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