Which three tracks would you take to a desert island?
- ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ – Tame Impala
- ‘A Day In The Life’ –
- ‘Going Underground’ –
- ‘Come What May’ –
Ewan McGreggor and Nicole Kidman
- ‘All Summer Long’ –
- ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – The Beatles
What’s your favourite album?
It’s got to be Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys. It’s the best album of my favourite band of all time, and I guess I thought it was the soundtrack to my wannabe angsty tweenage years…
The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Kate Rusby is by far my favourite album. When I first heard it, I would get up early so that I could listen to it all again… now that is love.
Name a favourite track from your childhood.
Dean Martin, ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head’. I always used to listen to jazz music and big band with my grandad. Also, check out the RJD2 remix – you’re welcome.
‘Orinoco Flow’ by Enya. My parents used to play this to me to get me to sleep when I used to have nightmares. So I associate it with feeling calm, sleepy, and happy.
Name a track you associate with a fond memory.
‘Wake Up’ – Arcade Fire. Bit of an odd one. I was sat on the bus a few years ago and completely missed my stop simply because I was so into the song.
Arcade Fire are known for their instrumentation, impassioned climaxes, and generally powerful aura, so I just had a movie moment and forgot where I was.
‘Summer of 69’ by Bryan Adams. It reminds me of my late teen years, when I finally found some good friends. We used to jam to this in the summer of 2011.
Which song do you find best to comfort someone when they feel upset?
‘Dry Your Eyes’ – The Streets. That’s jokes. Don’t play that to anyone. On a serious note, you can’t be sad to ‘You Make My Dreams’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates.
DEFINITELY ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire. It makes me so instantaneously happy.
Recommend an artist/song/album.
If you haven’t heard Metronomy’s latest record, Summer 08 is brilliant. It’s fun, funky synthpop pervaded with dance cuts. ‘Back Together’ is erratic and just an all-round banger. Listen, please.
I can’t recommend Kate Rusby enough – if you want a song to start you off, go for ‘Awkward Annie’. She is a perfect artist to help you relax, read, or snooze.