I grew up listen to the sounds of Jan Garbarek and Phillip Glass. So when it came to being cool in the playground, my knowledge of contemporary artists of my own generation were limited to the big hits of Madonna and Michael Jackson.
While listening back at these pieces I can almost appreciate them more for the complexity and references that as a 9 year old passed me by.
However, the internet is a great thing, and now friends share what they’re listening to, compilations and we can collaborate to make the perfect party playlist.
Then every so often, the internet allows us to share great music videos. A medium that since the advent of MTV in the early ’90’s hasn’t lost it’s appeal.
Last year I was obsessed with Chet Faker’s Gold
The track not only has a great vibe that meets me if I’m wanting to get excited for going out, just as much as chilling on a Sunday afternoon. The video is simple. It oozes soul and a bring a calming breath. I’m in a happy place when I watch it.
I then recently caught the new Massive Attack Azekel, from their new album Ritual Spirit.
As a teen I had a cassette of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album. I’d play it as I went to bed and exactly at Teardrop, the ‘heartbeat’ would send me to sleep. This track has a similar mesmerising ease that I feel is going to dominate my summer soundtrack.
It just takes one beat, one lyric, one experience to make a song resonate. “If music be the food of love..” then enjoy.