C.A.R.’s Chloé Raunet reveals the first and last records she bought and the one she turns to in times of trouble
‘Rap Traxx 2 ‘
On my seventh birthday I got a Sam’s Records gift certificate from my older sister. We went up to our nearest store and with her guidance, I chose this compilation. It had all the hits – Young MC, Neneh Cherry, Tone Loc, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, De La Soul, Salt-N-Pepa, Run D.M.C… I learnt all the words to all the songs and could probably still recite them today.
‘Koufuku No Jouken Nagomu’
A friend introduced me to this record just before Christmas. It opens with a strange cover of The Doors’ ‘The End’ and takes you on a sparse and woozy journey. Drum machines move in and out of rhythm, through wonky tuning and haphazard Japanese vocals. It’s pure bliss and 100 per cent up my alley. I don’t collect vinyl, but I liked this so much I went on Discogs and bought a copy.
I’m a big Broadcast fan and could have chosen earlier LPs, but seeing as Young Marble Giants ‘Colossal Youth’ was also a top contender, I opted for ‘Tender Buttons’. Both albums have a lot in common and have influenced me as an artist. There’s something about the texture; so familiar it’s like a warm, fuzzy blanket. I know the songs inside out and listening to them feels like coming home.