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Essex Senior League Preview Saturday 19th August

emirates-fa-cup-on-stand-on-pitchFA Cup Preliminary Round Preview

With one all ESL tie in the Preliminary Round means that there is at least one guaranteed ESL team in the First Qualifying Round. It’s now up to Tower Hamlets and Takeley to decide which one of them it will be. Takeley took care of business last time around by disposing of Wivenhoe Town with a 3-1 home win. Tower Hamlets had to go to a replay before they booked their place.


FC Romania overcame fellow Essex Senior League outfit Waltham Forest 2-1 in a delayed  Extra Preliminary Round Replay on Tuesday. They now travel to Long Melford, who beat  Hackney Wick  in the last round.


West Essex are new entrants to the FA Cup this season and having bagged the prize money in an-all ESL tie with Sawbridgeworth Town now return to Hertfordshire to take on Bostik North outfit Potters Bar Town. It’s one of three ties involved ESL teams against teams from the Bostik League as Redbridge are away to Grays Athletic, while Clapton welcome Norwich United to the Old Spotted Dog.


Basildon United hit the road as they are away to Great Yarmouth Town from the Thurlow Nunn League. Ilford meet opposition from the same league as they host Haverhill Borough; Southend Manor meanwhile entertain Gorleston who have made a decent start to their league campaign, but can Manor make full usage of their home advantage.

Hullbridge Sports play their game 24 hours later, when they visit St. Margaretsbury.

Saturday 19th August

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Clapton  v  Norwich United

Grays Athletic  v  Redbridge

Great Yarmouth Town  v  Basildon United

Ilford  v  Haverhill Borough

Long Melford  v  Waltham Forest/FC Romania

Potters Bar Town  v  West Essex

Southend Manor  v  Gorleston

Tower Hamlets  v  Takeley



Sunday 20th August

FA Cup Preliminary Round

St Margaretsbury  v  Hullbridge Sports

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Essex Senior League Saturday 12th August Preview


Essex Senior League Preview

Saturday 12th August


Takeley and FC Romania have both picked up maximum points from their opening two league fixtures and on Saturday they both will be looking to make sure home advantage counts as they look to continue their winning runs. Takeley entertain Redbridge, who have shown themselves resilient as they have come from behind in both their opening two games, before going on to register a win and a draw. FC Romania host a Burnham Ramblers side who are currently pointless from their opening two, which has seen them slide towards the bottom end of the table. Bottom club Wadham Lodge return to league action after their debut FA Cup entrance ended in a 3-1 defeat in midweek. They play a Basildon United side who won their FA Cup replay 3-0 in midweek and who have already shown some firepower in their frontline. West Essex and Hackney Wick have both made solid starts and they are both on the road on Saturday. West Essex travel to Waltham Forest, hoping to catch the young side on an off-day, like when they lost 4-1 at Takeley and not the team that has come back from behind to draw their other two league and FA Cup fixtures. Hackney Wick meanwhile cross the border into Hertfordshire to play a Sawbridgeworth Town side that have picked up a point from their opening two games.


Barkingside v Stansted

Basildon United v Wadham Lodge

Clapton v Woodford Town (2017)

Enfield 1893 v Ilford

FC Romania v Burnham Ramblers

Great Wakering Rovers v Southend Manor

Sawbridgeworth Town v Hackney Wick

Sporting Bengal United v Hullbridge Sports

Takeley v Redbridge

Waltham Forest v West Essex

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Essex Senior League clubs start their FA Cup campaigns.

Twenty ESL clubs start off in the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday with three clubs, Hackney Wick,  Wadham Lodge and West Essex  making their FA Cup debuts. The Wickers host Long Melford from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division. To entice the people to come to the Old Spotted Dog, the club will be charging a mere £2 entrance with free entrance to senior citizens and U18s. Wadham Lodge make a long journey into Suffolk to face Thurlow Nunn Division One outfit Framlingham Town. The game will be recorded by BBC Sport for their FA Cup Preview Show, giving the club and the league some valuable exposure. There are a further ten ties against Thurlow Nunn League clubs  with Great Wakering Rovers, now starting off in the earliest FA Cup round due to their relegation from the Bostik League, travelling to Newmarket Town. Southend Manor have been drawn to Wroxham, who were also relegated from the Bostik League last season. Clapton are drawn away to FC Clacton, Sporting Bengal United visit Hadleigh United, while Basildon United travel to Walsham le Willows.  Enfield 1893, Hullbridge Sports, Ilford, Takeley and Barkingside all hosts sides from the Norfolk and Suffolk region. Burnham Ramblers are away to St Margaretsbury on the Sunday 6th August – the same day that Barkingside host Stowmarket Town. Tower Hamlets travel to FC Broxbourne Borough. The home side may have finished bottom of the Spartan South Midland League Premier Division last season but are now managed by Roy Bleu who last season took the club’s U18s right through to the last sixteen in the FA Youth Cup. A tough assignment could be in order.


