Bit of a special show this week. We recorded half the show in Berlin! We talk to Berlin electronica label Leisure System founder and label manager, Ost Gut Ton recording artist and Berghain resident Barker (of Barker & Baumecker, and previously known as Voltek) about the label, the club and everything that’s happening in the world of future electronica and bass music. He also has a never before heard, 100% exclusive track for us in the form of a forthcoming Leisure System release. Fascinating stuff.
Elsewhere there’s the usual mix of brand new indie, disco and all manner of non-genre excellence, featuring brand new tracks from Casiokids, M83, Toro Y Moi and Two Wounded Birds. We also pay tribute to the wonderful DJ Mehdi whose untimely death at the age of 34 was announced this week. There is a classic track from him and Chromeo, as well as Aeroplane’s tribute Big Boys Don’t Cry.
Special guest hosts for this weeks show are a pair of bands on Warp Records, the hard-touring New York punk funkers !!! and new post-pop duo The Hundred In The Hands. With Nic (!!! Lead singer) on the tunes, the two bands interviewed each other, talked about their bands and their mutual friends in New York, and generally larked about having fun, with just the not-so-steady hand of Matt to keep things on track! Unguarded and fun.
Very Special guests this week are Darwin Deez, and Andrew Deez from Darwin’s band. We let Darwin loose on Totally Wired and BOY did he deliver! Little did we know, Darwin had been presenting on High School radio since he was a youth, and he’s got the chops! This show was the most fun to record – just having fun in the studio, sticking tunes on and chatting about whatever came up. I defy you not to find Darwin Deez’s enthusiasm infectious! CHECK IT OUUUTTT!
Throw Some D’s on it
Ali & AJ
Potential Breakup Song
Blow It Up
Better Off Alone (Darwin Deez Chopped & Screwed ReEdit)
Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinousaurs
The King & All Of His Men (Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinousaurs Remix)
It’s What We Do (Kink & Neville Remix)
Poker Flat Recordings
Untitled (Wonky Beats mixtape EXCLUSIVE preview)
Not on Label
Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass
Knocked Out (Darwin Deez Chopped & Screwed ReEdit)
Guest Hosts Jeremy and Elisabeth from Summer Camp highjack the airwaves with their holographic checkout selection, words on their unique working relationship, their favorite records and a special, exclusive live version of their forthcoming single Round The Moon recorded by our in house expert Mr Matt Barker.
Also Matt spins a cracking remix of Snoop Dogg’s Gangster Love by Mayor Hawthorn, plenty of that LOOOOVE Funk we’ve been hearing so much about and a new DFA release from Discodeine featuring Jarvis Cocker. Also breaking news from local heroes The Agitator as Matt reveals the date of their Concorde 2 Support slot with KRS One. I recommend you sit down, shut up and prepare to hand your wages over to iTunes.
Toots & The Maytals
That’s My Number
Heart Isn’t In It
You Can Dance
Rue De l’Arsenal
I’m A Cliche
Mom + Pop
Round the Moon (Exclusive Acoustic session track for Totally Wired)
It must be the time of year – the heady mix of mulled wine and brandy butter in the bloodstream – but this week, Totally Wired flew by in a storm of OfCom-baiting guffaws and woops. In order to not preempt next weeks (first of two) Best of 2009 show (more of which later), you’ll hear a fair smattering of oldies from such disco wizards as Siedah Garrett, The Units, Lisa, Comateens and Stargaze. It wouldn’t be Totally Wired though if there wasn’t a whole raft of up to the minute works of minor (and major) genius, and filling that particular niche this week were newbies from Yeasayer, Hot Chip (two big albums coming early next year from them), as well as Appaloosa, Foreign Born, Chapel Club, Silje Nes, Slow Club and Cinnamon Chasers.
The headline news however is not one, but two amazing bands, interviewed this week just for us. The first is Sweden’s oddball popsters Little Dragon, who spilled the beans to Dionne after their triumphantly sweaty sold-out show this week. Topics covered included meeting at school, the music scene in Gothenburg, and a February sea swim in Brighton. Scandinavians are CRAZY.
Next in the interview hotseat were Brighton super-pop synthsters :Kinema:, who we caught up with before they soundchecked for their Little Dragon support slot. They told us all about the roadtrip of their conception, about searching for a producer only to find him in the band all along, about their upcoming Circles EP and about their love for Ne-Yo. Neato!
Well, this is our last normal (so to speak) show of the year. Next week we’ll be rounding up our favorite albums of the year, climaxing in a countdown of the top ten of 2009, and the week after we’ll do the same for our fave standalone track of the year. Give the show a listen right here – it’s a bloomin’ corker!
On these occasional weeks in the month where we don’t have a show, and you all get so musically parched you start wondering whether Steve Wright in the Afternoon is really as bad as you remember it being (it is), we thought we’d do the humanitarian thing and post some of the interviews we’ve done, so you can listen to them as nature intended, without being cut to fit on the radio show.
We also have some pretty excellent sessions that we’re dying for you to hear, so we’re going to pop them up here too whenever there’s a down week.
First in the series are the charming Wave Pictures, who came in and chatted about their most recent album If You Leave It Alone, about recording it in 2 days in Berlin, and about egg mayonnaise. They also did a super acoustic version of their track Now You Are Pregnant. Goosebumps!
Wave Pictures Interview
Now You Are Pregnant by The Wave Pictures, live acoustic session