Save The World
Songs to galvanize you when the chips are down, and to supercharge you when Victory! is in sight
featuring artists like
Bonobo, Flume, Yotto, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Luttrell, ODESZA, IHF, Tchami, Medii, Kristen Olsson, vivaellipsis, Nhyx
Every hero needs an epic soundtrack: Whether it’s defying all odds to get the kids to school on time or overcoming your manager’s shitty attitude in a board meeting, every single day we’re required to achieve superhuman feats.
That’s where Music to Save The World! To can help. Each song is lovingly hand-picked to highlight an aspect of the hero’s struggle, to galvanize you when the chips are down, and to supercharge you when Victory! is in sight.
This isn’t just the playlist you want. It’s the playlist you deserve.
9 April 2019
Sometimes situations call for a total reassessment. Sometimes, ‘having faith’ and ‘staying the course’ become synonymous with getting yourself stuck in a big ol’ rut. Even when your gut is screaming ‘yo bro this ain’t RIGHT my dude’, you just dig your heels in and plough on. You know best, after all…
27 March 2019
The thing about works borne of pure creative passion is that they tend to take a lot to complete. This doesn’t just mean they take a lot of time (although time certainly accounts for a lot of the taking), they also take a lot of focused mental energy. This is the real sacrifice we have to make for our art…
19 February 2019
This week we’re going for a short and sweet entry, and I’ll just let the music do the talking – for once…
12 February 2019
Boy do I love being proven wrong.
I’ve mentioned a few times now that DnB really isn’t my thing, and that I tend to stay away from the genre as a rule. I don’t know what it is that’s put me off it for song; maybe I just associate it with being 17 and thinking you’re edgy and interesting, who knows…
30 January 2019
This week I’m going to do something a little bit different (a theme which will be running heavily throughout, as you’ll soon see), and go right on ahead and do my first ever album review. And boy, what an album it is to be making my debut with…
22 January 2019
I had such a bizarre experience recently. Unless you’re incredibly fortunate, you’ve probably heard of this little old dating app known as Tinder. I’ve used it every so often throughout my tenure as a single dude, to varying degrees of ‘success’, but for the most part I’ve treated it as a casual novelty that whiles away the time before someone of substance shows up…
16 January 2019
Remember the last track of 2018 when the theme was resurfacing? This week’s entry is something of a thematic precursor to what we talked about then; if Back to Earth was about overcoming the drowning feeling, then Underwater is about the experience as it’s happening…
9 January 2019
Hello hello, welcome back and happy new year, all that good tidings and thank God Christmas is finally over! I hope you’ve all been sticking to your New Years resolutions; I know I have, I had a to-do list the size of my arm coming into January and I’ve managed to whittle it down to one, albeit mighty, item left to tackle…
18 December 2018
Last year, I was in a deep state of depression that was fueled by a crippling anxiety. It got so bad that in the summer I had to take six weeks off from work, and I felt like I was completely falling apart from the inside…
11 December 2018
Hoo boy, I’ve been excited about this track ever since the mix-cut first materialised on Hardwell on Air. To fully understand why, let’s journey back (pretend the screen’s gone all wavy like we’re doing a flashback… Go on, it’s fun! )…
5 December 2018
If you were to ask me how I felt about Christmas, I’d say I’m a fan of it sure, but only in a very subtle, modest way. Y’know, the way it used to be back when it still meant something more than stress and ostentatious lighting…
28 November 2018
Lately I’ve been having these bizarre pangs of existential confusion, and I have to tell you kids, it’s pretty bloody weird.
