1. Fugazi — ‘13 Songs’. The aggression in this album is fucking unbelievable. Raw hardcore power that kicks you in the face. Even if a song’s quiet and slow it can still have the same intensity; it's proven on this album. Music that gets inside your head and rattles your brain. I want to make some of that shit.
2. Ataxia — ‘Automatic Writing’. John Frusciante (RHCP). Josh Klinghoffer (RHCP). Joe Lally (Fugazi). Three dudes. Two weeks. Two albums. This being the first. Throw away all your preconceptions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fugazi. This is an absolute masterpiece in experimental rock, bass grooves, and sloppy drumming brilliance. Arguably my favourite group of musicians together using only analogue gear. WOAH.
3. Iceage — ‘You're Nothing’. Basically this album helps me walk to the station really fast. Brute force from Danish lads in there late teens, early 20s leaving me wishing I'd written something this mental at that age.
4. Pete Rock & C.L Smooth — 'Mecca And The Soul Brother'. The production comes from crate digging and mixing samples. An extremely slow rewarding process as you can hear from this super album. It's Pete Rock's intensity and love for music making that influences me. PS. Check out Pete Rock's record collection — a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
5. Guru — ‘Jazzamatazz’. A perfect hip hop jazz infused album that gets smoked to on my mate’s balcony basically every Friday. The craftsmanship heard is absolutely incredible at capturing what was happening in the ghettos of New York during the early ’90s. I guess it's influential in the sense of how I want my music to make people feel. Nice way to sound like a wanker but hey that's music.
Lurch & Chief play the Grand Central Hotel Saturday August 31.