Waltham Forest flew the ESL flag furthest in the FA Cup last season, reaching the 2nd Qualifying Round. The run started with a 5-1 win at fellow ESL outfit Redbridge in the Extra Preliminary Round and ended at the hands of Folkestone Invicta from the Bostik Premier. This time around they face-off against fellow ESL rivals FC Romania. It is one of three all ESL affairs as Redbridge are at home to Stansted; while Sawbridgeworth Town take on West Essex, whose first FA Cup tie pits them against a team they usually compete with in the ESL.


FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

Saturday 5th August

Enfield 1893 v Haverhill Borough

FC Broxbourne Borough v Tower Hamlets

FC Clacton v Clapton

FC Romania v Waltham Forest

Framlingham Town v Wadham Lodge

Hackney Wick v Long Melford

Hadleigh United v Sporting Bengal United

Hullbridge Sports v Ipswich Wanderers

Ilford v Woodbridge Town

Newmarket Town v Great Wakering Rovers

Sawbridgeworth Town v West Essex

Southend Manor v Wroxham

Takeley v Wivenhoe Town

Walsham le Willows v Basildon United


Sunday 6th August

Barkingside v Stowmarket Town

St Margaretsbury v Burnham Ramblers


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Essex Senior League Preview for Saturday 29th July

Football returns on Saturday as the Essex Senior League starts their 2017/18 campaign, with last season’s runners-up, Clapton looking to go one better this time out and land the title. With a loyal and sizeable following, mixed with a team that has been getting closer to the summit over the past few seasons, makes them an early tip for the Title. The Tons have an interesting opening day fixture at Basildon United. The Bees finished ninth last season, having finished runners-up themselves in 2015/16. Great Wakering Rovers return to the Essex Senior League and will no doubt be looking to get themselves back into the Bostick League North at the earliest opportunity. Rovers have been relegated back into the Essex Senior League once previously, but regrouped and captured the Essex Senior League in 2013/14 and with it promotion. They could also be one of the teams to look out for and they kick off with a home game against Stansted. FC Romania are another team to watch out for as they have spent the last two season’s floating around the top three. They open the season at Wadham Lodge.



Basildon United v  Clapton

Burnham Ramblers v  Hackney Wick

Great Wakering Rovers v  Stansted

Hullbridge Sports v  Waltham Forest

Redbridge v  Tower Hamlets

Sawbridgeworth Town v  West Essex

Takeley v  Sporting Bengal United

Wadham Lodge v  FC Romania

Woodford Town 2017 v  Ilforduntitled

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The Brentwood Business Showcase is back!

You can see our review of last year’s event here

The Brentwood Business Showcase is back on Wednesday 1 November following the success of the first event last year.

Organised by Brentwood Borough Council with Platinum and Network Café Sponsor, legal firm Wortley Byers Law, the Showcase promises to be bigger and better than last year’s, which was attended by more than 400 people.

The event at Brentwood School will be offering the latest cutting-edge insight into the digital future for businesses and is not to be missed. Leading the way will be online giant Google and the worldwide brand Microsoft, proving Brentwood’s popularity as a business base. The Google Digital Garage will be advising how to get the digital skills you need to grow your business, your career or just your confidence. Microsoft will share its success to help put Brentwood at the forefront of the competitive commercial market and create a technical advantage so their businesses can boom.

A spotlight of interest has been created in the Borough because of the excellent transport links and access to London, Crossrail and further development to the South with the proposed Dunton Hills Garden Village and the new under Thames tunnel crossing. Top schools, swathes of countryside and a well acknowledged high standard of living through the connected centres of Brentwood, Shenfield, Hutton, Ingatestone provide an unique and compelling environment that offers businesses an advantage.

