LIPS are/is (plural pseudonym’s for solo artists confuse grammar) playing live this Friday night at Golden Dawn (and Cheese on Toast’s Andrew Tidball will be deejaying too). So we asked her, Steph Brown, that is what her current Top 5 songs are… and she said…
1. “Never Never” by SBTRKT
SBTRKT is one of my favourite producers at the moment. Production on this track is so good, I love his manic kick patterns, and Sampha’s vocals are on point. Plus the computer game synth arpeggiator in the background toward the end is one of my favourite building tools. KILLIN!
2. “Yama Yama” by Yamasuki Singers
My friend sent me this song, and I don’t know too much about it cept for it’s from a 1972 album made by a French producer and featuring some Japanese vocalists. It sounds like something David Axelrod might have done, but the Japanese vocals, doubled by that organ and glock give it this eastern feel that is really cool.
3. “The Look” by Metronomy
Metronomy have such interesting songwriting, and their music is so English Funky!! They use such hooky instrumental lines and mix of programmed and live drums.Reminds me of a 21st century British Sly Stone sometimes.
4. “Every party has a winner and a loser” by Erlend Oye
This beat was made by Prefuse 73 and is almost 10 years old but i just discovered it so it’s new to me and I really like it. I love percussive synth rhythms and this beat is totally made of that, with this casual vocal riding over the top, it’s just good.
5. “Gris Gris Gumbo Ya” by Doctor John
This song is so freakin HEAVY, had to include it. New Orleans swamp blues, all the instruments are placed way back around the room, it kinda feels like you’re actually in a creepy hazy swamp with voices and music wafting out and you can’t tell what direction anything is coming from. Really interesting use of stereo mixing. Had the good fortune to go to New Orleans last month and damn that place is a trip.