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PLAYLIST: CURATED BY NECTAR

Waiting On The World (Won’t Work) Influences

Image: Michael Tartaglia


Perth psychedelic meets indie soul four-piece, NECTAR have dropped their new single, Waiting On The World (Won’t Work). To celebrate the release, the band have curated an exclusive playlist for MILKY, full of songs that influenced them whilst writing their latest offering.


Speaking of the track, the band share: Waiting on the World (Won’t Work) is a statement towards the manifestation of excuses by placing blame on the world around you, if you want things to happen in your life you have to work for it and make the change, which we have been noticing a lot amongst our day to day lives especially as we are emerging as young artists. The song is particularly relevant at the moment as it is easy to find yourself in a stagnant state of life. It also reiterates that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that it’s okay to be at that stagnant point.”



ANDERSON .PAAK, J. COLE - TRIPPY

Even on a slow, laid back track like this Anderson .Paak never fails to bring an enormous amount of vocal swagger and charm. He’s definitely been an artist i’ve drawn a lot from musically and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.


GORILLAZ, LITTLE DRAGON - EMPIRE ANT’S

Damon Albarn’s dreamy, slightly eccentric vocal style and subject matter is something that I draw from. I remember hearing this song for the first time and way it made me feel and I really wanted to create something dreamy and laid back. Safe to say this track (and album) has shown me a lot.


KANYE WEST - EVERYTHING I AM

Kanye West is the embodiment of all work, no procrastination and that’s what our new track WOTW(WW) touches on. I really love this song in particular from Kanye and it’s meaning is something that has helped me to see that it’s no use placing blame on the world around you for everything and working hard to get out of the struggles you may find yourself in.


KOOL & THE GANG - SUMMER MADNESS

Another song that had an influence on my drumming and songwriting around the time that the track was being written, was Summer Madness by Kool & The Gang. I think the simplicity of the drum beat in this song is perfect. I approached our track in a similar way.


SURPRISE CHEF - BLYTHE STREET NOCTURNE

Around the time of recording WOTW(WW) I was smashing Blythe Street Nocturne by Surprise Chef. the bass playing is so solid with a melodic groove that kind of just sits at a really nice level and doesn’t go over the top, pulling back when the song needs it.


PIPE-EYE’S - TEQUILLA HIGHBALL

Another track that influenced me and I found myself listening too a lot at the time of writing/recording was Pipe-eye’s Tequilla Highball because; ‘Soda and Lime works every time Tequila!’ Cook Craig has always got interesting bass lines, again nothing over the top but quirky and keeps the groove. After all that’s what it’s all about!


BADBADNOTGOOD X GHOST FACE KILLAH - TONE’S RAP

This track for me is a fusion of my favourite genres within music, Jazz and psychedelic soul. Within the song the voicing of chords are quite “Jazzy” which I really really dig. Alongside that the guitar tones/effects create a dissonant psychedelic feel which isn’t commonly used within jazz and it just works too damn well.


SURPRISE CHEF - HAVE YOU FED BABY HUEY TODAY

Within this track it has a really groovy percussion element to it.. when compared to our song, WOTW(WW), they both share the same 16th note high hat rhythm. While recording our song we took influences of the percussion elements used within Surprise Chef's song and implemented it into Waiting On The World (Won’t Work).


CRUMB - BONES

This song is just an absolute all time favourite. The production, the instrument tones and the song writing is all just so perfect. I have taken influences from the guitar tones and used it within our song to create that psychedelic feel. Crumb is most definitely a major Influence for all NECTAR song’s for me.


KHRUANGBIN - C-SIDE

The first time I heard this song, i was rejoiced with contentment and tranquility. It encouraged me to play music that could hopefully have the same effect on someone else.



Waiting On The World (Won’t Work) is out now!