Just under a month ago, Cologne, Germany-based electronic artist Roosevelt released his sophomore album Young Romance on City Slang. The album brought together elements of synth pop, funk, indie electronic and summery electronica with his vocals. There are instant earworms and blissful chill-out tracks that all mesh together over the 12-song album. It is clear that Roosevelt draws on a wide-range of influences and we asked him to put together a mix that brings them all together in one place. They encompass artists like Daft Punk, David Bryne, Brian Eno, LCD Soundsystem, Diana Ross and Nick Drake.
"With this mixtape I want to try to tell the story of where my influences for the new album are from - both with recent discoveries that I'm into, but also personal all-time classics,” he says to Magnetic. “It's a broad mix of music that means a lot to me and that gives a picture of my inspiration."
Listen to the full mix below as you go deep into Roosevelt’s mind and explore just how this album came to be. Roosevelt will be touring across Europe in the fall and then North America in December. Pick up tickets on his website.
1. Nick Drake - Place To Be
I love the voice of Nick Drake. People like him, Arthur Russell or John Martyn, have quite a distinctive vocal style and definitely helped me to find my own singing voice.
2. The Durutti Column - Otis
I remember hearing this in a club and being blown away by it - it's somehow a mixture of a lush house track and an ambient guitar improvisation. I like to open some of my DJ sets with this one, as the whole room seems to be in a higher place afterwards.
3. Daft Punk - Make Love
Daft Punk have always been a big inspiration, and this was always my favorite track of theirs. The way that the track builds on its monotony and stays on the same guitar riff was really inspiring to me.
4. College ft. Electric Youth - A Real Hero
I started buying lots of synthesizers around the time that the Drive Soundtrack came out, and the vibe of it got me really hooked. It really motivated me to try new things with the gear that I had at the time. This song was a direct influence to the album closer “Getaway.”
5. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Strange Overtones
Remain In Light by Talking Heads is one of my favorite albums of all-time, but this song is probably my favorite of David Byrne. I always loved that he's this lone outsider but a pop star at the same time. Being weird without being reserved about it is something that got lost a bit in the pop music world.
6. P Lion - Dreams
I have a fable for Italo disco, and this is an absolute smasher. It's over the top in many ways, but that's what I love about it. I remember DJing this at Total Confusion, a techno party that I was a resident for, and the crowd went crazy.. Definitely a key moment for me that made me realize that it can work well to mix things up and bring in a song like this into a set.
7. Methyl Ethel - Ubu
I don't know much about these guys, but I absolutely love this song. It's on a very high rotation in our tour bus. Such a good psychedelic dance song.
8. The Whitest Boy Alive - Island
The Whitest Boy Alive have always been one of the bands that inspired me to do the music that I'm doing now. Around 2009 I was a huge fan, and the way they basically played house music in a rock-band set up blew my mind back then.
9. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
Speaking of bands playing dance music in a rock-band set up, LCD are probably the kings of that. I recently saw them live, and the mix of the physicality of dance music and the energy and crowd response of a rock show still amazes me and is definitely something I want to involve in my live shows as well
10. Warpaint - New Song (Soulwax Remix)
In terms of remixes, Soulwax have always been a big influence to me. The way they take a song, make it their own, while still preserving the essential key moments of the original song, is quite impressive. I saw Warpaint in an intimate venue at SXSW a few years ago and loved the show. That remix is a perfect fit!
11. Diana Ross - Upside Down
I've always been inspired by the guitar playing of Nile Rodgers - it's definitely a direct influence on "Shadows," a track from my new album. This song by Diana Ross is definitely my favorite of his productions.
12. Westbam ft. Nena - Oldschool, Baby (Piano Mix)
I wanted to end with this as it shows the type of dance music that I love. This is one of my all-time favorite dance tracks - it has this nostalgic element, and whenever I play it when I DJ, I have this sense of unity and freedom - it's a very peaceful track and every party seems to get a lot better when this track gets played out.