Linking with this, attendees can find out about proposals to deliver a new Enterprise Park at M25 junction 29, offering an investment opportunity for businesses to locate to a high-quality environment on the edge of London and close to Brentwood services.

Workshops during the event will range from start up to marketing, social media to innovation and ideas. One-to-one advice, funding updates and business clinics will create a mirage of opportunities to transform your business whether you are starting up, developing or expanding as well as learning how to address your business challenges.

This innovative event will focus on digital futures and entrepreneurship and include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Business advice
  • Informative workshops
  • Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunities
  • Drinks networking reception hosted by the Brentwood Chambers of Commerce

The Brentwood Business Showcase will be held on Wednesday 1 November at Brentwood School. Registration on the day will start from 9am.

Tickets for the event are FREE and visitors can register at Also log on to the website if you are a business who would like to explore opportunities for sponsorship or exhibiting. You can email for more information.

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Playlist and Mixcloud Stream for 2017-07-03 Anthony Child (Surgeon) Special

Many thanks to Anthony Child (Surgeon) for joining us in the studio and sharing some of his favourite tracks.

Here is the Mixcloud Stream:

Here is the Playlist:
Donna – Art of noise
Love – Art of noise
Walking through heaven – Chris & Cosey
Dances III – Rashad Becker
You don’t know what love is – Diamanda Galas
8 Men & 4 Women – Diamanda Galas
Whispering Glass – Jon Brooks
Avocado Afternoon- Diva Dompe
It’s Time – Max Roach
Cosmic Jam – Neil
Janitor of Lunacy – Nico
Paper Error – Gnod
You can fall – broadcast
Debris in LEO – Twinkle
Dinah’s Dream- Surgeon
Rabbit Snare – Throbbing Gristle
Mind Flowers- Ultimate Spinach
Vital Transformation- Mahavishnu Orchestra

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The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 3: Alex Fox, Hazell Dean & Annie Wallace

Episode 3 dives into the haunting musical realm of Alex Fox ahead of his EP launch @ Bassment (Chelmsford). In-keeping with this week’s ‘Trailblazing’ theme, we’re joined by Hi-NRG pioneer Hazell Dean and Transgender actress Annie Wallace. Hosted by comedian Jordan Gray.

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My Week On The Drive Show Begins!

Hi everyone,

Since Keith is currently not here and I have a two week break from college, here I am!

Playlist for Monday 3rd April:

  1. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
  2. Little Mix & Machine Gun Kelly – No More Sad Songs
  3. Dave Clark Five – Bits And Pieces
  4. Hollies – Just One Look
  5. Modern Romance – Best Years Of Our Lives
  6. Sia & Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills
  7. Sara Bareilles – Love Songs
  8. Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only
  9. Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
  10. Culture Club – Church Of The Poisoned Mind
  11. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  12. John Legend – Love Me Now
  13. Troye Sivan – Youth
  14. Jamie Reeves – Love You In Colour
  15. Paolo Nutini – Candy
  16. DNCE – Body Moves
  17. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
  18. Blue – Breathe Easy
  19. Usher – Yeah
  20. Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
  21. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feelings
  22. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
  23. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  24. T Rex – Hot Love
  25. ABC – Poison Arrow
  26. Christina Aguilera – What A Girl Wants
  27. Gabrielle Aplin – The Power Of Love
  28. Louisa Johnson – Best Behaviour
  29. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  30. Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
  31. TLC – No Scrubs
  32. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
  33. Dusty Springfield – I Only Want To Be With You
  34. Imagine Dragons – Demons
  35. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
  36. Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
  37. Years And Years – King
  38. James Bay – Hold Back The River
  39. Sam Bailey – Take It Out On The Dancefloor
  40. Aloe Blacc – The Man
  41. James Arthur – Safe Inside
  42. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon

I’ll be back same time tomorrow

See you then!


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EFL League Two: Leyton Orient 2 Hartlepool 1

Leyton Orient keep their survival hopes alive with a 2-1 home victory over 10-man Hartlepool at The Matchroom Stadium.

Hartlepool grabbed the opener early in the first half, as Rhys Oates tucked home from close range to stun the O’s.

Orient responded through Victor Adeboyejo shortly after to tap home from inside the six-yard box.

