One of our favourite producers; Der Opium Queen makes his World Service debut. www.shockworldservice.com for full track notes.Read More
Whatever your star sign we invite you to put on your headphones & traverse these Piscean Dreamscapes as Aoife O'Neill makes her Shock World Service debut.Read More
We asked Robbie to put together an episode for is. He instead came back with a beautiful piece of music entitled ‘Cycles’, made up from sketches & ideas that may at some point become separate tracks in their own right. Similar in some ways to the seminal E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching or James Murphy’s 45 33.Read More
This is a hard one to categorise. Sunken foal has managed to cram 52 tracks into a podcast of just over an hour. Microgrooves ranging from Eno to Autechre, Daphne Oram, Caterina Barbieri. There’s so much in here. Dive in…Read More
Dublin producer/designer/DJ Melly did this great episode for us in October 2018. Also includes a few of his own productions not heard before.Read More
A trip to the far east with SomadroneRead More
Alongside Andrew Weatherall, Sean Johnston runs the ‘A Love From Outer Space’ parties. Here he is in his ‘Hardway Bros’ guise with a mix along similar lines. Enjoy.Read More
Recorded entirely in hospitals & waiting rooms in London in 2018. There’s a theme, if you listen!Read More
An outstanding collage of field recordings, spoken word, found sound & very little actual music. Put together by Sias & Lumigraph in early 2018. This really takes the music podcast format into new territory.Read More
Just listen to the ping pong ball beats on track 1. Go on.Read More
Shock World Service 074:
Leave The Skin You’re In At Least Once A Week (Cian Ó Cíobháin)
11/12/17 Galway, Ireland
1. Radio Weirdo - Friday 5.58pm
Brian Coney, of ‘zine The Thin Air has been recording off-kilter, lo-fi delights these past few years.
2. A Lilac Decline - Theremin Song
A Lilac Decline is an anagram of Cecilia Danell, who hails from Sweden but resides in Galway.
3. Loner Deluxe - Watch Lake Eli
More from Galway’s Rusted Rail imprint, this time label guru Keith Wallace reaches into his ghost box & discovers some Canadian boards.
4. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Garth Knox - County Down
The Gloaming’s Ó Raghallaigh on Hardanger fiddle & Knox on viola d’amore collaborated together this year, releasing an LP called ‘All Soundings Are True’ on Diatribe. Here’s their otherworldly take of an on old Irish standard.
5. Lankum - The Granite Gaze
Stirring contemporary ballad from Dublin’s Lankum from their gripping new LP Between The Earth & Sky.
6. Hannah Peel - Archid Orange Dwarf
Hannah Peel from Craigavon has released music with The Magnetic North & Beyond The Wizards Sleeve.
7. sfiiinx - Maze
Composer & soprano Síobhra Quinlan’s Labyrinth Suite has just been released on Ensemble Records
8. Rollers/Sparkers - OH!
Possibly the best album made on Irish soil in recent memory is by Dublin’s Rollers/Sparkers. It’s called Interior Ministry.
9. Rollerskate Skinny - Man Under Glass
‘Horsedrawn Wishes’, released in 1996, is the second album by Dublin’s Rollerskate Skinny and might be one of the greatest albums of the nineties, which includes this among its numerous highlights.
10. Somadrone - The Howling Infinite (feat Margie Lewis)
Somadrone is one of the country’s most enduring & imaginative talents and this is taken his sixth LP Wellpark Avenue, which is due in spring 2018.
11. Naive Ted x Post-Punk Podge - Once A Week
The utterly beguiling & unpigheonholable Naive Ted hails from Kerry but unlike most Kerrymen, he knows how to swing a hurley. Post-Punk Podge on vox. His chant is why this pod is called thus.
12. MuRli - RUN [Prod. by mynameisjOhn]
This is from Limerick based /MC MuRli’s debut EP, produced by mynameisjOhn. Alongside God Knows, you might now know them best as Rusangano Family.
13. So Cow - Shackleton
Brian Kelly, the force-of-nature behind So Cow, has influenced a generation of Irish bands. From Tuam, just like the Sawdoctors. He recently recorded a new LP with new band Half Forward Line.
14. Strength N.I.A. - Northern Ireland Yes
Minimal New York no wave vibes from Derry band Strength N.I.A’s debut LP released earlier in 2017.
15. Trick Mist - Crumbs Abound
Originally from Co. Louth, but now based in Cork, having previously resided in Manchester, Gavin Murray can claim to have lived in two of the world’s major music cities. This beautiful atmospheric love song came out in 2016.
