WARMER MIXTAPES #1643 | by Caleb Nichols (CHURCHES, Port O'Brien) and John Metz of Grand Lake and Soft People

SIDE A | by John Metz

1. Pavement | Silence Kit (Silent Kid)
Pavement was my real introduction to Indie Rock when I was 14, and it really felt like I had discovered a new world. I stumbled upon the earworm of a song, Cut Your Hair, in all of its aggressively catchy and toungue-in-cheek glory and I wondered what the deal was with this mysterious 90's band that I'd never heard of. I then found Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and the local record store and kind of picked it up on a whim. I was entranced. I'd never heard anything like it before. I was blown away by the sloppy/laid-back feel that is so heavily anchored by the sing-song melody of Malkmus' vocals. For me, it so perfectly captured the feeling of suburban summer as a teenager, lazing around with friends and trying to come up with something dumb to do. I felt like I had discovered a more emotional and honest version of Punk Rock that I could relate to in ways I never had with any Music previously. The whole album is somehow so simultaneously sloppy and perfect and I will never tire of it. I can't even describe the absurd amount of Nostalgia I feel when I hear this song.

2. Tune-Yards | Now As Then
I absolutely love Politics in Art and I think anyone who derides it is missing the fact that all Culture is political. With this latest album and especially this song, Garbus manages to succinctly and eloquently wrestles with the problems and paradoxes of unchecked White Privilege, cultural appropriation, and White savior-ship that every white ally should be aware of. She gracefully lays out the whole thought process of vocally opposing White Power structures without acknowledging one's own place within them - and she does this not by criticizing an other, but checking her own privilege and her own contradictory experience of being so outspoken about Social Justice while enjoying her position of Privilege in making a career writing about these issues. She spells out the whole point in just a few sputtering lines, opening with I am exceptional, I am an exception, I am the exception. That's for me - that's also for me. I am a contradiction, I'm fascinating, they might look like me, but they don't know. In addition to being so powerful lyrically, it's also a masterfully crafted and beautiful song, as can always be expected from Tune-Yards.

3. Sonic Youth | Sympathy For The Strawberry
I have always been drawn to the melding of Pop with Art Music, and in my mind, no one has done it better since The Beatles than Sonic Youth did. Murray Street is such an interesting album in its ability to restrain the raw power of their No Wave influence without completely stamping it out. The melancholic beauty of this track is a feeling that I think few can achieve more effectively than Kim Gordon. The song seems to encompass all the things that SY does best - sprawling walls of Noise, delicate melodies, and the driving rhythm of Shelly's drumming keeping it all moving. Gordon's poetry is always a joy to hear as well.

4. Broadcast | Michael A Grammar
I have a history of failing to appreciate brilliant Music until years after a friend shares it with me (especially with one friend in particular - sorry buddy). I first heard Broadcast shortly after Tender Buttons came out and this friend enthusiastically recommended them to me. I gave a couple songs a listen and thought they sounded cool, but promptly forgot about them. A few years later, they came up again because my first boyfriend really liked this album. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that it suddenly clicked for me and my intense love for them began. Tender Buttons feels like a really rare gem to me with masterfully crafted sounds and textures complimenting Trish Keenan's haunting and solemn Pop melodies. This track is one of the best Sad Pop songs I've ever heard and I frequently find it bouncing around my head for days on end. It's almost painfully catchy.

5. Moonface | Fast Peter
When Spencer Krug, one of my favorite songwriters, released the Dreamland EP: Marimba And Shit-Drums, under this strange new moniker, it felt like a very special treat. The single, 20 minute track on one side of a 12" record was an expanse of Music inspired by Krug's dreams and woven together seamlessly. It was such a unique release that I wasn't sure he would even release anything else under the name. However, the follow up, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, seemed to stay true to the bizarre original idea behind the project, with expansive songs and personal narratives. Fast Peter achieves a longing, nostalgic feeling despite it's major key and upbeat trot, and its relatable story about an old friend make it one of my favorite songs of his.



