 6th: Pre-meeting, team-building, and drinks.
Tuesday August 7th: API presentations and hacking begins.
Wednesday August 8th: Hacks due. Presentations and exclusive Hackers Ball.
Thursday August 9th – Saturday August 11th: Way Out West festival. Hackers will be provided with access to the festival

The event will take place on the grounds of the Way Out West festival, at Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County. Hacking will occur in the Press Centre at Bel Park. Yes, we have wifi, but it never hurts to bring hard cables!

If you are travelling from outside Sweden, we highly recommend Norwegian and RyanAir, who provide super cheap flights to the two airports serving Gothenburg (City & Landvetter).

Teams, Submissions, Hashtag & Wiki
As always, teamwork and collaboration are highly encouraged! Sign up to Hacker League and register your teams at the event wiki at You will be required to submit your hack to this site before demo-ing. This Hacker League wiki site will also be updated live throughout the event, so bookmark it now!

Live tweet the event using the #wowhack hashtag.

For more details on the event location, RSVP here.

And finally – listen to the festival lineup playlist

Check out the festival lineup below!