With influences ranging from the bleeps and bass of classic Warp artists to the spectral folk of John Renbourn, and the minimalism of Steve Reich to the percussive space-scapes of Do Make Say Think, the diversity of the music that inspires Kelpe finds reflection in his own sonic adventures, informing his ever evolving sound, combining […]
Ursula 1000 has established himself as one of the top international DJs. After relocating to NYC from Miami in 1998, Gimeno has become synonymous with New York music and lifestyle culture. His remix skills are constantly in demand, reworking tracks from Quincy Jones to Felix da Housecat to The Faint, as well as being asked […]
Named after the patron saint of outsiders, taboo subject matter, and general disorder, Gang Gang Dance’s 2009 album, Saint Dymphna, is our favourite of their recordings to date. It was a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed, God’s Money, with cinematic production characterised by 1970s Brian Eno intricacy and 2000s Timbaland immediacy. These are the songs that have inspired Gang Gang Dance’s Josh Diamond.
Our favourite retro-hipsters — and the only band to make Hawaiian shirts look at least kinda fashionable — The B52s have been doing it for more than thirty years, and they’re still writing great pop music. And we’re not surprised given the rather old-school Secret Playlist that Kate Pierson [first six songs] and Keith Strickland have assembled below.
Californian quartet Cold War Kids not only have the best band name around, but they pack about as much indie cred as a pair of dirty Cons and a lazy side part. Bassist Matt Maust stepped up for a Secret Playlist that takes in everything from Cat Power to Billy Childish.
What more can be said about Seattle-based indie-rock group Death Cab For Cutie that hasn’t already been written in a hundred Spin articles. The band is now a more than a decade old and still going strong.
Eric Pulido plays with the earthy and ethereal folk pop group, Midlake, who formed in Texas back in 1999. Their crowning glory to date has been the 2006 release, The Trials of Van Occupanther, a richly textured, slow moving masterpiece which captures the five-piece in rarer form. These are the songs that have inspired him, written in his own words.
There’s something extraordinary about the coolly detached electro mash-up of Fujiya & Miyagi. Perhaps it’s in the pop melodies, which entwine themselves around glitchy drumbeats. Or maybe it’s just that the band, which sounds like a couple of sumo wrestlers, is actually made up of four scruffy lads from Brighton. Go figure! These are the songs that inspire David Best.
Better Than Ezra are the million-selling band with hits like Good and A Lifetime and has a fan base so faithful they’ve dubbed themselves the Ezralites. So what’s the story behind that name? ‘We have never revealed it, even under duress,’ says frontman, Kevin Griffin. These are the songs that have inspired him over the years.
South London electro-pop band, The Chap, are unique and inventive. They are signed to Ghostly International, which issued their album Mega Breakfast in the US in July 2008 as their first official American release. These are the songs that have inspired them over the years.
Formed in Toronto but, at various times, based in Montreal, London, New York and L.A, Metric boasts the sort of history that requires one of those connect-the-dots red-lined maps you see in an Indiana Jones movie. These are the songs that have inspired Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, written in his own words.
YACHT founding members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans live in Portland, Oregon and Marfa, Texas, and consider themselves ‘generalists’ in the fields of music, art, writing, and everything in between. These are the songs that have inspired their own music over the years, written in their own voice.
French musician, M83, has been on our radar since he released his brilliant album, Saturday=Youth, in 2008. That, and every subsequent release, will take you on a journey through a sentimental and nostalgic land. In M83′s own words: ‘this is the most explicit celebration yet of how it feels to be dazed, confused and fifteen year old’, as haunting melodies are filled with overtones of Kate Bush, Human League and Boards Of Canada. These are the songs that inspire him, written in his own words.
‘I know it’s electronic music’, Brian Lindgren says, ‘but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar’. As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the country by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. [from Ghostly]
Tesla Boy is charismatic frontman and producer Anton Sevidov, who from an early age learnt to speak the international language of music through his father’s old vinyl collection that included Ray Charles, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Blondie. From here, a clear affinity with ‘80s pop and soul from the US and Britain emerged, and has since played a strong role in crafting the Tesla Boy identity.