Calgary-born pianist and composer Eric Haynes, aka Höhn, studied jazz piano at McGill University before he co-founded the neo-soul collective Busty and the Bass which went on to tour all over North America and Europe playing high-profile festivals like Montreal Jazz Festival, SXSW, Pinkpop and countless more. He has written music for TV, collaborated on various projects with stars like Macy Gray and George Clinton and supported none other than Anderson.Paak, Daniel Caesar and BADBADNOTGOOD, while himself getting national press and radio attention. As he reveals his sublime and self-titled seven-track album, entirely out of foraged field recordings from his wild travels through four remote locations in Alberta and Quebec, DMCWorld goes back to mine with Höhn.
Radiohead – In Rainbows
I tried to put all of these albums in chronological order of when they were important in my life. This was the first album I ever bought off iTunes, and it’s still one of my favourites today. It helped me get through high school and made me think differently about music and creativity.
Radiohead - Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
Bill Evans & Tony Bennett – Together Again
I studied jazz piano in college, and Bill Evans’ sensitive, thoughtful playing is something I aspire to. This album’s version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” has gotten me through heartbreak, and this whole album is a tour de force in collaboration and musicality.
You Don't Know What Love Is (Remastered 2003)
Floating Points – Elaenia
This album really changed the game for me. When I first heard it, I had just graduated from college and was getting into producing after focusing on just playing the piano for so long. The way it combines electronic production elements with live performance is immaculate, and I still return to it for inspiration.
Floating Points - Silhouettes I, II and III
Grimes – Art Angles
Grimes! And Janelle Monáe… So many bangers on this album, and it’s such a quirky, engaging listen. What more is there to say?
Grimes - REALiTi
Skuli Sverrison – Seria II
My friend Ben showed me this album in 2016 and it really stuck with me. It goes to such a deep, emotional place. The songs are hypnotic, the arrangements are interesting, and all the performers bring their own sounds to build something special. It’s still my go-to pick for a sunset drive.
Skúli Sverrisson - Sería II
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser 2014
This album is so well written and produced and it has a slate of amazing features.
Taylor McFerrin - 'Place In My Heart' ft. RYAT
Kiasmos – Blurred
I still remember hearing this album for the first time, when my friend Louis put it on in the van on a drive to Washington, DC for a show. This is the album that made me interested in producing my own techno tracks, and it’s probably had the biggest influence out of all these picks on my forthcoming album. I love Kiasmos’ sound design, their harmonic sensibility, and the arrangements they use. I find this album is best listened to while skiing.
Kiasmos - Blurred (Official Music Video)
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
This is definitely one of the most interesting electronic albums of the last decade. Unusual percussion choices blend with beautiful piano chords for something fresh but immediately accessible.
Jon Hopkins - "Open Eye Signal" (Official Music Video)
Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
This album will make you feel warm inside.
Kacey Musgraves - Slow Burn (Music Video)
Charli XCX – Crash
This album slaps! Great songs, great vocal production, and a really fun listen. To be honest, it’s probably the album I listened to most in 2022.
Charli XCX - Beg For You feat. Rina Sawayama [Official Video]