This Corona stuff really sucks ey! Since we might all be bound by borders for a while, we’d like to come together and share some happiness in the shape of a playlist or mix!
In the next days and weeks, check out Safe & Sounds, where we will figuratively introduce you to and put you in touch with music whizzes, featuring their selections, collections and picks from all around the globe.
Be “Safe & Sounds” and wash your hands!
Here’s a playlist I made for you to share – mostly old music, recorded from the 1920s onward – it’s music that seems to resonate with some of the deep and dark emotions we are feeling, and the transcendence that’s music can point towards.
Justin Adams, guitarist, producer and composer, has been a creator of wonders with Robert Plant in his band , the aptly named Sensational Space Shifters. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlight his feel for North African groove, while his award winning collaborations with Gambian maestro Juldeh Camara linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His early work with artists such as Jah Wobble, Sinead O’Connor and Natacha Atlas was infused with the spirit of post- punk London, while his recent solo album of guitar atmospherics Ribbons was cited by Songlines magazine as amongst the top 50 albums of the past decade.
A collaboration with Mauro Durante , leader of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino stems from a concert led by Ludovico Einaudi, the legendary Notte della Taranta in Puglia, where the two first played together , recognising kindred spirits in the trance rhythms of taranta music which transcend “ melancolia” or the blues.