As consumers of music, we all lead busy lives: we're writing about it, and you're reading it. Of course, we're aware that sometimes our readers won't have time to chase down everything that we're digging on a certain day, and this is why The Playbook exists.

It's a (sort of) daily roundup of the 5 songs we're enjoying the most on a certain day. It runs from Monday to Thursday every week (since it's essentially New Music Friday cut into chunks), and it's your regular fix of new music.

Header image courtesy of Carlos Lara.

  • Artist: Fanfarlo
  • Track Name: 'Myth Of Myself’ (A Ruse To Exploit Our Weaknesses)'
  • Location: UK
  • Website: Official Site
  • A Few Words: The track is a genre-crossing offering with waves of progressive-pop rocked together with a psychedelic twist and Simon Balthazar's soul-powered vocal. According to the band's SoundCloud, it also spans to 'Space Opera', an interesting and spot on description. [Full Review by Hayley Fox]

  • Artist: Recycle Culture
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  • Location: ?
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • A Few Words: The pseudonymous producer has now returned for an equally intriguing four-track EP titled HI, featuring more weirdo-bass executed with conviction, and kind of beautiful if you're the kind of person that enjoys finding beauty in the darkest of places. [Full Review by Tim Boddy]

  • Artist: Yoroku Saki
  • Track Name: 'Where Have You Been'
  • Location: Canada
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • A Few Words: Today's 'Wild Card' choice is the soulful 'Where Have You Been' by Canada-based Dream/Soul producer, Yoroku Saki. You'll find yourself praying for a Soundcloud loop function by the time this track comes to an end.

  • Artist: GEMS
  • Track Name: 'Sinking Stone'
  • Location: Washington DC, United States
  • Website: Soundcloud
  • A Few Words: The new track from GEMS seems to work as a sort of cross-over; capturing those last few indie stragglers who have yet to accept R&B as something worth their time by throwing on some shoegaze-y guitars and gorgeous vocals. [Full Review by Chris Taylor]

  • Artist: Ovlov
  • Track Name: 'Where's My Dini?'
  • Location: Newtown, CT (USA)
  • Website: Facebook
  • A Few Words: Ovlov whip up a frenzied concoction of tidal percussion and vagrant guitars that reek of lo-fi; it's a heady dose of slacker-pop with lashings of 80s indie reverb. The track, featuring Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, is simultaneously giggling with nervous glee and creaking with heartbreak: "Cry, cry cry cry, don't be shy, you can cry." [Full Review by Larry Day]