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On The Radar Mixtape – Thom Lavelle

A new feature on Spotisfaction. Every now and again one of us will cobble together some rare (read: probably not on Spotisfaction) tracks that have made their way into our playlists for you to download. Yes, music to download. This week, I have:

  1. The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
  2. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Acoustic Spin Session)
  3. Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The XX Remix)
  4. Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
  5. Hot Chip – Transmission (Joy Division Cover)

The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
Between The Shins and Broken Bells, I would almost forgive you if you’d had enough of James Mercer’s fantastic and distinct voice by now. Almost, but not quite. Perhaps this cover is just what The Magnetic Fields need to open up their music to a wider fanbase.

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Acoustic Spin Session)
Lisztomania (or Wrestlemania, as it has become known as in Spotisfaction Towers) is a fantasic song, and hearing it live and acoustic just reinforces the fact that France’s hottest export Phoenix write beautiful songs.

Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)
I’m not the greatest fan of Florence + The Machine, truth be told. But this reworking by The XX really hits the spot for me.

Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
I recently introduced my Fiancée to Four Tet. I think it was Angel Echoes that really grabbed her. It is a pretty classic track. I implore you to check out Caribou’s take on it.

Hot Chip – Transmission (Joy Division Cover)
This is one of my favourite Joy Division tracks. I can’t imagine how this cover actually came about. Prepare yourself for something a bit different.

Tune in next time for MOAR of what is on my radar.

[Thom]