Picture the scene: you've just stepped out of the Hercules Moments DeLorean and you find yourself in the 90s. MC Hammer pants and Walkmen are all the rage. Deciding to ignore the fashion of the day, you pick up a Walkman and head home to 2012...
Over the past few months, we've been getting in touch with bands, celebrities and more to ask them to create eight-song-long mixtapes for YOU. So crack out your Walkman and enjoy...
Formed in Fife but residing in Kilburn (Camden's neighbouring town, which they wrote a song about), Flutes have amassed a pretty decent following, as they have received praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1's Ally McCrae, BBC 6music's Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1 Scotland's Vic Galloway, all-round good-guy Jim Gellatly and Frightened Rabbit, among others. Their well-received debut self-titled album, which was produced by Jamie Savage of Olympic Swimmers and mastered by Iain Cook from Chvrches, promises great things for the band's future. Let's take a look at what they like to listen to!
John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
It threatens to go off in all sorts of directions but keeps you in suspense. You can feel the static building in the air. The album flits between dark electropop and classic ballads without being disjointed. This is a guy at the top of his craft.
The Fall - Lost in Music
My favourite cover version of any song. It’s from The Infotainment Scan, which is a good album to start with if you don't really know The Fall. It has some classic Mark E. Smith lines (eg. “I do not like your tone, it has ephemeral whinging aspects”).
ABBA - Lay All Your Love On Me
Had The Last Crusade been about pop music, I think Indiana Jones would've picked an ABBA song as his Holy Grail. The bad guy would be sent to a kind of netherworld where the refrain of Hey Jude is repeated infinitely. He chose... poorly. The mad baroque synth part at the end of this song makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio
Protest songs sometimes end up yucky, overreaching the point. This song is just a few images and a question. As they say in journalism: show, don’t tell.
S-Type - Billboard
There’s an evil genius-type musical mind at work here. S-Type's from Glasgow, apparently. There's something orchestral about how it all fits together - a hip hop film score maybe. One of the most original things I’ve heard recently.
Magazine - Definitive Gaze
A song you wouldn't think was from 1978. Sounds completely fresh - it's punky, it's got groove and imagination. The album, Real Life is a must-listen.
Lata Mangeshkar - Kuch Dil Ne Kaha
A songwriter pal of mine played this to me a few years ago and I keep going back to it. Dreamy and melancholic - best absorbed in the small hours. Makes me sigh just thinking about it.
Gene - This is Not My Crime
There's a gradual reappraisal of Gene taking place, which is great to see. I've always thought they slotted perfectly into the tradition of British intellectual rock, but were buried by Britpop. This song has a blistering garage rock feel to it, and the lyrics deal with rape. Oddly enough, that one didn't appear feature on any Shine compilations...