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The Effortless Quiet Storm Cool Of Sade & “Smooth Operator” | New British Canon

The Effortless Quiet Storm Cool Of Sade & “Smooth Operator” | New British Canon

What Is It?

The YouTube video The Effortless Quiet Storm Cool Of Sade & “Smooth Operator” | New British Canon by the YouTube channel Trash Theory.

Here is the description for this video:

Britain is not known for its soul music. But in the 1980s there was a nostalgic wave of British acts that were enthralled by the sound: Phil Collins was covering the Supremes, Soft Cell and Dexys Midnight Runners were in love with obscure R&B 45s and there was an influx of white-fronted plastic soul groups like Spandau Ballet, ABC and late era Roxy Music. But adding some legitimacy and heat to the mix was Sade. Their debut album Diamond Life defined the 80s for many, its warm sensuality the soundtrack for many an intimate moment, while singles like “Your Love Is King,” “When am I Going to Make a Living?” and “The Sweetest Taboo” quiet-stormed the charts. But who was this band? This is New British Canon, and this is the story of “Smooth Operator.”

Sade #QuietStorm #MusicDocumentary

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Soundtrack
Luar – Citrine (https://soundcloud.com/luarbeats)
B-Side – Pen Unubis
Jesse Gallagher – The Golden Present
Luar – Anchor (https://soundcloud.com/luarbeats)

00:00 Introduction
02:10 Pride & The Origins of Sade The Band
07:05 Writing & Recording Diamond Life
12:14 “There’s a Quiet Storm…”
17:16 “I’m Not Very Good at the Business of Being a Pop Star”

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Pomme – Göttingen (Live)

Pomme “Göttingen”
Pomme – Göttingen (Barbara) – Symphonissime 2021 (live symphonique)

What is it?

A live cover of the Barbara song Göttingen by Pomme.

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Pomme “Göttingen” (Barbara Cover)

Pomme interprète “Göttingen” de Barbara le 13 mars 2021 dans l’émission “Symphonissime” en live accompagné d’un orchestre symphonique dirigé par Yvan Cassar. Paroles (Lyrics) sous-titrées en français, espagnol (Español) et anglais (english).

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“Samurai Champloo – Shiki No Uta” (Nujabes) – The Brotet

“Samurai Champloo – Shiki No Uta” (Nujabes) – The Brotet

Not bad at all, actually this is impressive, considering all that it must have took to make this cover.

It is good to see someone doing pretty good covers of music from anime, especially anime with good music like Samurai Champloo.

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Khruangbin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Khruangbin: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

The video above is a NPR Music Tiny Desk concert by Khruangbin.

May 16, 2018 | Bob Boilen — It was daylight but the music was dark and moody. And despite having the office lights turned on high, it was Khruangbin’s trance-inducing tone that set the mood and carried me away.

This trio from Houston, Texas is heavily inspired by 1960s and ’70s funk and soul from, of all places, Thailand. That musical passion has taken them on a journey that, these days, incorporates music from Spain, Ethiopia and the Middle East. Khruangbin’s largely instrumental music is grounded in Laura Lee’s bass, with Mark Speer playing those melodic, richly reverbed guitar sounds and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums and piano.

Two of the three songs performed at this Tiny Desk Concert are from their 2018 album Con Todo El Mundo, which is dedicated in part to Laura Lee’s Mexican-American grandfather. He’d often ask her how much she loved him and the response that pleased him most was when she would say, “con todo el mundo,” (with all the world.)

The third track in this performance is one of the band’s first forays into vocals, from their 2015 debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You. “White Gloves” gently pays homage to a “classy lady” who was “a fighter” and who “died in a fight.” Its open-ended lyrics could imply a battle that was violent or an illness. It isn’t clear. What is clear is the reverence in the song and in this music — music that strays from typical instrumental songs with heavy beats. This is music to sway to and to lift you beyond the day to day.

SET LIST
“Maria También”
“August 10”
“White Gloves”

CREDITS
Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Dani Lyman; Editor: Ben Naddaff-Hafrey; Production Assistant: Joshua Bote; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.