16. neonfrench - makelove
Dublin-based Djamel Medjy released his debut LP on his own Portals imprint. Worth seeking as is his recent ‘Bach Of The Bus’ EP, on which this is featured.
17. Gadget & The Cloud - Continue
Kelly Doherty hails from Cork and this gem is from her 2017 debut LP Songs For Sad People To Dance To on Little L.
18. Or:la - Jaipur
Known for her compelling DJ sets, Derrywoman Or:la is based in Liverpool & this off-kilter piece of hypnagogia is from her UK Lonely EP on Hotflush.
19. Comrade Hat - Old Amsterdam
If George Michael had sang with The Blue Nile, he might have sounded a bit like Derry’s Neil Burns.
20. Katie Kim - Thieves
When David Lynch discovers Waterford’s Katie Sullivan, she might become his next muse.
21. Ryan Vail - Above The White Wash (feat Best Boy Grip)
I became aware of Ryan Vail after a spellbinding performance at 2016’s Other Voices in Dingle. Here he is with fellow Derry-based Eoin O’ Callaghan (yes, loads of Derry folk on this podcast, woof!), who records as Best Boy Grip & - most lately - Elma Orkestra.
Our old friend The Drifter put together a beautiful collection with barely a beat to be heard throughout.
He didn’t miss a beat however, this is our most listened to episode ever!
This one really grew on me. Definitely my favourite episode of the last few years. It’s put together by Chloe Freda who runs the excellent Alien Jams label & show on NTS.Read More
ELLLL is an Irish producer, now based in Berlin. Forget paying for the Headspace App, just put this on.Read More
Shock World Service 070:
Strange & Torturous Customs Practiced In Our World Today by Shawn Renaud
9/8/17 Ontario, Canada
1. Cold Cave - The Idea Of Love
Latest single from 'Heartworm Press'. Check the video by Amy Lee
2. Asphixiation - L'Acrostique D'Amour
Dancey post-punk from Australia, recently reissued on Chapter Music.
3. Bronze Age - Coupling Symbols
Alberich's (Kris Lapke) alter-ego. This was put on Bed of Nails which is a label run by Dominick Fernow who's previously featured on the podcast in his Vatican Shadow guise.
4. ZYX - Trust No Woman
One album wonders, recently reissued by Dark Entries.
5. Prurient - Washed Against The Rocks
Ambient piece by the previously mentioned Dominick Fernow this time under his Prurient alias
6. Nine Circles - Twinkling Stars
1982 classic from long time Dutch minimal faves
7. KWC 92 - Dreaming Of You
Left field ambient opener from ‘Dream Of The Walled City (O.S.T.)’ on L.I.E.S. The soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist.
8. Modern Art - Hello/Goodbye
Longtime psychedelic synth project from Gary Ramon
9. Lussuria - Viper Room Vigil
Dark ambiance from Italy, released on Hospital Productions.
10. Bene Gesserit - Nobody Can Know
Long time Belgium faves featuring Alain Neffe
11. Whilst - Goya's Skull
Left field dance on Glasgow’s Optimo Music.
12. Death In June - Come Before Christ & Murder Love
Early synth-laden track from neofolk giants
13. Brusque Twins - Speaking In Colour
Lovely minimal synth track from their album 'A Voice In The Night; on Visage Musique.
14. Tomo Akikawabaya - The Invitation Of The Dead
Japanese minimal wave from 1984
15. Black Rain - Protoplasm
Ambient industrial freak out project from Stuart Argabright (Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew) on Blackest Ever Black'
16. Ende Shneafliet - Session Zeitgeist
We finish with Dutch experimental giants Ende Shneafliet.
Shock World Service 069:
The New Objectivity (Jon Averill)
24/7/17 London, United Kingdom
1. Oxford Street Saxophone Man – Unknown
Part of my listening experience when I 1st moved to London was about how much background noise overtook music on my headphones, i’ve always tried to reflect this back into podcasts.
2. Wagner - Das Rheingold, Vorspiel
Powerful piece of music i’ve never quite been able to get into a podcast, until now!
3. Mark Franklin - Release To The System (Beaumont Hannant Remix)
From Warp’s amazing 1994 compilation Artificial Intelligence 2
4. Delicate Features - Prologue
St Petersburg's Delicate Features. Like listening to an opera backwards, in space!
5. Bruce - Before You Sleep
A cold hammering drumbeat gives way to emotive electronic shimmers.
