Digitalism: Our Favourite Albums
If you’ve heard a Digitalism album or seen the duo live, you’ll know they’re not wedded to one sound. Pop, electro, house, techno, garage rock: it all goes into the mix. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jens and Ä°smail take their inspiration from all over the musical spectrum, from early U2 to seminal Wu-Tang. As Digitalism prepares to bring the live show back here for Groovin The Moo and a string of inthemix-presented sideshows, we sat them down to hear about the albums they can’t live without.
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
“In the late ‘90s, we started DJing with hip hop, before we turned to house and techno. It’s a good way to learn house DJing, because mixing hip hop is harder. That’s probably what inspired the cheekiness in our sound, just being a bit silly. All the songs on that album are jams. I don’t think there’s even one that’s boring.”
Ennio Morricone – The Platinum Collection
“There are so many compilations of film music, so I don’t know if you could buy this now. Morricone’s stuff is super-amazing. He’s really famous for soundtracking all the big Westerns. Listening to this basically gives me the goosebumps. We’ve been listening to soundtracks for a long time.
We think of our music as the soundtrack to something in our heads. A certain image or picture. If there was a compilation of ‘80s video game music, we’d put it on this list too. They were brilliantly done. It takes a lot to compose something that is so simple but so good.”
Daft Punk – Homework
“We don’t really have to say much about this one. It was a genius album ahead of its time. We played with them a couple of times and they’re really nice guys. One of our favourite things is Rollin & Scratchin live in 1997; that’s very basic and we love simple things.”