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Worldwide FM Upfront Playlist: March 2017

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The Worldwide FM Upfront Playlist is a carefully curated run-down of Gilles’ favourite new music. While Gilles’ Top 10 show reminisces on some favourite moments, the Upfront Playlist looks forward to the tacks that’ll make an impact in the month ahead.

Catch these tracks on rotation in the hour before and after our daily live broadcasts, 9-10AM and 6-7PM on weekdays. Sample some of the music from our Spotify playlist below, listen on Soundcloud or grab the full list at the bottom.

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On the Upfront Playlist this month:

[List in alphabetical order, according to artist name]

Artist – Track [Label] // Country

A Tribe Called Quest – Solid Wall Of Sound [Epic] // US
Actress – X22RME [Ninja Tune] // UK
Ahmad Jamal – Stolen Moments [Impulse] // US
Alice Coltrane – Om Shanti [Avatar Book Institute] // US
Amp Fiddler – No Politics Feat Neko Red [Mahogani Music] // US
Andy Mac – 10 [Idle Hands] // UK
Arnaldo – Ceramics [Naturist] // Germany
Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home [Super Disco Edits] // UK
Arnold Blair – Is It Really Love [White Label] // UK
Awanto 3 – This Is When We Met [Dekmantel] // Netherlands
Azymuth – May I Have This Dance (Arrop Roy Rework) [White Label] // UK
Badbadnotgood – Lavender (Nightfall Remix) ft. Kaytranada & Snoop Dogg [Innovative Leisure] // US
Billy Green and His Love Machine – Tubular Bells (Theme from The Exorcist) [EMI] // US
Blood Wine or Honey – Anxious Party People [Plastic Pagan] // Hong Kong
Blood Wine or Honey – The Forest Is Expecting [Plastic Pagan] // Hong Kong
Bottle Tree – Another Other [White Label] // US
Broadstrokes – Clean [White] // UK
Bunny Wailer – Black Heart Man [Island] // UK
Chaos in the CBD – Accidental Meetings [In Dust We Trust] // UK
Collocutor – Disappearance [On The Corner] // UK
Dave Valentin – Cinnamon & Clove [Arista] // US
Dayme Arocena – Negra Caridad [Brownswood] // UK
Dionne Warwick – Walk The Way You Talk [Scepter Records]// US
Dirty Projectors – Up In Hudson [Domino] // UK
Earth Wind and Fire – Brazilian Rhyme [Athens of The North] // US
El Michels Affair – Iron Man [Big Crown Records] // US
El Michels Affair – Tearz [Big Crown Records] //  US
Electric Wire Hustle – Aeons [Bastard Jazz] // New Zealand
Elusive – Annica [Alpha Pup] // US
Emanative – Ominous Shanti [White Label] // UK
Ennanga Vision – Otims War [Soundway] // UK
Ennanga Vision – Killing Ghosts [Soundway] // UK
Esa & Narch Beats – Blast Ft Pendo Zawose [White] // South Africa
Eye – Eye [White]  // Unknown
Filum Shaark – The Last Common Sense [White Label]
Flume – Weekend ft. Moses Sumney [Future Classic] // Australia
Focus – Hay-Hay [Crown Ruler] // Australia
Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower [Columbia] // US
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Cantiga [Stone’s Throw] // US
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Fruitflies [Stone’s Throw] // US
Galliano – Twyford Down [Talking Loud] // UK
Ganga Kru – Super Sharp Shooter [Parousia] // UK
Hector Plimmer – Eastern System [Albert’s Favourites]  // UK
Hector Plimmer and Drahla – Kalimba [Albert’s Favourites]  // UK
Heralds of Change – Spotted [All City] // Ireland
Horace Parlan – Congalegre [Blue Note] // US
Inga – Less But Better [White] // US
Ishi Vu – Is This Love [Studio Barnhus] // Sweden
Jackie Wilson – This Love is Real [Brunswick] // US
Jaco Pastorius – John and Mary [Warner Brothers] // US
Jaimeo Brown – Safflower [Motema Music] // US
Jeb Loy Nichols – Never Too Much [City Country City] // US
John Coltrane – The Sun [Coltrane Recording Corporation] // US Johnny One Drop – Travelings [X Project Remix) [White] // UK Kelsey Lu – Dreams [True Panther Sounds] // US
Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue [Blue Note] // US
Kyoto Jazz Sextet – We Are One [White Label] // Japan
Laura Marling – Soothing [More Alarming] // UK
Leon Ware – I Want You (Him & Piano Live Recording) [White Label] // US
Leon Ware – Why I Came To California [Warner] // US
Leroy Hutson – Cool Out [Curtom] // US
Lord Echo ft Mara TK – Just Do You [Soundway] // New Zealand
Los Pirañas – La Diversion Que Hacia Falta En Mi Pais [Miscellaneous Discográfica] // Colombia
Maria Rita – Lamento Africano [Acorde] // Brazil
Matt Martians – Alotta Women / Useless ft Karl Faux [Three Quarter] // US
Modern Life Is Rubbish – Mania [White]
Mystica Tribe – New Beginnings [Silent Season] // Japan
Nao – DYWM [Sony] // UK
Nicholas Britell – The Middle Of The World [Lakeshore] // US
Niels Broos – With Y [Alphapup] // Netherlands 
Ossie – Wires [Super Cali] // UK
Objekt – Needle and Thread [White] // Germany
Omar [Ft Ty & Robert Glasper] – Vicky’s Tune (Freestyle) // UK
Oumou Sangare – Kun Fe Ko [World Circuit] // Mali
P.Jam – Calm Ft Hannah Rae & Capo Lee [White] // UK
Peter Vogel and his Band – Mrs Sunshine [Meilton] // Germany
Philip Lassiter – Cheers 2 Life [Independent] // UK
Photek – In the 90s [Metalheadz] // US
Red Rack’em – Mad House [Bergerac] // UK
Sam Gellaitry – Jungle Waters [XL] // UK
Sampha – Kora Sings [Young Turks] // UK
Sango – Dance For Blessings [Last Gang] // US
Scott Xylo – Mothership Connekt [Bandcamp Download] // UK
Sega Bodega – CC (ft Shygirl) [Crazylegs] // UK
Sherwood & Pinch – Jazzy Jeff Cakes [On U Sound/Tectonic] // UK
Sjob Movement – Love Affair [EMI] // Nigeria
Skinny Pelembe – Should You Go (Skinny’s Echo Mix) [White] // UK
Spank – Love Sample [Bandcamp] // US
Stagga & Magugu – Back It Up [Fat Fridge] // UK
Stagga & Magugu – Back It Up [White Label] // UK
Stuff – Strata [Sdban Records] // Belgium
Sunny And the Sunliners – My Dream [RPR] // US
Superpoze – For We The Living [Combien Mille Records] // UK
Tanzania Soundsystem – Msichana [Highlife] // Tanzania
The Blackbyrds – Gotta Fly [K-Wesindi Records] // US
The Lightmen Plus One – All Praises To Allah (Parts 1 and 2) [Jazzman] // US
The Pendletons – Gotta Get Out [Voltaire] // US
Thundercat – Friend Zone [Brainfeeder] // US
Thundercat – Uh Uh [Brianfeeder] // US
Thundercat – Walk On By (Feat Kendrick Lamar) [Brainfeeder] // US
Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You [TMG] // US
Tony Allen – Moanin’ [Blue Note] // Nigeria
Vex Ruffin Ft Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance (Peaking Lights Rmx) [Stone’s Throw] // US
Wojtek Mazolewski – Theme De Yoyo [Lanquidity Rec] // Poland
Yusef Lateef – Morning [Jazzman] // US

Piano Day

A celebration of Piano Day throughout March on Worldwide FM

Piano Day

Started by Nils Frahm and a group of likeminded people, Piano Day is a worldwide event that celebrates the piano in all its glory. Taking place on the 88th day of the year (to match the number of keys on a piano), it is marked by a series of events that celebrates the performers, composers, builders, tuners, movers and listeners.

This year we’ve teamed up with FLOAT, who host one the London events on 29th March – an evening of piano, grime, jazz and dance, joined by Norwegian composer Bugge Wesseltoft, MC Trim & Matthew Bourne and Berlin-based percussionist Andrea Belfi with Dead Light.

Piano Day Preview: Sofia Ilyas with Francis Redman // 06-03-17 // 2-4PM GMT

Sofia Ilyas of FLOAT presents two hours of piano music spanning hip-hop, soundtrack, traditional and everything in between.

Piano Day Preview: Matthew Bourne // 10-03-17 // 12-2PM GMT

Visionary pianist and composer Matthew Bourne ventures south from his rural Yorkshire home to present two hours live from London.

Piano Day Review: Bugge Wesseltoft, Andrea Belfi (Live), Dead Light (Live) & Piano Day Highlights // 31-03-17 // 12-2PM GMT

Exclusive interviews and performances with Bugge Wesseltoft, Andrea Belfi and Dead Light, alongside some highlights from the London event, hosted by FLOAT at Union Chapel.


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Gilles Peterson presents ‘Cape Town Sounds’

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Gilles Peterson presents ‘Cape Town Sounds’, an audio documentary exploring the music of the city and what makes it unique.

As part of Lufthansa’s City of the Month campaign, Gilles travelled to Cape Town in early February to speak to some key figures of the varied musical movements of the city, including the indigenous music of the Khoisan bushmen, Cape jazz, 80s kwaito, bubblegum pop, hip-hop and spoken word, all the way through to today’s burgeoning electronic music scene.

Gilles and Esa also hosted a Worldwide FM pop-up radio broadcast live from Cape Town, featuring many of the guests from the documentary, which you can listen to below.


WW Mexico: Thris Tian presents live from Bahidora Festival // 18 & 19-02-17


Thris Tian heads to Bahidora Festival, Mexico. He’ll be capturing exclusive interviews with some of the weekend’s biggest names. Headliners include Mac Miller, Leon Vynehall and Mayer Hawthorne.

Local talent include the likes of Wet Baes, Jubilee, Trillones, Agrupación Cariño, RJD2, Ali Gua Gua, Frente Cumbiero, Systema Solar and Mad Professor.

Broadcast Times

18-02-17 // 9PM-1AM GMT

19-02-17 // 4-8PM GMT 

Listen back to Thris Tian’s Bahidora preview mix via Mixcloud below.

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Photography Mariana Monroy.

Sounds System Culture

Sound System Culture Special with Channel One and Sherwood & Pinch // 16-02-17

Sounds System Culture

We delve into sound system culture with a four hour special, with shows from Channel One Sound System and Sherwood and Pinch.

Channel One Sound System
Channel One is one of the most significant and iconic crews in dub and reggae sound system culture. They joined us in the studio for two hours of education and classics.

Sherwood & Pinch
Two undeniable heavyweights in UK bass music, Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound Records and Rob Ellis AKA Pinch, present two hours of music ranging from dub to jungle, as well as their new release Man vs. Sofa.



International Day // 15-02-17


Every Wednesday International Day samples local music scenes from around the world, presented by some friends who have helped put their cities on the map.

Listen back to all of our International Day sessions from the 15 February 2017 below.

WW Brussels: Earlybird presented by Lefto (10AM-12PM GMT) // 11AM-1PM CET

Lefto kicks off the day with a session with Chicago drummer Mikaya McCraven, a tribute to Al Jarreau and new music from Jonwayne, Onra and Clap! Clap! all from his studio in Brussels, Belgium.

WW Istanbul presented by Debora Ipekel (12-4PM GMT) // 3-7PM TRT

Debora Ipekel presents four hours from her Istanbul hometown showcasing fresh talent and local diggers, including Alpman, Mr Zula and Kerem Akdag.

WW Milano: MONO JAZZ presented by Rocco Pandiani & Denis Longhi (4-6PM GMT) // 5-7PM CET

Rocco Pandiani (founder of Right Tempo Records) and Denis Longhi (head of Milan’s Jazz:Re:Found festival) present MONO JAZZ, two hours centred on jazz from the 1950s to the present day.

WW London presented by Gilles Peterson (6-8PM GMT)

Gilles live from our HQ in East London, with Paul Bradshaw, editor of Straight No Chaser, discussing upcoming new releases for the first time in 10 years.

WW LA presented by Jeremy Sole and Jimetta Rose (8PM-2AM GMT) // 12-6PM PST

Jeremy Sole & Jimetta Rose present a weekly six hour broadcast live from LA, this week welcoming Miles Mosley & Tony Austin of the West Coast Get Down, Sudan Archives, and Tommaso Cappellato.


Gilles reflects on the Worldwide Awards 2017

Gilles Peterson reflects on the biggest and sonically successful Worldwide Awards yet. 

“Not sure where the week went, but I’m sitting here in a Jet Airlines lounge in Mumbai waiting to fly down to Goa having missed my earlier connection. I spent most of yesterday looking for 2 USB keys that somehow hadn’t got lost in my jean pockets, hence an 8 hour flight spent rebooting.

“I have brought records with me but you never quite know what the conditions will be like when you play somewhere new. First up is the GOAT festival in Goa for 2 nights, then up to Summer House Cafe in Mumbai on Sunday, and then a day of Worldwide FM on Monday at Cotton Press Studios with Sarathy Korwar and guests… full on. Then I’m heading down to Cape Town to produce a documentary on the music scene there – a little like the Bristol documentary I did with my ex-Radio 1 producer Dave O’Donnell, who is a master at these things.


“I’ll probably do a gig there too, but next friday I’ll be live again on Worldwide FM. I’m also going to write up a proper review of last Saturday’s Worldwide Awards, another full on session which kicked the year off really well for me. The only annoying thing was that I didn’t get to interview Noname or Jimetta while they were here – but I’ll do that next time they come. The after show party at Jazz Cafe was really good too – great to see Noname in a closer situation. Shouts to Ezra collective and Poppy Adjuda, Hannah Faith and Oscar Jerome.

“I was delighted to hand out Lifetime Achievements to Matthew Herbert and Carleen Anderson who gave us a special ‘what’s going on’ moment on the piano just after the RIP section. We’d laid on a grand piano for Sampha who was meant to have been a surprise guest but unfortunately he fell ill on the day, but Carleen jumped on instead making full use of it – phew. Michael Kiwanuka also made a brilliant guest appearance on the receipt of winning best album and James Zoo won the John Peel award, and also recorded a heavy session at Maida Vale. Thanks to everyone who made it another memorable event.”


Here’s a list of the winners:

Footpatrol Track of the Year: Melanie De Biasio – ‘Blackened Cities’
Album of the Year: Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’
Breakthrough Act: Noname
Session of the Year: Lee Fields
Lifetime Achievement: Carleen Anderson
John Peel Play More Jazz: Jameszoo
Label of the Year: Soundway Records
Lifetime Achievement: Matthew Herbert


Worldwide Awards live broadcast on Worldwide FM // 21-01-17 // 8PM-3AM GMT

If you missed out on the chance of a ticket to this year’s Worldwide Awards, you haven’t missed out on catching the action yet. We’re broadcasting the whole event – from the DJ sets to the live performances to the awards themselves. We’re bringing it all to you, wherever you are.

See the full running order below, along with information about when you can tune in.

Running Order:

9PM GMT // Sarathy Korwar
9:30PM // Kalbata
9:45PM // Trim
10PM // Lefto
10:15PM // RIP section
10:20PM // Special Guest #1
10:35PM // Noname
10:50PM // Superband feat Ezra Collective / Jimetta Rose / Trim / Noname
11:35PM // Acid Arab
11:50PM // Awards Section
12:20AM // Special guest #2
12:50AM // Photay
1:30AM // Jameszoo
2AM // Matthew Herbert
2:30AM // Lefto

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2016 in review – a New Year message from Gilles

2016 was a tough year in many of ways, but for us it will always mark the birth of Worldwide FM. Gilles looks back on his favourite moments of 2016.

Looking back over the 12 months just gone, especially post New Years day, was always going to be hard. Trying to remember everything that has happened is becoming an annual challenge in itself. But this year especially seems to have gone into hyper drive, so I’m almost accepting I’m only going to have limited recall, but for me I will always have 2016 down as the year of Worldwide FM – a chance to create a music hub to celebrate the artists and culture that I love so much.


I realise now that running a radio station is a long game – it’s not just for Christmas – but the chance to invite my favourite artists and selectors to expand themselves has been irresistible, too many highlights already, from Abdullah Ibrahim to DJ Marfox, whilst pop ups in different cities has been a great way to connect with the shop owners and local producer and Dj communities: Marseilles, LA, Amsterdam, Lisbon… it’s been great to meet everybody and I have a real feeling of a growing community momentum. It really helps me get a sense of where underground music is at in different corners of the globe. There is so much creativity being fostered in ways that takes notice of everything happening in the global context, but also it manifests in very local interesting and personal ways. It makes me very excited for the coming year. I’m looking forward to coming from Mumbai and Rio in the coming weeks.

And I have to say, watching the WWFM and Brownswood teams combining during our Xmas special for a full day of broadcasting, this energy made the whole enterprise seem worth while. A new camp with a glint in its eye reminiscent to my early days of pirate radio, what more can I ask for?

I am at that stage in my career where words like mentoring and inspiration and encouragement seem part of the daily language.

We, the generation that took so much energy and hope from acid house which in turn had taken from those alternative rebellious scenes that had built it’s foundations, have a responsibility, now more than ever, I feel, to educate and inspire the new broadcasters, DJs and future music industry players.

With the chaos that is now the world of politics, come both new hope and of course, real dangers. I am part of a generation who have thankfully avoided wars and have lived a safe(r) life… but with the charlatans, swindlers and outright wrong thinking folk making a play to either influence or actually start running things, it’s time for us to fight back, and this is where culture as always becomes so important. Music together with literature and creative thinking will be our saviours in the end.



Chuck D famously said that hip hop was the black CNN and in the spirit of music providing platforms for unheard and ignored voices to express their feelings and how they see the world heard. It’s both an exciting and important time. As you can see from my albums of the year, it’s been a great year for the spoken word and a new kind of reaction to bling culture. Thoughtful yet subversive music has dominated, from Baby Father to Powell in dance and from Danny Brown, Trim and Noname in word to Mette Henriette and Shabaka in Jazz, a new sense of social reflection is coming back centre stage. In fact, one of my records of the year was the Kanye album from an artistic point of view, but he seemed out of sync with the new wave of thinking and marketing. Could he be the first victim of a more ‘humility’ based music scene perhaps?

The arch Nazi architect Goring said when he heard the word culture it made him reach for his gun. That’s because at it’s best it can influence a positivity and togetherness that through the conversation and shifting sands of what culture is, can start to create the background and mood to find and build a place where we all feel comfortable and belong. Like Viv Albertine says in her book, “musicians are the real teachers. They are opening us up politically with their lyrics and creativity with experimental, psychedelic music.” In this kind of spirit – the search to find places to foster experimental environments where these cultural conversations can take place is crucial. So that’s why 2016 to me will always be the year WWFM started, and will become my focus over the coming years. I hope it can become a platform for creative thinking, culture, and music.


12 Highlights 2016

Jan: Anderson Paak UK debut at the Worldwide Awards.
Feb: Release of Yussef Kamaal Record “Black Focus”.
Mar: Worldwide FM begins a series of test broadcasts.
Apr: Steve Reid Foundation fundraiser at Output Brixton with Jamie xx, Floating Points and Four Tet.
May: Meeting Terumasa Hino Tokyo and his performance with S+P Sessions at Ageha.
June: Nils Frahm talking about “Victoria” the film in Brownswood Basement.
July: Boiler Room in Brownswood with Lefto, Photay, Mura Masa and Dayme.
Aug: Presenting the Freak Zone on BBC 6 Music.
Sep: George Clinton and Sa Ra team up with Miguel Atwood Ferguson at How We Do: LA with WeTransfer.
Oct: Sonzeira live in Japan.
Nov: Double New York Marathon and DJ Set combined and making $21,000 for Steve Reid foundation.
Dec: Badbadnotgood win album of the year at BBC 6 Music, ahead of Bowie n all.

Gigs of the year

Sons of Kemet – Rich Mix
Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra – Passing Clouds
Moses Boyd – Church of Sound
James Zoo – Worldwide Festival
Kadja Bonnet – Dimensions Festival
Chick Corea – Blue Note New York
Yussef Kamaal – Koko
Ata Kak – Amsterdam

Club sessions of the year

The UK is so good at the moment, which makes it easier travel wise for sure! There are great promoters all around the country who have that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that was missing for a while. Sound is key of course, but also a sense of community in promoting club culture correctly. Manchester, Leeds are always brilliant places to go, but Liverpool and Brighton have stepped up again. Maybe Bristol could do with stepping up again in 2017…
The residencies are winning out right now, so massive big ups to Raphy and the Bellevilloise massive for giving me the most fun 4 times a year in Paris, and what a night we had for NYE – 2000 folks dancing to Mala and Roni Size.
My new sessions in London at XOYO and a very special time at Phonox for my first 6 hour shift back in November – Love in Outer Space

Meanwhile, memorable sessions UK:
Leftfoot is back with a bang bringing those Birmingham vibes like back in the days.
Tuesday Club Sheffield with Banana Hill and Acid Arab was a nice surprise, mad full on scenes.
Patterns Brighton – about time Brighton came back into the fold, I’ll be back in 2017.
Farr festival was my favourite in the UK this year….and Strange Sounds from Beyond in Amsterdam was outstanding… Ata Kak, Antal and Omar Souleyman made it a great place to hang out after my set. also around the world.
Italy Torino Jazz Refound festival and Milan jazz festival, Italy. Very much back in the mix in 2016. Shouts to Khalab and Clap Clap and Nicola Conte.
Japan is also finding its feet again after a few years of strict no dancing laws and closing record shops – a new sense of optimism from DJs and promoters.
Loved playing at Rainbow Disco Festival in May and a great little club outside Tokyo which Harvey has down as one of his faves. Oppa-La in Enoshima, a whole different vibe from what I was used to in Tokyo especially – very surfy and bohemian, loved it.
2016 also started on a high with a show in Recife with Karol Conka adding to Tamtamtam reinterpreted. My 2 major highlights of the year though were How We Do: LA in September with George Clinton just chillin backstage and jamming with SaRa and co… deep. But the number 1 as always was closing the Worldwide Fest with a bit of Edith Piaf. Emotional.

I’ll be back with tracks of the year later…

Gilles x