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  1. the svelte favourites of 2014

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    bearAs usual, I don’t think of this stuff as the BEST of 2014, god knows I missed so much, but it’s my favourite stuff. That I heard, like. My live music trips were far and few between this year, but I’ll definitely be off to more in 2015. And so to the records, you can see the tracklisting below then download or stream from here. Or hit up the Spotify playlist here. Enjoy!

    1. Collectress – Whitechapel (Hat In The Ring) from Mondegreen
    2. Auclair – Jupiter + Venus from Semaphore
    3. Andy Stott – Damage from Faith In Strangers
    4. Mogwai – No Medicine For Regret (Pye Corner Audio Remix) from Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.
    5. Karen Gwyer – Free Food / One Men Striper from Kiki the Wormhole
    6. Swans – Oxygen from To Be Kind
    7. Martin Creed – I Like Things from Mind Trap
    8. Oy – Hallelujah! Hair! from No Problem Saloon
    9. Neneh Cherry featuring Robyn – Out Of The Black from Blank Project
    10. The Bug Featuring Miss Red – Mi Lost from Angels & Devils
    11. Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze from Everybody Down
    12. My Brightest Diamond – Resonance from This Is My Hand
    13. Jenny Hval & Susanna – House of Bones from Meshes of Voice
    14. Bastard Mountain – Pissing On Bonfires from Farewell, Bastard Mountain
    15. Lucky Elephant – Old Kent Road from The Rainy Kingdom
    16. Flying Lotus – Moment of Hesitation from You’re Dead!
    17. Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts – We Got A Love from We Got A Love
    18. The Juan Mclean – You Were a Runaway from In A Dream
    19. Aphex Twin – s950tx16wasr10 [163.97][earth portal mix] from Syro
    20. The Gilt-Edged Four – Yiddisher Charleston from Klezmorim (Early Klezmer Recordings 1920 – 1960), Volume 8
    21. Polar Bear – Be Free In Each and Every One
    22. Daniel Lanois – Two Bushas from Flesh And Machine
    23. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Little Ones Run from Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
    24. Grouper – Call Across Rooms from Ruins
    25. Carpenters – Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft from Carpenters Gold
  2. the svelte selection – big birthday special!

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    OMG I’m old! Which means BIG CELEBRATION TIME.

    This month’s show is a bit different to the usual svelte selection. Firstly, it’s all party tunes, tunes you could play at a party. Well, that I could play at my party. Secondly, they’re random. I just hit ‘Shuffle’ and played what came up. More usually, however, all tunes are accompanied by little stories about why I love them. It’s kinda sweet and hugely self-indulgent, but it’s my birthday so COPE.

    I really recommend getting the whole show from here, but if you just want tunes, go to the Spotify Playlist here

    1. Danny Tenaglia & Celeda – Music Is The Answer (Radio Edit)
    2. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
    3. School of Seven Bells – Iamundernodisguise
    4. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart
    5. DJ Jazzy Jeff – Boom Boom Shake The Room
    6. Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
    7. Franz Ferdinand – Michael
    8. Adam F – Circles (7” edit)
    9. Everything But The Girl – Wrong (Todd Terry Remix)
    10. Five – If Ya Gettin’ Down
    11. Steely Dan – Peg
    12. Radiohead – 15 Step
    13. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down!
    14. Stevie Wonder – Too High
    15. Kylie Minogue – Confide In Me
    16. The Jackson 5 – ABC
    17. Hot Chip – I Feel Better
    18. The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?
    19. Transvision Vamp – I Want Your Love
    20. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
    21. Hoodoo Gurus – Like Wow\Wipeout
    22. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
    23. 2 Bad Mice – Bombscare (Radio Edit)
  3. the svelte selection – Summer endings, Autumn beginnings

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    And, once again, tis time for some radio tunage. Thank you for joining me.

    If you would like to hear the whole show, click here, if you want to just listen to some of the tunes, click here for the Spotify playlist.

