Celebrity Mixtape 008: Helen Gilchrist (Stranger Magazine)

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Stranger Days

Helen Gilchrist, founder and editor of Stranger magazine – which covered ‘life, earth, sounds, surf and inspiration’, from Cornwall to coastal cultures worldwide, in 16 issues between 2004 and 2007 – digs through some of the music that got sent into the magazine for review in those years. Some of these albums went on to be modern classics, from Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ to LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip. Some tracks fuelled the dancefloors at Stranger’s parties and socials – and some just enjoyed heavy rotation in the magazine office. From breakbeats to dub, electronica to singer songwriters, it’s an eclectic trip down memory lane.

Stranger still creates magazines – these days it’s for global tech companies and creative brands – and hosts imaginative events, from fireside gatherings to a micro festival on a 1930s steam train (pre-Covid of course). If you want to find out more about what they’re up to now, check out stranger-collective.com or follow @strangerfeed on Twitter or @strangercollective on Instagram

1.      ‘moving closer to the sofa’ by the limp twins, tales from beyond the groove
2.      ‘give the drummer some’ (featuring real live show and nappy g) by nickodemus, endangered species
3.      ‘got to be love’ by greyboy, sharon jones and quantic, soul mosaic
4.      ‘rocksteady’ by fdel, audiofdelity
5.      ‘you’ll find a way’ by santigold, santigold
6.      ‘boy from school’ by hotchip, the warning
7.      ‘give it up’ by lcd soundsystem, lcd soundsystem
8.      ‘get it together’ by fort knox five, the raid
9.      ‘ernie’ by fat freddy’s drop, based on a true story
10.  ‘picture show’ by dawn landes, from the thrifty, brave and clean compilation by boy scout recordings
11.  ‘secret life of the wife of the captain of the ship in a bottle on the mantel piece’ by caz mechanic, secret life of the wife of the captain of the ship in a bottle on the mantel piece
12.  ‘free salute’ by little barrie, we are little barrie
13.  ‘the catch’ by emmie the great, the mules present: pick your own
14.  ‘my middle name is joy’ by sargasso trio from the thrifty, brave and clean compilation by boy scout recordings
15.  ‘back to black’ by amy winehouse, back to black

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