First broadcast date: 1 May 2017
September 2016 marked the launch of Worldwide FM, a new global music radio platform founded by Gilles Peterson as an addition to his taste-making Worldwide brand. Broadcasting live from London, 10AM-6PM on weekdays, Worldwide FM is co-curated by Thris Tian, with satellite studios in Los Angeles and Tokyo.
Gilles Peterson presents the Worldwide FM Top Ten for April – a monthly chart of ten tracks that sum up Gilles’ favourite moments on the station, including music player, guest appearances, interviews, tributes and special broadcasts.
Track of the Month:
1 – Nick Hakim – Green Twins [ATO Records] // USA
A soulful, psychedelic ride from East Coast singer-songwriting Nick Hackim, taken from his forthcoming album Green Twins out 19th May on ATO Records.
Album of the Month:
2 – Lord Echo – Just Do You, taken from Harmonies [Soundway Records] // New Zealand
Reggae, rock steady, disco, African soul and spiritual jazz combine on this wide-ranging and accomplished album from New Zealand producer Lord Echo on Soundway.
▹ Explore more: Soundway boss Miles Cleret hosted a show in our first week of broadcasting (05-09-17) and begins a bi-monthly residency in May (05-04-17).
▹ Explore more: a full spectrum of sounds from New Zealand were showcased on WW Aotearoa (29-03-17), hosted by Junior.
3 – Jono McCleery – Angola, Louisiana [Live Worldwide FM Session] // UK
To celebrate what would have been Gil Scott-Heron’s 68th Birthday, The Invisible bandleader Dave Okumu presented a two hour show, accompanied by poet Lemn Sissay MBE and Ninja Tune-signed singer-songwriter Jono McCleery. Aside from playing some of their favourite originals, Jono also performed a live cover of ‘Angola, Louisiana’, taken from Secrets, a collaborative album with Brian Jackson from 1978.
▹ Explore more: listen to Dave Okumu’s two hour Gil Scott-Heron tribute with Lemn Sissay and Jono McCleery (30-03-17).
▹ Explore more: watch a video session of Jono performing ‘Angola, Louisiana’ live on air.
▹ Explore more: Roger Robinson interviews The Last Poets, including stories of time spent with Gil Scott-Heron through some of his more difficult periods battling drug addiction (25-11-16)
4 – Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas – Bobletekno [Live Worldwide FM Session] // Norway
As part of our weekly International Day takeovers, Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft hosted a four hour broadcast with two of Norway’s most influential and longest-standing DJs, Strangefruit and Olle Abstract, alongside space-disco originator Prins Thomas. ‘Bobletekno’ is taken from a world exclusive live jam that Bugge and Thomas did at the beginning of the show.
▹ Explore more: listen to WW Olso: Bugge Wesseltoft with Prins Thomas, DJ Strangefruit & Olle Abstract (05-04-17)
▹ Explore more: Bugge Wesseltoft stopped by our London studios to present an hour of current favourites (18-11-16)
▹ Explore more: Bugge Wesseltoft performed at this year’s Piano Day event at Union Chapel. Listen to a highlights show presented by Kate Hutchinson, including performances and interviews from Bugge, Trim, Matthew Bourne, Andrea Belfi and Dead Light (20-04-17)
5 – Laura Misch – This Road [Live WWFM Session] // UK
Young London saxophonist, singer and producer Laura Misch joined Emma Warren’s show for a live set, mastering three instruments (including her voice) at once. ‘This Road’ is currently unreleased.
▹ Explore more: listen to Emma Warren’s two hour show with Laura (24-04-17). Emma is a broadcaster and journalist, whose monthly falls on the fourth Monday.
Moments of the Month:
6 – Penguin Cafe & Cornelius – Bird Watching At Inner Forest (Penguin Cafe Mix) [Erased Tapes] // UK
To celebrate 10 years in the game, avant-garde classic label Erased Tapes took over the Brownswood Basement for a four hour broadcast. Label founder Robert Rath looked back on some of their favourite releases and presented two special live sets, one from Penguin Cafe and the other a world exclusive performance from Daniel Bradt, co-founder of Germany’s electroacoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick.
▹ Explore more: watch a video of Daniel Brandt perform ‘On The Move’ live at Brownswood.
▹ Explore more: an Erased Tapes regular, Olafur Arnalds joined Thris Tian for an hour of words and music (01-11-16).
7 – Nia Andrews – From Here [Live Worldwide Festival Session] // USA
We broadcasted a four hour highlight show from Gilles’ annual alpine festival in Leysin. Nia Andrews’ live set was one of the highlights, especially this title track of her 2016 From Here EP.
▹ Explore more: listen to the WW Leysin festival highlight show (29-03-17).
▹ Explore more: also appearing in Leysin, Steve Spacek later joined Leanne Wright in London for for a live set on her Emerald Tablet show (24-04-17).
▹ Explore more: also appearing in Leysin, listen to Tommaso Cappellato’s two hour Drummers Inc show (25-04-17)
▹ Explore more: Nia Andrew joined Jeremy Sole at our LA pop-up in September last year, a fringe broadcast as part of HowWeDo LA, a collaborative event between Gilles Peterson and WeTransfer at Ace Hotel (29-10-16)
Best New Music
8 – Slowthai – T’n’Biscuits [Bone Soda] // UK
On the tip from Thris Tian, Slowthai is a Northampton-based wordsmith and producer, recently signed to Skinny Macho’s Bone Soda imprint. This one is taken from his slowitdown EP and was featured heavily on Thris’ New Music Worldwide shows, which you can catch weekly on Fridays 2-6PM BST.
▹ Explore more: browse the New Music Worldwide archive to pick up Thris Tian’s weekly new music tip-offs.
9 – Osunlade – Same, Same [Yoruba 45s] // USA
Osunlade is one of the house music greats as both a DJ, producer, label boss with Yoruba Records and now band conductor with the Yoruba Soul Orchestra. Not content with his current lot, he’s recently set up a new offshoot label, Yoruba 45s, dedicated to 7” releases. Packed with a Prince-like funk to it, ‘Same, Same’ is taken from its first release.
▹ Explore more: Osunlade joined Gilles Peterson for two hours of words and music (21-04-17).
10 – Nicholas Payton – Jazz Is A Four Letter Word [Paytone-Ropeadope] // USA
Deep and soulful jazz explorations fromAmerican trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist, Nicholas Payton. A New Orleans native, this links neatly onto our 10-day WW NOLA broadcast live from Six of Saturns Jazz Fest at Ace Hotel and in partnership with WeTransfer.
▹ Explore more: browse through the WW NOLA activities, hosted by Gilles Peterson, Mark de Clive-Lowe and Soul Sista, welcome guests that include Amp Fiddler, 79ers Gang, Yosi Horikawa, Yisrael Trio, Jimetta Rose and Will LV.