    Here’s what to expect:

    1. Anna Meredith – Unicron from Jet Black Raider EP
    2. Badly Drawn Boy – Celebrate from Xl 2002
    3. Rozi Plain – See My Boat (Alexis Taylor remix) from PostMap 00°1 16′ 8.2013”
    4. Kathryn Williams – Darkness Light from Crown Electric
    5. The Style Council – The Paris Match from Café Bleu
    6. David Lynch – We Rolled Together from The Big Dream
    7. Jim White – That Girl From Brownsville Texas from Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See
    8. Low – Stay from Stay (Single)
    9. The The – Heartland from Infected
    10. Hooded Fang – Trasher from Gravez
    11. Velcro Hooks – Girlfren from Gymnophoria
    12. Factory Floor – How You Say from Factory Floor
    13. Seams – Constants from Quarters
    14. The Haxan Cloak – Excavation (Part 1) from Excavation
    15. Fuck Buttons – The Whip from The Red Wing
    16. Anna Meredith – ALR from Jet Black Raider EP
    17. Joy Division – Transmission
    18. Buke And Gase – Blue Monday from Function Falls
    19. Bang On A Can All-Stars – Terry Riley: In C (version for chamber ensemble) from Terry Riley In C
    20. Blondie – Atomic

    And some things I recommended:

    Lost Map Records – sign up to the mailing list to get a lovely lil sampler
    Kathryn Williams – new album out soon, plus on tour! I’ll be at the Union Chapel
    The Transcender Series – at the Barbican

  4. the svelte selection – tunes and trains

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    My beloved home Purple Radio, had a few technical glitches last week as we moved over to our new service provider, so I recorded this off-line for your delight and delectation. You’d think, perhaps, that would mean a more professional and well-sculpted show, wouldn’t you? But no, tis the usual mix of talking crap and playing amazing tunes. Still, I hope you’ll like it.

    During the show I ramble on a bit about trains, cos last week I went on hols around Devon and Somerset and got to visit the Didcot Railway Centre, the West Somerset Railway and the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. AND go to an amazing wedding. It was fecking lovely and I think my rambling goes to show just how relaxed and wonderful it was. Fuq it, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

    So, if I’ve tempted you into my wee musical web, you may download or stream the show from here.

    1. The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Brunel from This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons
    2. Patti Smith – Gloria
    3. Moon Duo – Free Action from Circles
    4. Islet – Inlet from Triangulation Station
    5. Annie Eve – Elvis (Live at Sofar Birmingham) from Annie Eve EP
    6. Ryan Francesconi – Pontic from Road To Palios
    7. Rachael Dadd – Moth In The Motor from Bite The Mountain
    8. James Yorkston – Woozy With Cider (Jon Hopkins Remix) from Woozy With Cider
    9. Sam Amidon – Short Life from Bright Sunny South
    10. Anna von Hausswolff – Funeral for my Future Children from Ceremony
    11. Ólöf Arnalds – Náttsöngur from Við og við.
    12. Teleman – In Your Fur from Cristina
    13. Buke And Gase – Contortion in Training from General Dome
    14. Yr ods – Cysur Gwaed from Llithro
    15. Julia Holter – In the Same Room from Ekstasis
    16. Low – Holy Ghost from The Invisible Way
    17. Swans – The Seer Returns from The Seer
    18. Fuck Buttons – Prince’s Prize from Slow Focus
    19. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action (Live) from Right Action EP
    20. Hooded Fang – Ode To Subterrania from Gravez
    21. Pinkunoizu – Necromancer from The Drop
    22. Pinkunoizu (feat. Islet) – I Chi [Islet Remix] from Triangulation Station
    23. Kim Wilde – Kids In America
    24. The Beloved – Sweet Harmony
  5. the svelte selection – Glastonbury countdown

