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 Erik Panov.

  • Artist: Love The Unicorn
  • Track Name: 'Toulouse'
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Website: Official Site
  • A Few Words: Think early Phoenix and Nocturne-era Wild Nothing, then mix that up with some Washed Out-y breezes, and the xylophone-styled synth-work of Metronomy. - [Full Review by Massimo Rancati]

  • Artist: Pure Bathing Culture
  • Track Name: 'Dream The Dare'
  • Location: Portland, USA
  • Website: Facebook
  • A Few Words: The beautiful new single 'Dream The Dare' is pure indulgence. The feeling is akin to warm summer waves splashing all across your body. - [Full Review by Abi Payne-Humphries]

  • Artist: Earl Sweatshirt
  • Track Name: 'Hive'
  • Location: USA
  • Website: Official Website
  • A Few Words: Dark, pulsating and relentless. Is Earl Sweatshirt rap's brightest star? We'll soon find out when his debut album Doris is released (out August 20th).

  • Artist: Keep Shelly in Athens
  • Track Name: 'Recollection'
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Website: Facebook
  • A Few Words: 'Recollection' finds the duo in a comfortable position, soundtracking early 90s travel agent promos for sun-kissed holidays. Whilst that might sounds like a bad thing, the pulsating beat, coupled with Sarah P's dreamy vocals, leads us to think that September might be a pretty special month for these two (and us as well). - [Full Review here]

  • Artist: MiSTOA POLTSA
  • Track Name: 'Tell Me To Go'
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • A Few Words: There's punk spirit bleeding all over it, from the frenetic bassline to the deliciously spiky riffs, but it's drenched under huge walls of squealing feedback, recalling a beefier Hooded Fang or Bleached drowning in a puddle of sludgy lo-fi. Not unlike their counterparts, it's a track that conjures up images of summers past, of drinking cheep beer long into the evening with friends and the inevitable, illustrious sun-kissed glow that everyone seeks. - [Full Review by Lee Wakefield]