Deep Space Rituals: 11

When I  mix electronic music. it’s like one big recipe book; the page is ‘space ambient’ but I;m looking for more succulent and filling ingredients. So I can fuse other styles, techno, bleeps. drops of acid here and there, atmospheric vibes. Number eleven in this series is yet another journey into the unknown. This mix is worth it for the Solar Fields track alone, an … Continue reading Deep Space Rituals: 11

Th’ Faith Healers and all things Too Pure

With Th’ Faith Healers remaining one of my finest loves and having recently been reunited with a long-lost Mouse On Mars number, I wanted to explore this Too Pure outfit in closer detail. I was aware that other stalwarts, PJ Harvey and Mclusky were on there but who else? That Mouse On Mars track was on this compo which I’ve just ordered from Discogs. Stereolab … Continue reading Th’ Faith Healers and all things Too Pure

Goal! A football songs top ten

The relationship between music and football has evolved over the years, but it’s fair to say the twin pursuits have always shared some common ground. Recently, we have seen the slow demise of the traditional FA Cup final song, in a move which has paralleled the decline of outlets like Top of the Pops on which to perform the music in question. From a Shots … Continue reading Goal! A football songs top ten

Way Back When: Snub TV

Circa late eighties and the hip things on the box for alternative music fans were Eurotrash, Rapido and,,, Snub, Snub TV was an alternative culture television program that aired from 1987 to 1989 as a segment on the Night Flight overnight programming on the USA Network and subsequently for three seasons on the BBC. So if like me you’d grown up under the aural guidance … Continue reading Way Back When: Snub TV

Tangerine Dream: The Pink And Virgin Years

The early seventies were a fertile period for progressively inclined musicians, with music being pushed into new frontiers, not just with new technology and production techniques, but with a mind-set about how that equipment could be used to create new sound. The music scene in Berlin was no exception, with the development of “Krautrock”, or more respectfully, “Kosmische Musik”. This was a genre that drew … Continue reading Tangerine Dream: The Pink And Virgin Years

A rebellious jukebox: My ten favourite songs by The Fall

20p a play, five plays for a quid as I remember but jukeboxes were really more of a seventies thing. Hard to imagine finding “Cab It Up!” in the late eighties when the pop world was all Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Coincidentally, the flipside to”Cab It Up!” was Deadbdeat Decendent, actually one of my very early Fall listens upon buying (on vinyl of course) the … Continue reading A rebellious jukebox: My ten favourite songs by The Fall

Biosphere

Upload following request – I don’t have the setlist any longer though, sorry! Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen (born 30 May 1962), a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources. His 1997 album Substrata was voted … Continue reading Biosphere

John Peel

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. John Peel was like the father I never had. His radio shows at 10pm from Monday to Friday … Continue reading John Peel

Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)

It used to be said that the perfect pop song lasted just under three minutes. Now all that matters is the first 30 seconds. Songwriters desperate to catch the ear of fickle modern listeners are loading introductions with catchy hooks, samples and recognisable vocals. Experts say the shift is driven by streaming services such as Spotify, which are said to pay royalties only if a … Continue reading Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)

The curious case of those ‘Top Of The Pops’ albums

If you’re of an middle-aged persuasion you’ll remember these. In the seventies they were the cheapest ways of owning a copy of songs that were hits but ‘sung’ by someone else. When you were eight, this really didn’t matter and adjectives like “Phwoar” came to mind apropos the album covers that would have tittilated many a pre-pubescent schoolboy. Finbarr Saunders would have had a field … Continue reading The curious case of those ‘Top Of The Pops’ albums