Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their songs for our weekly House Blend playlist. Take a look at this week’s picks: 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.
Baba: Sufjan Stevens, “Love Yourself”
Sufjan Stevens’ music is complex but accessible, the theme absolutely and essentially accessible.
Cathy Ennis: James Blake, “Tell Them”(feat. Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin)
“Tell Them” appeals to my ears on several levels: the instrumentation, Blake’s falsetto, his lyrics, the track’s featured guests — lots to love. James Blake is a talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer from London, England and his latest, Assume Form, is his fourth album.
Orest Soltykevych: Philharmonic Piano Quartet Berlin, “Piano Quartet” by Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman is an American composer whose music is known to millions, especially the theme for the cartoon show: “The Simpsons.” Elfman has written more than 100 film scores, has been nominated for four Academy Awards and for 11 Grammy Awards, winning one. Recently, Elfman began to compose classical music. And two years ago, he wrote this piano quartet.
Celeigh Cardinal: Begonia, “Hanging on a Line”
This song has exactly the type of feel I’m in love with right now. A chill disco beat, with enough of a driving groove that makes my body move. Begonia’s highest peak of range is enviable. Between her poetic, honest lyrics and her unique, colourful melody lines, Begonia is so fresh, and so necessary in music today.
Amy van Keeken: Whitney, “Giving Up”
Chicago, Illinois-based band Whitney has a new album coming out August 30. “Giving Up” is the first single from Forever Turned Around. It sounds just like the Whitney we’ve come to know and love: high vocals, tight harmonies and, this time, even more warm 60’s vibes and references.
Grant Stovel: Bedouine, “Dizzy”
The name “Bedouine” is highly appropriate. To borrow a phrase from Kurt Vonnegut : Azniv Korkejian is an artist who’s unstuck in time and place. Born in Aleppo, Syria, she grew up in Saudi Arabia, spending her adult years roving all over the U.S. Although Bird Songs of Killjoy is a brand-new record from her gentle psych-folk-rock project, it sounds like a portal to some unidentifiable past era, from years gone by. Catch Bedouine at the Calgary Folk Fest this month!