Monday, 11 November 2019

Fred Deakin - K Bar 1

FRED DEAKIN - K BAR 1 (1998) (160kbs/77mb/67mins)
11th October 2019

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Chris Montez - Fly Me To The Moon
Shirley Bassey - Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me
Roy Budd - Girl From Southend On Sea
Jose Feliciano - She's A Woman
Ella Fitzgerald - The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
Unknown - Unknown
Astrud Gilberto - Chup Chup I Got Away
Chaquito & His Orchestra - The Little Engine

Hugh Montenegro & His Orchestra And Chorus - Theme From "The Fox"
Unknown - It's Too Late
Liza Minnelli - Use Me
John Barry - Midnight Cowboy
Bobby Darin - Beautiful Things
Mel Tormé - Comin' Home Baby
Nelson Riddle & Orchestra - Lamento
Frank Sinatra - Come Blow Your Horn
Betty Hutton - It's Oh So Quiet
Teddy Randazzo - The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
Sammy Davis Jr. - On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Live)
Caterina Valente - Poinciana
Cal Tjader - The Whiffenpoof
Andy Williams - It's So Easy
Tony Bennett - Here, There And Everywhere
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Look Of Love

Sunday, 10 November 2019

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tender Is The Night: A Romance

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD - TENDER IS THE NIGHT: A ROMANCE (320kbs-m4a/262mb/1hr54mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 18th & 19th September 2019

A beautiful and poignant novel about marriage, glamour and disintegration. Regarded by many as F Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest book - dramatised by Robin Brooks.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

TENDER IS THE NIGHT: A ROMANCE - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 18th September 2019

Between the First World War and the Wall Street Crash the French Riviera was the stylish place for wealthy Americans to visit.

Among the most fashionable are psychoanalyst Dick Diver and his wife Nicole, who hold court at their villa. Into their circle comes Rosemary Hoyt, a young film star, who is instantly attracted to them, but understands little of the dark secrets that hold them together.

Dick Diver ..... Simon Harrison
Nicole Diver ..... Melody Grove
Rosemary ..... Kelly Burke
Tommy ..... Finn den Hertog
Abe North ..... Mark McDonnel
McKisco ...... Laurie Brown
Violet/Baby ..... Anita Vettesse
Mother ..... Anne Lacey
Franz/Warren ...... Nick Underwood
Collis/Buddy ..... Alasdair Hankinson
Narrator ..... Sam Dale

TENDER IS THE NIGHT: A ROMANCE - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 19th September 2019

Nicole Diver has had a breakdown and, together with her husband Dick, she flees Paris.

The events of the past are beginning to take a toll on their marriage and only one of them has the strength to survive.

Dick Diver ..... Simon Harrison
Nicole Diver ..... Melody Grove
Rosemary ..... Kelly Burke
Tommy ..... Finn den Hertog
Swanson ...... Laurie Brown
Baby ..... Anita Vettesse
Kathe/Caroline ..... Anne Lacey
Franz/Warren ...... Nick Underwood
Collis ..... Alasdair Hankinson
Narrator ..... Sam Dale

Saturday, 9 November 2019

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD - THE GREAT GATSBY (320kbs-m4a/261mb/1hr53mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 26th & 27th September 2019

F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel, a portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, is perhaps the greatest book on the fallibility of the American dream.

Dramatised in two-parts by Robert Forrest.

Director: Gaynor Macfarlane

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2012.

THE GREAT GATSBY - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/130mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 26th September 2019

Nick Carraway arrives in Long Island and is reacquainted with his distant cousin, Daisy Buchanan. He falls in with her wealthy crowd. His neighbour, the self-made and self-invented millionaire, Gatsby, is the man who has everything - but one thing will always be out of his reach.

Nick ..... Bryan Dick
Gatsby ..... Andrew Scott
Tom ..... Andrew Buchan
Daisy ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Jordan ..... Melody Grove
Wolfsheim ..... Karl Johnson
Klipspringer ..... Sam Dale
Wilson ..... Gerard McDermott
Myrtle ..... Susie Riddell
Catherine ..... Tracy Wiles
Chester ..... Patrick Brennan
Lucille ..... Christine Absalom
Alice ..... Amaka Okafor

THE GREAT GATSBY - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/131mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 27th September 2019

Nick has fallen in with the wealthy crowd on Long Island. His neighbour, Gatsby, asks Nick to engineer a meeting with his lost love, Nick's cousin, Daisy.

Nick ..... Bryan Dick
Gatsby ..... Andrew Scott
Tom ..... Andrew Buchan
Daisy ..... Pippa Bennett-Warner
Jordan ..... Melody Grove
Wolfsheim ..... Karl Johnson
Klipspringer/Michaelis ..... Sam Dale
Wilson/Gatz ..... Gerard McDermott
Myrtle ..... Susie Riddell
Alice ..... Amaka Okafor

Friday, 8 November 2019

Graham Massey - Mary Anne Hobbs Mix

GRAHAM MASSEY - MARY ANNE HOBBS MIX 27.09.19 (320kbs-m4a/53mb/23mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th September 2019

Kick start your weekend with a special guest mix from Graham Massey. Every Friday we invite our favourite DJs to take charge of the 6 Music Decks and this week it's Graham's turn.

Graham is perhaps best known as a founding member of acid-house pioneers, 808 State, alongside Andrew Barker. The legendary outfit recently announced a new studio album, 'Transmission Suite', which arrives 17 years on from their last release, 2002's Outpost Transmission.

Since 'Outpost Transmission', Graham and Andrew have continued to play live and have just announced an appearance at Manchester's Warehouse Project, alongside Bicep on the 30th of November. However, it wasn’t until last year that the duo decided to reconvene with a view to working on a significant new body of material, with Graham saying of the release: “We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in.....It feels a bit like an imaginary landscape. That’s always been a big part of 808 State, when you go back through the music: these kind of landscapes of futurism.”

Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothin'
Barry Gray - UFO End Credits
Marvin Gaye - God Is Love
A Guy Called Gerald - Born In The North-US
808 State - Spiral Arms
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot In Lagos
808 State - Tokyo Tokyo
Claptrap - Joe
David Bowie - Big Brother
TNGHT - Serpent
Paddy Steer - The Blob
Chorlton C Of E Primary - Cubik
The Fall - Fiery Jack

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Psychemagik - Nemone's Electric Ladyland Resident DJs

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th September 2019

British duo Psychemagik share the tunes that are working their dancefloors at the minute. They release their debut album ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ on 11th October and we’ve been completely obsessed with their mix compilations and remixes over the years, so this is going to be quite an exciting release. The only question we have really is…what took so long?

