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

Terry David MulliganVan Morrison , “The Prophet Speaks “

This is the title track from Van’s latest album. It’s the last track of 14 on The album.

You travel through songs by Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, JL Hooker, Willie Dixon, JD Harris and 6 by Van.

On This track Van is joined by his co-producer Joey DeFrancesco on Organ, piano and trumpet. Van himself plays harmonica and alto sax.

The whole song is built to stand the test of time. Haunting & Deep.

Lionel RaultJenny Lewis, “Red Bull & Hennessy”

In such stellar company as Beck, Benmont Tench, Ryan Adams, and Ringo Starr, Jenny Lewis releases her first new music since 2014. Enjoy!

Orest SoltykevychRaúl Garello & Julio Oscar Pane / Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, “Cuando tú no estás”

Carlos Gardel was born in Toulouse, France to an unwed mother, and to escape the stigma associated with having a child out of wedlock, mother and son fled to Buenos Aires. And there young Carlos became a popular singer of tangos.

In 1917, he sang his first tango, and eventually became a national idol singing tangos and milongas.

In 1935, at age 44, Gardel was killed in a plane crash.

Lark ClarkSalif Keita & Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Gnamale”

After a career of 40+ years Salif Keita says his latest album, Un Autre Blanc, will be his last. On this track he teams up with an unlikely partner: South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo. On this ancient praise song for hunters, he experiments with a Vocoder – to hypnotizing effect.

Darcy WhitesideChatham Rabbits, “Come Home”

Husband and wife duo recently quite their full-time jobs to pursue music full-time. This is their debut album (released January 11). This song tells a separation from two points of view. Beautiful harmonies with fiddle from Libby Rodenbough of Mipso and mandolin from Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange.

Leo CrippsMayra Andrade, “Segredu”

Mayra new album Manga is set for release Feb 8 and I believe this is an artist that fits CKUA audience

Hayley MuirSarah Louise, “R Mountain”

Sarah Louise has expanded from her 12-string fingerpicking roots on her second full-length album. Here, she’s using numerous 6-string electric guitars, overdubbing each in a beautiful, modern, ambient expression of her Appalachian traditional folk. R Mountain is a meditative, uplifting piece from the album.

Amy van KeekenJuliana Hatfield, “All Right, Yeah”

Her new album Weird is full of HOOK after HOOK, RIFF after RIFF and JAM after JAM. This woman writes a killer rock song, each one catchier than the next. Long Live Juliana Hatfield.

Grant StovelEmily King, “Remind Me”

Prior to writing her new album, Scenery, Emily King made some changes.

First, she finally got her driver’s license.

Then, she got in the car and drove from the block of New York’s Lower East Side where she’d spent all of her three decades on the planet — and drove upstate to Woodstock, New York, where she now makes her home.

That change of scenery sparked her new album’s opener, “Remind Me” — which was the first thing she wrote in her newfound home.

It’s a breezy, soulful, and seems to evoke a sense of both nostalgia and hopefulness. Like looking simultaneously backwards and forwards. The full picture.

It certainly feels like this very talented artist has found both her vehicle AND her milieu.