Plaid's gardening playlist: Brian Eno, Jimmy Cliff and more

The Warp veterans pick a horticulturally themed playlist of songs that inspire each step of the process, from planting to cropping, Drexciya to the Isley Brothers

Drexciya – Organic Hydropoly Spores

Planting: This track alludes to the panspermia hypothesis, that life exists throughout the universe and that planets can be “seeded” by meteorites. Some believe this the most significant of all gardening events, something that led to the very beginning of life on Earth.

Jon Hassell and Brian Eno – Delta Rain Dream

Irrigation: Water has an essential function in perpetuating plant (and all) life. Its availability can determine a successful harvest and good irrigation typically doubles yields, a fact not lost on Hassell and Eno here.

Jimmy Cliff – Hello Sunshine

Photosynthesis: Clearly a keen gardener, Cliff calls for sunshine in his classic song. Plants use sunlight to make food which they use to grow. This means more food for us.

Mileece – Formations

Growth: The track was composed using generative musical algorithms allowing the track to grow autonomously – “the same as a plant or any living thing would,” to quote the sound artist and environmental designer.

The Isley Brothers – Harvest For the World

Cropping: Indicating the huge popularity of gardening, the brothers’ song (which hopes for a bumper crop at the end of the season) became a huge hit for the group. It just goes to show that although many share their hopes, they’re just not prepared to do the necessary groundwork that would generate this kind of yield.

Andy Turner and Ed Handley

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