Good morning, good morning. Earworms is late and disorganised this morning (don’t ask) – anyway I doubt whether anyone has noticed yet, so here we go. Newbie this week is DD Allen’s new single ‘Just Like The Old Days’. The UK singer-songwriter teamed up with Mike Spink (The 1975, Jake Bugg) and Andrew Scheps (Adele, Hozier) to record the first single from his forthcoming album. He cites Bob Dylan as his greatest inspiration. Ahead of his album release, here is DD’s new music video:
Meanwhile thanks to all contributors; please keep sending your earworms in to firstname.lastname@example.org. and carry on reading for this week’s playlist.
Kailash Rana – Vidaai – Ravi Raman: Vidaai (or Bidai) means goodbye and this music is an integral part of North Indian weddings, though considerably more melancholic than it sounds here. This particular tune is played when the wedding has been completed and the bride says goodbye to her parents. Kailash Rana is a Rajasthani musician who specialises in the Shehnai, an oboe like instrument that is used here and is also an essential part of North Indian functions.
Mekit Hadero – Abay Mado – goneforeign: Born in Addis Ababa, Hadero fled with her parents (both doctors) to the United States in hopes of escaping the years of violence that followed Ethiopia’s 1974 revolution. She now lives in San Francisco, she sings in several Ethiopian languages including Amharic.
Art Bergmann – Bound For Vegas – tincanman: Anyone else hearing Fortune Teller? This was the Vancouver punk leader still going strong in 1990, after being polished up some by John Cale. Crippling arthritis has mostly sidelined him but I just saw him do an acoustic set and he’s still telling the authorities to piss off – and writing better than ever.
Slash, Myles Kennedy – Starlight – Ravi Raman: (Ravi, please tell us more – Ed.)
Albert Smith – The Thrill Is Gone – tincanman: We all know BB King’s signature adaptation of Roy Hawkins’ torchy original, but do we know who this groover Albert Smith is? Nope. It’s on a compilation called “True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax Vol. 2” and it takes you places BB didn’t even know existed.
Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl – tincanman: French DJ Kung’s remix battered the UK airwaves earlier this year, leading a curious mind to revisit the Melbourne R&B trio’s 2009 original (with guest and friend Kylie Auldist singing lead). And it’s a summer grower. Quite a warm Sweet Philly (https://goo.gl/23IviU) tone to it. (Sorry, I’ve missed the summer – Ed.)
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