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An Unexpected Journey: Elijah Wood's Favourite Albums
Ben Graham , May 27th, 2016 07:28

As his new film The Trust hits the cinemas, actor, movie producer and DJ Elijah Wood tells us about 13 albums that have blown him away at various points in his life


Jorge Ben- Africa Brasil

He's a Brazilian artist, obviously, and this is his African funk exploration. My introduction to the record was the first song, which I found on a Brazilian compilation, 'Ponta De Lanca Africano'. I have played that record out so many times when I've DJ-ed. It's just super-funky and kind of psychedelic, and really catchy. But the whole record is really an exploration of that same kind of sound. I love Brazilian music and I was introduced to a great deal of it by my friend Joel Stones, who had a store in New York called Tropicalia In Furs. I don't know if you ever made it there but it was an incredible place. He specialised in Brazilian music, being Brazilian, but also so much more. I would just spend hours in there and Joel is just everything you want in a record store proprietor. Deep enthusiasm, never wanting you to leave, always wanting to play you something else that will blow your mind; he knows he has the goods and he loves nothing more than to get you excited about music. It's really the best feeling and it represents everything a record store should be. So a great deal of my education as pertains to Brazilian music comes from Joel, and he opened a lot of doors in regard to the psychedelic and the funky aspects of that music, from the late sixties and on to the seventies. And Jorge Ben is obviously a staple of that, and this record is probably my favourite collection of songs from him.