6. Visible Cloaks & Dip in the Pool – Valve (Revisited)
A crystalline polished soundscape from the Portland duo previously known for the mix; ‘Fairlights, Mallets & Bamboo’
7. Ben Frost - Venter (HTRK Remix)
Understated lo-fi textures from Ben Frost
8. Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen - The Ghosts Within
The avant-pop legend Robert Wyatt from his collaborative album ‘For the Ghosts Within’.
9. Gora Sou – Choreography
Pristine electronic droplets give way to breathy textures & polyrhythms
10. Aphex Twin - With My Family [48k]
Rare Aphex track that’s not so rare now as he’s just put it up to buy on his new site.
11. Afro-Disiak - Tambours D'Eau
Belgium world music from 1988 just given a fresh release on Optimo Music.
12. Seefeel - Spangle
2nd track from Warp’s Artificial Intelligence 2 compilation.
13. O'Flynn - Desmond's Empire
The mysterious ‘O Flynn’ with one of my favourites so far this year. Ethnographic, emotional house music!
14. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Elephantism Theme (edit)
2002’s oddly titled ‘Elephantism Theme’ winding up this episode.
15. Oxford Street Saxophone Man – Rivers of Babylon [Extract]
Part of the same recording that intro’d the podcast. Recorded on phone on Oxford St last year.
Shock World Service 068:
Swelling Progress (Bandcloud)
20/3/17 Dublin, Ireland
1. Jana Irmert – Altitude Adjustment
From a compilation called self-identified non-male artists making experimental electronic music. Irmert is a Berlin-based sound artist, “interested in the vague, irrational, less tangible aspects of existence”.
2. Head Dress – Devil's Triangle
LA-based Ted James Butler, who also records cassette-only podcast Norelco Mori. This experimental track was released on Castle Bravo.
3. CUBOP – Nocturnal Panacea
CUBOP shared this track as an "aural gift". A nice clash of experimental noise & more earthly sounds.
4. Vlasta Burian – Vlasta Burian v Obrazarne (in the Picture Gallery)
This excerpt comes from a compilation of tracks related to The Okeh Laughing Record. It's a 1930 recording of a Czech comedian.
5. Leaaves – The Only One Who Knew
Leaaves makes lush music fuelled by melancholy; this track comes from a release called We Will Forget Our Sadder Days In Summers That Never End. Apt.
6. David Fyans – In An Object
Sign up to this guy's Bandcamp sub. He drops beautiful ambient modulations all the time.
7. Mr Mitch – The Man Waits (Talbot Fade's Extension Cord To The Abyss Mix)
I first got to know Talbot Fade when he shared his debut self-released album with me on Twitter. I was blown away. The first time we met was going to Boxed, where Mitch was playing. Now he's remixing Mitch & collaborates with him as Yaroze Dream Suite. <3
8. Linda O'Keeffe – Slowly Moving Out From The Centre
Somehow this piece was created on an iPad. It featured on a compilation by British artists in the noise sphere that raised funds for the homeless at Christmas.
9. Agnes – 02
The excellent Aught project, which released 10 tapes by 5 artists, has expanded into a new realm. 012016002001 is a two-track vinyl release from Agnes, an unknown quantity, that features rhythmic patterns of non-musical noise.
10. Manuel Senfft – A Singing Comet
Researchers noticed that the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet was emitting 'music' in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in its comet environment. German composer Manuel Senfft helped transform the data into the music we have here.
11. doepf fm2
Honestly, I can't remember where I got this. That's the problem with wav downloaded files from SoundCloud. TAG YOUR MUSIC, folks!
12. TANS – Queer Nation
An Italian artist whose debut tape, Die Unsichtbare Überall, appeared on Seagrave.
13. Edna King – Tracing
This is a beautiful, almost choral track from Toronto’s Edna King. It fits perfectly with Call Super’s track, adding haunting layers to an already beguiling piece.
14. Call Super – Leosengor
Call Super is my favourite DJ and producer. This comes from his first release for Houndstooth, with whom he's enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past few years. It’s deeply haunting & emotive, & encapsulates his ability to imbue straightforward structures with untold depth.
15. Line Idle – Woodblocks (Short Edit)
Just a nice short track that sounds nice. I found it & never went further with the artist & hey, that’s okay.
16. Beatrice Dillon – Curl
One of the most forward-thinking artists out there. This is just the intro to a track on Alien Jams, something I could listen to for hours on end.
17. Jorge Velez – Second
Jorge Velez has been dropping a lot of archival stuff on Bandcamp, such as this piece, from a live recording in 2001. A world away from the gnarly techno he releases on labels like L.I.E.S.
18. Kara-Lis Coverdale – ICON -C
I can’t put into words how this incredible piece stops my heart every time. KLC has an incomparable ability to build worlds with sound.
