Find the perfect Spotify playlist for you and your pets

Spending time with your beloved animals can have the perfect soundtrack made just for you from Spotify.

After a bit of research Spotify found that pet owners love playing music to their companions. In fact, they found that 71% of pet owners play music to their pets and 80% believe that their pets enjoy music – so why not jam out with them?

Well that’s exactly what Spotify thought, and so they made a new, unique experience for creating playlists tailored to you and your animal friends. Over 50% of people dance with their pets and even more sing to them, so it’s time to start sharing music with them properly.

To create your playlist simply head to spotify.com/pets and then:

Step 1: Pick your pet.

You can choose from a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

Step 2: Tell us more about your pet. 

From relaxed vs. energetic to shy vs. friendly, select which trait most aligns with your pet’s personality—it will help us pick the playlist vibe.

Step 3: Add a name and photo. 

The playlist cover will feature your pet’s name and photo so you can keep the memory forever, and you’ll also receive a personalized share card!

Step 4: Listen and share. 

Once complete, grab your iguana and get listening, dancing, or singing. Then, feel free to share (and compare) your card on social using #SpotifyPets.

Here’s what I got for me and my cat Spike:

The RouteNote Team’s Songs of the Year 2019

Another year of fantastic music has flown by and through it thousands of songs have reverberated through the RouteNote office. 

To mark the end of a year, and a decade, we’ve come together to share the songs that have meant a lot to us, that have been on repeat, or just given us a good vibe more than any other in 2019.

The Zephyr Bones – Telephone

A smooth bass intro and a well timed electric guitar transition. Telephone is also about distance from someone important to you which everyone experiences in their life.

Don Broco – T-Shirt Song

My choice is T-Shirt Song by Don Broco. I’ve been doing a lot of driving this year and the album this track is from is extremely enjoyable to have at full volume in the van.
Not to mention the absolutely bangin production. Tune.

Idles – Danny Ndelko

Whether you’re politically inclined or not – this track is day to day life and can’t be avoided. It’s a rampage that lets you feel like you have the establishment by the throat for three and a half minutes. It’s Catharsis for the disenfranchised. C-O-M-M-U-N-I-T-Y!

Earth Tongue – Probing the New Reality

Love a tasty bit of psych rock me. Give me that fuzzy goodness baby!

Land Of Talk – It’s Okay

I am a huge sucker for a cry alone in your car song, and this one seems quite timeless to me. Each listen allows you to be enveloped in the delicate swelling synths and fragile vocal harmonies, all whilst keeping a grounding drive. The instrumentation accompanies the imagery created by the lyrics “maybe when I die, I’ll get to be a car, driving through the night, lighting up the dark” – gets me every time.

Winston Surfshirt – Be About You

This track is a straight up guilty pleasure, minus the guilt and double the pleasure.
note – this description has also been used to describe Ed Pipkin

Gorillaz – We Are Happy Landfill

It’s like this bunch of cartoons listened to “I Like Driving In My Car” by Madness and went “Hey, you know what? This would make the basis of a great angry punk anthem” and followed that thought to its end-point.But surprisingly it works, and the result is a gut-stirring track which, in such times that we live in, is great for when you’re feeling all shouty and anti-establishment.

Ween – Oh My Little Country Cottage

What a year, what a summer. I love summer. Isn’t summer the best? I love summer and the sun. And everything fun! I’m gonna learn to play the flute.

Boston Manor – Halo

Up and coming English band, picked up by America could just be the next big thing 2020 could be the year for Boston Manor. Just enjoy listening to the new school of old school music.

Nine Inch Nails – The Great Destroyer

Picking a song that sums up an entire year is difficult. Years are large and unwieldy things although I reckon could probably track down a 20 minute rock opera. Sadly I can’t think of one off the top of my head. But if I imagine all the music I listened to this year crammed into a single song like a sun collapsing into a black hole… it would be probably be an unlistenable monstrosity.

If you care to look you can find entire films condensed down to a single frame. Which puts me in mind of a certain song. At the very least the second half of it. So this is my choice.

Koizilla – I Can’t See Anything

Koizilla are surf rock, and weird syncopated grooves, and flute that’s a bit folk and a bit hippy and a bit jazz, and fuzzy psych, and funny, and they do it in a way that’s so effortless and so enjoyable. It’s far too straight-up fun for music that has this much in it.”I Can’t See Anything” does it all and it’s my record of the year.

