ULTIMATE PLAYLIST – Sleaford Mods
Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos making their mark on the music scene today. Renowned for exhilarating live shows, sharp commentary and minimalist beats, the band have spearheaded the post-punk renaissance of the last five years.
Emerging onto the UK music scene in 2013 at a time of political and creative austerity, the Harbinger Sound released breakthrough album Austerity Dogs caught the moment. Described by The Quietus as ‘a brutally brilliant slice of working-class culture… soaked in the impossible realities of the everyday’, the success was a surprise for many, not least Andrew and Jason who had been making music individually twenty years to no acclaim.
Fast-forward to 2019, and there are few other bands who can lay claim to such a prolific schedule, yet here we are a year later and Sleaford Mods have released their fifth studio album in six years, Eton Alive. Released on 22 February to yet more critical acclaim the album went straight in at number 9 in the UK Albums chart, number 1 in the UK Vinyl Chart and number 1 in the UK Record Store chart. The album, which features twelve new tracks, was recorded in Nottingham and is the first release on Andrew and Jason’s newly formed label ‘Extreme Eating’; the first album since amicably parting with Rough Trade Records.
We asked the Sleaford Mods to put together a list of tracks which have influenced the new release. Featuring an eclectic mix of artists including Giggs, Pet Shop Boys and Nina Simone, this is Sleaford Mods Ultimate Playlist.
Lizz – Chacal
Andrew got me onto this woman. Really good this tune. It’s from her EP ‘Imperio Vol1’ which I’m still getting my teeth into.
Burzum – Channeling the power of souls into a new god
I’m interested in early black metal at the minute. But only with its originators, Burzum being one of them. The idea that people from time to time reinvent music genre purely through passion is such a powerful thing. All that horror bollocks is irrelevant to me. It’s Just the motivation and ideas. Why? Brilliant.
Dat Oven – Icy Lake
Again I got this from Andrew. (Sorry mate haha) it’s Really nightmarish innit, quite cold. But wicked. Odd.
Giggs – Baby
The chorus is really good. His delivery. I really like Giggs.
Jody Watley – Looking for a new love
Just started listening to JW. Im trawling the RnB Soul timeline for decent shit constantly.
Pet Shop Boys – Two divided by zero
Always reminds me of touring especially when we are in Europe.
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprosy – Everyday life has become a health risk
The lyrics still seem relevant today.
Nina Simone – Hey, Buddy Bolden
This song will inspire anyone who is creative. Hairs on the neck go up.
Angelo Badalamenti – The Pink room
I watched the new series, which made me watch the movie again, it’s excellent.
Massive Attack V Mad Professor – Moving Dub (better things)
I already had it but my copy was scratched to fuck so I bought it again.