Metronomy release their third album, ‘The English Riviera’ today through Because Music. The follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Nights Out’, ‘The English Riviera’ is a sonic progression of epic proportions and affirms Metronomy front man and producer, Joseph Mount, as a rare British talent.
Along with the new release we’ve got a Spotify playlists where Joe selects the records from his youth; a musical snapshot of the tracks that he listened to as he grew up around Devon’s ‘English Riviera’ and developed his musical tastes that influence the Metronomy sound today. The New Metronomy album ‘The English Riviera’ is Released 11th April – upgrade to Spotify Premium to hear the exclusive C-Berg Remix of ‘She Wants’.
1. The Who – Pictures Of Lily
So, the journey begins, this list will be somewhat chronological, things that I liked as I grew up and ‘developed’ my musical tastes. We start with The Who and a song about pleasuring oneself.
2. The Kinks – Set Me Free
The kinks, a staple in any young mans/womans musical development. You can learn a lot from Ray Davies; you can learn about pop music, you can also learn about rhythm and blues. The Kinks helped learn about both of these things.
3. Blur – End Of A Century
I have my sister to thank for this choice. She has good taste in music. I was perhaps dismissive at the time, but that was youth talking. I feel happy to have been around in the days when Blur were on top of the pops. I feel sorry for kids today.
4. Nirvana – Rape Me
A summer holiday with the family! What shall we listen to in the car whilst arguing? Well, either the previous track, or my own personal preference, this song.
5. Weezer – Say it Ain’t so
Weezer were such a good band really. Their first two albums had a very profound effect on me. Their logo was the first I drew on my pencil case, I felt an affinity with the very few people at my school who also liked them.
Shame they are now so far far removed from that band I once adored.
6. The Lemonheads – Dawn Can’t Decide
I’m having a right trip down memory lane now. This is surely one of the all time great summer songs no? Again, I should thank my sister for buying so many Lemonheads records, she put the work in.
7. Busta Rhymes – Woo Hah!! Got You all In check
What’s happening here? I tell you what’s happening, I’m having a mid-teens crisis, I’m cycling a chopper and listening to Busta Rhymes! Deal with it mum!
8. A Tribe Called Quest – The Jam
I will take a few bands with me from my hip hop phase, tribe called quest are certainly one of them. I can’t really even listen to them objectively now without just remembering how cool I thought i was. I was nearly cool, but not cool enough. Anyway, I am trying to be honest with my selections.
9. DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like – Part 1
So here we are. Probably THE person that inspired me to start making my own music. I was so obsessed with DJ shadow. The way he made drums sound was amazing, I wanted to be him so much. So I set out trying to be DJ Shadow.
10. Les Rhythmes Digitales – Sometimes
I quite literally stumbled upon Les Rhythmes Digitales. It was the first ‘dance’ album I owned. It’s probably the first thing I heard that made me realise you could successfully combine ‘pop’ songs with really interesting production. I suppose now it sounds quite normal, but at the time it was released it really was a revelation.
11. Aphex Twin – ChildrenTalking
Aphex Twin was one of many ‘IDM’ people I started listening to when I began making music. I guess I felt an affinity with any awkward man making music, I maybe pigeon holed myself. Anyway, needles to say I started making quite irritating music for some time.
12. Manitoba (Caribou) – Mammals vs Reptiles
Of course, in a sea of IDM you often find really wonderful pieces of pop music. This record made me re-asses what I was doing. Here was something very charming and organic, joyous as well. After getting this record I basically began working my way back through the list I have just written. I started re-visiting things that I had deemed too ‘rock’ or what-not.
13. Ol Dirt Bastard – Got your money
Gabriel Stebbing played this song to me when it came out. He was basically like “Jesus, this is amazing”. He was not wrong and it began a love affair between myself and the Neptunes. If I were a pop historian I would confidently argue that this record changed both rap and pop music forever.
14. Timbaland and Magoo – I am Music
One day, out of the blue I decided to buy a Timbaland and Magoo album. I think I was working at HMV at the time. Needless to say, I was not the same afterwards. In Aaliyah (and Timbaland of old) I found everything I had been looking for. The inventiveness of DJ Shadow, the ‘Intellect’ of Aphex Twin and the pop of the Kinks. I want this song played at my weddingSand at your wedding!
15. Steely Dan – Deacon Blues
Well, this might appear slightly incongruous at this stage in the list. But, it seems fair to give and example of what I’m into at the moment. Against a backdrop of the Who and Ol’ Dirty Bastard it’s perhaps tricky to explain the presence of Steely Dan. But I think that’s why I like them so much. The music is so self involved, so oblivious to anything going on around it, it is so so so strange. But, at the same time, catchy and really absorbing.
Obviously it is from a different era to the rest of my choices, but even when it was released Steely Dan where in a class and world of their own.
They are the musical equivalent of Larry David.