(I Can’t Get No) Spotisfaction – Special Collab Edition

Friday! Your sweet embrace nourishes and renews. To gear us up for a great weekend, we’ve got a super-special collaborative playlist to check out and contribute to!

Step 1: Find the playlist (hint: it’s here).
Step 2: Add your tracks.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: Profit!

To keep it a bit manageable, try to limit yourself to a mere handful of banging tracks. No genre limitations, no having to flow correctly from the previous song (although you can if you like) – the only rule is that you have to love the tracks you contribute :)

Peace, love and shiny stuff.


PS. Got 4 guest mixes coming your way very soon (woopwoopwoop keep submitting bishes), and another couple from Thom and David. Rawr.


Spotisfaction Thursday 04/03/10 – Guest Mix by Battinski

Whoa. We’ve had a nice influx of playlists from you decent folks and a fair few more in the pipeline, so huge, massive, monumentally large thanks to you all. Didn’t think this little idea would catch on, so freaking aces to see our inbox filling with quality playlists! I hope you’re enjoying building your lists as much as we enjoy listening to them.

Remember, if you want to submit one (or another one, if you’ve already done one) then see here.

Today is Battinski’s birthday, so in honour of the grumpy bastard being really old we’re posting his playlist today. Happy birthday, dude.


Get the playlist here.

  1. Mr. Scruff – So Long
  2. Speech Debelle – Spinnin’ – Radio Edit
  3. Ty – Mind Made Up
  4. Ther Herbaliser, What What – The Blend
  5. DJ Format, Abdominal – Rap Machine
  6. Ther Herbaliser, Blade – Time 2 Build
  7. Chipmunk – Chip Diddy Chip
  8. Speech Debelle – The Key
  9. Mark b, Blade – Building A Rep
  10. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya – Remastered LP Version
  11. Roots Manuva – Witness (1 Hope)
  12. DJ Food, Ken Nordine – The Ageing Young Rebel – Gentle Cruelty
  13. Speech Debelle – Searching
  14. Up, Bustle & Out – Y Ahora Tu
  15. Ty – Don’t Watch That (Knickers, Y-Fronts and Jockstraps)
  16. Mr. Scruff, Brantax – Vibrate
  17. Dynamic Syncopation, Mass Influence – 2 Tha Left
  18. DJ Format – Hit Song
  19. Baby J, Blade, Laurissa – Mumps
  20. Jurassic 5 – Jurass Finish First
  21. Method Man, Ghostface Killah – Afterparty

I’m not one for blurb necassarily,  but here goes.

This playlist is a mix of beats and rhymes generated because I listen to different styles depending my mood.  This is my getting stuff done with a groove mix but also to prove that hiphop isn’t just a flat Stereotype of nizzas and wizza and busting caps in grasses while blunting your 40….

A lot of these artists are UK based which is a bit of a chance to show off some homegrown talent,  although Abdominal is Canadian I think, he’s closely linked with the excellent DJ Format.    I’ve been listening to Ty since he appeared on a Sprung Mountain Bike video many many moons ago.    There’s 1 potentially quite controversial track in there, but its a tune I really like and compared to the rest of this artists work, I think it stands out.    See if you can guess which one.

I’ve also taken the opportunity to lace the playlist with Speech Debelle,  who to many will just be the unknown who won the Mercury Music Prize, but i really think if you haven’t hear her music before, its a great example of why she deserved that prize rather than the music press’s constant cooing of the like of Kasabian (who I actually like but really don’t understand the exessive hype).

I’ve tried to spread the music out so if you can resist listening on shuffle give it a go, but I’ll forgive you if you can’t (as I’m a shuffle junkie myself a lot of the time).  Some Acid Jazz and even some poetry creeps to give your mind a break from the lyric onslaught and for you impatient types, its a little shorter at a scant 1.4 hours…



Spotisfaction Wednesday 03/03/10 – Guest Mix by John Brobyn

Fantastic. Now we’re starting to get some submissions. Today’s playlist is bought to you by JB and I’m really looking forward to this one. I’ll hand you over to him now…

Playlist is here


JB says:
The GZA’s Liquid Swords was the only way I could think to start this mix, firstly because I love Hip and Hop and mostly because the intro is the most awesome intro to a song I’ve heard. It also starts a rather sombre first half of the mix.

