16 Jun 2016

Ahead of their comeback show at Moth Club, the London indie trio tell us about the tracks inspiring them right now


The Playlist does what it says on the tin: a selection of songs picked by an artist with impeccable taste designed to educate, enlighten and open up your ears to some exciting new sounds. This week, ahead of their comeback show at Moth Club next month, London indie trio Theme Park talk us through the impressively eclectic selection of cuts from past and present that are filtering into their new material.

ANOHNI - Crisis
"The lyrics might have sounded clunky in other hands, but the production is beautiful and ANOHNI sings with enough sincerity to keep the song emotionally centred. Love the midi saxophone solo too."

Françoise Hardy - Le Temps de L’amour
"Atmospheric, cool; I love the unpretentiousness of her voice."

The Bees - Winter Rose (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
"A perfect blend of organic and synthetic textures."

Yamasaki Singers - Aisere I Love You
"(Producer) Fryars pulled this one up while we were recording ‘You Are Real’ as a reference for that wall of vocals sound."

James Blake - Put That Away And Talk To Me
"My favourite song from The Colour In Anything. Pure songwriting and a good reminder that when it comes to sounds and parts, quality is more important than quantity."

Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing 12”
"A slow burning groove where all elements feel 100% in sync with one another, it sounds great in the small hours of the morning."

"Light-hearted Dilla reverence."

Connan Mockasin - It’s Choade My Dear
"A beautiful melody punctuated by big leaps."

Kelis - Millionaire (Feat. André 3000)
"Another one we were listening to when recording ‘You Are Real’. Pleasingly hi-fi and would fare pretty well if it was released in 2016, I think."

David August - Epikur
"Rises and falls in such a natural and interesting way that seems more impressive when you realise it’s underpinned by two chords and a four-to-the-floor kick for 8 minutes."

The Streets - Weak Become Heroes
"It’s an amazing song. I start by nodding my head along to its earwormish qualities, and even though I didn't experience the rave culture he’s talking about, I end the song feeling nostalgic about the highlights and lowlights of my nights out over the years."

Fleetwood Mac - Caroline
"Life is boring if you take no risks and sometimes great music flirts with overbearing cheesiness."

Dreezy - Body (Feat. Jeremih)
"The song i’ve enjoyed most on the dancefloor in 2016."

The Lijadu Sisters - Life’s Gone Down Low
"Somewhere between afrobeat, funk and reggae, I especially love the harmonies."

"The first time in ages that new music felt unexpected. When you’ve listened to a lot of music this is a good palette cleanser."

Donald Byrd - (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes
"An all time favourite with one of the best basslines I’ve heard."

Kelela - All The Way Down
"This song has me very excited for the album."

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
"A perfect song."


Theme Park play Moth Club on July 15th. Tickets on sale now.

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