Well kids, after feeling rubbish for quite a while now, I’m feeling surprisingly buoyant this month – could it be that things just can’t get any worse, or am I still in the afterglow of going to see Steps (yes, THE Steps) at the O2.
Unfortunately, due to not having the ‘studio’ to myself for this show, there is no mic action from me at all this month. No little stories or reviews* or technical fuq-ups (I hope…) so the music is without context. If you wanna keep the mystery, look away now and if you don’t really gaf, scroll down for the tracklisting and the Mixcloud and spotify links.
As with most of my radio shows, the music in this month’s svelte selection reflects new records I’ve bought, gigs I’ve witnessed and other things that have entered the svelte mind.
I start off the show with ‘The Madness Industry’, composed by Cheryl Frances-Head and performed by Onyx Brass, from the compilation Flux from NCM Recordings. NCM presents work from many contemporary British composers and this is a great selection. Later in the show is Quinta’s ‘Themistocles Is Captured’ from the same album. I have featured Quinta before on the show and I strongly suspect her stuff will be showing up in the svelte favourites of 2017…
Claire M Singer put together the Organ Re:framed series at the Union Chapel and supported Low and ‘Solas’ is from the album of the same name released last year.
Jim White gets a double play as he has a new record out (‘Waffles, Triangles & Jesus’) AND he played an amazing gig at Dingwalls a couple of weeks ago. In between stories of growing up in Pensacola, Florida, his lifetime of adventures and reflections on aging, he played us the most beautiful music from his new release and tracks from his back catalogue. He gave us an incredible rendition of ‘Jailbird’ from ‘Transnormal Skiperoo’, so I’ve included a live version of the latter track here.
Anna Meredith features frequently here and this month’s inclusion is cos I saw her at Oval Space recently and I came across this random track on a compilation from Brighton promoter The Outer Church. I believe ‘The Binks’ refers to a place near Edinburgh. Anna’s gig was awesome, as per, and she ended the show with a cover of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’. Oh yes.
I came across Daniel Elms’s ‘Bethia’ perusing the NCM catalogue – it’s a gorgeous piece of music celebrating the maritime history of Hull. This recording comes from a performance accompanied by film, hopefully that will be available some time.
‘I can feel it in my bones’ was the one good tune I’ve ever found from Spotify Discovery.
Tracks 8 – 14 are from new things I’ve picked up recently, with special Björk love, as I’ve scored tickets for her performance at the Eden Project and I am VERY excited about it.
I saw Total Leatherette in a little brewery last week and they were so great. You can see them doing their thing here:
Steps get a play (and the feature photo) cos I had a wonderful time seeing them at the O2 – cheesy af and gloriously so. I sang along, I remembered the dance steps and we all had a jolly good time.
The very dark Penderecki is in tribute to Twin Peaks Season 3, which featured it brilliantly. It’s hard going, but worth it.
And finally there’s the sadly recently-departed Sharon Jones telling us to keep up the good fight. It’s important.
I’ve titled this show: geography and politics as most of the tunes refer to one or the other, sometimes obtusely.
So, enjoy the show, support the artists, and come back soon for more.
* though, of course, you can generally take a spot on the svelte selection as a svelte endorsement, obvs
And here’s the all important tracklisting:
- Onyx Brass – Cheryl Frances-Hoad: The Madness Industry from Flux
- Claire M Singer – Solas from Solas
- Jim White – Drift Away from Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
- Jim White – Jailbird from A Funny Little Cross to Bear Live EP
- Anna Meredith – The Binks from The Outer Church
- Paul Bentley-Angell – Daniel Elms: Bethia (Live) from Daniel Elms: Bethia (Live)
- Æ MAK – I Can Feel It in My Bones from I Can Feel It in My Bones
- Björk – Loss from Utopia
- Laura Cannell – Blackwater from Hunter Huntress Hawker
- Terje Isungset – Vassreke from The art of irrigation
- Photay – The Everyday Push from Onism
- Weval, Harm Coolen & Merjin Scholte Albers – Metazoa from Kompakt: Total 17
- The Bug – Bad from Bad / Get Out The Way
- Total Leatherette – Body Spin (Murray CY Edit) from For The Climax Of The Night
- Steps – Heartbeat from Step One
- Steps – Scared Of The Dark from Tears On The Dancefloor
- Quinta – Themistocles Is Captured: I. A Ship for Asia Minor from Flux
- Quinta – Themistocles Is Captured: II. I Have with Me Two Gods from Flux
- Quinta – Themistocles Is Captured: III. The Likely and the Rich from Flux
- Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra – Penderecki:Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima from Penderecki: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Searching for a New Day from Soul of a Woman