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    And so it’s over once more, the wonderful, incredible, diverse, baffling and glorious Glastonbury Festival. This month’s show features some of my musical highlights, a bunch of raptuous chat along with some great new records. Click on one of the links below to hear the show. Download or stream the full thing Listen via Spotify Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – microon III from summvs Naked – Lie Follows Lie from Lie Follows Lie (single) Jim White – Stranger Candy from A Funny Little Cross to Bear Live EP Keenya – Surfacing (unreleased) Daughter – Youth from If You Leave Alice Russell – Twin Peaks from To Dust BADBADNOTGOOD – Hedron from BBNG3 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee from Murder Ballads (2011 – Remaster) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Mercy Seat from Live Seeds Matthew E. White – Big Love from Big Inner Public Image Ltd. – Warrior (Live from MYC 2010) from Reggie Song / Out Of The Woods Vampire Weekend – Hudson from Modern Vampires of the City Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone from Some Time Alone, Alone Django Django – Hail Bop from Django Django Silver Columns – Columns from Yes, and Dance Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street from Mastercuts Soul Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend (Oakenfold Def Mix Edit) from I’ll Be Your Friend (single) Ben Folds Five – Hospital Song from The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner French For Cartridge – Boxes from We Humans Holden – Inter-City 125 from The Inheritors Laurel Halo – Uhffo from Behind the Green Door EP Anna Meredith – Orlok from Jet Black Raider Fuck Buttons – Little Bloody Shoulder from Bright Tomorrow 7″ Here’s a link to the awesome Block 9 Here’s where you can pre-order the French for Cartridge album and get along to their album launch Here’s where you can watch Fuck Button’s Glastonbury set And here’s Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds doing their 2013 version of Stagger Lee: [youtube=]

  6. the svelte selection – from Porto to Glasto

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    Here’s the latest show with chat about Primavera Festival in Porto (where I caught the finicular over there ->), some great new records and some transport frustration.

    Download or stream the show from here, or Spotify it up here.

    1. Boards Of Canada – Uritual from Tomorrow’s Harvest
    2. Carter Tutti – Coolicon-A from Coolicon
    3. Gold Panda – Junk City II from Half Of Where You Live
    4. µ-Ziq – XT from XTEP
    5. Mount Kimbie – Lie Near from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    6. The Breeders – Saints from Last Splash
    7. The Sea and Cake – Pacific from Runner
    8. Shellac – Canaveral from 1000 Hurts
    9. Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing (edit)
    10. Savages – Shut Up from Silence Yourself
    11. Swans – The Daughter Brings the Water from The Seer
    12. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – We No Who U R from Push the Sky Away
    13. Tom Rowlands – Through Me from Through Me
    14. The Duckworth Lewis Method – It’s Just Not Cricket from It’s Just Not Cricket
    15. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil from Beggars Banquet
    16. Alex Turner – Piledriver Waltz from Submarine (original songs)
    17. Ghostpoet – Them Waters from Some Say I So I Say Light
    18. These New Puritans – Organ Eternal from Field of Reeds
    19. Jon Hopkins – Form By Firelight from Immunity
    20. Boards Of Canada – Cold Earth from Tomorrow’s Harvest
    21. Vampire Weekend – Step from Modern Vampires of the City
    22. Sam Amidon – Short Life from Bright Sunny South
    23. R.E.M. – Nightswimming from Automatic For The People
  7. the svelte selection – a hottish August night

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    The view of Olympic Park from the Observation Wheel in Victoria during the Opening CeremonyWelcome back everyone, sorry I’ve been away -last month I was in the French countryside last month and didn’t have the chance to pre-record as had been the plan…

    So I’ve a densely packed show for you – a bit of uneasy listening, some very pretty stuff, my Tune of the Year and some gloriousness from Martin Creed, who’s made my Album of the Year so far. Listen to some of the tunes from Spotify, or get it all, WITH ME TALKING AND STUFF.

