Relive the Second Summer of Love
The story of the 1960s Italian music and cultural beat revolution, when teenagers grew their hair long, hitchhiked like Kerouac’s characters, set up hundreds of guitar bands and Rome Piper Club became the Mecca of a generation of beatniks.
Take a nighttime voyage through various styles of electronic music (dubstep, IDM, vaporwave, micro-house, techno, ambient). To be listened to between the hours of midnight and 5am.
Let’s bring to light all the tracks that have languished in the shadows of The English Riviera, the album that brought Metronomy to fame.
Under a cryptic pseudonym, the New York producer Daniel Lopatin has invented a certain style of contemporary electronic music that feeds on the past without ever becoming overly nostalgic.
At the opera, coloratura is a voice capable of great ornamental virtuosity, especially with vocalisations and trills.
Violinist Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods.
Lasting more than just one summer, rave music became the soundtrack of the 90s youth who created their own rules of clubbing, and invaded not only the dancefloor but also the charts.
With its acid house and rave parties, 1988 was the year that Europe was introduced to the new hedonistic culture of electronic music and partying, already present in the USA. Clubbing would never be the same again.
In record time, the Spanish singer has become one of the most fascinating and elusive artists on the pop scene, brilliantly blending her flamenco roots with hip-hop, R&B and electronic music.
Between 1974 and 1989, The Residents, a band whose members have remained anonymous until today, have accumulated the most delirious of musical experiments ever in popular music.
A love letter to Brigitte Fontaine, an eternal figure of the French underground with a focus on her Saravah years.
A self-taught guitarist, the Nigerien Mdou Moctar is redefining the boundaries of Tuareg music.
How a dozen or so rapper-skater-antichrists pulled off the most beautiful takeover bid of the 2010s mainstream. Odd Future is dead. Long live Odd Future.
Uncompromising, forward-thinking and elusive: the mysterious duo fostered an unrivaled creative tidal wave in underground electronic music.
The band formed by irascible and unpredictable Mark E Smith in 1976 has become a Manchester post-punk institution. A playlist for both the beginners and the fans.
With their first five albums and an early Peel session in a period of just over three years, Roxy Music shaped the future of music.
From 1993 until today, relive 27 years of music from the iconic British electronic in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Sun Ra, the cosmic jazz prophet, inspired several generations of artists.
DEVO produced hits to make us dance, but also to dismantle mankind’s pretentiousness, which the band pointed out as being the source of all the violence we are able to commit.
The English group established itself as one of the most important groups to have come out of the punk movement.
Pulp were the band of the underdog: the student, the misfit, the quiet, the shy, the bored.
‘Afrophone stories from the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.’ This is how the New York label Ostinato Records describes itself.
A major independent label focussing on the most notable new musical genre of the 21st century – dubstep – Hyperdub have built a fascinating back catalogue with Burial and the label’s boss Kode9 as figureheads.
During the 2000s the Cologne label established itself as one of the most important houses of electro music, managing to unite rigid techno, sensuality, and ambient beauty.
InFiné, the multifaceted recording group will celebrate its fifteenth year of musical activism next year. Meet the label behind Rone, Arandel, Bachar Mar-Khalifé, Bruce Brubaker, Murcof, Vanessa Wagner or Deena Abdelwahed.
U.S. punk rock on a silver platter.
Decca’s offshoot label showcased some of Britain’s most happening pop, psychedelic and progressive artists of the late 60s.
Enter the Infamous Brick Squad.
Founded in 1994 by Laurent Garnier and Eric Morand, the Paris-based label contributed greatly to France’s emerging electro scene, before closing its doors in 2008.
How Tim Armstrong, the lead singer of Rancid and a figurehead of Californian punk, proved to be perfect Artistic Director for Hellcat Records, a subsidiary of Epitaph.
The label that brings to light forgotten gems of the Arab world.
Discover the British avant-garde crate-digging label run by Andy Votel and Doug Shipton.
Morrocco’s rap scene is setting itself free, establishing itself as a source of inspiration, and developing its own rich soundscape. This is the Winter 2020/21 edition of our New Sounds from Morocco playlist.
Far from its iconic harbour and sun-soaked beaches, Sydney's outer suburbs are home to the beating heart of Australia's burgeoning rap and hip-hop scene.
Whilst neoperreo, a digital DIY subgenre of reggaeton, might be a child of the internet worldwide, its flame burns brightest in Santiago.
Defeating the stereotypes rooted in Bristol past, this playlist captured the ongoing cultural and experimental buzz of a city in constant evolution and of its multi-faceted underground scenes.
With its ears wide open to the world, Mexico City’s musical melting pot is like no other.
Did you know that Nigeria isn’t only the home of afrobeats? Here’s a spotlight on some of Lagos’ semi-underground artists.
The continuously crashing crest of modern pop’s wave, found in the up and comers of Atlanta hip-hop.
If jazz has been revived in London then it’s on the dancefloors, thanks to a growing audience of twenty-somethings.
"The lusophone sound is coming" – Dino d’Santiago
Kendrick Lamar, Louis Cole, Khadja Bonet, Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak, Jonwayne and Tyler, The Creator all come from the same place? It seems neither vain nor overrated to remember that everything happens in Los Angeles.
Chicago has all the musical richness of Great Black Music with a remarkable rise in rap and jazz over recent years.
In the beginning there was Hiatus Kaiyote, a quartet of "future soul" formed in Melbourne in 2011...
Ever since the cultural revival brought about by the Jasmine Revolution, the electro and rap scenes in Tunis have been blooming.
Ever since the Arab Spring, Cairo’s underground has been waking up. Hear the sounds of mahraganat and Egyptian trap.
Coming from California in the 90s, here’s some cool gangsta-rap with George Clinton style funk instrumentation.
The rappers who, for their whole career, remain involved in every step of the creation of a record from writing to mastering are not that common. This playlist is dedicated to the rapper-producers of the 2010s.
Starting in the 90s, a sort of post-digital electronic music has emerged from artists putting glitches and errors at the center of their compositions, something quite different from mainstream techno.
The guide to post-metal from the early 2000s onwards.
A story about producers from the Dominican Republic whose desire to get their neighbourhood dancing got the whole world to move.
How did this frantic music from the street parties of Dar es Salaam emerge as a niche global genre?
Music’s yesteryear is R&B’s tomorrow.
The guide to psychedelic music over the world.
How modern R&B artists manage to touch every corner of today’s musical world.
The story of the unlikely actors who, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reinvented American music and ushered in the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
A history of jazz in the UK up to the present trend.
When deep house gets hypnotic.
A ticket to the Clube da Esquina.
Native productions, remixes, wild disco, afro-house… here is a tour of the world’s non-traditional world music.