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What we’re listening to this week #7

Curated by Andy from the sounds heard across all 4 of our Studios, WWLTTW is the unofficial Design Bridge playlist. This is week #7.


Someone once said that there’s too much music in the world. We may be doing our best to prove it.

Looking back over our recent lists, we’re spotting a trend; female artists that sing too high for you to sing along properly. Anna suggests this catchy little number from Jane Weaver: “I’ve seen her music described as ‘psych-folk’ and ‘folktronica’. I think this sounds a bit like it was made with a child’s Casio keyboard. Either way, I like it”. Plinky plonky. Jane Weaver – Don’t Take My Soul:

Sometimes the recommendations for WWLTTW come via circuitous routes. Tim recommended a Gotan Project track for a Super Bock soundtrack – one of those contemporary Latin stylings; Sarah Vaughn – Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project Remix) which is fun but maybe not truly representative of the “wondrous” voice of Sarah Vaughan (middle name: Lola). Here’s something from The Great American Songbook: Sarah Vaughan  The Man I Love:

“The Great American Songbook, also known as ‘American Standards’, is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century…created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film…performed by a…wide range of singers, instrumental bands, and jazz musicians. The Songbook comprises standards by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and also Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, and others.”*

Too much reading? Not enough listening? Think of it as part of your musical re-education.

Lola. Can’t mention that name without going straight to Soho and one of the world’s most moving love stories. L-O-L-A. Lola. La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola: The Kinks – Lola:

Folk Music and Folk Rock leave you cold? Overdosed on banjo and mandolin? Don’t run away screaming. If you know any musicians who spend all of their days sleeping on friends’ sofas waiting for the big break then this one’s the perfect choice: Oscar Isaac  Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song); Traditional; Arranged By Oscar Isaac (from ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’):

Fare Thee Well is an affectionate homage to Folk but here’s the real deal. A blend of Blues and Folk because he just sounds like the most laid back dude ever, man. Ever. John Martyn  Don’t Want to Know:

We’ve had Plinky Plonky, now we get “…rickety, rackety, fuzzy and primitive pop – and all the better for it.”** The Velvet Underground and Donnie Darko’s reach is long as this clip proves. Night Dials  I’ve Done More Things:

According to a recent interview with Jah Wobble, Stevie Wonder is one of the best bass players out there. This track is just a fantastic bit of funky production, from wet lettuce guitar playing to wickedly catchy horns. Seven years of bad luck though, sorry. Stevie Wonder  Superstition:

More American Songbook from it’s finest contributor, Cole Porter and the lady with the richest, warmest voice, the “First Lady of Song”. She even gets away with singing that great line, “Do do that voodoo that you do so well”. That’s class. Ella Fitzgerald  You Do Something To Me:

The Smirnoff Sound Collective’s There & Now documentaries follow up-and-coming artists to give an up-close-and-personal look at their lives off the stage. Episode 5 shows Australian DJ/Producer and Future Classic signee Hayden James, “fresh off the heels of his smash-success North American tour and first Coachella performance” – There & Now Ep. 5 with Hayden James:

Glasto come down? Who should we choose out of the many treasures? Wolf Alice? Ryan Adams? Suede? George Clinton? Talking of treasure, here’s Patti Smith  Free Money:

What better way to end than with a big dose of Disco? Did we say Disco? We meant a fantastic-disco-pantomime-jump-on-the-bandwagon sort of Disco from those loveable made-up Monsters of Rock. It sold over a million copies and it’s not a parody but “a conscious effort…to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.” Did they succeed?: KISS  I Was Made For Lovin’ You:

Don’t like anything you heard? Then it’s time to inflict your superb taste on others – email us your suggestions for WWLTTW #8.

**The Guardian


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