For this edition of Influences, we return to the none60 stable as Wagz provides a rundown of music he finds inspirational. It may surprise you for an artist whose productions wouldn’t sound out of place on Good Looking that he cites Iron Maiden as an influence, such is the joy of these lists.
For those unfamiliar with Wagz we premiered his track “Hyena” with its classic Photek tinged melodies taken from last years none60 compilation “none of the above“, which can be heard here. He has also recently released an EP for the label titled “City Lights” with sweeping pads, warm bass and intricate drums.
That EP can be streamed in full at the bottom of this post.
Black Sheep – Similak Child
There’s so much hip-hop I could have chose it was difficult to pin one down but this Black Sheep album brings back so many memories of being a teenager walking round Buxton with headphones on going round to my mates house. The samples and the sheer vulgarity of the lyrics appealed to me on this album, but the guitar hooks on this track always stood out.
U.N.K.L.E. Featuring Ian Brown – Be There
So many to choose from on Endtroducing/Psyence Fiction so went with the vocal version of this one. Again, it’s all about the mood/atmosphere and samples. I can’t listen to this track in the day time, it has to be dark. I feel like I’m cheating nowadays when picking samples with the technology at hand when you compare it to the time and effort that people like DJ Shadow put in on these albums.
Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
Soundtracks are a massive influence for me, especially 80’s stuff. Even the shittest film back then could have an awesome soundtrack and this one is a prime example. I don’t think I will ever get bored listening to this. Proper 3am sofa business.
Wild Nothing – Paradise
One of my current favourite bands and this is the song which got me into them. Can’t think of a better song to get lost in the moment to. The breakdown is pure bliss.
Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name
I first heard this on Jamie Thomas – Toy Machine – Welcome to Hell skate video in the 90’s and became a massive Iron Maiden fan much later on through a good friend of mine who sadly passed away. This song got me through some difficult times – crank it up to full volume and run as fast as you can.
Stream/purchase the “City Lights EP” by Wagz below.