His music is usually described as 'minimalist' and is 'based on the extended repetition of brief, elegant melodic fragments that weave in and out of an aural tapestry.' Glass's repertoire includes music for opera, dance, theatre, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film, such as the 'Einstein on the Beach' opera and soundtracks for 'The Truman Show' and 'The Hours'.
Listen: Philip Glass Ensemble - 'Music in 12 Parts (Part 10)'
Listen: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - 'Symphony no.2 (3rd movement)'
Find out more: PhilipGlass.com
2. Amerie's '1 Thing'
Booty-shaking, live-drum-sampling, indie-kid-pleasing song by the American R&B singer. 2005's 'Crazy In Love'.
In Kele's words: "One of my favourite songs of the last ten years. I was literally obsessed with that song. The thing about that song, what I find really inspiring about modern R&B, is it really sounds like it was assembled on the computer, the pickings of samples and building the song around that. There's a sense where it seems to be just stuck together, and that's something that I'm hoping we can try to somehow bring out in the record that we're making. Essentially, yeah, we're a live band, but I'd like to get some bricolage going on."
Listen: Amerie - '1 Thing'
3. György Ligeti
Avant-garde Hungarian composerBest known for his pieces which feature prominently in the Stanley Kubrick films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut. His work has an Eastern European flavour and is 'often expressed in a complex rhythmic style in which conflicting layers of tempos are used to drive the music forward'.
In Kele's words: "I was really impressed by his use of dissonance and space and texture."
Listen: Le Grand Macabre: 'Carhorn Prelude', 'Dialogue of the two ministers', 'Drink, Up!'
Find out more: Gyoergy-ligeti.de
4. Less Than Zero
The first novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1985.