Ultimate Deezer Playlists

As long as i can remember, when music went digital, so did the piracy. Digital music pirating got its first big start with Napster, and this was almost purely because the music industry just couldn’t keep up with the changes, and were stuck in the past specifically with regards to distributing the music.

However, in 2015 we have the option of cheap alternatives to illegal download services… and for the first time in the history f the music industry online music streaming has actually become a viable option! In all honesty, the way streaming works these days it’s actually so much easier to just stream rather than try and find a reliable torrent (and run the risk of being caught).

The only streaming service that has taken an active interest in the South African market is: Deezer. They have acknowledged (along with the help of Vodacom) that we have different needs down here ;) Deezer worldwide has 16 million monthly active users! Deezer also has a whopping 35 million tracks in its library which are available in more than 182 countries. Those are some seriously impressive numbers.

Even if you’re still a little unsure of the app, just download it and give it a try, you have nothing to lose… and about 35million songs to gain!

I recently got together with a few other music-crazy people to try and come up with some “ultimate” playlists. So if you’re looking for some playlists to get you going, this is a good place to start! Check the sneak peaks of the playlists below, click on the title and it’ll open the full playlist in a new tab for you.

ROADTRIP:

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ONE HIT WONDERS:

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ULTIMATE HIP HOP:

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SA ARTISTS TO WATCH:

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Ultimate Hip Hop Playlist – Deezer

By now you should know that Deezer is pretty much killing it in terms of music streaming around the world at the moment – especially down here in South Africa where they’ve taken a special interest in us.

I recently got together with a few other music-crazy people to try and come up with some “ultimate” playlists. This week, it’s all about Hip Hop! It’s obviously super difficult to pick only 10 songs to define an entire genre… but we tried anyway.

So here it is, Deezer Amp Podcast: Ultimate Hip Hop Playlist ft Rob Forbes, Urban Enzo, DJ Kenzhero, Texx (onfire), and a few others. Click here to open: podcast & playlist.

Here’s a sneak peak:

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Deezer – Take 35 Million Songs With You

I’ve put together a little playlist to get you through the next week, when you find a spare 30min, check it out and take a listen :)

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If you’re keen on downloading the app and checking it out for yourself, follow this link: DEEZER

A little while back i did a post on a music streaming app called Deezer, which is a service that allows you to listen to a massive library of music across loads of different devices. You have the option of an online mode (streaming) or an offline mode (where you download and sync to your device). Here is the coolest part: there is NO limit to the number of tracks you can listen to or sync to your phone/ipad/whatever!

I also mentioned that Deezer is the only streaming service that has taken an active interest in the South African market. They have acknowledged (along with the help of Vodacom) that we have different needs down here :) It’s also super impressive to note that Deezer worldwide also has 16 million users, and is available in 182 countries. Those are some seriously impressive numbers.

 

I mentioned that Deezer have a pretty sweet deal running with Vodacom at the moment – you can get an extra 250 MB for only R20 to listen to Deezer for the month. The data usage definitely isn’t as insane as i thought it would be – in fact it works out a lot more economical than trying to play new music via Youtube on my phone.

I have mentioned this before, but it bears saying again: yes, there are other streaming services available… but honestly, Deezer is the best. The data deal they have with Vodacom is great, it’s super easy to use, and it looks great. Deezer also learns your music taste over time, and starts recommending more and more music that it knows you’ll love! One of my favourite features that it also has, is the song lyric addition… i’m one of those people that likes to get the lyrics 100% right, so it’s perfect for me <3 Check it out below… you’re lucky i didn’t decide to rickroll you ;)

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that music streaming is how we’ll be consuming music more and more in the coming years. Yes, we’ll still go out and buy the physical albums of the artists we love, but not every song you like is a song that you want to go out and specifically buy. This way you have a one-stop-shop for pretty much every single song under the sun, and you also have a way of discovering brand new music.

 

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If you’re keen on downloading the app and checking it out for yourself, follow this link: DEEZER

AWOLNATION – I AM

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Every now and again a song will feel like it’s speaking directly to me, and this is one of those songs for me! “I Am” is from AWOLNATION’s new album, “Run,” which was released a couple of months back on Red Bull Records.

In an interview i read done by Tim Commerford (bassist of Rage Against the Machine) of AWOLNATION’s frontman Aaron Bruno, Aaron explained to Tim how he came to write the song:

“I played you an early draft of the record,” Bruno says. “I would say it was a year too soon, probably, to show anyone. But I felt excited about it, and some of the songs were there, but I’d say 70 percent of the songs that ended up making the record hadn’t even been written yet. ‘I Am’ certainly hadn’t been written yet. And I remember being devastated from the reaction that you had. Not that it was bad, I could just tell your feeling was — in the nicest way, you were sort of saying, ‘It’s pretty cool, but you’re better than this. And I expect more.’ And [‘I Am’] was one of the next songs I wrote.”

It’s crazy to think that even someone as successful and talented as Aaron Bruno can also feel disappointed in himself sometimes. A nice reminder that musicians are just humans too, with the same human emotions we feel.

Watch the lyric video below:

Thor Rixon – Fuk Bread

It’s the music video that pretty much everyone is talking about right now, so i figured that it should probably find itself a permanent home on here too. Thor Rixon, who is wildly creative and ridiculously talented has got a brand new track and insane music video to go with it.

I’ve played a few of his previous singles on my show, and it’s always been a trip. If you want to hear some more of his stuff, check out his Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thorrixon

Just in case you were wondering, this is my exact brand of weird. Love it:

I can see Tim Noakes making this his get-out-of-bed-in-the-morning song! #FukBread

Spring Breakers Get The Best Wake Up Call

I wouldn’t mind having this wake-up call every single day! Not only is the “wake-up” call only at 11am, but it’s also to the tune of the Circle of Life from The Lion King.

Apparently this has become a bit of a tradition over the years, and Spring breakers staying at the Holiday Inn in Panama City, Florida, are woken up every morning by the Lion King theme blasting out from pool-side speakers. Everyone crawls out of bed and onto their balconies to enjoy the song… and once the track is finished – it means that another day full of sun, sand, parties and surf await them :) TOUGH FREAKING LIFE!

2Cellos Remake Muse “Hysteria” Inside Insane Asylum

2CELLOS AKA Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have a been doing awesome remakes of popular songs on their cellos for a while now – and this latest arrangement sees them taking on ‘Hysteria’ by Muse. To add to the feeling of the song, the video was filmed at a real mental hospital in Pula, Croatia.

For best results, listen to this video in at least 720p… i’d recommend headphones too if you have them available. Anything less than 720p doesn’t do the sound justice.

Ultra Music Festival Fence Jumpers

Apparently the biggest issue that music festivals overseas face is “fence jumpers.” I can’t help but think that this wouldn’t really be a problem in SA – we have an extraordinary amount of security at festivals, and our security are ruthless… they will take a mother fluffer down!

This first video was taken when there was literally a tidal wave of jumpers breaching the gate… i can imagine them all screaming “THIS. IS. SPARTA!” as they make it over.

Check these cheeky dudes jumping over the fence. See, mom… parkour is good for something!