London Calling Playlist: October

The music we’re loving in the London/Culture Calling HQ. 

September’s playlist is a mish-mash of the dying embers of the summer’s festivals, gigs the team have been to, new releases and recommendations from some of the fantastic artists, musicians and actors we’ve interviewed over the past month. There should be something for everyone, with rock, electro, RnB and jazz all whisked together to make a delicious October playlist. Tuck in.

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Down The Line (It Takes A Number) – Romare

It was with a fairly heavy heart that we bade farewell to British festival season for another year, though we leave laden with memories. Our Editorial Assistant Will saw London-based DJ Romare play a 90-minute set at Sunfall Festival that was full of beautiful, groovy afro-tinted tracks. Down the Line (It Takes a Number) is from his breakthrough Meditations on Afrocentrism EP.

Cherry Glazerr – Miss Ratched

We always have music playing in the LC offices, and every now and again a playlist, or a radio station, throws something unexpected into our midst that catches our ears and just won’t quit. This track from Cherry Glazerr’s recent Apocalipstick album is one of those – a scuzzy rock number full of catchy melodies.

Cut-Out – Grizzly Bear

We spoke to comedian and writer Mark Watson earlier this month, and he professed his love for the new Grizzly Bear album, Painted Ruins. Our former New Business Manager Simon is in the same camp – so this one’s for you, Simon.

Broken Clocks – SZA

SZA’s 2017 album ctrl marks the emergence of an artist with serious potential. Our Account Manager Willow has caught on early, and heartily recommended her blend of neo-soul and RnB styles mixed with skilled rapping. There’s a project in the pipeline with Mark Ronson/Tame Impala, so you’ll no doubt be hearing more from SZA very soon.

You Want It Bad – Club Kuru

Will paid another visit to the Sebright Arms (one of the finest pubs in London to catch great under-the-radar artists), this time to see Club Kuru. Back with a new EP, their psych-tinged pop tunes and charismatic live shows make them a band to keep your eyes on.

Midnight in a Perfect World – DJ Shadow

James Lavelle recently spoke to us about his numerous Daydreaming projects in various locations throughout Camden – specifically his week-long residency at the Jazz Café. Midnight in a Perfect World comes from the iconic Endtroducing….. album by DJ Shadow – the record that propelled Lavelle’s Mo’Wax label into the public consciousness.

The Way You Used to Do – Queens of the Stone Age

James also mentioned some of the albums he was currently enjoying, and the return of Queens of the Stone Age was mentioned. New album Villians – their first in four years – is a return to their original sound, and as such The Way You Used to Do is a fitting single. It’s classic QOTSA.

tonite – LCD Soundsystem

Office Manager Kate was lucky enough to catch the mighty LCD Soundsystem at the Ally Pally this September, following the release of their hotly-anticipated fourth album American Dream. James Murphy’s pioneering New York rock band, back after a seven-year hiatus, have released an album that sounds as if they’ve never been away. American Dream is a definite 2017 highlight.

The Human Abstract – David Axelrod

Back to DJ Shadow and James Lavelle, this David Axelrod track forms the basis of the earlier Midnight in a Perfect World. We thought it only right to include The Human Abstract so you can marvel at the sampling skill of DJ Shadow, and to introduce anyone unfamiliar with American composer, arranger and producer David Axelrod to his superlative avante-garde soul music.

Keep the Customer Satisfied – Simon and Garfunkel

Out with a bang, we wanted to end with a song that’s very close to our hearts. Charles Blyth, who plays the role of Art Garfunkel in The Simon and Garfunkel Story, is also a big fan of the song, as he mentioned when we interviewed him alongside his co-star Sam O’Hanlan (Paul Simon). If this doesn’t put a smile on your face then we don’t know what will.