Aquasky Selects Five Great Albums for Summer 2017
2. A Tribe Called Quest ‘Midnight Marauders’
The album that got me into producing. The power of the old Akai 950 lowpass filter shines on this album. One of, if not the best, hip hop album of all time. And the inner sleeve artwork with all your favourite rappers with headphones on, you can easily get lost staring at those pictures!
3. Global Communication ’76:14’
This album was always being played when we started Aquasky. This was the soundtrack for our drive home after going to Club Speed (Bukem and Fabios night in London) back in 95. We use to listen to the Bukem on the drive home (I am sure he had a weekly/monthly show midweek on Radio 1 back then) and when the show finished or we ran out of range, this CD was put on. Amazing album.
4. Brand Nubian ‘Everything Is Everything’
This is the first Brand Nubian album without Grand Puba Maxwell, but I have to say, I think its their best. Again, plenty of 950 filter action going on here so it was a big inspiration to me, as I use to make hip hop before we started Aquasky. I also got to see the Brand Nubian and Grand Puba the year before when I went to New York in 92 at a Zulu Nation Party, so it has some teenage memories for me.
5. Avro Part ‘Tabula Rasa’
This album is something else… a classical Estonian composer creates something sublime from start to finish. The other guys in Aquasky use to joke about how I would always want to add strings and pads to all our tunes… I love that classical structure, and this album ticks all the boxes for a string section fanatic like me!
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