Dubfire: Sad Songs For When You Want to Feel Sorry For YourselF

Ahead of his extended set at E1 on September 27th, Dubfire take us through his selection of songs to listen to when you are feeling sorry for yourself…

As I write this, I’m finalising plans with Chris Liebing to see Morrissey here in Washington, DC tomorrow nite since my good friend Daniel Kessler’s band, Interpol is opening for him. Timing in my line of work is often a challenge. But sometimes the stars are aligned and you get this kind of reward. I was a huge Smiths fan in my teens; I can still smell that chrome cassette of The Queen is Dead that I wore down. I’m still angry that the song is under 2 minutes because it’s THAT good. Especially on a rainy Sunday afternoon when the phone doesn’t ring, and you’ve got to face the unfairness of high school the next morning as an introvert. His voice is an instant childhood memory trigger of the best and most melancholic kind. Long live Morrissey!


With the vast amount of people getting into the music industry, standing out amongst the masses - creating a unique identity, sound and image - is the first significant hurdle one must overcome. Unless you're Sigur Rós, re-writing the rulebook in so many ways that we’re all wishing we were as good. Sadness is a recurring them in their lush soundscapes, but this one has resonated with me the most.

Deep Dish remixed Love & Rockets’ ‘Resurrection Hex’ 21 years ago. And I’ve been friends with these guys ever since. From Bauhause to Tones on Tail and eventually the mighty Love and Rockets, I worshipped them. Their music kept me sane all through high school and college, and I still listen to their albums with the same excitement I had then. They didn’t do many instrumentals, but this one brings me to tears each and every time. Daniel on a 12 string, with David J, Kevin and the amazing production of John A. Rivers creating a perfectly paced crescendo of sadness and hope.

Trying to isolate just one Cocteau Twins song is damn near impossible! I’m convinced that Elizabeth Frasier is far from a mere mortal being. Her ethereal, soothing vocal delivery and bizarre language channel the qualities that we believe angels to posses. The number of times I locked myself in my bedroom as a teen and listened to this over and over again is a major feat unto itself. But the fact that I can still listen to it today with the same fondness is constant motivation for me as a producer to try to be THAT timeless.

Besides always having been a David Lynch fan for his eccentric filmography, I always loved his keen ear at creating slow, melodic, dreamy, desolate soundtracks; most notably with composer Angelo Badalamenti and singer Julee Cruise during the Twin Peaks juggernaut. My friend Ben Turner turned me onto this collaboration with Lykke Li, who remains one of my favourite singers ever. Someone who can channel the best of the 60’s sirens and still deliver something new. The real sad thing about this song is that this is it; there’s nothing else to be found out there by these two. So until they come to their sense and record again, I’ll have this on repeat...indefinitely.