Talking Heads – Crosseyed & Painless
Complex and playful, full of risks and more often than not, my go to when I’m a creative loss. What would David Byrne do? What would Brian Eno do?
The Cars – I’m In Touch With Your World
Another tune that never seems to leave my side The Cars’ debut is more about detail and perfection. I’m In Touch With Your World is arguably the least popular, but my favorite tune on the album.
Arthur Russell – Another Thought
Its hard to pick just one Arthur Russell record because his body of work was quite diverse and I love it all, but at home I’m more drawn to the works that he created in his later years.
Cornelius – Sensuous
A master class in musical sound design excellently blurs the line between electronic and acoustic. Shut up and listen with your headphones on.
Photay – Screens
Ever since this album came out, I haven’t been able to put it away.
James – Wah Wah
Again, any time I’m having a ‘What would Brian Eno do?” moment. This bit of side work he produced with James while simultaneously creating their “Laid” album is one of my favorites from everyone involved.
The Ba-Benzele Pygmies – Hindewhu
When people come over, I usually end up talking about how Pygmies are probably the funkiest people on the planet. Then I play them something like this, and half the time I’ve blown someone’s mind, and the other half of the time, they might respond by playing something like De La Soul next.
De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
I mean, if you really want to break the tension of playing Pygmie Chants at a party, I’d definitely recommend this tune. Every time.
Prince – Crystal Ball
In case you needed another convincing reason why Prince is the greatest musician of all time.
Erdbeerschnitzel – Winds of Wilmersdorf
I don’t know how I only recently discovered this brilliant artist but if you come back to mine, I’m definitely making you listen to his music.
Various Artists – Body Language Vol. 22 by Pezzner (Get Physical Music)
After teasing it with a series of superb singles, Get Physical will finally unleash Pezzner’s much-anticipated Body Language mix in January 2020. A longtime label associate, Pezzner writes, composes and teaches electronic music to a consistently high standard and releases it on Visionquest and Freerange amongst others. He has been right at the heart of Get Physical for a couple of years now, and in October and November 2019 the first singles from this mix were released to a great reception. Pezzner now joins a roll call of previous Body Language inductees who include M.A.N.D.Y., Modeselektor, DJ T., Francesco Tristano, Dixon, DJ Hell and Junior Boys. Here the studio wizard serves up a few special Body Language remixes of Arnold From Mumbai and A.Treasure, as well as his own fresh new originals which are typically absorbing house grooves. Next to that he draws on Get Physical’s main man Roland Leesker and frequent label artists Jazzuelle & Lazarusman, all to help him paint a contemporary house picture that offers a wealth of emotion. There are plenty of highlights here such as the tenderness of Andromo & Chris Fortier’s ‘Pocket Full Of Wonder’ whilst Chick Iverson’s ‘Alright’ does a fine job of picking up the pace in the midsection. Pezzner is always in control of the mix, balancing the tech drums with the sort of emotional synths needed to keep you locked, and a pair of back to back tracks from Fritz Carlton – firstly with Ghostea, then with Player Dave – brings some wonkiness to the mix. Pezzner then pops up again with the cavernous house depths of his collaboration with Jon Lee, and it is Thomas Gandey & Radio Slave who then lift you from that and into a melodic trance with their standout remix of Francesco Tristano before some fantastically funky disco house riffs from Tomasz Guiddo & Piro feat. Arnold Kasar keep the party moving.