I’m 27 with a fairly decent job and enough freedom to focus on my creative goals, but there’s this insidious little voice in my head that recently has been getting loud enough to hear over the other nonsensical bullshit that rattles around in this old noggin of mine…
14 November 2018
If there’s one thing I look for in a track above all else, it’s a powerful sense of story. I don’t just mean that the lyrics really capture an emotion – often the most vivid songs are the one that use no words. What I’m talking about is a track that builds a soundscape right before your very ears,…
30 October 2018
The problem with most ‘happy’ music, to put it simply, is that far too often it’s far too sweet to be palatable; like eating pure marzipan or mainlining sucrose directly into your brainstem, you’re typically left feeling nauseated and filled with regret at allowing yourself to go through such an ordeal…
23 October 2018
*Villains Beware: the following content is not suitable for those of a malevolent disposition*
Earlier this year, Andrew and I attempted an experiment. For a whole month, we swapped playlists, completely entrusting one to run the other’s list in a way that stayed true to the central theme but also putted an added twist on the existing paradigm…
2 October 2018
I get a lot of track submissions. Some are good; some are bad. Some are downright ridiculous. They span all different genres and styles, from artists with hundreds of thousands of streams to those with virtually none. It’s always exciting listening to the latest track to land in my inbox (and I do genuinely listen to every one!), and I never know what to expect when I follow that Spotify link into the unknown…
17 September 2018
Remember when I said this playlist was about providing a superhero soundtrack to your everyday routine? This week I’m laying it on thick with ODESZA’s new-but-not-really release ‘Loyal’ – brace yourself as military snare rolls, mysterious arpeggios and a FILTHY brass section collide to weave a cinematic soundscape that just screams EPIC…
11 September 2018
‘By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you…’
This iconic line from Kendrick’s ‘King Kunta’ is the perfect way to introduce this week’s featured track, the incredibly funky extended mix of ‘Waiting’ by Oliver Heldens…
4 September 2018
September has arrived, and with it comes a brand new featured track – this month is all about ‘Evil Twist’ from Belgian duo TYCKO!
It takes a true Save the World! track to make the top spot on my list, and I think it’s safe to say that Evil Twist is just that…
29 August 2018
This week’s entry is short and sweet as we gear up for something special coming into September, but don’t let the brevity fool you – this track will blow your socks clean off!…
22 August 2018
I’ve been making music for half my life.
Before I was a dance music producer, I was in a rock n roll band AND a new wave band; before that, I was dabbling with heavy metal, and I also spent a good year or two composing my own concept album with a proper story and everything…
14 August 2018
Taking some time away from my list, and reading the things that Andrew was writing for Save the World, has put it back into perspective for me what this is all about for me. I started out with the idea that this list would be about the everyday struggles that come from being a human, and providing a soundtrack to those struggles to help you overcome them….
1 August 2018
And so here we are – we’ve come to the end of our little experiment in playlist swapping and you know what? I’ve bloody loved it! I hope you haven’t been too freaked out by the slightly different flavor brought to the list. Who knows – maybe at some point in the future Matt’ll let me come back…
25 July 2018
I’ve loved curating this list for the last month and there’s still one more track to go! 😉 The major themes have all been about us – us humans – how we interact with each other – how we tackle our seemingly insurmountable problems and how songs can help us do these things. But this week’s track puts forward the idea of – what if you don’t actually need saving?
18 July 2018
Aside from the villains of the MCU and DC Comics – have you ever stopped to wonder what the world needs saving from? It’s easy to focus on the alien overlord and understand his need for galactic domination – it’s big and tangible and thankfully we have someone in a cape who will defend us – but in the real world – things are a little less clear…
11 July 2018
Who is it that actually saves you?
Oh sure, the caped God can rescue you, but if I’m not much mistaken – the act of being saved starts from within…
4 July 2018
Life is a crazy ass thing – one minute you’re strolling along, minding the world’s business, acting out the role of superhero and wondering – what if this is all there is? Suddenly you’re pulled out of your body and replaced by something else – something weird – something foreign – something possibly Scottish!…
27 June 2018
Too often these days, we’re tricked into thinking that life follows a paint-by-numbers format, and that if we don’t follow this format, we’ll find ourselves in trouble..
12 June 2018
You all know how much I love music that has real atmosphere and tells a story. I especially love it when that story is motivating and uplifting, even when life’s been kicking you in the shins a bit.
29 May 2018
Seeing as how May seems to have completely fallen out from underneath our feet and the hot weather we’ve been having in the UK hints at the chance of an actual summer, it seems only right to include what may very well become the soundtrack to your 2018…
22 May 2018
I’ve had enough of trying to Save the World! this week. I mean, I’ve been putting in some serious hours in this silly little thing we call life, and now I’m ready for some maximum chill time.
15 May 2018
The chilled vibes continue this week with Adieu, Pt. II! (what a stylish little rhyming phrase that was)
We both love adventures, don’t we? Sometimes we just wanna hop into our boat made of stars and sail out across the celestial sea, just to see what’s out there…
7 May 2018
Following in the same vein as last week’s entry, Bonobo’s ‘Kerala’ is a super-chill fest that’s gotten me through some pretty hard work over the weekend.