I can’t remember when I first heard RJD2 but loved a fair few of his tracks straight away, The Horror seemed to fit quite well with the somewhat dark intro to the previous song

The Roots are great normally, but I think the addition of Erykah Badu to this track really lifts it to another level.

Next up Massive Attack’s new one, I haven’t stopped listening to Paradise Circus since I first heard it before Christmas, absolutely love it, certainly in my top 3 massive attack songs. Also has a very NSFW video at:

Paradise Circus helpfully helps move the mix from hip-hop more into melancholic female vocal tracks, the first I will mention is Paranoid Android by Sia, I was originally going to include Sunday by Sia but stumbled across this whilst looking for the other one, and really enjoyed this unusual take on a certain bands well known track.

Next up a touch of Icelandic female vocals from someone who isn’t Bjork…Emiliana Torrini, who I had been listening to for quite a while, this is taken from one of her early and IMHO best albums.

Skipping forward a bit to Drumming Song, only really got into Jack Beats fairly recently, great big wobbly bass on nearly everything they do, and a turning point in the mix as it speeds up somewhat for a while.

Had to squeeze a bit of High Contrast on here as well, great remix of Adele’s Hometown Glory far better than the original.

Then The Go! Team, who are quite hard to categorize really, suffice to say much more upbeat for this half of the mix, hard to choose a track of theirs to go one, well worth listening to the album if you’ve not heard them before!

Uffie was a bit of a joke on my part, used to listen to a few tracks of hers a long time ago, everyone else hated her, and I could see why, but for some reason found it kind of catchy, went to see what she had done since that point, and quite liked this, will probably still annoy quite a few people lol.

Swinging back into hip-hop a few classics from Biggie and Jurassic 5.

Finally rounding up with something that has guitars in, always loved Good News for People Who Love Bad News, so good to include a famous track, and finally ending with the good old Postal Service.

Full tracklist below:

  1. GZA – Liquid Swords
  2. RJD” – The Horror
  3. Roots Manuva – Movements
  4. The Roots & Erykah Badu – You Got Me
  5. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
  6. Cat Power – The Greatest
  7. Sia – Paranoid Android
  8. Emiliana Torrini – Dead Things
  9. The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home
  10. The Pharcyde – Runnin’
  11. MSTRKRFT feat John Legend – Heartbreaker
  12. Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix)
  13. Adele – Hometown Glory (High Contrast Remix)
  14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
  15. Basement Jaxx – Hey U (High Contrast Remix)
  16. The Go! Team – Ladyflash
  17. Uffie – MCs Can Kiss
  18. The Notorious B.I.G. – Everyday Struggle
  19. Jurassic 5 – What’s Golden
  20. Jurassic 5 – Swing Set
  21. Bonobo – Ketto
  22. Coldcut – Timber
  23. Mogwai – Auto Rock
  24. Modest Mouse – Float On
  25. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights

Spotisfaction Tuesday 02/03/10 – Very quick and dirty playlist

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

As Dave has been ill and I’ve been pretty busy recently todays playlist is a quick and dirty playlist hacked together. It’s still a good selection of stuff, so enjoy. Hopefully tomorrow our good friend John Brobyn will be stepping in with a mix. Goodstuffs.

Playlist here.

We’ll update with a bit of blurb and some news a bit later today.

  1. The Decemberists – O Valencia!
  2. Tunng – The Pioneers
  3. Kings Of Convenience – The Girl From Back Then
  4. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-headed Boy
  6. Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
  7. Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  8. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
  9. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lamplight
  10. Head Automatica – At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet
  11. The Depreciation Guild – Butterfly Kisses
  12. Japandroids – Wet Hair
  13. Dinosaur Jr – Little Fury Things
  14. Brian Eno – By This River
  15. Dresden Dolls – Good Day
  16. Jack Rose – Since I’ve Been A Man Full Grown
  17. John Fahey – John Henry
  18. Manic Street Preachers – You Stole The Sun From My Heart (Mogwai Remix)
  19. Thom York – Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix)
  20. DJ Food – Dark Lady
  21. DJ Format – 3ft Deep
  22. Jurassic 5 – Thin Line
  23. Roots Manuva – Too Cold
  24. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep

Catch you in a while.

