With a band like NO CEREMONY/// it's easy to assume that their influences will oscillate between something like German Krautrock and 80s British poppy electronics a là Pet Shop Boys. Musically, they make clear cut dance music, and visually, that all-caps-lock-plus-three-slashes typography connotes true-blue electronics - their self-titled debut record affirms this.

But bands don't always wear their influences on their sleeves, as their exclusive mix for the 405 shows. Be surprised - it's not all synths and keyboards but soul stars, pop gods and hip-hop giants.

The mix is available to download below, but read what the band had to say about a few of the tracks, and peep the full tracklist after the jump. Be sure to catch the NO CEREMONY/// on their upcoming European tour.

Full Tracklist

  • The Knife - Behind The Bushes
  • The Prodigy - Minefields
  • Crystal Castles - Vietnam
  • Pantha Du Prince - Welt Am Draht
  • Daft Punk - High Fidelity
  • Justice - Waters Of Nazareth
  • Bjork - Army Of Me
  • Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us
  • Kanye West - Heartless
  • Kanye West - POWER
  • The Weeknd - Lonely Star
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Ava Adore
  • Drake - Crew Love (ft. The Weeknd)
  • TNGHT - Higher Ground
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - Little Sister
  • Nine Inch Nails - We're In The Together
  • These New Puritans - We Want War
  • Purity Ring - Belispeak
  • Holy Other - Feel Something
  • Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Crystal Castles - 'Vietnam'

There is a beautiful sense of displacement and menace in the track that we alway enjoyed, which slowly dissipates to build to a very beautiful track. The buzzing bass synth that starts the track is stunning. This then gives way to melodic vocal cuts, the blend of brutality and beauty was definitely something we wanted to capture when making our record.

Pantha Du Prince - 'Welt Am Draht'

We all love the way that Pantha Du Prince creates this shifting, spectral atmosphere which an incredible dance track eventually emerges, and that he demands patience and investment from the listener, as opposed to giving them instant gratification. This makes the pay off even more special, you savour it as opposed to simply enjoy it, and this challenging relationship with the listener, asking them to be engaged and active, as opposed to passive, is something we have always wanted to explore.

Bjork - 'Army Of Me'

Army Of Me has been a song that ticks all the boxes and regularly features in my day to day playlists. I love the dominance of the heavy bass and synths, The video is pretty bizarre too, featuring Bjork fighting a gorilla dentist. I've only just learned that the drum samples "When The Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin which is pretty cool.

The Smashing Pumpkins - 'Ava Adore'

I think that this track served as an introduction to all of us as how heavy loops and electronics could be combined with a dark, emotive song to create something that is powerful and affecting. I love the sense of possessiveness and longing in the lyrics here, exploring perhaps the more extreme, uglier sides to love.

Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Little Sister'

The production of QOSTA is something that we've always aspired to when we produce our tracks, to capture an energy that's real and unfiltered.

Aretha Franklin - 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man'

This is one of my all time favourite songs as it is so emotive and Aretha demonstrates such a beautiful use of her vocals. I feel every word she sings as the feminist lyrical content is strikingly profound. Led by a gospel vibes, the authenticity carries so much weight - it's the ultimate soul food.