Playlist: Rhumba Club’s inspirations
08 Apr 2021
Rhumba Club shares his inspirations in a new playlist
Rhumba Club is one of favourite new artists right now. His shiny pop and on point aesthetic are hard to beat. He's playing a London show this September and we can't wait but in the mean time, he's made us a brand new playlist full of his influences. From Tyler, The Creator to Hall and Oates, check out his 13 selections below!
The Internet - Roll: The Internet prove all that really matters is the groove.
Farah - Dancing Girls: A semi-sung vocal and a pentatonic synth riff on top of Italo-disco drum machines. Slow dark disco at its best, with a hint of danger and romance. A slowly evolving mezzo-minimalist masterpiece.
Talk Talk - It's My Life: Defiant 80s pop.
Daryl Hall and John Oates - Out of Touch: Defiant 80s pop, again. Prophet pads, arpeggiated synth line. Perfect pop production, GTA style.
Arcade Fire - We Exist: Again, it’s all about the groove. This is a great subversion of Madonna vibes, Material Girl meets Trans rights. So clever, and so fresh, especially for the time.
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey puts his foot in it a lot. I thought my own track might do me some damage. It’s a deliberately provocative lyric, but I haven’t been cancelled…yet.
Tyler, The Creator - EARFQUAKE: Love this genre-bending tune, but it’s the retro-esque video that massively inspired my own video for The House Always wins.
Talking Heads - Making Flippy Floppy: More semi-sung vocals over the top of another excellent groove. The kind of thing that makes your parents go ‘he’s a terrible singer’. No he’s not, he’s David Byrne.
ABC - King Without A Crown: Quaver-arpeggiated bass, simple kick and snare, vocals camp as anything. Massive influence.
Vengaboys - We're Going to Ibiza!: I stole the digitised synth brassy sound I use in The House Always Wins from the Vengaboys. Sorry not sorry.
James Blake - Retrograde: Big fat fuzzy detuned synth pads creating drama out of nowhere. All hail James Blake.
David Bowie - It's No Game (Pt 1): David Bowie can make you groove and feel deeply uncomfortable at the same time. This is pretty much my life goal. I stole my guitar sound for 'The House Always Wins' from this track.
Rhumba Club - The House Always wins.