The O’s then went infront before the break with a superb strike from Tristan Abrahams, as he made it two goals in two appearances to raise the roof at Brisbane road.

Omer Riza made one change to his side that drew 2-2 away at Luton Town on Good Firday, as goalscorer Tristan Abrahams was preferred to Sam Dalby who moved to the bench.

Orient had the first shot on goal, as the ball was laid off to captain Liam Kelly whose strike was blocked and collected by Joe Fryer.

The O’s then went more direct and were almost rewarded, as Adeboyejo ran on to the ball into the area and volleyed his shot from a tight angle which had to be palmed away by Fryer.

Hartlepool then took the lead through their first attack, which found Oates inside the area who rid a few challenges and tucked the ball past Sam Sargeant to stun the hosts.

Orient responded eleven minutes later, as Michael Clark burst forward and fizzed a low cross in for Adeboyejo to guide in from inside the six-yard box.

The away side nearly restored their lead, as Padraig Amond went beyond the Orient defence and cut the ball across goal for Lewis Alessandra who shot straight at Sargeant.

Steven Alzate then broke through the Hartlepool midfield and slotted Adeboyjo in on the right side of the box but dragged his shot wide.

Adeboyejo became creator this time for the O’s as he squared the ball across goal for Abrahams to shoot which was saved and cleared by Fryer, to deny Orient the lead.

The hosts took the lead ten minutes before the break, as Alzate wriggled through two Hartlepool defenders and poked the ball through to Abrahams who hammered it into the roof of the net.

In the second half, Orient almost grabbed a third as Michael Collins clipped a ball over the Hartlepool defence to Abrahams who waited for the ball to drop kindly for him to hit a fierce strike which was tipped over by Fryer.

Hartlepool very nearly got the equaliser, as a long ball into the box by Hartlepool fell to Oates whose poor touch was heading in until Aaron Pollock hacked the ball away to safety.

Liam Donnelly for Hartlepool was then given two yellows following dissent towards the referee and then squared up to the official and was sent off for his actions, to end a frustrating day for the visitors but jubilation for Orient who fight on.

Leyton Orient Lineup: 1 Sam Sargeant, 4 Liam Kelly (C), 7 Michael Collins, 19 Teddy Mezague, 22 Sandro Semedo, 25 Aaron Pollock, 26 Victor Adeboyejo (76), 31 Steven Alzate (70), 32 Henry Ochieng, 34 Michael Clark, 35 Tristan Abrahams (84)

Substitutes: 39 Arthur Janata, 10 Paul McCallum (70), 23 Freddy Moncur (84), 28 Josh Koroma (76), 30 Sam Dalby, 38 Dan Happe, 46 Jens Janse

Hartlepool Lineup: 42 Joe Fryer, 2 Carl Magnay, 4 Nicky Featherstone (C) (82), 7 Nathan Thomas, 8 Brad Walker, 9 Padraig Amond (72), 11 Rhys Oates, 15 Lewis Alessandra, 17 Nicky Deverdics, 26 Scott Harrison, 33 Liam Donnelly,

Substitutes: 6 Matthew Bates, 14 Michael Woods (45), 18 Lewis Hawkins, 27 Jack Blackford, 28 Louis Rooney (82), 31 Ben Dudzinski, 38 Devante Rodney (72)

Attendence: 5,411 (351)

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Bloom on Between The Lines

Hello readers!

Recently on Between the Lines Steve Robertson and myself (Aaron Heanue) were joined by Southend based band Bloom. The band preformed three songs then after spoke about whats going on in the world of Bloom.

You can like Bloom on Facebook for updates on the band following the link below.

If you missed the live show here is a recorded version!

For more Between the Lines tune in at 1 till 3pm on a Saturday for a good mix of music and sports!

File_000Thanks for reading!

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In-spire LS Magazine new residency on Saturday Breakfast

Antonia Jones In-spire LS Mag (Sasha and Dean)

Antonia Jones got the opportunity to interview Sasha and Dean from In-spire LS Magazine on the Saturday Breakfast Show (1 April 17), to talk about their residency, which will be a regular feature each month on her show. The team which has a huge following of 17.5k on social media, talked music news and Antonia also got the chance to interview the duo about their new partnership with Phoenix FM.

Watch the Facebook Live video here

Check out In-spire LS Magazine here. The team will be back next month sharing inspirational stories and more!

