A sparkling collection to get things off with a bang this week – just missing Explosions in the Sky. Thanks to all for your contributions – and don’t forget to light the blue touch-paper and fire off those whizzing worms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Other Europeans – Goldene Khasene/ Hora de la Cahul – ghe: I love Romany/Manouche music (especially the Django strand) and Balkan wedding bands. In a similar league for the feel good factor is the Jewish klezmer tradition. Get your dancing shoes on …
L’Arpeggiata – Pizzica di San Vito – beltway: you know that thing that occasionally happens when you are driving and a piece of music comes on the radio that is so intense and exciting that you just have to pull over to give it your full attention? Well this almost happened to me, I’d actually just pulled up outside the house, but I still had to sit listening transfixed to the amazing song blasting out my speakers – turned out it was a live session on Radio 3’s In Tune show by Austrian early music group L’Arpeggiata, with their mad interpretation of a Salentese tarantella, a frantic dance supposed to be so intense it could cure victims of the bite of a tarantula. This is one of the most exciting things I’ve heard in ages, hence straight to the iPlayer to hear it again and straight onto Amazon to order their new album Mediterraneo, which I can’t wait for. Hope you find it exciting too…
Zaz – Le Long de la Route – Fintan: A couple of years ago Debby M. turned us on to Zaz and I’ve been hooked ever since. Here’s an earworm hard to resist.
Lutricia McNeal – Ain’t That Just The Way – severin: Originally a hit for the Playboy model (and star of the film “Hospital Massacre”) Barbi Benton. This is a far far better thing imho. It’s also an earworm if ever there was one. Lutricia Mcneal lives and records in Sweden these days. Barbi Benton doesn’t.
Maria de Lourdes – Huapango Torero – goneforeign: She’s a wonderful young Mexican woman singing traditional songs in their regional styles. This is from an album ‘La Cancion de Mexicana’ with mariachi vargas de tecalitlan.
Four Tet – Angel Echoes – magicman: from the shimmering beauty of his 2010 album “There Is Love In You”, Keiran Hebden’s opening track.