I asked Chris a while back to make me a playlist of songs that had informed the music he made himself, perhaps naively I expected to get back an brief education in experimental electronic music. What I got instead was a far more interesting proposition, over to Chris to explain…
“I’m not a huge fan of half these bands to be honest, but all the tracks I’ve chosen are (for me) infectious bits of pop that at times have the punchy unpredictable chord changes that inspire what I do. The artists that are consistently “my bag” don’t seem to have music on Spotify e.g. Cardiacs or Gryphon.
There seems to be hardly anyone making my ideal music and that’s the driving force for me to try and make it myself, some artists nearly get there but lack the levels of colour/emotion and honesty I need in music. My less conventional sound/taste seems to be the result of an interest in 80s dance music as a kid leading into rave and then Progressive rock. Growing up I was subjected to Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley so I’m very grateful for the radio I was bought when I was 11.
When I started recording for planet mu in 2003 the music was a lot more slap dash and under produced but now I aim for bigger sounding crisper production. My ideal music is a sort of Progressive Rave without the chitchat/filler. My output is clearly very personal/ineffectual to others as after quite a lot of radio play over the years including John Peel, the Freak zone and a session for Radio 1, I still only appear to have about 10 fans.”
Grab the Pet Sounds playlist HERE and check the past playlists HERE.
01 Rubber Legs – Iggy & The Stooges
02 One Of Those People – The Nice
03 T.V. – The Tubes
04 IEIEI – White Denim
05 Expectation – Tame Impala
06 I Just Want To See Your Face – Serena-Maneesh
07 Throwing Back The Apple – Pale Saints
08 How I Know – Toro Y Moi
09 Metaphor – Sparks
10 Superabound – Frank Black
11 Florida – Modest Mouse
12 Animal In Every Corner – Danielson
13 Stuck In A Tight Spot – Clor
14 A Real Woman – Squarepusher
15 Mirrorlike – The Gasman