Buckle up for guilty pleasures and gospel organ solos
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1. Moon Boots – Tied Up
This is the first single from my upcoming album. My friend Steven Klavier is a wonderful singer; he even won barbershop quartet competitions in school. We thought it would be fun to make something sweet with naughty lyrics that people would sing along to. Mission accomplished!
2. Isao Tomita – Clair De Lune
This one brings up so many feelings for me. It was sampled by J Dilla in one of his best instrumentals, which in turn was one of Perseus’s favorite tracks, and Perseus is both the founder of French Express and the A&R who discovered me. I grew up playing classical piano and Chopin and Debussy are my favorites. Tomita’s version of this piece is just magic.
3. Billy Preston – How Great Thou Art
Before I started producing I was a keyboardist, and I was obsessed with the Hammond organ. Now that I have a live band I feel like things have come full circle. This is a gospel organ solo by a young Billy Preston, years before he played with the Beatles. He brings the house down and just keeps going. Incredible.
4. Collage – The Three Degrees
This is one of those songs that I think should be better known. It feels like a classic. I like to listen to soul music when I’m chilling out.
5. Barbara Streisand – Guilty
The actual definition of a guilty pleasure. Sorry, I love this song and sing it with my fiancé all the time.
6. MØZAIKA – DRIVE
I can’t remember how I found this, but I love the dreamy optimism of early 80s music like this…
7. Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie
This never goes out of style to me, and I’ve been influenced by the melodic vocal chopping in this song.
8. Aretha Franklin – Never Grow Old
I watched Amazing Grace recently and it was so beautiful I cried. This song will also be known by techno fans for the Floorplan sample.
9. Thom Yorke – Dawn Chorus
What an inspiration, I loved the new album.
10. Anderson .Paak – Yada Yada
I recently saw Anderson .Paak live in NY and was blown away. This is one of my favourite songs on his new album – he didn’t play it at the show, but that’s ok. What a performer.
11. Tamia – Keep It Smokin’ (Moon Boots Remix)
I made this remix last summer and it didn’t get a big push from the algorithmic powers-that-be. But I still love it and hope other people find it and love it too. I put in a piano solo (a first for me), a nod to Shep Pettibone, David Cole, and Dimitri From Paris.
Moon Boots’ Bimini Road is out 6 September on Anjunadeep.