[MEGA Playlist] 60+ Instrumental Tracks You Need to Listen to

Everyone loves lyrics. Whether they’re light-hearted and playful, soul-gripping and gut-wrenching, or abstract and avant garde, we all love to sing along, relate certain verses to our personal lives, or just be taken away by another person’s story.

On the other hand, hearing a great instrumental track is an entirely different experience. Without having words to identify with, your brain is free to let the music create an image in your mind. The interpretation is more so up to you than if you had someone defining it with their own words. Having this blank canvas allows your mind to wander, providing you with a perfect experience to express your own creativity.

While this is a great idea in concept, putting together a great playlist of instrumental artists is extremely difficult. We could easily outline ten different genres from classical, to jazz, to ambient electronic. Also, do vocal samples count? What about humming? What about bands that sometimes sing, and sometimes do instrumental tracks? We went back and forth on how we should create this, and finally decided to just throw together some of our personal favorites along with a few other suggestions from close friends, Bruke at Spread Label, James at Rising Digital, and the rest of the TMN staff.

Enjoy.

AMBIENT/ATMOSPHERIC/EXPERIMENTAL


Sigur Ros
Samskeyti
Sigur Ros
Lúppulagið
Apparat / Goodbye (Instrumental)
J.R Alexander
Im Glad
Ulrich Schnauss
A Long Way To Fall
Olafur Arnalds
Brotsjór
Olafur Arnalds
Lynns Theme
The American Dollar
A Few Words
The American Dollar
Age Of Wonder
General Fuzz
Mellow drama
Amiina
Bourdon
Amiina
Seoul
Aphex Twin
Film
Aphex Twin
Avril 14th
Aphex Twin
Jynweythek Ylow
Air
Alone in Kyoto
Do Make Say Think
Greed Waltz
Do Make Say Think
Chinatown
Hammock
Ten Thousand Years Wont Save Your Life
Hammock
Tape Recorder
Message to Bears
Farewell, Stars
Message to Bears
Wake Me

POST ROCK

Codes in the Clouds
You And I Change Like Seasons
Codes in the Clouds
Look Back, Look Up
Broken Social Scene
Guilty Cubicles
Broken Social Scene
Love And Mathematics
El Ten Eleven
Lullaby
El Ten Eleven
Yellow Bridges (Music Video Edit)
Unwed Sailor
Oaxaca
This Will Destroy You
A Three
This Will Destroy You
The Mighty Rio Grande
Tristeza
Balabaristas
Mogwai
Auto rock
Mogwai
Team Handed
Mogwai
Friend of the Night
Mogwai
Emergency Trap
Balmorhea
Days
Balmorhea
Masollan
Explosions in the Sky
Trembling Hands
Saxon Shore
Amber, Ember, Glow
Saxon Shore
The Revolution Will Be Streaming
Red Sparrowes
Truths Arise
Red Sparrowes
Giving Birth To Imagined Saviors
Russian Circles
Atackla
Russian Circles
Philos

DANCY/GROOVY/POP


Four Tet
Lion
Four Tet
Moma
Holy Fuck
Red Lights
Holy Fuck
Latin America
royksopp
eple (album version with intro)
Little People
Eminence Grise
Little People
Moon
Little People
Aldgate Patterns
Hauschka
Radar
Tycho
Hours
Tycho
Coastal Brake
Tycho
The Daydream
Ratatat
Loud Pipes
Ratatat
Neckbrace
Ratatat
Wildcat
RJD2
Ghostwriter
Bonobo
Kiara
Emancipator
Black lLake
Emancipator
Nevergreen
Drums and Tuba
The Mummy
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[Synth-Pop] Gentlemen Hall – Sail Into the Sun

Into the sun indeed. This ditty from Gentleman Hall is everything that is missing when submersed in the dead of winter. The track brings to mind the pleasantries of warmth and the happy-go-lucky freedom of summer living. While the sun may be hiding more often these days, your free spirit doesn’t have to. “Sail Into the Sun” is a that much needed little dose of fun. Dancing synth rhythms and upbeat vocal melody make the tune a great three-and-a-half-minute adventure.

