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The Weekly Playlist - Som Sabadell campaign

The Sam Chase – I Sold My Soul To The City
Let’s kick start the week with the excellent energy of The Sam Chase, a folk-rock and roll band from San Francisco.

Thievery Corporation – Focus On Sight
Last week in Mumbai we caught a DJ set by Rob Garza, one half of electronica act Thievery Corporation. Their 2000 release The Mirror Conspiracy made a big impression on me when I discovered it in my early electronica exploration. I had never heard anything like it – a mix of dub, bossa nova, acid jazz and Middle Eastern influences. I think it holds very well even today. Here’s a great track from the album.

Nitin Sawhney – The River
I thought this was a well-known song but from a quick survey, it appears this is not one that people are very familiar with. I must remedy this immediately. The song – off his 2001 album Prophesy – has a great vocal and groove. You have to listen to it if you don’t know it already.

UB40 – Reasons
UB40 + a dhol section. You could never imagine it, but with The Dhol Blasters, they make it work.

Rob Thomas & John Mayer – Stand By Me
The two musicians got together and performed this classic in 2008 for the WPLJ Benefit at Blythedale Childrens Hospital, in New York. It’s not the best recording, but it’s a great version of the song.

Classical Music Flash Mobs
I am a sucker for beautiful classical music played in a public place in an informal setting. Whether it’s a lone busker in a metro station, a small string section or a full-fledged orchestra on the street, there is something about it that is just spellbinding. Hell, I’ve heard some groups tune their instruments and make that sound magical. So here are two examples of beautiful pieces of music, built up one musician or section at a time, to unsuspecting crowds of regular people. YouTube commenters have stated that the first video, a campaign for a bank, was staged and that there’s nothing impromptu about it. Ah who cares? It sounds beautiful. Just enjoy it.

Beethoven’s Ode To Joy – Som Sabadell Campaign
Banco Sabadell in Spain pays homage to their city by means of the campaign Som Sabadell (We are Sabadell) with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

Ravel – Bolero – Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Performed in May 2011 at Copenhagen Central Station.