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I had honestly never heard of Phoenix until this week, which is pretty impressive given the fact they have over 4.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, but I’m glad I found them. I can’t seem to get enough of their indie-pop-electronica fusion. “J-Boy”, from their recently released album “Ti Amo”, is today’s track of the day.


Iron Lights

It’s amazing what you can discover when you don’t pay for Spotify. A lot of small artists buy Spotify ad slots to showcase their music in hope of attracting new fans and Tamu Massif did just that. And I guess it worked! This is his first single off his second EP “Bala”. If you’re into indie then Tamu Massif could be someone you’re interested in checking out.

Download Festival Playlist

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(If you want to jump straight to the playlist, click here).

I’ve never been to Download Festival and unfortunately I won’t be going this year, but it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited for it!

An announcement by Download saw 33 acts added to the lineup with Rammstein, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath announced as the headliners for the 2016 festival. This year looks good for the UK’s biggest Rock festival, with a plethora of noteworthy bands including rock legends Motörhead*, Megadeath and Saxon, as well as up-and-coming bands like Milk Teeth, Counting Days and Black Foxxes.

Although often thought as solely centred on heavy rock/metal music, Download, like many other festivals, will be home to a variety of acts spanning multiple genres including: indie-rock, punk-rock, alt-rock, nu-metal, metalcore and symphonic metal among others.

But which bands should you look out for while you’re wandering the grounds of Donington Park? Here are 5 personal suggestions to get you started!

Skindred are probably the band you are most likely to have heard of of the 5 in this list. Based on a mixture of reggae, punk and metal influences, Skindred are definitely one to see at Download this year.

Their latest album, Volume, contains a number of hard hitting tracks that are sure to go down well at Donington Park. Volume, Under Attack and Hit the Ground are bound to get the crowd jumping, while fan favourites like Ratrace, Nobody and Kill the Power will have the crowd wanting more.

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Milk Teeth
An alt/indie rock band who utilise both female and male vocals, Milk Teeth are one of the “more accessible” bands that will be at Download 2016. If heavy metal isn’t your sort of thing then be sure to stop by Milk Teeth’s set.

With only two EPs and a couple singles, Milk Teeth don’t have a huge back catalogue. However, it’s enough to get a feel for their style and fall in love with their sound. Due to the nature of Download, Milk Teeth will probably stick to their grungy, alt-rock songs, like VitaminsBrickwork and Grease.

Another up and coming band are Dead! With only one EP and a couple singles, Dead! are looking for their big break and Download 2016 could be the place. What I consider to be an alt-rock band, Dead! are another accessible listen.

Their 2014 EP “Tu Me Manques” is well worth a listen and is available on spotify. If you’re looking for a couple suggestions however, I would recommend listening to their 2015 singles Skin and Enemy as well as their older single Phantom.

One of the more “out there” bands that will be at Download this year, is TesseracT. TesseracT are a progressive metal/djent band and is definitely not what you would consider to be “mainstream” music. If you’re looking for something different however, or  curious as to what progressive metal/djent sounds like, give TesseracT a listen.

If you’re just curious as to what progressive metal/djent music is like, I would say just listen to any of TesseracT’s songs, however, if you’re looking for specific suggestions, songs like Dystopia, Of Mind – Nocturne and Nascent are a good place to start.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Although you may not have heard of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, you may have heard of a band called Gallows. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was formed last year by former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and follow a similar sound.

If hardcore punk is your sort of thing, or you’re a fan of Gallows, stop by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at Download this year. With only one 34 minute 10 track album to listen to, Blossom, it makes sense to listen to the whole thing. But if you’re looking for suggestions: Fangs, Beautiful Death and I Hate You, will give you a taste, and the range, of their style.

So there you have it, 5 personal suggestions for you to check out at Download 2016. I tried to make them as varied as possible to give you a taste of the different genres that will be at Download this year. I also refrained from listing the “big name” acts, so that you might discover something new.

Just a quick note about the playlist and a heads up, it features 3 songs for each act announced (other than Gutterdammerung and Ghost who I couldn’t find on spotify) and 5 songs for each of the headliners. The songs are my personal favourites from each band and quite a few do contain explicit language, so if you’re wondering why some big hits might be missing, that’s why. Anyway, enjoy!

*Due to the tragic news of the death of Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmster, it is uncertain whether or not Motörhead will be performing at download 2016 at this time. However, their songs will be kept in the playlist as a form of remembrance.

Year in Music

Images are screen shotted from Spotify’s Year In Music service

It’s the end of the year and what a year 2015 has been for music. With my first festival (Glastonbury 2015) this year, 2015 has been one of my most “musical”.

In this post, I aim to highlight and share the music that made my year, through the use of Spotify’s “Year in Music” feature. Specifically, I take a look at my Top Artists, Top Albums, Top Tracks and some general statistics relating to the music I listened to in 2015.

