The Student Pocket Guide editorial team, Nathan Wadlow and Stuart Robinson, discuss their top ten tunes which have been playing in the office throughout February. Tweet @TheSPG with #SPGplaylist to let us know who would make yours!
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Nathan: Laura Mvula has started 2013 with a bang. She was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award at the recent BRITs and has just released this brilliant track as the second single from her debut album. We will definitely be hearing more of her, a prospect I look forward to.
Swim Deep – The Sea
Stu: This track is so flooded with early-90’s charm and catchy riffs that it’s been stuck in my head since I first heard it. We filmed an exclusive acoustic version of The Sea with frontman Austin, which you can find on SPGtv very soon. Subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss out!
Foals – My Number
Nathan: Probably my favourite of the bunch. This track is up there with the likes of Spanish Sahara for me, and seems to be a popular choice for many at the moment. Looking forward to getting these guys to appear on SPGtv it must be said!
Toddla T Sound – Worst Enemy
Stu: The first release from the Toddla T Sound, made up of Toddla T, Shola Ama, Serocee and DRS, has a very chilled vibe. These guys put on an absolutely incredible live show as well, so if you get the chance to see them, don’t even hesitate.
Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie ft. JAY Z
Nathan: Smooth operator Justin Trousersnake is back! I wouldn’t normally admit to enjoying his music, but I’ve swallowed my pride and unashamedly really like this tune. Jay Z makes a usual high-class appearance rounding off a tidy record.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Stu: I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. YYYs have been teasing us with clips from their upcoming fourth album for a few months now, and this first single isn’t a disappointment at all.
Peace – Bloodshake
Nathan: A lot of people are talking about Peace and quite rightly so. The boys from Birmingham were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 and are in the process of accumulating a rapidly growing following. After you’ve given this a listen, check out our recent interview with the Brumsters!
Hot Chip – Look at Where we Are (Major Lazer Remix)
Stu: This remix was originally released back in July last year, but Major Lazer gave it a re-release on their free ‘Lazer Strikes Back Vol.1’ EP, while the album is delayed. For me, this one is definitely the highlight of a brilliant EP.
Palma Violets – Best of Friends
Nathan: Good ole Jools Holland and his late night show introduced me to these guys and yes, I am very happy that I tuned in that lonely Friday evening. Palma Violets have a raw, refreshing sound which seems to have died out of late – let’s hope these East Londeners bring it back.
College Feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero
Stu: Yet again, after watching the brilliant Drive, I have become obsessed with the soundtrack. It’s hard not to love this 80’s-esque gem, and the soundtrack as a whole is full of flawless songs. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend you do so.