Matthew Hardwidge, one half of Day One, whose third album “Intellectual Property” is premiering on Society of Sound this month, shares some songs and artists that he and musical partner Phelim Byrne love; “Having been asked by the Society of Sound to put together a playlist of the songs that have inspired us, first and foremost what stands out the most when you look at my playlist is that the newest song on the list is 22 years old!! – Enjoy!”
Serge Gainsbourg – “Melody” – from Histoire de Melody Nelson
This concept French language album is revered by musicians all over the world, the depth and quality of the songs, even if you don’t understand the language, is just incredible. Those Jean-Claude Vannier strings, the use of some legendary UK session players in one integral piece; Vic Flick, Big Jim Sullivan and, of course, Herbie Flowers. I produced an LP for a French artist last year and was lucky enough to work with Herbie.
Mulatu Astatke – “Netsanet” – from Ethiopiques Volume 4
I found this artist quite late on, about 8 years ago. I was lucky enough to see him play live with the Heliocentrics at the Barbican; the best gig I think I have ever seen. The power of the music was a truly incredible thing to witness, an almost spiritual reaction from the crowd.
Leonard Cohen – “The Partisan” – from Songs in a Room
Just an achingly beautiful version of this powerful and moving, historic song.
The Beach Boys – “Lets Go Away For a While” – from Pet Sounds
For a lot of people it’s The Beatles or the Stones. For me it’s the Beach Boys. Pet Sounds is just such a wonderful record, always revealing new textures and sonics, Brian Wilson at the top of his game. A masterpiece from a true genius.
A Tribe Called Quest – “Electric Relaxation” - from Midnight Marauders
Phelim and I have always been into and influenced by the Tribe, it’s just fantastic music, clever conscious lyrics, funky production and the wonderful use of great jazz samples. This particular one is Ronnie Fosters’ Mystic Brew, flipping it to create something new, the best rap group for us for sure, in fact if not ever?