6. Deerhoof | There's That Grin
I will always love Deerhoof in all of their evolutions. I feel like Breakup Songs is one of their more underappreciated albums. The almost unfeeling Dance Music sections of the album seem to counterbalance the sweet and simple songs that fill the brief record. I love the herky-jerky movements of this track which is essentially a simple Love song. I particularly love the use of samples on this one.

7. Parquet Courts | Violence
Returning to my love of Politics in Music, I feel that Parquet Courts do this better than any other band in recent memory. Violence really jumps out at me more than any other track on Wide Awake!... It features a groove somewhat reminiscent of William Onyeabor and I love the strange juxtaposition of a dark and biting social commentary song that you can dance to. In that way, it reminds me of a Minutemen track like Maybe Partying Will Help - recognizing that there are so many problems and acts of Violence happening at all times that woke people are constantly aware of, and trying to find some sort of release or respite from that is necessary. Songs like these bring the two opposing feelings together in a beautiful way. As usual, A. Savage's lyrics are profound, and I always love a Spoken Word style of singing.

8. The Breeders | All Nerve
The Breeders newest and long awaited album did not disappoint, but this song is really something special. It successfully replicates some of the sweet and sullen moods from some of their earlier work, with the classic Breeders drive and is just simply one of the most powerful and heart-wrenching Love songs I've ever heard. (The Breeders also always make me think of my husband, who was my real introduction to the band.)

9. Julia Holter | Feel You
Julia Holter seems to have an incredible penchant for elaborately orchestrated, yet tasteful and casual Pop songs. I could listen to this song over and over again. It's musical beauty is paired pleasantly with playful, almost Stream-Of-Conciousness words which almost seem unfitting, but somehow work wonderfully together. I very much look forward to what she brings us in the future.

10. FROG EYES | Don't Sleep Under Stars
Few bands mean as much to me as Frog Eyes and Carey Mercer's songs do. I've followed everything Mercer does since I heard Tears Of The Valedictorian and I could not be more thankful that the band went out with such a bang. Their latest and last, Violet Psalms, is an incredible gift of a final album full of brilliantly well-crafted songs which seem like an authentic summation of their entire career. Don't Sleep Under Stars is a standout for me, and seems like a very fresh, yet familiar Frog Eyes song. There a tons of little musical details and intricacies all over this track and the synth parts sound incredible. Every part of the tune is enchanting and I love its playful lyrics: Don't sleep under stars - they bewitch your undeveloped brain. Thank you so very much for everything, Carey.


SIDE B | by Caleb Nichols

1. King Krule | Dum Surfer
I get this feeling when I listen to this song. It's very abstract and hard to describe. Perhaps the sounds produces a unique chemical response in my brain and make me feel similarly to how I felt listening to Blur in 1997 as a teenager. This song makes me remember this feeling of hearing this messy and perfect British Music during the summer gloom of our coastal town. I don't know exactly how these two things are linked, me as a 15 year old in 1997 have a strange musical experience with Blur's self-titled record, and me, in my mid-30's in 2018, hearing King Krule and feeling the same old feeling, which I hadn't felt in years. So this Music is a Time machine for me, while also being new, which is novel and makes me wonder.

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra | The World Is Crowded 
Maybe UMO is the greatest band in The World right now. Certainly one of them. They make interesting, thoughtful records that have real Pop gems on them, mixed in with more cerebral fare. And then, to top it off, they put on an insane live show that has reaffirmed my faith in Music several times in the last few years. Seeing them at Irving Plaza in New York City in 2016 felt like The Universe slapping me in the face and screaming get off your ass and keep working! I love this particular track for its combination of groove and lyrics. It's a bit shocking when he sings in another life did she blow my brains out?