Fatlantic – The Easy Way to Fall

I stick this on in the morning and by the end of it, I’m ready to get up and go for the whole day! A real musical motivator, absolutely love this tune.

Squid – Match Bet

Really been getting into this band this year. They’ve got some solid bangers and this track is probably my favourite. The vocal delivery right down to the timing of each word feels refreshing and the contrast of the verses and the choruses works so well.

Sungazer – Drunk (live)

Sungazer somewhat ditch their usual 8-bit and chiptune style influences for a super hypnotic lull, with YouTubers Adam Neely (Bass/Keys) and Shawn Crowder (Drums/Samples) providing a killer groove over the whole track that is infused with Jazz and Hip Hop themes.

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace (feat. People)

This song is both deeply meaningful to me and as a live performance it’s beautifully simple. Also, I’m a sucker for good harmonies and the poetry of rap which just makes it the best of 2019 for me.

Rob Zombie – Dragula

It highlights times at download festival which i had never been to before this year and got to guitar teck for O’Deus!

Steve Hauschildt – Saccade (feat. Julianna Barwick)

Steve Hauschildt’s ambient electronica album ‘Dissolvi’ is full to the brim with beautifully rich & warm tracks, but ‘Saccade’ featuring Julianna Barwick is the stand-out for me. Julianna’s ethereal voice repeating ‘It is the snow falling’ over and over is kinda haunting, but you know, in a good way.

Aurora – Churchyard

I came across this performance on KEXP by accident. Drawn in by Aurora’s unique and heartwarming smile, i decided to check it out. 2019 has been a year where we’ve noticed positive female role models emerging. I not only see Aurora as someone whose music I have enjoyed, but as the full, positive artistic package, for adults and children alike. Unconventional, exciting and naturally uncompromising, this song, from this performance stayed with me throughout 2019. Watching her makes you glad to be alive.

Rachel Sermanni – Breathe Easy

Heard her on late night Scottish TV whilst up in the highlands this summer and have had the album on repeat ever since.

Sorrow – Timid

This whole release for me, represents the past years turbulent ups and downs as each track takes me back to reminisce on each of those moments.
It was extremely difficult to chose just one track from this release but I chose ‘Timid’ for it’s beautiful soundscapes, progression
and way it strikes a chord emotionally. Just stunning.

Claudio Coccoluto – The Horse Running

I picked this song as it makes me want to find my dancing shoes and get down!


Si Phili – Windrush

Here is my selection. It came out just over a year ago but I keep going back to it because THIS is how you make a Hip-Hop record.
Forget all that grime nonsence and Stormzy hype, this is the real deal. It has it all! Meaningful educational heartfelt personal lyrics delivered with an impeccable and passionate flow combined with a seriously heavy beat that skilfully interpolates a famous piece of news reel featuring Lord Kitchener arriving in Britain. If you don’t know Si’s work as well as his work in Hip-Hop group PhiLife Cypher, do check it out as it is some of the finest Hip-Hop to emerge from this nation. Hope you enjoy.

Christo and the Electric Spectacles – I Don’t Want to Know Why

A real unknown that I legit lovelovelove.

Fat White Family – Touch the Leather

Me and my baby gonna touch that leather. I’m vegan.

Jack Stauber – Buttercup

Dont try and sing this song without the lyrics you will summon a demon

Loyle Carner – Angel (feat. Tom Misch)

Name a more iconic duo. Two of the nicest guys in music come together with perfect ‘summer vibes’, plus a music video that is absolute friendship goals.

Chon- If

Music is good and so are Chon.

Floating Points – Truly

Floating Points manages to make grooves that I never knew existed until now.

Experience Star Wars with a new Augmented Reality experience on your phone

Step into a special, audio based experience on the free Star Wars app developed by Bose to celebrate the release of The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars have enlisted Bose to create a next level augmented reality experience that uses sound to immerse you into the world and it’s iconic scenes. Their audio based experience uses spatialised audio and Bose AR-enabled headphones to make it sound like you’re right there in some of the most famous scenes from the iconic franchise.

The experience has been launched on the free Star Wars smartphone app to coincide with the release of the new film – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Bose are launching an exclusive pair of headphones to celebrate the final of film of the new trilogy.

Their QuietComfort35 wireless heapdphones have gotten a custom red skin for a limited launch of exclusive Bose headphones. They’ve channelled the Sith colours, black and red, with classic insignia and patterns. If Kylo Ren listens to music in his down-time, his headphones would no doubt look like this.

