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New Releases – August 2011

Each and every month we’re creating a playlist dedicated to the very latest Spotify releases. Updated weekly – or any other time we discover tracks we think you’ll like – this is the best place to check out the best new music around. Currently ready and waiting for you on this month’s edition are tracks from Blink 182, Ed Sheeran, Among Brothers, Yuck; a killer Serban Ghenea remix of Björk’s Cosmogony and the new, incredible Balearic-indebted release from Paul Weller.

The Soundtrack to July 2011

The beginning of the month is always a particularly exciting time here at SMP Towers, as our favourite monthly mixtapes make their way from your brains to our hompage. The granddaddy of all of our regular playlists is The Soundtrack to…, by Phil Wilce. The best of a brilliant collection of new music, as far as we’re concerned, comes in the shape of Maverick Sabre, The Horrors, The Chemical Brothers, Toddla T, Sbtrkt and Tom Vek.

August 2011 – Acid Jazz Hispano

The Acid Jazz Hispano series seems to get better and better each month, turning in the coolest cuts of funky, jazzy, soulful, housey, hip-hop beats. This month is no exception. Featured here: Mark Ronson feat. Kasabian, Los Amigos Invisibles, Prince, Roy Ayers… need we go on? We will anyway: Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Alabama 3, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Joe Smooth, Amy Winehouse and tons more. If you only listen to one playlist today – don’t, listen to loads! – make it this one.

Worst R’n’R 45s of All Time

From brilliant music, to, well, some of the worst noise ever put to record. Worst R’n’R 45s of All Time is, as the title suggest, the most rotten rock’n’roll tunes in history: Don McLean, Cher, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams, you know the sort. However, we are NOT happy about the inclusion of Huey Lewis & The News. Hip To Be Square is music at its very best, and that’s a fact

Finger Playlist: Ricardo Villalobos 

Our pals over at Finger Magazine have been uploading some superb mixtapes recently, the best of which is this little gem from THE best DJ in the world, Ricardo Villalobos. Ever wondered where the Chilean gets the inspiration for his incendiary sets and incredible productions? Check out this playlist to find out which songs remind him of school, which one brings back memories of his favourite summer and the first record he ever bought.

Gotta Have More Cowbell!

Is it just us, or does every song ever written that has a cowbell in it sound absolutely amazing? RUN-DMC – King Of Rock, Beastie Boys – Hey Ladies, Talking Heads –Crosseyed And Painless, Lipps Inc. – Funky Town… Class, class, class and more class. We’re lobbying to make the cowbell statutory for all music, by everyone, from now until forever. Join us.

Broke Mogul Radio

Our next playlist comes direct from the set of the hit TV series Entourage – created by its musical supervisor. Broke Mogul Radio is over 350 tracks as featured on the show by everyone from Fever Ray, Best Coast and Foals, to The Rolling Stones, The Cure and The Smiths. Fan of the programme or not, this is a top playlist.

David Guetta Dance Playlist

Next, a playlist dedicated to arguably the biggest DJ and producer in the world today, David Guetta. His F**k Me I’m Famous party has branched out from its Pacha home in Ibiza, to clubs around the world; while he continues to be a global chart mainstay, collaborating with Rihanna, Akon, Kelly Rowland, and fellow Ibizan favourites Swedish House Mafia, Dirty South and Benny Benassi. All of these tracks are available here.

Summer Electro (

The first playlist we received from The Electro Blog was a chilled, down-tempo affair – and a brilliant one at that. For their second outing, they’ve crated an “upbeat, funky, exciting selection of some of our favourite electro from the last few years.” That’s bangers from the likes of Justice, Daft Punk, Uffie, The Knife, The Whip, Sébastien Tellier and tons more besides. Quickly becoming one of our favourite regular playlists, this one.

Produced by Kanye West

Jeez, that Kanye West chap is annoying, isn’t he: self-indulgent, arrogant, mental – reportedly liking himself to Hilter at this year’s Big Chill festival. Thankfully, this playlist is made up of tracks from his career behind the mixing desk, not behind the mic, as a sociopath award ceremony spoiler. Check out his beats for DMX, JAY-Z, D-12, Mos Def, Scarface, P. Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, Cam’Ron and more. Some spectacular productions.