Grind Spark – the complete earworm sessions

It’s time to close the book on Grind Spark.

Not completely, there’s still tweaks and edits afoot.

But times are a-changing and new WIPs (Work in Progress, Walrus in Pants, Wet Insidious Pulses… whatever takes your fancy) with whole new earworms are calling.

So it’s time to wrap up the Grind Spark playlist.

I present to you here, in one place, for your most decadent earjoy, the majority of songs that I listened to while fighting words and wrestling keyboards, and also while writing Grind Spark.

Genesis by Justice

Utopia by Jackson and His Computerband

Ain’t no sunshine by Liz Hodson & Josiah Wolf

Idioteque by Radiohead

Avril 14th by Aphex Twin

White Cyclosa by Boards of Canada

Brennisteinn by Sigur Ros

Getting ahead in the lucrative field of artist management by UNKLE

Feral by Radiohead

Vengeance Rhythm by Two Fingers

Spitfire by The Prodigy

Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Killa Bunnies by Moloko

Hungry Face by Mogwai

In the House, in a Heartbeat by John Murphy

Don’t worry, dusty fiends, there will be more musical interludes, but they’ll be writing background to the new projects. But what music fuels your writing? What songs are the neighbours complaining about because you play them so loud in the middle of the night when the muse strikes? Share the sounds in the comments below. And keep writing, fiends.

Grind Spark – out now

Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending to be the perfect family. It’s about whether you want to survive. Treat your eye portals. Pick up your copy here.

  5 comments for “Grind Spark – the complete earworm sessions

  1. Jane
    August 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Um… ‘Orinoco Flow’. Bit old, as is the short story which had potential for for something bigger. Maybe… Eventually…

    • August 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      I remember learning to play that on the piano – you should make eventually now ;)

    • Richard McKay
      August 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Nothing wrong with ‘old’, Jane. I find some old stuff still surfaces to the top of my play list :-)

  2. Richard McKay
    August 25, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    The Draymin’s 2012 album “Should’ve Known Better” gets played often and loud at my place. Why a young band on their 1st album should think a song involving concentration camps should work is beyond me, but the whole album is amazing. They are not doing anything at the moment, which is just as intriguing Watch the video with the song, then go to tracks 1,2 (great drum lines), 9 and then listen right through.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNa7QLSh-ak

    Another enigma: I play Daniel Merriweather’s 2009 album “Love & War” quite a bit, particularly the lyrical tale of regretting still leading a lad’s life when in a relationship that is “Cigarettes” with it’s painful cry and blues/gospel refrain at the end.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUNDk3Lc8Ds

    And I remain happy despite the subject matter of songs I love :-)

    More recent bands/performers getting my blood circulating are Saint Saviour, whose new album “In The Seams” is out shortly with a tour which includes Brum’s Hare & Hounds 8th August; Leamington Spa band Coves; Tamara Schlessinger in new guise MALKA and Glasvegas who are just fantastic ‘live’, filling the medium sized venues they choose with their Glaswegian drum, electronics and vocals that are so painfully taut but always controlled I’m in awe of how they remain brilliant throughout a full set.

    And then there’s Runrig. It’s the 1st anniversary of their 40th Anniversary bash and I had a celebration here in Brum, having been to their ‘Party on The Moor’ in Muir of Ord last August. The feel for the Highlands in their music is heart tugging even if you aren’t Scottish. Slow and melancholic or fast & rockin’, they include great guitar work and are still going strong.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfheT5yFFN8&list=PL7475E98FC876B2A2&index=2

    Enjoy finding new and improved angles on life, music, images and publishing, Tamara :-) x

    • August 25, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Wow, thanks Richard – there’s a lot of stuff in there I’ve not heard of before so I can tell I’m going to be whiling away a few hours discovering some new sounds :) Also, some of my favourite songs make me happy even though they’re the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.

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