Songs That Inspired: Red Rack’em

In the wake of the Tomato Pope EP dropping on his own Bergerac imprint, one of our favourite producers takes the time to show us some of his more obscure records. Take a journey through Jazz, funk and some worldly odd ball jams.

Material – Ciquri (Red Records)

The sickest wrong funk vibes ever – Bill Laswell is the man. This kind of vibe massively influenced my Hot Coins album in 2013. I love this tune and am always really happy to play it in a club, it sounds massive. I could do the whole playlist with Material tracks but not this time…. ‘This Dance Is No White Mans Business’.

Vocal Jazz Quartet – Cercuri (Electrecord)

This is my shit. Romanian barber shop quartet vibes. I would just describe this record simply as ‘Gilles’. I love this kind of stuff and I would love to discover more about it.

Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times (Harvest)

My Dad got me into Kevin Ayers. This is my favourite track from his debut album ‘Joy Of A Toy’. The lyrics are magical and the sentiment is more relevant now than ever before. With music from his fellow Soft Machine colleagues and Kevins gorgeously rich baritone voice, this track is heaven in a wistfully post hippy haze.

Light Of The World – Emergency (Ensign)

I picked this up for a quid in Nottingham’s hidden gem, Anarchy Records. I LOVE Brit Funk – it’s got this kind of clubby breeziness that US jazz funk never quite hits. I love the fact that it was designed for UK clubs and hard, fast dancing. Light of the World have done so many dope tunes. London Town is perhaps their best known track, but basically check out everything they have done. It’s all good.

Jean-Claude Gaspard – Dhobi De Classes (Youtube)

I love Sega Music and Jean-Claude is one of the originators. I love the wonky, almost accordion vibes with the music and his delivery of the lyrics. So happy and positive and has that unmistakable island vibe. I haven’t been to the Mauritius Islands but I hope to one day so I can check out some Sega music first hand.

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