Psychemagik & Syd Arthur - Ghost Particle
Kim Ann Foxman - My Dog Has Fleas (Pleasure Planet Atomic Dog Remix)
The Daou - Surrender Yourself
Closer - No Smoking On The Moon (A.M. Edit)

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Sound Of Cinema - 258. Primal Scene

SOUND OF CINEMA - 258. PRIMAL SCENE (320kbs-m4a/134mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 5th October 2019

Joker is the new Batman-themed film directed by Todd Philips, a movie which describes the rich psychological back-story of its lead character, played by Joaquin Phoenix. Matthew Sweet uses the major new release to step into the world of films which explain the actions or motivations of their lead characters through a serious psychological event in their past.

Charles Previn - The Wolf Man (1941) - Universal fanfare; Titles
Jerry Goldsmith - Freud (1962) - Charcot's Show [Varèse Sarabande]
Terence Blanchard - Eve's Bayou (1997) - A Child With The Blues
Georges Auric - The Innocents (1961) - O Waly Waly, Coach Ride and Arrival At Bly [Chandos]
Maurice Jarre - Witness (1985) - Building The Barn [Varèse Sarabande]
John Morris - The Elephant Man (1980) - Main Titles [Milan]
James Horner - The Amazing Spider Man (2012) - Young Peter [Sony]
Miklós Rózsa - Spellbound (1945) - Main Theme [Stanyan]
Bernard Herrmann - Marnie (1964) - Suite [Decca]
Danny Elfman - Batman (1989) - Joker's Poem [Warner Bros.]
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Joker (2019) - Call Me Joker [WaterTower Music]
Gabriel Yared - Judy (2019) - Judy Gets Ready [Decca]

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Sound Of Cinema - 257. Object Of Desire

SOUND OF CINEMA - 257. OBJECT OF DESIRE (320kbs-m4a/134mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 28th September 2019

With the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel ‘The Goldfinch’ just released, Matthew Sweet features some of Trevor Gorecki’s score plus music for films on the theme of covetousness. The programme includes an interview with the film’s composer, Trevor Gureckis, plus music for Indiana Jones, Jason and the Argonauts, The Silver Chalice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Thomas Crown Affair, Woman In Gold, and the Classic Score of the Week - Adolph Deutsche’s music for The Maltese Falcon.

John Williams - Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008) - Raiders March [Concord]
Bernard Herrmann - Jason And The Argonauts (1963) - Jason's Prelude / Scherzo Macabre [Intrada]
Jack Trombey - Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) - Homeward Bound [Virgin]
Franz Waxman - The Silver Chalice (1954) - The Cup [Film Score Monthly]
Alan Silvestri - Ready Player One (2018) - Main Titles [WaterTower Music]
John Williams - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (2001) - Harry's Wondrous World [Warner Sunset]
Howard Shore - Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001) - The Prophecy [Reprise]
Bill Conti - The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) - Glider Pt. 1 [MGM Music]
Adolph Deutsch - The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Title / Street Scene / Gutman / Finale [Naxos]
Martin Phipps - Woman In Gold (2015) - Fleeing Vienna [Sony Classical]
Trevor Gureckis - The Goldfinch (2019) - Theo's Burden [WaterTower Music]
Trevor Gureckis - The Goldfinch (2019) - Beautiful Things [WaterTower Music]
Trevor Gureckis - The Goldfinch (2019) - Title [WaterTower Music]
Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) - Inspector Clouseau Theme [Sony Music UK]
Segun Akinola - The Last Tree (2019) - Turbo

Monday, 4 November 2019

Sound Of Cinema - 256. Deep Space

SOUND OF CINEMA - 256. DEEP SPACE (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 21st September 2019

Matthew Sweet ventures into deep space and spins a few stellar cinematic discs to mark the launch of ‘Ad Astra’ and a new score from Max Richter. Featuring music from Lost in Space, Sunshine, and Solaris. In it's 40th anniversary year the classic score of the week is Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith.

Richard Strauss - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Also Sprach Zarathustra [Orfeo]
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar (2014) - Stay [Sony Classical]
Andrei Tarkovsky - Solaris (1972) - Title Theme
Cliff Martinez - Solaris (2002) - The First Sleep [Edel]
John Williams - Lost In Space (1967) - Main Title
Bruce Broughton - Lost In Space (1998) - Lost In Space/End Credits
Peter Schickele - Silent Running (1972) - Rejoice In The Sun [MCA]
John Murphy & Underworld - Sunshine (2007) - Kaneda's Death, Pt. 2 (Adagio In D Minor)
Marc Streitenfeld - Prometheus (2012) - Collision [Sony Classical]
Alexandre Desplat - Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) - The City Of A Thousand Planets [Idol]
Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - Main Title/Klingon Battle
Max Richter - Ad Astra (2019) - To The Stars
Bob Crewe & Charles Fox - Barbarella (1968) - Barbarella [Harkit]
Brian Tyler - Rambo: Last Blood (2019) - Rambo: Last Blood [Lakeshore]

Sunday, 3 November 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 7. Perry Farrell

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 7. PERRY FARRELL (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 29th September 2019

The Jane's Addiction frontman chats to Matt Everitt about the music that has shaped his life & the stories behind classic LP Ritual de lo habitual plus his latest LP Kind Heaven.

Perry talks about his early life in New York, the musical community and inspiration he found in 80s LA and how he dealt with the much-reported excesses that his lifestyle bred.

Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing [Warner Bros]
Millie - My Boy Lollipop [Trojan]
Leon Russell - Jumping Jack Flash / Youngblood [Apple]
Sly & The Family Stone - Sing A Simple Song [RCA]
Minutemen - Corona [SST]
Jane's Addiction - Trip Away [Triple X]
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says [Warner Bros]
Jane's Addiction - Stop!
Jane's Addiction - Three Days
Jane's Addiction - Just Because [Capitol]
Congo Natty - Nu Beginningz
Perry Farrell - Pirate Punk Politician
Perry Farrell (Feat. Jim Morrison) - Woman In The Window
Jane's Addiction - Superhero [Parlophone]
Jane's Addiction - More Than I Could Bare

Saturday, 2 November 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 6. Jónsi

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 6. JÓNSI (320kbs-m4a/128mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd September 2019

The Sigur Rós vocalist and multi-instrumentalist talks to Matt about the music that has shaped his life and work. With tracks from Black Sabbath, Billie Holiday and Alex Somers.

Hear about his early love of heavy metal, the benefits of starting a band in the supportive community of late nineties Reykjavík, and how they used their made-up language – Hopelandic - to deal with success and fame.

