We’re back on the soul train, destination Lonesome Town, this time to dig up some tracks from summers past, as well as some jams I discovered recently and have been playing on repeat.
This show features among others: a marimba version of Aretha’s morning classic (seeing as the marimba has been my most recent obsession in terms of instruments); some inimitable sounds by the great Mulatu Astatke, a surprise, disco-tinged soul gem by Hot Chocolate; the dazzling and soulful Jackie Shane, an American-Canadian transgender soul and rhythm and blues singer from the ’60s who is being given the much-appreciated vinyl treatment; the empowering Cuban temptress La Lupe, and Greek new wave artist Katy Homata (Καίτη Χωματά).
We also have the original superior versions of two tracks whose histories have haunted me for years: ‘Fever’ – written by Little Willie John but made grossly popular by Peggy Lee – and ‘I’ll Take Care of You’ – written by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and sung by Etta James, Gil Scott-Heron, Mark Lanegan, Beth Hart, and Drake and Rihanna among many others. Also, tracks by two singer-songwriters who sadly left us recently: the iconic though I suspect underrated Greek folk and new wave musician Arleta / Αρλέτα, with ‘Once, I Remember’ – a track whose composition, vocals and lyrics are on a par with those by world-class folk singers of the ’60s – and quintessentially American country musician Glen Campbell, here doing a moving rendition of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying,’ joined on vocals for this by, among others, Willie Nelson.
Mixed in we also have some shoegaze, indie and folk, and close it off with old flames the Magnetic Fields and Camera Obscura, and three queens of smooth, Bat for Lashes, Lana del Rey, and Sade.
Until next time, do what makes you happy.
With love from outer space,
JULIUS WECHTER AND THE BAJA MARIMBA BAND – I Say A Little Prayer
AIR – Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)
MULATU ASTATKE – Tezeta (Nostalgia)
HOT CHOCOLATE – Put Your Love In Me
LA LUPE – La Gran Tirana
PATTI DREW – Tell Him
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN – Fever
BOBBY BLAND – I’ll Take Care of You
JACKIE SHANE – Don’t Play That Song
JOHNNY ACE – Pledging My Love
GLEN CAMPBELL (RIP) – Crying (Roy Orbison cover)
NAT KING COLE – Nature Boy
ARLETA (RIP) – Mia Fora Thymame (Once, I Remember)
ROBBIE BASHO – Blue Crystal Fire
KATY HOMATA – Mia Agapi Gia To Kalokeri (A Love for the Summer)
CONNIE FRANCIS – Siboney (2046 OST version)
KOOP – Koop Island Blues (Hird’s Off the Wall dub remix)
dEUS – Nothing Really Ends
TIM BUCKLEY – Once I Was
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS – I Don’t Wanna Get Over You
CAMERA OBSCURA – Forests & Sands
STILL CORNERS – Endless Summer
BAT FOR LASHES – Daniel
LANA DEL REY – West Coast
SADE – No Ordinary Love