19. Diane Valence – Marion Vizenta
I love foggy, melancholic ambient sounds, & this piece fits that bill better than most.
20. Jane Cassidy – Exit To The Shallows
Irish artist Jane Cassidy released my favourite album of 2015, a sleeper release that deserves more attention.
Very much a retrospective, this episode takes in Lee Hazlewood, Vaughan William & Elvis PresleyRead More
Shock World Service 066:
Because Of You, We Survived the Cold of Winter Snow (Cian Ó Cíobháin)
24/12/16 Galway, Ireland
1. Edward Williams - The Sex Life Of The Fern
Strange tune title? Perhaps … but not when you realise its context. It’s from the soundtrack to David Attenborough’s 1979 BBC series ‘Life On Earth’.
2. John Martyn - Head and Heart
Achingly beautiful loves song from John Martyn’s 1971 classic LP ‘Bless the Weather’.
3. Shelleyan Orphan - Beamheart
Caroline Crawley, the lead singer of Shelleyan Orphan, sadly passed away some months back. I was familiar with her vocal work on This Mortal Coil’s LP ‘Blood’, but had never taken the time out to explore any of her back catalogue, outside of her contributions to Ivo-Watts Russell’s 4AD super-group.
4. Perfume Genius - Mr Petersen
Taken from Mike Hadreas’ debut LP from 2010, this is a song about a teacher he had in his formative years, who had a major influence on him, but later committed suicide.
5. Shiny Two Shiny - Moment To Moment
Thanks to Mary Maguire for introducing me to this band. Based in Liverpool, they released 1 album and 2 EPs in the mid-80s.
6. The Strange Walls - Grey To Red
‘…. Won’t Last’ by New York-based The Strange Walls on Alrealon Musique is one of my albums of the year.
7. Worldbackwards - (Leaving Me) Now
Minimal wave quartet from London who initially only released their music on cassettes (there are four of them, all C60s).
8. Peter Gordon & David Van Tieghem - Winter (feat Kathy Acker)
Peter Gordon is the bandleader of Love Of Live Orchestra, a multi-genre downtown New York collective that has counted Arthur Russell, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Phillip Glass and Laurie Anderson amongst its members. He sent me a thank you email VIA his publicist for playing this one so often on my radio show this year.
9. Thomas Leer - Private Plane
Amazing debut single from 1978 from Thomas Leer.
10. Lives Of Angels - Imperial Motors
Lost classic from husband/wife duo Gerald and Catherine O’ Connell, taken from their 1983 album ‘Elevator To Eden’. Shades of Can, Suicide, Depeche Mode, New Order.
11. Rollers/Sparkers - Kodiak
They’re from Dublin, they are responsible for my album of the year - ‘Interior Ministry’ - and by album, I mean a coherent collection of amazing songs that make complete sense in the way that they’re sequenced on the LP.
12. Let’s Eat Grandma - Eat Shiitake Mushrooms
I believe that this precocious teenage girl duo from Norwich are still in school (only aged 16-17 when they wrote this) and yet…. how on earth did they come up with possibly the best pop-song of 2016?
13. Scraps - Dreams
Brisbane’s self-styled ‘dehydrated disco queen’ released a corker of an album - called ‘TTNIK’ - on the always essential Not Not Fun label this year.
14. Blood Orange - Desirée
This was my highlight from ‘Freetown Sound’, an album which features more great female vocalists, many who previously were unknown to me.
15. The Paradise - In Love With You
Made by Alan Braxe (who had a hand in Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ with Thomas Bangalater and ‘Intro/Running’ with Fred Falke) with Romuald Louverjon back in 2003, I have Mike Smalle to thank for introducing me to this 6am afterparty classic.
16. Ruby & The Romantics - Baby Come Home
Akron, Ohio R&B 60s group who became big in Belgium when this one became a staple on the Popcorn scene.
17. Liz Damon’s Orient Express - 1900 Yesterday
Debut single from Liz Damon’s Hawaiian band came out in 1971 but I have my truelove to thank for introducing me to it recently.
18. Cocteau Twins - Half-Gifts
20 years ago the Cocteau Twins released their final album ‘Milk & Kisses’ and when it came out I recall many of us being completely besotted with this song. Liz Fraser’s biographer speculated that songs from this period may be about Jeff Buckley, but the lady herself has neither confirmed or denied this.
Producer Spaces (check out his ‘One’ & ‘Two’ vinyl releases on the Bleep label) leaves behind the glithcy electronic sounds he’s known for to explore his guitar history on this episode.Read More