#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We kick off a new week with a an amazing song from a new New York duo who are making a huge buzz around the blogosphere these days: “Hurricane” by “MS MR”.

We continue with a favorite English indie rock band: “The Maccabees”. I never get tired of their song “Glimmer” from their lastest album “Given To The Wild”. If you have not done so already you should take the time and listen trough the whole album. It is packed with amazing songs!

Next track on our playlist this week is by a Swedish Indie-Electro-Rock band from Stockholm: “Urban Cone” and their song “Kings & Queens”. And then time for English “Theme Park” and their song called “Milk” and US/UK based “The Kills” with their catchy “Tape Song”.

Last song in this week’s playlist is by an American band from Denton, Texas and it happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time: “Roscoe” by “Midlake”

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

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Explore Matisyahu’s latest album “Spark Seeker”

Brand new Matisyahu! Don’t miss Spark Seeker, a bold new studio album that finds the one-of-a-kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborators.

“My musical tastes are all over the board,” he says in reference to a record that mixes ancient traditional sounds with futuristic electro beats, rapping with singing, songs of the spirit with songs of the body. “And, besides, my music has never been about the outer garment. It’s about searching out inspiration wherever it lies. This album is about seeking that spark within.”

Explore the new album and exclusive Spotify commentary through an interactive map and follow the reggae superstar’s spiritual journey during the recording process of this album.

Tune in here!

App of the Day: Any Decent Music?

Get access to a broad range of critical opinion with the new app from Any Decent Music?!

Developed from the AnyDecentMusic.com chart, which provides music lovers with constantly updated listings of the most critically-acclaimed albums, this novel Spotify app uses ratings from the leading expert, independent review sources across the world to help you discover the best in new music.

Reviewing the reviews
Each day the ADM team sifts through more than 50 music review publications, online and offline, to give you a cross-section of critical reaction. Everything on the ADM app has been manually reviewed, selected and added – and their ratings are a weighted average taking into account the number of reviews for each specific album.

Focusing on all contemporary genres – from indie to electronic to hip hop and everything in between – the ADM app is your indispensable aid to explore and instantly hear the most highly-rated new tunes!

Visit the app here and enjoy!

Live Soundrop chat with Amy Lee of Evanescence

Join Amy Lee, the lead singer of Grammy-award winning band Evanescence, for an exclusive live chat tomorrow, July 18th, at 3PM Eastern on Soundrop!

Visitors to the band’s official Soundrop room will be able to listen to the entire Evanescence catalog, as well as vote up their favorite tracks — in essence providing a soundtrack to the entire chat!

Don’t miss out – enter the Soundrop room here.

A brand new way to discover music with Sonarflow’s App for iOS

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can now explore our universe of millions of songs in a captivating new way with Sonarflow.

Sonarflow is a free App that offers a visual and intuitive way to browse and discover music from our catalogue by highlighting artists and tracks in different coloured “Bubbles”.

How it Works
After opening the App, three bubbles, “Starred”, “Your Spotify Tracks” and “Top Tracks”, appear. Pinching any of these bubbles with two fingers will lead you to a deeper level of browsing.

By activating the discovery mode, similar artists will be suggested in further bubbles. By touching one of those bubbles, you will get information regarding the artist, cover art, videos and “Top Spotify Tracks” which can be played directly by the app.

You can download Sonarflow’s iOS app on the App Store.

You need to be a Premium subscriber to use Sonarflow. Not a subscriber? Get a 30 day trial here.

Check out the Club Essentials 2012 Playlist

Creating great moments on the big European festivals, at the wildest club parties and on the most intimate beach sessions, is what the tunes gathered on the ‘Club Essentials 2012’ playlist do. These are the tracks that make a night come alive, brighten the day and simply rock our senses.

With 40 club hits in the mix, included are the tunes of Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Moguai and many more.


The sounds of July courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

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.

Search songs by their lyrics, then play and sing to them with musiXmatch

Forget a song’s name and only remember few words? No worries, the musiXmatch Spotify App helps you find songs using a powerful lyrics search engine. musiXmatch’s database has more than 6 million lyrics, currently the world’s largest one.

Once you have found the song you are looking for, listen to it directly on Spotify and sing along (or read in silence if you are shy).

And you can also build great playlists based on lyrics. Simply search for any word. By searching for “sir” you can get a playlist with all tracks having “sir” in their lyrics. Here’s an example:

The musiXmatch app can be accessed directly from Spotify App Finder here.

Check out NME’s Spotify App

NME have been providing music fans with news, reviews and gossip as well as providing the hottest concert tickets and band memorabilia for over 50 years. Today they’re launching their own Spotify App to bring you the best of their featured recommendations, reviews and curated playlists.

Visit the Spotify App Finder and add the NME App today to keep enjoying, discovering and sharing some of the best music in the world.