Ten Tracks – The Lauditorium Playlist
Sometimes Spotify’s automatic curation is just down-right awful. I spent a couple of Mondays listening to my Discover Weekly wishing I hadn’t played Kaleo’s ‘No Good’ quite so many times. I can only assume that’s the reason I had endless lists of Icelandic and Nordic tracks in languages I didn’t understand.
This last week though, it’s been spot on. Discover Weekly was surprisingly good, but the Release Radar was fantastic.
When, for about the eighth time, I thought “this would make a great Bonus Track” I decided it might be a good idea to put a playlist together instead.
And so, here it is in all its glory: Ten Tracks (because I have alliteration issues).
You lucky, lucky people.
Heal Me – Arctic Lake
Haunting, angelic, whispering vocals, ethereal backing. If you don’t feel calmer after this, have a lie-down. And maybe a strong drink.
Be Our Guest – Jamie Cullum, Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona. Not sure I need to say anymore.
Roll With The Punches – Van Morrison
Solid, classic blues. Nothing more, nothing less. Love it when Van Morrison does these genre albums.
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
Heard this on a random video and remembered how timeless it sounds. That bassline is the stuff of legends.
Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr
Came across this on Guitar Hero Live. A great showcase for an artist who is well worth checking out.
Growing Pains – Birdy
Seriously original and unique. Incredible confidence from a twenty-year-old. Kate Bush-inspired?
Second One To Know – Chris Stapleton
I have a feeling Mr Stapleton will appear as Album of the Week pretty soon but for now, check out this country-rock classic.
Creole Moon – Dr John
Inspiring (for me as a sax player anyway) ballad from the New Orleans master. Love the beat change in the middle and the change back at for the ending.
Magnolia – Eric Clapton, John Mayer
Sad to say I wasn’t aware of JJ Cale until Eric Clapton put together this appreciation album. This is by far my favourite (yes, I’m Mayer biased) but the rest of the album and the originals are excellent.
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter
Jazz voice of the Century? Not sure who else I’d put forward to better Gregory Porter. This is a modern classic.