NOVEMBER 2018

Taking the baton from Mr Torpey, it’s an absolute pleasure to share some of the tracks which have burrowed a special tunnel into my brain as if to settle there for a winter of hibernation. I’ve tried to include a fairly eclectic mix here and while they’re not all hot drops from the last hour, they’re all relatively new to me and hopefully there are some treasures which have previously escaped your radar.

The Bido Recommender is a monthly mix of tracks chosen by a different member of the Bido Lito! team each time. It’s a chance for us to impart some songs which have reached us through various means that we are keen to share with you via a lovingly compiled Spotify playlist.

My selection of 20 track features songs that have found their way into my purview via podcasts, algorithms, blogs and other means. Naturally there’s a sprinkling of artists which you can read about in the current issue of Bido Lito!, but there are also hammer tunes from the wider world.

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Folk, dusty, dusty folk; all earnest regression, antiquated politics and farms. Listen to the wrong artists operating in this milieu and you can be forgiven for having this opinion. However, over the last couple of years especially, there’s a cohort of exciting singer songwriters, most coming from across the pond, who have produced some of the best albums of any genre and breathed fresh life into the old acoustic. Three of those artists are Lucy Dacus, Pheobe Bridgers and Julien Baker. It was with great excitement, then, that I heard they’d put their collective talents together to produce the wonderful album boygenius.

While one Chicago rapper pricks about in the White House, another has produced an album of the year. Joey Purp‘s QUARTERTHING is an absolute treat and a love letter to the windy city’s rich musical heritage – enjoy Godbody – Pt. 2. Closer to home, we were welcomed into the techno-coloured world of Strawberry Guy in this month’s mag. Part of The Orielles/Trudy And The Romance after-school club of smoky jazz grooves also attended by the likes of Brad Stank and Terry Venomous, there’s some exciting music being produced from these young pranksters.

A new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra would usually be accompanied by the same volume of fanfare as a Marvel blockbuster, so when IC01-Hanoi cropped up in Pitchfork’s new album reviews previously unnoticed I was intrigued. The mini-album turns out to be a hastily recorded jam session on a recording stopover featuring Vietnamese musician Minh Nguyen and various members of UMO singer Ruban Nielsen’s family. It’s a fantastically atmospheric record with the track Hanoi 6 – a near-10 minute jazz odyssey – a real high point.

Sticking with jazz, Gilles Petersen’s Future Bubblers project has unearthed some amazing talent. Two of the most noteworthy being Skinny Pelembe (whose Chester show is reviewed in the current issue) and Yazmin Lacey. This duet on Pelembe’s new EP is a slick advert for the buoyant new London jazz scene. Molly Burch has been hailed for her jazz-infused vocal style, and this is demonstrated through her superlative debut album which dropped last month. Her tour date at Leaf on 5th December is firmly inked into my diary.

Uncle Evan Dando returned this month with the first cut from upcoming album Varshons II, another opportunity for the country grunge forebear and his band The Lemonheads to put their inimitable twist on forgotten classics. This Yo La Tengo cover is a ray of sunshine as you click in your home heating timer. As a comedy fan, there’s a couple of tracks here which have direct links to that world. Stand-up comedian James Acaster recently recommended Jim Sullivan on the Elis James and John Robins podcast (see my interview with those guys here) and I was also overjoyed to find some quality Tim Key content in the dark recesses of Spotify recently. His recording Tim Key. With A String Quartet. On A Boat. is typically magnificent.

Our digital dynamo Alannah will be making the picks for next month’s recommender, so check back for some transatlantic treats.

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