Joby Burgess, what are you listening to?

Joby Burgess performs with Powerplant

Joby Burgess performs with Powerplant

Old Favourites and New Inspirations

Powerplant’s Joby Burgess has let us in on his musical influences with this exclusive playlist featuring works he listened to in his younger years and more recent inspirational pieces.


Track listings:

1. Sivad
Miles Davis
Taken from album Live – Evil
Label: Columbia

It is hard to not choose any one of the amazing projects Miles Davis worked on with arranger Gil Evans, but this slice of Miles getting all Hendrix is so good, and Airto’s cuica is something else!

2. In the Air Tonight
Phil Collins
Taken from album Face Value
Label: Virgin

This was one of the first albums I ever bought, aged 7 or 8. Eerie drum machines set up one legendary bit of drumming.

3. Outrage at Valdez
Frank Zappa
Taken from album The Yellow Shark
Label: Rykodisc

After the Mothers of Invention and all those incredible bands of the 1970s and 1980s, this album immediately helped me make sense of so much I had been hearing. Outrage at Valdez has the familiar linear writing and political comment, but with a more reflective mood.

4. Sankar Yaaré
Burkina Electric
Taken from album Paspanga
Label: Cantaloupe

I love the joy and spirit in so much music from West Africa – this electronic project heavily influenced by the traditional music of Burkina Faso always brings a smile and lifts the heart.

Joby will be performing with Powerplant, an audio-visual collaboration with sound designer Matthew Fairclough and renowned experimental film maker Kathy Hinde,  on Saturday 15 June at Bishopsgate Institute. Tickets are £16 (£12 jobseekers/under 26s, £5 students) and available on our website.


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