New Spotify Playlist

Whether it’s to keep you going on those long runs, get you through the turbo sessions or just to fulfill your musical urges, we can help.

Our newly launched Spotify playlist will bring you cool and fresh tunes, new discoveries, some familiar sounds and a few curve balls. Guitars, choruses and a smattering of bleeps is the vibe and it will be updated regualrly.

So, hit subscribe, sit back and let the good tunes roll.


BLL’s Best of 2013 Playlist

Music is a big part of life here at Black Line London, and we know that what the internet needs right now is another one of these, so here is our Best of 2013 playlist, compiled by BLL’rs world wide.

But we need your help to make it up to an OCD friendly 15 tracks, so leave us your 4 suggestions in the comment box and the best submission will be rewarded with some yet to be decided piece of BLL merch.


Jodie Swallow’s Black Line London Playlist

Jodie Swallow


Our superlative generating machine melted when we put the name Jodie Swallow into it. And to be fair if you’ve found your way here, you probably don’t need her amazingness explained, but let’s just say that we are having a whip round and heading the bookies before Kona this year. Not only is she bossing Ironman, she’s bossing our latest Black Line London playlist with some epic choices.

What was the first song or album that got you into music?

Probably my parents albums that we used to listen to on long car journeys – Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Bob Marley…..  I was a deep teenager and I liked albums with stories and turmoil – I can still recite the entire Alanis Morrisette album –’Jagged Little Pill’, including the secret song – do you remember those? haha

What was your first gig?

Um probably Robbie Williams in Manchester. I didn’t go to gigs as a kid, or even the cinema because I was swimming all the time.

Was there a standout track at that gig?

‘Let Me Entertain You ‘. He is a great performer.

If there was one band or artists you could go and see, who would it be?

Bob Marley. No doubt.

Is there a band or artist you’ve discovered recently that you really like?

Yeah,  South Africa has a whole different set of bands not that mainstream in England . Desmond and the Tutus have some absolutely spot on lyrics for Capetonians . They have some great people  and the Parlotones are just the start.

What music would you listen to warming up before an Ironman?

Probably something familiar and not too hardcore. I know it’s corny, but I have a fondness for Bruno Mars as his songs have bouncy rhythms and rhythm is important in Ironman.

Best song for a really hard turbo training session?

‘Warrior’ by Chase and Status

What’s your favourite all time band?

Too hard !  Foo Fighters probably.

Do you have gigs coming up?

No, and it will depend who comes to South Africa this summer ! Coldplay, Kings of Leon and U2 came  so hopefully someone good.

What’s your favourite music to relax to?

Just beautiful lyrics and voices. Evocative lyrics make me cry so has to be happy songs for relaxation

You’ve just won Hawaii– what song will they play as you get up on the podium?

Rihanna ‘Diamonds’.

What’s the perfect Sunday morning song?

Eva Cassidy ‘Songbird ‘.

Luke Rowe’s Black Line London Playlist


Every young gun needs a soundtrack, and we asked Team Sky’s Luke Rowe to share some of his favourite tracks. He delivered a great mix of pop, punk and hip hop. And The Lighthouse Family.

What was the first song or album that got you into music?

“It was when I was around 12 or 13, and I bought my first Offspring album. I remember I worked for my dad for a day, and he paid me £10 so I went off to the shop and bought Offspring ‘Americana’”

What was your first gig?

“That was The Stereophonics, in Cardiff. Being a Welsh boy and them being a Welsh band, it was pretty awesome. I went with my brother and my folks. “

Was there a standout track at that gig?

“A Thousand Trees”. I love that song, and still play it now.”

If there was one band or artists you could go and see, who would it be?

“It would probably be some old school rap – Rick Ross, or Dr Dre”

Is there a band or artist you’ve discovered recently that you really like?

“Yeah, I’ve got really into country which I’ve never listened to before and I’ve only just discovered it. So the other day, I order a Johnny Cash ‘Best Of’ which is brilliant.”

What music would you listen to warming up before a stage of the Tour de France?

“I’m quite into my dance music – it’s good for when I’m trying to get into the zone for a time trial. I’ve got quite a few good podcasts going on at the moment – Mark Night is one I really like”

Best song for a really hard turbo training session?

“A bit of a rap playlist I think, if I need something to get me in the mood I’d listen to that.”

What’s your favourite all time band?

“I think that would have to be The Stereophonics. I’ve been listening to them all my life and I still listen to them now. I never get bored of their songs. I’ve never met them, but I’d like to.”

Any gigs coming up?

“Nothing in the diary, and I do like going to gigs so in the off season I’ll definitely get some booked in”.

What’s your favourite music to relax to?

“I like soppy stuff, and maybe shouldn’t admit this, but something like Lighthouse Family. I’ll probably get some stick for that one, but hey…….”

You’ve just won the Giro – what song will they play as you get up on the podium?

“Tiesto’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ – that would get things going!”

