I do like a good train journey. It’s fascinating how your mind wanders as you see the view changing in your window. In can be the mundane things in life. What you fancy for tea. Have you packed your favourite undies. Sometimes you can even find yourself pondering on life’s big questions. With this in mind Gatwick Express have invited 3 of the UK’s most exciting young musicians, Benga, The Milk and Sheppard to create a 30 minute soundtrack that takes the journey from London to Gatwick Airport as its inspiration.
The three resulting tracks are very different in style and execution. The musicians chosen are all from contrasting backgrounds and genres. Benga is a 25 year old producer and performer who has hauled dubstep out of Croydon’s bedroom scene to help put this challenging new form on the world stage. Philip Sheppard is an Oscar nominated composer who dreams up soundtracks for film and television and who has a passion for writing music to fit landscapes.
The Milk are a much touted young band from Essex who currently have the music press in a lather and who are getting support from the likes of The Guardian and Radio 6. Their raw and powerful music has the immediacy of Motown and Northern Soul pulsing through its veins. Their 30 minute track is the one we’ve chosen to feature here, and it’ll have you itching to dance in the aisle as you are transported down the line to Gatwick and your travel destination.
As The Milk themselves explain – “We were approached to put this track together to go with your journey on the Gatwick Express as you go through, coming out of the city, into the countryside, into suburbia, and then as you come into Gatwick. We’re from a commuter town and being on the train and making a journey in and out of the smoke all the time is something that’s really familiar to us. We’ve always tried to keep that sort of cinematic quality to what we do.”
Each time you book the Gatwick Express online you can download your chosen 30 minute track for free. For more information and to book tickets go to Gatwick Express Tracks
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