Wildfire – SBTRKT (featuring Little Dragon) (2011, Young Turks Records, Taken from ‘SBTRKT’)
“why is he wearing a mask?” asks my daughter as the next song in the shuffle erm, shuffles into view, “Does he had Covid?”
The man in the mask is the DJ and producer behind the mysterious dance act SBTRKT. A chap who is known to his parents as Aaron Jerome but prefers to remain (slightly at least) anonymous when performing and DJing – hence the use of masks – many of which are modern interpretations of ceremonial masks wore by members of the native societies around the world (if Native societies is the right word).
I relay this back to my daughter, and she looks a bit blank and we spend the next half an hour or so looking on the Internet at the different types of masks worn in various African and South American communities. We learn about African rituals such as the Goli masquerade which is performed by the Bauole people of the Ivory Coast at funerals and other important occasions. A single performance of this dance can last an entire day.
“Wait…A dance that lasts an entire day” she repeats, I nod and she shakes her head “Crazy people” she tuts sagely. I think about debating with her about what the Bauole people might think about some of our dances but I think better of it and tell her instead about the time her mother and I stayed up all night dancing at a club in Brighton as various bands and DJs threw big beats and tweaking acid house in our general direction. We danced to things like this
Cowgirl – Underworld (1994, Junior Boy’s Own Records, Single)
Well I say danced, I mainly stood around tapping a foot in time to the music, whilst smoking a cigarette and trying to look unfathomably cool. I probably failed. I also may have shrugged a few shapes to this though
Secrets – Sunscreem (1996, Whirling Records, Taken from ‘Change Or Die’)
As the sun came up for the next morning we strolled along the beach and grabbed breakfast in a café and then fell asleep on the train home.
The track that follows SBTRKT is by an act that I know very little about apart from the fact that Steve Lamacq always plays her music.
“Oh, M’s (name changed) big sister listens to this, she’s really cool. She’s an emo and she also likes someone called Nirvana”.
M is my daughters best friend and her big sister is just about 13. I offer to play my daughter some Nirvana but she is too busy singing along to this.
Club Cougar – Nadine Shah (2020, Infectious Records, Taken from ‘Kitchen Sink’)
I suddenly feel every one of my 47 years so I listen I go and listen to Nirvana in the lounge on CD.
Come As You Are – Nirvana (1993, Geffen Records, Taken from ‘In Utero’)
Tomorrow – Eat Lights, Become Lights
Wonderful writing. And a reminder that in just three or four years time, your daughter’s listening habits will likely go in a very different direction…..but given how much of a grounding you’ve provided, then she hasn’t got much to find of her own accord.