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BOTW Playlist: The Flight

We asked our current BOTW – London production duo The Flight – to throw together a playlist for us of the tracks that have inspired them, not just on their debut Hangman EP, but as songwriters in general.

The pair – comprised of Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, who’ve previously written for the likes of Lana Del Rey, Keaton Henson and Björk – have certainly given us a diverse mix. There are definite moments here where the hypnotic rhythms and scratchy guitars of Hangman come to the fore; take for instance the cyclical beats and meandering vocals of Modeselektor/Thom Yorke collaboration ‘Shipwreck’, or the way in which the guitar masterfully takes centre stage on Four Tet‘s ‘As Serious as Your Life’. It’s also hard not to hear the influence of Dr. Octagon‘s ‘No Awareness’ – a choice cut from his seminal 1997 debut Dr. Octagonecologyst - or the J Dilla, Madlib and Talib Kweli joint venture ‘Raw Shit’ in The Flight’s dexterous layering of beats.

That’s not to say the mix doesn’t throw the odd curveball too, though. A predilection towards 60s’ folk is evident in the selection of Jackson C. Frank‘s 1965 single ‘Blues Run the Game’, along with ‘Road’, a key highlight from Nick Drake‘s 1972 swan song Pink Moon; while the inclusion of early Chicago single – and Spencer Davis Group cover – ‘I’m a Man’ was certainly not an anticipated pick; but hey, that’s why we put together these playlists: to learn.

Jackson C. Frank – ‘Blues Run the Game’

Iggy and the Stooges – ‘I’m Sick of You’

Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke – ‘Shipwreck’

PJ Harvey – ‘My Beautiful Leah’

Jaylib + Talib Kweli – ‘Raw Shit’

Dr. Octagon – ‘No Awareness’

John Carpenter – ‘Assault on Precinct 13 (Main Theme)’

Chicago – ‘I’m a Man’

Four Tet – ‘As Serious as Your Life’

Nick Drake – ‘Road’

- Alex Cull

The Flight’s Hangman EP is available now on iTunes.

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