In this regular section, we ask one of our members to compile a selection of music from their recent listening playlists. Jordan Ryder gives us insight into what he’s been playing non-stop in his headphones during 2019.

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Please Don’t Fall in Love
VINCINT
Republic Records
There is something of the tropical house about VINCINT’s sound, but this is carefully limited by the sense of yearning that percolates his songs, emphasised further by the androgyny of his voice. A song that seems so suited to the summer, Please Don’t Fall In Love is emotionally upfront and unashamedly pop.

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Gotta Get Up
Harry Nilsson
RCA Victor
I was mostly aware of HARRY NILSSON as a friend and drinking buddy of John Lennon, and as writer of tortured ballad Without You. Russian Doll on Netflix led me to Gotta Get Up, the motif of mortality that continues throughout the series. I love songs that achieve all they want to in less than two and a half minutes and I love an unexpected brass section.

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The World of Keith Haring
Various Artists
Soul Jazz Records
The day-glo room at the Keith Haring exhibition at the Tate was not just a visual delight. This compilation gave me an unexpected musical idea of New York nightlife in the 1980s and is an effective companion to Haring’s work. I think Over And Over by Sylvester is a perfect marriage of disco and Northern soul.

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I Think
Tyler, The Creator feat. Solange
Columbia
Maybe it’s the vocals from SOLANGE, maybe it’s the relentless beat, quite possibly it’s the multiple layers and frequent breaks in the pace of the song. Like TYLER said, the album IGOR should be listened to in one run, and this is the track I keep coming back to.

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Homonormo
Arthur Moon
Velvet Elk
This sonic bricolage is equal parts dreamy summer tune and angular electronic pop. In short, everything I am looking for in a song. Listening to it, even for the hundredth time, the sinewy movement of the song almost makes me want to dance. Not quite though. Ideal for a busy morning commute.



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