A hits-packed charity compilation, a tribute track from U2 and a soulful new Canadian release are CBC Radio 2 Morning host Tom Power's picks for this week.
Straight off the top is Songs for the Philippines, a hefty compilation album featuring major musical hitmakers of all stripes, from The Beatles to Michael Bublé, Lorde to Eminem, Bob Dylan to Katy Perry. Like an .mp3 player on shuffle, the eclectic mix is the result of major labels teaming up to raise money for the Philippine Red Cross and its post Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
Next is Ordinary Love, a U2 tribute track to honour anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The Irish rockers, who have supported Mandela since their teenage years, later met and became acquainted with the South African leader. When they found out about the drama Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the band jumped at the chance to craft this brand new single for the film's soundtrack.
Finally, Winnipeg's Sweet Alibi is back with a new album, Bandit Blues. Described by Power as a cross between Mumford and Sons and the Supremes, the group grabbed everyone's attention at a recent folk music symposium.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Songs for the Philippines, U2 and Sweet Alibi.