3. Miles Davis | Blue In Green (with Bill Evans)
I have been writing Music this year and desperately trying to capture the feeling of Unrequited Love and for me this song is one near perfect expression of that feeling. It revels in an odd delicious luxury of Sadness, which is a part of the pain of feeling isolated and rejected, or of simply wanting something so badly but not knowing and not wanting to know if it is possible to have.

4. Rufus Wainwright | Who Are You New York?
When I was a teenager I read about Rufus Wainwright before I heard his Music. It was an interview in Spin magazine, and he talked very nonchalantly about being Gay, which, in 1996, was totally insane to me. I was an instant fan. And then of course it helped that he made the kind of Music that gets under your skin in a deep way. This is my favorite track of his currently. I am mildly obsessed with the whole album it's from, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu. But this song. Oh boy. John and I lived in New York for 3 months in 2016. We meant it to be longer, but we just couldn't hang. And so when he sings Who are you? This city will tell ya... it sort of stings, in a good way. Also: who can match his voice? And this composition: it is truly a beautiful piece which reminds me of a mashup of Debussy and George Gershwin.

5. Björk | Blissing Me
Oh, this song. What a thing this last Björk record was. She is so blatantly honest I can barely handle it, and of course her voice. Björk is like the true Madonna. She constantly reinvents and transforms. She's like Bowie, in that regard. And I love this song, which tells such a nice story about two people falling in Love through Music.


6. Blood Orange | Charcoal Baby
I love living in the musical moment more than I love dwelling in the past. So I wanted to include something very new to me. This is the newest thing that I love and I don't have much to say about it.

7. Belle & Sebastian | Poor Boy
It's easy for me to say that Belle & Sebastian are my favorite band. They are just pure Joy. Have you seen them live? It's so Life-affirming. You really should, especially now. This is my favorite track they've released since The Cat With The Cream back in 2015, which I also really really love as much as anything else in their catalog. This song just has the moves: it makes me want to dance, or at least strut, and I always have to sing along to the bridge. It's a good one for feeling a bit sassy, and for driving (actually this whole playlist was created with driving or cycling in mind). It could be a good song to send to someone who hasn't made up their mind about you, perhaps. To remind them that you're the real thing.

8. Shy Boys | Something Sweet
This is the sweetest song by the sweetest little band from the midwest of the USA. On one of my favorite labels, Polyvinyl. There is nothing much to say here, except that I appreciate this type of record existing and being promoted in 2018.

9. Melody's Echo Chamber | I Follow You
I work at a College and one of the students shared this album with me and I couldn't believe how good it was. I love how motifs are repeated throughout the album, and I love the softness of her voice and the angular nature of the guitar.

10. The Drums | Heart Basel
This is one of those songs that changed my life songs. Recently. It just hit me at the right time, and coincided with me re-discovering having feelings that I thought I didn't have anymore. It's so young and fresh and has one of my favorite lyrics: And I wanna share a cigarette and I want to go dancing in the rain! That's everything really. Also, another band to see live. HE HAS THE MOVES. I had so much fun at The Drums show I saw. A good dream.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1642 | by David Poe

1. Heatwave | The Groove Line
A tight and joyful 1970s Funky Pop hit written by Rod Temperton, who would go on to write some of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, including Thriller.

2. Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni | Cantate Domino (Performed by The Choir Of Somerville College, Oxford, conductor: David Crown)
I sang this song from age 9 to 15 with a boys choir. As my voice changed over the years, I learned all the vocal parts, which was highly instructive. Like a fair amount of Religious Music, the arrangement sounds best when you sing the shit out of it, which we did.

3. Chocolate Genius. | My Mom
Even if I knew of other ballads that considered the crushing effects of Alzheimer’s Disease in an aging parent from their child’s perspective, I would still love this song for the chordal shift before the chorus, which illustrates the lyric that follows: It’s been five years, and some change.

4. The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir | Kalimankou Denkou (The Evening Gathering) (from Marcel Cellier Présente: Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares - Volume 1)
Ancient and Modern, Eastern and Western, Ecstasy and Resignation.

