Here we go. (Some downloads at the bottom of the post.)
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.
1. Miles Davis “Blue in Green” from Kind of Blue. Not actually my favourite Miles album, but last night, at the end of a hot and tiring day, accompanied by a very large glass (or so) of cold white wine, it was perfect.
2. Curtis Mayfield “So in Love” from my favourite Curtis album There's No Place Like America Today (1974). I was inspired by Andrew and Max to dig out some Curtis, one of my cultural heroes.
3. Dolly Parton “Down from Dover” (from The Fairest of Them All, 1970) Most sensible people acknowledge that Dolly Parton has one of the most beautiful voices of our time: pure and true as Appalachian mountain water. It is not widely enough recognised that she is a great songwriter too, as this song shows. If she were a fella, or probably if she had gone out with Gram Parsons, or possibly even if she was a skinny brunette instead of a busty blonde, she would be recognised as a musical genius.
4. Ry Cooder “Los Chucos Sauves” featuring the late Lalo Guerrero from Chavez Ravine, Cooder’s excursion into the Los Angeles of 1950. It’s perfect for a sultry sunny day, but has an edge.
5. Candido “Jingo”. Nine minutes and 22 seconds of Latin disco heaven. I know nothing about Candido apart from what it says in the sleeve notes of Soul Jazz Records’ Nu Yorica 2: a 1970 Salsoul release written by Michael Olantuji, produced by Joe Cain, one of the pioneers of the twelve inch single, performed by Candido Camero, veteran of the Duke Ellington orchestra and the Dizzie Gillespie band.
6. DJ Sandrinho “Berimbau”. I don’t even know where I got this from, but it is an insane baile funk re-working of the Bahian capoeira standard. Baile funk is the intense electronic music of the favela, a bastard variation of UK grime, Puerto Rican reggaeton or Detroit booty bass. Keep it unreal. [Links: wikipedia, Rio Baile Funk Blog, Fat Planet]
7. Solomon and SoCalled “Dobriden Yardstyle for the Mekhutonim” [Socalled/P.S. Bova Remix] For some reason, I’ve been listening to Hiphop Khasene (a concept album; the concept is the wedding of hip hop and klezmer) while driving lately: cruising through the streets of SE4 blasting out phat beats and shtetl sentiments. This track is untypical of the album: both less hip hoppy and less klezmery, but very cool.
I'm tagging: Jams, Roland, Noga, Incognito, Martin in the Margins, Darren and Richard. (Note to the tagged: don't feel obliged to write as much about your songs. I can't help myself!)
- Miles Davis "Blue in Green" at Bring Me Up
- Dolly Parton "Down from Dover" at Brontosaurus
- Ry Cooder “Los Chucos Sauves” [mp3 3MB] [Buy: UK, US]
- DJ Sandrinho “Berimbau” [mp3 5MB]
- Candido “Jingo” [mp3 9MB] [Buy: US/UK]
- Solomon & SoCalled "Dobriden" [wma 2MB] [Buy: US/UK]
While we're here: check out Richard S's excellent selection.