Andy Dodds and Nathan Carroll are two music students at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), currently working on professional placements with us. The two form part of Manchester based electronic pop band HAZY, with Andy playing bass and Nathan on the drums.
Andy and Nathan’s Spotify Playlist – LISTEN HERE
Run, Run, Run – Ann Peebles
A super laid back groove and dub infused horns feature on this Memphis Soul record from 1974. Peebles has a really distinct voice that is packed with emotion.
Abusey Junction – Kokoroko
Kokoroko are an Afrobeat/Highlife band immersed in the current jazz scene that’s bubbling in South London. This track is really relaxing, conjuring sunset imagery and West African sounds. This is fused with a sound that is distinctly London jazz, heavily featuring Oscar Jerome on guitar.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Bob Dylan
A beautiful song with incredibly poetic lyrics from one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Night by Night – Chromeo
This driven, high energy track combines 80’s electro with squealing rock guitar. Would be a good addition to a run/gym playlist, or would equally make a very suitable theme tune to an 80’s TV police show set in Miami.
Wisdom Tooth – The Pale White
A band from my native Newcastle that have exploded onto the scene. Their rise has been helped by championing from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, but its largely down to their super tight, ultra-high energy live shows that rarely fail to sell out. This track is characteristic of their bluesy sound, featuring fuzzy guitars and an earworm of a chorus.
Splosh – Cosmo Sheldrake
Son of famous Biologist Rupert Sheldrake, this twenty something makes music from sampling found sounds. He uses textures really effectively. Makes great music out of the most peculiar sounds. I saw him at soup kitchen and he is ridiculously captivating even on his own on stage definitely worth checking out.
To Believe – Cinematic Orchestra ft. Moses Sumney
A beautiful piece of music, combining an incredibly captivating vocalist with elements of an orchestra. I discovered Moses Sumney about a year ago a recently saw him at the dance house in town. When I heard about this collaboration I was instantly a big fan.
Black Rainbow – St. Vincent
This singer, arranger and multi instrumentalist makes some really interesting music. This track has a really cool arrangement using interesting elements of orchestral instruments. I discovered this track after watching her play it with violinist Andrew Bird for a Soirée de Poche session (see 21:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q37IAlsw8r8&t=831s
You Took Your Time – Mount Kimbie
I’m a big fan of the the minimalist arrangements by Mount Kimbie, less is more. Plus the dreary vocals of Archy Marshall (King Krule) create a really cool feel to the track. I recently saw them at Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons and it was great fun.
Once In A lifetime – Talking Heads
David Byrne and co were at the forefront of performance art and electronic music during the late 1970’s and 80’s. This particular track was co- written and produced by Brian Eno, master of synths and ambient music. I take a lot of influence in my music making from david byrne, not necessarily the music but more the creative process.
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