5. The Flamingos | I Only Have Eyes For You (Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler Cover)
Bewitching Doo-Wop.



6. T Bone Burnett | Dope Island
Hard to pick one from Tooth Of Crime, a record of transcendent songs created for the Sam Shepard play of the same name.

7. Prince And The Revolution | Tamborine
I love when Prince has fun with it. There’s songs more exemplary of his genius, but I always loved this jam.

8. Grey Reverend | Little Jose
Though it is odd to choose an instrumental track by such a poignant singer-songwriter, I’ve loved this acoustic guitar thing since I first heard it in a late night Jeremy Sole mix on KCRW in Los Angeles.

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced
The reversed drums and guitar and poetic pickup lines of this song were the first to draw me into the world of this ingenious singer-songwriter (who apparently played a little guitar as well.)

10. Contemporary Gospel Chorus The High School Of Music And Art | Never Alone (Fame Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
A celebration of Oxygen. A piano that sounds like it could go off the rails at any second, but never does. Harmonic Majesty.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1641 | by Matteo Scarpa (The Transisters, Wora Wora Washington) and Antonio Angeli (Mary Goes To Vietnam) of Kill Your Boyfriend

SIDE A | by Matteo Scarpa

1. Suicide | Ghost Rider
This is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands ever. Alan Vega and Martin Rev blend a chilling Synth-Punk environment with an Elvis-style Rock & Roll vocal, full of Delay and Reverb. This influenced the sound of Kill Your Boyfriend in various ways, and I really love it.

2. The Jesus And Mary Chain | You Trip Me Up
Two words: White Noise. It’s hard to pick a favorite track from The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Psychocandy… The album does something incredible for me. I remember the day when I first heard You Trip Me Up, and it was the song’s enthusiasm mixed with astonishment that hit me. It changed my conception of Making Music. Amazing!

3. Joy Division | Something Must Break 
I became a Joy Division fan at a young age, and this is one of my favorite songs. The constant gait of the bass, the Power and Depth of the Sound, the Anger that pervades the song… How can you not love it?

4. The Velvet Underground & Nico | European Son
Kill Your Boyfriend wouldn’t be who we are without The Velvet Underground. I can't imagine our Music without their influence. Their sound and attitude -- a mix of Punk, Noise and Rock & Roll -- is something really special.

5. Dirty Beaches | Casino Lisbona 
I’m really impressed by Alex Zhang Hungtai, aka Dirty Beaches. I fell in love with his Music via his previous album, Badlands, but my love grew deeper when I heard Drifters/Love Is The Devil. The entire album is totally hypnotic, full of these Lo-Fi loops that seem to never end.


6. Father Murphy | You Got Worry
I know the members of Father Murphy very well. They are from our hometown, Treviso. This song is taken from the album No Room For The Weak, and for me it's a turning point for their compositional skill. From there, they were introduced into an apocalyptic, Psychedelic, Neo-Folk atmosphere, full of Emptiness, where the raw vocals of frontman Federico Zanatta and vocalist/percussionist Chiara Lee emerge from The Abyss. Marvellous!

7. Holiday Inn | The Destruction We Assure Each Other (Recorded on Marantz 2-tracks in October 2013 at Forte Fanfulla, Rome, Italy)
Holiday Inn is a great Roman band. I saw them in a concert two years ago and from that day I started to follow them. Their Minimal Acid Synth-Punk is something gorgeous. I think this track expresses all their insanity. Check them out if they play in your town. Their show will kill you.

8. Wora Wora Washington | Sem
OK, this song is from my heart. I was a member of this band once, but now they are just two members, Marco and Giorgio. This track is taken from their 2016 album Mirror. I like their new Dark-Electronic sound, and the epic vocal in this song is incredible. I can't explain how much I learned from them in my own use of synths and drum machine.

