Recorded on a £120 budget, Dire Straits released ‘Sultans Of Swing’ today, 41 years ago. The song is regarded as the band’s first major label single and was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, London 1977. Frontman, Mark Knopfler, wrote and composed the song after witnessing a jazz band playing in a deserted pub in South London. Knopfler found it amusing that the band called themselves the “Sultans of Swing” which was contradicting to their dull appearance and surroundings.
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Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI) is a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist who, for the past decade, has been contributing member to numerous musical projects including Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazer, Vagabon, Wild Nothing and Hand Habit. She is now releasing her own work via Domino Records. This versatile artist’s instrumental capabilities stretch from the French horn, keys, guitar to piano. A graduate from the Eastman School of Music has gained a great deal of musical experience through teaching and scoring orchestral arrangements for studio albums, films and commercials. Listen to her tracks below.
Santana recently teased fans by sharing a new song ‘Yo Me Lo Merezco’ from the group’s forthcoming album,
‘Africa Speaks’ with a trip animated video. Inspired by African rhythms, sounds and melodies, fans can expect the release of the full album on June 7 via Concord Records. The group teamed up with producer, Rick Rubin and recorded 49 songs in 10 days at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Santana was quoted saying that the track is “killer, African, dynamic, vibrant, filled with exuberance. It feels like this was meant to be … like a gift from heaven to receive and give to the masses.” The album features an eight-piece band – including vocals of Afro-Latin singer Buika and Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman on drums.
Jhfly renders his sonic collections for listeners who yearns beats of misty, tranquil quality. The Canberra, Australia-based producer, also known as Declan Browne, is known for composing his tracks in an ornate manner balancing his samples with subtle accents without one overpowering the other. Listeners will find his minimalistic, organic progressions to be beautiful and poetic.
Today, 53 years ago, Bob Dylan and The Band member, Robbie Robertson were filmed together in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, singing together. This event took place during Dylan’s world tour and the footage eventually turned up in the ‘Eat The Document’ film. Originally edited by Dylan himself and commissioned for ABC’s ‘Stage ’66’, the network rejected the footage due to it being ‘incomprehensible for a mainstream audience’. Listen to the full recording of Robertson and Dylan’s jamming session below. Note that the video footage has been wrongfully titled “BOB DYLAN LIVE JAMMING IN A FANS BEDROOM 1966” when it is, in fact, footage from the event taking place in Glasgow.