Mark Barrott

Balearic maestro Mark Barrott on the first and last records he bought, plus an all-time favourite


FIRST

The Human League
‘Dare’
(Virgin, 1981)

“The first album I bought was ‘Dare’ by The Human League. I loved synthesisers, and they are from just down the road in Sheffield, so off I went to Virgin on two buses. I remember getting ‘The Man-Machine’ by Kraftwerk at the same time because I liked the look of the cover. ‘Dare’ is still a great album because of the songwriting and Martin Rushent’s production.”


LAST

Sault
‘Air’
(Forever Living Originals, 2022)

“The most recent album I bought was ‘Air’ by Sault, which is another totally unexpected mind-bender. It blows a lot of recent modern classical out of the water with its bombastic confidence and curveball chord changes. On one level it’s super-simple, but the harmonies and depth of instrumentation means I keep finding something new and exciting on every listen.”


ALWAYS

Steve Reich
‘Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos’
(Deutsche Grammophon, 1974)

“An all-time favourite – only one isn’t really fair – would be the piece ‘Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ’ by Steve Reich. A friend played it to me when I was 17 or 18, and I couldn’t quite believe that music like this actually existed. It was as alien, beautiful and hypnotic as my first trip to Japan. We used to drive around the Peak District at night with this on repeat, zoning out to the polyrhythms.”

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