The weekly playlist, a new feature on Far Out, wraps up the previous seven days across the website and brings them all together into one handy place. Whether this is a thirst for new music or an old favourite with a landmark celebration, here is your one-stop-shop for all your music needs.
There is only one place to start this week’s round-up and, unfortunately, it’s the tragic death of talented avant-garde pop producer SOPHIE. The 34-year-old highly acclaimed producer sadly died in an accident over the weekend in Athens, where she had been living. Since her death, the music world has been flooded in tributes to her with nobody having a bad word to say about SOPHIE.
‘Nothing More To Say’ was Sophie’s debut single and saw the Galsweigian star gain a foothold in the industry before her debut record Product truly cemented the producer’s place as an innovative musician. Sophie also co-wrote Madonna’s 2015 track ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna’ and has worked alongside rapper Vince Staples, Let’s Eat Grandma, Kim Petra and pop queen Charli XCX.
As well as being a progressive producer, SOPHIE also provided a role model from transgender kids. Speaking with Paper about the idea of gender identity, she said: “Transness is taking control to bring your body more in line with your soul and spirit so the two aren’t fighting against each other and struggling to survive. It means you’re not a mother or a father – you’re an individual who’s looking at the world and feeling the world.”
Another death that occurred over the weekend was Hilton Valentine, the guitarist and founding member of the Animals, who passed away aged 77. The British band established themselves as pioneers of contemporary rock music and their cover version of blues track ‘The House of The Rising Sun’ topped the UK and US charts in 1964 and cemented their legacy. Valentine left the group in 1966, to chase his dream as a solo-artist and carved out a fine career for himself.
Elsewhere, an underappreciated British music hero, Gillian Gilbert, celebrated her 60th birthday last week. It’s impossible to understate the significance of Gilbert’s role in New Order. Without her, their sound wouldn’t be the same, and she played a crucial role in the band shifting from their post-punk roots to pioneers of the British electronica movement.
Kelly Lee Owens is one of many artists who thank Gilbert for letting her dare to live her dreams. While speaking to NME, she stated: “Having Gillian as the synth queen was fucking amazing, speaking as a woman in music. You can’t be what you can’t see, so to have a woman be a part of something like this and own her part was really inspiring.”
An artist who had a week to remember is Arlo Parks, who released her stunning debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams. More often than not, when an artist is on the receiving end of the sort of hype and exposure that Arlo Parks has been the recipient of, the result and the debut album, usually, doesn’t quite match the expectations. However, Collapsed In Sunbeams is, thankfully, a different story. Parks sets the stall out on exactly who she is over the course of a sunny, yet profound, album that is both joyous and moving.
The album’s title Parks took from Zadie Smith’s 2005 novel, On Beauty. Across the album, it’s clear that lyrics are the most crucial thing to Parks. Whilst most artists seemingly treat lyrics as an afterthought, a place to create loose rhymes, Parks makes them a priority.
Meanwhile, as part of our’ Far Out Meets’ section on the site, we welcomed Steve Aoki. The internationally acclaimed DJ spoke about his early years before he became one of the biggest artists in his field and his recent remix of ‘Banned From The Roxy’ by Crass. “With Crass and this song, it all kind of came together because I make clothes with patches with stuff from my past,” he told Far Out. “We did a charity auction with a jacket of mine, and it had demonic patches, a Crass patch and some other things on there. Then Crass saw it because it went viral and they were like, ‘Oh, wow, we didn’t know that Steve Aoki liked Crass’.
Aoki was then encouraged by the band to remix a song of his choice from their repertoire and ended up opting for ‘Banned From The Roxy’. The remix gives the anarchic track a new lease of life and integrates it into a whole new world. “I couldn’t pick my favourite; I had to pick the one that would work the best,” he says. “With ‘Banned From The Roxy, the vocal itself is a great sample that you could cut up and chop up. It’s like he’s almost rapping in a way. The way he’s singing is in a way that I can literally put it on top of a beat, and it’ll work,” the DJ added.
Check out the full playlist, below.
The Far Out Weekly Playlist:
- SOPHIE – ‘Immaterial’
- New Order – ‘Love Vigilantes’
- Steve Aoki x Crass – ‘Banned From The Roxy’
- Pink Floyd – ‘Time’
- Johnny Marr – ‘Easy Money’
- Nancy Sinatra – ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’
- Arlo Parks – ‘Hurt’
- Patti Smith – ‘Because The Night’
- The Animals – ‘House Of The Rising Sun’
- Nirvana – ‘Lithium’
- Olivia Colman – ‘Glory Box’
- IDLES – ‘Carcinogenic’
- Grandmaster and Melle Mel – ‘White Lines’
- The Beatles – ‘Something’
- Etta James – ‘At Last’