The Wheel of Your Tune works like this; I metaphorically turn my spinning top to reveal a random letter and number. The letter relates to an artist or the name of an album in my collection and the number relates to the track by that artist or on that album. This week’s spin landed on R2 (I know we had 2 the other week, let’s just deal with it). Had it landed on 14 I would have chosen Radiohead’s Man of War from their 30th anniversary edition of OK Computer, OKNOTOK. Alas, twas not to be. Check out the video for that though – it’s suitably weird.
The track I have chosen is by R&B/Soul/hard-to-describe artist Allan Rayman. I first came across Rayman last year when he released an album called Hotel Allan. It’s full of beautifully delivered, moving and often funky soul tracks (check out the song Beverly). I think of him as a slightly cooler, sexier Jack Savoretti. This year he released another album in February called Roadhouse 01. This album has a real mix of tracks – I’ve listened to it a few times over the last couple of days and have come to the conclusion I much prefer Hotel Allan. However, he’s redeemed himself in my eyes with the release last week of an edgier sound on an EP called Courtney. I’ve chosen the 2nd track from that EP. It’s called Word of Mouth. This version is an acoustic live performance and much more pared back than the studio version (which I cannot find a video for that works here, but am posting the whole EP I found on YT in the hope that it will play for you, wherever you are).
I give you…Allan Rayman – Word of Mouth
Other R’s I thought about:
Rag n Bone Man
What’s your R2?