Each month we ask an artist or a member of Liverpool’s music community to give us a glimpse into their world by selecting some music they’ve had on heavy rotation recently. They could range from cult classics to obscure bangers, or the latest, hot-off-the-press tunes from their own personal favourites. Glitch-pop wizard PODGE gives us an insight into the various layers and sounds that inspired the treasure trove of sonic delights that is his new EP, Eatmore Fruit.
I originally found this song when Madlib sampled it on Freddie Gibbs’ Crime Pays. This song and Crime Pays were constantly being played when I was hanging out with all my friends during this past summer. The electric piano chords and soft vocals really bring the whole relaxed vibe together and getting to hear Freddie Gibbs rap about “Choppin’ up this change with cocaine in my microwave” over the top of it totally switches up the whole mood of the song.
Valley In The Ocean
This lovely song from Portuguese jazz musician BRUNO PERNADAS was one of those songs that I had on repeat this summer. I love the contrast of male and female vocals and the chord progressions keep me on my feet, never being too predictable. The descending middle eight is one of my favourites of all time, with the simple guitar and the rich vocal harmonies bringing it to the next level.
Mac’s Record Label
The newest MAC DEMARCO album came to be my new favourite of his over this last summer. It’s really helped me appreciate super minimal arrangement and instrumentation. Nobody in particular made me realise that one tiny element can bring so much feeling to a song. The warbling synth in this song changes it from a chill guitar tune to a warm, slimy, relaxing load of goop.
Hinobu Tanaka & Kazumi Totaka
Professor E. Gadd
Luigi’s Mansion Soundtrack
I straight up named one of the songs on Eatmore Fruit after this. Me and my friends found this by accident while going through the Luigi’s Mansion soundtrack and it’s stuck ever since. This song shows you the true power of a really good groove. I tried to capture that feeling in my track Prof. E Gadd, but it came out pretty different in the end.