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2. Bassnectar with 249 streams
3. Rammstein with 197 streams
4. Slipknot with 178 streams
5. The Vaccines with 169 streams

This top 5 clearly demonstrates how varied my music tastes are. Hot Chip are an electro indie band, Bassnectar is an EDM artist, Rammstein and Slipknot are Nu-Metal bands (the fact that Rammstein are a German band emphases this point further) and The Vaccines are an indie rock band.

So why are these artists my most listened to of 2015?

Well, Hot Chip and The Vaccines were, in my opinion, two of the best bands of Glastonbury 2015. Hot Chip were the band I was most looking forward to seeing in the build up for Glastonbury, after first listening to them after the line up announcement. The Vaccines’ set was simply amazing and it later resulted into me buying their complete back catalogue and, subsequently, a lot of streams…

So where do the others come in?

For the last 7 years or so I’ve been a big metal fan after a friend from school introduced me to the genre. Rammstein just so happened to be one of the bands he introduced me to and I later went on to discover bands like Slipknot through my own accord. Moreover, the fact that Rammstein are headlining Download 2016 meant a lot of streams as part of my Download 2016 playlist (a post about this will be up soon!).

What about Bassnectar?

Well, back in June, before Glastonbury Festival, I spent a week in Amsterdam with friends from university. It was a ‘recreational holiday’ (if you get what I mean) and we were thinking about taking truffles (the safer more ‘legal’ version of shrooms). Expecting a trip, I looked for suggestions of what to listening to while tripping and Bassnectar was the most recommended. Unfortunately I didn’t take enough to trip out, but I did discover a good artist. Silver linings and all that.

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2. NSVB Remixes by Bassnectar, with 99 streams
3. Rosenrot by Rammstein, with 88 streams
4. Reise, Reise by Rammstein, with 84 streams
5. In Our Heads by Hot Chip, with 80 streams

It’s probably to be expected that Hot Chip, Bassnectar and Rammstein would feature in my Top Albums, after having just seen my Top Artists of 2015. The Prodigy however, might have been bit of a surprise.

When “The Day is My Enemy” was first released, I quite quickly gave it a listen since I am a long time Prodigy fan. The songs off the album I liked the most were then my anthem for my next week or so, before finding something else to pick up. It was only this week that I actually bought the album physically.

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2. Rage by Sander van Doorn, with 57 streams
3. Five More Hours by Deorro x Chris Brown
4. Creeping in the Dark by Majestic and Jungle 70, with 56 streams
5. Karate by R3hab, with 55 streams

After having just seen my Top Artists and Top Albums of 2015, and noticing that they’re from various genres, it might be a bit surprising to see that all of my Top Tracks of 2015 are EDM songs.

Truth be told, although I don’t dance, I am a big fan of Electronic Dance Music and Festivals like Tomorrowland, Tomorrow World and EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) are definitely on my Bucket List. I don’t know what it is about the genre, but it just fills me with energy and if I was one to dance, I would.

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Yes you are reading that correctly. I listened to Lonesome Street by Blur 23 times in the same day. What can I say? It’s a great song and my favourite off their 2015 album “The Magic Whip” (although Go Out comes pretty close…). There’s nothing not to love with Lonesome Street! It’s got a great rift, catchy chorus and a rather strange music video. So if you haven’t already heard it, go give it a listen and check out the music video while you’re at it!

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Another statistic that might make you think twice, but I assure you it’s true, is the fact that I listened to 39 DAYS worth of music in 2015. Now that’s a lot of music… and that’s not including all the music I listened to through other services like Soundcloud, YouTube and Music Channels!

All in all though I think this is a target to beat next year. I think I could quite easily hit the 100,000 minute milestone if I listened to Spotify exclusively. #lifegoals

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915 different artists might sound like a lot, but in reality it’s nothing when you consider things like Spotify’s Weekly Discovery playlist. (If you don’t know what this is, every week Spotify suggests 30 songs for you based on your listening habits).

As well as the fact that I purposefully seek out new music through recommendations on; YouTube, Music Blogs, Magazines, Radio, TV, Spotify and anywhere you can find music (Racing games, Forza Horizon, can be really good for finding music!), 915 different artists might seem a bit on the low end!

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Again, 2200 different tracks may sound like a lot but it’s not too much if you think about it. Let’s say that an album has 12 tracks, that’s only 184 different albums… Okay thats quite a lot.

Anyway, that was my ‘Year in Music’. My Top Artists, Albums and Tracks have been laid bare for you to scrutinise and judge. I shall be sharing my Top Albums of 2015 (based upon the ones I’ve listened to) over the next couple days, so be sure to look out for that.

Happy New Year!

What music have you been listening to this year? Who are your most played artists? What are your most played songs? Let me know on Twitter @pieces_of_time