8track: Kyle S. Reid

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...
This week's mixtape comes from Kyle S. Reid. A local music columnist for the Daily Record, he champions local music and for that we salute him! Not only that, but he's also got a great taste in music as shown by his mixtape below...

Kyle: I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and always known that doing so would result in scenes similar to those towards the end of High Fidelity when Rob Gordon has to produce his all-time top 5 favourite records.  There’s a bit more leeway here, but this still prompted some hair-pulling, middle-of-the-night amendments and stress levels completely out of proportion to the task at hand.  I loved every minute though.

The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
An obvious choice this, but anyone who knows me would doubt the veracity of this list if I didn’t include House of Jealous Lovers.  I very much dance like an overweight, white male (funny that) but this is a tune that would always get me on the dancefloor without fail.  Luke Jenner’s vocals have a bit of a Marmite quality, but that bassline!  The screeching guitar riffs!  And the cowbell!  Just, yes.

Pixies – Levitate Me
Everyone seems to be on a bit of a Pixies high at the moment, but they are undoubtedly an important band for me.  Joey Santiago is incredibly underrated as a guitar player as well and I love the juxtaposition of Black Francis’ shouty vocals and the wailing guitars with poppy hooks.

Talking Heads – Life During Wartime
The normal album version is great, but the live version from Stop Making Sense is something else.  Coupled with the choreography in the film, it’s nothing short of bonkers.  David Byrne still manages to be cool as, despite, or rather, because of, his foppish dancing.

Sons and Daughters – Rama Lama
I never understood why these guys weren’t more successful.  I saw them live at least 10 times, and each time they completely blew me away.  This is a Nick Cave style murder ballad off their first album proper and it’s cinematic, fierce and twisted. 

Blur – To The End
I always preferred Blur to Oasis so I’m glad the general consensus now favours them as the better band.  Albarn might be in danger of disappearing up himself, but his vocals on this track are just gorgeous. 

King Creosote – My Favourite Girl
I believe it’s actually about his daughter, but the lyrics are ambiguous enough that you can imagine it being about your better half.  This is the aural equivalent of tea, milk, honey, babbling brooks and kittens.  Lots of kittens.  You don’t hear enough accordion these days either.

De La Soul – Eye Know
The perfect antithesis to gangsta rap, this, and its album (3ft High and Rising) are the perfect upbeat summer soundtrack.  The whistling sample from Sitting on the Dock of the Bay is genius.

Stanley – Join Hands
It would be untoward for me to not include an Aberdeen band and Stanley really are fantastic.  The Divine Comedy are an obvious reference point, due to their shared theatricality, and the vocal similarity, but Stanley wear the oddness better than Neil Hannon’s group.  Chanting’s good too.

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