5 Songs I Love w/ Aguava
Having just released his ambient self-titled EP, we caught up with Aguava to find out more about some of the songs he loves and why. Check out his selection below and if you're a fan you are sure to fall in love with the stunning new 5-track collection.
1. ODESZA - Koto
This song and album played a larger part in my decision to become a musician and producer than any other. When I saw ODESZA for the first time at Suwannee Hulaween, they opened up with this track and it blew my mind. I had never experienced this type of electronic sound before; one that blended a wide range of world influences with massive drums and atmospheric synths. This track informed my early years in production tremendously, and was the type of sound and quality I was trying to achieve with my early music, and I think you can still hear its influence on my music nowadays.
2. Juls - Blessed (featuring Miraa May and Donae'o)
One of the first afrobeats/amapiano tracks I heard that really drew me into the genre. Miraa May’s vocals are absolutely heavenly and Donae’o has so much swagger in his verse; sitting perfectly on top of one of the best beats I’ve ever heard. I think Juls is a genius and I draw a lot of inspiration from him, especially the texture and groove of his drums. It’s gotten me to record more live percussion; with djembe; bongos; shakers, etc.
3. Bonobo - Second Sun (Official Audio)
Probably one of my most listened to songs of all time, this one’s a masterpiece. I had always been drawn to orchestral electronic music and this track really had everything I loved musically. The composition and instrumentation are stunning, taking you on a journey and emerging from it with a wonderful triumphant feeling. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times
4. KAASI - Caroline Street
This one really takes me back. When I first heard it back in college I was mesmerized by the groove and vocal chops. I was just starting to get into house music at the time and was surprised by the amount of musicality and depth it could have and it was tracks like this one that opened my ears up to the wide range of sub genres within house. Did a lot of late night cruising with this song on.
5. FKJ - Sundays
This song is played entirely on piano but it’s as complex and as complete as any other song. I listened to this track and the whole ‘Just Piano’ project religiously, learning some of the songs on piano and that really inspired me to try my own piano compositions. I think this naturally blended into my music and I think it’s easy to hear that influence on my new EP.
Listen to Aguava's self-titled EP below: