Back To Mine with Gr1mes

Gr1mes is a seasoned music maker with many strings to his bow and plenty of diverse releases under his belt across a range of aliases. As his new ‘Flame EP’ drops on Beyonders Music, DMCWorld goes Back To Mine With Gr1mes.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Moonlight On Vermont

When I first heard Trout Mask Replica it blew my mind. I listened to it on repeat over and over for weeks just trying to get my head around it; much to my ex’s dismay. In fact I had a Beefheart obsession for quite sometime when I was studying music at Newcastle University in the noughties.


The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Reel

I was right down the front for this at my first Glastonbury in the year 2000, which was the last time the old fence came down. There was a ridiculous number of people in that field, the candles seemed to go back forever. I was on another planet for a while…such a euphoric moment.

The Chemical Brothers - The Private Psychedelic Reel (Live At Glastonbury 2000) (HQ)

Björk – Jóga

One of the greatest human voices of all time, I could choose any number of her tracks. I did a surprise acoustic finger-style cover of Jóga for my best friend’s wedding… I’ll have to work that out again. I cried the first time I heard this and many times since, but Björk kinda has that effect on me.

Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue

First track on the first of his three masterpiece albums of the 70s: Blood On The Tracks, Desire and Street Legal. I love the Rolling Thunder Revue and wish I’d been alive to see Dylan play during this era. Check out his eyes, they are ferocious and fragile, like two wild animals, predator and prey.

Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue (Official HD Video)

Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas

A psychedelic dream-pop classic. It’s haunting, yet powerfully up-lifting. Guthrie’s swirling guitar cascades and Fraser’s soaring vocals make Cocteau Twins one of the most unique and interesting artist to emerge during the 80s.

Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (Official Video)

Ernest Ranglin – Surfin’

I listen to this album at least once every summer, outside with friends sipping beer in the sunshine. Every instrumental part is just so cool and the whole track grooves with a vibe and optimism that can’t help but make you smile. I saw Ernest at The Jazz Cafe in Camden when he was well into his eighties… he was still a titan on guitar.

Shakti – Joy

The sheer virtuosity of the musicians is enough to warrant a watch, but the intricacy and execution of the compositional elements are truly beautiful to behold. I adore Indian classical music and Shakti created a fusion that retained the true essence of that extraordinary musical form.

John McLaughlin & Shakti "Joy" (Live Montreux 1976)

Trentemøller – Vamp

Dirty bass, glitch and burbles… what’s not to like? I’d listen to this album driving from the city to the middle of nowhere in the Yorkshire Dales and it somehow transitioned between these two environments so well. Trentemøller’s musicianship and production skills are second to none.

Trentemøller: Vamp

Yppah – Film Burn feat. Anomie Belle

A mate introduced me to Yppah during lockdown in London because he thought it sounded similar to the music I was making at the time, which was one hell of a compliment. Eighty One somehow justifies the kind of electro-acoustic crossover I’ve embraced for so long.

Yppah - Film Burn feat. Anomie Belle

Can – Vitamin C

Can’s work encompasses so much of what I look for in music… experimentation and fusion combining elements of the avant-garde, jazz, psychedelia, ambient and electro. This track is so  infectious, it permeates the soul.

CAN - Vitamin C (Music video)

Gr1mes ‘Flame EP’ is out now on Beyonders Music.