Up until now our TGIF series has predominantly focused on party JAMS, handpicked by the likes of Little Dragon, Royal Blood & Dune Rats that have all done their bit in helping kick start our weekends BUT every now and then a more chilled 2 day break is what the doctor ordered.
Cue Kim Churchill (You probably know him from hearing the killer Window To The Sky every 15 minutes on your radio) and his selection of tracks that are the perfect prescription for when you’re leaving your dancing shoes & sequined suit in the wardrobe. Featuring tunes from Coldplay, Nick Drake, Chet Faker, Passenger, Neil Young, Alt-j, Bon Iver, James Blake & more you’re definitely not going to have the neighbours calling the cops on this one.
Hit play on the playlist below and read on for a little breakdown as to why each track earned its spot.
Passenger - Let Her Go
Kind of jumping on a very full band wagon, but I think this song is timeless. One of the best examples of a songwriter getting stronger and stronger and more and more moving.
Chet Faker - Love and Feeling
His sound is wonderful. I love the electronic feel whilst still maintaining a real dedication to the art of song writing. He’s got a wonderful way of singing too.
Alt J - Taro
One of my favourite albums. It’s the lyrics in this that really get me. The vocalist really found a new place to explore in his style and in this day and age that’s tough.
Bob Dylan - Pretty Saro
Only just released last year after over 40 years gathering dust. Some of his most mystifying work can be found on this album and this performance is just incredible.
Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams - Touch
What a collaboration! I love this album and I think the way Paul Williams sings is immediately classic! I love the more experimental side of Daft Punk too. I’m a sucker for a good sound scape.
Future Island - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Just his voice! Also, so many damn good one liners.
Pink Floyd – Astro Domine (Live)
Some of their best song writing and I love Syd Barrett’s input. This live version comes from a more polished era of Floyd and I’m a fan of the added production and performance quality to what is already one of their best songs.
Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up
Just a good helpful song to remind me which way to look in life.
Nick Drake - Road
One of my favourite guitarists and songwriters ever. I find a lot of people never get this guy, sometimes I feel it’s a fragile and narrow path to understanding his genius. If it is this way, this song is the safest route.
Neil Young - A Man Needs a Maid
I love the orchestral stuff in this and I’ve been very inspired by Neil Young’s melodic ideas. This is one of my favourites - ever.
Bon Iver - Flume
The track that lead me into a real obsession for a long time. One of the best songwriters of our era and I also love his style of production. I think he took music to a new place. What more could an artist hope to do?
Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song
The godfathers of metal and the cool new kids of blues. My favourite guitarists ever and quite possibly my favourite band ever.
Coldplay - Shiver
I got this album very early on from my cousins in England. Yeah, they have gone to a lot of places since here (and I admit I like them all), but this was a real pop masterpiece. I love how raw his vocal performances were on this album. So much emotion in them.
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
I listened to this song every morning when I was a teenager washing dishes in a cafe. Tracy Chapman became one of my favourite artists and, as this is the doorway, I figured it was the one of hers to share.
Pearl Jam - Once
Way to shake the world apart. I think more than anything it’s Eddie’s vocal performances on this first album that make it so timeless. My favourite Pearl Jam album by far.
The Beautiful Girls - Learn Yourself
Helped guide me through adolescence. Matt McHugh’s lyrics in those days were a god send. Stopped me being an angry little teen and helped me realise life was a bit less serious and a bit more kind.
Tom Waits - Hell Broke Luce
Well… I’ve just never heard anything like this. I had to include Tom Waits. I’ve spent too many hours ogling over everything he does to miss him. The whole Bad As Me album was brilliant, especially for an artist so far into his career.
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
I feel JB changed things immediately with this album. Electronic music needed a good kick of something - and it didn’t necessarily have to be a huge dance track.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Better Days
Live, they are phenomenal. Keep the jug band spirit alive I reckon. My favourite contemporary hippy.