As I have discussed previously in this blog, I’m the kind of person who likes to tinker with the Your Music section of my Spotify profile, always trying to build a music collection that achieves the perfect balance of familiar favourites and new discoveries, not to mention a collection that can be added to consistently with some type of pattern.
So I’ve decided to go back to an idea I had some months ago, and let Spotify’s own recommendation system dictate the direction of my collection, as follows:
- Every Friday, I’ll go to Browse > Discover in Spotify, then look at the top section, Top Recommendations for You. This always seems to list 20 releases, and is made up of both familiar and unfamiliar releases.
- I’ll add these 20 releases to an ever-growing Spotify collection.
- If there are any repeated recommendations in step 1, I’ll add the first unique release from the next section down in the Discover tab.
Week 1: Friday 3 July
- Abazagorath – Abazagorath
- Code – Mut
- Deus Otiosus – Rise
- Ghost Ship Octavius – Ghost Ship Octavius
- Grayceon – Pearl and the End of Days
- Jess and the Ancient Ones – Castaneda
- Kongh – Sole Creation
- Krokodil – Reptilia Familiar
- Lotus Thief – Rervm
- Mar De Grises – Streams Inwards
- Monarch! – Sabbracadaver
- Nero di Marte – Derivae
- Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
- Red Harvest – A Greater Darkness
- Taake – Kulde
- Usnea – Usnea
- Vanhelgd – Relics of Sulphur Salvation
- Vulture Industries – The Tower
- Woland – Hyperion
- Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
If anyone else would like to give this a go, I’d be really interested to hear what your own recommended albums are for this week, and whether you think this could be a viable plan in terms of compiling an always-evolving music collection. Let me know in the comments!