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Baker's Dozen

Addicted To Serendipity: Hayden Thorpe Of Wild Beasts' Baker's Dozen
Kiran Acharya , July 20th, 2016 09:47

As the Cumbrian quartet prepare to release their "'fuck you' to adulthood", Boy King, their singer and guitarist takes us through 13 LPs that shaped it, including Nine Inch Nails, Max Richter and Oneohtrix Point Never


The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
It would be rare for me to have a US number one on any list, but that's why this struck me so profoundly. This record brought together, for me, the kind of bedroom community sound – the wave of bedroom producers – with this new powerhouse, Max Martin, who's behind Britney, who's behind the Backstreet Boys. He brought his weight to it. And I thought there was a beautiful synergy behind those two ideals, those two ways of working.

For me it was really a litmus test. That this record could go to a US number one. This makes ours look PG, y'know? It makes my sex songs sound like nursery rhymes, like sex ed for young kids. He's pretty out-there and it gave me a lot of licence. On 'Often' I love the way he creates a mythology around himself: "Girl I do this often /Make that pussy poppin' /Do it how I want it…" It's pretty outrageous. He's this kind of Byronic character but in the very modern way.