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Clint Stewart Top 5 Albums

10/03/16

Clint Stewart has become a favourite in the LWE office in the relatively short time that we’ve come to know him. As well as djing with a groovy finesse that blends the rough with the smooth, Clint’s solo productions craft powerful, and innovative soundscapes from the unlikeliest of sources. We thought it was about time we get to know him a little more, and what better way than to ask him about the albums that make him tick.

Depeche Mode – Violator – Mute (1991)

“I was given this on cassette for my 9th birthday by my cousin who was 15 at the time. I was pretty ecstatic about it as she obviously way cooler than me and I was really into new music even at that age. The thing that is so memorable about it for me is that I used to go to sleep every night by playing music on my boom box next to my bed and when I got home that night I put it in as I went to sleep. Pretty quickly I felt overwhelmed and honestly, at that age, it scared the shit out of me. I took it out, put it on the shelf and didn’t listen to it again for years until I was about 16 when I got my driver’s license. Once I popped it back in I realized how incredible it really was. Funny how a little time can change things so dramatically. Needless to say, I wore that one out to the point it was inaudible and ended up tossing it in a trash can at the beach sometime in my early twenties.”

Kyuss – Welcome To Sky Valley – Dali Records – (1994)

“I discovered these guys through an older friend of mine around the time I was 12 or 13. The minute I heard it, I knew I was hooked. These guys are the godfathers of ‘Stoner Rock’ or ‘SoCal Psych Rock” and a lot of people know them now as one of the main members; Josh Homme went on to start Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal. I must have played this and all the Kyuss albums, as well as all the Queens of the Stone Age albums, a million times. To this day, Josh Homme is one of my favorite producers. Probably in my top 3 guys I would want to work with in a dream scenario. In my eyes, he can do no wrong and every time I revisit Welcome To Sky Valley, it brings back some vivid memories of the smell of sunscreen and chasing girls on the beach in between surf sessions.”

The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium – Universal (2003)

“I was a fan of At The Drive In for a while before they split and two of the guys ended up forming The Mars Volta. At The Drive In was cool but they were really hit or miss for me. Some songs were amazing and others were just mediocre. Turns out there were some pretty big artistic differences and they split up. Two members going one way and the other two forming The Mars Volta. I remember being pretty psyched to listen to this and when it first came on, I was floored. The time signature changes, tempo changes and just the overall musicality of these guys is astonishing. It was really apparent after listening to this that these guys were on a whole other level than their former band mates. I can honestly say that this CD didn’t leave my car stereo for almost a year. It’s the kind of album you never change songs, you just let it play wherever it starts. Still, to this day, I have a huge respect for these guys and listen to all of their albums fairly frequently.”

Ricardo Villalobos – Alcachofa -Playhouse (2003)

“What can you say about this album that hasn’t already been said a billion times. It’s fucking incredible. Not only is it an absolute work of art, but in my opinion, Ricardo could have never done another thing in his career and still be where he is today because of this album. I got this on vinyl right when it came out and I remember sitting next to the turntable for hours, listening to it all the way through for weeks on end. I vividly remember thinking, “what the fuck is this?” and “what is he using to create this sound”. It’s one of those albums that no matter how many times you listen to it you always hear something new and it never, Never, NEVER gets old.”

Matthew Dear – Leave Luck To Heaven – Spectral Sound (2003)

“We all know Matthew Dear pretty intimately now as both his own name and Audion, but when I first heard ‘Leave Luck To Heaven’ I had no idea who he was. Not only was the album incredibly cool and unique, but there was something so original about it. It was the first time I heard what I can only describe as ‘Pop/Minimal’. It had all the nuances of a Perlon record but with really cool vocals you would hear in some kind of Pop or Folk tune. Not only was the material incredibly fresh but Matthew’s approach to mixing his music is what I really remember being so impressive. Years later and looking back you can really see where he got his inspiration when you watch the Resident Advisor ‘Origins’ video or any of the interviews he’s done, but at that time I just remember thinking, “who is this guy and where is he coming up with this stuff”. I also remember thinking to myself on one of the first listens that this guy is going to be around for a while and I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next. Needless to say, I was right and the rest is history.”

Picking 5 albums that influenced me or that I hold dear to my heart is really tough and I wanted to mention so many more so here is a short list of a five more honorable mentions…

Minilogue – Blomma – Cocoon (2013)

The Streets – Original Pirate Material – 679 Recordings (2002)

Frank Black – Teenager Of The Year – 4AD (1994)

Bjork – Everything especially Medula

Lucien-N-Luciano – Blind Behaviour – Peacefrog (2004)

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