Svetlana - Bali Hai

Strong contender for 'song of the year', here. This is the third track from Svetlana's EP Scorned Woman, the South Londoner's debut release. After an ambient introduction comes a meandering piano and acrobatic vocals, above a grounding beat. The refrain is incredible, as is the unpredictability of the song's structure and the eeriness of the production. It falls somewhere between Katie Dey's digital ballads and Jameszoo's electronic jazz experiments but see also, perhaps, /please/ and Laurel Halo. Demands repeat listens.

Label: n/a
Year: 2018
Genre: Electronica, Experimental Pop

Yola Fatoush - Skeleton

Yola Fatoush were a duo active earlier in the decade, and one who seem to have entered some sort of permanent hiatus (it's either that or they broke up - but this is the internet, bands come and go, breaking up is old school). A quick Google search shows that most entries on the duo are dated to 2012-14. Their website domain has been bought out and is now used to sell shoes. I read Yola Fatoush as being remnants of the tail-end of a frantic and frankly absurd blog culture that lasted the best part of a decade (from 2003/4 onwards?). As I say, bands came and bands went, and still do. And here is one whose brief moment has been immortalised online; stuck in a place that existed a few years ago, both immediately recent and historically vacated. Anyway, this song is great. There are nods to 2-step (check out that rhythm) and wonky (that synth) and Gang Gang Dance art pop (the vox). It has a great pop melody and bonkers, messy production. It was remixed by PC Music powerhouse A. G. Cook who was a "newcomer" at the time (perhaps a testament to how quickly the internet moves and to how long ago 2014 feels). Big fan.

Year: 2014
Genre: Art Pop, Wonky, 2-Step, Eurobeat, Experimental

Suthep Wongkamhaeng - Chan Rak Thoe

Here's an ace song by singer Suthep Wongkamhaeng, a predominant Luk krung singer and National Artist of Thailand. This whole album is brilliant and available over at Monrakplengthai.

Label: n/a
Year: pre-1980?
Genre: Luk krung

Resonance FM 4.4.18

This was the last show in the current series... I kicked it off with Luke Temple's 'Those Kids' (which rather annoying glitched and cut out halfway through) and then played a track by Ethiopian singer Bezunesh Bekele. After that were a few favourites/classics: Syrian dabke artist Mohamed Al Ali's 'Mili Alay', Momus' postmodern outsider pop, De De Mouse's amazing sample-based electronica, and, from Indonesia, the gorgeous 'Indang Pariaman' by Samsimar.

Dig That Treasure (4/4/18)
Luke Temple - Those Kids
Bezunesh Bekele & Army Band - Yeakaleh Armanegn
Mohamed Al Ali - Mili Alay
Momus - The Charm Song
De De Mouse - Goodbye Parade
Samsimar - Indang Pariaman

Resonance FM 28.3.18

Finally played some Florin Salam on the show - it's been sometime coming! After that I played some tunes by the mysterious Alan Feanch, the Thai singer Suthep Wongkamhaeng, a collaborative Thai funk group, a new single by Blue Jazz TV, and a classic jam from Holy Shit.

Dig That Treasure (28/3/18)
Florin Salam - Hai Pahar Pahar Pahar
Alan Feanch & Cecil Wary - Amorique
Suthep Wongkamhaeng - Chan Rak Thoe
Petchubon, Uraiporn & Tin Isan - Isan Klab Tin
Blue Jazz TV - Karaoke Life (Radio Edit)
Holy Shit - Rough & Tumble

Resonance FM 21.3.18

An inadvertent Bonkers Pop Special (although isn't every episode?). Kicked off with Keel Her's cover of Robert Wyatt's classic 'Heaps Of Sheeps' and ended with an improvisation on the Star Wars theme by Blue Jazz TV, Adrian Knight's band of "lounge popsters and sophisto DIY slouches." Along the way were tunes by Belgian library musician Jacques Siroul, the wonderful Alem Kebede, Shibuya-Kei group Yukari Fresh, and London weirdo pop group Yola Fatoush.

Dig That Treasure (21/3/18)
Keel Her - Heaps Of Sheeps (Robert Wyatt cover)
Jacques Siroul - Reflets
Alem Kebede - Jemberwa
Yukari Fresh - Yippee To Kate
Yola Fatoush - Skeleton (A. G. Cook remix)
Blue Jazz TV - Theme To Star Wars

Resonance FM 14.3.18

From Niger to France to Japan, via South London, Arizona and t' north... This show featured one of my all-time favourites, Ted Chippington's 'She Loves You', alongside some other scorchers: Mdou Moctar's blues guitar + autotuned vocals, Friandises' brilliantly cheesy synth-pop, Filardo's sweet DIY pop, Horsey's theatrical indie rock, and Kidorikko's great falsetto.

