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Don't Call It Fusion: Nitin Sawhney's Favourite Music
The Quietus , September 17th, 2020 08:17

In this week's Baker's Dozen, Nitin Sawhney talks Malvika Padin through 13 favourite records, from Kae Tempest to Miles Davis, D'Angelo to Joni Mitchell, Little Simz to Nils Frahm and more


D’Angelo - Brown Sugar
Until this record, what I’d heard of R&B never really did it for me. I wasn’t very excited by it nor identified with it. When I heard D’Angelo, the earthiness of his voice and his sonics struck me. This record comes from a darker realm of human experience and has the ability to take you into an experience, feeling or thought. I remember when I heard the title track of this record I thought ‘how has he managed to get it to sound like that?’ In the 90s when I had limited gear as a producer, I used to try to figure how different musicians got things to sound as good as they do by playing a record in my stereo system and use my auxiliary to try make my music match the level of the music I was playing, and Brown Sugar was a record I’d do this quite often with.