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"I have chosen two records that take me to two different places in my mind for my isolation vinyl - Arctic Monkeys 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' and Richard Hawley's 'Late Night Final'.
Arctic Monkeys second album was released when I was travelling on the west coast of Australia with my wife. We picked a copy up (on CD at the time - as it was a little tricky to fit a record in my backpack) and had it playing pretty much on repeat in our car. Not one track on this is filler. Every time I hear this record it takes me back to warm, sunny days driving for hours on straight roads looking ahead at the beautiful (and sometimes barren) Australian scenery.
Richard Hawley's 'Richard Hawley' always brings me back home in my mind to my family. This is a truly beautiful record from start to finish with the track 'Naked in Pitsmoor' being a stand out."
"In Pure heroine, Lorde really captures the restlessness of youth while simultaneously fearing ageing. As I am a similar age myself it feels really relatable in a time which can seem quite isolating. Also, David Bowie called Lorde the future of music and if you're gonna be taking recommendations from anyone it should be him."
"Dan's got a load of isolation vinyl suggestions! Here's 6 to start!
Band on the run (Canadian pressing 1973 - has the additional track ‘Helen Wheels’ in the middle of Side 2)
The Rutles - The Rutles (1978 “compilation” of the best bits of the pre-fab four!)
Talking Book - Stevie Wonder (1972 Motown classic - Stevie arguably at the peak of his powers)
Gilles Peterson Digs America 2 - Various (2007 triple LP compilation of off-the-beaten-track soul nuggets)
Spilt Milk - Jellyfish (1993 second and final studio album - a power-pop tour de force)
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player - Elton John (1972 Features the hit singles ‘Daniel’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’ which are actually the two weakest tracks!)"
"I am really enjoying the album "Dummy" by Portishead during the isolation period. It is a really chilled out album that stuck out like a sore thumb from the other Britpop albums that were being released in the 90s from artists like blur and oasis. I am a huge fan of massive attack and trip hop so it was no suprised that I really enjoyed this album. My favourite track from the album is "it could be sweet" as it is quite slow but after every chorus the echoing fast pace drum sample comes in and completely changes the song."