Five from the Modern Mix

For this week’s musical snapshot, I’ve pulled 5 modern songs from my Spotify lists that I think you’ll enjoy. For those who may be interested, the two playlists that I am continually expanding are Modern Retro with more upbeat and dance/rock entries, and Warm Handshake with more down tempo and melodic entries. Here are a few selections from the former. Enjoy!

CHVRCHES with Robert Smith – How Not To Drown

I like quite a bit of CHVRCHES, but what really excels in this song is the vocal entrance of Robert Smith, one of my all-time musical heroes (lead singer of The Cure, in case you’re wondering).


My Brightest Diamond – To Pluto’s Moon

By far, my favorite of singer and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova from her band My Brightest Diamond. Plus, she sometimes hangs out with Sufjan Stevens, which automatically makes her cool, so…


Modeselektor – Blue Clouds

German electronic duo Modeselektor went from live acid house music at illegal underground parties (an aspect of the German music scene that I still want to experience) into remixers and producers. I became familiar with them through one of their side projects, Moderat (where I also discovered Apparat). This instrumental is a total earworm: it’ll get stuck in your head, so be careful not to put it on repeat too many times. Also — they are a favorite of Thom Yorke from Radiohead, so there’s that.


Tom Vek – Aroused

Design school dropout and self-taught musician Thomas Vernon-Kell performs as Tom Vek, through which he creates some very angsty-yet-danceable tunes. Also a big fan of his song Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)


Shinichi Osawa – Star Guitar

A remix of the Chemical Brothers‘ song by Japanese electronica / house musician, DJ, and producer Shinichi Osawa. I prefer this version to the original, but it’s all good.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.