It always seems to happen that whenever Britain has some good weather, I’m cooped up inside working on an important deadline. It’s worth it though; playing the long game always pays off in the end, so if missing out on a bit of a tan this weekend is the price for some hard earned success, I can handle that!..
23 April 2018
The news of Avicii’s death this week shook me pretty hard. To lose such a talented person is always tragic (and it comes off the back of the death of Stephen Hawking last month, another huge hero of mine), but when that person is hardly a year older than you it reminds you that death really doesn’t care how old or how successful you are. It reminds you that you really have to live life properly, and not waste it on pointless bollocks…
16 April 2018
This week’s entry is only a shorty, which I’m given to understand from the great philosopher Iyaz is also a term of endearment for someone who’s not unlike a melody in one’s head, or an iPod stuck on replay (what a genius that man was. Absolute genius).
10 April 2018
I’ve been a very busy little bee recently. I can’t say what I’ve been working on just yet, but believe me, it’s exciting.
When you’re deep in the headspace forest, you tend to come across a lot of strange and interesting psychological creatures, and not all of them are friendly. If you’ve ever completely thrown yourself into a creative project, you’ll know what I mean…
26 March 2018
Every once in a while, we get a track sent to us that catches us quite off-guard. Sure, we’ve spent the past few months talking about the victories we overcome in our daily lives (and the music we listen to as the soundtrack to those victories), but it’s easy to forget that there are people out there going through a much more dangerous form of struggle. The kind that can get you killed…
20 March 2018
This week, we’re doing things a bit different. Because that’s what heroes do. They break the rules (but not the law, that’s more the realm of the villains and we aren’t interested in those sorts)…
13 March 2018
If you told me I could only ever listen to one band for the rest of my life, well first of all I’d say you were a bit of a dick for forcing such an unnecessary restriction on me. But if you insisted, because that’s just the way you are, I’d answer with Fleetwood Mac. When it comes to taking you on a journey, there’s just no one quite like the Mac.
6 March 2018
Being a hero isn’t easy. Most of the time, our feats of superhuman prowess go unrewarded, even unnoticed. Usually this isn’t an issue: after all, we do what we do because of the people we are, not because we want a pat on the back for biting our tongue during a difficult exchange or a high five for getting to work on time every day…
27 February 2018
Like Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers post last week, this week’s Save the World! entry was inspired by the recent release of Marvel’s Black Panther. It’s rare that to have a film score deviate from traditional cinematic motifs and pull it off so well, but I really feel my enjoyment of the film was in no small part due to Kendrick’s impeccable song curation. As curators ourselves, we know the impact that the right song can have on a particular moment, and it was humbling to see it done on a Hollywood scale…
20 February 2018
I’ll be honest, I’ve had myself a pretty weird couple of weeks. Not to take this playlist to a place of doom and gloom, but I’ve not been feeling so Victorious! lately. In fact, I’ve been in a bit of a rut.
But that’s okay! Heroes aren’t always winning. That’d make for some shit-boring cinema, and if box office success is anything to go by, we know that’s certainly not the case. I won’t reference any particular heroes here for fear of flaming up a DC/Marvel turf-war, except of course for Mr Incredible, who quite famously finds himself in the mother of all ruts. And everything turns out pretty great for him, so, y’know. Chin up…
13 February 2018
Sometimes we’re not super-human without that special someone who brings out our full potential. And sometimes, we lose that someone. In fact, one of the most grueling challenges a superhero can face is the loss of their sidekick. It can be for different reasons, but it’s almost always an incredibly difficult thing to overcome.
7 February 2018
If you need an anthem to supercharge you to Victory!, I’ve got you covered. Or, should I say, Rou and the boys have you covered with the powerhouse that is Solidarity.
From the opening cascade of saw-toothy goodness (you guys know how much I love my saw-tooths. Saw-teeth? Hmm…), Enter Shikari do not disappoint in delivering an incredible journey and a powerful message of unification.
30 January 2018
Every Hero needs to take time out to rest and recuperate: how can you make that miraculous comeback if you never went away in the first place?
When I picture the kind of place I’d escape to, it’s very much your typical exotic retreat; an island, rich and lush, full of nature and all that nice stuff (zero tolerance policy on snakes though), somewhere fresh and relaxing to bring those all-important wellbeing levels back up.
23 January 2018
Cast your mind back to my earliest posts, when we built the foundations for what this playlist is about: people, achieving super-humans feats of existence on a daily basis.
