#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with ITOA (WW Records / Bad Taste Records, UK)

Every fortnight we introduce a musician we love to share with us his/her top records in their collection of music. We’re pleased to introduce London-based producer ITOA (WW Records/Bad Taste Records) with his serving of music picks.

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Having started electronic music production from the age of 16, his experience being a frequent patron at different raves and clubs lent an inspirational ear to his beat-making, from bashment to jungle, juke and ghettotech amongst many other genres he enjoys. His background as a drummer can also be identified primarily in his music, with an inclination to more percussion focused sounds in the creation of his work. He also states warehouse raves, morning jungle, IDM, Shackleton and Ramadanman as key musical influences.

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Check out his selection of records here:

1) 52 Commercial Road – Remote Connection

https://52commercialroad1.bandcamp.com/track/cordyceps-2

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“This album is special to me for a bunch of reasons around the release, but not least because it’s their final album. I’ve seen them play a lot over the years, and they’ve been one of my absolute favourite live experiences at their best. As good friends of mine, it’s also really amazing to be able to have a beautiful object that distils years of their hard work and expression. Every track is great but the final track, Cordyceps, sounds like a looming dark cloud of guitars that slowly unravels.”

2) ASC – Starkwood

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“As soon as I heard this I had to have it. In my opinion this is the cold skeleton of what every dnb track wants to be. You don’t need a neurofunk snarl or overdriven amens or whatever, you just need your drums and bass, rolling, super tough and cold. An amazing grey area between techno and dnb that ASC has continued to explore in more detail. Unfortunately I was enough of a cheapskate that I have it on white label only. Also I just clocked whilst taking that photo that someone with chocolate fingers was apparently handling the paper sleeve, it wasn’t me.”

3) The Books – Lemon Of Pink

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“This is an absolute all time favourite album. 2 guys playing with a guitar, a cello, singing a bit, and sampling everything they could possibly get their hands on. Everything from the names of the tracks, to the music within, to the way they performed these tracks live I love. There’s a real playful, creative joy in what they do and I love that it’s something that is interesting but not sombre. And any album that can include the sound of fresh snow trampling underfoot is probably pretty great, I think.”

4) Capleton – On A Mission

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Steely & Clevie produced this militant piece of ragga. Pure aggro and energy, using little to the most effect, making something alien and unique. The riddim version on this 7″ is absolutely killer.”

5) Fuego – Misa Criolla 

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Such a stunning slow tempo italo disco stomper. If you’re still awake at 7am and the sun comes up and someone pours you a cocktail, that’s your queue to put on this track. I have never felt so empowered by people singing i don’t know what. Anthemic vocals, dreamy harp runs, and a chugging rhythm section, what more do you need?”

6) Ludacris – The Potion

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Timbaland is an absolute don and that should never be forgotten amongst the claims that he invented dubstep and the rapping badly and whatever else. This is an example of one of so many Timbaland produced riddims that are impeccable. Ludacris kills the track also, and there’s more colour and bounce and creativity in 4 bars of this than most music.”

7) Mr Hopkinson’s Computer  – Fool’s Gold

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I bought this 10″ for 25p and I think it’s brilliant. My favourite track is a chip tune x acid cover of Fools Gold by the Stone Roses. The whole EP is covers and essentially gimmicky i guess, but the acid lines in this track draw out the ecstasy links to the original for me and it elevates beyond being simply a joke. I love this as an example of just finding something I wouldn’t otherwise when going through records that can have very appropriate settings to play it, albeit outside of my usual club sets.”

8) Phatworld – Time Don EP

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Phatworld, Dankle, Squire of Gothos, Superior Cornrows and their label Off Me Nut records need to be repped at any opportunity. This isn’t my favourite release on the label or by that artist, but as soon as I saw they pressed a record i had to buy it immediately. The label and loads of the artists from it continue to rep some of the most individual, creative and fun club music that i’ve heard and do it their way, putting on the best parties in the UK. If you want to hear garage music evolved into it’s final form and rave music at it’s most fun, you need to check out everything by the above artists for starters. Or if you go to any festivals in the UK and you see there’s an Off Me Nut artist playing/label take over go there to have a great time.”

9) Terry Snyder and the All Stars – Persuasive Percussion

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This is a record I bought on a bit of a whim and love. I pretty much saw the cover and title and bought it immediately. I love the minimalism of the image, the crisp type, and the alliteration of the title. Also the notion of persuasive percussion is just great, and I love the suggestion of a host of percussion instruments gently coaxing a desired reaction out of you. Also the music is great, it’s like percussion heavy covers of famous tracks. I sampled from this and ‘borrowed’ the title for my last EP for Bad Taste Records. “

10) Crypticz – Forever EP

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One of my favourite producers right now and a friend, this is Crypticz’s new Cosmic Bridge release. He’s ridiculously talented and a lovely guy making some of my favourite music, going dubby and deep music within a sort of half-time dnb context. This whole EP I love, lots of beautiful atmospheres, deep basslines and full of emotion. This EP also reminds me of the journey that he went on, from the start of writing the tunes and wanting to get them to Cosmic Bridge, to him managing just that with a lot of hard work and talent. And he’s got so much more great music he’s sitting on!!”

Listen to more of ITOA here:

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