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.
Cathy Ennis: Maggie Rogers, “Alaska”
There is much to choose from on Maggie Rogers’ stellar debut album called Heard It In A Past Life, released mid-January 2019. Rogers is an American musician, singer-songwriter and producer from Easton, Maryland. She caught the attention of Pharrell Williams with this song “Alaska” when it was played to him during a master class at New York University.
Lionel Rault: Hayes Carll, “Beautiful Thing”
Outlaw Texas singer-songwriter, Hayes Carll, returns with a new album, Where It’s At. My House Blend Playlist pick this week is Hayes with a rockin’ little number called “Beautiful Thing”.
Lisa Wilton: Ten Fe, “Coasting”
Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan are the London duo behind Ten Fe — pronounced Ten-Fay. They honed their skills busking in London’s underground tube stations before relocating to Berlin. “Coasting” is a bright, buoyant love song reminiscent of The War On Drugs at their most melodic.
Celeigh Cardinal: Naomi Shore , “Fine”
The first single from Naomi Shore’s solo album, Piece by Piece, has so much heart. Naomi’s voice has always struck me as being both strong and vulnerable at the same time. Lyrically this song fully embodies that compelling paradox. If you’ve ever felt ready to move on with a newfound sense of independence, here is your shiny new anthem.
Orest Soltykevych— Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer; “Sonata for Viola da Gamba #3 in G BWV1029” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. It’s thought that they were all written at about the same time – around 1740. They’re also believed to have been written for concerts given by professional musicians and university students — either in Gottfried Zimmermann’s famed coffee house in Leipzig or, if it was summer, in Zimmermann’s garden outside the city.
Tom Coxworth: Townes Van Zandt, “To Live is to Fly”
This pick is wonderfully slow and has emotive captivating wisdom.
Amy van Keeken: Diamondtown, “December”
This is the first single from the upcoming second record by a super-group of east coast indie rockers culled from bands like Dog Day and Eric’s Trip. “December” is a gentle, jangly meditation on winter with reminiscent sounds akin to The Smiths and The Cure.
Kodi Hutchinson: Mallory Chipman, “On The Level”
Mallory is a rising Canadian jazz star who will be a part of the Front Gallery Duo Series in Edmonton. It is definitely worth checking her out in any live situation. Enjoy music from her tribute album to Leonard Cohen.
Grant Stovel: Leyla McCalla, “Me and My Baby”
Former Carolina Chocolate Drop, Leyla McCalla, is having quite the 2019 so far. She’s one-quarter of the roots-folk supergroup, Our Native Daughters. The group just put out their stellar debut, Songs of Our Native Daughters. She’s also just launched this brilliant new solo outing, The Capitalist Blues, featuring an incredible array of the flavours and textures of New Orleans music and culture. The album explores a bunch of disparate topics, styles, and moods. This particular tune is a just a simple, sunny, jaunty, delightful affirmation of love and joy.