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Listen: Wild Beasts Spotify Playlists
Ben Hewitt , August 3rd, 2009 12:25

Four lists to choose from...

To mark the release of the fantastic Two Dancers, the new album from Quietus favourites Wild Beasts, each of the band has compiled a Spotify playlist.

So, what better way to spend your Monday afternoon then listening to the choicest cuts the Kings of Kendal could muster? And you can also find out the thought process behind some of their selections below.

Click on the links below to immerse yourself in the magical musical wilderness of Wild Beasts.


Michael Jackson - 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Kitchen demo)'

"A lost classic. Legend goes this is just him and his motown band jamming in the kitchen, you can hear the milk bottles being used as rhythm. I couldn't get tickets for his comeback shows, it's probably for the best."

The Source featuring Candi Staton - 'You Got the Love'

"A very early musical memory being sat in the back of my child minders car hearing this at full blast. We've spent a long time trying to replicate that crisp house piano."

The Smiths - 'Hand in Glove'

"There's something special about first singles, for the Smiths it was such a statement, with the male nude on the cover. It must have come out of no-where at the time."


Prince - 'If I was your Girlfriend'

"'Would you let me dress you? Would you let me pick out your clothes?' Erotic, playful, curiously downbeat. Great vocal performance."

Can - 'Vitamin C'

"I consider this the benchmark of ensemble playing, unbelievably fluid, subtle. Real third eye opening stuff."

Gyorgy Ligeti - 'Etudes book 1.2 - Cordes a Vide'

"Never settles, the left hand is constantly moving against the right. I love the way that harmony is always an implication in this, never an instruction."


Brian Eno – Ambient Music For Airports 1/1

"17 and a half minutes consisting of long synthesized voices and over tones, piano notes altered through subtle tape manipulation consisting of placid, sustained drones that suggest stillness. When you've finished listening to this track it leaves you empty, its designed that way like rest-bite from the ever flowing 'airport'.”

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover

“Although I hate donky Jaws, I'm surprised that this song never made the Best Of! It's a real hidden gem from the album 'New Skin For The Old Ceremony.”

The Knife – Heartbeats

“This song is brimming with sustained pad swells, cheap, steely and vulgar lyrics that are generally about parties, sex, dating and relationships.”


Kraftwerk - The Robots

"An amazing outfit, their records sound so sparse, yet the attention to detail you get rewarded on repeated listens is astounding."

Animal Collective - Leaf House

"How and what the fuck? One of those bands that kind of wants to make you give up. And that's how it should be."

Bjork - All is full of love

"When we first started out, we acquired a drum machine and I was under strict instruction to listen to this and come up with a similar beat. Needless to say, electronica was a direction we failed to pursue longer than a month. Cracking song, and just when you think she's ran out of range, she hits that note."

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