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We got tired of getting music recommendations from computers. Maybe one day, computers will be able to understand music and automate music discovery better than human beings. But so far, there hasn’t been a music discovery app that has gotten it right. No algorithm, social networking service, or customizable radio station has been able to nail it down. There’s still nothing quite as effective as a friend saying, “You like so-and-so? Check this out.”

That’s why we started our recommendations series. It has all been in an attempt to help, but it’s probably one of the more controversial things we do. Every time we say, “If you like [insert artist name], then check out [insert artist name]” we see replies: “STOP COMPARING ARTISTS TO OTHER ARTISTS.” It’s not about that. If you’re looking to discover new music, the fastest way to do it is to dig in based on what you already know you like. We hope you find something you like. Don’t forget to check out our weekly Spotify playlist here and monthly SoundCloud playlists here.

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