Every week, CKUA’s hosts submit their song for our weekly House Blend playlist – an exciting new release, a beloved classic or just an old personal favourite. We mix it all together to create a sonic concoction that’ll help kick off your week. Check out what’s on this week’s playlist.

The Playlist

Orest SoltykevychSouth Jutland Symphony Orchestra / Niklás Willén, “Carl Nielsen: Helios Overture”

Carl Nielsen is considered Denmark’s greatest composer. He’s best known for his concertos and symphonies. And of his shorter orchestral works, the best known is this piece, written in 1904 as a result of a trip that he and his wife took to Greece. The main inspiration was the sun rising and setting over the Aegean Sea, and this image opens and closes this work.

Tom CoxworthEric Anderson, “Blue River”

A true classic for the folk genre – the entire album is full of great songs – Joni Mitchel sings background vocals. Eric recently performed at the Folk Alliance in Montreal

Lionel RaultNick Waterhouse, “Song For Winners”

On his new album, new-age Cailfornia soul-man Nick Waterhouse continues to mine the deep pockets of soul, jazz, blues and gospel for his inspiration.

Lark ClarkHabib Koité, “I Ka Barra (Your Work)”

Habib Koité is a great guitarist, singer and songwriter from Mali. He’s playing at Jack Singer this Friday, March 1st. Here’s a sample of how he rocks.

Grant StovelHannah Georgas, “That’s the Way Love Goes”

Hannah Georgas has a way of finding the compassion, vulnerability and soul in just about anything.
Ahead of an upcoming full-length album of original material, she’s readying a covers EP — for release on March 8th, International Women’s Day.
It features loving renditions of female-fronted songs that inspired her over the years. Songs originally by the Cranberries, Tegan & Sara, Eurythmics…
and on this track, she’s joined by Emily King in finding the groovy, fatalistic melancholy in Janet Jackson’s”That’s the Way Love Goes”.

Amy van KeekenBuffy Sainte-Marie, “God is Alive, Magic is Afoot”

In celebration of her recent birthday (Feb 20) I’d like to nominate a track from her 1969 album Illuminations. God is Alive, Magic is Afoot uses an interpretation of lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s 1966 novel Beautiful Losers. The song was done in one take and as testament to the experimental nature of the album, the vocals were basically stream of conciousness in their delivery. Always a creative trailblazer, always inspiring, happy birthday Buffy Sainte-Marie. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and gifts with us.

Celeigh Cardinal Regina Spektor , “Fidelity “

Probably her biggest hit, this is a song of Regina’s was inspired by the movie High Fidelity, which just happens to be one of my favourite movies. The song encompasses her eclectic tastes with electronic beats, orchestra samples, and of course her staccato AND melismatic singing. This song was released in 2006, but HOLDS UP. (Also the music video is cute as all heck.)