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Spotisfaction Monday 01/03/10 – Guest Mix

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

Welcome back from the weekend. The news in brief:

Dave isn’t very well today. He feels the sick. Get well soon, Dave. Today’s playlist is bought to you by Sean Ferguson and is a veritable collection of hits and classics. The blurb, as usual, will follow later will remain absent due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control. Here is the playlist.

Oh, also, keep your eyes peeled for some kind of announcement here later this week. Nothing to exciting, mind.

Roots Manuva – Witness Dub
At The Drive In – One Armed Scissor
Pearl Jam- Even Flow
The Doors – Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Subways – Young For Eternity
4ft Fingers – Emergency Manoeuver
The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
Mr Scruff – Spandex Man
Paper Planes – MIA
Kings of Leon – Charmer
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Charlie Daniels – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
Blink-182 – Dammit (Dirty Edit)
Faith No More – Midlife Crisis
Nirvana – In Bloom
Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song
Queens of the Stone Age – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
Rage Against The Machine – Sleep Now In The Fire
Willy Mason – Hard Hand To Hold
Squarepusher – Hello Meow
Boards Of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy

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05 Spotisfaction Friday 26/02/10 – Dan Base

Good lord, it’s Friday. How fantastic was yesterdays playlist? Very. Good work David. For reasons I’m not going to go into I feel a little worse for wear today, so I’m infinitely glad Dan stepped up with today’s update. Quite a few of you have shown interest in making a submission – so go for it and mail it to We want your playlists! Oh, and to all those who take the time out of their day to read this blog and have made lots of nice, supportive comments: we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. OK, I’m going to hand you over to Mr Dan Base now. Keep it foolish, plastic heads.


05 Spotisfaction Friday (26 Feb) – DBase

Hi all, about time I made one of these mofos.  Sorry about the length but this is the cut-down version!  There isn’t a particular theme beyond “here are some songs getting me through February, the month where the year’s fun is planned”.  Some ramblings about some of the songs follow.

  1. Le Tigre – Deceptacon
  2. Sleater-Kinney – Call The Doctor
  3. Gabby Young & Other Animals – We’re All In The Together
  4. Mark Hole – Dirty Base
  5. Howling Bells – In The Woods
  6. Midlake – Roscoe
  7. Sonic Youth – Purr
  8. Maximo Park – Books From Boxes
  9. Kyuss – Hurricane
  10. Teenage Fanclub – What You Do To Me
  11. Ride – Birdman
  12. Clayton Blizzard – Ya Basta Hermanos
  13. The Smashing Pumpkins – Lanslide
  14. Idlewild – A Modern Way Of Letting Go
  15. Gogol Bordello – Wonderlust King
  16. Dropkick Murphys – kiss Me I’m Shitfaced
  17. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right
  18. Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)
  19. Stellastarr* – Jenny
  20. Eels – Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)
  21. Faith No More – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
  22. The Vines – Spaceships
  23. The Low Anthem – To Ohio
  24. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
  25. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Am I Only

“Deceptacon” by Le Tigre was really the only sensible way to start this.  Born from the ashes of Bikini Kill, this is what happens when you mix riot grrrl (not sure how many Rs to use here) and electroclash.  2 Pigs was a better place when they played this on a Saturday night.  Also check out Sleater-Kinney who inspired them – surely owners of one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in all music.  They’re on hiatus at the moment but the day they reform I’ll probably do some sort of highly embarrassing jig/pants-wetting combo in front of people I’m trying to impress.  I can’t wait.

I saw Gabby Young and other Animals and Mark Hole at the amazing Onetaste festival towards the end of 2009.  Utterly different to each other, Young delivers thoughtful yet huge (almost Arcade Fire sized) folk rock infused with swing and whatever else she fancies, whereas Hole brings in your face showmanship to the table with his piano led, dark pop.

I know Thom already included a Midlake song but I couldn’t resist “Roscoe”.  I heard it by accident once and it got stuck in my head for about a fortnight before I could work out what the devil it was.  In response to Dave’s tentative Sonic Youth inclusion, “Purr” is one of their best songs (from their best album, Dirty).

A reminder of how great so many somewhat forgotten 90s bands were is provided by Teenage Fanclub and Ride.  The former peddle catchy American alternative college-rock and the latter a guitar-drenched British shoegaze that absorbs you for so totally you’ve grown a beard by the time it lets you go.