Sigur Rós - Stormur [XL Recordings]
Iron Maiden - Murders In The Rue Morgue
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Duran Duran - Ordinary World [Global]
Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused [Atlantic]
Sigur Rós - Myrkur [Smekkleysa]
Sigur Rós - Flugufrelsarinn [FatCat]
Sigur Rós - Svefn-G-Englar
Jónsi - Sticks & Stones [Varèse Sarabande]
Sigur Rós - Gobbledigook [EMI]
Sigur Rós - Untitled 4 [FatCat]
Jónsi & Alex - All The Big Trees [Parlophone]
Jónsi & Carl Michael Von Hausswolff - Beka Yalo [Vinyl Factory]
Jónsi - Go Do [Parlophone]
Billie Holiday - All Of Me [MGM]
Alex Somers - Between Us

Friday, 1 November 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 5. Tony Allen

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 5. TONY ALLEN (320kbs-m4a/130mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 8th September 2019

Matt talks to the legendary Nigerian drummer about the music that has shaped his life, and finds out about a career that's spanned six decades, from playing with Fela Kuti in the sixties, right through to joining Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon as part of The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Question Jam Answer
E.T. Mensah - Ghana Freedom
Gene Krupa - Drum Boogie
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - The Drum Thunder Suite
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Zombie
Sébastien Tellier - La Ritournelle [Lucky Numbers]
Tony Allen - Secret Agent
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Night-Time Intermission
The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Herculean [Parlophone]
Tony Allen - Moving On

Thursday, 31 October 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 4. Karen O

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 4. KAREN O (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 1st September 2019

Matt talks to the Yeah Yeah Yeah's frontwoman about the music and events that have shaped her life, including the bands' raucous early live appearances, her movie soundtrack work, and the story behind their timeless breakthrough single, 'Maps'.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control [Fiction]
Ashford & Simpson - Solid (Album Version) [Rhino]
Peggy March - I Will Follow Him [Old Gold]
The Troggs - Wild Thing [Premier]
Queensrÿche - Silent Lucidity [EMI]
Grateful Dead - St. Stephen [Warner Bros.]
ESG - Dance [Fire]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang [Wichita]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps [Polydor]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With The Night [Polydor]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion [Polydor]
Nina Simone - He Was Too Good To Me [Colpix]
Karen O And The Kids - All Is Love [Interscope]
Karen O - NYC Baby [Cult]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Modern Romance
Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 3. The xx

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 3. THE XX (320kbs-m4a/137mb/60mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 11th August 2019

Romy, Oliver and Jamie talk to Matt about the music and events that have shaped them.

As their debut album xx turns ten, the London trio reflect on growing up together, winning the Mercury Prize, their sudden rise to fame, learning to dance on stage, and what's coming up next for the band.

The xx - Crystalised [Young Turks]
Talking Heads - Take Me To The River [EMI]
Sam & Dave - You Don't Know Like I Know [Stax]
Madonna - Ray Of Light [Warner Bros]
Lauryn Hill - Ex-Factor [Columbia/Ruff House]
Fatboy Slim - Praise You [Columbia]
Run‐D.M.C. & Jason Nevins - It's Like That [Smile Communications]
The White Stripes - Hardest Button To Button [XL Recordings]
The xx - Basic Space [Beggars Banquet]
The xx - Heart Skipped A Beat [Young Turks]
The xx - Intro [Beggars Banquet]
The xx - Islands [Young Turks]
Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi [XL Recordings]
The xx - I Dare You [XL Recordings]
The xx - Dangerous [Young Turks]
Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free [Telstar]

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 2. PP Arnold

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 2. PP ARNOLD (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 7th July 2019

Matt chats to the legendary soul singer who's collaborated with everyone from Mick Jagger, to Barry Gibb to The KLF to Primal Scream, in an astonishing five-decade career.

PP Arnold - Medicated Goo
PP Arnold - If This Were My World
Mahalia Jackson - I'm Going To Tell God
B.B. King - My Baby's Comin' Home [MCA]
The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself [Stax]
Ike & Tina Turner - I Can't Believe What You Say
Small Faces - Tin Soldier [Essential]
PP Arnold - The First Cut Is The Deepest [See For Miles]
PP Arnold - Angel Of The Morning [See For Miles]
PP Arnold - Spinning Wheel
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours [Warner Sunset/Atlantic]
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer [Virgin]
The Beatmasters & PP Arnold - Burn It Up [Rhythm King]
Primal Scream Feat. PP Arnold - Understanding
Roger Waters - Perfect Sense
PP Arnold - Baby Blue

Monday, 28 October 2019

The First Time With... Series 20 - 1. Tame Impala

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 20 - 1. TAME IMPALA (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd June 2019

Matt Everitt talks to Kevin Parker about the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life. The man behind Tame Impala joins Matt ahead of the band's Glastonbury appearance.

Tame Impala - Elephant [Modular]
Tame Impala - 'Cause I'm A Man [Fiction]
Mike O'Donnell And Junior Campbell - Thomas The Tank Engine Theme
Fleetwood Mac - That's All For Everyone
U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me [Polygram TV]
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
The White Stripes - Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground [XL]
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way [Virgin]
Shania Twain - (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Mink Mussel Creek - They Dated Steadily
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams [Modular]
Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize (Mokran Mix)
Tame Impala - It Is Not Meant To Be
Tame Impala - Let It Happen [Fiction]
Tame Impala - Patience [Fiction]
Jai Paul - Do You Love Her Now [XL Recordings]

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: Thom Yorke

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: THOM YORKE (320kbs-m4a/113mb/49mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 22nd September 2019

Thom Yorke has been the front man of Radiohead, one of Britain’s most successful British bands, for 34 years. They have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and have won three Grammys and four Ivor Novello awards. Their debut studio album, Pablo Honey, was released in 1993, with their debut single, Creep, becoming a big international success.

Thom decided on his career at the age of seven, when he lay on the floor between large speakers at a friend’s house and listened to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He made his own electric guitar when he was 10, and wrote his first song at 11. At his secondary school he joined up with fellow pupils and they formed a band called On a Friday, as that was the only day they were allowed to rehearse. They all went their separate ways as university students, but then signed to Parlophone in 1991 and renamed themselves Radiohead.

Thom has collaborated with artists including PJ Harvey and Björk and has composed for film and theatre. His first feature film soundtrack, Suspiria, was released last year. His first classical piece, Don’t Fear the Light, was premiered in Paris this year, and he has also been touring his latest solo album Anima. He is an activist on behalf of human rights, animal rights, environmental and anti-war causes.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Maurice Ravel - Ma mère l'oye, M.60 - For Piano Duet, M.60 - 5. Le jardin féerique [Universal]
Scott Walker - It's Raining Today [Philips/Fontana]
Talking Heads - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [Sire]
Squarepusher & AFX - Freeman Hard And Willis Acid [Warp]
Neil Young - After The Goldrush [Warner]
R.E.M. - Talk About The Passion [I.R.S.]
Sidney Bechet And His New Orleans Feetwarmers - Blue Horizon [Proper]
Nina Simone - Lilac Wine [Verve/PolyGram]

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: John Cooper Clarke

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 21st July 2019

John Cooper Clarke first achieved fame with his poetry during the punk rock era of the late 1970s. Born in Salford in 1949 to Hilda and George, he suffered from tuberculosis as a child and was sent to recuperate with a relative in Wales. He failed his 11 plus exam and was educated at a secondary modern school which he hated. However the one “rose in a garden of weeds” was his English teacher, Mr Malone, who instilled a love of poetry in John and his classmates.

John had various odd jobs after leaving school at 15 and by his mid-20s, he was reciting his poetry in clubs around Manchester. His entry into the punk scene was helped, he says, by “already looking like a punk”, and despite some initially hostile receptions from audiences waiting for the Sex Pistols or the Buzzcocks, he acquired a cult status, going on to release five albums of his poetry set to music by former Joy Division producer Martin Hannett.

By early 1980s, he was also in the grip of a heroin addiction which would see him write very little for over a decade. He cleaned up in the early 90s after marrying his second wife, Evie, and having a daughter, Stella. His star began to rise again in 2007 when one of his poems was used in an episode of The Sopranos and others were included on the GCSE syllabus, which led to collaborations with artists like Plan B and Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters - A Quiet Place [Collectables]
Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On [London]
Dion & The Belmonts - I Wonder Why [3C]
Ella Fitzgerald - Skylark [Verve]
Nico - I'll Keep It With Mine [Verve]
Frank Sinatra - Moonlight In Vermont [Capitol]
Doris Day - The Black Hills Of Dakota [Sony]
Elvis Presley - How Great Thou Art [RCA]

Friday, 25 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: Nitin Sawhney

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: NITIN SAWHNEY (320kbs-m4a/90mb/39mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 16th June 2019

Nitin Sawhney is a composer, musician and producer working in the worlds of music, film, video games, dance and theatre. He has released 10 studio albums, scored over 50 films and television programmes, and is known for his collaborations, with musicians and artists including Paul McCartney, Akram Khan, John Hurt and Andy Serkis.

He was born in 1964 to parents who had emigrated from North India the previous year to work in the UK. His father was a chemical engineer while his mother taught English and later worked at the post office in their home town of Rochester. Nitin showed early musical promise when he took up the piano aged five, later also learning flamenco guitar, sitar and tabla. He was bullied at school at a time when the National Front was gaining traction and music became his sanctuary.

After abandoning a law degree at Liverpool and completing an accountancy course in Hertfordshire, he became financial controller of a hotel, before leaving to become a full time musician. While at college, he met Sanjeev Bhaskar and formed a comedy duo with him which would become the radio and TV series, Goodness Gracious Me.

His breakthrough came with his fourth album, released in 1999, entitled Beyond Skin, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Since then, his career has been in the ascendant: he has established himself as one of the most versatile composers for film, scoring pictures like Midnight’s Children and television programmes including the BBC’s Human Planet series. He received the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

BOOK CHOICE: The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
LUXURY ITEM: Desalinating bottle
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Mustt Mustt (the Massive Attack remix) by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt (Massive Attack Remix)
Paco de Lucía - Guajiras de Lucia [Universal Music]
Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars [Virgin]
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi [Reprise]
Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune [EMI]
Shakti - Mind Ecology [Sony]
Oumou Sangaré - Moussoulou [Compil]
Seu Jorge - Life On Mars [EMI]

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: Classic Desert Island Discs - Ricky Gervais

BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 7th April 2019

Another chance to listen to the comedian, Ricky Gervais speaking to Kirsty Young in 2007.

In just twelve episodes, his show The Office changed the face of British television comedy. At its centre was the comic monster, David Brent, a middle-manager being filmed for a mock-documentary who saw the ever-present cameras as his route to popularity and fame. Ricky Gervais's performance was both excruciating and unmissable - one critic called the programme "among the most affecting and invigorating works of fiction since the turn of the century".

As he discusses with Kirsty Young, comedy was the language he grew up with - the youngest of four children, being able to come up with a gag or a smart rejoinder was the linguistic currency of his home. That, he says, is where the 'show-off performer' was born. Now with seven Baftas, two Golden Globes and an Emmy to his name, Ricky Gervais is gratified that his work is recognised and says his aim has always been to bring art into comedy.

Favourite track: Lilywhite by Cat Stevens
Book: A coffee table book of art
Luxury: Vat of novocaine - a non-addictive pain-killer.

Bob Dylan - If You See Her, Say Hello [Columbia]
Cat Stevens - Lilywhite [Island]
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK [Virgin]
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush [Reprise]
Radiohead - Bones [Parlophone]
David Bowie - Letter To Hermione [EMI]
Jimmy Webb - Galveston [Guardian]
Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind [Global Television]

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: Martin Freeman

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: MARTIN FREEMAN (320kbs-m4a/122mb/53mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 31st March 2019

Martin Freeman is a multi-award winning actor, best known for his roles as the lovable Tim in BBC Two’s The Office and as Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. He also played Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, Lester Nygaard in the US drama series Fargo and Everett K Ross in the film Black Panther.

Born in Hampshire in 1971, he grew up in Teddington in south-west London. The youngest of five children, he was just 10 when his father died of a heart attack. As a teenager, he played competitive squash, making the national squad, until he realised he lacked the necessary killer instinct required and switched to youth theatre.

He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and left in his third year to work at the National Theatre, playing minor roles. He first reached a wider audience when he was cast as Tim in The Office, which was broadcast from 2001 to 2003 and became the first British sitcom to win a Golden Globe. More screen roles followed, including playing Arthur Dent in the film of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 2010 he first appeared as Dr Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and went on to win both a BAFTA and an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor. He has continued to work in films, TV and on stage.

He appeared in Sherlock with his ex-partner Amanda Abbington. They have two children.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

The Clash - Janie Jones
Madness - Baggy Trousers [Union Square Music]
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread [Universal/Island]
Leonard Bernstein - Dance At The Gym [Sony Classical]
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever [Parlophone]
Henry Purcell - When I Am Laid In Earth [EMI]
The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down [Polydor]
Stevie Wonder - Jesus Children Of America [Universal/Island]

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: Bob Mortimer

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: BOB MORTIMER (320kbs-m4a/98mb/42mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 3rd February 2019

Bob Mortimer is a comedian best known for his work with his comedy partner Vic Reeves.

For 30 years, he and Vic have appeared in numerous TV series together, including Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out, Shooting Stars and The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. Bob first saw Vic performing in a south London pub: Vic was wearing a Bryan Ferry mask while trying to tap dance with wooden planks strapped to his feet. Bob found this hugely entertaining, and began to take part in Vic’s shows.

Bob was born in 1959 in Middlesbrough, the youngest of four boys. His father died in a car crash when he was seven and Bob says he became his mother’s little helper – although he also set fire to their house after playing with fireworks. As a teenager he dreamed of a career as a footballer, but he ended up studying law at university, and worked as a solicitor in south London.

