With his debut album slated for release later this year and an appearance in Room Three on 17th April looming, we caught up with him to ask if he wouldn’t mind sharing a few of his favourite tunes, so we could get a better contextual framework to digest his music properly. What he’s delivered is a glimpse into his love of ‘80s funk and pop music, a genre that’s undoubtedly influenced the way he puts together tunes like ‘Carry On’.
“As pop music has evolved over the last half a century, I think a lot of the soul and musicality has been lost along the way," Hackman offers of his selection; "particularly in the last 10 years or so. For me, the music being released in the '80s was the best pop that’s ever existed and it makes the current chart topping music sound cold, sterile, and lifeless."
"The following are some of my favourite tracks released in this period, all of which ooze with soul and groove, to the point where I find it impossible to keep still whilst listening to them. I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing 'Midas Touch' in my sets!"
Michael Baker - Don't You Want My Lovin'
The Jets - Rocket 2 U (Extended Mix)
Rah Band - Messages From The Stars
Stephanie Mills - The Medicine Song
Class Action - Weekend
Midnight Star - Midas Touch
Syreeta - Can’t Shake Your Love
Dolos - Night So RIght (Club Mix)
Orlando Johnson & Trance - Turn the Music On
Yarbrough & Peoples - Don’t Stop The Music
Watch Hackman's Favourite '80s Funk Tracks as a YouTube playlist here.