    1. Martin Creed – Work No. 1372 from Work No. 1372 (
    2. Fuck Buttons – Surf Solar (7″ Edit) from Surf Solar
    3. Icebreaker – Brian Eno: An Ending (Ascent) II from Apollo
    4. So Percussion – Steve Mackey: It Is Time: III. Marimba from Mackey: It Is Time
    5. We Saw Heaven – Luminosity from We Saw Heaven
    6. Múm – Póst Póstmaður from Early Birds
    7. Will Dutta with Neil Grant and John Matthias – Suprachiasmatic Beta from Parergon
    8. Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are from In Our Heads
    9. The Chap – Painkiller from We Are Nobody
    10. Birdy Nam Nam – Escape from Birdy Nam Nam
    11. Birdy Nam Nam – L’Interlude De Qualité from Birdy Nam Nam
    12. Joe Jackson feat. Iggy Pop – It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) from The Duke
    13. Grinderman – When My Baby Comes (Cat’s Eyes With Luke Tristram) from Grinderman 2 (Remix)
    14. Can – Oh Yeah from Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Edition)
    15. Martin Creed – What’s The Point Of It? from Love To You
    16. Martin Creed – You’re The One For Me from Love To You
    17. The Invisible – Utopia from Rispah
    18. Victoire – Like a Miracle from A Door into the Dark (EP)
    19. Nico Muhly – Part IV Material in a Long Cadence from Drones & Viola
    20. Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition – 6. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
    21. Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition – 7. Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle
    22. Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition – 8. The Marketplace At Limoges
    23. Laurie Anderson – Big Science from Big Science
    24. Omega Male – Omega Male (Download from Resident Advisor)
    25. Rocketnumbernine – Lone Raver from Lone Raver EP
    26. The Chemical Brothers – Theme For Velodrome from Theme For Velodrome

    A couple of links for thee:

    Prom 29 – starring the National Youth Orchestra

    • Varèse – Tuning Up
    • Nico Muhly – Gait (BBC Commission – London Premiere)
    • Messiaen – Turangalîla Symphony
    • Anna Meredith – HandsFree
  8. the svelte selection – 1 September 2011

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    I want to start this blog by saying that tonsillitis SUCKS. Tonsillitis really fucking sucks. It REALLY FUCKING SUCKS.

    Look, even Charlie Brooker agrees with me. And he’s right about a lot of stuff.

    Why is this important? Well, it explains a few things:

      a. Why this show is being uploaded over a week after the broadcast

      b. Why the show itself is almost 100% devoid of my talking

      c. Why I’m at home on a Friday night writing this blog rather than seeing the wonderful Adam Buxton at Kings Place

    Some of the above may well be a blessing to y’all, but they’ve all pissed me off to a rather large extent.

    To reiterate: tonsillitis SUCKS.


  9. the svelte selection – 2 June 2010

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    The finale of Tom Robinson's 60th birthday pary

    Music-packed joy from start to finish this month – new albums from Sleepy Sun, Holy Fuck, Flying Lotus, The Divine Comedy, Tracey Thorn, Ellen Allien, Benga, Trash Kit and Silver Columns plus very quick gig reviews of Jonsi, Stornoway, Johann Johannsson, Pavement, The above-mentioned Divine Comedy, the Steve Reid Memorial at Cafe Oto and last night’s wonderful gig in celebration of Tom Robinson’s 60th birthday starring Little Comets, Chew Lips, members of Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs and Toumani Diabaté amongst others.

    You can download the full show from here or hear a few tracks through Spotify.

