Weekly Playlist 18: I Want Your Love

We start this week’s playlist with a new single from Bury St Edmunds’s finest – Gaffa Tape Sandy – it’s a sweet little track from the band from my hometown and I think it deserves some more attention.

LCD Soundsystem remain one of my favourite bands, and their recent album of tracks recorded as a band (rather than the normal studio versions, which are basically James Murphy alone) is a lot of fun – a reminder of how excellent they are live. The cover of Chic’s I Want Your Love is my highlight though, with Murphy and the band giving a nod to a band who have influenced them heavily.

In the jazz-heavy second half, I’d like to draw attention to Glitter Wolf by Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Allison Miller is an absolutely breathtaking drummer and the whole album (also called Glitter Wolf) foregrounds her immense talent without ever feeling like relying on her virtuosity to hold attention – the tunes are great.

  1. Headlights by Gaffa Tape Sandy
  2. Open by Rhye
  3. i want your love (electric lady sessions) by LCD Soundsystem
  4. Ride by TV on the Radio
  5. Shuruba Song by Dexter Story feat. Hamelmal Abate
  6. April In Paris by Thad Jones
  7. Glitter Wolf by Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
  8. Light Years by The National
  9. A Night In Tunisia (Live, Evening) by Sonny Rollins
  10. End IV by Giancarlo Erra

Enjoy!

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Weekly Playlist 17: Scott

I’ll warn you that however many times I hear the new Shura single, I think something is wrong with my headphones. Nevertheless it’s a great single. With the death of Scott Walker this week I had to include one of my favourite tracks of his. Also, we’ve got the new Ezra Collective single, which is fantastic and bodes well for the album. Polishing it off, we’ve got the wonderful Half Man Half Biscuit painting a picture of a visit to a 24 hour garage.

Enjoy!

  1. BKLYNLDN by Shura
  2. Jackie by Scott Walker
  3. 1950 by King Princess
  4. I Don’t Know by Slum Village
  5. Quest For Coin by Ezra Collective
  6. To the Landing by Typical Sisters
  7. I Want To Be Happy by Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins & Max Roach
  8. UFOF by Big Thief
  9. Without You by Model Man
  10. Twenty Four Hour Garage People by Half Man Half Biscuit

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Weekly Playlist 16: Dream Come True

I think Only Human by KH (Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden under another name) and Running by Helado Negro are two of my favourite tracks of the year so far, so there’s a strong start to this week’s collection. Further down we’ve got one of The Temptations’s first singles – perhaps not one of their best known, but the from the Ondioline introduction onwards – played by Berry Gordy’s wife, Raynoma – it is just a splendid track to enjoy as the sun comes out and days get longer.

The New Breed is one of the only other songs from earlier than this year and it’s a slow burner of a song – piano led, beautiful, and the perfect closer to this week’s selection.

Enjoy!

1. Only Human (Radio Edit) by KH
2. Running by Helado Negro
3. Girls Like by Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson
4. Counting Down the Days by AK
5. Esquima Dream by Stephan Crump
6. 1,2,3 dayz up by Kim Petras feat. SOPHIE
7. (You’re My) Dream Come True by The Temptations
8. Embryo by Jackson Mullane
9. Pretending He Was You by Claude Fontaine
10. The New Breed by Elan Mehler

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Weekly Playlist 15: Spring Feeling

I did say on Twitter that I might not do blog posts about the weekly playlist anymore, but then I posted quite a lot on the blog this week, so here we are. At least it’s not the only thing on the blog.

The National have a new single out, so that’s got to be on there. It carries along the drum-beat heavy sound that I love. The classic acts for this week include Scott Walker, Prince and Bob Dylan (the latter’s Desolation Row being a response of sorts to TS Eliot’s The Waste Land).

I was introduced to Phoebe Bridgers’s Scott Street on one of my favourite podcasts, Song Exploder – I find that having the artist explain its construction makes me love a song all the more.

  1. You Had Your Soul with You by The National
  2. Spring Feeling by Toby Martin
  3. My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper feat. Joey Purp
  4. Montague Terrace (In Blue) by Scott Walker
  5. 2Shy by Shura
  6. When You Were Mine by Prince
  7. Comme si by Christine and the Queens
  8. Scott Street by Phoebe Bridgers
  9. Al-Mu’tasim by Cochemea
  10. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan

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Weekly Playlist 13 : 30th Century Man

I’ve been revisiting Madvillain’s 2004 behemoth of an album, Madvillainy this week. It’s difficult to choose a single track, but All Caps seems as good a place to start as any. Scott Walker’s 30th Century Man and Matthew E White’s Will You Love Me are stone-cold classics and feel appropriate for this almost-spring we’re enjoying. From there, you get an indie song, Bibio’s Curls, from this year, some Biggie, Mingus and polishing it off, a cover of Arthur Russell by Peter Broderick.

Enjoy!

1. All Caps by Madvillain
2. 30 Century Man by Scott Walker
3. Will You Love Me by Matthew E. White
4. Curls by Bibio
5. Big Poppa by The Notorious B.I.G.
6. New Tribe by Powder
7. Ceramic by Jeremy Pelt
8. Maybe You’re the Reason by The Japanese House
9. Ecclusiastics by Charles Mingus
10. Words of Love by Peter Broderick

 

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Weekly Playlist 12: Super Cool

Ten more tracks to tickle your fancy for another week. I found Billie Eilish’s new track, Bury A Friend a great intro to her work. The new album due out soon seems like it’s going to be one to listen out for. Joni Mitchell’s The Jungle Line surprised me somewhat, not least because it’s a synth-led track from a jazz-folk artist, but it makes a good pairing with Eilish.

From there we got a smattering of reggae, punk and hip hop before Beck’s Super Cool, which as the song over the credits is a highlight of The Lego Movie 2 (I don’t mean that to sound so damning – watch the film – the credits are great, as The Lonely Island are only too happy to tell you in the song).

Allison Miller is an outstanding drummer and her new jazz project is well worth exploring. And then we finish up with the iconic guitar riff of Television’s Marquee Moon and the iconic strings riff of Sigur Rós’s soaring Hoppípolla.

Enjoy!

1. bury a friend by Billie Eilish
2. The Jungle Line by Joni Mitchell
3. Everybody Bawling by The Melodians
4. Straight to Hell by The Clash
5. Tints by Anderson .Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar
6. CHANCES by KAYTRANADA & Shay Lia
7. Super Cool by Beck feat. Robyn & The Lonely Island
8. Daughter and Sun by Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
9. Marquee Moon by Television
10. Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós

 

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Weekly Playlist 11: FUN!

As the title suggests, there’s a lot of fun to be had in this week’s playlist, not least from Vince Staples whose song suggested the title, but also Vampire Weekend’s return single and a classic, Bambi, from Prince. There’s a few to intrigue too, including Nativity from Elysia Crampton, full of an array of strange sounds, Min We Tun So (Slow) from Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou and Mali’s Toumani Diabaté on the kora (a 21 string African lute). Finally, to mark the problematic, but entertaining, Green Book in the cinema, a track from the film’s subject, Don Shirley.

Enjoy!

1. Harmony Hall by Vampire Weekend
2. FUN! by Vince Staples
3. Bambi by Prince
4. Jarabi by Toumani Diabaté
5. Sleep by SMX
6. Into the Red by James Blake
7. Nativity by Elysia Crampton
8. Min we tun so (slow) by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
9. A Walking Embrace by Nils Frahm
10. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Don Shirley

 

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