This large Boston collective will be issuing their third studio album sometime in the near future. Stay tuned. Until then, enjoy this free single.

Sail Into The Sun (Album Cut)
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Flux Pavilion – The Scientist [Preview]

Flux Pavillion needs no introduction, and with the amount of coverage we have been posting, neither does his Blow The Roof EP. The highly anticipated collection of tracks may very well become the best electronic album of 2013, having already previewed tracks like Blow The Roof, OneTwoThree, Starlight and Do or Die feating Childish Gambino.

Today we bring you another sample of what to expect out of this prolific English dubstep producer. ‘The Scientist’ is perhaps the most genre fusing track that among slow boiling wobbles and reactive vocals, it features a relaxing almost glitch/hop vibe with a non-chaotic dubstep foundation.

Flux Pavilion
The Scientist (128kbs)

Blow The Roof EP is out January 28th via Circus/Big Beat Records

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[Rap] Nickelus F – Number 15 feat. Drake

Nickelus F is a seasoned vet in the rap game. Rapping and writing with Canadian native Drake, it is safe to say that he is one of the most underrated talents in the game right now. With his new single “Number 15″, he reunites with the OVOXO leader on this darker Jake One production. Speaking on making it and remaining focus, this bonus track is a nice cut from the Virginia MC’s new mixtape Vices.

Nickelus F Ft Drake
Number 15
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[TMN Premiere] Francisco The Man – In the Corners

On “In The Corners”, LA-based Francisco the Man pick at various genres, combining all the best elements of scruffy indie rock, good vibin’ surf-pop and even biting punk. From the wailing guitars and yelping vocals, to the lo-fi bouncy sheen and fun little “ooh ooh ooh” outro, the track reads like dynamic and catchy raucousness, and is satisfying on a whole bunch of levels. Check it out below and be sure to pick up the band’s In The Corners 7″, due out Spring 2013 via Small Plates.

Francisco The Man
In the Corners

photo by Brian Wright

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[Hip-Hop] Alexander Spit – Artesia feat. Action Bronson

Hitting the webs this week is the rising wordsmith, Alexander Spit, dropping a new banger titled “Artesia”. Bringing in a different atmospheric vibe with some vocal samples backed up by drum rips give this track an old school, smooth vibe on this self-produced single. Teaming up with NY emcee Action Bronson, the two deliver some lyrically witty and sick bars about the common elements of weed, women, and women that compliment the feel of the track. The throwback sound of the bars mixed with the psychedelic production make this a solid effort from the LA based emcee. Be sure to check out the track below and listen to more when his first commercial full-length drops January 29th.

Alexander Spit
Artesia feat. Action Bronson
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Bass Kleph feat Ron E Jones – Flashing Lights Remix EP

Australian jack-of-all-trades, Stu Tyson, aka Bass Kleph does not produce music. He creates experiences. His earliest gigs (even as ex-drummer in a hard rock band) demonstrated a special gift that many artists would kill to posses. Bass Kleph was able to pull in huge crowds, consistently, and give them exactly what they came in for: a fucking good time. And while a lot has happened since he began, producing some of the best dance bangers and reaching Beatport #1 countless of time, it is still important to point out this very fact because it is reflected in his music. Each song is not just made to be listened to, but deliberately crafted to consume both the body and the mind. When you hear a Bass Kleph track, you know you are in for a good time.

This, of course, brings us to his latest release “Flashing Lights”. This single ultimately exposes both the growth and maturity Stu has come as producer. With a silky smooth build up, in part due to vocalist with Ron E, “Flashing Lights” soon transforms into a modern dance floor anthem incorporating harmonic synths and a powerful stomping basslines.

Bass Kleph feat Ron E Jones
Flashing Lights (Original mix)

Taking things one step further, Aussie producer Bobby Vena comes in to give the track a more progressive house feel, while Hot Creations’ Bubba executes a deep remix much calmer in nature.

Bass Kleph feat Ron E Jones
Flashing Lights (Bobby Vena mix)
Bass Kleph feat Ron E Jones
Flashing Lights (Bubbas dub)

Released: 21/1/2013
Purchase: Beatport

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