‘Our Love’ by Caribou
I remember hearing this album for the first time, I was on a balcony in Croatia and the sun was coming up.
‘Blonde’ by Frank Ocean
It was super refreshing, so many layers of vocals and instrumentation. An intriguing record, that kinda just got me and made me feel excited to be an artist.
'Silent Alarm' by Bloc Party
After hearing Bloc Party, I immediately wanted to find out who this band was and how I could listen to more of their music. Their album 'Silent Alarm' has a frenetic energy that I'd never heard before and Kele's vocals on this album still blow me away to this day. I have memories of moshing to their music, as I spent way too many Tuesday nights at The Gloucester in Brighton in 2005. It was also the year my now husband and I got together and our first date was watching them play Somerset House as the sun went down.
‘Exodus’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers
I grew up listening to reggae, soul and r&b. I remember seeing The Wailers perform at Bestival and it had been raining most of the day. They performed ‘Three Little Birds’ and the sun started to appear, everyone was singing along and it was just such an incredible experience of music uniting everyone.
‘808s & Heartbreak’ by Kanye West
I grew up only listening to punk rock and metal, and this is the first album to have a significant impact on me after pursuing a broader taste in music which invariably enriched my life, leading me down a path to where I am right now.
‘Back In Black’ by AC/DC
I can remember the time and place I first heard the title track and it knocked my socks off! It was this album that really made made want to pick up a guitar and write my own music. It’s all killer and no filler!
'Technology' by Don Broco
I love this album because it takes a unique twist on current day issues. The title track “Technology” tells a story through a hilarious music video about people today being too consumed by their phones while an alien invasion is going on. That’s just one of many linked up and creative music videos that came out for this album. Along with this album, the band introduced a band mascot: The Cowboy which if you know “Everybody” then it includes a fun dance that I took the time to learn, was so worth it. It was an exciting time watching this album’s marketing campaign come through and it was the first time I bought an album bundle for a band because I loved it that much!
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'Cardinal' by Pinegrove
Other than bonding with some of my favourite people over this album, musically, Pinegrove is so distinctive - somewhere between indie, emo and Americana. Hall's lyrics manage to capture thoughts that will resonate with everyone but does it in ways that are so poetic, and his voice carries the emotion through. Absolutely perfect.
'Automatic' by Don Broco
This album takes me back to studying music production at university. Sitting on the balcony and just being in awe of basically everything about this album. Every song is outstanding, I could listen to this album on repeat forever!
'Emily's D+ Evolution' by Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding is an incredible bassist, mainly from a contemporary jazz background. This particular album is like nothing I've ever heard before! Awesome guitar riffs, incredible vocals, messages of freedom & power all in a rock/funk fusion style!
'Random Access Memories' by Daft Punk
This album revived the golden age of production. They spent 4 years and over a million dollars on this masterpiece and it really shows in the details.
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'Whack World' by Tierra Whack
Although it’s 15 minutes long, this concept album is one you just cannot fault. Whack’s sound is somewhat revolutionary and has opened doors for so many artists who may feel ‘uneasy’ with being them selves- as well as taking a whole new approach to the industry, different to any other female artist so far. Moral of the story being, weird is wonderful