When it comes to a blended track such as “Move” by producer Maths Time Joy and singer-songwriter Rich, it is always interesting to peel back the layers of sound and analyse where the components of the track derive from. And, in a bid to help their listeners understand the choir-like backing and heavenly stripped back production that feature on their latest release, the pair have come together to curate a playlist that details their biggest influences. From Frank Ocean to Anna Wise and Chance The Rapper, head below to enjoy the sounds that helped to inspire the duo…
MATHS TIME JOY × RICH PLAYLIST
Upon the release of their collaborative track, “Move”, the producer and singer curate a playlist of their biggest influences.
Sampha – “Plastic 100°C”
I have a really specific memory of diving into this album while on a really long flight from New York to Singapore. This album feels timeless and one-of-a-kind.
PARTYNEXTDOOR – “Come and See Me” (feat. Drake)
In more than one song I’ve heard by PARTYNEXTDOOR there’s this contrast and chemistry between emo chord progressions and searing, cold lyrics that I find exhilarating.
The Internet – “Girl”
I love to see queer people making neo-soul music, and Syd is iconic.
Anna Wise – “Precious Possession”
I’ve always looked up to Anna Wise as an artist, and I think the songwriting, production, singing and stories told through this record are all stunning.
Chance The Rapper – “Blessings”(feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Raury & Jamila Woods)
This was the last song we performed in most shows when I’ve sung as part of Chance’s live band. It was so inspiring to sing “when the praises go up” and see arenas filled with people raise their hands. I wrote a whole lot of the songs from this EP while on the road with him and buzzing from the high that every show gave me.
Maths Time Joy
Jai Paul – “Crush” (Unfinished)
I always liked this cover, and Jai Paul has such a specific production sound and mixing style there’s always inspiration to find in his tracks.
Bon Iver – “Sh’Diah”
The production on this project was really beautiful, this track I especially liked, the mix of atmospheric soundbeds and sampled vocals is something I always appreciate.
Nao Vs A.K Paul – “So Good”
Nao is one of my favourite British artists, I remember when this track came out how new and exciting it sounded and naos production has continued to be something I look to for inspiration.
Frank Ocean – “Godspeed”
This album is one of my favourites. I love this track, especially the mixture of gospel sounds with more experimental production sounds as the song develops and crescendos towards the end. This album always teaches me how to not rely on drum sounds to fill sonic space.
Dijon – “Do You Light Up?”
This track and most of Dijons music I find inspiring, the mix of acoustic singer-songwriter songs, with more abstract modern production but always focusing on the emotion of the performance.
Flying Lotus – “Tea Leaf Dancers”
One of the most forward-thinking producers, it’s still amazing to me how long ago this track was made but still sounds so new.