9. King Dude | My Mother Was The Moon (with Emily Denton)
I really love the lonely feeling that this album, Burning Daylight, conveys. This song, the live version with Chelsea Wolfe’s voice especially, touches me deeply.

10. The Beatles | Tomorrow Never Knows  
This song reminds me of my childhood. I remember that, when I discovered this song, I spent days listening to it. I was fascinated by such an Experimental song.


SIDE B | by Antonio Angeli

1. The Velvet Underground & Nico | Venus In Furs
If The Velvet Underground didn't exist, my life, and my Musical Attitude, would make less sense.

2. Sonic Youth | Schizophrenia
I don’t think there’s a bad album in Sonic Youth’s discography. My choice of this song is just because my life is a little bit schizophrenic.

3. Nirvana | All Apologies
In Utero made me grow up. Nirvana made me grow up, and made my drumming grow up.

4. His Electro Blue Voice | Spit Dirt
Obsession... How I love it in Music! This song is a lesson in Hypnosis.

5. Lou Reed | The Bed 
If I could, I would choose every song on Berlin. It’s one of my favorite albums ever.

6. BLUE CRIME | Machinery
I remember first time BLUE CRIME and Kill Your Boyfriend played together in Berlin: as soon as their set began, I fell in love with them.

7. New Candys | Dark Love
New Candys put this song on a split album with us in 2015. I’ve replayed it over and over since then.

8. Movie Star Junkies | These Woods Have Ears
I saw them playing live about four years ago and, after the awesome gig, I had to buy their LP Son Of The Dust.

9. CCCP - Fedeli Alla Linea | Io Sto Bene
CCCP is an Italian Punk band I really loved as a teenager.

10. The Beatles | Across The Universe 
What can I say? I've been listening to The Beatles all my life. Theirs is The Ultimate Music.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1640 | by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo, Marco Schiavo and Roberto Maria Clemente of XXL and Larsen

SIDE A | by Roberto Maria Clemente

1. Sufjan Stevens | Death With Dignity
It starts and has the power of changing my mood immediately.

2. Coil | The First Five Minutes After Death
I never understood which age this Music would seem to belong...

3. Xiu Xiu | Botanica De Los Angeles
It makes me feel at home.

4. Colin Stetson | Hunted
A primitive voice into Minimalism, unbelievably all tracks played at once.

5. Apparat | Song Of Los
Easy listening with Elegance.



6. Perfume Genius | Normal Song
Stunned by Simplicity.

7. Teho Teardo | La Retour À La Raison
Some of the Music I played the most during the Grog Vim days.

8. Wire | The 15th
My ideal Pop song, perfect Melody and Distortion together.

9. Brian Eno - David Byrne | Mea Culpa
Never heard anything like this before at the time.

10. CAN | Vitamin C
Still impressed by the unique Forward Thinking of this Music...


SIDE B | by Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo

1. David Bowie | Heroes 
The Mistery of Sound, a white light in the fog...

2. The Cure | The Caterpillar
Everything is possible.

3. Neu! | Hallogallo
Europe endless...

4. David Bowie | Blackstar
A Life lesson.

5. Swans | The Sound
To the Cosmos and back (thank you, Michael!)...



6. Leonard Cohen | Avalanche
Darkness is a beautiful place.

7. Einstürzende Neubauten | Armenia
The Politics of Sound.

8. Nico | Janitor Of Lunacy
A world apart.

9. Slowdive | Catch The Breeze
As per the title...

10. Eno | St. Elmo's Fire
Oblique strategies.

SIDE C | by Marco Schiavo

1. Cocteau Twins | Love's Easy Tears
First track I ever listened to by this band that I deeply adore and that introduced me to the eerie Sound of the so-called shoe gazing scene.

2. Simple Minds | New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
One of the few bands I loved when I was a kid that I still enjoy listening to.

3. The Cure | Push
The Head On The Door was the first Cure record I stumbled upon and it was instant Love.

4. David Bowie | Ashes To Ashes
One of Bowie's tracks that still gives me goose bumps when I hear the very first seconds.

