To mark their 20th release Efficient Space have put out a pretty special record in the shape of YL Hooi’s ‘Untitled.’ It’s a collection of ten songs that first appeared on tape in the barely remembered pre-Covid era which is when I wrote my original review of it early last year. It’s one of those records that stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it and its sense of dub drenched insular introspection feels more relevant than ever as we find ourselves in the depths of our third lockdown here in the UK. It’s great to see it getting a well deserved vinyl release and to mark the occasion I asked Valya YL Hooi to provide me with five tunes (plus a bonus, because all lists need a bonus) that have been on her regular listening rotation over the past few years.
'6 songs i obsessively listened 2 between 2017 - 2021'
GIGGS ft JORJA SMITH - I'M WORKIN
Jorja's ear worm
PA SALIEU - FLIP, REPEAT
My no.1 car album of 2020 - present
EVERY VERSION OF ALTARGANA
Altargana is a Buryad folk song that i really love and could listen to any version and any time
>> honourable mentions
ZANZIBAR CHANEL FT. DUNGEON POSSEE - MUSTN'T EVOLVE
A great Aussie video
GAZA KIM & LISA HYPER - BILLS
Could be the best 72 second SOAT
DJ DELLER - ROMANTIC 2001
Rewind bonnet 2 bumper car crash worthy (no death, no third party insurance; just take the guy's details, cut him a deal and pay him from your bank account, and now the name Car Guy pops up on your phone occasionally up when he's joined Whatsapp and Telegram) not an advocate for phone and driving use
'Untitled' by YL Hooi is out now on Efficient Space