Playlist: Solomon Grey

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This week’s playlist brings you classy pop perfection selected by 21st century soundtrack/synth duo Solomon Grey.

The London based pair, comprised of Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson, are highly skilled producers drawing on the blueprints of Little Dragon, James Murphy and Chromatics to create era-defining electronic pop that’s unafraid to look over its shoulder to the eighties’ synth heyday.

They officially arrived via Black Butter Records back in 2013 with the monster track Gen V, which Zane Lowe instantly heralded as the ‘future of BBC Radio 1’.

Most recently, they provided both original songs and original score for the 2015 televised adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO.

Their stunning debut album, Selected Works, was released in February through Elcici/Universal and features music from The Casual Vacancy plus tracks from other projects.

Here’s their dreamy pick of influential sounds from pop and electronica’s leading game changers… (scroll down to tune in via Spotify)

Yeasayer 2080
We both fell in love with this tune, as did a lot of others.

Vangelis Ask the Mountains
Such a long intro and then bliss, pure bliss.

Radiohead Reckoner
So many colours, it just fills you up.

Jan Hammer Don’t You Know
If Air and Stevie wonder did a track together.

Pink Floyd The Great Gig in the Sky
They are such a big influence on us and can get away with stuff like this.

Massive Attack Unfinished Sympathy
Just kept playing it over and over and on and on and Ariston.

Air All I Need
So clean and her voice is incredible, just transports you back.

Talk Talk I Believe in You
When we found Talk Talk it just blew us away.

Prince Erotic City
All the sexual energy a track ever needed, and some.

The Roots Step Into the Realm
We both grew up with hip-hop and this bass line, if I remember correctly, came to one of them in a dream.