Sun 14th June

ELEVEN Tracks According to Nicholas Daley

Text   Dino Bonacic

The menswear designer of dual – Scottish and Jamaican – descent talks us through the songs that form the sound of his upcoming collection.

Titled Stepping Razor, Nicholas’ spring/ summer 2021 collection will pay homage to the late roots reggae legend Peter Tosh and highlight the synergy between music and martial arts during the 1970s, what is widely considered the golden era of the genre. The collection was originally planned to be shown just about right now as part of London Fashion Week Men’s. But as you know, “certain things” happened which caused the move of LFWM into the digital realm. With music always heavily infusing Nicholas’ collections and live shows, creating the soundscape to fashion was his choice of presence at the first ever digital fashion week happening this June. Exclusively for Eleven Agency Studio, Nicholas breaks down each of the ELEVEN songs that complete the soundtrack of his SS21 collection, scheduled for release in the coming months.

You can listen to Nicholas Daley’s playlist on Spotify.

Stepping Razor by Peter Tosh

“This track has been a big inspiration for this season and the reason why I titled the collection Stepping Razor to honour one of reggae legends.”

Flames of the Dragon by Lee Scratch Perry

“The father of dub and heavy bass! Really love the Kung-Fu influence with this track and how Perry merged such a variety of inspirations into his music.”

Soul Rebel by Bob Marley and The Wailers

“Can’t have a playlist without the great Bob Marley. His vocals and lyrics make me feel empowered. A true soul rebel!”

Nicholas Daley SS20; Photo by Piczo

Warrior Charge by ASWAD

“One of my all-time favourite tracks from the 1980s cult film Babylon. My parents have always played this tune, ever since I was a child. It has a really strong connection with my growing up and has since become somewhat of our family anthem.”

Five Nights of Bleeding by Dennis Bovell

“Linton Kwesi Johnson and Dennis Bovell – two British reggae cultural legends who I was lucky enough to have perform at my Fred Perry collaboration launch party last September. Even though this track was released in 1985, the lyrics still have so much relevance today.”

Jan Jan by Grant Green

“One of my favourite jazz guitarists. This tune has so much soul and funk, you cannot help move your feet to it – a true classic!”

Funk In the Hole by Roy Ayres

“The master of soul jazz funk who I have been lucky enough to see play on a couple of occasions, which remain some of my favourite live shows to date. Even at the age of 79, Roy always brings an epic performance.”

Liberation Song (Red, Black & Green) by Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson

“A true pioneer of spoken word poetry with a tune that has such a powerful message of resistance, liberation and freedom.”

Enter The Dragon Theme by Lalo Schifrin

“I have been watching loads of 1970s kung fu films over the lockdown period and of course had to feature Bruce Lee’s epic film Enter the Dragon. This is probably my favourite film theme tune of all time!”

Loran’s Dance by Grover Washington Jr

“I picked this jazz-funk record up when I was traveling in Japan two years ago from Tower Records in Tokyo. Anyone who appreciates music needs to pay homage to the place and give yourself at least half a day as the music in this store is endless.”

Waves Within by Santana

“I found this Santana album in my parents’ vinyl collection whilst I was digging away back home and I really love the infused psychedelic, soul-jazz mix. This track really takes you on a trippy journey.”