Time to inject this 'Influences' series with something from the fairer sex: this time we interviewed Tash Harber AKA Sweetpea about her musical education growing up.
You may recognise Sweetpea from her residency on London's Rude FM, and you should definitely recognise her awesome collaboration project with PRTCL, which you can buy here. Read on for more.
Toots and The Maytals - 54-56 Was My Number
'Growing up, Reggae and Motown was always playing in my house. My mum was an avid listener to both these genres and I think this one is probably my favourite. It's massively nostalgic, feel good music, and always reminds me of her. There is no bass like Reggae bass on a good system. Also another reason why I love living in South London, just take a walk anywhere around Brixton and you can hear good music coming out of everywhere and anywhere!'
Ray Charles - What'd I Say
'I really enjoy 1940/50's music. I think, it was a time when music was very raw, natural and held so much emotion. I'm a big fan of jazz music and love listening to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billy Holiday, with voices that you could just melt too, singing their lives, their love and their pain.'
Missy Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
'I spent most of my teenage years listening to RnB and Hip Hop. I'm still a massive lover of 90's slow jamz! This tune was the first time I had properly noticed (and understood) the art of sampling/ remixing. Timbaland's productions were always clean and on point. Missy will forever be my favourite female rapper; this whole album is amazing! These videos and Busta Rhymes' were so imaginative and different at the time. This for me is Hip Hop, nothing has really come close since.'
Ms Dynamite - Booo!
'When I got my first pair of decks, I started off mixing Garage vinyl; I have a lot of love (and a lot of choons) from the Garage era! I remember rinsing this one constantly in my bedroom. Ms Dynamite, the ultimate female Garage MC of that time, and those simple but massively effective basslines! I still whip out the old wax and have a mix every now and then.'
Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy, Hey Girl
'I was very keen on Dance music late 90's/ early 00's! This choon made me really appreciate the drop in a song. Amazing build up to full on skank out when it does drop. I'm a bit unlucky to have never heard this song in a club or at a festival, but can only imagine what it would be like!'
Chase and Status - Music Club
'Along with "Shy FX - Bambaata", Music Club was one of the first choons that made me properly shack out in the dance. Noticeable from the initial sounds at the beginning, this one has to be up there in the all time ultimate Pea faves, and probably where my love of bongos comes from.'
Catch Sweetpea's Rude FM residency 18:00-20:00 GMT every Friday, blasting out bangers to the last.