In 2015 Bob underwent triple heart bypass surgery. After this – in a rare diversion from working with Vic – he accepted an invitation from fellow comedian Paul Whitehouse to get out of the house and go fishing, which led to a successful TV series, Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Sarah Taylor

Ralph Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1) [Teldec]
Free - On My Way [Universal/Island]
Joni Mitchell - Down To You [Warner Music UK]
Madness - It Must Be Love [Stiff]
The Who - The Punk And The Godfather [Polydor]
The Beautiful South - Hot On The Heels Of Heartbreak [Mercury]
Squeeze - Some Fantastic Place [Mercury]
Kings Of Leon - King Of The Rodeo [Sony]

Monday, 21 October 2019

Desert Island Discs: David Baddiel

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: DAVID BADDIEL (320kbs-m4a/98mb/12mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 27th May 2018

David Baddiel is a comedian and writer. Known both for his solo work and for his comedic collaborations with, among others, Rob Newman and Frank Skinner, he has also written a screenplay, a musical and several books. Born in 1964 to Jewish parents, the second of three boys, he was brought up in Dollis Hill, London. His father was a scientist from Swansea and his mother was a refugee, whose family had to flee from Nazi Germany. When David was 13, his older brother Ivor played him sketches by Derek and Clive which kindled his appetite to become a comedian.

He read English at Cambridge and became vice-president of the Footlights before starting out on the London comedy circuit. Together with Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and Rob Newman, he was part of The Mary Whitehouse Experience for Radio 1 and later BBC 2. Rob and David went on to create Newman and Baddiel in Pieces, and were the first comedians to sell out Wembley Arena with a gig in 1993, prompting newspapers to declare comedy "the new rock 'n' roll". David then formed a comedy partnership with Frank Skinner and they hosted Fantasy Football League and later Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. They co-wrote the lyrics to one of the best-known football songs, Three Lions.

In 2005, David took a break from performance and concentrated on writing novels for adults and children's books as well as the script for a film, which became a musical, The Infidel. He returned to stand-up in 2013 with a show about fame. He recently mined his parents' idiosyncrasies and the rare form of dementia from which his father suffers for a stand-up show entitled My Family: Not the Sitcom. His partner is fellow comedian and writer Morwenna Banks. They have two teenage children.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale

Nikki M. James (Original Broadway Cast) - Sal Tlay Ka Siti [Ghostlight]
David Bowie - Conversation Piece [ISO/Columbia]
Genesis - Mad Man Moon [Atco]
The Sundays - Monochrome [EMI]
David Baddiel & Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions [Epic]
Erran Baron Cohen - Love Will Find A Way
Dolly Banks Baddiel - Your Song
Dylan Thomas - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night [Caedmon]

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Ivor Cutler - A Wet Handle

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE (320kbs-m4a/157mb/1hr8mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 22nd July to 18th August 2019

More surreal poetic musings and ditties from Ivor Cutler and friends.

Producer: Neil Cargill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in June 1997.

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/30mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 22nd July 2019

'I Am a Yellow Fly' and the tale of a greasy button.

Songs, stories and poems from humourist Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr, Dylan Edwards and Beverley Crew.

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/33mb/14mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 23rd July 2019

'Walking Down the Road' and 'The Jambeena Body Affair'.

Music, prosaic idiosyncrasy and whimsy from the unique Ivor Cutler. With Alison O'Kill and Craig Murray-Orr.

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE - 3. EPISODE 3 (320kbs-m4a/32mb/14mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 25th July 2019

Runaway teaspoons and the spelling of 'marmalade'.

Songs, stories and poems from humourist Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr,and Alison O'Kill.

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE - 4. EPISODE 4 (320kbs-m4a/29mb/13mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 8th August 2019

The tale of a yellow fly and shoplifting with a twist.

Songs, stories and poems from humourist Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr, Alison O'Kill, Dylan Edwards and Beverley Crew.

IVOR CUTLER - A WET HANDLE - 5. EPISODE 5 (320kbs-m4a/33mb/14mins)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 18th August 2019

Grass seed, mud and digging ditches.

Songs, stories and poems from humourist Ivor Cutler, with Craig Murray-Orr, Alison O'Kill, Dylan Edwards and Beverley Crew.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Sound Of Cinema - 254. Spooky Children

SOUND OF CINEMA - 254. SPOOKY CHILDREN (320kbs-m4a/134mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 7th September 2019

With the next chapter in the 'It' series released this week, featuring music by Benjamin Wallfisch, Matthew Sweet turns his attention to music that underscores children in the horror genre.

John Carpenter - Village Of The Damned (1990) - March Of The Children [Varese Sarabande]
Ron Goodwin - Village Of The Damned (1960) - Unknown
Joseph Bishara - The Prodigy (2019) - Hands Are Calling [Sony Classical]
James Newton Howard - The Sixth Sense (1999) - Run To The Church [Varese Sarabande]
Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - The Shining (1980) - Unknown
Jonathan Elias - Children Of The Corn (1994) - Main Title [Cinerama]
Christopher Young - Pet Sematary (2019) - Wasn't The Beginning? [Paramount]
Alex North - The Bad Seed (1956) - The Bad Seed, The Medal And Rhoda Sleeps Well [La La Land]
John Ottman - The Orphan (2009) - Suite For Jessica And Max [Varese Sarabande]
Krzysztof Komeda - Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Lullaby [Harkit]
Colin Stetson - Hereditary (2018) - Hail, Paimon! & Reborn [Milan]
Lalo Schifrin - The Exorcist (1973) - Suite From The Unused Score (Excerpt) [Warner Bros]
Mike Oldfield - The Excorcist (1973) - Tubular Bells [Polygram]
Jerry Goldsmith - The Omen (1976) - Ave Satani, New Ambassador & The Altar [Varese Sarabande]
Benjamin Wallfisch - It - Chapter Two (2019) - Spider Attack [Water Tower]
Marco Beltrami - The Omen (2006) - Altar Of Sacrifice [Varese Sarabande]
Thomas Couzinier - Les Crevettes Pailletees (The Shiny Shrimps) (2019) - Les Crevettes Pailletees [Milan Music]

Friday, 18 October 2019

The Specials - Live At The 100 Club

THE SPECIALS - LIVE AT THE 100 CLUB (320kbs-m4a/132mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th August 2019

Steve Lamacq presents the Specials live in concert, recorded at the 100 Club London.

The Specials - Votes For Me
The Specials - Do Nothing
The Specials - Stereotype
The Specials - Man At C&A
The Specials - Black Skin Blue Eyed Boy
The Specials - Gangsters
The Specials - Ten Commandments
The Specials - Rat Race
The Specials - Embarrassed By You
The Specials - Breaking Point
The Specials - A Message To You Rudy
The Specials - Blam Blam Fever
The Specials - Nightclub
The Specials - Monkey Man
The Specials - Ghost Town

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Terry Hall Celebrates 40 Years Of 2Tone Records

TERRY HALL CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF 2TONE RECORDS (320kbs-m4a/258mb/1hr52mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th August 2019

Alongside playing some musical gems from his collection, Terry Hall shares stories from his career, talking about his early years, the formation of 2 Tone Records, working with David Byrne, life as part of The Specials and more recently receiving a Number 1 for their 2019 album, 'Encore.'

