Selections: Self Esteem

Welcome back to Selections, a series of exclusive artist-curated Spotify playlists from those in the know.

Self Esteem’s recent debut is Rebecca Taylor’s first solo record, despite being in music for over a decade. The preceding years were spent as one half of Slow Club, a duo which dealt in rootsy folk and a kind of unspoken commitment to indie DIY culture. With Taylor’s album as Self Esteem, it becomes apparent this was a far cry from the music she wanted to make, and Compliments Please is the sound of her easing into a truer expression. With that in mind, we invited her to share some of her favourite tracks with us.

The record is full of brazen electronics and big-lunged vocals, and her playlist for us contains plenty of nods to the popstars she would love to emulate (see Janet Jackson, Angie Stone and Whitney Houston) as well as the left-field production she’s sought out (Spoek Mathambo, Kamal Hassan). Since re-appearing as Self Esteem, Taylor has made it clear that the quiet folk of her past was never really her style and within these tracks it’s made abundantly clear. What emerges instead is an image of an artist embracing centre stage and her most natural pop sensibilities.

Self Esteem plays the JägerHaus at All Points East in Victoria Park, London, this Sunday 26 May