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: Cat Clyde, “Running Water”
Fearless singing with an interesting and catchy arrangement — short and sweet.
Darcy Whiteside: Nefesh Mountain, “Oseh Shalom”
Nefesh Mountain is a group that looks at bluegrass music from a Jewish perspective. Their songs blend Hebrew with English in a unique style that still respectively holds onto the spirit and roots of two worlds that blend surprisingly well. “Nefesh” is a Hebrew word referring to spirit or sentience of humans and animals. And “Oseh Shalom” is a plea for peace and love — how can you not love a band that refers to a spirit or soul singing about peace and love.
Joining Nefesh Mountain on this song are Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Tony Trishschka.
Lisa Wilton: Reuben And The Dark, “All Or Nothing”
Calgary-bred group, Reuben And The Dark, return with a new album called Arms of a Dream coming out May 4th. “All Or Nothing” is the third track released so far from the record and its most anthemic. Reuben Bullock’s songwriting skills were already impressive, but “All Or Nothing” shows he has grown into an even more confident and talented lyricist.
Hayley Muir: Lucius, “Goodnight, Irene”
Brooklyn indie-pop band, Lucius, have a new record out, NUDES. It sees them stripping down not only their own songs, but a handful of really great covers. Their take on the folk classic, “Goodnight, Irene”, features none other than Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters on vocals and guitar. A wildly interesting cross-genre mash-up!
Kodi Hutchinson: Laila Biali, “We Go”
A great pick from her new self-titled album, Laila Biali, by one of Canada’s most energetic live performers. She is promoting the album with two shows in Alberta this month: Brooks on March 23rd and Bragg Creek on March 24th.
Mark Antonelli: Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner, “Spring”, Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) by Ottorino Respighi
Not only is this a little more seasonal music, it’s also the first piece of music I ever heard by Ottorino Respighi. He became one of my favourite composers largely due to this album, released originally back in 1977. The piece is a musical treatment of Botticelli’s painting La Primavera (Spring).
David Ward: Lucy Dacus, “Night Shift”
This song captures that kaleidoscope of feelings that accompany a break up. From confusion to rage, Lucy has written a modern day classic that dispirited lovers will want to hear again and again.
“You don’t deserve what you don’t respect
Don’t deserve what you say you love and then neglect”
Amy van Keeken: Hubert Lenoir, “Recommencer”
Hubert Lenoir released his first solo album, Darlene, this February 2. It is part of a multidisciplinary project that includes a novel and a film. His partner, Noemie, wrote the novel, while Hubert listened to Motown, jazz and soul and wrote the soundtrack, as it were. Very catchy tunes. This one had me hooked from the first “yeah”.