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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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!
Musicians and labels find getting their music out there difficult enough at the best of times, but the incoming GDPR regulations will see some organisations lose nearly 90% of their mailing lists. You’ll be hearing from a lot of people over the next few days, all asking for you to keep in touch with them, so please help them to keep in contact with you. But now on to the music!
Life is full of mysteries; some perplex and confound me, and others cause me to sigh at the madness of humanity. Yep – I have no idea why Finland didn’t win Eurovision. In fact, how did Monsters do so badly? Just goes to show you, music isn’t all about what is objectively good – it’s more about what people actually like. However, we have ten very good and very likable tracks for you this week, so off we go!
We’ve got a very varied collection this week – at least sound wise – but many of the tracks share a common theme; one of looking inward and taking stock of life. Being true to yourself is a very important element of the artistic process and as you can hear this week there’s many ways to express that inner self.
Another ten tracks of discovery for you this week, many of which feel like explorations in electronica as much as anything else. There’s a real sense of artists pushing musical and personal boundaries, and also at times, the listeners ability to connect with some rather uncompromising sounds and ideas. So, on we go!