Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their songs for our weekly House Blend playlist: an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.
Lark Clark: Ibibio Sound Machine, “I Need You To Be Sweet Like Sugar”
What we want/what we need: to dance!
Bob Chelmick: Dan Reeder, “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
Yes, the famous Procol Harem prog-rock song from half a century ago. But stripped down it stands out. The idiosyncratic Dan Reeder makes an impressive argument for the beauty of simplicity. Less is mo betta.
Terry David Mulligan: Little Richard, “Lucille”
The first time I saw Richard was Isy’s Supper Club on Georgia Street in Vancouver. The club was standing room only. We had heard SO much about this wild man that we all had to see and hear him for ourselves. His band played the intro of “Lucille” for what seemed like three minutes until we we’re all going crazy. Only THEN did he walk out. One of the best intros ever in all of rock and roll. The song is Hall of Fame.
Amy van Keeken: Yola, “Ride Out In The Country”
British recording artist, Yola, conjures a feeling of the best country soul music of yore while maintaining a fresh approach. Warm, beautiful and catchy melodies, harmonies for days. This woman is destined to be a legend. It’s easy to imagine George Jones or Bobby Gentry or Charlie Rich or Dolly Parton circa Here You Come Again recording and releasing this song, “Ride Out in the Country.”
Cathy Ennis: Norah Jones, “A Song With No Name”
A brand new collection of singles called Begin Again was released this week on the Blue Note label. Norah Jones comfortably taps different genre streams while remaining true to her central jazz vibe. In “A Song With No Name”, we find her vocally delicate but more experimental, almost Bon Iver-like in overall sound.
Lionel Rault: Josh Ritter, “Old Black Magic”
Such a great combination of talents: Josh Ritter, Jason Isbell, the 400 Unit. Here’s an advance track from the forthcoming album, Fever Breaks, due for release on April 26.
Baba: Wintersleep, “The Lighthouse”
I seem to have an involvement and dalliance with light and dark, so any music relating to that gets my attention. “The Lighthouse” from this Halifax, NS band is a well-constructed song about a landmark that shines the light on the inner darkness.