The talented wordsmith has compiled a killer collection

Meet Ed Scissor. He makes socially-conscious rap/grime music, and he sounds quite a bit like this:

 

 

Not too shabby, eh?

We think that he’s pretty good, to be honest. Now, here at One on One, we like to try and get inside the heads of the artists we like. That’s why we asked Ed Scissor to put together a list of his ten favourite songs, and then to tell us a little bit about why he likes ’em. He made some interesting choices:

Roll The Dice – Assembly

‘Roll The Dice are a pair of composers from Stockholm who I have been listening to ever since their debut LP dropped back in 2010. They are strange, mysterious music makers who are extremely good at building up an atmosphere.

 

 

Brambles  – In the Androgynous Dark

‘I only stumbled upon Brambles recently; I can’t recall where. The music is perfect to listen to when you’re in search of ideas; it’s great if you know what you’re looking for, but it’s equally good if you have no clue what you’re trying to say.

 

 

Miles Davis – Blue In Green

‘I’ve been listening to loads of Miles Davis recently. It’s crazy how talented he was. Blue In Green is one of my faves. It never ever grows old: it only grows more beautiful.

 

 

Jon Hopkins – Small Memory

‘Jon Hopkins is a master of emotion. His track Small Memory is totally incredible in its simplicity, and it’s just about as perfect a piece of music as I’ve ever heard. 

 

 

Aphex Twin – Aisatsana [102]

‘I’ve probably played Aisatsana [102] about 500 times. I like music that makes me think, not just about what the artist was/might have been thinking, but about my own thoughts (and their thoughts at the same time). This song provides the ideal mix.

 

 

Tommy Genesis – They Cum They Go

‘I like the music Tommy Genesis is making. It’s a wonderful mix of futuristic production and anti-chart-sex-fuelled lyricism. She’s amazing. The new track is especially abstract, which is something that I haven’t heard from her so much in the past. It sets her apart from the the other artists making similar moves, which is obviously a good thing.

 

 

Anna Of The North – The Dreamer

‘I’m a sucker for great pop music. The power in its simplicity is what gets me; it’s something I’ve been working a lot on recently in my own music. Anna Of The North writes great songs, and I think that she’s destined for big things. I love the repetition that drives this song: it’s proper pop music, and I love it.

 

 

Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Philadelphia

‘I don’t even know why I started hammering this song so much recently. I guess it just worked its way into my head one day, and since then I’ve been listening to it way too much. The song even inspired me to watch the movie – I thought it was pretty terrible, but every single element of the theme song is amazing.

 

 

Radiohead – Daydreaming

‘This is Thom Yorke and co. at their absolute finest. A Moon Shaped Pool is majestic, and Daydreaming is my favourite track on the album. With the video in tow, this really is one of the songs of the year for me; it might even be my favourite Radiohead song.

 

 

PJ Harvey – You Said Something

‘I re-fell in love with PJ Harvey’s Stories From the City, Stories From The Sea when my wife put her old CD collection in our car alongside other classics from Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, All Saints, Kosheen etc. The LP is perfect, in my opinion, and the lyrics to You Said Something are something I dream of writing.

 

 

We’ve put all of the songs Ed chose in a playlist for you. Aren’t we nice? Enjoy:

 

 

You can pre-order Ed Scissor’s new album Tell Them It’s Winter here.

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