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.
Amy van Keeken: Altin Gün, “Yolcu”
Altin Gün is a psychedelic rock band based in Amsterdam. The band blends traditional Turkish music with elements of funk and rock. Yolcu is a track from their latest album, Gece. It’s a perfect psych rocker with a killer riff, beautiful vocal melody and beats to keep you moving.
Dianne Donovan: Cécile McLorin Salvant, “I’ve Got Your Number ”
I could have picked any number of tunes from this album, but I love the playfulness of the tune and, especially, the lyrics. This is a vocalist who can do pretty much anything. You can hear the many influences in her delivery but she somehow manages to have a unique voice. Catch her at the TD Edmonton International Jazz Fest!
Baba: Manx Marriner Mainline, “Hell Bound For Heaven”
This is a perfect blend of blues and blue skies. Both of these gentlemen, accomplished as they are, make this combo sear and soar. I guess we are all on our way…
Leo Cripps: Camila Meza, “All Your Colors”
“All Your Colors” infuses jazz, pop and Latin elements to paint a vivid, sonoric picture through a very soulful voice.
Orest Soltykevych: Quartom, “Ave Maria” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
A setting of “Ave Maria” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, an Italian 16th century Renaissance era composer. Today, he’s considered one of the greatest composers of that era. He wrote almost exclusively sacred choral music, including over 100 masses and over 300 motets. It’s performed by a Quebec-based male vocal quartet that was formed in 2008.
Lionel Rault: The Northern Pikes, “Forest of Love”
The Northern Pikes were one of the early, and big, success stories from the western plains of Saskatchewan in the ’80s. Nineteen years after their last release, they’ve returned with Forest of Love. Check out the title track!
Kodi Hutchinson: Michael Kaeshammer, “Who Are You”
Music from eight-time JUNO-nominated pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer. He is performing one show in Alberta on June 28th as part of the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival!
Grant Stovel: Yissy Garcia & Bandancha,”Arrollando”
She grew up the daughter of legendary Cuban percussionist, Bernard Garcia: co-founder of seminal Afro-Cuban funk/ fusion genre-mashers, Irakere. Young percussionist, composer and bandleader Yissy Garcia is boldly carrying her family’s adventuresome musical spirit into the present day and beyond. She incorporates contemporary musical styles, electronic sounds & a DJ into her band’s musical palette. She’s keeping the time-honoured Cuban grooves alive and making them fresh for a whole new generation. Catch Yissy Gabriel & Bandancha at the Calgary Folk Fest!