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
David Bowie - Golden Years [EMI]
Jeff Buckley - Grace [Columbia]
Sly & The Family Stone - Runnin' Away [Epic]
Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing [Motown]
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime [Warner]
Pixies - Debaser [4AD]
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain [Virgin]
Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is
Steel Pulse - Ku Klux Klan
Tyrannosaurus Rex - Debora [Telstar]
Cocteau Twins - Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires [4AD]
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel [Virgin]
Linda Lewis - Rock A Doodle Doo [Warner]
Peter Skellern - Hold On To Love [Decca]
Python Lee Jackson - In A Broken Dream [Polygram TV]
Patti Smith - Kimberly [Arista]
Feist - Inside And Out [Polydor]
Badly Drawn Boy - Silent Sigh [XL Recordings]
Canned Heat - On The Road Again [EMI]
Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light [Rhino/Bearsville]
Big Star - September Gurls [Big Beat]
The High Llamas - Literature Is Fluff [V2]
The Beach Boys - Here Today [EMI]
Buzzcocks - Love You More [EMI]
The Breeders - Cannonball [Sony]
The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll [Verve]
Television - See No Evil

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of 2Tone - 2. Episode 2

CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF 2TONE - 2. EPISODE 2 (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 27th August 2019

As part of 6 Music's celebration of the 40th anniversary of 2-Tone, Paul Sexton tells the story of how The Specials led a ska revival.

It was the brainchild of the Specials' Jerry Dammers whose plan was to create his own version of Motown Coventry!

Featuring interviews with Dammers, Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding and members of Madness, The Beat and The Selecter.

The Specials - Too Much Too Young
The Specials - Gangsters [Chrysalis]
Bad Manners - Lip Up Fatty [Polygram TV]
The Specials - Too Much Too Young [Telstar]
The Specials - Skinhead Moonstomp
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure [Fairwood Music]
The Selecter - Three Minute Hero [Blue Note]
The Bodysnatchers - Let's Do Rock Steady
The Bodysnatchers - Ruder Than You
The Ruts - Jah War
King Tubby - Declaration Of Dub
The Specials - Rat Race [Chrysalis]
Madness - My Girl [Virgin]
Madness - Night Boat To Cairo [Salvo]
The Beat - Hands Off She's Mine [Go Feet]
The Selecter - Missing Words [Dojo]
The Bodysnatchers - Easy Life
The Specials - Stereotype [EMI]
The Specials - International Jet Set
The Swinging Cats - Mantovani
The Specials - Sock It To 'Em J.B.
Rico - Sea Cruise
The Specials - Do Nothing
Madness - The Return Of The Los Palmos 7
Madness - Baggy Trousers [Virgin]
Madness - Embarrassment [Virgin]
The Selecter - Celebrate The Bullet
The Beat - Stand Down Margaret [Go Feet]
The Specials - Ghost Town [Polygram]
The Specials - Friday Night, Saturday Morning [EMI]
The Specials - Why? [2-Tone]
Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum [Chrysalis]
The Higsons - Tear The Whole Thing Down
The Apollinaires - Envy The Love
The Beat - Drowning
Madness - Our House [Union Square]
The Special A.K.A. - War Crimes
The Special A.K.A. - Free Nelson Mandela [Universal]
The Special A.K.A. - What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
No Doubt - Spiderwebs
Rico - Carolina
The Specials - Too Much Too Young

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of 2Tone - 1. Episode 1

CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF 2TONE - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/132mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 26th August 2019

As part of 6 Music's celebration of the 40th anniversary of 2Tone, Paul Sexton tells the story of how The Specials led a ska revival.

It was the brainchild of the Specials' Jerry Dammers whose plan was to create his own version of Motown Coventry!

Featuring interviews with Dammers, Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding and members of Madness, The Beat and The Selecter.

The Specials - Gangsters [EMI]
The Specials - Too Much Too Young [Virgin]
The Selecter - On My Radio [Connoisseur Collection]
The Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom [Sire]
Madness - The Prince [EMI]
The Specials - Ghost Town [EMI]
The Specials - (Dawning Of A) New Era [2 Tone]
Brother Dan All Stars - Eastern Organ
Sly & The Revolutionaries - Cocaine
Bob Marley - Punky Reggae Party [Tuff Gong]
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking [Sanctuary]
Dandy & His Group - Groovin Of The Cue
Lee Perry & The Upsetters - 23rd Dub
The Clash - (White Man) In Hammersmtih Palais [Columbia]
The Specials - Long Shot Kick De Bucket
The Specials - Monkey Man [EMI]
Sly & The Revolutionaries - Marijuana
Roots Radics Band - The Death Of Mr. Spock
Capital Letters - Smoking My Ganja
The Skatalites - Guns Of Navarone [Trojan]
The Upsetters - Return Of Django [Virgin]
The Special AKA - Gangsters [Polygram TV]
The Selecter - The Selecter
The Special AKA - Concrete Jungle [EMI]
Madness - Madness [Virgin]
Madness - Tarzan's Nuts
Madness - My Girl [Union Square]
Madness - The Prince [Disky]
The Selecter - On My Radio [EMI]
The Specials - A Message To You Rudy [Chrysalis]
Madness - Swan Lake [Union Square]
The Specials - Rude Buoys Outa Jail
The Specials - Too Hot
The Specials - Nite Klub [2 Tone]
Madness - One Step Beyond [Virgin/EMI]
The Beat - Ranking Full Stop [EMI]
The Beat - Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret
The Beat - Tears Of A Clown [Go Feet]
Roots Radics Band - The Son Of Darth Vader
The Specials - Gangsters [EMI]
The Specials - Too Much Too Young [2 Tone]

Monday, 14 October 2019

The 2Tone Story

THE 2TONE STORY (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 25th August 2019

Dave Marshall Barrett looks at how the likes of The Specials and The Selecter put Coventry on the musical map. He chats to all the members of the 2Tone movement, revisiting the places and the people who lived through the birth of a musical phenomenon.

They share stories about the early gigs, the creation of the front cover of The Selecter’s single made up from cuttings carefully placed then knocked out of place from Jerry’s dog! They talk about how the band got their name; the good times and heartbreakingly, the bad times.

It was a break up at the height of their fame – when arguably their biggest hit GhostTown was at the top of the charts – that they split. Their original line ups were never to be again. Despite efforts for reunions over the years. The Specials and The Selecter both perform without their founding members Jerry Dammers (The Specials) and Neol Davies (The Selecter).

