A slightly different approach this week, with a track-by-track breakdown of the playlist. There’s also a link at the end to the ongoing archive of all the playlists.
1. The Dead by Nakhane
From Nakhane’s album, which was released last year, but re-released in the UK and US this year with Anohni accompaniment on New Brighton. This is a dark, melodic track representative of the great You Will Not Die album.
2. Buoys by Panda Bear
The title track Panda Bear’s water-focused album, Buoys with his recognisable sample and loop lead experimental pop.
3. Activate by Theon Cross feat. Moses Boyd & Nubya Garcia
Theon Cross plays tuba for Sons of Kemet, but this is from his recent solo outing showing the drum and bass infused jazz making up what is a really solid album.
4. Now That I Found You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Always fun to hear a new song from Carly Rae Jepson, and this pop gem doesn’t disappoint.
5. 10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs by The Twilight Sad
Couldn’t resist a title like this, but under any circumstances, The Twilight Sad keep alive what the best of indie has to offer.
6. Sentimental Lady by Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
Sentimental Lady is one of Duke Ellington’s classic pieces, written in 1943. This is a late recording from 1959 which rightly focuses the attention on Johnny Hodges, showing off the skills that make him recognised as one of the world’s greatest saxophonists.
7. Con Altura by ROSALÍA & J Balvin feat. El Guincho
Is J Balvin’s thing making that hooty noise in the background of tracks? Whether it’s this or Mi Gente with Beyonce, though, you can fault a great pop track.
8. Seventeen by Sharon Van Etten
This was dismantled in a recent episode of Song Exploder, and both the song itself and that podcast are well worth many listens
9. Nursery Rhyme by Sarah Tandy
Sarah Tandy is a piano player from London and this, from her new album, is an emotional piece featuring an all-star of British jazz stars.
10. Straight To You by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
One of my favourite songs by Nick Cave, which I was reminded of, oddly, by Evan Dando’s cover on his most recent Varshons album. The cover’s not amazing, but this original certainly is.