Clayton Blizzard is a Bristolian chap who plays guitar, sings and raps in a full on Brizzle accent.  His songs are mostly political and always hilarious.  Added bonus: he plays in Cheltenham every few months too.

Smashing Pumpkins’ cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” is starker and colder than the original version but it really suits the song.  It’s easy to forget how many styles the Pumpkins covered in their career when you listen to their last couple of albums, so here’s a reminder of what they could do at their best.

Gogol Bordello and Dropkick Murphys had to go on as they made some of the best drinking music of the last decade.

Stellastarr* first showed up on the Base radar when I saw them support Jane’s Addiction in 2003 in the winter of bleakest Wolverhampton.  They were good enough that I dragged my sorry self to see their own show in a tiny venue in Bristol (the Fleece and Firkin to be precise) a few months later, supported by some young upstarts called The Killers.

Like many a boring, ageing bastard, I’ve got into plenty more mellow stuff as I’ve got older, hence the inclusion of “To Ohio” by The Low Anthem, a mellow slice of Americana.  Surely they must be influenced by Mr Neil Young and his gorgeous “Heart of Gold” is my penultimate song.  This song feels like the end of a summer.  Finally, “Am I Only” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  They’re more famous for their unsubtle, driving rock songs but this song has an air of finality that closes the playlist nicely.


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04 Spotisfaction Thursday 25/02/10 – David Prowse

Day number Thursday. This one’s going to split people right down the middle – some people will *get it* and some people will wonder why the hell I’ve added William Shatner. The playlist as a whole aims for a “Hey, it’s almost the weekend, it’s payday, let’s start dancing!” kind of a vibe, and hopefully it’ll help get you through a dreary day.

04 Spotisfaction Thursday (25 Feb) – DProwse

  1. Lars Bartkuhn – Goodby Dancing Hello God
  2. Mr. Scruff, Alice Russell – Music Takes Me Up
  3. SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS – Mars
  4. The Quantic Soul Orchestra – Melodius Wayfarer (Soul Montuno)
  5. Quantic – Wider Than The Sky
  6. Caribou – The Spiritually Immature Mansion
  7. Handsome Boy Modeling School – The Truth
  8. The Heavy – Coleen
  9. Madvillain, Medaphor – Raid
  10. The Herbaliser, Roots Manuva – Lord Lord
  11. The Roots – What They Do
  12. The Cuban Brothers – Miguel For President
  13. Jazzanova, Phonte Coleman – So Far From Home
  14. Breakestra – Show and Prove
  15. Bonobo – Transmission 94 – Parts 1 & 2
  16. Four Tet – You Could Ruin My Day
  17. William Shatner, Lemon Jelly – Together
  18. Digitalism – Taken Away (Instrumental)
  19. Miike Snow – Silvia, Robotberget Remix
  20. The Whip – Divebomb, Crystal Castles Remix
  21. Boys Noize – & Down, Extended Mix
  22. Daedelus – Fair Weather Friends
  23. Metric – Monster Hospital, MSTRKRFT Remix
  24. Felix Da Housecat – Radio, Shinichi Osawa Remix Radio Edit
  25. Disasterpeace – Win

Got a bit busy today, so apologies for this being a bit shorter than normal…

Mr. Scruff going into SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS – foot-tapping ridiculousness. Completely wonderful two tracks. Not really much more to say than that. If you don’t like them then this probably isn’t the playlist for you – be warned. After The Quantic Soul Orchestra’s carnival feel, I wanted to use Quantic as a tempo shift, and I think it works pretty well. It’s just a nice chillout song. I really love this section of the playlist, to be honest.

I adore everything that Madvillain (aka MF Doom, and a million and one other pseudonyms) does. His wordplay is completely amazing, it’s like watching a really talented butcher cleaving words instead of steaks. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Roots Manuva, which is why I threw them both together. Intelligent hip-hop is just not given enough credit in these days of autotune, identical beats and hooks, radio edits and crunk cups.

Now, I’m pretty sure the Jazzanova and Breakestra tracks will go either way. Personally, I love them, but then I love me a bit of funky soul. It’d be interesting to see what others think of them. For me, they brighten up my day. I find it impossible not to smile to these two bands, really, and coming from a grumpy sod that’s pretty good going.

