Chosen by Olympians, four small-town Norfolk lads, wandering through vibey fields of musical love, cataclysm, four-part harmonies and silly time signatures. You can listen to the playlist by clicking here! 1. Cats In Paris - '(How To) Harvest Yourself' Cats in Paris is always a good place to start - your day, your meal, your essay. This is a rather fine example of quite how much genius courses through every track they've ever made. If you haven't already, get yourself down to http://catsinparis.org because throughout August they are making/have made daily news round-ups, which despite being about as off the cuff as you could possibly get away with, are obviously all better than the quality of just about every song that has been written by anybody else in the last ten years. Sickening. 2. Hot Club De Paris – 'Free The Pterodactyl 3' We saw these guys in Norwich recently, and they were super good, and they're super nice to boot. They have absolutely WON math-pop by just having great pop songs with little ripples of naughty riffs and cheeky time signatures. Fun in a bun. I think this song is about liberating a toy dinosaur from a zoo. 3. Three Trapped Tigers – '1' This is almost jazz. But then it's almost metal too. And almost IDM. Whatever it is, I don't know how they did it. I even watched this [ http://beatcast.tv/2010/05/three-trapped-tigers-2/ ], and still have no idea. I mean, where do you start? If anybody out there knows how to make such tremendous vibes with such seemingly little effort, I would certainly care to find out. Please phone the Vibes Helpline on 0800 444 44444 44 4. Thanks. 4. Cast Spells – 'Glamorous Glowing' We all enjoyed the Maps and Atlases EPs when they came out here, and they're relatively informative to us as a band - it's so refreshing when people can make that level of flamboyance listenable. But let's face it, this stuff is better. Pertch Patchwork wouldn't have been anywhere near as good if Dave Davison hadn't suddenly thought "hang on, maybe I should just try and write some excellent songs for a bit...". Then he did, and it was GOOD. 5. Jonquil – 'Whistle Low' One of the best songs ever in the world is 'Lions', but it's not on Spotify! So this is a good second. Jonquil have the only combination of surf and pub-style mass singalongs that I can think of, definitely something we aspire to. Check out their new stuff too, because it's brilliant. 6. Super Furry Animals – 'It's Not The End Of The World' These were the first people I ever listened to on Spotify when Dan introduced it to me all those years ago. It still brings a reminiscent tear to my eye. The video for this song is a treat also, very much like all their videos in fact. 7. Youthmovies – 'Polyp' Scener-points Oxford choice No 2. We're so sad these guys parted ways. Everything they did was so impressively... not single-minded... headstrong; true to form, I think. We roamed the streets of London after their final show for hours, in mourning. By which I mean we got completely lost and spent five hours on twenty different buses looking for 'North London'. FAIL. 8. Clark – 'Herzog' Probably the most melodic stuff that Warp has put out, which is often something lacking even in the best dance based music. I think maybe because Chris Clark has a consistent grip of rich harmonies, his stuff seems totally non-derivative. This has an amazing sense of depth as the tone and timbre changes and fizzes with the melody as it leaps between heights - so clever. 9. Why? – 'Berkeley By Horseback' Such amazing consonance between the glockenspiel, piano and guitar at the beginning here, Why?'s albums are all recorded so well, and the thought that goes into the production is stunning. They essentially take all the good stuff from hip hop and all the good stuff from indie and wrap it up into a velvety lilting ball of flowers made from rain. This is the kind of music that makes you want to make music. 10. Gold Panda – 'Back Home' Tigers label-mate Gold Panda is probably the only good thing to come out of Essex ever, except for jam. 11. Dismemberment Plan – 'Time Bomb' Another band with a marvellous balance between clever musicy type stuff and good old fashioned decent songwriting. Looked at a picture of these guys the other day and they look like unremarkable American indie kids. Unsurprisingly. Mercifully their music is a little more worthy of remark. 12. Adem – 'Love And Other Planets' I'm just gonna go right ahead and put this out there - I think this is the better half of the aftermath of Fridge. There. I said it. One of the best gigs I ever did sawd was Adem when he was playing with his backing fleamarket orchestra of toys and pans and bits of string. And this album has so many spinetighteners and heartswells, it's consistently perfect. 13. Ligeti – 'Atmospheres' We listen to a lot of ambient stuff and drone - Emeralds, Sundog Peacehouse and so on, unfortunately (and somewhat unsurprisingly) there's not a great deal of it on Spotify. So I put this in - Ligeti was the King of Drone, in a way - he was experimenting in electronic music non-trivially in the fifties, probably before it came into any usage in popular music at all. Although this piece is entirely orchestral it's similar in its intent to earlier electronic work. I was gonna put 'Ramifications' here, because it's truly stunning, though I don't think it's to everyone's taste (ten minutes of two string ensembles that are tuned half a semitone out with each other), so I settled on something that starts with a chord that contains every semitone over four octaves played simultaneously. Glorious.