This week’s playlist:
Eternal Feat Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
Adele – Chasing Pavements
King of Wishful Thinking – Go West
Emotions – Best of My Love
DeBarge – Rhythm of the night
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Craig David feat Sting – Rise And Fall
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
James Morrison – You Give Me Something
Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Jessie J – Sweet Talker
Jessie J – Nobody’s Perfect
DJ Cassidy feat Robin Thicke and Jessie J – Calling All Hearts
Jamiroquai – Cloud 9
Ed Sheeran – What Do I Know
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
T.I. [feat. Rihanna] – Live Your Life  lyrics
Calvin Harris feat Frank Ocean Migos-Slide
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran (Stormzy Remix)
J Sutta – Feel Like Making Love
Major Lazer – Run Up (feat. PARTY NEXT DOOR  Nicki Minaj)
Bruno Mars – Chunky
Louisa Johnson-Best Behaviour
Katy Perry feat Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm
Chainsmokers and Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Meghan Trainor-I’m A Lady

To keep up with:

See you this coming Saturday between the hours of 7am-10am for a mix of great music, quirky news and more.

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Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Making Your Mind Up”. The group was formed in January 1981 specifically for the contest and comprised four vocalists: Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. The group went on to have a successful career with three No.1 singles in the UK.



Duran Duran – Girls On Film, Skin Trade
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin, Suburbia
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up, Run For Your Life
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man
Michael Jackson – Bad, Dirty Diana
Whitney Houston – Love Will Save the Day, Saving All My Love for You
Bryan Adams – It’s Only Love, Summer Of ’69
Tina Turner – Private Dancer, Better Be Good To Me
Madness – One Better Day, Our House
Sheena Easton- Modern Girl, Morning Train (Nine To Five)
Prince – 1999, Alphabet St.
Alison Moyet – All Cried Out, Love Resurrection
Talking Heads- And She Was, Road To Nowhere
Queen – A Kind of Magic, Flash, Its a Miracle

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Between The Lines 18/3/17

There was no Steve Robertson this week so I took the main seat.

The show heavily featured Arsenal woeful performance against West Brom which did see the gunners lose 3-1 goals from Robson-Kanu and a brace from Dawson was the differences between the sides.

I also spoke about the new F1 season which is starting next week! The new pink livery for the Force India was a topic I discussed amongst other things such as Ferrari’s title hopes.

On the show Ryan Dale reported live from the London Stadium before their game against reigning champions Leicester City. Ryan gave team news and predictions. He predicted a 2-1 win for the Hammers, ended up being Leicester day as they won 3-2.

Hear more from me on a weekly basics on Between the Lines hosted by Steve Robertson.


Follow my Twitter @aaron_heanue & instagram @aaronheanue

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Sgt Ella Warman visits the studio from The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band


I was very lucky to have the lovely Sgt Warman visit me on my Sunday morning show from The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, who you may have seen playing at local events around Essex.

The Brentwood Imperial Youth Band is a traditional marching band based in Essex, England. The band was founded in 1990 by Mr John Wyndham MBE to provi
de local youth an environment to develop life-skills in a fun, safe and musical way. Since 1990 the band has developed into a highly successful group with a renowned international reputation. With over 100 members, led by a cadre of staff who are all volunteers, the youngest musicians are just 10 years old and many of the new recruits join the band with no previous musical experience. With a multifunctional capability the band performs at concerts, parades and tattoos throughout the year. As honorary members of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division Polar Bear Association the band proudly wear the Polar Bear insignia on their scarlet red tunics.

Ella was a delight to interview and you could see just how passionate she was about the band, we spoke about the many different aspects of band life and also promoted their upcoming concert with The Band of The Parachute Regiment on Sunday March 12th held at the band room in Warley. (Tickets still available)  I’ve got my

Ella’s main points:
1) Being in the band is awesome. It is more than music and marching, band is an extended family.
2) The concert is going to be fabulous. There will be no better way to spend the evening than in our band room on March 12th. Some tickets are still available.
I did find it hard not to reminisce about my glory days being in the band playing cornet, I spent over 8 years as a member, travelling all over the world playing at the most amazing venues including visiting California and playing in the disney parade. I had such a wonderful time being part of the band and would highly recommend it to anyone who was thinking of joining. You don’t even have too know how to play an instrument, they will teach you from scratch, all for just £1 a week.. amazing!! The band meets on a Monday and Wednesday evening from 7pm-9pm, so why not pop along and give it a go! 


