Thanks for all the good wishes for my Prague trip last week, I can recommend it – a beautiful city. Anyway, enough of that – here is a fresh selection of worms for your enjoyment. If you’d like to join in, please send an .mp3 or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a few lines about why you’ve chosen it. Many thanks to all contributors – comments welcome, below.
Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts/Blackleg Miner – severin: Offa Rex are The Decemberists plus Olivia Chaney on vocals and various instruments. They have an album forthcoming – released in July. These are two of the three tracks available so far. One not so familiar. One well-known from versions by Ewan McColl, Steeleye Span and many others.
Dyke and the Blazers – Shotgun Slim – tincanman: Arlester Christian (Dyke) and band were well known in the funk world in the late 1960s, but had a little bad luck. Wilson Picket had a much bigger hit with their Funky Broadway than they did, and Christian was shot dead in mysterious circumstances at age 27.
M83 feat. Mai Lan – Go! – CaroleBristol: Go! is a track from the 2016 M83 album Junk. It features a singer called Mai Lan Chapiron, who is a French/Vietnamese singer. It also features an uncredited Steve Vai on guitar. I absolutely adore this, it is perfect summer music.
Frøkedal – Stranger: “Acclaimed Oslo, Norway based artist Frøkedal is today sharing her new single ‘Stranger’. Celebrated by the likes of The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, The Independent and Q Magazine; new single ‘Stranger’ is a worthy successor to her Norwegian Grammy-nominated debut LP of 2016, ‘Hold On Dreamer’. ‘Stranger’ joins Frøkedal’s already-impressive body of work, having previously collaborated with Robyn Hitchcock and fronted successful Norwegian outfit Harrys Gym. She remains a core member of I Was A King, who count Sufjan Stevens and Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake among past collaborators.”
Modern Crowds – I Don’t Mind: “New Jersey-based alt-rockers Modern Crowds have just unveiled “I Don’t Mind,” the first single off of their debut, self-titled album. The song premiered on New Noise Magazine where the band detailed, “We started writing ‘I Don’t Mind’ back in June of last year. It was the first song off of the new record that we came up with and demoed. It’s also the first song that we started with when we began tracking our self-titled LP with Paul Ritchie in September 2016. The song is significant in that while it’s a straight forward rock song, it’s also the first time we began incorporating new instruments such as synthesizers, sitar, and the Nashville style of guitar tuning.”
Nikhil D Souza – Beautiful Mind: Debut single – “Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with producers Jamie Hartman (Rag ’n Bone Man) and Jeff Cohen (Macy Gray, Josh Groban), Beautiful Mind builds in emotive power from its stripped-back introduction and into a stirring crescendo of soaring vocals and sweeping strings. As with Still In Love, Nikhil D Souza exhibits a masterly ability to express a maelstrom of emotions – passion, yearning, love, and sorrow and the ability to craft songs, which express universal themes from personal experiences.”
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