NYC-based producer Child Of creates melodic house and techno with real sonic character, influenced by his myriad musical passions. After touring the world in some hugely influential bands as a young, (formerly) straight-edge guitarist from Long Island, he gradually shifted his love from mosh pits to dancefloors and Child Of was born. Infused with a sense of real, raw emotion: music that seeks to explore the idea that, ultimately, we’re all children of the same life source. One of the artists invited to remix a track from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s final album, Child Of’s remix of Life In An Experiment is a nine-minute electronic epic. DMCWorld goes back to mine with Child Of.
Cocteau Twins – Lorelei
When someone asks what music I listen to outside of house/techno, I think Cocteau Twins is almost always the first thing that comes to mind. They just hit this deep chord for me that almost nothing else can. Elizabeth Frazer’s voice feels like this otherworldly celestial being is being channeled through her and the sounds of the band are right at this dreampop/punk/shoegaze/lofi whatever you want to call it intersection that must be where my soul likes to hang out.
White Noise – Love Without Sound
Every time I hear this I can’t fathom that it was made in 1969. It’s so advanced. The tape manipulations and early synth weirdness make my brain melt in the best way. Apparently the first British synth was used on this – The Synthi VCS 3. One of the comments on this YouTube said it reminded them of an “inner talisman” and I had to mention it because I really resonated with that.
Rexy – Running Out Of Time
This song was made by 2 “Blitz Kids” that met in London in the 80s but It embodies a feeling of irony or something to me that hits my inner New Yorker so very well. As the story goes, keyboard player Vic Martin went up to Rex Nayman (who became the singer) in the club “The Blitz” because he liked her look. He asked her if she wanted to make a record. She didn’t want to and had never sang but agreed to because she would be bored over the summer. Then they created this masterpiece.
China Crisis – Jean Walks In Fresh Fields
This is a short and sweet instrumental from China Crisis. The synths have this chilling quality that give me pictures of a moonlit ocean on a cold night. When it ends I always think “Damn I wish they made this into more of a full length song.” But then I just play it again and it’s perfect.
Minnie Riperton – Les Fleurs
This song is a masterpiece. It’s absolutely massive. Minnie was such a badass. I always have a huge smile on my face when listening to this while shaking my head in disbelief of what is happening between my ears. Her name wasn’t RIP(P)ER-ton for nothing.
Brook Benton – Rainy Night In Georgia
A friend sent me this track semi recently. I know nothing at all about Brook Benton. The song is about a man without a home who misses his sweetheart. The lyric “Lord, I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world, I feel like it’s rainin’ all over the world” just gets me. Such soul in this tune.
Art of Noise – Donna
Art of Noise taught me about sampling and “computer” music long before I thought I cared. This song samples Donna Summer’s “State of Independence” throughout the entire song.
Massive Attack – Spying Glass
I especially love the Massive Attack songs with Horace Andy on them. This one is an actual remix of a Horace original and I thought this would be an amazing addition to this list because of his connection to Lee “Scratch” Perry. This just gives me a feeling of gliding through the ether.
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Sade needs no introduction. She is a living genius on a level that few can touch.. One of my favorites of all time.
Silent Majority – Expectations
This song is definitely a left turn to finish out this list but I think perfect. I grew up in the Long Island and New York Hardcore (an evolution of punk) scenes. I call it my “real” high school because of all the connections that were made and lessons that were learned there. That’s where my music career started as well. This band, Silent Majority was a seminal band in the long island scene and without them my life could very well be much different right now. One of the guitar players Rich just passed away (untimely) and I wanted to end this playlist as a tribute to him and them. “You don’t belong in their world. There’s too much complication. The lies they tell themselves. So fuck their expectations!”
Lee Scratch Perry / New Age Doom ‘Life Is An Experiment’ (Child Of Remix) is out now.