What are you listening to right now? If you’re in London, there’s a good chance it’s Skepta, Wolf Alice or Everything Everything. All three feature heavily on Spotify’s new playlist charting the listening habits of Londoners. The music-streaming company have put together playlists for loads of UK cities as part of their new Musical Map: Cities of the World.
As they explain, the measure they use isn’t the most streamed tracks but the most ‘distinctive’: ‘music that people in each city listen to quite a bit, which people in other cities also do not listen to very much. So it is, exactly, the music that makes them different from people everywhere else.’
Well, London, the music that makes you different includes lots of grime, indie and classic UK garage, plus a few London perennials like Blur, Paul Weller and… er, Finley Quaye. For some reason Spotify’s map also includes separate playlists for Barnet (where they’re still listening to Badly Drawn Boy) and Croydon – though we think the link for that one might be broken, so if anyone in Croydon could let us know what the big tunes are down there, that’d be great.