5. The Smiths | That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
One of the most important bands of my difficult growing up years.



6. Tears For Fears | Pale Shelter
Great Wave track.

7. Einstürzende Neubauten | Feurio!
A band that opened my ears and made me realize there were other types of Music out there yet to be explored.

8. Neurosis | Through Silver In Blood
A true shock to see them live, a real experience of apocalyptic sounds and visions...

9. Depeche Mode | Leave In Silence
Another band from my youth.

10. Kate Bush | Get Out Of My House
She was an inventive pioneer and crazy force of Nature.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1639 | by Delphine Chupin [Delphine]

1. Michael Jackson | Man In The Mirror
If you wanna make The World a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change!... What can I add to these words!? Like I wrote in my own song Deep Inner Peace... I can't be less demanding of others, 'cause I'm hard on myself.

2. Emeli Sandé | My Kind Of Love
Sometimes The Truth won't make you happy, so I'm not gonna lie. We often face the situation to have something to say, but you feel it's not the right time because of this or that. BUT for The Truth any time is always The Right Time. I love in the video how words hurt like bullet from a gun.

3. Céline Dion | On Ne Change Pas
On ne change pas, on n'oublie jamais, on a toujours un geste qui trahit qui l'on est... We don't change, we never forget, there is always a sign that betrays who we really are. I think that our childhood makes us what we are now. That's why I love to say EDUCATION IS THE KEY and we could change a lot of things if we protect and educate our children.

4. Bob Marley | No Woman No Cry (Live At The Lyceum, London/1975)
It's difficult to choose a song from Bob Marley! I love every song, because he knew how to explain Love, History, Simplicity, Jealousy, Unity, Anger! He always found simple words to say simple but how important things!

5. Frank Sinatra | Fly Me To The Moon (Kaye Ballard's 'In Other Words' Cover)
This song was the first song I sang in the Music Academy during the first year. I had the chance to sing as a solo artist for a large audience. I left the stage crying, feeling like that was the better place for Life.



6. Lucky Dube | It's Not Easy
I love Reggae Music mixed with Soul voices!! I love the way he explains... How he tells to his mother, with simple words, what's happening in his life. Everybody should have a chance to speak to their mother, anyway. The most important humans in Life: our parents! I love how the backing vocalists sing like they were The Mother.

7. Alicia Keys | How Come You Don't Call Me (Prince's 'How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?' Cover)
This song is the way for me to pay tribute to two great artists, Alicia Keys and Prince. Each artist must learn from other artist, be inspired by other artist. This is the way to learn and share Music.

8. Lauryn Hill | Doo Wop (That Thing)
I just wanna dance when I listen to this song. Hip Hop/R&B groove! Listen to the Funky bass! I love to dance.

9. The Roots | You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu)
Listen and feeeeeeeellllll!!!!!!!!! Sometimes The Music and the vibrations talks to me, we don't need words.

10. Erykah Badu | Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop) (feat. Common) (Brown Sugar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Just because I'm in love with Bass!!

+11. Stephen Marley | Tight Ship (feat. Damian "Jr Gong" Marley)
Just because the drummer is a killer, the Bass man is a killer, Mix engineer is a killer!

WARMER MIXTAPES #1638 | by Stephen Mallet [Yellam]

1. Lenny Williams | 'Cause I Love You
This is a masterpiece. When I listen to this one it just brings me tears, this is a song you can feel so much Soul in. I just love the way Lennie interprets this song. The kind of record I could play all night.

2. Michael Franks | Lotus Blossom
Just sit back and relax...

3. Anderson .Paak | The Bird
He is one of the greatest right now. I love the songwriting in this song.

4. The Miracles | The Tracks Of My Tears
I remember listening to this song when I was 11, and it's probably one of the tracks that brought me to Soul Music.