William Shatner plus Lemon Jelly. A bit oddball, but I love it. You will too.

I added Miike Snow at the last second when I was reminded by a friend how awesome a track “Silvia” is. The original is haunting and beautiful, but didn’t really fit – I’ve added the Robotberget remix, which builds slowly but segues perfectly into the ‘house’ section of the playlist. Definitely check out the original edit of “Silvia” if you get a chance. Maybe I’ll fit it into my next playlist.

I quite like MSTRKRFT, but for me, their remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital” is the best thing they’ve ever done. I’m a massive fan of Metric, but I’d go so far as saying that this remix is better than the original. I the powerful buildup into that, frankly, kickass house section. Perfect synths, perfect layering, perfect compliment to Emily’s perfect voice. Great track.

Disasterpeace. Oh, Disasterpeace. Enjoy.



03 Spotisfaction Wednesday 24/02/10 – Thom Lavelle

Day 3. The playlist is up early. I actually struggled with this one. Dave’s playlist was fantastic yesterday. I had already put a playlist together today earlier in the week, and another one as backup. However neither really stood up to yesterdays so I tried to bastardise the two. It didn’t work. I tried to salvage what I could and put something together and I think the playlist suffered as a result, but hey. I’ll put it out there.

With this one, I’ve decided to get most of the “heavier” stuff out the way first with the intent to finish on the atmospheric and textured tracks. Doesn’t quite blend, due to numerous amendments, but hell – after listening to it I can confirm that I love every track on here.

03 Spotisfaction Wednesday (24 Feb) – TLavelle

  1. Started Out With Nothing – Seasick Steve
  2. The Age Of The Understatement – The Last Shadow Puppets
  3. Hearts On Fire – Clor
  4. This Love Is Fucking Right – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
  5. Everything’s Explodin’ – The Flaming Lips
  6. Here Comes The Summer – The Fiery Furnaces
  7. Mental – Eels
  8. You! Me! Dancing! – Los Campesinos!
  9. Summer Away – Aloha
  10. The Movers And The Shakers – Herbert
  11. Id Engager – Of Montreal
  12. Light & Day – The Polyphonic Spree
  13. Tokyo – The Books
  14. Lord Leopard – Caribou
  15. Desert Eagle – Ratatat
  16. The Upwards March – Bell Orchestre
  17. From Off To On – The Knife
  18. Gone To Earth – The American Analog Set
  19. The Outer Banks – The Album Leaf
  20. Leviathan, Bound – Shearwater
  21. Knife – Grizzly Bear
  22. Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead
  23. Black Swan – Thom Yorke
  24. The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Remix) – Kings Of Convenience
  25. You Are The Worst Thing In The World – Telefon Tel Aviv
  26. Floating Points – Ellen Allien
  27. Leaving You Behind – Herrmann + Kleine
  28. On A White Lake, Near A Green Mountain – M83
  29. Allt varð hljótt – Ólafur Arnalds

Today’s highlights: Forgive me, it’s been a long morning and I’m pretty tired. There are too many words to be written today…

When I saw Seasick Steve live I was humbled by his raw honesty and passion. “I Started Out With Nothing” and it’s driving blues progression is a fitting track for the start of a day.

Further on in the playlist you’ll find something to compliment the Ringo Deathstarr I had on my Monday Spotisfaction. Been going through a bit of a shoe gaze thing for a while. I got a chance to see The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart recently with The Depreciation Guild and was amazed. “This Love Is Fucking Right” is saccharin noise pop bathed in distorted guitars and upbeat melodies. Or something. Anyway, watch out for The Depreciation Guild too, as I will no doubt be featuring them shortly.

I haven’t got anything clever or interesting to say about The Fiery Furnaces – “Here Comes The Summer” but I wanted to give it a mention because it is a fantastic track.

Going back a few years courtesy of the long suffering Mark Everett of Eels fame with the well crafted “Mental”. Verse-chorus-verse formula dripping with emotional angst, complete with a fantastically surreal almost surf-esq breakdown.

The intro to “You! Me! Dancing!” by Los Campesinos!, especially after the last track in the playlist, really tugs at your soul before unleashing a frenzied torrent of modern indie rock with a light smattering of Patrick Moore-like percussions. Oh my, I’ve given myself images of “The Gamesmaster” playing Xylophone with Los Campesinos! I’d pay to see that. I’d pay to see Patrick Moore playing with any modern band though, to be fair.

