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Having a Christmas party? (Yes, that drinks-with-neighbours thing counts.) Need a playlist, pronto? Our resident TuneSmith, dazzling party DJ and audio animateur Rob Wood – founder of Music Concierge – lays down sound advice about background music and puts together a jingle-bells-free Top 10 Xmas Tunes soundtrack for your seasonal shindigs, be they New Year nibbles or Christmas Eve carnage… There’s […]

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Well. Take a deep breath, everyone. We can’t believe we’re saying this… We are 10 today! Little did we know that, when the first Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guide hit shelves, we’d have so much to celebrate a decade on. It’s been quite a ride (an emotional one at that), and although you […]

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As we segue into springtime, our TuneSmith’s taken to the decks with tracks ancient and modern. For February, he’s picked out Sam Genders’ superb, synthy sideline and dug out a cxhest of hidden treasures from the glory days of R’n’B… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Black Light by Diagrams When? You’re tempted into synth Why? This […]

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Welcome to another year of TuneSmithery, with our own aural expert Rob Wood to navigate the new releases, sort the neat from the naff, and dust off a few classics to see us through the months ahead. To kick off 2012, he’s picked out a promising young warbler and a treasure chest of world music, […]

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Fresh from his most excellent DJ set at Smith’s Italy book launch party t’other day, resident TuneSmith Rob has taken his pick of the winter pops to bring you a folksy debut with heart and the mesmerising music of a true pioneer. Better than ‘A Spaceman Came Travelling’ any day… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Moonchild […]

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Last night in London saw the soiree to launch our latest (and, we think, greatest) hotel guide: Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection – Italy. If you were there, thanks so much for coming (hopefully you enjoyed it as much as we did!). If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed… B&B Italia threw […]

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This month, TuneSmith’s had his ear to the underground, discovering a mutant Manhattan genre-masher, and tapping his feet along with John Hamm and a blue yeti. He’s always like this in November… ALBUM OF THE MONTH Escort by Escort When? You want a bite of the Big Apple Why? It’s crooked pop from the NYC […]

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He drums for Aussie alt-rock band The Vines, he microbrews his own beer and he DJs at some of Sydney’s coolest bars. OK, so he claims to be a fairly average surfer, but what’s not to like about Hamish Rosser? When not touring with the band, Smith tastemaker Hamish (right) loves travelling, even penning a […]

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As those of us in Blighty prepare to bid farewell to British Summer Time, our TuneSmith Rob Wood selects the sounds to ease the Europeans among us into autumn… Meanwhile, those of you in balmier climes can feel smug about these sexy soundtracks being just the ticket on long, lazy spring evenings too. ALBUM OF […]

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Tribal-influenced Scandi folk sharing blogspace with accordion-laced Scottish whimsy? It can only be the monthly dispatch from Smith’s human juke box Rob Wood. Here’s his sonic selection for September… ALBUM OF THE MONTH It All Starts With One by Ane Brun When? You’re daydreaming of Scandinavia Why? Get in there before she conquers the mainstream […]

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