The Specials (now just Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter) have come back this year with a brand new album Encore – it entered the album charts at number 1 earlier this year 40 years on from them forming.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Floating In Space

FLOATING IN SPACE (320kbs-m4a/417mb/3hrs)
BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcast: 13th July 2019

Grab your space suit, climb on board and get ready for take-off, because BBC Radio 4 Extra is taking you on an adventure into space.

As the British Astronaut Tim Peake orbits above us in the International Space Station, we will be flying past him on a three hour audio space journey, from a launch, to a spacewalk, then touching down on the Moon and Mars, before crashing back to earth.

Samira Ahmed (Radio and TV presenter, childhood space obsessive) is our captain, navigating the course through a rich mix of space themed radio dramas, readings and comedies.

Along the way we will explore the cultural influence of the space race, examine the highs and lows of life as an astronaut, and see just why the limitless possibilities of radio makes it the perfect medium to capture the vastness of space.

Samira is joined at points across the journey by the science fiction writer Simon Guerrier, she will also hear from radio producer Dirk Maggs about why Space makes for such good radio, and she will takes some giant leaps of her own in an astronaut's space suit.

Programmes include:

The first episode of Charles Chilton's ground breaking 'Journey Into Space'; we follow Alexey Leonov as he takes the first ever space walk in 'Two Sides Of The Moon'; the astronaut Kathryn Thornton tells us about the solitude of space in the documentary 'Alone'; we hear the strange story of what really happened when man landed on the moon, as reimagined in 'One Small Step'; Helen Keen looks at our obsession with travelling to Mars in 'It Is Rocket Science', before Stephen Baxter takes us there in the Dirk Maggs produced 'Voyage'; and finally we follow the astronaut Chris Hadfield in a nail biting return to earth from his biography 'An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth'.

Along the way. there's extra insight with selected moments from 'Soul Music', 'Just A Minute', Nick Mohammed's 'Apollo 21', 'Saturday Live' and 'A Night With Helen Sharman'.

So assume your launch position, this mission is set to take off in 5...4...3...2...1......

Saturday, 12 October 2019

The Heritage Orchestra, Conductor Jules Buckley - Prom 64: The Breaks

BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 6th September 2019

Live at BBC Proms: The Heritage Orchestra, conductor & arranger Jules Buckley, featuring Soul Mavericks, DJ Mr Switch, Alice Russell, Vula Malinga and Brendan Reilly (vocals)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Georgia Mann

Take the most infectious bit of a funk record that makes people dance, and repeat it. These are ‘The Breaks’! Witness the Heritage Orchestra, with Jules Buckley and special guests, slice up and reimagine these iconic tracks that spawned breaking and formed the origins of hiphop - a culture that has risen from a single moment on the sidewalks of the Bronx nearly 50 years ago.

The concert will feature historic and modern-classic breaking tunes from James Brown, Incredible Bongo Band, Babe Ruth, Herbaliser, Madcon, and Poets of Rhythm, alongside LIVE breaking crew 'Soul Mavericks’, UK turntable royalty DJ Switch, singer Alice Russell, and many more.

Incredible Bongo Band - Apache
The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun
Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels - The Chase
Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
The Herbaliser - Goldrush
The Poets Of Rhythm - North Carolina
James Brown - Get On The Good Foot
Billy Brooks - Forty Days
Cameo - Freaky Dancin'
Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Givin'
The Futures - Castles
The Soul Searchers - Ashley's Roachclip
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
One Way - Get Up
Herbie Hancock - Ready Or Not
Kool & The Gang - Rated X
Babe Ruth - The Mexican
Esperanto - Night Of The Wolf
Isaac Hayes - Disco Connection
Herman Kelly - Dance To The Drummer's Beat
Madcon - Beggin´
Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Andrew Weatherall - A Mix Of Three Halves

ANDREW WEATHERALL SITS IN FOR IGGY POP - 6 MUSIC 23.08.19 (320kbs-m4a/266mb/1hr56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd August 2019

DJ Andrew Weatherall sits in for Iggy Pop tonight with a mix of three halves (geddit?) including an ecelctic electro workout. He’s picking up the All Day Rave mantle from yesterday for all the weekenders out there.

Initially working as a freelance music journalist, Weatherall's DJ career started to take off in the late Eighties when he met Danny Rampling who invited him to play his club night Shoom.

He went on to become a regular Shoom DJ, playing the upstairs room alongside his friend Terry Farley, as well as spinning records at Paul Oakenfold's Future/Spectrum nights and Nicky Holloway's Trip.

In other words, some of the key club that came to define dance music as the Eighties turned into the Nineties.

His first studio work was alongside Paul Oakenfold working on the essential club remix of Hallelujah for the Happy Mondays. Other remixes followed, notably "World in Motion" for New Order, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" for Saint Etienne and "Soon" for My Bloody Valentine which was ranked at number 1 in NME's list of "The 50 Best Remixes Ever".

His complete re-working of Primal Scream's RnR ballad "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have" into the mind-bending Loaded was so perfect it failed to make the aforementioned chart of remixes.

Since then he's gone from strength to strength both in the studio and behind the decks.

Meatraffle - Meatraffle On The Moon (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Krokakai - Bodhran Beat
Dust To Dust - Cantillate
Psycho & Plastic - Black Hole Acid Test
La Decadanse - Bardo State
The Woodleigh Research Facility - Vous Du
Llewellyn - Remote Scope
Enkidu - Shinkansen
Sansibar - Home
Photonz - Emerald City (Almaty Remix)
Felix Leifur - Brot 6
Ghost Culture - Meltwater
Fabio Monesi - Strings Of Love
De Slewe Vos - Trans Magnetic Stimulation (Dexter Remix)
Alfie - Coasting
Be Bop Deluxe - Electrical Language
The Dream Syndicate - Treading Water Underneath The Stars
Curses - Insomnia
The Beat Escape - Seeing Is Forgetting
Frobisher Neck - Ist
Andrew Weatherall - Selling The Shadow
Hamish Kilgour - Opening (Welcome To Finkels)

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Chief Xcel (Blackalicious) - Oil & Aerosol Mix

CHIEF XCEL (BLACKALICIOUS) - OIL & AEROSOL MIX 30.08.19 (320kbs-m4a/49mb/21mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 30th August 2019

Producer and DJ Chief Xcel of hip hop duo Blackalicious presents his Friday Mini Mix.

Unknown - spoken intro
Eddie Hazel - Frantic Moment
Gang Starr - Take Two And Pass
Rammelzee Vs. K Rob - Beat Bop
Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy
Fela Kuti (Feat. D'Angelo & Macy Gray) - Water No Get Enemy
Unknown - phone conversation
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Simple Minds - Somebody Up There Likes You
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
KC Flightt - Planet E
Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek - It's Alright
Prince - The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
Joni Mitchell - Help Me
Sly & The Family Stone - (You Caught Me) Smilin'

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Pinch - Afterglow Mix

PINCH - AFTERGLOW MIX 29.08.19 (320kbs-m4a/47mb/20mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 29th August 2019

A week after the All Day Rave we invite you to rest and recuperate with Bristol Don, Pinch. Take 20 minutes out of your day to de-stress and listen to some spectacular sounds.

