This is a single, and probably my favourite Prince record - there’s a lot to choose from. I saw this in the store and it was like magic, a long lost record for me, so I bought it for a fiver.
Artist: Idris Muhammad
Record: Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
When I was a kid my dad always used to DJ out at different clubs playing Jazz, Funk, soul, things like that. He couldn’t find this track, but it was one from when he was probably about my age now. He bought a Mastercuts album at the time, which used to re-release quite rare tunes that no one could really buy on vinyl anymore, and so it just reminds me of being a kid. He used to play it in the car all the time, and it’s actually a small fortune online if you want to buy it originally. So I’m quite happy to have found it. When I was ten my Dad gave me his old record player. He used to buy some records for me when he went to the record shop. On days off school my Mum used to take me to a place called Elm’s Arcade in Stevenage, which was a little charity shop where you could pick up really good things for 50p. Without me knowing much about what it was that I wanted to listen to, she would pick bits and pieces out and say ‘you’ll like this’.
Artist: Jackson Browne
Record: Lives In The Balance
There are a number of records in my collection that have inspired me. Some of them even take my breath away. Records like the Beatles' 'Revolver', Jimi Hendrix's 'Axis Bold As Love', 'Buffalo Springfield Again', Bowie’s 'Let’s Dance', Jonathan Wilson’s 'Gentle Spirit', just to name a few. But for me, Jackson Browne's 'Lives In The Balance' has been my consistent go to body of songs when it comes to matters in my personal life and well-being. Whenever uncertainty takes over my life, I somehow instinctively choose to listen to this record. It never fails to help me get my balance back. To me, Jackson Brown is a poet with an absolutely unique clarity of expression. Songs like 'In The Shape Of A Heart', 'Till I Go Down' or 'Lives In The Balance' cut right through the smoke-screen of self pity and self-deception. Jackson Browne, and especially the songs on this album, have been a major force that encourage me to stand by my own personal and political beliefs, express myself precisely in my songs and then have the courage to release them on my records.
Artist: The Devils Blood
Record: The Thousandfold Epicentre
Since the first time I heard TDB I felt completely in love with their special sound of occult rock. The dark side was always very interesting for me and their lyrics were so deep and full of black magical words. It has blown my mind again and again. Farida Lemouchi's (vocalist) nickname is not without a reason "the voice". She sings directly out of her heart and you hear that. You feel that. Goosebumps are pre-programmed. And then the sad story about Selim Lemouchi's death, the legendary guitarist and also the Brother from Farida. He died in March 2014. For me one of the saddest days in the music history. His death hit me much more than Lemmy Kilmister's death. He was such a talented songwriter and guitarist. Unbelievable. This band inspired me so much that I had to get a tattoo of their sigil (the triangle on the picture). Bonded with my blood. I also plan to start a band with my beloved boyfriend, who is also a huge fan of TDB and a very talented guitarist. I can sing and I'm also not bad at songwriting. We want to start next year and who knows, maybe you'll here from us as 'the tribute band of The Devil's Blood'!
Record: Empress Rising
I only discovered this band somewhere in 2016 when they were announced for the Into the Void festival. While checking out the bands on the line-up, I immediately fell in love with their sound. Heavy sludgy doom with spaced out vocals lingering in the background. Live these 3 guys are every bit as great as on vinyl, making them easily one of my favorite bands right now. This is their debut album Empress Rising from 2014. The fifth pressing from 2016 is without a doubt the most beautiful one on smokey clear green vinyl and with a foil jacket. Apart from it looking amazing, the reason I went for this particular record is that the title track is my favorite Monolord song. At 12 minutes it sure takes its time, but that's what I love about it as well.
Artist: Father John Misty
Record: Pure Comedy
This is us, Anton and Tanja - the creators of at.vinyl. We met in the spring of 2016 and we have now been living together for about a year. We spend most of our free time listening to music and discovering new records. In April 2017 Father John Misty released his third LP, 'Pure Comedy'. We bought it even though we never really got into his earlier work. Sure, we liked the new singles and a couple of songs from the previous LP, but we never expected this to be so brilliant. After a spin or two we fell in love with the whole album. It is clever, elegant and also kind of catchy. The weeks went by and after some time we discovered that Misty would play live here in Sweden. When the tickets were released we managed to get the best seats in the house at Cirkus, Stockholm. We got more and more dedicated to Father John’s music and we consumed all of his work, even the records in his own name, Josh Tillman. As we grew more fond of his music we also grew more fond of each other. It’s really something special when music have the power to unite feelings and emotions for one another. The concert was outstanding; Misty was sincere, funny and full of life. It was the performance of our life time. We are so grateful for this musical journey that we got to experience together.