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19-year-old Steven Barker was born in Nigeria and raised in Suffolk, England. He’s a singer-songwriter, bedroom producer, and multi-instrumentalist, and has been writing and playing music for as long as he can remember.
I snuck in his debut EP at the end of this guest mix, just because it’s so impressive that everyone should listen to it. Stay tuned for Part II, coming tomorrow.
This is in no way a full representation of my musical interests, I’ve tried to pick a few tracks that don’t get much general attention as far as I can see, but totally deserve it. Some of these songs were with me when i was doing certain things for the first time, which i explain later, and so i have strong emotional connections to these songs. I hope you like my playlist!
1. Jai Paul – Jasmine
I love that the vocals in this song fade in like another instrument in this song, its about the music more than the aesthetic of the performer or their voice, that’s what feel music should be most of the time. This is the kind of sound i was going for in my music, it never really went that way, but this is still definitely an influential track, despite how recent it is.
2. James Blake – Unluck
when i heard james blake for the first time, it was my first exposure to out of the box, strange, and extraordinary music, i didn’t quite get it, and no amount of listens made it any more usual, and i liked that. too much music sounds the same these days, the use of amazing new technology is great and some great artists are putting it to some amazing uses.
3. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
I heard this song around the time i left school completely. I remember the last day sitting there thinking, I’m never gonna see these people again, and listening to this song. it was a very powerful moment, and one i always draw back to on those days where i don’t really feel anything. I relate better to bleakness and melancholy more than happiness in music and life… pretty sad.
4. Death Cab For Cutie – Brothers on a Hotel Bed
on the flip side, i heard this song around the time i started college. i reminds me of meeting new people and starting new things, despite the song being about getting old and growing apart. the music brings me close to tears every time, this is easily one of my favourite songs ever. The repetitive main melody is addictive and Ben Gibbard’s imagery is brilliant.
5. Brazos – Day Glo
I’m ashamed to admit i watched the latest series of 90210. I heard this song in one of the scenes where a cancer patient is talking to his wife about his treatment in general. i just love the free spiritedness of the song and how its about doing stupid stuff with friends. musically, i love the lo-fi, slightly off beat rhythm of the piano with the guitar over the top, and how it’s in no proper structure, it’s more of a stream-of-consciousness type song.