Mixtape Mondays | Randoms vol.3

Monday, March 27, 2017 1 Comments A+ a-

It is Randoms playlist time again! I suppose I can blame this craving for fresh new music to Spring coming. There was definitely a bigger gap between Volume 1 (February 2016) and Volume 2 (November 2016) than there is now, but I've been lucky enough to come across some great findings and could not wait to share them with you! 

I am not sure how I've never come across them before, but glad I've Embrace's entire discography to discover!

Differently to the two previous collections, none of these came out of gigs. But I can certainly say more than half of it came out of running! You ask how? I've a feeling both my Discover Weekly and Daily Mixes changed considerably since I started using Spotify's Your Running Mix tool - if you're not acquainted with it, the script works suggesting songs by artists or genres you like, but matching your running tempo. For example, ISLAND and Daughter are both bands I listened to when running, although not necessarily the tracks I've chosen to feature here. 

Just over a third of this playlist came from - running - friend's suggestions. Two favourites are most definitely The Decemberists and Bright Eyes, both old school bands, which makes me wonder how on earth I had never come across them before? Talking about earth... Do check out Bright Eyes' song Lua, which in Portuguese means Moon. I haven't added it to this playlist, as it wasn't the song which introduced me to them, but am in love with its lyrics. 

I suppose because of this new found range of classics, others started to pop by my feed and amongst them, Gravity by Embrace. Already one of my favourite songs of all time. It is a strange feeling, but it somehow made me think of being in my teens, good old days of laying in bed listening to radio late at night in the hopes of coming across new music, looking at the sky out of the window and feeling the cool breeze on a summer's night. 

Some other great findings which I want to spend a bit more time exploring before I elaborate on them, but so far seem pretty promising, are:

- New York based The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - I absolutely love this name! - Contender is proper old school indie pop. * Spoiler Alert! Their cover of James' Laid is brilliant, coming soon on Awesome Covers vol. 5 *

- 21-year-old YouTuber sensation Dodie. I had never paid that much attention to her until coming across this original, Sick of Losing Soulmates. She's done some pretty decent covers, but it is the witty lyrics of this song which took me back to Kate Nash's Made of Bricks era. 

- Please do spend 18 minutes of your day listening to Learn to Kiss, the brilliant debut EP by Dancing Years, a Leeds based quintet. I've chosen Neon Lights for this playlist, but I am very much in love with the violin in the melancholic April and can't help but find Valentine has some Radiohead quality to it. Do check them out!

And that's about it for now. Happy random Monday y'all, catch up again very soon! 


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19 October 2017 at 14:10 delete

daughter is one of my favorite band to tune to when i feel either blue or in my zone. which assures me that the rest of the bands you mention here are amazing too