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PLAYLIST: GEORGE GRETTON

The playful Nottingham-hailed producer curates us a playlist of his favourite tracks.

Nottingham producer George Gretton
Nottingham producer George Gretton

Steel drums. Mischievous vocals. Layered propulsive production. The music of Nottingham native George Gretton has been making waves with his inventive style of self-dubbed “art-pop”/“alternative R&B”, and his latest track “Too Soon” is no exception.

Themes ranging from struggles with mental health, family bereavement and physical displacement run through the experimental track for a unique and explosive sound – written after Gretton moved from Nottingham to London to pursue a career in music.

We caught up with the artist as he curates us a playlist of his favourite songs…

Frank Ocean – “Wiseman”

I genuinely think Frank Ocean is one of the greatest ever to do it. This is an unreleased track that I think was written for a boxing film. I haven’t seen the film, but this track makes me wonder how many phenomenal songs Frank has that will never see the light of day.

Different Life Collective – “Thomas Medicine”

There’s so much sick music coming out of my hometown of Nottingham at the moment. Different Life Collective are a hip-hop group who I can definitely see blowing up – they’re mad innovative.

Sade – “Cherish the Day”

Is it possible to make a track smoother than this? If you find one, please send it my way.

Portico Quartet – “Endless”

I’ve only just come across Portico Quartet, but they’re doing something really cool. I’m a real sucker for steel pans at the moment, and they sound ridiculously atmospheric here.

Mobb Deep – “Hell On Earth”

This is one of my all-time favourite hip-hop tunes. The beat is just so good – I love the way the snare cracks through with all that reverb. A really strong third verse from Prodigy too. Proper winter music.

Do Nothing – “Gangs”

Leading the pack of the new generation of Nottingham music are these guys. They put on a show that will permanently knock off any socks that you have on.

Oumou Sangaré – “Yere Faga”

Oumou Sangaré and her band played one of the best sets I’ve ever seen at a festival recently. Me and my brother asked for a photo with her afterwards and she kindly obliged, so I’m now a superfan.

Camille Christel – “Chicago”

Camille Christel is another artist from Notts whose music is so different but, at the same time, could definitely appeal to the masses. “Chicago” is so beautiful man. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from her.

Destiny’s Child – “Lose My Breath” (Four Tet remix)

Two legendary acts from very different worlds. I heard Four Tet play this at Lost Village last year and it was definitely my highlight of the weekend. I hope one day the Destiny’s Child team are kind enough to let him release it officially.

PLAYLIST: GEORGE GRETTON

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