Da molti il loro album esordio “Imagin”, uscito su Monkeytown, è stato salutato come uno dei più entusiasmanti dell´anno. Ascoltandolo è facile capire il perché, la formula dei Dark Sky è il segno dei tempi musicali che viviamo e l´incontro perfetto delle personalità dei suoi tre giovani membri principali: Thomas Edwards, Matthew Benyayer e Carlo Anderson. Ed è proprio ai tre londinesi che questa volta abbiamo chiesto, in occasione della loro data italiana di Mercoledi 19 Novembre al Tenax di Firenze, di guidarci attraverso la loro collezione di dischi:
The first record you bought:
Tom – Jehst “Nuke Proof Suit”
Matt – ‘Creating Patterns’ by 4Hero
Carlo – Chase & status “Loves Theme”
The record you own you are least proud of:
Tom – Madonna “Holiday”
Matt – “Above the Rim” Music from and inspired by the motion picture
Carlo – Any one of the breaks or drum and bass bootlegs that I bought when I first got into Djing, think a Gwen Stefani one might take the biscuit but they are all pretty terrible looking back.
A record that made you want to start making music:
Tom – DJ Shadow “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt”
Matt – Bonobo “Recurring”
Carlo – Calibre “Mystic” Drum and Bass was my first love as far as electronic music is concerned and this was one of the first tracks that got me hooked. Just made me want to go out there and try it for myself.
A record that inspires you production-wise:
Tom – Four Tet “Ocoras”
Matt – Floating Points “K&G Beat”
Carlo – Untold “Motion the dance”, it´s a simple track that has a subtle but constant progression and attention to detail. Everything in this track balances of the other elements and creates something really special.
Your favourite Monkeytown´s record:
Tom – Moderat “Therapy”
Matt – Modeselektor “Blue Clouds”
Carlo – Modeselektor featuring Thom Yorke. I’m a big fan of both Modeselektor and Thom Yorke individually this collaboration is everything you would expect and hope for out of a collaboration between the two.
A record that makes you think about London:
Tom – The Cinematic Orchestra “Channel 1 Suite”
Matt – Roy Davis Jr “Gabriel”… brings back memories of Norman Jay at Notting
Carlo – Bit of a cliche but “Untrue” by Burial, I got it when I first moved back to London and it just fits. I can’t listen to it without it evoking images of London.
A record that makes you think about Berlin:
Tom – Dark Sky “Rainkist” (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
Matt – Wax No. 30003 “Untitled A “
Carlo – Really random but DJ Tomekk “Ich Lebe Für Hip Hop”. When I was growing up my dad tried messing around with the satellite box to get some extra channels and accidentally tuned everything to the german stations so I ended up watching a load of german MTV.
The record that you use to come down and relax:
Tom – Luke Abbott “Silent Fall”
Matt – Matthew Herbert “Wake Up”
Carlo – Radiohead “In Rainbows”
Your favourite record of the 2014 so far:
Tom – Moire “Attitude”
Matt – Amok Time “The Maghreban”
Carlo – “Jungle” by Jungle, I’ve had it on loop since I got it. It´s amazingly well written and the attention to detail throughout is sublime.
The last record you bought:
Tom – S Olbricht “A Place Called Ballacid”
Matt – Sealion Woman “Marquis Hawkes”
Carlo – Calibre “Deranged EP”