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Listening Post: Kwes picks some of his favourite tracks…

Listening Post: Kwes picks some of his favourite tracks…



This Saturday, Kwes will be in Dublin to play the Button Factory for Hidden Agenda with support from Lemonada and DJ sets from Niall D’arcy and Colin Devine. While he’s yet to release his first album, Kwes has worked with the xx, Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack, Micachu, DELS, Speech Debelle and Ghostpoet and his recent Meantime EP gave us a glimpse into his solo work so much so that I likened him to “if Sampha, SBTRKT, Metronomy and formed a supergroup.” Here, the synaesthesic Londoner tells me his favourite tracks under specific categories. Win tickets to the gig in this week’s gig guide.

Favourite song to wake up to?

‘Butterfly’ by Scott Walker or ‘Discreet Music’ by Brian Eno (album).

Your go to disco track?

‘Happy Man’ by Chic.

A song have you discovered/heard in a club (or gig) recently that blew you away?

‘Why Can’t We Live Together?’ by Timmy Thomas.

A really good but sad song?

‘It Ain’t No Use’ by Stevie Wonder.

Your first vinyl (or CD) purchase and why?

I grew up listening to CDs, so I bought loads of those (I love vinyl though, but I can’t remember exactly what I bought first on vinyl). My first purchase was ‘U Know What’s Up’ by Donell Jones, I remember really loving the unresolved chords in the music.

Favourite slow jam?

‘Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)’ by The Beach Boys.

A track you’ve played that has cleared the dancefloor?

‘Brainticket, Pt. 1’ by Brainticket (it is a very creepy, uncomfortable but amazing record though).

A song that’s always likely to get played when you DJ?

‘Let ‘Em In’ by Wings.

Favourite cheesy Eurodance song?

‘Up’ by The Saturdays.

Favourite song from the ‘80s?

‘Raspberry Beret’ by Prince & The Revolution.

Song of the year?

‘Jardin’ or ‘Serpent’ by Actress.

A new artist are you most excited about..

A designer/harpist/singer called Tirzah, she is totally unaware of how good she is.

An album you’ve been recommending to people lately?

Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never.

Here’s one of Kwes’s own tunes:

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