Festival playlist: Bentley Rhythm Ace

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Bentley Rhythm Ace gear up to play the Gigantic Indie All Dayer (28 May) with a playlist picked by Richard March.

Rick James – Give it to me Baby
I’m not a huge fan of comedy records but Rick James has always managed to put a smile on my face. This track manages to combine a glorious groove with a truly hilarious lyric.

Black Mekon – Black Mekon Must Die
One of the greatest bands in Birmingham at the moment – their live show is amazing. Incredible distorted electric punk/blues with charisma and attitude. If you get the chance to see them live then make sure you do!

Steve Cobby – Mahalo
I’ve been a fan of Mr Cobby since he first started releasing music as Fila Brasilia and this is a gorgeous piece of work from his latest long player Everliving. A couple of years ago I was blessed to make his acquaintance and what a splendid chap he is.

Black Sabbath – The Wizard
Us Brummies are (rightly) proud of our musical heritage and Black Sabbath are without doubt one of the most influential and successful musical exports the region has ever produced. This track from their debut album is a fine example of the incredible musicianship that propelled them to fame in the late 1960s. The drumming is out of this world.

Roman Flugel – Sliced Africa

I’ve always been a fan of the Sheffield “bleep” sound – you can probably spot some of the influences on a few Bentley tracks – and the keyboard riffs on this remind me of those late 80s/early 90s Warp tracks.

Lived in Splendour, Died in Chaos – Pop Will Eat Itself
2016 is the 20th anniversary of Bentley Rhythm Ace, hence these dates we are doing to celebrate this auspicious occasion! But, it is also the the 30th anniversary of the first PWEI release. I was recently asked what my favourite PWEI track was and it took quite a while to decide it was this one.

Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
The great thing about playing festivals is the opportunity to watch loads of amazing bands. This year I am really pleased to be sharing the bill with some of my favourite acts but Os Mutantes have been on my bucket list for many years. Really excited about finally being able to catch their live show this summer!

Public Enemy – Bring the Noise
One of my festival highlights from last year – it was incredible to see these guys play at Moseley Jazz Funk and Soul festival five minutes away from my house.

Mohammed Rafi – Jaan Pehechaan Ho
BRA have always acknowledged our love of obscure, bizarre and funky sounds. I first heard this on the soundtrack to the movie Ghost World and it’s been a favourite ever since. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Wynder K Frog – Harpsichord Shuffle
Putting together the BRA live show has meant revisiting some of the tracks we originally sampled and this stone cold classic was the basis of the first track we produced back in 1996.

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