Musical talent and synthologist, Cassicus makes a surprising return to our stereos with his debut EP, ‘Baby’s Coming Back’, and to celebrate he has put together a playlist for the readers of Indietronica.
Shura – White Light
There are so many things I love about her sound. In particular this tune. It’s the way she hooks you in with melodies that snap between short Haim-y bursts and dreamier, slower lines. Super clever writing.
Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)
Nothing beats when you just get recommended something by a mate at a party and end up totally digging it. The groove in this tune kills me.
Honne – Gone Are The Days
I’ve known these boys for a long time and they’re two of the hardest working musicians I know. The quality of their songs reflects this – writing & production at it’s most refined.
Twin Shadow – Golden Light
That chorus melody. My friend put this on the stereo when we were driving through LA at 1am and the match seemed perfect.
Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary
As if the Robert Palmer original wasn’t beautiful enough, turning the song on its head and making it a slow jam AND with a Brian Ferry vocal; one of my favourite ever reinterpretations.
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
This song builds in a way that cuts deep. The tension is mad. He uses his voice like a drum, the rhythm of his phrasing makes my head swing like crazy.
Blood Orange – You’re not Good Enough
This guy makes the most beautifully intricate pop songs and this is just one example of many.
Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis
I had the great pleasure of being her touring drummer back in 2011/12, and during our time in studio I helped write this song. A massive part of my musical roots.
Jessie Ware – Running
It was through this record I discovered the production of Dave Okumu, who I learned a lot from listening to. The vocals on this record get me every time – she’s incredible.
The Cure – Close To Me
My Mum and Dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid. Listening to this record was the first time I remember understanding what a hook was.
Stream the EP below.
Sounds like: David Bowie, Roxy Music