Herbert’s “The Movers and the Shakers” starts out meek enough with simple beats and an organ loop to get you hooked, laying on the vox, the beat and the crazy before the horns signify that it is time to start dancing. Yes, dancing. It’s a warm and fantastically well topped slice of dance pizza pie. It probably has pineapple on. Although given Herbet’s outlook on life and the subversive tone on the album, the pizza is likely to contain traces of chewed up aluminium.

“Tokyo” by The Books serves as an interlude. A fantastic interlude, mind, with the first of two Japanese transport soundbytes in (the second being “Leaving You Behind” by Herrmann + Kleine later in the playlist).

I’m sorry Caribou. I think you’re fantastic but I was only able to squeeze you in this time with the sublime but short “Lord Leopard”. To me, this song is akin to walking up a flight of stairs, only you have three knees in each leg, the stairs are synths and there is a drummer following you up on one of those Stannah stairlifts.

Ratatat’s “Desert Eagle” continues from the Caribou stairway. You reach the top only to find more stairs, some lava and 50% more apocalypse. The distorted guitar riff here really emulates the feeling I get walking up apocalyptic staircases surrounded by lava that I encounter on a daily basis. Oh also, in this analogy, the drummer in the stairlift has fallen into the lave and been replaced with a sequencer.

The Knife – “From Off to On” makes me want to commit Enocide. Simple as that.

“Everything In It’s Right Place” by the mighty Radiohead, then. I don’t think I have to say anything about this track. As soon as I hear the opening; I’m smiling. The tune is going to stay in my head all day, for sure. I followed this up with “Black Swan” by the man himself, Thom Yorke. As his solo stuff is still nothing short of excellent. As I said to David – big name bands can be good too, they just have more to prove, which is something Thom Yorke and Radiohead have been doing for quite some time now.

I picked the Four Tet reworking of the Kings Of Convenience classic “The Weight Of My Words” from the album Verses because Four Tet managed to add so much more to an already fantastic and sincere track. None of the haunting sadness of this song has been lost in translation.

The next few tracks are just fantastic, I haven’t the vocabulary to express their brilliance so I will just shut up and let you listen.

Rounding this playlist off however, is Ólafur Arnalds. From what I can tell, this guy is a genuine god damn talent. Not content with drumming for hardcore/metal bands but he also appears to be gifted in the languages of guitar, piano and banjo. He is such a nice chap he even did string arrangements for 65daysofstatic. “Allt varð hljótt” is taken from his latest release “Found Music” and I urge you to give it a listen in it’s entirety.

Give the playlist a listen and let me know what you think. I’m thinking of doing a bit of a radical change of style for my next time (Which is likely to be Monday again). We’ll see what develops.



02 Spotisfaction Tuesday 23/02/10 – David Prowse

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

Day number Tuesday of our Spotisfaction series, and next up is my playlist. Honestly, the first draft was about 40 songs too long, and contained a distinct section for pretty much every genre under the sun… Figured I should probably cut it down a little, and ended up with the following. Worried I might have played it a bit too safe with my selections, so feedback is very much appreciated.

02 Spotisfaction Tuesday (23 Feb) – DProwse

  1. Forss – Funk For Nerds
  2. Sia – Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix)
  3. Kira Neris – Scampering
  4. The Little People (Feat Rachael Roberts) – Breathe Again
  5. The Cinematic Orchestra – Child Song
  6. The xx – Crystalised
  7. Maps – Valium In The Sunshine
  8. Neon Indian – 6669 (I don’t know if you know)
  9. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  10. Death From Above 1979 – Black History Month
  11. Japandroids – Young Hearts Spark Fire
  12. Titus Andronicus – Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, NJ
  13. Spoon – Got Nuffin’
  14. Kevin Drew – Lucky Ones
  15. The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
  16. The Acorn – Antenna
  17. Bowerbirds – Northern Lights
  18. Sonic Youth – Incinerate
  19. Caribou – Sundialing
  20. Atlas Sound – Quick Canal (w. Laetitia Sadier)
  21. Sleeping States – Red King
  22. Sufjan Stevens – They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhhh!
  23. Interpol – Stella was a diver and she was always down
  24. Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart
  25. The National – Mr. November

My standouts below…

I first heard Sia in 2003 or so, and have been a pretty big fan ever since. Her solo stuff is awesome, but didn’t really fit in with the feel of this playlist. I was tempted to go with some Zero 7 back from when she guested on a lot of their tracks, but in the end I chose the Four Tet remix of “Breathe Me” as A) I love Four Tet and B) It’s my sodding playlist.

