As part of our mission to bring you new and interesting music, we feature occasional playlists from friends, guests and contributors. Our playlists usually have a theme such as a specific genre, era, place or topic; they could be songs that have tickled the fancy of the complier, or a list of tracks and musical influences that inspired them or connected with them in some way.
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Neil Milton is a Scottish musician who lives in Poland. He has good taste in pets and music and rather unusual tastes when it comes to football teams! We fancied doing something a little different, so after the recent release of his Singing As You Leave EP, we asked him to give us a written and musical mood board to give us a bit more insight into the inspiration behind the five featured tracks. Here’s what he sent us.
If you really want to upset an alternative electronic musician, one of the easiest ways to do so is to tell them their music is/isn’t Industrial. There’s an odd stigma attached to the description in some circles, even as the stark, throbbing percussion and dark tones much identified with it are seeing a resurgence in more mainstream techno clubs and beyond…
When I was in my very early teens in Ireland, I discovered the dubious joy of listening to radio programmes on Medium Wave that were broadcast from what then seemed like distant lands. Glasgow and London were as exotic to me as were places like Paris or Helsinki. Names on a map and not much more.
I’ve always loved music, I’ve loved going to shows since I was a young teen – not just big shows, but the smaller ones too. Especially the smaller ones. This is an evolving, regularly updated playlist featuring some of the best underground acts on the UK electronic scene right now.
As the 1970’s drew to a close, the by-then familiar sound of analogue synthesizers was starting to become accompanied by something new and a little strange. Join me, Matt Wild, as I explore some of the finest examples of 80s sampler-driven pop in my collection.
British rising stars Hookworms caused a debate on Twitter when they highlighted the use of alcohol as payment for bands when they play gigs. It’s worth reflecting on as the mental health of musicians is something that has been to the fore recently and it made me reflect on the unwitting harm we can do to others, even when we mean well. The alcohol rider is an accepted, usually unwritten part of a band’s performance contract but maybe it’s a practice that does need reconsidering. But now, on with the music!
An important part of being a musician is the struggle to get their music out there and heard by people willing to pay for it – be it by streaming or download. It’s hard at the best of times so when a new platform comes along that offers to play fair with artists, it deserves some credit. Resonate is a new service; a co-op that offers artists a fair financial deal and listeners the option to own a track after steaming it a number of times. Sounds like a win-win and we wish it the greatest success. And on with this weekends’ roundup!
There’s been yet another wave of articles recently like this one stating EDM has peaked (again) after total sales (not just music, but festivals, gigs, endorsements etc.) dropped to a mere $7.3 billion in 2017, down from $7.4 billion the year before. To me as an indie label owner such large figures are beyond my comprehension, but at least they show it is possible still for someone to make a living from releasing music. Speaking of which, time to tempt you with some new morsels!