Drawing inspiration: Keaton Henson illustrates his 10 favourite electronic tracks

Drawing inspiration: Keaton Henson illustrates his 10 favourite electronic tracks

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Keaton Henson exercises his artistic side for this unique illustrated playlist.

Earlier this month, singer and songwriter Keaton Henson announced the vinyl release of his first collection of electronic recordings. Constructed in isolation, often recorded in the dark and with vocals laid down in one take, Behaving is Henson at his most exposed, illuminating the knotted, insular experience of the writing music in the shadow of his yet untitled new album.

If Behaving, and the classically influenced instrumentals of Romantic Works have revealed Henson to be a flexible, open-minded artist not beholden to a generic types, then his response to our request for a feature bears this out even further. Subject of a lyrical psychoanalysis and having recently published a collection of poetry, he’s provided us with an utterly unique illustrated playlist, accompanying a selection of his favourite electronic tracks with bespoke illustrations.

Responding to the music and the contexts of each track, sometimes expressively, at other times more literally, the selection below stands as a document of Henson’s reference points in crafting Behaving, drawing inspiration from across a wide spectrum that includes Pariah’s club-ready 12″ ‘Detroit Falls’, Burial + Four Tet’s somnambulant night drive anthem ‘Moth’, the left field disco of Arthur Russell’s Let’s Go Swimming’ and Icelandic post-rockers múm at their most reflective.

Behaving is available to pre-order on vinyl ahead of its release on 25th November. Listen to all ten tracks above while you explore Keaton Henson’s illustrated playlist.


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Constrobuz
‘No Friends’ from Beats Volume 5
(Not On Label)

Listen


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Evenings
‘Friend/Lover’ from Yore
(Friends Of Friends, 2013)

Listen / Buy


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The Velvet Teen
‘Tokyoto’ from Cum Laude!
(Slowdance Records, 2006)

Listen / Buy


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Burial + Four Tet
‘Moth’ from 12″
(Text records, 2009)

Listen / Buy


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Mount Kimbie
‘Made To Stray’ from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
(Warp Records, 2013)

Listen / Buy


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múm
‘The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records’ from 12″
(TMT Entertainment, 1999)

Listen / Buy


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Pariah
‘Detroit Falls’ from 12″
(R&S records, 2010)

Listen / Buy


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The Album Leaf
‘We Once Were Two’ from An Orchestrated Rise To Fall
(Linkwork records, 1999)

Listen / Buy


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Baths
‘Animals’
(Not on label)

Listen


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Arthur Russell
‘Let’s Go Swimming’ from 12″
(Rough Trade, 1986)

Listen / Buy


Keaton Henson’s Behaving is available to pre-order on heavyweight vinyl directly from The Vinyl Factory online shop.

  • Skeletal Dude

    Enough already! A quick search of the site shows that there have been twelve items so far in 2015 about this person. Can Vinyl Factory squeeze in a few more before year’s end?

    • Wrenn

      Henson is an incredible artist & his work deserves to be written about. Your comment has accomplished nothing but hate. Take your negatively elsewhere.

  • Kevington

    we love you Keaton

  • Leo

    Such an oh so sensitive soul