Bassist Miles Mosley and drummer Tony Austin, co-founders of the Los Angeles collective The West Coast Get Down, are the latest guests in Craft Recordings new ‘Shoplifting’ YouTube series.
It’s a dream for any record collector, as artists get to have their pick of Craft’s vast catalogue of titles – from foundational jazz and rock albums to beloved soundtracks to punk classics – from such hallowed imprints as Stax, Prestige, Fantasy, Fania, Nitro and Vanguard.
The series “catches” a variety of visiting artists and tastemakers on Craft’s surveillance cameras, as they raid the record bins at the label’s LA headquarters. As they go through their loot, they discuss their selections and offer insight into their early influences, while sharing anecdotes along the way.
In this week’s episode, these rhythm-section stars (who have performed globally and co-produced together since they were 14 and 16) wax poetic over Vince Guaraldi Trio to Jungle Fire! by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers to Caravan by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, plus film scores such as The Goonies and Carlito’s Way, and share insight into their musical influences, such as bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Joseph Jones, who Mosley calls, “Godfathers of the rhythm section, if you ask me”.
Austin also talks hip-hop classics via Delicious Vinyl, from Tone-Loc and The Pharcyde; adding, “You can see the lineage between Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly”.
The series, which first premiered on 18 April, pairs some of the biggest names in music with classic vinyl albums. Previous episodes have featured producer Scott Litt (R.E.M., New Order, The Replacements), multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz and fusion-icon Chick Corea, iconic rock quartet Taking Back Sunday and more recently Fran Healy (Travis), Dave Alvin (The Blasters and The Knitters), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Caroline Spense, and Walshy Fire (Major Lazer).