Pinch - Entangled Particles
Equiknoxx - Brooklyn
Logos & Mumdance - In Zoned
Pinch - Untitled Roller
Vort - Tulip
DJ JM - Ray Mound
Lamont - Hold Dat
Pinch - Back Again (Ascension Mix)
Nascuy Linares - Acoutic River (Tema Brujula)

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Krafty Kuts - Mary Anne Hobbs Mix

KRAFTY KUTS - MARY ANNE HOBBS MIX 23.08.19 (320kbs-m4a/46mb/20mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd August 2019

Krafty Kuts will be in the mix after 12. Krafty AKA Martin Reeves is currently collaborating with Jurassic 5 legend, Chali 2na. The duos debut album 'Adventures Of A Reluctant Superhero', is out now.

Krafty Kuts and Chali 2na have been preparing this project since 2017 through over 150 live shows and countless studio sessions. The album features a host of collaborators with artists such as Dynamite MC, Harry Shotta, Skye (Morcheeba), Jake The Detonator, MC Spyce, Omar, Joe Charman, Lyrics Born, and Gift of The Gab, who is one half of Blackalicious.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Mala - 6 Music's All Day Rave Guest Mix

MALA - 6 MUSIC'S ALL DAY RAVE GUEST MIX 22.08.19 (320kbs-m4a/66mb/28mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd August 2019

If you like the deeper, darker, more dubby ends of club culture then this is the mix for you. Take a minute to meditate on bass, with one of the most influential producers and DJs of the last 20 years. On his own and as one half of Digital Mystikz, Mala is responsible for the South London sound, which became known as Dubstep. But beyond that Mala's music and live sets continually explore all aspects of bass music and culture, consistently pushing it to new, previously unchartered territory.

Intro (320kbs-m4a/5mb/2mins)
Outro (320kbs-mea/3mb/1min)

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Acid House: The Next Generation (6 Music's All Day Rave)

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 23rd August 2019

As part of 6 Music's All Day Rave, Chris Coco sees how the ravers grew up.

Maurice Joshua - This Is Acid [Vendetta]
Steve "Silk" Hurley - Jack Your Body [International]
Joe Smooth - Promised Land [Simply Vinyl]
CeCe Rogers - Someday [USB]
New Order - Blue Monday [Virgin]
Happy Mondays - Loose Fit [London]
A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray [Rham!]
Royal House - Can You Party [Champion]
Bam Bam - Give It To Me [Westbrook]
Derrick May - Strings Of Life [Transmat]
Liquid - Sweet Harmony [XL]
Frankie Knuckles - Tears [Hed Kandi]
Underworld - Born Slippy [Premier]
The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl [Virgin]
D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better
Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet [Polydor]
Trashfashion - It's A Rave Dave [White Label]
New Young Pony Club - Get Lucky
Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Epic Last Song [Virgin]
Bob Sinclar - Love Generation [Defected]
The Source Feat. Candi Stanton - You Got The Love [React Music]

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Zoë Ball's Second Summer Of Love - 2. Episode 2 (6 Music's All Day Rave)

ZOË BALL'S SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE - 2. EPISODE 2 (6 MUSIC'S ALL DAY RAVE) (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 22nd August 2019

As part of 6 Music's All Day Rave, Zoë Ball explores the extraordinary Acid House revolution in British music, clubbing, fashion and attitude.

Hithouse - Jack To The Sound Of The Underground
Orbital - Farenheit 303
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
MARRS - Pump Up The Volume
Cassius - Telephone Love
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Candi Staton - You Got The Love
The Farm - All Together Now
Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis
Black Box - Ride On Time
Bizarre Inc. - Playing With Knives
Feral AKA MC Kinky - E
Opus III - It's A Fine Day
Orbital - Remind
The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode
Praga Khan - Injected With Poison
Powerpill - Pacman
Sonz Of A Loop De Loop Era - Far Out
SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
The Prodigy - Charly
The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance)
Goldie - Inner City Life
4hero - Mr. Kirk's Nightmare
Aphex Twin - Heliosphan
Faithless - God Is A DJ
Tori Amos - Professional Widow (Armand Van Halen Remix)
Fatboy Slim - Michael Jackson
The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl
2 Unlimited - No Limit
Coldcut - Beats & Pieces
CeCe Peniston - Finally
C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Eat Static - Kalika
Snap! - The Power
D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better
Orbital - Belfast
Underworld - Rez

Friday, 4 October 2019

Zoë Ball's Second Summer Of Love - 1. Episode 1 (6 Music's All Day Rave)

ZOË BALL'S SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE - 1. EPISODE 1 (6 MUSIC'S ALL DAY RAVE) (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 21st August 2019

As part of 6 Music's All Day Rave, Zoë Ball explores the extraordinary Acid House revolution in British music, clubbing, fashion and even, attitude.

Maurice Joshua - This Is Acid [Vendetta]
Danny Wilson - The Second Summer Of Love [Polygram]
Rozalla - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) [Telstar]
The Specials - Ghost Town [Polygram]
The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt [Pickwick]
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby [EMI]
Julie Andrews & Cast - The Lonely Goatherd
Adonis - No Way Back [De Wolfe Music]
Roy Ayers - Running Away [Street Sounds]
Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body [Mastermix]
Farley Jackmaster Funk - Love Can't Turn Around [Liberty]
Donna Summer - I Feel Love [Debutante]
Steve "Silk" Hurley - Jack Your Body [International]
Rhythim Is Rhythim - The Dance
Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life
Frankie Knuckles - Your Love [Trax]
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It [Virgin/EMI]
Phuture - Acid Trax [Who's That Beat]
Otis Clay - The Only Way Is Up [Harmless]
Yazz And The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up [Universal]
Roy Ayers - Running Away [Street Sounds]
Joey Beltram - Energy Flash [R&S]
The Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea [Polygram]
Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait
Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin' [10]
Wham! - Club Tropicana [Epic]
Joe Smooth - Promised Land [Simply Vinyl]
S'Express - Theme From S'Express [Virgin]
Electra - Jibaro [FFRR]
Icarus - Stone Fox Chase Remix
Inner City - Big Fun
D Mob - We Call It Acieed [Rhino]
The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil [London]
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel [Epic]
Mory Kanté - Yeke Yeke [London]
The Stone Roses - Fools Gold [Silvertone]
Happy Mondays - Step On [London]
A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray [Ministry Of Sound]
Bam Bam - Give It To Me [Westbrook]
CeCe Rogers - Someday [USB]
Unknown - Unknown
Primal Scream - Come Together [Creation]
808 State - Pacific 202 [ZTT]
Enigma - Callas Went Away
The Beloved - The Sun Rising [WEA]