Mixtape Mondays | Animal Style

Monday, July 25, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

A post by Adam Smith,
a.k.a @adsmith85

Hey guys, it's great to be back. After my last contribution to these hallowed halls, I went back and re-read every Mixtape Mondays post... I was shocked, looking at the sophistication of the writing and the thought behind the playlists. I felt like I let the side down barely scratching the surface of what Zaira and the other bloggers are putting into this.

With that in mind, I felt the need to up my game if ever I was asked back (unlikely, I thought). I trawled the depths on my conscious self to come up with a mind expanding playlist to introduce the world to new music and push the boundaries of understanding within the universe. But my head started to hurt, so here's a playlist all about Animals!

Two strikes: great track, Elephant by Tame Impala features in this week's mixtape

Yep that's right, songs with animals in the title and one about "a device created by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk extruded from its spinnerets, generally meant to catch its prey". Sorry Zaira it's like Lebowski's rug, it just ties the playlist together, No Doubt.

Mixtape Mondays | Animal Style


I love getting a double hit when building these lists, when the band and the song match your theme, and this one was rife with them. Elephant by Tame Impala, more Elephants by Them Crooked Cultures I even had a triple with The Ballad of Queen Bee and Baby Duck by Eagles of Death Metal (not about animals at all, but Brody Dalle and her husband, EODM drummer Josh Homme). However it got ruthlessly cut. It's the joy of finding these weird connections, thinking about music in a new way and just making time to think about it again that's been really fun.

We start with a song that just means summer to me. From The Macabees' Pelican, firing into We Are Scientists and Twin Atlantic. Then run through some Heart, Florence and the Machine, Jamie T, make acquaintance with Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters and finish up with The Pixies and a fairly recent find from the Strumbellas - thank you Discover Weekly.

Thanks again to the boss, she rocks! I hope you enjoy the playlist and my somewhat playful tone, hopefully see you again soon.