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What we’re listening to this week #12

The WWLTTW playlist is put together each week by Andy, who seeks out the songs, sounds and inspirational noises from around the DB studios. Think of it as our weekly mixtape.


We couldn’t think of a theme this time round, so we thought we’d stick to what we know best – world domination. This bumper edition of WWLTTW is invading a neutral space near you now.

Sometimes you hear something that just knocks your socks off. Trust us, this is one of those amazing things. Moses Sumney lives in LA and says that, “World domination is taking longer than I imagined it would”. Based on this track, it can’t be long now. Moses Sumney – Replacable:

A world of love? Take all of the love film clichés you can think of and wrap them up in one movie. Can you guess all the references? (If you need help with the answers see below, then go home and Netflix them all). Brick + Mortar – Train:

A world of travel? New York-based Norwegian artist Okay Kaya’s Tokyo-meandering video is “a knock-kneed, awkward confessional”. Okay Kaya – Clenched Teeth:

Going somewhere tropical on your summer holidays? Pete flagged up this big event: “Noel Gallagher on Desert Island Discs. In Pete’s words, ” Noel’s always good value and has picked a number of crackers. Time to dig out my early Smiths LPs and Acid House Acetates”. Maybe he’s mellowing with age. “Seems on a fast track to national treasure status, despite writing songs so boring that I honestly believe they should not be played on radio out of concern for drivers falling asleep at the wheel”*

And here’s one of Noel’s top eight, A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray:

Middlesbrough newcomer Corey Bowen is “clearly going places”. With bits stolen from Inspiral Carpets, The Teardrop Explodes and a bunch of others, he’s obviously planning to take the world with him. Here is Corey Bowen – If Birds Wish To Fly:

A world of animals? No, it’s time to go from birds to fish. This is a very short short, condensing a book into a few seconds. Nice sound effects:

The world’s most well-travelled spy? New Bond trailer alert. If, for some strange reason, you haven’t seen it yet, take a look now and then blow a few things up (please note: WWLTTW does not endorse real-life destruction of things):

And to get us in to the soundtrack vibe, there can be no doubt that David Arnold has got the whole Bond thing sewn up. Here’s Propellerheads & David Arnold – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:

A brave new world? Our Amelie hijacks WWLTTW shamelessly, “My other half is a guitarist and I thought I’d share a couple of his band’s songs, if that’s allowed? They are an indie rock band from London.” That’s all very well Amelie, but we’ll expect their first CD in the post, yeah? And a large T-shirt? Rising Without A Kingdom – Medusa:

The blurring of borders? Take a touch of Sweden, a dollop of Italian, and you might just get what some have described as a “summer banger”. Seinabo Sey – Pretend:

Are you someone who clearly lives in another world? This “scatty, hungover ramble stealthily solidifies into a strident, country-rock anthem”. And be careful out there because there are clearly too many of this otherworldly beings roaming the streets like stoner zombies. This is Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’:

A dreamworld? Liam told us that he is a big fan of WWLTTW, and we respond well to kindness. He requests possibly his favourite track from The Internet’s new album, Ego Death. It’s “really nice”, according to Liam, and we love the dreamscape that this carries you away to. Also, we like that the band is formed of old members of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, and OFWGKTA is as punchy an acronym as WWLTTW. We have no plans to split up to form a new band. Yet. The Internet – Girl ft. KAYTRANADA:

A world beneath our feet? We started strongly so we need an equally amazing finish. Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont-based storyteller, and most of her work is strident, distinctive folk with just the right amount of protest to have her name-dropped by dignitaries such as Billy Bragg. Her voice has a love-it-or-hate-it quality, but this ‘duet’ is like you’ve staggered into a really seedy jazz joint, drank too much whiskey, and can’t find your hat. Anais Mitchell & Ani Difranco – Our Lady Of The Underground:

This week’s sources: The Guardian (*and special thanks to the brilliant Hadley Freeman), NME, Nylon, Wikipedia,,, @gillespeterson,,

Here are the Brick + Mortar – Train film references, courtesy of Did you get them all?:
– Romeo + Juliet
– Say Anything
– Annie Hall
– Titanic
– It’s a Wonderful Life
– Dirty Dancing
– American Beauty
– Sixteen Candles
– Grease
– Blue Valentine
– Breakfast at Tiffany’s
– Requiem for a Dream
– Love Actually
– Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
– Lost in Translation
– The Graduate


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