Anyone who keeps track with us via social media will probably have noticed that over the last few months we’ve been doing a series of Spotify mixes under the name ‘Cabourn Quarantunes’. As you can probably deduce from the title, these were put together by friends and family of our London Army Gym shop as a audio respite during lockdown.
For those who missed these the first time around, or just want to revisit them again, we’ve compiled them all here. Click the names to listen…
Starting off with the man himself, Nigel Cabourn took time out from working on the winter 2021 range to pick out some of his favourite tracks from his youth, from Stevie Wonder to Buffalo Springfield. As a self-confessed lover of ‘a soppy love song’, this is an upbeat place to start. Meanwhile, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor started things off with Robert Wyatt before serving up a few reggae classics, a nice bit of George Jones and a 20 minute sonic re-working of a forgotten soul classic courtesy of avant-garde composer Terry Riley.
Golden-throated soul-boy V.C. Pines also sorted us a mix—skipping from Westside Gunn to the Walker Brothers, via The Fall and Arto Lindsay. Andy Bell of Oasis and shoegaze legends Ride, also provided his eclectic selection finishing up with a track from his electronic solo project, GLOK.
David Holmes (the composer behind the soundtracks to Killing Eve, Out of Sight and Mindhorn, to name just a few) really went to town, queuing up nearly four hours of audio-gold, from Ennio Morricone to Arthur Russell, whilst Invada Records head-honcho Redg Weeks dug up a hearty chunk of synth-pop and Curses, a Berlin-based artist who merges post-punk, new wave and industrial, picked tracks by Throbbing Gristle and Skinny Puppy.
For those who prefer saxophones to synthesizers, Sons of Kemet sax-man Shabaka Hutchins selected some particularly soulful numbers. Again, there’s too many musicians in this to reel off here, but if you enjoy the sounds of Pharoah Sanders, Moondog or Fela Kuti, you’ll probably enjoy this.
And if all that wasn’t enough for your ears, the fine folk at our London Army Gym also served up their sonic selections. Head on over to the Cabourn Spotify page to hear multiple mixes from Alessandro, Chris, Enrica, Mark and Stuart. Whatever you’re into, there’s plenty to enjoy.