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And the beat goes on

And the beat goes on

My memory of HMV (a British high street music chain now in the hands of the receivers) is that of a sanctuary where I could find new music among shiny cellophane-wrapped CDs. However, we knew that this was coming, and in fact finding new music has never been easier.

Last week a Gilles Peterson podcast from BBC 6 Music introduced me to underground US soul artist Diggs Duke, who cited the UK’s lost Nick Drake as an influence, proving to me yet again that music from yesterday, today and even tomorrow unites and transcends.

I moved to Qatar three years ago, and the lack of diverse electronic music offerings in the country has often left me underwhelmed and frankly frustrated.  However the more people I meet here, the more I find different musical tastes and influences, shared anecdotally and re-enforced through social media.

And this really gives me hope!

Hope that while the record shops that I grew up in may be boarding up their windows, and there is no chance of me finding my cellophane sanctuary in Doha, the quest for new music (from the past, present or future) can go on.

TOP 10 classic ‘HMV’ picks

Bad

Michael Jackson

Étienne de Crécy

Super Discount

Remedy

Basement Jaxx

Leftism

Leftfield

Melody A.M.

Röyksopp

Homework

Daft Punk

Road To Rouen

Supergrass

Hotter Than July

Stevie Wonder

The Campfire Headphase

Boards of Canada

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Compiled by Laura O’Shea – a journalist, DJ & producer from Scotland, now living and working in Qatar
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