Here’s something that’s caught my ear recently: Skweee (that’s S-K-W-E-E-E), which started in Finland and Sweden a little over 10 years ago. The goal of skweee seems to be the use of the most synthetic sounds possible to make music that is still funky and soulful. It is a downtempo style - much slower than Electro House or Drum and Bass. The digital drum parts are lifted from funk and R & B, the melodies, chords and basslines tend to sound like they came from the cheapest synthesizers available.
Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers celebrates Valentine’s Day, with Anne Hills, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, Brooks Williams, Tom Prasada-Rao and others, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn and other venues in and around Wichita.
Here is Cheryl Wheeler. I love so many of her tunes but this early love song is a favorite.
Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America with great jazz covers of Beatles’ songs. Plus birthday celebrations tonight for saxophonist John Handy, tuba master Bob Stewart, and pianist, composer and Hot Five member Lil Harden Armstrong – and music from Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace, and Jazz Vocal Album Grammy winner, Gregory Porter.
Global Village kicks off the February feature of music from acclaimed African singer and activist Angelique Kidjo with music from her new album, Eve, and from her Grammy-winning release, Djin Djin. Plus music from one of two albums to take home the World Music Grammy this year, Savor Flamenco from the Gipsy Kings, and the winner for Regional Roots Music Album, Dockside Sessions from Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.