SIDE A | by Johnny Drain
1. Ike & Tina Turner | River Deep - Mountain High
Getting born: I don't know what song I was born to or even if there was Music playing, but I'd like to think that if there was then it was this.
2. Bronski Beat | Smalltown Boy
Vague, intangible memories of being a child: I grew up in Birmingham which is not a small town (it's the second largest city in the UK), but I was a boy, so I can relate to at least part of the song. It's one of those weird songs you have a vague memory of hearing as a kid, but you can't remember where or when. I never knew what it was until a few years ago. Somerville's voice is next level and there's this mix of Joy and Melancholy, as with many of the best Pop songs.
3. Michael Jackson | Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Growing up: I used to be a big MJ fan. I had Thriller on CD and used to dance around the living room to it with my best mate from Primary School. The song's a masterpiece: the production, the groove, the arrangement are all extraordinary.
4. The Stone Roses | I Wanna Be Adored
Adolescence: +The Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb... When I first started getting into Music I'd get confused between The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones. Two of my favourite bands.
5. Trophy Wife | Microlite
Recent years: This is one of the songs I've listened to most over the past five years. Sadly, it didn't get the exposure I thought it deserved.
6. LCD Soundsystem | Home
Current: Stumbling into the night.
7. Justin Hinds & The Dominoes | Over The River
The Future: I'd like to spend my Senior Years listening to Trojan Records box sets and tending a fruit orchard. There's a line at the end of this chorus that I've always heard as under the grapefruit tree that appeals to me. The harmonies in the song are beautiful.
8. Ratatat | Cherry
Inevitable demise: I like the idea of this song playing at the moment I finally expire and my soul (if you believe in things like that) is pulled through the Cosmic Ether to wherever souls return to.
9. Deee-Lite | Groove Is In The Heart
Funeral: I always thought I'd like this played at my funeral with people dancing like they do in the video on my cask. In Reality it'll probably be a much dourer affair.
10. Van Morrison | Astral Weeks
Cosmic Oneness: Probably my favourite album of all time. When Van Morrison sings to be born again you feel like it might be possible: I'd like to be reincarnated as something useful like a piece of Art or something beautiful like a hairbush.
SIDE B | by Aman Singh
1. Delorean | Seasun
Getting Born: Popping out into the light of day I can just imagine this track blaring out of the hospital intercom.
2. The Doors | People Are Strange
Childhood: The Doors were always on the record player at home during my early years. I also used to see people that nobody else could - these scary Punk Rocker figures and this track reminds me of those trippy days being a five year old.
3. Jean Michelle Jarre | Oxygene (Part I)
Growing Up: When I was 10 my parents took me to his concert at Maine Road stadium in Manchester and it was the start of my obsession with semicircular synths and laser harps.
Adolescence: It was all about Jungle in Birmingham during my early teens. We used to listen to a lot of white label stuff, but most people will remember this one.
5. Kindness | Cyan
Recent years: The vibe of this track pretty much sums up my state of mind in recent years.
6. The Sisters Of Mercy | Dominion/Mother Russia
Current: I've always been really into this track, but I've had it on repeat for the past week. It's pretty appropriate with the current state of international relations!
7. Animal Collective | FloriDada
The Future: The Future is bright! It's multicoloured, full of sunshine and Piña Coladas.
8. Jim Croce | Time In A Bottle
Inevitable Demise: I guess we'll all be wishing for more Time.
9. Broadcast | Winter Now
Funeral: A fine local voice to send me on my way up the chimney and into the Brummy skies.
Cosmic Oneness: Indian Classical Music stems from the idea of the Nada, the primordial vibration that all Life is created from - the origins of the Universe. Listen to these ragas long enough and, as your ego dissolves into the beat of the TR-808, you might just experience some Cosmic Oneness yourself.