What’s the perfect Sunday morning song?

“Sunday morning, just woken up, radio goes on and Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ comes on. Perfect.”

Black Line London’s Best Albums of 2012

black line london's best albums of 2012

Everyone at Black Line London loves music. It’s an integral part of what we are about and in keeping with the tradition of end-of-year round ups, and because we hope you might discover something new here are some of our best albums of 2012 as chosen by BLL’rs.

Laura Trimble: Muse – The 2nd Law

Mark Shipton: Chairlift – Something

Alastair Maher: Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal

Troy Squires: Shearwater – Animal Joy

Paul Burton: Lucy Rose – Like I Used To

Paul Smernicki: Grizzly Bear – Shields

Paul Deen: Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

Andrew Trimble: The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Nick Hussey: The Maccabees – Given To The Wild (strictly speaking, this is a 2011 release but as it’s new to Nick and so totally brilliant, it’s included!)

Black Line London’s Best of 2012

When BLL met Gary Kemp. Part 2.

In part one of our Gary Kemp interview, we spoke about cycling. Now, in part two, the conversation moves to something that makes up Gary’s DNA – music and culture.

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When BLL met Gary Kemp. Part 1.

You might know Gary Kemp as a member of Spandau Ballet, with whom he was at the epicentre of one of the last real youth culture movements in the UK. You might also know him as a Kray Twin or  author. What you might not know is that he is a committed cyclist and in part one of a two part interview he took time out to talk to Black Line London about his love of two wheels…

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Manuel Quinziato’s Black Line London Playlist

Here at Black Line London we love bikes. And we love music. And we really love people who love bikes and music. So it was a massive thrill when Italian BMC Tour de France rider Manuel Quinziato agreed to put together a playlist for us…and you.

In his Twitter profile pic, he is holding a magazine cover of Thom Yorke over his own face….proof if it were needed that he really is a proper muso because why would you do that otherwise?

The photo above is Manuel with his friend Perry from the band Pendulum at the end of the 2012 TdF. It’s just a shame that an international rock star and world class cyclist struggle so badly with the ladies.

Here is Menuel’s musical story in his words, and you can listen to all of these tracks in the Spotify playlist widget below.



What song or band first really turned you on to music? And how old were you?

I remember I was 9 in 1988 and the first music cassette I bought that upgraded me from ‘cartoon’ songs to real music was the album of Europe, the one with “The final Countdown”

 What was the first record you ever bought with your own money? What do you remember about it?

The first CD I bought with the money I was winning at races when I was 15 was probably ‘Basket Case’ by Green Day in 1994. Well, I still listen to that.

First ever gig?

I live in Bolzano, and not so many good bands comes to play there, so excluding some shameful Italian bands the first big gig I saw was just in 2004 in San Siro, the AC Milan football club stadium. It was Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I was a big fan of them but the gig was pretty disappointing. Short one and Anthony Keidis has no voice live.

If there was one band or artist (dead or alive) you could go and see play live, who would it be and what song would they HAVE to play?

I’d kill to have been at a Nirvana gig! I was just a few year too young unfortunately. I love all their songs but I’d pick “In Bloom” if I have to chose one.

What is your most recent music discovery?

A band I just discovered is Built to Spill, thank my colleague Jacopo Guarnieri.

What song or artists do you listen to while warming up before a TdF stage?

For the hardest stages or for when I want to catch the breakaway Rage Against the Machine is a must.

Best song for a really hard turbo session?

For turbo session I need something that gives me a good pace so I chose electro stuff like Daft Punk, Justice or Hot chip.

What is your favourite band of all time? And what song will we include on the playlist?

I’m in love with Radiohead and they didn’t let me down either of the two times I saw them live. I love ‘Idioteque’ above all the live version.

What album is ever-present on your ipod?

Radiohead indeed but also Pearl Jam, ‘Ten’.

Best gig you’ve ever been to?

I say Foo Fighters at Madison Square garden. Me, Daniel Oss, Karsten Kroon and a non-cyclist friend of mine went in New York just for 3 nights to see that gig. Absolutely worth the travel. Song: My Hero.

Next gig? Where, when and who with?

Well tonight I’m gonna see Nada Surf in Madrid with my girlfriend. Next November I’ll see Muse in Bologna wit a couple of friend from Bolzano. For Nada surf: Bad best friend. For Muse: Plug in baby.

What song do you wish you had written?

‘Daughter’ by Pearl Jam.

Song or album to relax to on the bus after a tough stage?

A perfect band to relax and forget the pain of a hard stage is Sigur Ros. Saw them live, simply unbelievable. Let’s pick ‘Hoppipolla’.

You have won the Tour de France – what song will they play as you get up on the podium?

You can tell me I’m predictable but I pick ‘We are the Champions’.

What is the perfect Sunday morning song/artist?

Ben Harper is perfect for a Sunday morning. Saw him live and he’s, good vibes for almost 3h. Glory and Consequence can be the song.