's immense sound takes cues from a wide swath of genres. The group has worked with some big names, producers Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill) for their debut album, Signs and Wonders
and Dave Kosten (Bat For Lashes) on their newest LP, The Looking Away
. Listen to the latest installment of T.G.I. Mixtape, see for yourself what a wide array of music Animal Kingdom uses as some of their favorite influences, and read what the trio has to say about each of their picks.
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1. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - "Household Goods" - Trouble
This track just has a great vibe to it -- super relaxed vocal & just the kind of synth sounds I like, loads of colour in it and then it breaks to a kind of hazy, dirty justice'y style. I want to raid his studio and steal all his toys. And I'll have all his funky head-dresses while we're there. If we're going to risk doing time, we may as well fill the van up.
2. The Cure - "Love Song" - Disintegration
This tune I always come back to when I'm writing. The simpleness of it & directness of the lyric is just so sweet & powerful. I've tried to write something like it a few times but you never quite reach the hights of Robert Smith. White Sparks on our new record was the latest attempt to pen a simple, honest love song to someone close to me
3. Neil Young - "On The Beach" - On The Beach
My favorite tune from my favorite album of his. Apparently the record company wouldnt release this when he gave it to them - as they thought it was too uncommercial. Go figure -its absolutely amazing. Love everything about the record from the artwork through all the songs.
4. Coldcut - "Timber" - Let Us Play!
I've been listening to these guys since I got my first compilation album on cassette when I was about seven. But this track came out when I started Uni when everyone was buying MPC's and messing around with sample only tracks. The video to this track is definitely worth checking out as it features all the samples, the saws, the hammers, the trees falling down and the woman singing the haunting vocal line. It's a beautifully crafted piece.
5. Foals - "Blue Blood" - Total Life Forever
This is how to blend funk, indie, dance and west African music without making a right pigs ear of it. Foals are one the few bands of recent years that I get excited about hearing new music from. Total Life Forever, their last album, has some great songs but this is my favourite from it.
6. Stevie Wonder - "Superstition" - Talking Book
Firstly it's one of those songs that you have to move to when it comes on. Even my Gran can't sit still to this one. The clav and the drum beat intro played by Mr. Wonder shows off his talent for playing simple but incredibly funky grooves...If you listen with headphones on you can hear the squeaking bass drum pedal, which is pretty cool too.
7. Other Lives - "Desert" - Tamer Animals
My favourite album of the last six months. I got to see them live in a tiny club before their world tour at the end of last year and was amazed by how close to the record they sounded. Incredible vocals and really nice mix of Spaghetti Western meets Radiohead.
8. Pete and the Pirates - "Moving" - Little Death
Loved these guys first record Little Death and this is my favourite track from it, there's something about the guys voice that does it for me - cracked, honest and imperfect. Great band live too, I found myself watching them again and again around London, they're one of those bands that you take to your heart.
9. Bat For Lashes - "Pearl's Dream" - Two Suns
This was the track that made me want to work with our producer David Kosten, the sounds and space are just perfect and it build's amazingly on your headphones. Plus, I'm a sucker for squelchy bass synths. Looking forward to hearing what she does next.
10. Neil Young - "Don't Let It Bring You Down" - Neil Young Archives Vol I
There's a few versions of this track out there, but this recording is my favourite. We had 'After The Gold Rush' literally stuck in our van CD player for months(!) but this track never got old. The man is the master. Really hoping to see him at Outside Lands in San Francisco after his epic performance at England's Glastonbury festival.
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