A playlist of Q1 (first quarter) favourites that have been on heavy rotation at DiS HQ.
There's too much music around. There, we said it. Then again, with a name like ours, this idea of being deluged and lost in music is perhaps self-evident. That's just one way of interpreting our name, but it does seem in our teenage years (we turned 13 last year...) to be the idea people get when they think of us - as if we're some sort of lifeboat to stand in whilst the streams overflow.
We would love to say that from our years of fishing through emails, foraging through piles of post and flicking through page after page of streams that we're any better than you at finding out what's going on, but sadly we've not discovered some magic map to navigate the 30+ notable new releases each week and the 1000s of new bands bubbling up. That doesn't stop us trying to find ways of making it easier for you to find out about the best stuff that we've been hooked on.
We do alsorts of digests these days, rather than adding to the daily deluge. Here's new digest format. We're calling it - somewhat demandingly - Play this, Playlist. In essence it's a quarterly playlist series featuring a mixture of enornodome filling names (yes, Beyonce, Paramore, Prince and Katy Perry - take your snobbishness to P4K...), big names in our world (St Vincent, Wild Beasts, Mogwai, Phantogram) and a selection of new-ish acts that we're loving (Deathcrush, FEMME, Eagulls, Fka Twigs, Thumpers, Woman's Hour, Hospitality). Admittedly, this first quarterly playlist features a fair bit of stuff we can't stop listening to from our 2013 albums of the year list, but it's probably a good sign that we can't stop listening to Au Revoir Simone, NiN, Nick Cave &TBS and John Grant. It's 50 songs, and maybe that's a bit long, but then again, you'll have to wait three months for the next one...
We've also exported this playlist to RDIO.
Prince – Pretzelbodylogic
St. Vincent – Digital Witness
Femme – Fever Boy
Hospitality – I Miss Your Bones
Beyoncé – XO
Paramore – Ain't It Fun
Thumpers – Unkinder (A Tougher Love)
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
Crosses (†††) – Blk Stallion
Blood Red Shoes – The Perfect Mess
Deathcrush – Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V / Fun
Phantogram – Nothing But Trouble
EMA – Satellites - HD
Nine Inch Nails – All Time Low - Todd Rundgren Remix
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal - Luke Abbott remix
I Break Horses – Faith
Liars – Mess On A Mission
Au Revoir Simone – Somebody Who
Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances
Wild Beasts – Sweet Spot
FKA twigs – Water Me
Woman's Hour – I Need You
Kelis – Jerk Ribs - Mount Kimbie Remix
Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing
Broken Bells – Perfect World
Marissa Nadler – Firecrackers
Broken Twin – Sun Has Gone
Beck – Waking Light
Neko Case – Night Still Comes
Ed Harcourt – The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays For You)
Mogwai – Simon Ferocious
Elbow – Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
Rufus Wainwright – Me And Liza
Katy Perry – Double Rainbow
Augustines – Kid You're On Your Own
Hookworms – Form and Function
Banks – Waiting Game
James Blake – Life Round Here
Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter
Foxes – Let Go for Tonight
Active Child feat. Mikky Ekko – Subtle
John Grant – GMF
Future Of The Left – Singing Of The Bonesaws
Eagulls – Possessed
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We No Who U R
The National – I Need My Girl
Lana Del Rey – Ride - Active Child Remix
Tara Jane O'Neil – Wordless in Woods
SUNN O))) & Ulver – Western Horn
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