Oh man, The Cinematic Orchestra. I saw them at the Roundhouse doing their “Man With a Movie Camera” short film set… I loved them before, but seriously, they’ll always be incredible in my eyes after that. This track is from “Ma Fluer” but was played that night too. Hammond organs are awesomesauce and win chips.

I used The xx as a way to bridge the introduction from the orchestral beauty of The Cinematic Orchestra into the next section of the playlist. I heart this track, it gets me going. The layering of the male vs female vocals is sublime. Off the back of this track, we move straight into Maps – I was fortunate enough to catch them when they played Dot-to-Dot in Bristol last year, and bought their sophomore album on the strength of that gig alone. This is my favourite track from “Turning the Mind”. James Chapman just exudes focus – I swear when I saw them he pretty much forgot that there was a crowd, he was so into the music. That love for what he does is clearly apparent in this track.

Tunde Adebimpe is pretty much amazing; I’ll admit right now for the sake of full disclosure that I actually want to be him (and would probably settle for stroking his beard gently). TV on the Radio had to feature somewhere in this playlist, and “Wolf Like Me” seemed like the best choice. I love the breakdown in this track, and the “howling forever” section brings out the ol’ goosebumps. I love how they can use their horn section without it being completely overpowering. It’s layered so well that you hardly notice it’s there, but the whole song would sound so flat if it wasn’t. Such clever mixing.

I really wanted to play the Alan Braxe & Fred Falke remix of Death From Above 1979’s Black History Month from their “Romance Bloody Romance” LP, but annoyingly I couldn’t find it on Spotify. I absolutely love the opening refrain from Jesse here: “Can you remember a time when this city was / a great place for architects and dillitentes / a nice place for midwives and crossing guards and on and on”. The prevailing theme is of the world changing around you and it really resonates with me – I listen to this track and am taken back to memories from my childhood, school, university, and am reminded how the rose-tinted glasses of life make those things seem so much better in hindsight than they might have been at the time. I love the subtle pessimism of the lyrics crossed with the sombre melody of the synth. Brilliant, haunting, depressing track.

I only started listening to Japandroids very recently – I think I caught them on a DrownedinSound playlist, and am hugely thankful that I did. Their sound is so raw, and the best way I can describe them is that it’s like listening to a mediocre pop-punk band whilst lying in an upturned bathtub wrapped in cotton wool. You’d be forgiven for immediately ruling them out of your music collection, but the garage band noise-scene sound really works for them so bugger it. Plus, I share the same name as the drummer so they had to go into this playlist, no?

Kevin Drew marks the start of the second half of the playlist, and is there to get me back into an upbeat mood after the previous couple of songs. There’s something about Kevin’s work (whether solo, with Broken Social Scene, or through his various other projects such as KC Accidental) that just makes me feel good about myself. The whole “BSS Presents: Spirit If…” album is the musical equivalent of coming home after a long holiday, I guess. Comforting, warm and familiar. Hugely looking forward to BSS’s new album in May.

Leading from Kevin straight into The Hold Steady makes me a happy bunny – I could listen to these guys every day of the year and they’d never get old to me. So much energy – I can be sat at my desk glazed over and waist deep in work, but in my head I’ve downed 10 cans of Red Bull and am dancing around in my pants with a hairbrush microphone. Whether that says more about my sexuality than my musical tastes, I’m not sure…

I suppose I should like Sonic Youth, but if I’m perfectly honest I never really afforded them much of a listen – I wrote them off a long time ago, seemingly without much reason. I found this track after trying to rectify that, and am reserving judgment for now I think. I’d appreciate a recommendation or two if anyone reading this likes them.

Wanted so much to play Sleeping States whilst I was compiling this list, so that’s why they’re here – I found them on a recommendation from Grizzly Bear and that’s a pretty fantastic compliment, and well-deserved in my opinion. I’m very much into their “In The Gardens of the North” LP at the moment, and I can heartily recommend if you’re into melodic pop. Which you should be. That is all.

