As part of our role as curators we get a variety of submissions from people wanting their tracks on our playlists and it takes something special to pique my interest for the come down. I was excited to hear this track come through from Katy Forkings, a song about the creative process, which frankly is written enough about.
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I first came across Samantha Whates when she performed as a backup singer for Jess Bryant at the union chapel when I played there many moons go. I was intrigued by her voice and decided to check out her own material and this track 'Black & Blue' stood out for me with its lush guitar part, a bit of glockenspiel and strings, you know I love those strings.
My latest post-gig come down happened at a festival when my band finished playing I ran over to the main stage at Greenman to catch the last part of the set by The Shins. James Mercer introduced the song and suddenly I was transported to such a calming place with such an incredible string line and gorgeous melodies built up around it...
This is the Kit are one of the perfect come down projects to wrap your headphone around. The sounds also feel like the understand how to get you to a state of calm, with lyrical zen and sonic washes.
Kamasi Washington is one of the hottest artists in jazz right now, Part of the same LA jazz scene as Thundercat, Kamasi Washington has gained immense credibility in his work with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg but it is his solo work that really shines on.
This song comes directly from road testing, on a drive back from playing at kendal calling our bass player turn off the cd player to see what was on the radio and tuned into BBC radio 3 for their WOMAD coverage an as soon as we heard this tune we were transfixed seeing what wasn't there on the unfurling road debating furiously where the music came from.
This playlist was lacking the right amount of jazz and this track does more than make up the difference it inspires, it beguiles and it understands the journey home. There is something in the way Ray Bryant plays that says I feel you and this track is his ‘let me play you something that might help’ moment as almost on command he gets you tonight in that car and after a generous tip is going to pull out one of his best numbers.
Fado is the music of fate, singing songs of beautiful agony, of unrequited love, or tragic fate of solace in anguish and turmoil. These songs from Portugal are about skillful portuguese guitar playing and vulnerable fragile vocals that really speak to the core of the soul. What better kind of music is there to come down after a night out? This one is for the nights out that didn’t work quite as planned, things happened you kind of want to regret but also want to do deal with, and Fado is the music there for you in this journey.
I can’t remember exactly where I first saw Johnny & Lucy, it was either supporting Bellowhead in Bradford or at Musicport festival or maybe both? But they were either the support act that stole the show or the band of the festival, I really should try and clear up that memory. This is the best in British folk, a wonderful narrative, two unique voices and guitar and a dose of good feeling.
I do have a story as how I came to this track. I was staying in Nuremberg for a few days between events in Strasbourg and Prague and took the time to lock myself away in an airbnb and study for my PhD. I’ll admit I went on tinder and ended up meeting this awesome woman called Niculina from Romania who’d move to Nuremberg. After hanging out I asked her favourite song and she recommended this one. For me this song is about serendipity that in that trip I could be introduced to music and broaden my sonic horizons.
You might not have heard of The Dumplings but they are the hottest thing in Polish Music right now, with their quirky, comfortable indie that is beyond pleasant and beyond delight to a space where you can let go into the shadows but always find your footing. Nie Gotujemy is quite possibly their most famous song released as a lead single for their album Sea You Later and album where you literally float abound on sound saves.
This song perhaps is a personal choice, Amongster was an artist I took a chance on seeing, I was in Brussels on a training trip and I wanted to try go and see him perform after hearing tracks. My friend and I waiting outside to try get a scalp ticket and I bought one off a teacher who’d come to watch the show selling at face value, my friend went inside talked to the box office and was told it was sold out but then someone came in and left the extra ticket at the desk so my mate got in free.
I mainly chose this song for the string section at the end, but the journey to it is full of reflection and intent to do something more with one’s life. Ok I really need to talk about the string section to start, the movement of the Eyvind Kang’s Viola is just mystical with guitar, piano, jew’s harp and a reverse effect backing, is all about nocturnal majesty.This string writing is simple yet somehow really profound and within it likes a sense of conclusion, settling on a next step.
Hollow Talk is best known as the theme tune to scandi-noir crime thriller The Bridge, chosen for its sparse brooding texture with light moments that work well with the Nordic Noir tone. For me this tune can do more for the late night journey. This is the some to watch streetlights passing by and recognising what is happening in the nocturnal world around you.
The pop chamber group Penguin Café have taken a classic Simian Mobile Disco tune and given it an acoustic treating that's better than that shit cover an Ed Sheeran song you heard on a John Lewis ad, this cover gives depth and adds to the train.
I first heard this track from Bonobo's Late Nite Tales and am like whaaaaaat? Nina Simone did Reggae. Well she didn't just do reggae she wrote an anthem to define the dark streets corroding to urban decay and post-industrial cities with wheels falling off the Wagon.