Heavy Rotation – Jan 2013

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Welcome to the next installment of my Heavy Rotation series. January 2013 saw a bit of travel and lots of shifting weather conditions here in DC. As such, this group of recommended albums is a bit more eclectic than the last. First up…

Caught In the Wake Forever – Against a Simple Wooden Cross

The project of musician & home recording artist, Fraser McGowan, this album is a beautiful collection of somber, lo-fi, bedroom folk songs. Delicate instrumentation and fractured field recordings set the backdrop for his storytelling.

Stan Getz – Meet a Need / Essential Ballads (extended)

This is one of those albums I really wish I could own on vinyl. While Stan Getz is most known for his joyful, faster-paced Bossa Nova melodies, this collection of ballads highlights his lyrical control. Expertly paced and beautifully played, “Meet a Need” is definitely one for the romantic in you.

Martin Schulte – Slow Beauty

Deep, dubby ambient techno from one of the masters, this album is perfectly suited for road trips and focused work sessions. Lush pads and sparse melodic lines slowly reveal themselves at just the right moments throughout this album. A very polished release for this 24 year old producer.

D’Angelo – Voodoo

Released in 2000, this album still sounds as groundbreaking today as it did then. Multi-layered, minimalist soul music with elements of jazz, funk, and hip-hop, Voodoo features an extensive line-up of collaborators including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, guitarist Charlie Hunter, drummer ?uestlove and bassist Pino Palladino. For those interested, this album was also just reissued on vinyl. Highly recommended.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ve enjoyed some of these albums. Until next time, have a creative and inspiring month!

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