Thank you to everyone who tuned in and a special thanks to Ella. 17021470_10155043967499813_6693520556895939296_n16990289_10154953816323529_640979813_o

See you next week for more ‘Live With Libby’ Sundays 10am -12pm. 

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Football: Premier League – February 4th 2017

Phoenix Sport’s Scott W reports with a bonus piece rounding-up all the Premier League action today (Feb 4th ’17).

Chelsea  3 – 1 Arsenal

Chelsea continued their imperious recent form by defeating the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. Marcos Alonso put the Blues ahead early-on. Second-half goals from Eden Hazard and substitute Cesc Fabregas sealed the win for Antonio Conte’s men. Substitute Oliver Giroud got a late consolation for Arsenal. Chelsea stay top, nine points clear of Spurs, having won 8 of their last ten league matches. The Gunners stay in 3rd spot, now 12 points behind today’s opponents.

Crystal Palace  0 – 4  Sunderland

The Black Cats recorded a big win at Selhurst Park. David Moyes’ men did all the damage in the first period. Lamine Kone put the visitors ahead early-on, before a blistering three-goal salvo in five minutes ended the contest. Didier Ndong and a brace from hot-shot Jermaine Defoe sealed the points and Sunderland’s first win in seven league matches. They stay bottom though are only two points from safety now. Palace fall to 19th spot, level on points with today’s opponents.

Everton  6 – 3 Bournemouth

Certainly for the neutral, this must be a ‘match of the season’ contender as Everton secured a handsome win at Goodison Park. The Toffees opened the scoring in the opening minute through Romelu Lukaku. James McCarthy doubled the lead mid-way through the first half. Lukaku grabbed his second of the afternoon on the half-hour as the home side led 3-0 at the break. Bournemouth rallied in the second period and reduced their arrears through a brace from Josh King. There was simply no stopping Lukaku though as he bagged two more in the last ten minutes, to take his tally for the afternoon to four. Harry Arter grabbed a late goal for the Cherries just before Ross Barkley added a sixth for Everton, though it clearly wasn’t an afternoon to be a defender! Ronald Koeman’s side are now unbeaten in seven league matches, staying 7th in the table. As for Eddie Howe’s men, they stay 14th, six points above the drop zone.

Hull City  2 – 0 Liverpool

The Tigers continued their mini-revival under new manager Mauro Silva with an impressive win over stuttering Liverpool at the KC Stadium. Goals in each half from debutant loan signing Alfred N’Diaye and fellow loanee Omar Niasse sealed the win. Hull rise to 18th place, just a point from safety. Liverpool stay 4th, though lose ground on the top two.

Southampton  1 – 3  West Ham Utd     

Slaven Bilic’s men gained another good away win, this time at St Mary’s. The Saints took the lead through new signing Manolo Gabbiadini early on. The Hammers hot-shot Andy Carroll levelled just minutes later. Pedro Obiang gave West Ham the lead two minutes before the break. Shortly after the interval, an OG from Steven Davis sealed the win for the visitors. The Saints have lost six of their last seven league matches now, residing in 13th spot. As for West Ham, they rise to 9th place.

Tottenham Hotspur  1 –  0 Middlesbrough

A second-half penalty from Harry Kane was enough to give Spurs the win at White Hart Lane. Spurs are now unbeaten in nine league matches, going outright 2nd and they keep Chelsea’s lead at the top to nine points. ‘Boro stay 15th, though are only a point clear of the bottom three.

Watford  2 – 1 Burnley

The Hornets grabbed an important home-win over fellow mid-table side Burnley at Vicarage Road. Burnley were down to ten men in the opening 10 minutes as Jeff Hendrick saw red. Captain Troy Deeney gave his side the lead early-on before recent loan signing M’Baye Niang doubled the lead just before half-time. Burnley fought back after the break, and a late penalty from Ashley Barnes reduced their arrears. Watford are now unbeaten in four league matches, and rise to 10th place. Burnley fall to 12th spot.

West Brom  1 – 0 Stoke City

An early goal from James Morrison was enough to grab all three points for Tony Pulis’ men at the Hawthorns. The Baggies have now won 8 of their last 10 home matches, residing in 8th place, just six points behind Man Utd in 6th. Stoke fall to 11th spot.