Finally, I had to finish with The National, if only because dumbass here managed to miss out on tickets to see them in the Royal Albert Hall. Hmmph.



01 Spotisfaction Monday 22/02/10 – Thom Lavelle

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

And so it begins. This week, Dave Prowse and myself are going to be swapping Spotify playlists, culminating in a Collab playlist come Friday. I was first up, so here is my Monday morning playlist.

Take a listen, leave some feedback. We’re hoping we can expand this concept in the coming weeks, so feel free to get in touch with either of us if you want to contribute in some form (playlists, reviews, rants, ideas, whatever).

01 Spotisfaction Monday (22 Feb) – TLavelle

  1. Heartbreaker – Metronomy
  2. You Could Easily Have Me – Metronomy
  3. Presto Change-o – Quasi
  4. I Never Want To See You Again – Quasi
  5. GNG BNG – Flying Lotus
  6. Velvet – The Big Pink
  7. Summertime – Ringo Deathstarr
  8. Them That Do Nothing – Field Music
  9. Rome – Phoenix
  10. Bro’s – Panda Bear
  11. Empty Vessels – The Macabees feat. Roots Manuva
  12. Herbaholics – Phi Life Cyper
  13. The Terrorist – DJ Vadim Feat. Moshun Man
  14. King Without A Crown (Live) – Matisyahu
  15. The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor – Youthmovies
  16. Wasteland – Swanton Bombs
  17. Dot – Instrumental – Gonzales
  18. Always Already Gone – The Magnetic Fields
  19. Norway – Beach House
  20. Rulers, Ruling All Things – Midlake
  21. Stick To My Side – Pantha Du Prince
  22. Outhouse (Fluffy Mix) – Nathan Fake

Running down track by track isn’t happening. So instead, I’ll list the highlights. Will keep this short…

Metronomy’s “Heartbreaker” is just the track to kick off the weekends revenge with its steady beat and dark undertones before rolling into “You Could Easily Have Me”. Taken from Metronomy’s debut album “Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)”, this track is a personal favourite, complete with gangled distorted riffs and awkward melodies. The shocking thing here is that it all comes together so well.

With that behind us, it’s on to Quasi. You know, ‘that band with Janet Weiss in’. “Presto Change-o” wouldn’t sound out of place on Yamane Michiru’s Castlevania soundtracks. The restless yet futile ascension of this haunting track makes me feel that I should be atop a giant tower, at midnight, overlooking the city. Smoking a cigarette and plotting evil. Looking cool… (with a cape).

(aside) I put “GNG BNG” by Flying Lotus on here as it nothing short of awesome. I’ll just leave it at that and see how you get on with it.

On with show and on to Ringo Deathstarr. I came for the name, stayed for the awesome. I saw their name on a split 7 inch with The Depreciation Guild a few months back. I was blown away with the fantastic band name but sadly didn’t get chance to check them out. Finally gave them a listen recently and well, I was impressed enough to tell you that I am impressed with them. “Summertime” is candy wrapped shoegaze, drowned in ambience and subtle melodies that may or may not put you into a quiet candyfloss coma.

In an attempt to break things up, I dropped a few oddities in to the playlist. Phi Life Cypher, for example. These guys have always escaped my radar. Having done work with DJ Vadim and The Gorillaz you would think I’d have paid more attention to this group. Well, I haven’t, no. Regardless, my friend JB played “Herbaholics”, rapropaganda of grand intentions, for me many years ago and I’ve held on to it ever since. This track has hooks, it has the beat and it mentions Jack Straw. Instant win in my book.

The Hasidic singjay known as Matisyahu has single handedly proven that white people can be cool and having religious messages in your music isn’t always horrible. This live version of “King Without A Crown” is an office favourite and has earnt a place on todays playlist.

Swanton Bombs – “Wasteland” reminds me of The Cramps attempting to accidently The White Stripes and winner. Don’t try and look for sense in that.

“Dot – Instrumental” by Gonzales helps me with my crippling lust for fantastic piano pieces. This track could be two hours long and I’d still be mesmerised by it. As it stands, it’s two minutes long and therefore ten times as fantastic as your mind will allow you to comprehend.

And now we lay in wait for Tuesdays playlist to go up and read what David has to say about that. See you Wednesday.