The Streets – Has It Come To This
Original Pirate material was hands down my most life changing and important album. When this came out my older brother worked in a record shop and would bring me records to listen to regularly. This one being a “don’t show Mum” album obviously made me want to listen to it more and learn what all the references meant, most of which went over my head still being in junior school.
Outkast – Hey Ya!
Still now this is one of my favourite party songs. It’s just so undeniably happy and catchy, when a room full of people hear it at the same time everybody reacts.
Daft Punk – One More Time
Growing up I used to always go to the arcade in Bournemouth and I vividly remember seeing the video to this all the time while surrounded by the lights and arcade games and being totally mesmerised by it (I must have been about 8 or 9 at the time) It felt really futuristic and retro at the same time. This song is till my favourite summer anthem ever.
QOTSA – First It Giveth
This was another “Don’t show Mum” album. I’d never heard a band as powerful, aggressive, melodic, catchy and soft all at the same time till ‘Songs For The Deaf’. Plus being a nirvana fan and a drummer, knowing Dave Grohl was behind the kit on this album meant I couldn’t dislike it. This one lived in the Walkman to and from school for a very long time.
Justice – Waters of Nazareth
This song to me defines the era that made Chris and I want to make electronic dance music. This made the shift from being into indie bands make complete sense – listening to indie one minute and minimal German techno another just didn’t seem weird at all during the rise of French House & Electro. DJs and acts like Justice, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, 2 Many DJs etc kicked the gate open for us and we haven’t looked back since.
Arctic Monkeys – From The Ritz To The Rubble
What Ever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not has to be one of my all-time most played albums. This record accompanied me most mornings on my way to and from Secondary School as I sat on the bus. As albums go I can’t fault it, there’s no need to skip a song at any point. But the song that stood out the most had to be ‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’. From start to finish the energy and emotion within the song is so raw. As I’ve grown older I’ve been able to relate to the lyrics and symbolism behind the song which has just made me love it even more! Definitely a song you’ll hear me singing along to in my car!
The Maccabees – We Grew Up At Midnight
I’ve always been a big fan of The Maccabees since their first album ‘Colour It In’. I remember at the time I got a lot of stick for liking them. There seemed to be a real Marmite kinda love hate divide with them within my friendship group. But since then, they’ve been the band I’ve probably seen the most times out of any! I have a strong memory in my head from Parklife Festival a few years back. We’d gone to watch them perform, the sun was shining and my friend Vaida and I were dancing around to this song without a care in the world!
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
Hip Hop is the genre of music I would say that I listen to the most in my spare time. I love the complexity of the words, and the laid back feel to it in comparison to Dance music and 4×4 kick drum we spend hours listening to on a daily basis. For me, East Coast Hip Hop has always been the best. I love the soulful feel to it, the chopped up grittiness of all the samples used and all the heritage that goes with the music itself. For me, Electric Relaxation radiates all of those things. It’s a song I’m in the mood to hear no matter where or when it is. It has to be one of the best beats I’ve heard! This is definitely another song you’ll hear me singing along to in my car.
Digitalism – Home Zone (Proxy Remix)
This comes from a time when Alex and I first started ‘DJing’. Back then we didn’t really know what we were doing. Was more a case of just pressing play and moving the fader on the mixer from one side to the other. All we cared about was who had the most mental tune, which would eventually lead to a contest between us as to who could get the crowd moving the most! This is a tune that really stood out for us both as it represented a time where we still went to house parties before any of us could legally drink. You just knew that when this was getting played you were at “the biggest party ever”…or so we thought! Maybe we’ll find the opportunity to play it again someday.
Sebastian – Killing In The Name of Sebastian
This follows on from what I was saying about who could find the most mental tune that made people go nuts. My favourite memory of this song has to be when we were about 15/16. We were asked to provide the music for our friends Birthday party at the local rugby club. Way too many people ended up at this place and things started to get out of hand. We had this song queued up ready to play when our friend tried to shut it all down. Instead of stopping the music he managed to launch this monster and people just lost it. Things were getting pulled off the walls and speakers were getting knocked over. I haven’t seen a song do that much damage since!
Catchment comprises Alex Tyley & Chris Haggett; a House & Bass producer/DJ duo from the south coast who have gained support from the likes of Annie Mac, Mistajam, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Monki, Mixmag, Sub Soul and Eton Messy to name just a few.
After releases on Fat! Records and Low Steppa’s Simma Red they signed to MTA Records and their track “Feel It” was selected as Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday. Their debut MTA release “Wait For You”/”On Top” was released at the end of 2015 and was given a huge seal of approval from Annie Mac, Monki, Eton Messy and Dancing Astronaut . Their follow up release “DJ’s Delight”/”Get That” was released last year and received premieres from Mistajam, Sub Soul, Monki and ID mag.
They’ve previously played sets at two Annie Mac Presents Brixton Academy shows, Warehouse Project, Fabric and Troxy (for Samuel L. Jackson’s Charity) among others.
Last year saw the release of a collab with No Artificial Colours and Alex Mills on Tough Love’s Get Twisted which was supported by Mixmag and Selected. They followed on from that with “Trapped” on Azuli.
They started 2017 with the release of their latest track “Crew Up” which is out now on Moo Six and has received massive support from Danny Howard, (who made it his Friday Fire) Toddla T, Phil Taggart, Andi Durrant and Tough Love among others and peaked at #3 in the Upfront Club Charts. With plenty more remixes and originals on the way, 2017 looks set to be their biggest yet.