Listen To Django Django's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired By The 'Golden Age' Of '90s Hip-Hop
Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week's spin comes from Django Django. The psych rockers -- comprised of producer/drummer David Maclean, vocalist/guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth-smith Tommy Grace -- are set to release their third full-length album Marble Skies, tomorrow (Jan. 26) via Ribbon Music,led by early cuts "Tic Tac Toe" and "In Your Beat."
The new record, which follows their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Born Under Saturn, jump started with a "back-to-basics" DIY approach, and was first recorded at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London, with influences ranging from krautrock to Jamaican dance-hall.
Today, Django Django are looking back with this week's #TBT Mixtape, curated by Maclean and inspired by his choice '90s hip-hop cassette cuts.
"I got into hip hop properly when Public Enemy dropped Fear of a Black Planet and I bought it on cassette," Maclean shares. "A couple of years later I bought some decks and started to DJ learning to beat juggle and scratch, and by the mid '90s I was hip-hop mad, buying tons of records as well as sampling and making my own beats, some of which became Django tracks. Here are some of my favourite jams from the 1990s. It really was the golden age!”
Give the playlist a spin and also check out some retro snaps of the band below.