My Record Collection - April 8, 2019

My Record Collection by Kyan
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My Record Collection by Kyan

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 rising R&B star Kyan. Let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"This is Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. A monster of a record that really opened my mind to what an album could be with regard to theme, experimentation and soundscape."

"I did a lot of weird things as a result of that record, like getting lots of people into a room to record them laughing and screaming, then incorporating into the arrangement of a song. Whether the results are terrible or not, I think it’s important to try things out and to have fun when you create art and this record was my earliest compass for that."

 

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

"I'd have to go for Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. My Mum always used to play it in the car on tape. I was only a kid but I remember tuning into the lyricism and the stories and I was fascinated. It was probably my first introduction to the hybrid sound of 90’s Hip-hop which went on to be very influential in my musical development."

 

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

"This is Talking Book by Stevie Wonder. I’ve probably played it every day for 15 years. That’s a lot of plays, definitely worth the £12.99!"

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"For me, this has to be ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ by Michael Jackson. I can’t hear that song without getting up and dancing. I’m the guy at parties who screams when I hear the intro and everyone’s like ‘What’s wrong with that guy?’. That’s usually followed by a dash to the dance floor and a full-on performance."

 

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

"Always has to be Musicology by Prince. That song makes me feel like a boss."

 

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

"Beyond Skin by Nitin Sawhney. I mean it was a very successful record but it’s not necessarily a record that everyone knows of. I’m listening back to it right now and it’s just gorgeous. Lyrically and conceptually it’s a really important record, dealing with themes of nuclear weapons. But what drew me most to it, is it’s hybrid sound, blending genres, language, overlapping instrumentation."

"It’s one of those albums that feels very visual, like a film. Nitin has gone on to score a lot of huge movies so it makes sense in retrospect. ‘Homelands’ is one of my favourite songs, it makes me want to weep."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"There are so many to pick from, especially when it comes to vinyl, people really created works of art when the canvas was large and physical. But one that springs to mind is Earth, Wind and Fire's Last Days and Time - an explosion of colour and an illustration which looks like how the inside of my head feels sometimes."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life. I feel like the title sums up Stevie’s effortless ability to translate emotion and capture the intangible in musical form. You can’t get any more real and honest than songs in the key of actual life, genius title and genius execution."

 

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

"To be honest, I haven't been into a lot of the stuff that people call mumble rap. I grew up listening to a lot of hip-hop, where it was really about lyricism, narrative and craft. Whereas in comparison, mumble rap sounds a bit lazy to me. Of course, music is subjective, so I understand why people like it, but it's not for me."

 

The last record I bought was…

"D’Angelo's Black Messiah. I love it when an artist is able to make a return like that, it sounded almost as if no time had passed. Music is often seen as a young person’s game, but when a veteran comes back with a record like that and blows everyone else out of the water, that’s a real testament to craft and experience."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"I’d love to hear another Alabama Shakes record. When they released ‘Sound and Color’ in 2015 it was my favourite record of that year and probably the year after. Brittany Howard is a real powerhouse with real character, she’s magnetic. There’s a real synergy between the band members and each of them adds something really special."

"There’s a real difference between that kind of commitment and investment in an album from band members in comparison to the sound of session players. Definitely worth several listens."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd have to go for Talking Book by Stevie Wonder. It’s no secret that he’s my favourite artist of all time! But as it’s the record I’ve played more than any other and has been the soundtrack to so much of a life, I couldn’t pick another. I’ll spend the rest of my career trying to make a record that good. A true masterpiece." 

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