Listening Post

Next week Japandroids hit their ‘favourite festival in the world’ – listen to the artists they want to catch at Primavera Sound

Get your ears around this guest mix from the Canadian duo

If Brian King and David Prowse weren’t in Japandroids they’d probably easily snare a job with the Barcelona tourism board or Primavera‘s in-house press team.

Next week – the main programme kicks off on Thursday 1 June – they’ll join hundreds of other artists in performing at this year’s festival in Barcelona. They’ve been before, and judging by this message they’ve sent us, they can’t wait to get back.

“Primavera is by far my favourite festival in the world. It’s in a amazing waterfront location in one of the greatest cities on the planet, and it has the best atmosphere of any festival I’ve ever been to. But above all that, the reason it’s my favourite is because it consistently has the best line-up out of any festival in the world.”

That’s true, time and time again Primavera delivers.

“This playlist bounces around between a bunch of genres and eras, but I think that is fitting for a festival like Primavera. The line-up is all over the map, with the only common thread being that it’s incredibly inspiring and creative music, regardless of genre.”

Here’s the list of tracks Japandroids have compiled. They’re the latest in our mini-series before it all happens, you can also hear mixes put together by Julia Jacklin and Noga Erez.

Frank Ocean – Nights
Aphex Twin – Analogue Bubblebath
Sleaford Mods – I Feel So Wrong
Grace Jones – Nipple to the Bottle
Run the Jewels – 36″ Chain
Priests – Pink White House
Operators – Evil
King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – Sleep Drifter
Julie Doiron – Lovers of the World
Arab Strap – Flirt
Angel Olsen – Sister
Magnetic Fields – Love is Like a Bottle of Gin
The Zombies – Changes
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

Japandroids’ album ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ is out now.