The Fix List: My Baby
Dutch and New Zealand psychedelic band My Baby have taken time from their busy schedule preparing for Farmfest (details here) to put together a playlist of their favourite tracks.
The danceable Amsterdam based band are largely influenced by folk, blues and gospel, African funk and shamanic trance from around the world. This is apparent in their fantastic playlist, which they introduce: “Here are 11 tracks from a selection of artists that we time and time again draw inspiration from music that has influenced our music and helped shape our sound and urges us to dig deeper, play louder and take it higher.”
Dur Dur Band - 'Dooyo'
A hidden gem dating from the eighties in Somalia that we discovered on the 'Awesome Tapes From Africa' collection featuring a fantastically tight rhythm section and a remarkable female singer who has been inspired by vocalists from Hindi cinema.
Skip James - 'Devil Got My Woman'
A deep and dark song from the idiosyncratic blues performer with a truly original guitar and singing style that leaves you sitting spellbound with chills down your spine.
Bombino - 'Adounia'
Bombino is a rising star from Niger who has an incredible ability to combine guitar virtuosity with an atmospheric and soothing desert trance coming from the rich musical tradition of the Touareg.
Redbone - ‘Chant 13th Hour'
A prime influence of ours is Redbone, a Native American group popular in the early seventies, that come at you with voodoo funk that pulsates throughout your soul and raises your spiritual awareness as if you just smoked their peace pipe and sweated it out in their tipi.
Sly and the Family Stone - 'You Got My Smilin’'
Sly is a musical genius that keeps you guessin' and second guessin' just as you catch yourself smiling. This track comes from the great album' there's a riot goin on' that has the uncanny ability to be haunting and uplifting at the same time.
Staple Singers - 'Uncloudy Day'
Early 60s gospel track from the Staple singers where lead singer Mavis rumbles and wails so sincerely and powerfully that it's impossible not to be moved by that voice that reaches straight to your soul.
Rokia Traore - 'Sakanto'
A shining star from Mali combines intricate African melodies that interweave with a more modern pop sensibility on top of some traditional instrumentation, which draws you near and makes you surrender to her every whim.
Debashish Bhattacharya - 'Rajastani Folk Song'
A genuine virtuoso of indian slide guitar plays a beautiful and romantic folk song that fills the heart with hope and sends you off into delightful dreams.
Jimi Hendrix - 'Crosstown Traffic'
Smash hit from the 'Electric Ladyland' album with an audaciously original and layered sound that is soulful, sexy and funky and featuring a Jimi vocal at its most badass!
Dr. John - 'Mama Roux'
Dr. John's first outing as the night tripper has him leading us through a voodoo ritual where you are constantly on the edge of your seat – or the edge of the dance floor set next to the swamp! This track offers a little lightness all the while still sucking you into a serious 'nawlins groove.
Ike and Tina Turner - 'Popcorn'
Obscure track from early seventies Ike and Tina catalogue with a wonderfully raunchy Tina vocal backed by a romping and adventurous, early synth using, Ike Turner produced sound from his bolic studios.