Photo by Angie Smith
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I started the "Last Night On Earth" podcast with a desire to discover the music that means most to some of the people in music who inspire me. The first was by producer Eric Lau, and after a long absence, the next is by Robin Hannibal. Robin's face and name may not be the most familiar, but he produces for Quadron, Boomclap Bachelors, Owusu and Hannibal, Louie and most recently the internet conquering Rhye (amongst other projects).
In my opinion Robin is one of the most talented emerging artists in the world right now and we're lucky enough to catch him on the cusp of huge things, and I'm so glad because this mix is a glorious combination of subtle Scandinavians, deeply intelligent composers and the ultimate in soulful pop music - a true reflection of Robin's own work. Even the R.Kelly track.
I asked talented LA based photographer Angie Smith to meet up with Robin to take these photos, and she captured a wistful gaze at sunset I think really helps set the mood. - AI
Welcome to my selection of songs that I couldn't live without. They all have a special place in my heart for different reasons. Some inspire, some touch me, some make me jealous. - RH
[Full tracklist and description after the jump.]
Mew - Introducing Palace Players This song blew me away the first time I heard it. It was just so fresh and different. The rhythm has almost an off-kilter wonkee feel, but it's live, and super tight. both musically and artistically they are a group I look up to a lot. And they are Danish!
Superheroes - Someone Else We are staying in Denmark with multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Thomas Troelsen's band Superheroes, which is still one of my all time fave bands. This song reminds me of being 20 years old thinking that if I could create something as honest as that I would be a happy man.
Zombies - Tell Her No I'm in love with lead singer Colin Bluntstone's voice. A beautiful heartfelt song. Listened a lot to their arrangements and instrumentation.
John Martyn - Solid Air Such a beautiful sentiment and feel to this song. Its like he is gliding and flowing on top of the song with his voice. The theme, lyrics and music fit perfectly together. He is one of the few artists whose albums I can have on repeat for hours and hours.
Grizzlybear - Cheerleader I have tremendous respect for this band. I really like their sound and aesthetic. Great arrangements and compositions. I listen a lot to their records for inspiration.
Thomas Dybdahl - From Grace This song has a special place in my heart. makes me very emotional when I hear it. Its so pure and honest, and it reminds of my early twenties.
Thom Yorke - Eraser I like Radiohead, but when I heard his solo record, I was blown away. I thought it was such a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Almost as if he solved how to place real singer/songwriters in experimental contemporary music. It was a huge inspiration for me musically.
Sebastien Tellier - Roche He is an artist I'm really into. I love his aesthetic and musicality. This song is a perfect example of a lot of different styles mashed together in perfect harmony.
Washed Out - Feel It All Around This song was such a breath of fresh air, and I remember thinking, that it was so good to hear someone making a real strong song on top of 80s samples and beats. It had that lo fi sound that fitted his voice and aesthetic really well too.
El Perro Del Mar - Change of Heart Another Scandinavian! Great song, production and arrangement. I love that EP this was on. I listened to it over and over.
Ohio Players - Ecstasy This group is one of my all time favorites. The musicality is stellar, and there is so much pure emotion in their vocals. Junie Morrison that is singing Lead on this track is an artist and songwriter that I've researched a lot.
Marvin Gaye - Symphony I could have picked a lot of songs from Marvin, but I went with this one, that was never released while he was alive. Smokey Robinson wrote it. Its just one of those songs where everything connects with me, the topic, the music and the melody. Marvin is my all time singer. I never get tired of listening to him. If anybody knows of a voice like Mr.Gaye's, please contact me!
Ennio Morricone - Chi Mai This composer is a someone that I always have in my thoughts when writing and arranging music. He has a special place in my heart. He scored so many amazing movies that I grew up with and i love everything about him. Everything is so heartfelt and emotional, which is what I always want my music to accomplish first and foremost.
George Duke - Faces in Reflection This song is my ultimate chord progression song! I love that it's always moving somewhere, and how he uses his voice as an instrument. That inspired me a lot in how you can use your voice in alternative ways.
Bobby Womack - I'm In Love It feels like no matter what he sings it's just pure emotion. I love his delivery and feel. so special.
Michael Jackson - Liberian Girl Couldn't do a list without including my favorite artist of all time. He has a special place in my heart. I grew up with him and im still a huge fan.
Prince - Beautiful Ones A special song from a very special artist. I got to meet him recently and party at his house, and I have tremendous respect for his musicianship and artistry. He is another artist I grew up with and I still follow.
Pharrell - Take It Off Love his solo album, especially the songs he sings on, and a teenage dream was fulfilled when I got to work with him earlier this year. He has shaped my music, and had a huge impact in modern pop music.
R.Kelly ft Tyrese, Robin Thicke, The Dream - Pregnant We are ending this mix with my no.1 guilty pleasure. He is an amazing singer and composer, and this song is just pure butter.