First broadcast date: 29 June 2017
Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM Top 10 – Best of June 2017
Worldwide FM is 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 and monthly shows from Motor City Drum Ensemble, Louie Vega, Channel One, Francois K and Lefto.
Gilles Peterson presents the Worldwide FM Top Ten for June, a monthly chart of ten tracks that sums up his favourite moments on the station, including music played, guest appearances, interviews, tributes and special broadcasts.
Poem of the Month:
1. General Rubbish – ‘MALA’ [Unreleased] // UK
Rob Gallagher aka Earl Zinger aka Galliano aka Diabolical Liberties aka General Rubbish; a man of many monikers and projects, but one singular talent for poetry. Rob took part in our most recent four hour Spoken Word Special, of which these verses about Mala were the standout.
▹ Explore more: listen back to General Rubbish’s Spoken Word Special. (29-06-17)
▹ Explore more: in the same Spoken Word Special, dub poet Roger Robinson hosted Terrence Hayes, poetry editor of The New York Times. (29-06-17)
Track of the Month
2. Soundspecies & Ache Meyi – Alina’s Calypso [Manana Records] // UK
In 2016 Manana launched Cuba’s first ever electronic music festival, celebrating the country’s furtive music culture, with more of a focus on second city Santiago. While the festival is on hiatus, Manana continues its mission statement as a label. Following a release from Ariwo – deep club sounds combined with Yelfris Valdes’ powerful trumpet work – Soundspecies and Ache Meyi released their own self-titled album. The Brownswood Bubblers Four alumni apply their own electronic production techniques to the Afro-Cuban energy of Ache Meyi for a raucous showcase.
▹ Explore more: Yelfris Valdes took part in a six hour Cuba Day special, alongside Gilles Peterson, Dayme Arocena, Vince Vella and Arema Arega (17-11-16)
▹ Explore more: WW Santiago was hosted by Quinton Scott, boss of Strut Records who has previously done shows with label compiler Duncan Brooker (08-02-17), African record collector Temi Kogbe (05-12-16) and Idris Ackamoor (21-11-16).
Album of the Month
3. Binker & Moses – The Valley of the Ultra Black [Gearbox Records] // UK
Saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd team up on their second album, Journey to the Mountain of Forever, released 2nd June. Departing from the acutely dance floor direction of his solo work, Moses opts for a freer form with Binker, across an extensive and experimental long player.
4. Maia Barouh – Flute improvisation (Live WWFM Performance)
In Thris Tian’s absence, Worldwide FM producer Mari hosted a Japan special for her first New Music Worldwide show. Among the guests were techno producers DJ Nobu and Haruka, music journalist Yuko Asanuma with a Tokyo-via-Berlin selection and the first edition of Yosi Horikawa’s field recording show, following his adventures with us and Tank in New Orleans. Despite all this talent, it was Japanese-French singer-songwriter Maia Barouh, daughter of Pierre Barouh, founder of Sarava Records who stole the show, with a live flute improvisation.
▹ Explore more: watch videos for Maia Barouh’s flute performance and vocal performance live from London.
▹ Explore more: watch a video for Yosi Horikawa’s ‘Song For NOLA’ using field recordings from his travels around New Orleans and a potem by Tank from Tank and the Bangas.
5. Kodäma – Ask the Moon [Mamie’s Music] // France
The night after Gilles’ monthly Tea-Time party at La Bellevilloise in June, he stopped by Le Mellotron for a breakfast broadcast. The café-come-radio-station, set just of Canal Saint Martin in République host a morning show every Thursday on Worldwide FM, welcoming local and touring guests to spin music befitting Paris’ diverse musical culture. For this WW Paris edition with Gilles, they were joined by house producer Superpoze and Kodäma, a duo formed from Congo-Japanese singer Kiala Ogawa and bassist T-time. The inaugural release on Paris-based label Mamie’s Records, their Palo Santo EP combines electronic and acoustic sounds with Ogawa’s wispy bilingual tones.
▹ Explore more: browse the archive of Le Mellotron’s weekly shows.