    1. Steve Reid – Rhythm Is Law /Jazz – Tribute To Great Black from A Drum Story (Altrisuoni)
    2. Rocketnumbernine – Doodlebug from You Reflect Me (Trace)
    3. Tracey Thorn – Late In The Afternoon from Love and its Opposite (Strange Feeling)
    4. Sleepy Sun – Desert God from Fever (ATP)
    5. The Divine Comedy – At The Indie Disco from Bang Goes the Knighthood (Divine Comedy)
    6. Beck – Loser from Mellow Gold (DGC)
    7. Trash Kit – 50ft Woman from Trash Kit (Upset the Rhythm)
    8. Holy Fuck – Stilettos from Latin (XL)
    9. Gold Panda – You – Minotaur Shock Remix from You (single)
    10. Tunng – Bullets (Max Tundra remix) from Remixes (Full Time Hobby)
    11. Hot Chip – I Feel Better – Max Cooper Remix (unreleased)
    12. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change from This is Happening (DFA)
    13. Silver Columns – To Wake You from Yes, and Dance (Moshi Moshi)
    14. Ellen Allien – Schlumi from Dust (Bpitch Control)
    15. Aardvarck – Heal from Choice (Eat Concrete)
    16. Benga – Transform from Phaze One (Tempa)
    17. Flying Lotus – Satelllliiiiiiiteee from Cosmogramma (Warp)
    18. Oy – The Kitten from From Box then Walk (Creaked)
    19. Oy – Aeh from From Box then Walk (Creaked)
    20. Oy – Positivili Two from From Box then Walk (Creaked)
    21. Oy – Cloudy Gallery from From Box then Walk (Creaked)
    22. Toumani Diabaté – Kaounding Cissoko from The Mandé Variations (World Circuit)
    23. Little Comets – Dancing Song (unreleased)
    24. Chew Lips – Toro from Unicorn (Family)
    25. Tom Robinson Band – Glad To Be Gay from Power in the Darkness (EMI)

  10. the svelte selection – 5 May 2010

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    Gosh, doesn’t time fly – here’s yet another slew of top tunage and random chat to keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

    There was a bit of a problem with the live recording, but I’ve mostly fixed it up (you might find the left or right side drops out for a bit sometimes…) and you can download the entire show from here or listen to available tracks on Spotify here

    1. LCD Soundsystem – ‘Drunk Girls’ from Drunk Girls (DFA)
    2. Harry Thumann – ‘Underwater’ from Laptop Vinyl (Hansa)
    3. Chrome Hoof – ‘Vapourise’ from Vapourise (Southern)
    4. HEALTH – ‘Die Slow’ from GET COLOR (Lovepump United)
    5. School Of Seven Bells – ‘Babelonia’ from Disconnect From Desire (Ghostly)
    6. Echaskech – ‘How To Fly’ from Green (Balkan Vinyl)
    7. Caribou – ‘Hannibal’ from Swim (City Slang)
    8. Cursor Miner – ‘Shakin’ Heathens’ from Shakin’ Heathens (Uncharted Audio)
    9. Ikonika – ‘Heston’ from Contact, Love, Want, Have (Hyperdub)
    10. Starkey – ‘Club Games (Featuring Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle)’ from Ear Drums and Black Holes (Planet Mu)
    11. Artful Dodger – ‘Think About Me’ from It’s All About The Stragglers (FFRR)
    12. Sneaker Pimps – ‘Spin Spin Sugar’ from Becoming X (Clean Up)
    13. Stereolab – ‘The Free Design’ from Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night (Duophonic)
    14. Terry Callier – ‘Look at Me Now’ from Essential Terry Callier: The Very Best Of Terry Callier (Mercury)
    15. cLOUDDEAD – ‘Pop Song’ from Ten (Big Dada)
    16. Broadcast & The Focus Group – ‘Let it begin/Oh joy’ from Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age (Warp)
    17. Black Moth Super Rainbow – ‘Forever Heavy’ from Dandelion Gum (Graveface)
    18. Rob Marr – ‘Girls In Glasses’ from Domestic Dramas (
    19. School Of Zuversicht – ‘1, 2, 3’ from Randnotizen From Idiot Town (Pingipung)
    20. The Ruby Suns – ‘Cranberry’ from Fight Softly (Memphis Industries)
    21. Greg Haines – ‘Industry vs. Inferiority’ from Until The Point Of Hushed Support (Sonic Pieces)