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.
Baba: David Byrne, “Everybody’s Coming To My House “
When you been the ‘Talking Head’, what’s next is always of interest. This is it, the single from Mr. Byrne’s brand new album, American Utopia.
Orest Soltykevych: Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiat, Handel Goes Wild, Handel (arr Pluhar): “Sinfonia” from Alcina
A unique arrangement of an excerpt from Handel’s opera, “Alcina”, which was premiered at Covent Garden in London in 1735.
Meg Wilcox: Sylvan Esso, “Die Young (Rhye Remix)”
The original version of this song is pretty fantastic, but Rhye’s remix adds in beautiful layers of strings that bring it to a whole new level.
Amy van Keeken: Joanne Grauer, “Inside Outside”
Sometimes you come across an artist and you dig their music and playing, but you can’t find any information about them. Such is the case with Joanne Grauer. After listening to “Inside Outside”, from her 1974 self-titled release on the Avar label, I tried to find out more information on her but I could find very little. She’s been active in the LA area since the ’50s but has only released a handful of recordings. Now, an appeal to the vast CKUA listener musical knowledge base: if you know more about her please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a major Joanne Grauer fan now and would love to know more about her!
Hayley Muir: Leon Bridges, “Bad Bad News”
New Leon Bridges! The soul-revivalist is following up his hugely successful album, Coming Home, with a sophomore effort later this year. We’ve got two tracks to tide us over until then. “Bad Bad News” sees Bridges taking a more modern, full, funky direction and it is breath of fresh air. Always great to see artists take something that worked well for them and evolve it.
Mark Antonelli: Neverending White Lights feat. Matt Talbot, “First Days Of Spring”
I chose a little seasonal music this time ’round. Not only are the lyrics rather cryptic and intriguing — what visions is he having this time of year?, but the song instantly transports me back to a family holiday we had in Kamloops years ago. That’s one of my favourite things about the power of music.
Tony King: Eloisa Atti, “Moony”
Eloisa Atti happens to be the daughter of renowned Italian poet, Luciano Atti. The permeable creative membrane that finds beauty in the ordinary seems to run in the family. “Moony” is a cut from Eloisa Atti’s new EP, EDGES. This track is indicative of the soul of this music — fused with a sensual playfulness and childlike wonder, but not without a slightly darker underbelly.