Lyrically, Haunted hits this nail on the head: 9-5 / to stay alive. Ambition takes a back seat to the more pressing reality of surviving. And that takes serious strength to push through every single day, especially if it feels like the embers of a dream are dying in the process…
16 January 2018
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
For every clear-cut Superman, there’s a darker, more complicated Al Simmons (y’know, the guy that became Spawn? Todd McFarlene’s breakthrough character! No? I promise you he’s very well known!). Whether you’re a noble Ned or a redeemed Jaime, you have the potential to overcome great adversity on your path to Victory! (although Ned did lose his head, so maybe don’t follow his lead too rigorously…)
9 January 2018
This week we’re getting back to our roots with Madison Mars’ interstellar journey ‘Atom’!
This track oozes cinematic brilliance, from the trancey string lead to the gritty vocal bass, everything about Atom screams soundtrack. Picture this: you’re about to go up against your nemesis (your boss, your annoying neighbour, your in-laws …) and you need to get the adrenaline pumping:…
2 January 2018
There are two forces in this world that no hero, regardless of how powerful they are, can defeat – Time, and Death.
It’s easy to forget this when we’re all wrapped up in the business of Saving the World!, especially when our current endeavours behave as though they’re matters of life or death. But eventually, Time will age us, and Death will take us, and it won’t matter how many cars are on the drive or numbers are in the account.
18 December 2017
Remixing deadmau5 takes some serious courage. Not only does Joel have incredibly high standards when it comes to people messing with his music, but he’s also not afraid to tell them – often in the bluntest way possible.
12 December 2017
What’s the point in Saving the World! if the world isn’t worth saving? I think we all have days where we think everything is so completely fucked up that to try and change anything is pointless.
5 December 2017
Sometimes the most superhuman thing we can do is acknowledge our mortality.
All heroes know that there’s a very good chance they can be defeated, and what comes next? Where do we go in the Afterlife? It’s important that we make peace with this fact if we’re to stay brave in the face of Danger; if we don’t, we might find ourselves succumbing to the Great Unknown…
28 November 2017
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of perseverance in this business of saving the world. A wise chimp once said, ‘we only fail when we give in trying.’ As long as we never give up and never surrender, we can only succeed, even if we’re walking on two left feet all the time!
21 November 2017
A hero should be the voice of unity. If the true evils of the world are intolerance and prejudice, then it’s our job as superheroes to battle against them in whatever way we can.
14 November 2017
Even heroes need a day off.
I mean come on, it gets tiring saving the world every. single. day. Sometimes we’d rather not whack on our supersuit (as usual, points for the reference), and just kick our feet up and watch some bad telly instead. And that’s perfectly within our right! No one’s paying us to be heroes – the world owes us some down time!
8 November 2017
The best heroes are aware of two very important facts in life.
The first is that, in order to truly defeat evil, you have to be unpredictable. Life doesn’t move in straight lines, and neither should you. We make our best decisions when they come from an unexpected place, because despite all of the wonders of our evolution, we’re complete idiots when it comes to deciding what’s best to do for ourselves. That’s the curse of being rational.
2 November 2017
Sometimes we heroes forget that at the end of the day, we’re only human. We make mistakes. Flume and kai know this, and they want you to know it to. Maybe you fucked up today—you didn’t Save the World! Maybe you even destroyed a one. That’s okay. You’re only human, and yes, you make mistakes.
2 November 2017
Being the full-time superheroes that we are, we often need reminding that we don’t have to do all this on our own. As this track perfectly surmises, ‘we all need someone to lean on.’ This track is a loving tribute to all the sidekicks in our lives, the ones who make our endeavours possible, the ones who stick by us through thick and thin. Without them we are mere mortals; together, we can Save the World!
2 November 2017
There’s no rush quite like the one when Victory! is in sight. In these moments, the world is ours, we have full control, and nothing can get in our way. In other words, the Only Way Is Up!
1 November 2017
If there’s one thing any hero needs, it’s stamina. Life is a marathon, and this track is the juice in your veins that keeps you pumping past those moments where you feel like you haven’t got anything left to give…
31 October 2017
*Villains Beware: the following content is not suitable for those of a malevolent disposition*
This song truly delivers on the title. Like a jumper cable to the nipples of your soul, it’ll boost you through the most troubling parts of your adventure and see you on your way to Victory!…