Wu Fei (吴非) – Cloud of Birds
I cant remember how i found this track, but it reminded me of a trip to China and my first direct experience of the musical culture there.
Spank Rock – Rick Rubin
Growing up with much of Rick Rubin’s music as a youth, i think this is an amazing and unusual doth of the cap to the big man in true Spank Rock style.
Buke and Gase – Hiccup
A duo of musical genius where they build and play there own instruments. Still my favourite song of theres best seen live.
Alva Noto – FUNKbugFX
This is the track that inspired me to write Conception, Consumption and Radiation off my second record. Still a staple in my house.
LP Skulls – Black Slavery Day
Hands down one of my most played reggae and dub records. This is the title track.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Eruption
The first album i ever engaged with as a very young child. It has been engrained on my psyche to this day. Thunderous.
Aphex Twin – XMAS_EVET10 (live in 2010, aka the “Metz Track”)
I played this live track from Metz festival on youtube for a good few years until it was finally released on a studio record on the album Syro in 2014. Glad i don’t have to play it off youtube anymore.
Funkstörung – Appetite for Distruction
Way ahead of there time Funkstörung totally nailed it with this album. Again the title track gives a great example of what the rest of the album has to offer. Timeless.
Count Ossie & Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Bongo Man
Wonky, live and full of heart. Count Ossie takes the mind to the mountains with this instrumental.
Mike Coykendall – Mr. Fly
Simply a wonderful piece of song writing, with some subtle points of production to take it beyond the standard guitar and vocal acoustic track.
His new album 3333 is due 30th March and has help from Graham Massey (808 State) and Mt Scruff.