Husband and wife duo curate us a dreamy playlist to let us escape the British winter and transport us from cold, wet London to the sunny shores of LA.
Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are the effortlessly cool husband and wife band Tennis. Back with their third album Ritual In Repeat, due for release 2nd February next year, expect a more polished and bold take on their usual brand of beach pop as they transition into a new period in their careers. Their bittersweet take on pop will lull you into a beautiful and imaginary world of their design.
Recorded in three different cities with three different producers (The Black Keys’ Pat Carney, Spoon’s Jim Eno and The Shins’ Richard Swift), the record hones in on a multitude of influences, not only personal and geographical, but also historical, with 80s funk vibes in their new single ‘I’m Callin” and the sexy shimmer of the 70s shining through on teaser track ‘Never Work For Free’.
The Poppy Family ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy’
An all time favourite that gets played on the regular.
William Onyeabor ‘Heaven and Hell’
Easily my favourite drum sounds right now.
Raphael Saadiq ‘Just Don’t’
Saadiq is a huge inspiration to us. He’s been making great music for years and continues to create melodies that will live forever.
Dana Drake ‘Niagra Falls’
If we have ever have a honeymoon, this is what we’ll listen to.
Sibylle Baier ‘Driving’
One of my all-time favourite bands. It doesn’t get much better than this.
America ‘Ventura Highway’
Whenever we need to feel like we’re driving into the sunset in LA.
Dwight Twilley ‘Baby Let’s Cruise’
Really love the vocal performance on this tune.
Shuggie Otis ‘Strawberry Letter 23’
One of the single greatest inspirations for ‘Ritual In Repeat’.
The Chicago Transit Authority ‘Colour My World’
Deep cut from a deep band.
Cher ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves’
One of my favourite arrangements in the classic 60s sense.
Tennis’ single ‘I’m Callin” is out now
The album, ‘Ritual In Repeat’ is out 2nd February
Words: Lily Walker