Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 30/06/2015


Radio picks for another month. Not as many new tunes for June (that I picked up, anyway), but a few treats, including the Alabama Shakes single that I can’t quite decide what it is, but it’s definitely Funky.

Also, a track that I playlisted but couldn’t find on YouTube is “Pinch of the Death Nerve” by Leeds-based jazz-type outfit The Sorcerers. It’s great, got some nice Farfisa/Vox organ and dirty breaks. You can pre-order their album from Bandcamp – click here.

 

Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist 29/04/2015


I’m a big radio fan, and my life soundtrack is pretty evenly split between my mp3s on shuffle and BBC 6 Music.

The Playlister is a great invention! In my formative years, my bedroom coated in a thick layer of post-it-notes and scribblings – an attempt to chronicle ear-grabbing audio. It’s a bit less tangible (which makes me a little sad), but a lot more convenient.

Here’s what piqued my interest throughout my radio bingeing sessions – and hopefully what will become a monthly feature.

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▶ BBC Radio 4 – Feel the Chant: The Brit Funk Story

David Grant revisits a unique era in British music when jazz funk exploded onto the scene.

Source: ▶ BBC Radio 4 – Feel the Chant: The Brit Funk Story  – CLICK HERE AND LISTEN


 

I had no idea David Grant (the vocal coach from Fame Academy – remember that?!) was in Linx in the ’80s? Given me more respect for him!

He did a half-hour piece on the Brit-Funk scene about 2 years ago that I’ve just stumbled across – including interviews with the folk who were there, such as Mark “Snowboy” Cotgrove. Get yourself educated! This is one of the main reasons I moved down to London in the first place.

Now, if we can work on bringing it back… 😀

George Clinton & P-Funk Live on Jools Holland | BBC Two


I don’t know if you managed to catch Jools last night?

In recent years, the show’s become something of a shadow of its former self (in my opinion) – just another stop on the promo circuit. I wonder if it’s something to do with BBC pressure, I get the impression Jools has less of a hand in selecting acts for the show. The result seems to be less eclectic, unknown and international artists, slightly more formulaic; 2 rock/pop acts who 10 years ago would have no place on Jools, one left-of-centre-yet-safeish pick usually hyped by the music press, one acoustic singer/songwriter doing that type of thing, one old ‘legend’, and one ‘world’ act. NB – there is a possibility that it was always like this, and I’m just more cynical now. Just seems like the choices are less inspired these days. A sign ‘o’ the times?

Let’s ignore Mumford’s blatant and uninspired re-brand (from cliché faux-country bumpkins to cliché faux-rockers, exact same songs!) and focus on GC. They sure have a hard time containing themselves into their allocated slot! It’s hard fitting several P-Funk classics into 4 minutes – especially on top of each other, but messy as it is the set was probably the most bombastic thing on the show by far.

As much as I love having (and repeatedly missing!) the opportunity to see P-Funk live in London every year, it is a little sad that (what I interpret as) George’s necessity to tour out of unpaid royalties, and subsequently he’s constantly promoting something. But perhaps he’s just never lost the love for it.

 

 

UK Election: Opposition Debate (BBC)


So – who caught the BBC Opposition Leader’s Debate on Thursday? I’m always up for a bit of Tory-bashing!

David Cameron’s absence was noted and welcomed, not only was he unable to ‘defend’ the Coalition record over the last 5 years, but also gave the leaders a chance to go between each other on valid points raised with a minimum of Left-vs-Right point scoring.

I don’t know if it’s the #millifandom buzz, but even Red Ed came off as slightly more coherent and impassioned – although we still get too much “Look,/Here’s what I think/Let me tell you why” looking at the camera to make sure he addresses the ‘voting public’ (a bit rude to the audience, no?) and some party-line rhetoric that reminds me of a doting Dauphin who’s come up through rigorous training on how to present oneself ‘properly’ as a politician. The whole “Debate me (if you think you’re hard enough)” shtick was cringe – seems even spin doctors are out of touch, who thought that would make him more relate-able?

The less said about Farage, the better. The scaremongering was addressed and mocked accordingly – and who would actually press ‘the button’ and drop the bomb? The overwhelming impression left was one of Common Sense, and once again the women on the panel come off as the most genuine, impassioned and pragmatic – dealing with problems and raised questions with valid points and solutions. What’s even more encouraging is the active acknowledgement that not one party will win an overall majority, and the extent that (almost) all the parties are willing to work together on common ground.

I hope you’ve all registered, UK Massive!

Strange People played on The Tom Robinson Show!

After being played on The BBC Introducing Mixtape on the 6th April, Tom picked the track to feature on his regular BBC 6 Music show last Saturday!  Here’s the link – the song gets played around 1hr 3mins in:

CLICK HERE TO PLAY THE SHOW – until May 11th.

Mr. Robinson had some kind words, too!

“…an immaculate, beautiful, grooving track that we really ought to pass on to Craig Charles…”

Fingers crossed!

Don’t forget that the Strange People EP is available now from all good digital distributors. Click through to the ‘Music’ section, or click here to support direct and grab a copy from Bandcamp.