Album cover artwork for Harvey Sutherland with transparent vinyl record popping outMeshing the squidgiest of funk with deliciously juice-choked beats which your booty will be powerless to refuse, Harvey Sutherland’s debut album Boy sees the distinguished synth-head serve a collection of belters recorded between London, LA and Melbourne. We asked him to let us in on the five tracks which most influenced this LP’s dynamic grooves.

Get a taste of Boy below, then head on to Harvey’s fascinating list.

Harvey Sutherland’s top five Boy-inspiring tracks

Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Was Dog a Doughnut?

A Balearic classic. A complete and utter left-turn on the mid-career (emphasis on ‘mid’) Yusuf album Izitso, that strangely endures, through discovery and re-discovery by DJs of all stripes. A good reminder that anything can be a hit one day, so just do you and make what’s in your head.

Can, Don’t Say No / Moonshake

All-time groove, whichever speed you choose – I know Shags prefers the German TV version – this is essential first-principles funk and something I had on a lot when I started thinking about this record. Do what you feel what you need to do.

Kirkis, Hey Man

I got really obsessed with this album Vide that Matthew Kirkis made a few years ago, a bunch of stiff, angular, post-punk jams but with a real pop sensibility. Hey Man is a great primer: scuzzy groove with moments of Randy Newman-esque levity. Kirkis contains multitudes. It got me thinking a lot about songwriting, structure and lack thereof.

Broadcast, Pendulum

I remember playing a demo of [Boy opening track] Jouissance to my friend Kane, who said it reminded him a bit of Broadcast — which was a stretch, I can assure you — but it sent me on a wormhole, I’d never spent a lot of time with their records. I loved the production, that it was all a bit cacophonous but still really driving, electronic. More noise please.

The Wailers, Guided Missile

Anyone that’s followed me knows what a dub fanatic I am — especially stuff that crosses the roots / digi divide. This is a perfect slice of mid-70s Family Man Barrett wonkiness, lovingly reissued by the good folks at Dub Store Japan. Another good funk cornerstone, and a reminder that you don’t need much — a tinky little drum machine and a couple of synth plonks should be enough to get you going on the right path.

Boy by Harvey Sutherland is out April 29, including on JB-exclusive transparent vinyl (pictured above), via Clarity Recordings.

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