Wagz Tubepicks

For the next instalment of Tubepicks I’ve enlisted the competent picking of Wagz. His City Lights EP dropped on none60 at the end of 2019. Inspired by his beats I enlisted him to provide me with some picks and some insight into what makes his music tick.

Similak Child – Black Sheep 

There’s so much hip-hop I could have chosen it was difficult to pin one down but this Black Sheep album brings back so many memories of being a teenager walking round Buxton with headphones on going round to my mates house. The samples and the sheer vulgarity of the lyrics appealed to me on this album, but the guitar hooks on this track always stood out.

U.N.K.L.E. ft Ian Brown – Be There

So many to choose from on Endtroducing/Psyence Fiction so went with the vocal version of this one. Again, it’s all about the mood/atmosphere and samples. I can’t listen to this track in the day time, it has to be dark. I feel like I’m cheating nowadays when picking samples with the technology at hand when you compare it to the time and effort that people like DJ Shadow put in on these albums. 

Tangerine Dream – Love on a Real Train 

Soundtracks are a massive influence for me, especially 80’s stuff. Even the shittest film back then could have an awesome soundtrack and this one is a prime example. I don’t think I will ever get bored listening to this. Proper 3am sofa business. 

Wild Nothing – Paradise 

One of my current favourite bands and this is the song which got me into them. Can’t think of a better song to get lost in the moment to. The breakdown is pure bliss. 

Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name 

I first heard this on Jamie Thomas – Toy Machine – Welcome to Hell skate video in the 90’s and became a massive Iron Maiden fan much later on through a good friend of mine who sadly passed away. This song got me through some difficult times – crank it up to full volume and run as fast as you can.