People Club are a Berlin-based quintet that deliver soul-filled music with funk-filled basslines. Each of the band members moved to Berlin at different times in 2017 and after having answered an online ad, the five met and the rest is history. On November 15th, the band released a new EP titled Kil Scott. “Their new EP Kil Scott is based on the destruction of a fictional character called Scott and his unsavoury ways. He functions as a caricature of male toxicity if you will – an amalgamation of their stereotypical masculine traits which shouldn’t have a place in contemporary society.”
We asked the band to pick three albums that have influenced them and their music. Below are their picks.
Find the band’s EP here.
The band will be playing a show on November 28th at The Islington in London. Check out the event details here.
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (Warner Bros, 1977)
This album is very special for us. It hosts some of the most beautiful pop songs ever crafted, and the flow from start to finish is just flawless. Its frank emotionality is delivered so tastefully, yet the album as a whole remains incredibly raw and natural. Somehow despite the adult themes, it maintains an aura of innocence, like a child’s sketchbook. Transcendental yet deeply personal, it feels like a divine briefing on humanness; spirituality, humour, anger, joy, youth, ageing. Even after hundreds of listens we’re still madly intrigued and somehow never get tired of it.
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Bridges (Arista, 1977) –
We’ve all been fans on Gil-Scott Heron for a long time. His lyrics and vocal delivery just cut so deep, he’s a masterful poet and story-teller, and there’s a wealth of important history to digest when you listen carefully to tracks like ‘Tuskeegee #626’ and ‘We Almost Lost Detroit’. The former condemns the Tuskegee syphilis experiment whilst the latter discusses the partial meltdown of a Michigan nuclear power plant in the mid 60s. Basically, essential listening. What takes this album to an even higher level for us is keyboard player Brian Jackson‘s mesmeric arrangement and orchestration, it perfectly complements the more romantic side of Gil shown in this album.
Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear (Tamla, 1978)
Here, My Dear slowly grew on us to become one of our favourite Marvin Gaye offerings. The killer hooks and grooves are still present, but the arrangement is way more spacious and calm – the additional infusion of pain and wistfulness over his recent divorce seems to introduce you to a more vulnerable and complex side of Marvin. He’s lost, but he owns it. A candid insight into the life of a deeply troubled soul.