Well the lights may be going out on RR, but the community continues. Here are two songs to cheer you up and spur you on, and three to make you sit back and reflect on the gloriousness of friendship, community, and music. Thanks to all you stars for your musical contributions; please keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria de Lourdes – Huapango Torero – goneforeign: I love Mariachi music, it’s wonderful to see it performed especially in Mexico. The voice, the strings, the brass and the outfits are a wonderful combination.
El Twanguero – Coco Zoot Suit – Ravi Raman: I picked up this album quite by mistake, while searching for more music by Royal Crown Revue. Luckily as it turns out. The album is called Pachuco and is by a Spanish musician called Diego Garcia. I don’t have much of this type and would love some pointers from the ‘Spillers.
Theo Bleckmann – Dream of Sheep – abahachi: If there’s a competition for ‘successful artists who are rarely covered’ then I imagine Kate Bush is a serious contender – the songs are so bound up with the performance that it would be a brave or foolish singer to put forward their own version. Here’s an exception, and maybe the fact that a man is singing the songs makes it easier to separate them from the original: the German jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann, whom I know from his appearance on Julia Huelsmann’s 2015 Kurt Weill album, who dedicated his ‘Hello Earth’ record in 2011 to Bush’s music.
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – Four – glasshalfempty: Berlin meets Reykjavik is a marriage made in ambient heaven. Here’s Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, with the magical ‘Four’. Amazingly, there’s a disco remix too, but I’m of an age where the sedative version is fine by me!
David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight Loops – AliM: I have a love/hate relationship with Spotify. But dammit, they’ve hard-wormed into my brain with their latest “Discover Weekly” customer-orientated playlist which included this gem from King Crimson veterans David Cross and Robert Fripp, re-visiting the “Starless” theme. This is so beautiful, I can hardly bear it. In fact “I liked it so much, I bought the album”.