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Baker's Dozen

Mood Music: Andy Bell’s Favourite Albums
Stephanie Phillips , October 6th, 2021 07:37

Andy Bell of Ride talks Stephanie Phillips through his Baker’s Dozen, from listening to Spacemen 3 in a damp student box room to handing Tierra Whack a copy of Green Eggs And Ham


Mr Fingers – Amnesia

I got this on a bootleg cassette from an older friend of mine in those Oxford days. I had it on two sides of a c60. I just always kind of liked it. I didn't know anything about it at the time, and then rediscovered it when I was learning how to use a music programme called Logic, which was 2013 to 2014. I'm not the most technical person when it comes to music making. I had to basically go to college and be taught how to do produce. The homework we got set was to recreate a song you like. I chose ‘Can You Feel It’ by Mr Fingers, ‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald and ‘Rez’ by Underworld.

It’s funny because the more I found out about Mr Fingers, there's just a real nice simplicity to what he does. When you find out the story it all make sense because he made ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Mystery of Love’ and ‘Washing Machine’ in the first three days of getting his first synth and drum machine. He hit the ground running for sure and he made the records alone. I just think he's a genius with sound, basslines, and space in production. It was inspirational because it was everything I wanted to do. It really suited me doing that kind of music. That's how GLOK started from doing these assignments to copy tracks. It wasn't a very long time before I started making my own tracks.