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Broken Record #33

Broken Record
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tigercats have just released their second album Mysteries which takes their breezy, youthful songwriting to the next musical step. You can see for yourself by watching the video for their latest single, "Sleeping in the Backseat" below. The sound is still as delicate as ever but they've bulked things out a bit with the addition of Allo Darlin's Paul Rains on guitar and a guest appearance from Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk/Tindersticks) on brass. To mark the release, Tigercats' main songwriter Duncan Barret spoke to us about his record collection, making sad mix-tapes and unexpected similarities with East Coast hip-hop legends.
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital

I don't have many words to describe this record - the first time I heard it I knew it was both the strangest and the best record I had ever heard, and I still feel that way. It's furiously joyful and its too much to handle and I know almost nothing about who made it and how. It's so powerful you can only take it out of the box once a month - anymore than that would be overkill.

Fleetwood Mac - (Half of) Tusk
Fleetwood Mac - (Half of) Tusk

I made a playlist of just the Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks songs from Tusk to listen when things get too sad. I've haven't needed it yet - thank goodness.

Joe Hisaishi - My Neighbour Totoro OST
Joe Hisaishi - My Neighbour Totoro OST

I had to really rack my brains to find a record I was embarrassed about liking because I don't really buy into the guilty pleasures thing. This is a soundtrack to a Japanese kids animation - an amazing film. There is one melody repeated throughout that is magic to me. I can't live without it.

Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
Life Without Buildings - Any Other City

This whole record sounds like it's moving very fast towards something exciting. I don't get in a car very often so when I do that's exactly how I want to feel. A short, perfect album.

Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

A truly incredible record no doubt - but I suppose some people would be surprised at how much I loved it. I love the intensity of it, and yet it feels as if it could fall apart at any moment. RZA's approach to making music is an inspiration - trusting chaos and confusion. I do that too. And we both like chess.