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