HELLO CIAO HOLA BONJOUR: It seems we will be taking the summer off to make adjustments to the site…Gin & Tonic and sun cream anybody? Your comments on social media have been overwhelming and persuasive—we’re gobsmacked! So we are revising the existing site to accommodate the wishes of the authorities. Our mission remains unchanged; to introduce you to a vast and diverse array of musical styles. The site will be up but mute for a while…comments are encouraged. Till we meet again, enjoy in joy. Charles
NEW UPLOAD: Taken from last year and this month, these tracks didn’t quite make it to the rarefied selections of my Festive 50, but are nevertheless lots of fun. We open with a saucy cut by Lily Alan, who I’m pleased to say is still upsetting people—beware this mixtape has lots of toe tappers that may rattle around your head for a while. Featured here; Fuse ODG, Clean Bandit, Sam Smith, Afrojack, Kathryn Williams, Royksopp & Robyn, Kacey Musgraves, Nicole Scherzinger, Little Mix…you get the picture, all hits that fit. Enjoy in joy. C
DISPATCH FROM REYKJAVIK: Where once again I am surrounded by 20 hours of daylight, snow, rain, wind, sunshine, million-year-old moss, blue lagoons of pumice and powder, volcanoes, old lava fields, steam, pyroclustic black ash, the sound of glass on pavement, fish, old ships being careened of crustations, more fish, seabird and horse for my dining pleasure, a language that requires an abnormal amount of verbal gymnastics, absolutely staggering looking women, more fish and great music that at times goes like this… Tookah! Enjoy in joy. C
DREADS UP: Time for a mixtape of the most recent and relevant music from or about the Caribbean. A purist’s perspective here would be anachronistic; Reggae has become the property of the world and that’s as it should be. So here’s a tip of the tam to those who are changing the riddim, and those who were crucial to its existence. The likes of Junior Mervin and Wayne Smith have left the Yabba pot and are sadly gone. But if you’re down for a jump up tonight, some cool runnings are afoot. So crank up the stereo and enjoy in joy, seen?
HEADS UP: The image this week is a parody of ‘Alex’ from the film A Clockwork Orange. Played by Malcolm McDowell, the protagonist’s ultraviolent tendencies are accompanied by a switched on switchblade version of Beethoven, arranged by Wendy Carlos. This is by way of pointing you to Classical Café, where I have started to condense the music into bite-sized bios, so that students of any age, anywhere in the world, can discover the greats. Lend your ears to the composers, or as Alex would say, ‘I’ll tolchock thee in the yarbles’…enjoy in joy.
NEW PEEL UPLOADS: Featured here, sessions from Stereolab, The Mekons, Steel Pulse, Eden Crop, The Primitives, Chumbawamba, The Action Swingers, Illustrious, Drop 19s, Unsane, Arson Garden, The Farm, Loudon Wainwright, Edsel Auctioneer, and the debut of the fabulously named Half Man Half Biscuit. As always, more sessions to come, but this should keep you going for a while. Those unfamiliar with the bard of broadcasting—now’s your chance to get with it before people start to sneer at you on the street. Enjoy in joy. Instagram
BEST OF 2013 III: My top 50 popular music selfie is now complete with this upload of Part Three. This edition features Psapp, London Grammar, Blow, Nick Cave, Darkside, Molly Drake, to mention but a few. Coming soon to your stereo or iphone will be the best of 2013 Jazz, R&B, Carib, World etc. Last month’s trip from NYC to Amsterdam, India, Paris and back, provided records by the armful, which will be made into a Sound Track. Lastly, for those indulging in St Patrick’s Day, here’s some Celtic Ceilidh to get you started. Enjoy in joy. Instagram
NEW UPLOAD 13.2: If the snow stops and the airport is fully functioning, I’ll be off on the first leg of my PT Indo/Euro Tour. Part One, Amsterdam for a few nights at the Conservatorium where I’ve heard they play classical music 24/7—a convenient segue to mixes by le Mozart noir Saint Georges, Boccherini, Cimarosa and Clementi… wasn’t he in the Godfather? Then off to raga in New Delhi, and Jaipur. Whence to Paris, where according to the hotel promo, there’s a nude lady on every balcony… charming. Follow on Instagram? Enjoy in joy.
BEST OF 2013 PART TWO: Having suffered through the first twenty minutes of the Grammys, I was in desperate hope that Ringo and Paul were able to slip away to the local pub… I mean, strange French people in robot suits, and manicured white boys winning rap awards—please! There are only a couple of artists who got ‘grammied’ and are featured on my Best of 2013, none of whom are Willy Mason, Frankie Rose, MTNS, Volcano Choir, Jacco Gardner et al… play on, play on. Best of 2013 Part III coming soon. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 Populux
THE MAN FROM HARLEM: I’ve noticed that the 1930’s Swing tapes are becoming very popular—this I might add, without any plugs from me. I can only think that Boardwalk Empire and Vince Giordano’s musical arrangements are getting people in the mood and on the dance floor. So here’s a minty fresh mixtape of that prohibition decade, featuring the best of the Harlem Savoy Club bands. Can you spot the contemporary ringer, thrown in to illustrate that this music still speaks to us nearly a century later? Best of 2013 Part II coming soon.