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Driving Home: Anika’s Favourite Music
Stephanie Phillips , July 21st, 2021 08:53

In this week’s Baker’s Dozen, Anika guides Stephanie Phillips through the records that made her, from the power of Grace Jones, Courtney Love and PJ Harvey, to the soothing effects of Goldie and Guru


Goldie - Timeless

When I was a kid, my sister had it and would play it all the time. I remember it always coming out of her room, and then my brother had it, and then our lodger had it. It was just always there. I love it because it's so cleverly written. The BPMs change throughout one track, and he goes from this really chilled thing and then suddenly the beat comes in and it is this journey.

I used to listen to it a lot, but mostly on YouTube, because I didn't have it. A couple of years ago I bought it on CD, and I've been listening to it in my car. I got a car when I moved to the countryside. It was just my soundtrack, driving back to Berlin or around the boring countryside. It's such a comfort record because it reminds me of when I was younger. When I used to write articles, when I was a journalist, often I listened to drum and bass because it was a way to not totally engage the brain. It would give this perfect chill to the brain, but you could still write, and this was one of the ones I used for that too.

This record is a big influence on the new album, on one song in particular [‘Critical’]. Strangely enough, I didn't quite get the song on the album to where I wanted it to be, because it was completely a Goldie reference. I was working with a friend of mine, we were co-producing the record, and he made a suggestion for how the next part could go to the drop. I was trying to add this in, it was like the last track we finished and I was just ended up just saying, Okay, let's just leave it as a more guitar track. I want to do remixes and I will do my Goldie remix of this song eventually.