Welcome to the World Cup of Football!
One of the things I love about the World Cup - and there are many, though time zones aren't one of them - is the opportunity to lift the head above the parapet and see what's happening around the world.
So, here's a collection of artistes we haven't heard on the show before, curated from the participating nations in the 2018 World Cup. I've tried to cover as many points around the globe as is feasible within the constraints of an hour's programme, but there'll be gnashing of teeth in Saudi Arabia, Peru, Spain, Egypt, Colombia and many other countries. What can I say? Sos.
A very diverse collection, as you might expect, from the post-punk of early 80s Denmark via the warm rhythms of Senegal and Nigeria to the contemporary chamber music of South Korea and all points in between. Well, some points in between.
I hope it finds favour. Setlist:-
Brazil - Let’s make love and listen to death from above, CSS
Belgium - Is it always binary, Soulwax
Japan - Woo Hoo, The 5 6 7 8s
Nigeria - Samba, King Sunny Ade
Sweden - You can’t hurry love, The Concretes
Russia - Ariadna, Kedr Livanskiy
Iceland - Birthday, The Sugarcubes
Senegal - New Africa, Youssou N’Dour
France - 1982, Francois and the Atlas Mountains
South Korea - The longing of the yawning divide, Park Jiha
Germany - Isi, Neu!
Australia - Keep on lying, Tame Impala
Denmark - Marble Station, Sort Sol