My Record Collection - January 31, 2017

My Record Collection by Zeds Dead
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Zeds Dead

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 Canadian dance duo Zeds Dead...


Check out a selection of the pair's picks in this playlist...


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

DC (Dylan Mamid): "For me, this was Nirvana - Nevermind on tape. Actually, me and my one of my best friends stole it from his old brother and we used to just sit around and listen to it. We thought we were pretty cool.

Hooks (Zachary Rapp-Rovan): "Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind. It's hard to remember but I remember buying that one because I liked the song 'Semi-Charmed Life'. At the time I thought being into alternative rock was pretty cool. I remember buying No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom around the same time. I still think those albums are really good."


The record that made me want to be a DJ was…

DC: "This was Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'The Main Ingredient'. This was one of the first times I distinctly remember wondering what the beats behind the rap where all about. Shortly after that, I started trying to figure out how to make them."

Hooks: "DJ Shadow - Entroducing. It made me want to be a hip-hop DJ at the time. I wanted to learn to scratch. I didn't even really know what mixing was."

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

DC: "Skream's 'In For The Kill' remix and Breakage's 'Hard'. These are records I think I have played out/DJd more than any other... not necessarily put on in my house. They never get old and they are some of the best of an era that I will always remember for when we started to make our own way in the music scene."

Hooks: "Dr. Dre - 2001. I've listened to this the whole way through probably more than any other. The second probably being Notorious BIG - Ready to Die. It introduced me to Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit whom I became big fans of. I've also referenced it a lot for mixing because it's one of the best-mixed hip-hop in terms of loudness and clarity."


The record that always makes me feel good is…

DC: "Strafe - 'Set It Off'. There are so many records I could put for this answer but as far as literally putting a smile on my face and most of the times making me get up and dance in my room by myself like an idiot... this is def near the top of the list."

Hooks: "Styles P - 'My Life'. This record just has such an awesome feel to it and the lyrics from Styles P and Pharoahe Monch are so amazing and quotable (even if I can't always sing all the words in public)."


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

DC: "Jimi Hendrix - 'Little Wing'. One of the first songs I can remember distinctly falling in love with. One of the strongest memories of I have to this day is standing at the window of my bedroom in my old house during the fall time and looking out the window spaced out while this song was playing. I think that's when I started to really realise how important music was gonna be in my life."

Hooks: "Radiohead - 'Karma Police'. There's a lot of records that are powerful in those feeling low moments but this one just really comes to mind as a hair-stand-on-end tune."


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

Hooks: "Ol Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers. This album is one of the most amazing pieces of art ever. It's like being inside the mind of a crazy madman who's also kind of a genius savant. And the beats are just so raw and suit him perfectly. I've listened to this the whole way through many times."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

DC: "This is Miles Davis -  'Bitches Brew' - I always saw this record kicking around in my house growing up but the actual record was missing from the sleeve. I don't know what else to say besides I love the art style and it always made super intrigued as to what was on it. I finally found out a few years later. "

Hooks: "Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon. It's just so classic and iconic. It's also one of the greatest albums ever."

The record with my favourite title is…

DC: "The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest. I'm def predisposed to anything that references bass and this one really captures the feeling of the record plus can take on a few different meanings. The title coupled with the opening song Excursions really captures the vibe in the best way possible."

Hooks: "Joy Orbison - Big Room Tech House DJ Tool - TIP. It is what it says it is. He clearly couldn't think of a name and has a sense of humour."


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

Hooks: "Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk. This record does so much nothing for me it's incredible. This record's insane popularity makes me feel very alienated and disconnected from most people on this planet."


The last record I bought was…

Hooks: "Noisia - Outer Edges. I'm a big fan of theirs, and they've been very influential to us as producers. Their last album I rate as one of the best electronic albums so I had to give this one a thorough listen."

DC: "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata. This record and others that Gibbs has done recently live in this cross section of rap that I often fantasise about, I often hear good powerful lyrics with uninteresting beats or vice versa. This dynamic that they accomplished here is the full package. It's kind of one the reasons I like working with rappers so much now, we try and provide something with a bit more unique or exciting in the production department than the same old stuff."

The greatest record of all time is…

Hooks: "Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt. Hard question but I think this would have to be my all time favourite album. Jay-Z's lyrics are so well crafted and stylish while also painting an amazingly vivid picture of the life he lived. The sample-based production also fits his lyrics perfectly and encompasses everything I love about classic hip-hop. This album has so much relistenability and every time I hear it I'm reminded that it's the best."


You can out Zeds Dead's back catalogue and their new EP Northern Lights here in hmv's digital store. 

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