The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website

Baker's Dozen

Start The Riot! Alec Empire's Favourite Albums
Laurie Tuffrey , June 16th, 2014 07:50

Ahead of Atari Teenage Riot's set at Camden Crawl, the band's founder uses his rundown of favourite albums to issue a clarion call for creativity and puts together a three-hour mix of tracks from his top 13


Duke Ellington - 'In A Sentimental Mood'
There is something magical that was captured in all these recordings. I remember discovering Duke Ellington when I was, I think, twelve years-old. I might have heard some stuff before, like the German elevator-jazz versions of it or something.

How tight everyone is playing, it always kills me. This is where skills and energy truly met. It's a testament. There are many enemies of Jazz out there in the music industry today. Their words sound familiar to those in Nazi Germany who called jazz "entartet". It's sad because when the day comes, and trust me that day is always coming, when substance is needed again, when all marketing tools fail, when people lose interest and can't describe why - then, key jazz recordings will show everyone the way out of the darkness.

If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking.