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This double episode celebrates my daughter Samantha's 18th Birthday! The first half looks at the strange we choices we made for our 'birthing mixtape', that didn't work, and the second showcases artists that she's introduced me too. Featuring, Frank Sinatra, Ben Folds Five, Radiohead, Florence and the Machine, American Football and Cigarettes after…
 
For this episode I wanted to look at music that just used the voice, and choose some examples that were just a small part of that huge spectrum. 'Mouth Music' has so many variations globally, that it would impossible to cover properly, so instead I've picked 6 of my favourites. 'Salve Mater Misericordie' by Trio Mediaeval, 'Sleep' by Eric Whitacre,…
 
It's been too long since I last managed to squeeze out a Troika, but it it's still very much a project I want to continue! So, in this episode I"m looking at 'Endings', those last tracks on an album that have a particular 'End credits of a film' feel about them. This Troika features: 'Sandpit' by Curve, 'Burger Queen' by Placebo and 'Everyone but m…
 
This Valentine's edition is either really early, or a bit late, depending on how you look at it! Love songs in general are either insincere, mawkish rubbish, cheesy, or all three. There so much chaff, but (for me at least) here's the wheat! My three favourite love songs in ascending order: 'Sick of Myself' by Matthew Sweet, 'Unravel' by Björk and '…
 
A bit of a delay in getting to this episode. I've hesitated over whether to do a full-on Bowie tribute as there are so many brilliant tributes already. It almost felt like jumping on the bandwagon. Instead I've bided my time, and its now evolved into a tribute to three people who've died too early in 2016: Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie and Terry Wog…
 
Its an end of year list! Only shorter! This three-piece won't take long to read or listen to, but it took me a very long time to choose just three from so much wonderful music in 2015. To make it easier, I excluded any music that has already featured in Troika.So without further ado, my three most-played are: 'Satellites' by Mew, 'Repetition' by Pu…
 
There's so many decent Christmas songs, that one Troika isn't going to be enough! So I've split them over two episodes - maybe more if I pull my finger out! While the first track isn't strictly 'explicit' (there's no swearing), it is a rather rum tale that minors may find disturbing.So we have: 'Oh Santa!' by Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, 'Get behind …
 
This time its all about taking it _slow_. Songs or pieces of music that either sound better, or take on a new form, when slowed down.'Feel it all Around' by Washed OutErnest Greenes' project 'Washed Out' take the backing from Gary Low's 1983 single 'I Want You' and slows it to nice laid back pace, creating this lovely slurry sound. I'm told this is…
 
With the new series of Dr Who starting this weekend, I decided it was time for a Troika on the iconic TV theme! There's been a lot of 'official' versions over and many more covers (including a terrible disco-ified one by Mankind in 1979), but here is: the Original Theme by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire, a Belgian Jazz version- 'Dr Qui' - from Bi…
 
Welcome back to Troika after a lovely summer break! This Troika is about the three 'discoveries' I made at the Reading Festival last weekend - bands that I liked after seeing them live. 'Happy Song’ by Bring me the Horizon* (contains sweary swears!), ‘All the Sad Young Men’ by Spector and ‘Tryer, you’ by And So I Watch You From Afar.…
 
This episode of Troika is a collection of music that uses NASA samples. The first track is *"Space Walk" by Lemon Jelly*, which samples Ed White's reaction to the first ever space walk on the Gemini 4 mission in 1965. Then we have *"V1 | 130" by Geremia Vinattieri*, released as part of the Space Songs EP from Bad Panda records. The final track, cal…
 
I discovered the music of J Dilla (aka James Dewitt Yancey or Jay Dee) by going backwards. I'm a big fan of the band Phantogram, and when they mentioned their sound uses 'J Dilla beats' I looked back on his extensive back catalog and found his influence everywhere. He's one of hip hop’s most influential producers and artists, but his career was cut…
 
I'm not a fan of Kraftwerk at the best of times. I have friends who adore them, but they leave me cold. I was listening to one last week that was all about using a 'Pocket Calculator' - adding and subtracting. In particular, when there is a Cycling related programme on telly, the likelihood is that they will end up using their 'Tour De France'. Its…
 
I heard an interview with Jarvis Cocker where he was asked about 'guilty pleasures'. His response was "There's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If it's music, and you like it, why feel guilty about it?". Quite right - there's too much music snobbery. Somehow there's this rule that certain types of music are to be embarrassed about. With that in …
 
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