Dig That Treasure (14/3/18)
Mdou Moctar - Tahoultine
Friandises - Les Moules Et Les Frites
Ted Chippington - She Loves You
Filardo - I Can Love You More
Horsey - Park Outside Your Mother's House
Kidorikko - Nikoniko's Shirokama

Resonance FM 7.3.18

Opened with Air Max '97's brilliant but incredibly jarring remix of t.a.t.u.'s 'All The Things She Said' and then spent the remainder of the show trying to compensate. I think it's a great track but am also aware that, er, it's not easy-listening for an FM station at 5pm... So, I followed it with some gorgeous Piero Piccioni and Mariangela, before dropping a Genet Abate song and, finally, a cracker from James Ferraro.

Dig That Treasure (7/3/18)
Air Max '97 - All The Things U Sad (AM97 Rerun)
Piero Piccioni - Blue Sutura
Mariangela - My Dear Life
Genet Abate - Man Lilekih
James Ferraro - Runaway

Resonance FM 28.2.18

This episode included a huge opener by Souleymane Faye, some lounge-funk from Algeria, a Japanese recorder epic, a cut from bo en's video game work, Soviet easy-listening, a Chinese cover of Nancy Sinatra's 'Bang Bang', and awesome accordion work by Lesotho musician Khosi Mosotho Chakela. Whew.

Dig That Treasure (28/2/18)
Souleymane Faye - Teylulen
Ahmed Malek - Omar Gatlato
Nakasako Sakana - ばーちゃんのよこ
Calum Bowen - Lovely City
Balalaika - Tula Samovar
Betty Chung - Bang Bang
Khosi Mosotho Chakela - Nkekebe Ka Tlohela

Resonance FM 21.2.18

A show of two halves (I guess). First, a great, bonkers euro-pop-reggae fusion from the Dance Dance Revolution soundtrack. Believe me, it's not as hideous as that sounds. Then, two very busy, very fast tunes from manele artist Carmen Serban and then Japanese avant-pop group Mosaic.wav. I took it down a bit after that, with a song by French collagists Gable and Addy Flor's easy-listening orchestra. I ended the show with a track from the ever-brilliant Eritrean Aron Abraham.

Dig That Treasure (21/2/18)
U1 - Make A Jam!
Carmen Serban - Am Si Eu Pe Cineva
Mosaic.wav - AKIBA-POP the Future
Gable - Ella
The Addy Flor Orchestra - Days Of Summer
Aron Abraham - Hiwet Haftey

Resonance FM 14.2.18

This show was bookended by two covers: the first, a version of 'Somewhere' from West Side Story sung by Sam Chalpin - an amateur, unwilling father, charmingly chirping tunelessly over a brilliantly naff studio track. The second, a cover of 'Without You' (Nilsson and, later, Carey) by Cambodian singer Poev Vannary. Also on the show: a brand new track by the wonderful bo en, Sudanese pop by Adel Hassan, the mega-catchy '17才' by Jun Togawa, and a track by one of my favourite Ethiopian artists, Netsanet Melesse.

Dig That Treasure (14/2/18)
Sam Chalpin - Somewhere
Adel Hassan - You Cry
bo en - Love In A Song
Jun Togawa - 17才
Netsanet Melesse - Yametagn Jemere
Poev Vannary - Plich Bong Min Ban

Resonance FM 7.2.18

On this episode: Lebanese dabke, 60s pop duet, lush easy-listening, Somali pop, and a love song for data.

Dig That Treasure (7/2/18)
Fares Karam - Darak Wayn
Jan & Dean - It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3
The Dunes - Lonely Sands
Woo - 1001 Decisions
Nimcaan Hilaac - Baaq
Katie Dey - Data

Resonance FM 5.2.18 (The Go! Team interview)

This episode was an extended fundraising special (it's Resonance's fundraising week), for which I was joined by Ian Parton of the ever-brilliant The Go! Team. Over the course of an hour we discussed sampling and the new album Semi Circle. Ian also played a couple of tracks of his own choosing, before we played a casual game of 'Invisible Jukebox' (as per The Wire Magazine). It was great fun and I think it came out nicely... Enjoy!

Dig That Treasure (5/2/18)
The Carver Area High School - Get Live '83 [excerpt]
The Go! Team - All The Way Live [excerpt]
Jill Gibson - It's As Easy As 1, 2, 3
K-Tel Wet Dream - Sissy Bar
Trixie's Big Red Motorbike - White Horses (John Peel Session)
Trixie's Big Red Motorbike - Fairytale
Alemayehu Eshete - Gizew Honeshenna
Alemayehu Eshete - Tey Gedyeleshem [excerpt]
The Go! Team - Back Like 8-Track [excerpt]
Lou Christie & The Tammys - Egyptian Shumba
Julian Lynch - Onions
Julian Lynch - Banana Jam, pt.1
The Go! Team - Chain Link Fence

Resonance FM 31.1.18

This week: another R. Stevie Moore special! I covered hits and deep cuts, early recordings and newer ones, covers by Moore and covers of Moore... It was good fun; I crammed ten songs (or recordings) into thirty minutes. I also have an exciting show lined up for next week, so stay tuned!

