This month's Music Discovery show was a little EXTRA if I may say so myself. Not only was it the first time I had guests live in the studio again but I had not one but two. I welcomed Rhian from Wet Leg, the world's hottest new band whose debut single Chaise Longue has been POPPING OFF and Joel Culpepper, an insanely amazing vocalist and song-writer who releases his debut studio album Sgt Culpepper at the end of this month.
Listen back to the programme on Soho Radio and watch the interviews with Rhian and Joel below...
Martha Wainwright is back with a new track, the lead track of her first studio album in five years Love Will Be Reborn.
The record comes out on August 20th. It’s her first since 2016’s Goodnight City but the first since 2012’s Come Home To Mama to feature so much original material.
It came off the back of a difficult time for her personally and was made in Martha’s hometown of Montreal, where she was when I spoke to her, in bed with her morning coffee on a glorious sunny morning! Here - in the piece for BBC Radio 6 Music we speak about writing her most personal work to date…
For my latest Music Discovery monthly programme on Soho Radio my feature guests were Buckinghamshire electronic duo Jacana People. For a fairly new project started little over a year ago and that launched just as a global pandemic started, they've had a lot of buzz. And quite rightly. For fans of Four Tet, Bonobo and the like, this ought to be right up your strasse. I spoke to Rob and Aaron about their latest single Second Story Sunlight, a title which was inspired by an Edward Hopper painting, their process, how it's all been so far as well as what they have in store with future projects. Watch the interview on my You Tube channel or listen back to the radio show below...
For my latest Music Discovery show on Soho Radio London I had the brilliant Falle Nioke as my guest. He recently released a brand new Marasi EP with Sir Was on Prah Recordings. We talk all about that, working with Ghost Culture, new collaborations, inspiration and his travels in West Africa that set him on a path of music to where he now resides in Margate.
My guest this month on my Music Discovery monthly show on Soho Radio is the wondrous composer, singer and presenter Hannah Peel.
In this feature interview we hear tracks from her recent album Fir Wave, about its interesting back story, her soundtrack work for Game of Thrones and the many projects she's been working on during the pandemic lockdowns.
The rest of the show features new music from the likes of Mdou Moctar, Toada, Hiatus Kaiyote, Yarni, Jayda G, Penya, Sofia Kourtesis and more.
Let’s hear from Nils Frahm, the German virtuoso pianist and composer.
For the recent Piano Day at the end of March he announced and released a surprise album titled Graz, which it turns out was his debut studio album that was never released.
It’s a raw, snapshot of his work before the huge international success that would follow in the past decade, extensive concert hall tours around the globe in some of the world’s most historic venues.
The album was recorded over three days at Mumuth, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria.
Pieces like Hammers and Went Missing evolved into a key part of his live set and later appeared on his breakthrough Spaces record in 2013, which was a collage of field recordings from concerts.
His playing has evolved since 2009 with Frahm incorporating more of a jazz influence with the classical and electronic textures. This fusion and his live shows - complete with highly entertaining chat in between the pieces - has made him somewhat of a household name in the contemporary classical realm.
I spoke to Nils Frahm from Berlin for BBC Radio 6 Music to find out more about the making of Graz and why he decided it was time to put this out into the world…
Here we have our next episode of Super Women Series 1 and the super human in question is the very talented British jewellery designer Tessa Metcalfe.
The team visited Tessa at her Clerkenwell boutique and workshop one very warm heatwave day a couple of years ago to see where she crafts her unique pigeon-inspired designs and bespoke pieces.
It was such an enjoyable time hanging out with Tessa and her team and a real look into just what goes into building a business like hers.
SW co-founder and Presenter - Georgie Rogers
SW co-founder and Director - Alice Smith
Filming by Elizabeth Gbejuade + Rosie Lonsdale
Edited by Camille Raoult
Equipment Sponsor - Catalyst Cameras
With very special thanks to...
Gus Harvey - Durga (Instrumental)
Medium Love - Magic Back
Medium Love - Light Gets In
Teem Dreem - Light Touch
Julia-Sophie - Breathe
Super Women is a short-form documentary platform dedicated to telling kickass stories of kickass women on film, while furthering opportunities for female film-makers. Formed by two creatives, BBC broadcaster Georgie Rogers and director Alice Smith, each film in the series highlights what it took for women to blaze the trail across music, motorsports, business, politics, tech and culture to realise their dreams in the most extraordinary ways.
It was a big Music Discovery show for you from home in Lockdown, aired on Soho Radio in my monthly slot.
I had Peruvian producer Sofia Kourtesis as my special guest ahead of her new EP release on Technicolour records, an imprint of Ninja Tune. We spoke all about her new EP Fresia Magdalena (Technicolour/Ninja Tune), gathering field recordings in Panama, developing her skills as a composer with a Peruvian chorus, family and living in Berlin - she tells a howler of a story about seeing her dentist in Berghain. She's incredible!
There was also TWO WORLD EXCLUSIVE first plays of brand new music from South-East London band Phobophobes and Oxford-based British/French producer and singer Julia-Sophie.
All sorts of fresh cuts from the likes of Mdou Moctar, Leon Vynehall, Alfa Mist, Teena Marie, India Jordan, Nils Frahm, Hannah Peel, FYI Chris and many more.
Hope you like! Watch the interview or listen to the show here...
My latest Music Discovery show on Foundation FM featured special guest Budakid, a Berlin-based producer from the Netherlands who has two new releases coming out in March 2021 on Exploited Records.
The programme also included new electronic beats from India Jordan, Octo Octa, Prequel, Sofia Kourtesis, Jacana People, Jayda G, Mark De Clive Lowe, William Stuckey, ANNA, Fimber Bravo and Joe Goddard working with Franky Rizardo.
Here is my latest Music Discovery show on Soho Radio featuring VERY special guests Squid. Here is our chat over Zoom and the show via Mixcloud.
I spoke to drummer and singer Ollie Judge all about their much-anticipated debut album Bright Green Field that's coming out on May 7th on Warp Records, working with the acclaimed Dan Carey (his dog Feta), plus family holidays to End Of The Road Festival.
Hope you enjoy it!
Also lots of brand new music from the likes of Maja Lena, UNKLE, Poppy Ajudha, Flock of Dimes, Nubya Garcia + Mark de Clive-Lowe, Tune-Yards, Lambert, Anchorsong, Cioz, Smerz,vLau.ra Sofia Kourtesis, Man Power, Autechre, Puma Blue and more.