December 1, 2010 by Dan Swinhoe
Playlists of the month – March 2010
Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 11:53am
Alan Pownall’s Top Male Musicians
With his debut single ‘Chasing Time’ out on 19th April Alan Pownall shows us his favourite male singers. There’s a lot of big voices: Elvis, Paul Weller and even Little Richard, this makes for a fun listen. There’s no surprises here, but the inclusion of Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” lets you argue with your friends about whether The Red Hot Chilli Peppers intentionally nicked this classy song or not.
One letter, one band, one song
A fun game you could try at home when going through your music collection, as the results here show you can get a wild mix. From old school classics in Zep’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Queen/Bowie’s “Under Pressure” to more modern tunes in Radiohead and The Verve via Kings of Leon, Unkle and Nick Cave. Try it yourself, see what you get and show it off to the world.
Soundtrack to February
The next installment in the series, featuring all the big singles and big tracks of last month. There’s a bit of everything: rock with The Arctic Monkeys, indie with Vampire Weekend, blues with Seasick Steve and then even Haduken! and Enter Shikari. Not everything will appeal to everyone, but you’re sure to find enough to tide you over until next month at least.
A Premo Production
You want ghetto, you got it. There’s everything you could want from the world of Hip Hop. All the big names are present: Jay-Z, Ice-T, Black Eyed Peas, Limp Bizkit and even Janet Jackson. Enjoyable without becoming a self parody like so much hip hop can sometimes be.
Ingrid Fliter’s favourite Chopin – 200th Anniversary playlist
Emi are celebrating 200 years of the Pianist Chopin, and to mark it fellow keys player Ingrid Filter shares her favourite recordings of the great man.
It’s a very relaxed affair, very refrained yet heartfelt, all showcasing the man’s talent. It’s a good excuse to get your gran round and practise the Waltz.
Q Magazine’s Top 50 for March
Q magazine has a wide range of tastes and it’s shown off with this playlist, the absolute highlight is the new Johnny Cash song “Ain’t No Grave”, which is easily as good as the man in black’s cover of “Hurt”. Also included are Hendrix’s ‘new’ song “Valleys Of Neptune” and a host of actually new songs, “Stylo” from the Gorillaz being a highlight. Ke$ha, Goldfrapp, Laura Marling and Quasi make a show and make this one of the best this month.
Those sun-hating blood-suckers are everywhere, and all these songs are taken from Twilight, New Moon, The Lost Boys and True Blood to fit the gothic mood.
Featuring mostly atmospheric rock, this is perfect for those of a slightly gothic nature: Muse, Linkin Park and a dance version of “Don’t Fear The Reaper” are the best on show. The addition of Lynyyrd Skynyrd is slightly confusing though.
The search for our inner stillness and peace
If you’re stressed out or tired from living life at 300mph, this is for you. An array of beautiful and soothing music, perfect for relaxing in spring, reading or having a bath after a rough day.
Teardrops must fall
Broken up? Been dumped? Just feeling blue? Then have some musical sympathy and listen to this, a playlist made of weepy songs, both big and small. There’s a mix of country, blues, soul and rock ballads. It’s not all slow and depressing though, and there are some really good songs here. And after a run through you should be all cried out and ready for the next party.
Nat’s Feb 2010 playlist
A brief snapshot into someone’s month in music. It’s a decent set with a mix of pop and electro. There’s a lot of Cut Copy’s house electro, and Spoon’s brand of poppy indie breaks it up a bit, along with the awesome funky rock of Bastila,
This is a selection of the songs from the ‘Electrochoc’ radio station from GTA IV. And it’s pretty much what it says on the tin: a range of electro, and if you like to rave, this is perfect. Kavinsky and the Chemical Brothers are the highlight here. Throw in Boy 8-bit in there and you can relive your GTA driving spree dreams on the go with a funky soundtrack.
Miike Snow vs Bloodshy & Avant
A short and sweet playlist, showing off the talents of Miike Snow and Bloodshy & Avant. It’s a mix of high profile remixes and solo tracks, this is guaranteed to make you want to go clubbing. The remix of Britney’s “Toxic” and Maroon 5 takes their music to new places and the solo tracks show off real talent, especially “Animal’ and “Black & Blue”. Their dirty grinding grooves are perfect for the nightclubs.
Dinosaur rock is coming back with the likes of Airbourne and Wolfmother breaking through. This is a chance to see where they learnt their craft. The Stooges, Hendrix, Alice cooper and Grand Funk Railroad, this reads like a hall of fame of classic rock. Grab your air guitar, and get ready to rock.
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