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Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Knights releases his new EP, Eclipse via Kaneda Records. This latest offering combines influences ranging from techno, dubstep and breakbeat, to hip-hop, jazz and experimental music to produce a rich and vibrant, melody driven sound that, at times, exudes a Thomas Newman-esque sense of childlike wonder. 

Here, the artist picks the top five records that he likes and is inspired by at the moment…

1. Alfa Mist – On My Ones
This album is pretty much a masterclass in solo jazz piano, Alfa is one of my favourite musicians generally and is an incredible pianist. The album just encapsulates how beautiful his playing is and how emotive one person sitting at a piano can be, the tracks flow into one another really nicely and I highly recommend listening to it, even if you aren’t specifically into jazz, this record is a masterpiece.

2. Nubya Garcia – Source
Following the jazz vibe from the first entry, Nubya Garcia’s album Source has been on rotation for me since it first came out in the summer. The dubbed out vibe is complimented by Nubya and her bands incredible playing, the production on the album as a whole is fantastic and once again, I highly suggest listening to this album if you are looking for something new and exciting to listen to.

3. K-Lone – Cape Cira
This is one of my favourite albums of all time and it came out less than a year ago. It really changed how I thought of electronic music and the album’s sonic soundscape is very rich and full. I remember listening to it the day that it was released, I went out to a park and sat under a tree and listened to the whole album from start to finish. It’s an album that deserves so much recognition, even outside of the electronic spectrum. Definitely a summer album that really made lockdown a lot easier for me.

4. Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans
This album was pretty much the catalyst for my new EP Eclipse. Like Cape Cira, this album really helped me to get through parts of the lockdown. I listened to the album when it first came out and it had a huge impact on me, hearing music that works in a club setting but is also melodic and easy to listen to drove me in a direction to try and make music that works in different settings. The intro track to the album ‘School’ holds a special place in my heart, ‘Romantics’ pretty much set up me to chase the dragon of trying to write melodies that strike up emotions. Four tet is a producer that is so inspiring, I couldn’t write a list about music that I like without including him.

5. Kaytranada – 99.9%
And last but certainly not least, one of my favourite albums generally. Kaytranada really killed it with 99.9% and it is an album that drove my sound in a different direction. Every track on the album slaps but LITE SPOTS is the one that gets me the most. Kaytranada’s production throughout the album is super clean and really tight, it’s an inspiring album for me as a producer as well as just being great musically. It also has some really cool features that really tie it together as an album. Also a 10/10 in terms of artwork.

This has been a bit of an eclectic mix but I wanted to showcase some broader albums that have been on rotation for a while. I highly recommend listening to these albums and supporting the artists as they are all amazingly talented people. There are so many albums I wanted to include in this list but these are just the ones I am spinning a lot at the moment.

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