Digitalism: Our Favourite Albums
Mon 23rd Apr, 2012 Featuresin
If you’ve heard a Digitalism album or seen the duo live, you’ll know they’re not wedded to one sound. Pop, electro, house, techno, garage rock: it all goes into the mix. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jens and İsmail take their inspiration from all over the musical spectrum, from early U2 to seminal Wu-Tang. As Digitalism prepares to bring the live show back here for Groovin The Moo and a string of inthemix-presented sideshows, we sat them down to hear about the albums they can’t live without.
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
“In the late ‘90s, we started DJing with hip hop, before we turned to house and techno. It’s a good way to learn house DJing, because mixing hip hop is harder. That’s probably what inspired the cheekiness in our sound, just being a bit silly. All the songs on that album are jams. I don’t think there’s even one that’s boring."
Ennio Morricone – The Platinum Collection
“There are so many compilations of film music, so I don’t know if you could buy this now. Morricone’s stuff is super-amazing. He’s really famous for soundtracking all the big Westerns. Listening to this basically gives me the goosebumps. We’ve been listening to soundtracks for a long time.
We think of our music as the soundtrack to something in our heads. A certain image or picture. If there was a compilation of ‘80s video game music, we’d put it on this list too. They were brilliantly done. It takes a lot to compose something that is so simple but so good."
Daft Punk – Homework
“We don’t really have to say much about this one. It was a genius album ahead of its time. We played with them a couple of times and they’re really nice guys. One of our favourite things is Rollin' & Scratchin live in 1997; that’s very basic and we love simple things."