My Record Collection - August 8, 2017

My Record Collection by Kissy Sell Out
by Tom
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My Record Collection by Kissy Sell Out

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week it's the turn of superstar DJ Kissy Sell Out, let's see what he offers up...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"The Prodigy's Experience. I think I actually forgot that this was indeed the first CD I ever bought with my own pocket money, back in the day. That was until I supported The Prodigy on their fifth album arena tour with Dizzee Rascal. It’s funny to think that of all the artists I’ve supported on tour around the world, it’s only The Prodigy and LCD Soundsystem that I was too star-struck to actually go and introduce myself to!"

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"This was Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. This album is just so gnarly! Every year I go snowboarding and just listen to this album on repeat as I speed down the mountain. The second half of Hummer is also a beautiful piece of soothing guitar music."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"This is Caetano Veloso's Cucurrucucú Paloma. I just adore this track. I have a special version of this that loops for about 20 minutes with crashing wave sounds underneath! It helps when I find myself on planes with crying babies in the row behind me. My mates would recognise this song in a heartbeat as they’re all probably sick of me playing it all the time!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Van Morrison's Sweet Thing. Just love this. Later on, I’m gonna name a track that I hate because DJs play it too much, but here you have a track that makes everyone happy, no matter where you are in the world."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"PM Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss. You only need to hear 15 seconds of this to understand why it’s such an important track on my iPhone where ever I go. It’s such an inspired track, still, stands the test of time and sounds glorious in the present day."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"John Martyn's Small Hours. Not only underrated, also probably the most beautiful piece of music I’ve ever stumbled upon. My mother would play this in the car when I was a young boy all the time. The track is recorded outside in the English countryside, so you can hear the sound of geese calling out in the quiet background."

"The live video of him playing it in Reading is also a testament to not only how talented John Martyn must have been to even create such a beautiful composition using only his voice and an acoustic guitar with effects pedals, but the strange enigma surrounding his life before he passed away. As a notorious alcoholic who would often be very obnoxious and difficult with people, watching him perform this track reveals some kind of hidden beauty that was being spoken from the deepest part of his soul."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Felix Da Housecat's Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever. Just incredible. I still have the 12-inch vinyl album in my living room. I would later find out, from Felix himself, that he got shredded by the critics when this came out – but I honestly think it’s one of the best electro albums ever made!"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Frankmusik's The Fear Inside (Digiraatii’s Kissy Should Play This On Radio 1 Remix). I think it’s obvious why this is my favourite title! Creative remix titles are a forgotten art as far as I’m concerned. I remember when I first saw there was a remix of SIL's Windows 98 called “Victor Imbrez ‘Broken Glass Up Your Arse’ Remix” and from that moment always dreamed of actually having the chance to name an official remix. My favourite of my own is Chungking's 'Love Is Here To Stay (Kissy Sell Out’s Own Private Idaho Remix)'.

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"The Killers' Mr Brightside. This might seem like I’m being a right grump, but there is no other tune that makes me cringe more than this one. It’s more what it represents really. You see, this is one of those tunes that DJs play to big crowds if they can’t possibly think of anything else to make them happy. So, therefore, playing this track flies in the face of everything I’ve ever tried to stand for as a DJ and performer – if you have to play this tune in your DJ set to make people dance, then you’re not a very good DJ!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was TRC feat. Lily McKenzie - 'Lost Souls'. This is one of those tracks I play in every single DJ set at the moment. That’s a piece of me at the moment right there!"

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"PVC's The Preacher. This is a tough one to answer because the future music I am most excited about is from my own new record label Stepper Man. We’re ten releases in now and the latest joint from PVC (Purple Velvet Curtains) is a really amazing EP, it’s such a pleasure to sign your favourite music!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. Might sound like a bit of an obvious choice, but my appreciation of this track has never dimmed since I first heard it when I was at school. I worked with a producer called Steve Osborne on my first album and he had worked on lots of stuff with New Order."

"He said the reason that the bassline in this track is played at such a high octave was simply because the band played so loud in their rehearsal studio back in the day, that Peter Hook could only hear his bass guitar if he played the notes higher up the fret board. So a happy accident resulted in a masterpiece.

 

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