Dig That Treasure (31/1/18)
R. Stevie Moore - Showbiz Is Dead
R. Stevie Moore - Dewey Decimal System
The Moores - Stevie and Linda pt.2
R. Stevie Moore - You're Gonna Lose That Girl
R. Stevie Moore - Don't Be Ridiculous
R. Stevie Moore - I've Begun To Fall In Love (Midi-Bran Piano Roll)
R. Stevie Moore - I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
R. Stevie Moore - Auld Lang Syne
TV Coahran - You Can't Write a Song
R. Stevie Moore - A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Resonance FM 24.1.18

Of course every episode is supposed to be diverse and bonkers and dynamic but I was especially pleased with the breadth of this one... I started and ended the show with two 'outsider music'/'cult' heroes (inverted commas necessary, I guess..), Wild Man Fischer and Shooby Taylor. The former, an institutionalised peer of Frank Zappa's (although I'm not sure how savoury that friendship was, hence the lyrics of 'Frank'); the latter, the inimitable Human Horn. In between was a whole host of global oddities: the stunning voice of Yeshimebet Dubale, the brutal and relentless percussive dance of DJ Save The NHS, the Japanese mambo of Naoyo Matsuoka, a Carling jingle by Lorin Frank Productions Inc (what are the rules on play corporate jingles on independent radio!?) and Dan Armeanca's awesome proto-manele. Regarding that last track - the title translates to 'All The Roma, Mum' and its melody is adapted from this (thanks Alexandra!).

Dig That Treasure (24/1/18)
Wild Man Fischer - Frank
Yeshimebet Dubale - I Remember A Man
DJ Save The NHS - Screaming Song
Naoyo Matsuoka - Mambo Island
Lorin Frank Productions Inc. - Carling Jingle
Dan Armeanca - Sao Roma Daje
Shooby Taylor - Over The Rainbow

Resonance FM 17.1.18

This past Wednesday I span an ever-eclectic mix of tunes, from the French sailing documentary soundtrack of 'Cap Horn' to the Australian "hillbilly" country of 'Cowboy'. Along the way was a wild journey through South London experimentation, Shropshire helium pop, contemporary Ethiopian popular music, Japanese video game music, and a Shibuya-Kei rarity. Oh yeah!

Dig That Treasure (17/1/18)
Clement Gourand - Cap Horn
Svetlana - Fabric Of The Sky
Jerskin Fendrix - Onigiri
Wondimagegn Chane - Gelaye
Jun Ishikawa - Quiet Forest
Mayumi Kojima - 恋の極楽特急
The Trailblazers - Cowboy

Resonance FM 10.1.18

I kicked this show off with a track from the amazing Ostinato Records compilation Sweet As Broken Dates, a collection of Somali pop tunes from the 70s and 80s. I played 'Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay' first, but would later spin 'Qaraami', too. Also on this episode was the cheesy exotica-yacht-rock of Belgian group Kawasaki Band and their tune 'Summer 78' and the sweet, plodding, whistling 'Mercy' from the Thai film Tears Of The Black Tiger. I also played two vaporwave tunes (or two songs roughly part of that microgenre): first, the awesome 'Twilight Pretender' by James Ferraro, one of the best tunes of last year, and then Neo Sunsetters by PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises, which somewhat skirts the line of subversive experimentalism and corporate sheen.

Dig That Treasure (10/1/18)
Hibo Nuura - Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay
Kawasaki Band - Summer '78
James Ferraro - Twilight Pretender
PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises - Neo Sunsetters
Xasan Diiriye - Qaraami
Veera Bamrungsri - Mercy

Resonance FM 20.12.17

This episode was the first dedicated Christmas show I've done, which seems a bit weird considering the show's been going four years. As one might expect, I tried to play the strangest and obscurest Christmas recordings I could, with a couple of better known tunes thrown in for balance. The episode kicked off with a disco version of 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' by the Mistletoe Disco Band, a set of session musicians. I then played examples of two early technologies that would later become prominent in electronic music, the vocoder and the synthesiser. The first was jingle(?) in which a voice sings 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer' through a voice box (this one was invented in 1939). It's not unlike the early Alvino Rey experiment 'My Buddy'. And then I span a rendition of 'O Holy Night' performed on the moog in 1969 (the moog only began to appear 1967). Next was a recording of Bahaman gospel/folk/blues artist Joseph Spence from three years later, drunkenly playing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' and making a real hash of the lyrics. It's hilarious. Tatsuro Yamashita, of Hosono/Yamashita/Suzuki fame, was next, with his 1983 tune 'Christmas Eve' which is a Christmas staple in Japan. Bringing it right up to today, I span a track by A. G. Cook/Danny L Harle collaboration Dux Content, the amazing 'Snow Globe'. Ending the show was a song I've played on the show before, a somewhat mournful but really beautiful remix of 'Have Yourself A Merry Christmas' by Norwegian producer and beat-maker Torkelsen.

Dig That Treasure (20/12/17)
Mistletoe Disco Band - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
PAMS - Reindeer
The Moog Machine - O Holy Night
Joseph Spence - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Tatsuro Yamashita - Christmas Eve
Dux Content - Snow Globe
Torkelsen - Christmas