Sneaker Pimps. One of my most favorite bands of all time, these guys. Based out of Hartlepool, England, they're a delicious mix between Massive Attack (love them, too) and ... oh, I don't know. Plumb or something. Maybe even a little Death Cab for Cutie. Good stuff. They also date me a little, I suppose; I'm a 90's child, so bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and Smashing Pumpkins really melt my butter.
Anyways! They're my go-to for writing soundtracks, because they do lovely things to my muse. Why? Can't explain, sorry. But give a listen to Half Life, the first track on the 1999 album Splinter, and maybe my obsession will make some sense.
What music inspires your muse?
By the way, Sneaker Pimps got their name from an article the Beastie Boys published about a man they hired to track down classic sneakers.