Another weird and wonderful mx for your Monday morning. If you have an earworm you would like to share, please send an .mp3 or link, together with a few lines about why you have chosen it to; email@example.com. And don’t forget to submit any Halloween earworms by Sunday 29 October. Many thanks to all contributors.
Javier Solis – Sombras – Magicman: My latest discovery is a magnificent Mexican singer called Javier Solís who made records from 1957 until 1966 when he passed away aged 34. His music is magnificent. A little like a Mexican Elvis perhaps but not El Vez – maybe more of a Mexican Andy Williams or Tom Jones. Sombras are shades.
Houdini – Caroline – severin: We haven’t had any calypso for a while. This one tells an old familiar story. He doesn’t know where she was last night and he’s not very happy. The tune manages to be jolly and melancholy at the same time.
Carmen Souza – Upa Neguinho – tincanman: I only listen to a bit of jazz and world music, but this album (Creology https://goo.gl/vTcPJu) combining elements of both has completely captivated me this year.
Mano, Ilaiyaraja – Nalladhor Veenai – Ravi Raman: from my all time favourite poet and writer, Bharati. “Do we make an exquisite instrument and let it rot?”
John Fairhurst – Hungry Blues – AliM: Went to see JF last weekend. Excellent blues guitarist – I bought two CDs, but neither does him justice. He’s fantastic live. He goes off on innovative noodling which has little to do with the blues, but is more reminiscent of classical guitar pieces or Indian / African themes. He cited John Butler as one of his influences, and has written “Island” as a complimentary to piece to Butler’s “Ocean” – every bit as good but sadly not released yet. Can’t wait.