5. Jordan Rakei | Selfish
Reggae, Jazz and Soul blend. Jordan Rakei is a Music Genius.

6. Sizzla | Just One Of Those Days
I had the chance to record one song on one of my albums with this Reggae legend. Back in the days, I used to listen to his Music mostly everyday. I will always be thankful to him for giving me that chance to record a song at Judgement Yard with him. He is more than just an artist. Just one of those days...

7. Sade | Is It A Crime
It's hard to pick up one song. All of her work is interesting and inspiring. There is nobody like Sade. She's a living legend.

8. Bas | Ricochet (feat. The Hics)
This song is outstanding. Amazing vocals, lyrics and video. This song inspires me a lot!

9. Frank Ocean | Thinkin Bout You
I love this great and nostalgic song.

10. Marvin Gaye | What's Going On
War is not the answer, for only Love can conquer Hate. There's not much to add. Unfortunately this masterpiece feels all too appropriate today...

WARMER MIXTAPES #1637 | by Patrick Murphy and Luke Brickett Haycock of VIOLET

SIDE A | by Luke Brickett Haycock

1. The Beach Boys | Surf's Up
Massively into The Beach Boys at the moment and every time I hear the chord change and the rising melody halfway through this song I get shivers, beautifully crafted. Kind of sums up the genius of Brian Wilson in a song.

2. Elliott Smith | Coast To Coast 
I got shown this about 2 years ago and I hated his voice, but a couple months later after it got played a few more times I listened in my own time and fell in Love with it and subsequently Elliott Smith and ever since he’s been one of my favourite artists ever (either/or is in my top 3 albums).

3. Oasis | Supersonic 
I guess I’m Madferrit? I found a piece of paper from when I was about 8 with Suppersonic [sic] as my favourite song written on it and I have always loved it ever since, no idea why, can’t help it.



4. The Vines | Autumn Shade II 
The Vines’ slow stuff is so underrated, Craig Nicholls can write a beautiful melody, every installation of Autumn Shade is great.

5. The Beatles | Sun King
When I was in sixth form I’d go into the Computer Room and listen to Abbey Road in its entirety like three times a day, I was obsessed. I remember when the harmonies came in during the song and I was just fascinated, really changed my whole perception of Music, had 0 interest in backing vocals until this song.

6. Verve | Star Sail
Nick McCabe is a certified genius. His guitar sounds are so amazing he makes the band, this is a proper wall of Sound and one of the most amazing vocalists singing a melody that compliments the Music perfectly. The first Verve album is Absolute Perfection.


7. The Smashing Pumpkins | Thru The Eyes Of Ruby
This is the song that really got me into Smashing Pumpkins, I love that it can go from a huge wall of Sound right down to Ambient Nothingness in a second, The Verve do a similar thing and I just think it’s so captivating.

8. Alice In Chains | No Excuses 
I’d listen to AIC unplugged every day a few years back, after Nutshell and Brother came this and the chorus just hit me, the harmony is so perfect and the note change is so perfect, Sap is my favourite thing Alice In Chains did.

9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre | What You Isn’t
I saw BJM live about 3 years ago without ever listening to them and I heard this, it was this massive wall of Sound with great Melancholy melody in a way... I spent days waiting for the setlist to find out which track it was and ever since it’s always been one of my favourite songs ever.

10. Emma Ruth Rundle | Protection  
Just something I’m really into at the moment, again, similar to The Verve and Smashing Pumpkins, this song goes from beautifully Ambient into one the most powerful Melancholy wall of Sounds I’ve ever heard. She’s amazing live too, it’s even bigger, she’s really genuine and the Music feels really honest and personal which is nice.



SIDE B | by Patrick Murphy

1. The Beatles | I Am The Walrus (Love Remastered Version, 2006)
Amazing song. With an unconventional structure, odd lyrics and quirky string melodies, all the parts just work together and it still doesn't fail to stay accessible to the masses. It's songs like these which pushed Music and inspired thousands. I chose the Love version because I believe it's generally a better mix. Nothing wrong with the original, I just think if Lennon had the option to make it sound like this he definitely would have taken it, some may say it's not real 60's, but I've never had an issue with remasters, which this pretty much is.

