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Music Discovery: September 2021

Hello there. Daniel here with the International music team at PlayNetwork. It’s time for some new music for the month ahead. Old school radio is still a key driver of new music discovery for me. It’s the daily ritual of checking in with familiar voices and hearing stories and finding new inspiration. The convenience of streaming music and various connected apps has also enabled me to make it “taping-off-the-radio” on monster steroids. Radio shows from around the globe contribute to favourite channels that then feed the selected (often Shazam-ed) highlights into my music discovery pool. I’d like to think my teenage-self would be fairly impressed. Alright, here we go; what’s new on my list, Siri?



Artist: Angel Olsen

Track: Eyes Without a Face

Instagram: angelolsenmusic

This is off Angel Olsen’s newest EP called Aisles. A good cover is always also a re-imagination, in my opinion, and this is a dream of a re-imagination. Now, […]

The Transcendent Sounds of the Yé-yé Movement

It’s hard to go wrong when picking a soundtrack to your summer, but some genres lend themselves to the dog-days of sun and salt with effortless ease. Yé-yé is such a sound, with evergreen relevancy that combines a Kodak-filtered nostalgia with tongue-in-cheek lightness that’s as fun today as it ever was.

A fusion of Western European and American stylistic elements, yé-yé rose to prominence in the early 1960’s featuring primarily French artists. Translating to “Yeah! Yeah!” the movement can be traced back to popular French radio show Salut les copains, which dominated drive time airwaves throughout the week on French radio station Europe 1. The show served as a springboard for most yé-yé artists such as Françoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, and Johnny Hallyday. Mixing rock, pop, baroque, exotica and traditional French chanson, yé-yé gained further cultural traction for the visual element affiliated with the music. Paying homage to classic rock and roll grandeur, a subtle restraint made the faces of the genre undeniably chic. This duality matched the lyrical content […]

From Classics to Crossover, Black Musicians Making Noise In Country Music

Back in 2019, Lil Nas X released a song that changed pop culture, music and the ideas around what was considered “country music.” As controversial as the song was to some people for using elements of hip-hop and therefore not being able to be considered “country” enough, there has long since been a tradition of this in the space. With artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line pulling from these same sounds, it felt to people in the Black community that his removal from the Billboard Hot Country chart may have had something to do with race. Since then, music has been flooded with people hopping on the horse (ha) to give their own variation on the track, including styles from rap, soul, R&B and pop music. But Black artists in the country music space is nothing new.

In Ken Burns’ 2019 documentary series Country Music, he dives into some of the greatest country legends and their careers, but one of the themes throughout […]

Music Discovery: June 2021

As the world slowly starts to turn towards a return to normal (or as close to it as it can, I guess) it is great to see (and hear) that so many excellent artists have put their quarantine time to as good a use as they can. The amount of really quality songs coming our way these days is just simply inspiring. Here is a small selection of some of those that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.



Artist: Lime Cordiale

Track: Nobody Takes Me Seriously

Twitter: @limecordiale

Having been around since 2009, Australian favorites, Lime Cordiale have crafted a sound that is familiar yet engaging. With their take on Split Enz – “Nobody Takes Me Seriously,” they really bring a nice groove to a previously angular song. Perfect for throwing into that mix for hitting the road or backyard bbq-ing this summer for sure.



Music Discovery: May 2021

Hi, I’m Matthew, Music Supervisor at the London office of PlayNetwork. The start of 2021 was all doom and gloom, but as lockdown gently lifts here in the UK and spring approaches, a flood of emerging artists float to the surface, ready to soundtrack the summer of 2021.




Artist: Pauli The PSM

Track: I Got The Beat

Twitter: @paulilovejoy

Pauli The PSM is known for lending his talent and know-how to the likes of FKA twigs, Jamie xx, Sampha, Damon Albarn and Gorillaz as both a drummer and music director. “I Got The Beat” is a raw and compelling track with a vibrancy that captivates the listener. His voice has an infectious grace as he layers chaotic noises over a sparse rhythmic pattern. There are subtle nods to black masculinity and social identity in his lyrics that are further explored in the video.


Artist: Maple Glider

Track: Swimming

Twitter: […]