▹ Explore more: listen to a previous WW Paris takeover with Piu Piu hosting Zaltan, Joakim & Myako. (22-03-17)
▹ Explore more: listen back to Superpoze’s show in London (10-10-16)
Tribute of the Month
6. Marcus Intalex – Temperance [Soul-R] // UK
At the end of May, the drum & bass and techno community was dealt a heavy blow with the untimely death of Marcus ‘Intalex’ Kaye. Through his own productions and running the Soul:r and Revolve:r imprints, he’d enjoyed a long and fruitful career forming the UK club sounds across nearly two decades. While there was no special tribute show on air, numberous hosts picked out some favourites from his extensive discography during their shows.
▹ Explore more: DJ Marky, Gilles Peterson and Fabio took part in a drum & bass special (30-05-17)
Moments of the Month
7. Novelist freestyle over Skream’s Midnight Request Line [Unreleased] // UK
In an effort to represent an under celebrated but highly influential musical region of London, Emma Warren presented a four hour WW Lewisham special, covering the full spectrum of the borough’s sounds. Saxon looked back on dub heritage, Emma Jean Thackray represented the new jazz energy of the Trinity School, Coby Sey covered brooding electronics and Fotomachine bridged the gaps between them all. The appearance of grime mc Novelist stood out most, not just for the impact of craft but also the manner in which he expressed it. A true ambassador for his local area, he showed an acute awareness of the responsibility he has to his young contemporaries; and rather than cowering, he relishes the role. His freestyle bridged two decades of UK club culture, laying his own new verses over one of Skream’s iconic dubstep productions.
▹ Explore more: watch Novelist’s two 20 minute freestyles (first and second)
▹ Explore more: listen back to shows from Emma Jean Thackray’s Trinity School contemporaries – Femi Koleoso (30-05-17), Theon Cross (27-03-17), Joe Armon-Jones (07-02-17), Nubya Garcia (19-01-17), Poppy Ajudha (13-12-16) and Oscar Jerome (29-11-16).
▹ Explore more: Coby Sey took part in a Whities takeover, hosted by Tasker. (09-02-17)
8. Juana Molina – Cosoco [CRAMMED DISCS] // Argentina
As a singer, songwriter and actress, Juana Molina is somewhat of a superstar in her native Argentina but in Europe she enjoys a bit more of unassuming existence. That was until the release of her critically acclaimed seventh album Halo on Crammed Discs in May, an enigmatic combination of ambient, experimental pop, psychedelics and progressive folk. She joined Brownswood’s Jake From Upstairs for an interview about her craft.
9. E.O.L. SOULFRITO – ‘Upright Love’ [Vega Records] // USA
E.O.L. Soulfrito, led by musical director Louie Vega, is the condensed version of his Elements Of Life live band project, which has released three albums, won a Grammy and even performed during the 2007 Superbowl pre-game show. After launching his much anticipated monthly Open Air Sessions with us, we wanted to celebrate his latest EOL release, ‘Upright Love’. With a runtime of over ten minutes, this slow-burning groover combines Axel Tosca on Fender Rhodes, City Mizelle on vocals and Josh Milan on jazz guitar and percussion.
▹ Explore more: listen to Louie’s first Open Air Sessions. (20-06-17)
▹ Explore more: Louie Vega headlined our Rush Hour In-Store at ADE 2016. (20-10-16)
▹ Explore more: adding to our roster of house icons on the station, Francois K recently began his monthly four hour World of Echoes show.
10. JMSN – Addicted [WWFM Live Version] // US
So devoted is our LA studio to showcasing live music, they often pack more live music into their schedule every month than we do in London; and they’re only on six hours a week. This month’s highlight came from LA-via-Detroit singer Christian Berishaj. Better known as JMSN, his newly released fifth album, Whatever Makes You Happy, celebrates living a life of self-fulfilment and joy. ‘Addicted’ is taken from the release and was performed live on Jeremy Sole’s Branches show alongside four other tracks.
▹ Explore more: browse the archive of Jeremy Sole’s weekly show from LA.
▹ Explore more: browse the archive of all WW LA shows, including regular show from Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jimetta Rose, Steve Nalepa and Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis.