My Record Collection - July 28, 2020

My Record Collection by Girlhood's Christian Pinchbeck
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My Record Collection by Girlhood's Christian Pinchbeck

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 Christian Pinchbeck, half of rising hip-hop duo Girlhood, let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"It was Barry White's Greatest Hits. White was subconsciously wormed into my palette very early on due to my Mothers limited record collection and repetitive personality. Still a classic, and gets a spin at least once a month still to this day."

 

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

"I'd say it was Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Californication. Everyone who in my school class started their “let’s start a band” adventure took the first steps after first hearing Californication. It happened all over the country; a movement. I still can’t play 'Scar Tissue' properly, though."

 

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

"I'd say it's CocoRosie's Noah’s Ark. It’s a transportive listen. Sitting back with your favourite old black and white movie, that got sort of lost down a K-Hole and never quite came back. This album is still my biggest influence musically, and I am sure that will never falter."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's The Avalanches' Since I Left You. I remember 'Frontier Psychiatrist' doing the sounds as a sort musical meme back in college, no one quite understood what was going, but unanimously loved it. I was almost more into the opening track, 'Since I Left You', but the whole damn thing is one heck of a ride and another huge inspiration for me with what they did with sampling."

 

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

"It's actually The Avalanches' Wildflower. A different beast in comparison to Since I Left You, but I adore the slackest approach to the production. It sounds much more cut and paste, fewer strings and more beats. Personally, I think this is one of my favourite sounding records, the production is just a total eargasm."

 

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

"I'd go for Josh T Pearson's Last Of The Country Gentleman. The most beautifully fluid, melancholic, angry, personal and poetic portrayal of relationship turmoil I think I will ever hear. A guitar technique that completely bent the way I now play acoustic, and a lesson in lyrical honesty."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is CocoRosie and their LP Noah’s Ark. It’s a unicorn mating a unicorn shooting rainbows through its horn, that’s mating another zebra-unicorn who’s vomiting rainbow sparkles. What is there not to love?"

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"It's The Streets' A Grand Don’t Come For Free. Sums up the narrative perfectly, sounds exactly like something Mike Skinner would say and sets it as a classic before you’ve even put it on. I wish I was this clever."

 

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

"Pet Shop Boys. Any of their albums. Honestly, I just get physically sick when I hear them. It’s no offence to them at all, I’m sure they are super talented and lovely guys, but it’s like someone pulling my teeth out one by one on a continuous loop until it stops or I run out of blood and die."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was J Hus' Big Conspiracy. Recently came across this Mercury Award-winning artist. His way with words and delivery makes me laugh out, not to mention it’s a much more uplifting genre of Grime/Afrobeat that I can’t find in many other places. My favourite line has to be “Get the bread, avoid the drama, you can avoid the feds but not the karma, protect your chest with body armour, and get the llama from the farmer”. Utter genius..."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"I'd say it's The Microphones' new self-titled album. I love everything Elverum puts to wax. This should be super exciting release as he’s back under the classic Microphones moniker. Can’t wait to see where this album will take me."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd say, for me, it's Josh T Pearson's Last Of The Country Gentleman. I can’t fault it, I never tire of it, every listen I notice something new and sublime, and it’s just a total one-off. Even Pearson admits he’ll never make another album like it, as it took so much out of him to make it. Gutting, but it holds a special place in my library and more importantly my heart."

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