Electronic musician/producer Bibio is no stranger to lush production and thick grooves. His eclectic Talkhouse Weekend Playlist is no different, featuring sweeping synth arpeggios from Don Blackman, experimental Japanese electronica from Susumu Yokota, swinging jazz from Django Reinhardt, and more.
His latest release, A Mineral Love, is available today via Warp. Give it a listen, but in the meantime, enjoy the last few hours before the weekend with this excellent playlist.
Don Blackman — “Holding You, Loving You”
Everything about this track, the production, the melodies, the chords, the chimes, the sweeping synth arpeggios. But most of all, the groove.
Susumu Yokota — “Tobiume”
This track is very special to me; it reminds me of a particular house I lived in when I was at university. It was the same year I came up with the name Bibio. An exciting year of discovery.
Soichi Terada — “Hohai Beats”
I’ve been enjoying this guy’s early ’90s output a lot lately; this track has such an addictive swing. Very tastefully executed tracks.
Bill Evans & Cannonball Adderley — “Who Cares (Take 5)”
It’s hard to choose a track from this album; it’s one of my favorite vinyl purchases recently. It just swings and flows like running water.
Charlie Kunz — “My Friend “
Withnail and I is my favorite film. I treated myself to a gramophone upgrade recently and have been playing 78s a lot. This sounds perfectly correct in my Elizabethan cottage around a log fire.
Creedence Clearwater Revival — “I Put a Spell on You”
I love his voice on this, the way he screams it out. Such a cool song and a cool, raw rendition of it.
Stevie Wonder — “Maybe Your Baby”
Nobody has ever made synths sound this good before or since this track was recorded. Stevie Wonder re-invented music.
Mississippi John Hurt — “Avalon Blues”
I prefer this to the 1928 version. Partly because the recording of this one has more thump, but also I like how his voice matured; he has such a warm voice. This also has groove you can cut with a knife.
High Fashion — “When the Lover Strikes”
My favorite thing about this track is the muted picked guitar riff, but I love the whole thing.
Django Reinhardt — “Swing Guitars”
Django is my favorite thing to dine to. The atmosphere he created makes me warm and joyous, perfect with cassoulet and claret. This is a favorite of mine.