My Record Collection - December 8, 2015

My Record Collection by Michael Woods
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My Record Collection by Michael Woods

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 dancefloor filler Michael Woods, let's see what he's picked out for us...

 

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

"This is Blondie -  ‘The Tide Is High'. My first childhood crush was Debbie Harry. Check the cutting edge technology for this clip! Subsequently found out this was a cover of The Paragons Ska/Lovers Rock original. I still have this 7” single somewhere."

 

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

"This is The Prodigy and ‘Smack My Bitch Up’. The Fat Of The Land album, arguably their most accomplished album, really spoke to my generation, and the power and glory is really summed up here. I could see where dance music could take me here."

 

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

"So tough to pick just one but I’m going for Cafe Del Mar's 'Energy 52', the way the club version builds and builds before that drop. Everyone has their sweaty, loved up Ibiza moments, this is one of mine."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"This is David Bowie - ‘Let’s Dance’. The one produced by the genius that is Nile Rogers, showing the soulful side of Bowie – that other chameleon genius – and his slightly improved 80s teeth."

 

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

"This is Earth, Wind & Fire ‘Fantasy’, who doesn’t like a bit of this? If you don’t then there’s no hope for you!"

 

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

"I'm going to say Idris Muhammad - ‘Could Heaven Be Like This’. Often sampled, never bettered. Play from start to finish. Magic. I hear Jamie XX is into this too, so I’m in good company."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'll choose New Order - ‘Blue Monday'. The one with the floppy disk sleeve. Absolutely amazing and ahead of it’s time. No artist name or title. This artwork was so expensive it actually cost the band money ever time they sold a copy, but designers Peter Saville & Brett Wickens are geniuses. All the old Factory Records New Order art is amazing. Oh and it stayed in the chart for about 100 years on 12” sales alone."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This is  Bill Withers - ‘I Can’t Write Left Handed’. Only a true visionary could make that lyric work. Not only that but it still sadly resonates to this day. Listen to the angst build alongside the balance of soul. For veterans everywhere."

 

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

"This is Chris De Burgh ‘Lady In Red’. Just no. No, no, no. ‘Never seen so many men ask you to dance/looking for a little romance. It doesn’t even rhyme! I hope that adequately explains my lack of understanding on this one. If not, then as I say, no, no, no."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Monika - ’Secret In The Dark’. She's a Nu Disco artist I discovered on my travels. It’s like Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ meets Blondie. A Greek artist getting her groove on in New York via the Other Music label. Won’t be everyone’s taste but this one really hit a nerve with me, just for that intro alone. On repeat."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2015 is…

"I'm going to say Bob Moses - ‘Tearing Me Up’.  I predict big mainstream things for this act. I love their balance of electronic meets cross over/hooky vocal sentiments. Can’t stop playing their album ‘Days Gone By’."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'm going to choose Lil Louis - ‘French Kiss’. So hard to pick just one but here I’ll go for this. Revolutionary in it’s time, for slowing down in the middle with the sound of a female orgasm, that was just mind blowing and set the tone with it’s relentless groove for the jilted generation."

 

 Michael Woods' new single 'London Baby' is out now and available to download here. 

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