Lately I’ve been listening to Spotify

Spotify login screen

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I’ve finally got it with Spotify – the Stockholm-based  streaming service that’s been widely touted as the future of music.  It allows users to create playlists and then share them with their friends over the internet with surprising ease. Awful name I know (may as well have just called it Spodify)  but it’s a really nice application that helps you listen to a lot of new music in exchange for listening to the occasional advert.

The catalogue not at all bad: in building my first playlist it had over half the tracks I was looking for and they loaded almost immediately. Naturally, for a new service, there was a lot of stuff missing. Okkervil River were listed, but not yet their sublime new track Starry Stairs; no sign of The Dø, the wonderful Finnish-French duo (whose On My Shoulders has been my favourite track of the year); and I also missed tracks by new acts like Chew Lips (Solo), Jack Penate (Tonight’s Today) and Clerkenwell’s madcap The Real Tuesday Meld. Esoteric choices, perhaps, but all of these are already available on either Last FM or MySpace.

So … fellow Spotifiers here’s my first playlist:

Florence and the Machine – You’ve got the Love
Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
Diplo – Big Lost
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days
Santogold – L.E.S. Artists
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane mix)
Jay-Z – Brooklyn Go Hard
Dirty Projectors and David Byrne – Knotty Pine
Basia Bulat – Before I Knew
Monkey – Heavenly Peach Banquet

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