My favourite thing

The soul­ful singer/song­writer loves the crackle of her record player

Red - - CONTENTS - Pho­to­graphs KIRSTIN SIN­CLAIR

For singer/song­writer Izzy Bizu, it’s the crackle of her record player

My mum bought me this vin­tage-style record player for my birth­day this year, and mu­sic just sounds so much bet­ter on it. It sounds warmer. I’m not tech­ni­cal enough to know why; I just know that I love that crackle. The best thing is lis­ten­ing to an old record that was ac­tu­ally recorded for vinyl. It’s so raw and beau­ti­ful. New mu­sic is made to sound so clear and crisp and be played on the ra­dio, and that’s great, but it is re­ally spe­cial to find some­thing that was made es­pe­cially for vinyl.

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Go­ing On is my favourite clas­sic al­bum, and Nina Si­mone’s Here Comes The

Sun. She’s cov­er­ing The Bea­tles but she makes it her own and it’s so cute. Those records should re­ally be lis­tened to on vinyl, be­cause they were made for that pur­pose, so it just sounds right.

At the mo­ment I’m lis­ten­ing to a lot of Alabama Shakes. They’re contemporary, but they have this very retro sound that works re­ally well on vinyl. They’re ridicu­lous, in the best pos­si­ble way. An amaz­ing freak of na­ture.

My record player sits pride of place in the liv­ing room, but I need to fix it be­cause the sty­lus is slightly bro­ken. I don’t mind though. When you have to fix some­thing, it makes you ap­pre­ci­ate it even more, be­cause you’ve put some love into it.

Izzy Bizu’s al­bum, A Mo­ment Of Mad­ness, is out now

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