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Galactic Dust: 5 Tracks That Have Influenced Me

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Galactic Dust: 5 Tracks That Have Influenced Me

Galactic Dust combines a love for incandescent grooves and effervescent guitar licks to create a sound which
is wholly their own. Making their debut with “DiscoDust”, the four-piece band from North London will leave you
lost in their dazzling universe.

We caught up with the band and asked them the top 5 tracks that had influenced them musically. Find out below:

Ravyn Lenae – Sticky 

“Sticky” is a fairly recent discovery for me that I am absolutely obsessed with! I Love everything about Ravyn Lenae and this song in particular influenced a lot of my songwriting in the past year. The funky groove with the ridiculously cool approach for the vocals makes this a staple in nearly every playlist I’ve created lately. 

Kali Uchis – I Want War

Kali Uchis is one of the best artists I’ve come across in the past few years. “To Feel Alive” was the song that stuck with me and my bandmate Alfie. We have been playing it nonstop recently and I think it will stay with us for a while. Uchis is one of our biggest influences as a band and this one will definitely be inspiring some creations. 

Lianna La Havas – Say A Little Prayer (Live) 

Lianne La Havas’s (who I absolutely LOVE) live version of “Say A Little Prayer” came up on my Spotify shuffle randomly at one of the most heartbreaking points of my life when I learned my mother was very sick and needed immediate life-threatening surgery. I was on my way home on a typical London rainy day and as soon as I heard Lianne sing the first lyric, tears started streaming down my cheeks and I couldn’t stop. That day I probably listened to that song a hundred times, but ever since, this version just gives me chills and I feel so connected to the song and to Lianne La Havas’s angelic and emotional voice. 

U2 – Beautiful Day

Growing up in the 90s and 2000s, I was seriously influenced by R&B and pop artists at the time that gave me my love for vocal harmonies and layering. But the song I decided to mention here has a different sense of nostalgia for me. My dad was a huge U2 fan at the time when they released the album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and I specifically remember one week when my dad and I went on a trip to visit family friends that lived a few hours drive away. During the road trip, while I was sitting in the back seat, my dad handed me the CD cover with the lyric booklet and asked me to read it out. At first, I was annoyed – I wasn’t even ten years old with severe dyslexia.. you can probably imagine I wasn’t happy. It turns out that this was one of my most significant childhood memories with my dad and one of the turning points for me as an artistic kid. “Beautifull Day” was my favourite out of the album and I still smile when I hear it today.

Nat King Cole – Smile 

This is my all-time favourite tune. “Smile” has various recordings by different artists but this one is the one I always go back to when I need something to sound like home. Since discovering this song in my teenage years, the optimistic, uplifting lyrics still linger in my ears till this day. I have a tattoo of a sunflower on my arm for the same reason this song speaks to my soul. I’ve sang this song to myself on many occasions where I felt sad and nervous. It’s been with me through the best and through the worst. It is pure magic.

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