Back in April, Mike Skinner announced that he was reviving his record label, The Beats (which he shuttered back in 2007), ostensibly so that he could sign Man Like Me. And considering that The Beats Mk I released early singles by Professor Green and Example, who’s to argue with his judgement. Not you, that’s who.
Known for their cover of Jona Lewie’s ‘You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties’, which featured in an IKEA advert, they released their first single for The Beats, ‘Squeeze’, in May. The next one, ‘London Town VIP’, is a remix of their song ‘London Town’, handled by Skinner himself. That’s out on 10 Sep and their debut album is expected early next year.
Ahead of the single release, we asked Peter Duffy of the duo to put together a playlist for us. Here’s what he said about his selection: “We’ve been on the road driving to a fair few festivals this summer (if you can call it that). So here is a ramshackle list of the sort of thing we’ve been playing in the car, without a doubt the best place to experience music”.
PETER DUFFY’S TEN
Click here to listen to Peter’s playlist in Spotify or listen via multiple sources on Tomahawk, and then read on to find out more about his choices.
01 Nas – Bye Baby
Been listening to Nas’ new album ‘Life Is Good’ for last couple of weeks and been really enjoying it. Having both been fans since school it’s nice to hear him this hungry. This is the track he wrote about the breakup with his ex-wife, Kelis.
02 Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear
In a recent interview, Nas cited Marvin Gaye’s ‘Here, My Dear’ as an inspiration for his new album. I hadn’t spent much time with that record before and have now realised just how amazing it is. Apparently it was written so that the proceeds could pay for the huge divorce settlement he owed to his ex-wife Anna.
03 Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids
I hadn’t been blown away by a new album for awhile, until ‘Channel Orange’ came out recently. Just trying to pick out a song for this list was hard. I like this one because it reminds a bit of ‘Less Than Zero’ by Brett Easton Eliis, which reminds of some rich kid parties I’ve been to over the years.
04 Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
Our ex-songbird Jess is killing. It’s really upsetting to be honest. I can’t believe this song isn’t number one yet.
05 Mosca – Bax
Kept hearing this on Rinse and finally found out what it was the other day. Been pulling it up ever since.
06 Johnny Cash – Five Feet High And Rising
Never been much of a fan of Johnny Cash but love the idea behind this song, the ultimate call and response. Amazing atmosphere as well, less really is more sometimes.
07 Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes
We DJ at weddings as little sideline, and The Doobie Brothers get played when we hit our drunken-DJ peak. It’s a little known fact that a certain Michael Jackson sings backing vocals in the chorus on this one.
08 Blood Orange – Forget It
I could take or leave Lightspeed Champion but Blood Orange is the shit. Johnny and our singer Ade have been raving about it for a while, which put me off as I like to get there first! But when it’s right it’s right. “I’M NOT YOUR SAVIOUR, BABYGIRL”
09 Tom Vek – Aroused
Such a good riff on this, this track is perfectly put together. Classic Tom.
10 The Streets – Blinded By The Lights
Had the pleasure of working with the man himself on our forthcoming album. This one still sounds fresh amongst all the dubstep pop fodder around at the moment. Amazing video too.
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