Back by absolutely no demand, it’s the 9th annual Music Like Dirt Top 200 of the year.
The countdown begins below with numbers 151-200 or pick a playlist from your streamable music destination of choice for as many tunes from the countdown that are available.
As ever Whyd has many more tracks (199 of the 200) than Spotify or Soundcloud and theres an embedded whyd playlist below.
Merry Christmas to all or any readers of Music Like Dirt, thanks for visiting in 2013.
MILLIE PULLED A PISTOL ON SANTA
I post this mood killer every year, but its an absolute classic from the darker side of christmas. Whats more it still brings back the excitement this De La obsessive felt when it landed on my doormat 17 years ago on Import CD.
On this US only single version De La tell the tale of Millie and how “the coolest dad in town” meets his maker.
“She had the curves that made you wanna take chances I mean on her, man, I’d love to make advances I guess her father must ‘a got the same feelin’ I mean, actually findin’ his own daughter Millie appealing”
It’s “Best Of/Big next year” season and a day after Auntie announced the longlist for its annual “Sound Of…” poll, 59 music bloggers from the UK have revealed their alternative “Blog Sound of 2014” longlist.
Think of it as Quentin Crisp doing the Queen’s Speech on Channel 4 to the actual Her Maj on BBC One, it’s an alternative and addition to, not a criticism of.
Thanks as ever go to Robin at Breaking More Waves along with Andy Von Pip and his Express for inviting Music Like Dirt to take part.
After much gnashing of teeth I cut my own longlist down to three acts – Eva Stone, Palace & Young Fathers – all of whom promptly failed to make the final official top 16. You bloody Philistines! 😉
It took a while for last year’s “Find Restless Covers” EP to slow burn it’s way across the internet, but thanks in part to a bearded cheerleader called Scroobius Pip coupled with it’s sheer bloody brilliance, the play count sits at over 30,000.
Now ahead of the release of her own material Sarah has turned her attention to Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools”.
Another week, another few dozen musical picks. Follow MLD on Whyd or Soundcloud for more weekly(ish) selections
Any Sonos users out there can now follow Music Like Dirt direct from their swanky streaming devices, thanks to the brand new hard baked Hype Machine integration.
In the interests of transparency I have to declare that the kind people at Sonos gave me and 20+ other much finer hype machine listed bloggers a couple of free Play1’s each at their London launch party. This will of course now sound like a sponsored glowing review but the integration, ease of setup and sound on the play1 are superb, and thats coming from a total Apple fan boy. I now have wireless sounds in what my Sonos amusingly insists on calling my “master bedroom”.
As I write, my fence has relocated one garden along during what passes as a massive storm in Britain (apologies to those countries for whom this is a brief gust). So it’s probably best that you don’t take any chances – even if you’re not in the UK – take the day off, settle down and listen to 4 or 5 hours of the best new music this week.
There seems to be a particularly rich vein of hip-hop around at the moment (or perhaps it’s just Scroobius Pip’s X-fm show highlighting it) and there are corkers below from Vic Mensa, Rhymesayers, an oldie (but new to me) from Insomniax, Young Fathers, a briefly reunited Organized confusion, Sha Prince and Eminem returns to show off Daddy Freddy-esque lightning speed. The actual Daddy Freddy turns up on a bit of Panda Dub reggae too.
You can follow me on Soundcloud or Whyd for more weekly(ish) selections although with the various platforms its sometimes hard to pull all the sounds together into one playlist. Whyd allows videos, mp3’s and soundcloud together in one list (70+ tracks this week) while Soundcloud has 50+ available. Unfortunately Bandcamp tunes and ‘exclusives’ for Murdoch owned websites, like Teeth of the Sea’s new one can’t be included in my playlists (listen to Reaper here).
Anyway enough waffle, batten down the hatches and enjoy the Whyd and Soundcloud playlists below.
“Red topped scum newspaper, the Murdoch crew, Cameron’s killer cuts, invisible weapons of mass destruction, Hillsborough, homophobia, all hate crimes, thoughtless murdering bastards, dodgy dave and the out of touch world of the Tories, Jeremy wanker Clarkson”
In 1989 dancer Michael Clark approached Josie Jones and Jake Walters of Big Hard Excellent Fish to write a piece of music for his forthcoming work with the Phoenix Dance Company. Josie Jones, formerly of Pete Wylie’s Mighty Wah! asked Pete to work with them on this and the ‘Imperfect List’ was born: a sober and heartfelt denouncement of what they considered Britain’s ill’s.
After many requests for an update it was not until 2011 when approached by One Little Indian that Big Hard Excellent Fish decided the time was right. How much has the list changed over the intervening years?
Listen to the original, then check the updated version (below) kicking off a 50 strong playlist of the finest music I stumbled across this week. Follow MLD on Whyd.