Phil Young’s 5 Favourite Records

Phil Young, Kendal, November 2019. Photo: Tozer

“I’m currently on lockdown in Wales, and here are five records that are helping keep me sane”.

Listen to Phil’s podcast episode here.

1. John Coltrane — Ole

“Recorded in just one day in 1962, this album is testament to the genius of this incredible sax player. Although over 50 years old, it sounds as though it was released yesterday with freestyle elements that swerve through drum and bass, trip hop and soul”.

Listen here.

2. Mulatu Astatke — Éthiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974

“Astatke landed in the UK from Ethiopia in the late 50s and immersed himself in the London music scene before moving to America to further his studies. Ten years later he returned to Africa to assemble traditional musicians and experiment with a sound he called ‘ethio jazz’. If you aren’t familiar with his name you will have undoubtedly heard his music in films, ads and in countless samples”.

Stream here.

3. Public Enemy — Yo! Bum Rush The Show

“A seminal hip hop album at a time when the genre was less about mumbles and money and more about black empowerment and racial injustice. Chuck D had some of the most powerful and educated lyrics I had ever heard set to the chaotic but brilliant production of The Bomb Squad.

This music still sends shivers down my spine to this day. If you need sounds to get you that extra mile or the KOM while on lockdown, then here it is”.

Buy it on vinyl here.

4. Erik Satie — Gnossiennes 1, 2, 3

“There was a lot of classical music in my house growing up, but I only really started to appreciate it after my grandfather’s death.

I was on a solo snowboard session and found a powder stash at the same time that Gnossiennes came through my headphones. It was both incredibly sad and joyful at the same time. There is no real time signature to the music, making it as freestyle as riding powder. The music also seemed to underline a sense of mortality that was so fitting on a run which was totally tracked out by the time I got the lift back up.

Try not to cry”.

Listen to it here.

5. Afrika Bambaattaa and the Soulsonic Force — Planet Rock

“This album is titled after a track of the same name released in 1982.Produced by Arthur Baker, Planet Rock is truly a genre-defining track that helped shape and solidify 80s hip hop music and culture. it was heavily influenced by the European synth sound of the time, which is why Kraftwork’s Trans Europe Express and Numbers were sampled throughout. The resulting sound became known as electro and was the foundation of the current breakbeat scene”.

Listen here.