Tony's Coffee Time Picks #24

Tony Proper

For most of 2020, older neighbour Tony has been curating weekly playlists for the Manchester Cares community. The selection this week features a number of different instruments including African drumming, theremin, melodica, acoustic piano and acoustic guitar. 

Listen here.

African Head Charge

African Head Charge – Peace and Happiness 

Bubbling percussion lines skitter across the stereo whilst staying rooted in the tough tribal rhythms that form the bedrock of the African Head Charge sound. This is music for the head and feet!

Gaudi – Theremin In Hand

Developed in 1920 by Russian physicist Léon Theremin, the theremin is an electronic device, which works with magnetic fields and consists of one metal antenna controlled without physical contact.

Predominantly a fairly niche instrument, it has featured in several styles of music since its creation, from classical works to sci-fi movie soundtracks, pop and rock. This is a cover of Lee Perry's classic “Bird in Hand” production.

Art-X (ft The Roots Addict) – Melodica Forward

Art-X is a composer, keyboardist, and also melodica player from France. He has been recording since the age of 16.


Brian Eno – Ship In A Bottle

Eno’s music has always lent itself to film and to soundtracks. His moody instrumental work, combined with his ambient material, always seemed custom made for films. From the compilation album “Film Music (1976 -2020)” is the song “Ship In A Bottle” 

Blossoms – Oh No (I Think I’m In Love)

Blossoms are an English indie pop band from Stockport. Formed in 2013, the band was on the BBC's Sound Of new music list for 2016 where they finished in fourth place. Blossoms' self-titled debut album was one of the twelve albums nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2017. That same year they were nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards. 

Heather Madden

Posted by Heather Madden on Wednesday 16th December 2020

Heather is Manchester Cares' Programme Coordinator managing our Social Clubs programme.

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