HOMETOWN: Henry Green’s Bristol favourites

08 Feb 2018

Henry Green picks some of his favourite artists from his hometown of Bristol

Bristol has produced some of the UK's most exciting artists over the years from Massive Attack to Henry himself. We asked the Bristol native to pick some of his favourites from his hometown and here's his selections: 

Tamu Massif - Holding Back
My fellow Arsenal fan! This is my favourite track from Tamu. His music is perfectly balanced, inventive and captivating. He showed me the album thats on it’s way and as expected its really, really good.

Portishead - It Could Be Sweet
Can’t really make a Bristol playlist and not include Portishead. I avoided the expected inclusion of Glory Box and chose this gem instead. It reminds me of Sade; so smooth.

Cousin Kula - Working For It
I played a show with these guys (and fellow Bristolians Goan Dogs) four years ago. They were great back then, but their new stuff is even cooler, especially this one. Reminds me of Toro y Moi, Tame Impala and Talking Heads.

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains - Apocalypse à Ipsos
I saw Tamu supporting these guys at Thekla last year. They were super tight and a lot of fun. This track definitely stuck in the memory, with it’s catchy riffs and summery vibe, but the album ‘Solid Mirage’ as a whole is a brilliant listen.

Elder Island - Welcome State
I went to Maida Vale with Elder Island a few years back with BBC Introducing. They’re so original and their live set up is great. I love this track’s groove, the arpeggios and those catchy vocals.

Harvey Causon - Frisson
Harvey is a really nice guy and I was so happy when he asked me to remix ‘Frisson’. I fell in love with this track on first listen; the arrangement develops so nicely, the structure is intriguing and the production subdued and perfectly executed. I think Harvey’s music will deservedly reach lots of new ears very soon.

Corre - Transient (a)
Bit of a strange inclusion as Corre is my own side project, with visual artist Hattie Ellis. The album was written over 3 months last year; building ambient sketches in the morning and leaving them as natural as possible, refusing the temptation to tamper with the initial ideas too much. ‘Transient (a)’ is probably my favourite little instrumental from that album.

Body Clocks - Still Life
One of my best friends Emlyn (who also writes incredible music) introduced me to these guys. Still Life bounces along so nicely, tugging and releasing in all the right places. The duo curate a night called Dialogue in Bristol, showcasing loads of new electronic music, whilst also displaying their dynamic live set.

Fenne Lily - For A While
Fenne’s songs are all mesmerising and absorbing, but ‘For A While’ is my favourite. It centres around her beautiful, intimate vocal style for the majority of the song but develops in to this dreamy, warm arrangement just at the right time.

Ardyn - Shadow Light
I’ve known Katy and Rob for a while now and its been exciting seeing their project develop. They’re super talented and their ability to write delicate yet expansive pop songs is amazing. They have a brilliant new EP available, but I love this track from their EP ‘The Valley’.

Rhain - Josephine
Another of Chiverin’s many great artists (along with the aforementioned Tamu, Cousin Kula, Body Clocks and Fenne), Rhain’s music is spellbinding. I remember playing a couple of shows with her, at The Gallimaufry and Rise Records, and being completely entranced by her vocal and unique approach to songwriting.

Massive Attack - Teardrop
Another Bristol classic that had to be included. I remember having this and ‘Paradise Circuis’ on my iPod when I was in school and not really knowing much about Massive Attack and their immense influence. This song has always been a big inspiration for me and my obsession with coalescing acoustic and synthetic elements.

Oro Swimming Hour - Marshmellow
A really cool project from Bristol favourite Oliver Wilde and Nicholas Stevenson. I remember seeing a session they did for Bristol Live Magazine and really enjoying this song in particular. Really charming, lo-fi pop.

Bad Sounds - Meat on My Bones
Definitely the best band on the FIFA Soundtrack with their track ‘Wages’. But this song is my favourite from them. It’s ridiculously catchy and the production is pristine and super tight. The video for the song is great too; a collaboration between the duo and 4 different animators, featuring cameos from both Fenne and Tamu.

Henry plays The Exchange in Bristol on 2 May and London's Corsica Studios on 3 May. Get tickets now!

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