Star Wars Bose Headphones limited release

The QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Edition cost $399.95 and will no doubt sell out soon so nab your pair soon here.

How to make sad songs in a Major key (video)

Writing a sad song in a Major key can make for even more of an impact than you can create when working in Minor.

The Major key is associated with a light, bouncy sound. It’s the “happy” progression. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for the opposite effect, and it packs even more of a punch than you might be able to create working in the classic “sad” key of Minor.

How did Queens of the Stone Age get the guitar sound on Songs For The Deaf (video)

Any Queens of the Stone Age fans know how defining this album was. Songs for the Deaf was loaded with hits and gnarly riffs, and with it’s unique guitar tone it stands as it’s own remarkable rock album.
In this video studio extraordinaire and guitarist for Slash, QOTSA and others, Eric Valentine explains some of the techniques behind those searing guitars.

Guitar hero with lighsabers game, Beat Saber bought by Facebook

Guitar Hero but with lightsabers in virtual reality and you have to dodge and shimmy as you musically strike: now coming to Facebook on Oculus.

Facebook have announced that Beat Games will be joining them to create unique, VR gaming experiences for Oculus. The studio is now owned by Facebook but will continue to operate on an independent basis whilst continuing to update their releases for other platforms.

Facebook have announced the acquisition as part of their “quest to bring VR to more people around the world.” Beat Games will join their Oculus Studios team in Prague to create more experiences that combine music and VR gaming.

Facebook said: “Beat Saber is a perfect example of why VR is so exciting – VR re-imagines old genres and invests new ones. The team at Beat Games made a leap forward in innovation and design with the stellar blend of game mechanics and music in Beat Saber, and yet we know that they, along with so many other devs, are just getting started.”

Facebook mentioned in their announcement that they are looking to explore as many ways to push VR as they can. On the topic of acquiring other studios, they simply said: “We think next year is going to be an incredible one of VR game launches and announcements. We are thrilled to have Beat Games join our team. This is just the beginning.”

Bring Spotify into the room with augmented reality music streaming

If you’re sad that music streaming means you no longer have the visuals of records lining your living room then Magic Leap and Spotify have some good news for you.

Spotify have teamed up with augmented reality startup Magic Leap to bring music streaming to life around you. Their new app not only lets users control and listen to music on Spotify whilst they’re using Magic Leap devices but brings the music into the room and onto the walls.

The app uses spatial awareness to detect your room and build your Spotify library around it. You can pin albums to the wall and feel like you’re back in the 70’s proudly displaying your vinyl records on the wall in all the glory of their artwork.

When you leave the app or the room it doesn’t forget what you’ve done, so you can build up music collections for each room and line them up just how you want. Spotify is the first experience to work with Magic Leap’s Backround Music Service (BMS), so you can carry on listening to your Spotify tunes even whilst you’re exploring other apps on the Magic Leap One.

This is the first time Magic Leap have worked with a music streaming service and is a pretty unique partnership for Spotify. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of these partnerships in the future.

Just looking at Magic Leap’s Spotify app in images and I already want to get one for myself!

From Nirvana to Sesame Street: Here’s Dave Grohl now (video)

Once a drummer for the biggest grunge band the world has seen, now Dave Grohl is doing sing-a-longs with Elmo and Big Bird and it’s just as uncool as you imagined.

Forever rock’s coolest sad boy, Kurt Cobain, once said that Dave Grohl was such a great drummer he wouldn’t bring John Bonham back to life to replace him. But the cred you get being a core member of Nirvana only takes you so far, and singing a song along with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Big Bird is a pretty sure fire way to ditch any of that remaining cred.

But hey, Dave Grohl is for the kids man… and Sesame Street does get some cool people. With Ian McKellan appearing on the kid’s show, maybe being on Sesame Street actually makes Grohl cooler? Here he is, you decide:

5 scary sample packs free for Halloween

The spooky season is here! It’s time to drape your keyboards with cobwebs and mix some horror into your beats.

We’ve brought together 5 unbeatable sample packs full of ghastly sounds sure to send shivers up your spine. These packs should give you all the fuel you need to start chopping up some demons and lacing your beats with new thrills.

All of these packs are royalty free so you can use and release them in any way you like.

Ghost Syndicate’s Halloween Pack

HexLoops’ Horrific Halloween Special

halloween sample pack from hexloops

RocketStock’s Horror Sound Effects

Gowler Music Movie Dialogue

SoundShock’s Halloween Samples

SoundShock halloween sample pack free royalty free