Under The Influence is about letting some of our favourite people in the music world talk about five albums that that have influenced them in some way. Today we have Zun Zun Egui talking about the records they hold dear to their hearts.

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Oxbow - An Evil Heat

This album from Oxbow really shows how great a composer and guitar player Nikko Wenner is. Through his skill and imagination he has created here a monolith of sound, texture and power never really heard before. The music is tight, disjointed, noisy, bluesy, dark and fabulous. The interplay between Dan Adams and Greg Davis is just beautiful, the rhythms they play and their way of bending time and using volume dynamics is inspiring. Everything sounds awfully precise too, and there is a lot of attention to detail in the sound production and recording. Eugene Robinson's lyrics and delivery are cool too. (Kushal Gaya)


Soundgarden - Superunknown

On this album there are sixteen songs, and they are all good.  The production is huge, detailed and crisp, but completely supports the bands vision which is on the most part dark, suffocating, and morbid both in lyrics and melody. As well as this dark quality that is everywhere, there's a sort of swirling Indian folk-inflected psychedelia flowing through the album, as well as some surprisingly straight ahead songwriting.  It's how they integrate all these things, the songs, the vibe and complexity of the playing, and the production, that is so impressive. There are rhythmic changes and odd time signatures everywhere, but ultimately the music comes across as natural and bodily, not brainy, crass and contrived. I think it's probably a masterpiece. And it ROCKS. (Luke Mosse)


Fishmans - Kuuchuu Camp

Fishmans is not really known outside of Japan, The band formed in 1987. The sound is a mixture of dub, reggae, hip hop, dream pop, ambient, space rock and shoegaze with really great Japanese lyrics - often quite sad and day-dreamy, but full of gratitude. What I liked was the mixture of dub bass lines and beautiful synth and guitar sound. Singer Shinji Sato had a really unique voice and presence ... he passed away in 1999, but following his death their popularity continued to grow and the remained members of the band still play occasional Fishmans tribute concerts with other musicians. They are really respected, and influenced a lot of current Japanese musicians. My favourite is ' Night Cruising', a really trippy song with beautiful piano lines and guitar noise, backward samples, and lyrics that go 'The night I went mad without anyone's fault, She was a smuggler and there is the gift from the sky.... ' (Yoshino Shigihara)


The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra

I’m not really one for drama but I think that maybe one reason fusion isn’t so popular is that it’s often lacking in this department.  Technical complexity needs to be balanced by musical passion and Mahavishnu Orchestra displays both in large quantities.  On this album the performances are virtuosic and the writing is hugely creative and adventurous.  The band explore every possible dynamic and emotion; the music is frenetic and macho one minute and then delicate and sensitive the next.  The choice of violin as one of the lead and solo instruments also gives the music a more natural and earthy sound which most other bands in this genre just don’t have.  I’d like to listen to this album whilst driving but I don't have a Ferrari. (Matt Jones)


Boredoms - Seadrum / House of the Sun

I really love the piano lines on 'Seadrum', they remind me of the harp line of 'Lovely Sky Boat' by Alice Coltrane. I would really like to be able to play piano like this. When they recorded 'Seadrum' they set up the drum kit on the sea shore and recorded while water was hitting the drums. I can actually listen the sound of the water hitting and moving the sand, it's so beautiful and also a unique approach to recording. Yoshimi's singing seems to be instinctive and on the spot, and the drums are so strong, tribal and full of energy. I really love Boredoms because they are making spiritual music. They represent the old Japanese spirit of animism to me. I like to keep spirits of nature in my mind while making music. (Yoshino Shigihara)