Music List | posted 22.04.2021
Leon Vynehall
10 All Time Favs
With his new album »Rare, Forever«, British producer Leon Vynehall continues the path he started with »Nothing Is Still« 3 years ago. Today he tells us 10 vinyl records that have shaped, improved and educated him.
Text Christoph Benkeser
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Leon Vynehall – Rare ForeverVinyl LP | Black Vinyl LP * Leon Vynehall frequently looked to the past. The British producer released »Nothing Is Still« in 2018, his debut on Ninja Tune – a journey across the Atlantic, to his grandparents’ history, to another time. The record was a 180-degree turn. The rave that characterized garage house records like »Music For The Uninvited« was gone from his music. Vynehall was no longer clacking beats, but sinking into a world of thought. The boundaries between reality and fiction disappeared. They dissolved into their own symbiosis, which had not yet occurred. With »Rare, Forever,« Vynehall closes the circuits. Sound images of Huerco S embrace Booka Shade basslines, rubbing against each other like Actress to push back onto the dancefloor and found something of their own. Something different, something new. Something that wasn’t there before, or that forgets the past. After all, Leon Vynehall does not repeat himself. He has his eyes set on the future. Into the future. As uncertain as it may seem.

Vynehall’s music dissolves in perspective. It changes, constantly. My music has to sound like a mesh, like a ball of sound in which all the elements play with each other," the Briton said in 2015. Six years later, this statement has not changed. On the contrary: more layers pile up in his approach than in vegan lasagna. Vynehall lists Man Parrish and Afrika Bambaataa as influences alongside Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow. As a result, the club is »left, right, up and down,« as Vynehall once said of his RA podcast. It’s everywhere and never repeats itself because the producer not only moves within it, but – as on “Rare, Forever” – now also moves through space. Two-dimensionality belongs to what has been, Vynehall has peeled himself from the linearity of the past and leaps into the absolute now. The aesthetics speak accent-free 2021, the urge to actuality follows no trend. This seems as little artificial as a trip to the clubhouse. He tells us here which records shaped the British producer.


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Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope 1 – Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope (Virgin) (1997) | Vinyl LP
Leon Vynehall: A record my mum played religiously when I was growing up. It was always on in the car and around the house.

A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders 2 – A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders (Sony) (1993) | Vinyl LP
Leon Vynehall: First hip-hop LP I really delved into. An untouchable record.

Quasimoto - The Unseen 3 – Quasimoto – Title Of Records (Stones Throw) (2000) | Vinyl LP
Leon Vynehall: I really wore this record out in my car around the time I was at college studying music. The sampling and construction of this whole record fascinated me.

Aphex Twin - Drukqs 4 – The Aphex Twin – Drukqs (Warp) (2001) | Vinyl LP
Leon Vynehall: My introduction to Richard D. James whilst I was still at secondary school. My friends and I were blown away by this. Never heard anything like it and it completely blew open my palette for consuming music.

Oneohtrix POint NEver - R Plus Seven 5 – Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (Warp) (YYYY) | Vinyl 2LP
Leon Vynehall: I consider this a modern-day classic and a record I am very grateful for

Stars Of The Lid - The Tired Sound Of 6 – Stars Of The Lid – The Tired Sound Of Stars Of The Lid (Kranky) (2001) | Vinyl 3LP
Leon Vynehall: A record I always seem to fall back to. I listen to this a lot when touring.

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 7 – Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (Geffen) (1988) | Vinyl 2LP
Leon Vynehall: I’m not sure what more I could say about a classic album like this that hasn’t been said before

V.A. – Pulp Fusion - Revenge Of The Ghetto Grooves (1970s Funky Jazz & Tough Original Breaks) 8 – V.A. – Pulp Fusion – Revenge Of The Ghetto Grooves (1970s Funky Jazz & Tough Original Breaks) (Harmless) (1998)
Leon Vynehall: Another record my mum always played. An incredible compilation of Rare Groove, Funk, Fusion. Every song takes me back to being a younger kid. I adore this album.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness 9 – The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Virgin) (1995) | Vinyl LP
Leon Vynehall: A friend of my mums gave me this record and it kind of change my life in a way – I would have been 9 or 10.

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 10 – Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky) (2011) | Vinyl 2LP
Leon Vynehall: A beautiful record. Hecker’s process and work has always enthralled me.


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