Tucked away late at night on Radio 3, Late Junction has for some time been pairing up unlikely combinations of artists to see what they can do together in the Maida Vale Studios. Unpopular Music compiles 11 unique collaborations, including musicians like John Paul Jones, Simon Fisher Turner and Brandt Brauer Frick. 2 45rpm LPs, on Gearbox.
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Co-curated by that stalwart of all things BBC Radio Three Late Junction and Darrel Sheinman, the record culls a choice selection of performances from the well-known sessions. The idea was to pair people from different musical backgrounds who had never before worked together, to make new pieces of music. So, on Side 1 we have the wonderful singer-songwriter Eska teaming up with Jesse and Louis Hackett of Owiny Sigoma Band. “Many People of the Songbird” features Eska’s effortlessly sweet vocal set against playful vibraphone and piano with additional improvised vocal performance by Jesse’s baby girl, Wonder. And a wonder it is, too.
Side 2 has a lovely jazzy piece from Diabel Cissokho, Kadialy Kouyate and Finn Peters. Then there is Kate Tempest. Kate, with her evocative spoken-word poetry / agit-rap which conjures up, as ever, some vivid imagery from the underbelly of city living. She combines here with Elysian String Quartet on ‘Where The Heart Is’ for an dramatically effective pairing. Those strings shimmer and tremor languorously as Kate voices her paean to summer in her city, from dusk to dawn.
Other highlights include the soulful beats of Brandt Brauer Frick with Tanya Auclair’s gorgeous vocal, on ‘Bolt of Light’; the jazz explorations of drummer extraordinaire Seb Rochford combining with Chartwell Dutiro, Leo Abrahams and Jyager on the driving ‘Leo’ and the contemplative guitar of BJ Cole paired with Nils Okland’s folkily mournful violin on ‘Jeg Har Sa Lun En Hytte’. Marvellous.
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