Sam Mumford Picks

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week Sam Mumford, A&R Manager at Imagem Music, delves into the publisher’s back catalogue to uncover some old treasures and modern classics...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 21 Feb 2014
  • min read
Sam’s proven knack for unearthing talent began in 2006 when he founded London indie label Dirty Boots.

Back then, his monthly music nights would showcase early performances from acts including Mumford & Sons, Jessie J, Two Door Cinema Club, MGMT and Frightened Rabbit.

In 2010, Sam began scouting for Epic and Columbia Records, landing the role of A&R manager at RCA shortly after.

While there he helped revive the RCA Victor heritage label and signed critically acclaimed band Dry The River.

Sam joined Imagem last May and has since been getting acquainted with the publisher’s ever-expanding pop, classical and musical/theatrical catalogues.

He says: ‘My choices should hopefully reflect the depth and diversity of our catalogue. No Imagem playlist could be complete without Pink Floyd, Daft punk, Elvis or Genesis but I have also been digging through the catalogue and found an eclectic mix of lesser known tracks and hidden gems.

‘I've been at Imagem for just over eight months and have only just touched the surface - once I started putting this playlist together I realised it could have ran for hours on end!

‘I have managed to narrow it  down to a concise 22 tracks that I am loving at the moment. It it includes all-time favourites, new signings, childhood memories and even the first 12-inch single I ever bought.

‘I thought I would open it with one of my favourite tracks of last year - Black Skinhead - co-written by Daft Punk, alongside the Elvis track Love Me. I close it with Willy Wonker's Pure Imagination with Gene Wilder and the nine-minute Talk Talk masterpiece The Rainbow.

'I hope you enjoy these tracks and all that’s in between.’