2. Radiohead | Staircase
It's not easy to pick a favourite Radiohead song. It's their attitude to Music and overall Experimental and Melodic Exploration which is admirable. One of the rare occasions where a band has taken risks and managed to land their feet and keep a massive audience for it. No matter how diverse what they write ends up being, it always has that familiar part of the Music you can grasp onto which feels like Home to me.

3. Air | Alone In Kyoto 
Air are responsible for showing me that Electronic Music doesn't have to be boom cha boom boom cha. Instead, it can be a softly sampled dee, surrounded by a well thought out composition of synth sounds and airy vibes. When I get my hands on a synth I dream of the warm, expansive sounds Air make, which tend to be unconventional. Anything with soundwaves is a Sound, and that includes the Sound of Noise or any noise like Sound. Air know this and utilize what they can do with Modern Technology, whilst still making the overall great songs they do and not just making it crazy to be crazy.



4. Elliott Smith | Cupid's Trick
Elliott Smith heavily impacted me when it comes to what picture you can create with just a voice and a guitar. There's some secret trick to the way he strings things together which was so new and different to me. At first, I just saved the song and liked what I heard, then, after a few more listens, getting to know what I was hearing and understanding the structure more clearly I became addicted, and to this day he's one of my top artists and a melodic genius, heavily influencing me.

5. Cage The Elephant | Shake Me Down 
I remember the very first time I heard this song, and I had to listen to it again and again. The guitar melody was something so simple yet captivated such a feeling and sound which I loved straight away. It's the feeling I get from certain notes strung together like this which is The Magic behind Music.

6. Jeff Buckley | Grace 
Actually got to study this in GCSE Music, which was weird to get some of my own taste played to the class. The initial reaction from people was why is this guy shouting? or it sounds messy, then as we went on it was cool to see people's opinions change as they started to understand what they were hearing more coherently I suppose. It has a bit of everything in, parts feel dreamy and draw from some Folk inspirations like Nick Drake, whilst, after a while, you find yourself listening to a Grungier vibe drawn from darker places, all sewn together with Jeff Buckley's explorative vocal melodies.



7. Deftones | Minerva 
Deftones were a massive stage for me, I would play them prominently when I was in my gaming phase to get me in the mood before I started my competitive matches, so I think you get the picture. At the time I may not have realized it, but it was the beginning stages of me discovering Shoegaze. Blackgaze to be exact, maintaining a dreamy, Psych tone without losing the heavy guitar riffs which explored notes that wouldn't classicly work together, yet they did. Learned a lot from this and the whole White Pony album, and still love the genre today.

8. Smashing Pumpkins | Cherub Rock 
I discovered Cherub Rock on Rocksmith, yes, that Rhythm game where you use a real guitar. Usually, people will find Music through normal methods, but I will always remember Cherub Rock as the odd discovery through a video game dlc... A few other Smashing Pumpkins songs have made it to the favourite position in the past including Rhinoceros and Cupid De Locke.

9. Arctic Monkeys | Secret Door 
I truly respect the Arctic Monkeys Humbug era. Produced by Josh Homme, you can hear the impact it made. A darker twist takes place and shows a real development in Songwriting skills and Experimentation from their previous albums. For a band that could have easily sold out and repeated what they had achieved with a safety net of an audience, I think it's great they did an album like this and hope they continue to think outside the box like this. Since I wrote this, their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino has been released, and I thought I should put in a word that I think it's an amazing album and it's great that they once again diverted from what their audience were expecting.

10. Foals | Inhaler 
This song is produced amazingly and the build-up into the chorus is phenomenal. The phased guitar picking which pans from ear to ear in the intro is like ear candy, then when all the instruments kick in you can't help but groove. A feel-good well-written Nostalgia-ridden song.