Whether it’s Radiohead when you’re sad, disco when you want to dance, or some old soul music when you want to turn up the heat, W Hotel’s Music Director Kristina Dolgova has an album to fit any mood.
The DJ took us inside her collection, showing us the perfect album to fit nine music-ready scenarios.
THE ALBUM THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN?
TOM TOM CLUB BY TOM TOM CLUB
I didn’t listen to this album when I was a kid so it’s not about the memory but more about the feeling. I grew up in The Caucasus, a beautiful region of mountains and waterfalls, so I spent most of the time in the nature exploring. This album was recorded in Barbados and the tunes really glow with sunshine, nature, and fun vibes. You just want to be silly and not care when you listen to it.
THE ALBUM THAT BRINGS YOU SWEET MEMORIES?
SUPERMAX BY SUPERMAX
My parents used to listen to this album when we were on a family road trip. They were big fans of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and Supermax and I was totally into it too. I remember studying English at the time and decided to translate Supermax’s “Lovemachine” from English to Russian since we had no idea what the lyrics were… later we all laughed about the fact that maybe I was a little bit too young for that song.
THE ALBUM THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GET DOWN AND DIRTY?
I WANT YOUR LOVE BY JAMES MASON
James Mason is an incredible keyboard player, guitarist and an original member of Roy Ayers’ legendary band. This is not just an album, this vinyl contains two recordings that were never meant to be released. Luckily, it’s out there for us to enjoy. It’s sexy, timeless, passionate, and it’s a masterpiece. Anyone will be deeply touched by the magically seductive grooves of this record. Love, love, love. <3
THE ALBUM YOU LISTEN TO WHEN YOU’RE FEELING LOW?
PABLO HONEY BY RADIOHEAD
BLOOD BY RHYE
I belong to the group of people who listen to sad music when they are sad to make themselves even sadder, so anything from Radiohead, Morcheeba, Portishead, or Rhye would do the trick.
THE ALBUM YOU LISTEN TO WITH YOUR CRUSH?
THE BEYOND/WHERE THE GIANTS ROAM BY THUNDERCAT
I love Thundercat. He is the musician to watch! This “mini” album is sad and surreal but still funky, and R&Bish in a Thundercat kind of way. It’s beautiful, deeply personal and sort of vulnerable, it feels right to listen to it when it’s just the two of you.
THE RECORD MAKES YOU DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING?
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES BY TANTRA
It’s impossible to choose one album or a record because I have so many favorites. In the end, I picked this one because it’s yellow and see-through. =) In all seriousness though, the album is true to its title. It’s definitely a journey. At the first beat, I forget about the surroundings and I am dancing like nobody’s watching…. boogie disco time!
THE ALBUM OF THE MUSICIAN YOU’D MOST LOVE TO MEET?
MAMBO BY YMA SUMAC
I prefer not to meet my heroes, but if it would be possible, I would love to travel back in time and see Yma Sumac’s concert, followed by a glass of a champagne to congratulate her on another stunning performance. The Peruvian Inca princess was famous for her exotic music and incredible ability to sing in extreme vocal range. With an hour and a half octaves!
THE ALBUM YOU NEVER GET SICK OF?
HEAD HUNTERS BY HERBIE HANCOCK
Head Hunters became the largest selling jazz album of all time with more than one million copies sold on its release date in 1973. The opening 15-minute song “Chameleon” is a stunning jazz fusion where every instrument thrives and blows your mind. Every song on this album is a masterpiece. It paved the way not only for electronic and hip-hop genres but also inspired a lot of musicians across the globe. It’s timeless and the world will never be sick of it.
THE ALBUM TO CHILL OUT TO?
ELECTRONIC AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FROM BRAZIL 1978 – 1992 BY OUTRO TEMPO
This is released on one of my new favorite record labels Music from Memory. The complication album of electronic and contemporary music from Brazil was made in the period of 1978 – 1992, featuring blends of experimental electronics, jazz fusion, and traditional Brazilian aboriginal sound. Listening to it is an absolute discovery.
MUSICA PARA EL FIN DE LOS CANTOS BY IURY LECH
I am very happy to hold this record in my hands as I’ve been looking for it for a very long time. Ukrainian-born, Spanish-based artist Iury Lech released his cosmic ambient album in 1990. It’s so rare that no vinyl collector wants to sell their copy, but I recently saw one original pressing LP for €400 on Discogs.com! Luckily, the reissue came out earlier this year and I strongly recommend getting one if you enjoy ambient music.