The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.

Karlyn is a popular music lecturer, she regularly speak at BIMM London, University of the West of Scotland and ICMP and is near completion of a PhD at University of Birmingham exploring the enduring format of vinyl records.  She is also the host and co producer of The Songs Are Spells Podcast, interviewing major music industry guests on their journey through music and magick. Karlyn is also working on a book entitled The Divine Feminine in Popular Music discussing pioneering women in music in the context of goddess archetypes throughout history.

Track 1 – ‘Fear Not of Man’ by MoS Def from Black on Both Sides

This track is an incredible opener to one of my favourite ever albums – I first heard it when my mate who was a DJ used to play it in his set at a pre club bar in Glasgow. Mos has always been ahead of his time and talks about the evolution of hip hop and the world in general. Its warning us to go inwards and not get drawn into external crap and we need that more than ever. “

Track 2- ‘ Graceland by Paul Simon – Graceland 

I’ve picked this because of the pure joy it brings whenever I sing it thinking about when I eventually get to go to Graceland. I’m a total music tourist and the thought if being in one of the most musically rich cities ever is goals. I love that the lyrics were just a joke/place filler but turned into a great song. I call that flow state.”

Track 3 – ‘Temptation’ by New Order from Substance

“This track is an absolute banger and New Order were so innovative with genre and technology. “

Track 4 – ‘Good Song’ by Blur from Think Tank

I think this is the best Blur album ever and sounds like a bridge between Blur and later Gorillaz. Damon sounds so vulnerable on this track. “

Track 5 – ‘Mr Wendal’ by Arrested Development from 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the life of..

AD are the greatest hip hop band ever and the first to win a Grammy. This track is all about equality regardless of material status and how everyone has something to teach us. “

Track 6 – ‘Mollys Lips’ by Nirvana from Incesticide

So not a Nirvana original but this cover of The Vaselines is such a defining moment for me in terms of their energy and ability to make anything their own. If I could list every track they ever did, I would.

Track 7 – ‘Alright’ by Kendrick Lamar from TPAB

This song is about not giving into the fear of ignorance or violence and much like Fear Not of Man, knowing your worth as defined by you.

Track 8 ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy – Fat of the land

The Prodigy were the first festival headliner I ever saw and even till this day it was the greatest live show I’ve ever been to. The energy between Keith Maxim and Liam was off the scale and they are another example of innovators that translate so well to the live show. “

Track 9 – ‘She Walks on Me by Hole’ – Live Through This

This album was pivotal for me in terms of understanding the world around me and thinking maybe I could play in a band. The dynamics on this whole album but especially this song are incredible and its a classic for me.”

Track 10 – ‘Only in Dreams’ by Weezer from Blue Album

This song is so beautiful. I love the longing that Rivers always shows and I remember crowd surfing to it when I saw them in the Barrowlands about a million years ago. Good times.” 

An eclectic mix from Karlyn and Weezer’s Only in Dreams is a perfect album closer.

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