Category Archives: Spotlist

90s/00s Spotlist

Early 90s loved up, happy dance music is a well-trodden path of nostalgia but for good reason – this Spotlist pretty much compiled itself, such is the wealth of day-glo, jump-up 90s/00s tunes that tug on musical memories. There may be a few that you’d forgotten here. There’s everything from dark dance to undeniable mid-noughties RnB; drum and bass to dream-pop classics; the garage-pop majesty of SFA (Sweet Female Attitude) to Southern hip hop. Fancy a trip down memory lane?

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This Week’s Spotlist

The second Spotlist is a rangy and in-your-face affair. We have the Chemical Brother’s signature metallic dance on new track Sometimes I Feel So Deserted. There is dark trance from fellow EDM Grandads Leftfield on Bilocation. We have the mournful oriental sound of Major Lazer; jazz I could actually get on board with from Ninja Tune’s Jaga Jazzist; delicate guitar from Toro Y Moi; the freak-out of Holly Herndon; the jumping sound of Sylvan Esso; beauty from teenager Billie Marten; laconic reverb from Willie J Healey; plus tracks from Paul Weller’s and Hot Chip’s new albums; and a bit of Ravel. Enjoy!

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This week’s Spotlist

The songs I’m listening to this week on – old and new – collected on a handy playlist, should you want to do the same.

The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance 

Because, why not?

The Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me 

For those feeling let down by the election results, feel hard done by in a funky way with this irresistible classic about being hurt and disappointed.

Snoop Dogg – Awake 

The Lion is dead, long live the Dogg. The laconic rapper ditches reggae and returns with an album of slinky rap tunes in Bush, produced by Pharrell and featuring Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamarr and Rick Ross, amongst others. This track features the Dogg in particularly slinky mood.

Tink – Ratchet Commandments 

The 20-year-old rapper hooks up with Timbaland for this brutal sermon announcing her arrival in the big leagues. Expect a debut album this year.

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) 

Raw, bruised electro-pop from the Swede’s debut Queen of the Clouds. Her explicit and honest lyrics and husky voice straddle this 21-track opus, making an addictive, huge album. As she sings, “sometimes I’m charming as f***.”

Roisin Murphy – Uninvited Guest 

Glassy, languid, slightly menacing disco from the queen of such. On her new album, Hairless Toys.

Susanne Sundfor – Insects 

More Scandiness in this psychedelic closer to the singer’s latest album, Ten Love Songs, which provides what it says on the tin with innovation and Beethoven.

Rozi Plain – Friend City 

A cheery, chirpy song, from the London based singer-songwriter’s album Friend.

Nancy Sinatra – Lady Bird

Dark blue treasure from the iconic 60s singer.

Bop English – Falling at Your Feet 

James Petralli, the lead singer of White Denim, unleashes his debut solo album as alter ego Bop English. Fans of the band will like this, though it is a looser, more experimental take on his usual style.

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