Sunday’s matches  (5th Feb ’17)

Man City v Swansea City     V: Eithad Stadium    KO: 1.30pm

Leicester City v Man Utd      V: King Power Stadium  KO: 4pm

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How to get used to driving alone after passing a driving test


Well done, you passed! Now that you have a license and got your car insurance you can get out there and start driving on your own.

This is sometimes a daunting experience as it is the first time that you are driving alone, without a driving instructor in the car to help you. If you’re worried or feel stressed when driving you’re not the only one. A lot of people who’ve recently passed a driving test feel just the same as you. Failed your driving test? Visit Top Tests.

So far you’re used to either getting a lift or catching a bus, but now you’re in complete control and you don’t have to wait for the train! A recent report showed that over 60% of young drivers feel nervous and not very confident when driving. Don’t worry, the more you drive the more confident you will get!

Here are some tips to help you become less nervous and more confident when driving.

Don’t have your friends with you in the car at first

Your friends can be a big distraction when driving and could be a bad influence, making you drive faster or perhaps take more risks.

Before you let them in the car you should spend some time driving on your own and get used to driving. If they really are your friends then they’ll understand.

Ignore bad drivers

If someone else cuts you up or is driving badly around you, try to ignore them. It’s best to either slow down or stop and let them get ahead as road rage will only ruin your day. Good drivers stay calm and keep themselves away from dangerous drivers.

Put your phone away

Whatever you do, don’t use your phone while driving. It’s one of the major causes of accidents and tests have shown that using a phone when driving is a huge distraction. Using a phone can actually be just as dangerous as drink driving.

Put new driver plates on your car

You can get special green ‘P’ plates that show other drivers that you’ve just passed. Hopefully this will make other drivers leave more space for you and not drive too closely, although this isn’t always the case in the real world!

Get more experience

There are many post test driving courses that you can take to improve your skills. Some of these courses, such as Pass Plus, can get you a discount on your car insurance. Many new drivers find the Motorway very difficult. Pass Plus is a good way to get used to Motorway driving with the help of an instructor.

Turn the music down

Loud music can be very distracting. It also means that you won’t be able to hear the car engine. Being able to hear the engine makes it easier to know when to change gear as well as hearing any knocks or noises that could indication there’s a problem.

Get in lots of practice

As you drive more, things will get easier. For the things you find most difficult, find a quiet car park or side street and practice them. Many drivers, not just new ones, find parallel parking a pain but with practice it will soon become second nature.

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Boxing Day 2016 10 am – 1 pm What Christmas means to me.

We had a very busy show on a glorious sunny Boxing Day morning. In the first hour my guests were Ellie and Rose Whitwam. They told us about celebrations for Christmas at Ingatestone Juniors and Chelmer County High. They had each read at one of the very busy crib services at Ingatestone Parish church, where a very large number of toys had been brought in to be given to Kids Inspire. They told us about Christmas dinner at home in a very amusing was, much at the expense of Dad Jonathon, who was sitting in the corner of the studio! After 11 I was joined by Jonty and Adrian MacConnaughie from Brentwood School, where Adrian is the chaplain. They had also had a very large number of people as guests for Christmas dinner. They had been to a busy church service on Christmas morning at Christ Church, Warley. Adrian had organised a Christingle service at school to raise money for Crisis, and this had raised over £3,000. His involvement with the show on Friday evenings has given Jonty an appreciation of LPs and vinyl recordings. For Christmas he had received a portable vinyl player. At noon I was joined by Isabella Codling from Ingatestone Juniors and Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. Isabella told us about a special family tradition on Christmas Eve where the family eat a loaf of bread with different coins in it. This tradition comes from Bulgaria. Depending which coin you get, this is a prediction for the following year. Apparently Isabella is going to be very rich! She also told us about the school service in church last week, where each class gave a presentation about traditions for celebrating Christmas in different countries. She is a member of class Australia. They presented the Australian version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’. This started with, ‘On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an EMU up a gum tree’. Tim talked about the events he had attended and also that whatever happens in the world, we should not let this over-shadow the Christmas message of peace and love to all. We also read through all the e-mails and message that we left about family Christmas traditions. For me, one tradition started in 1962 when one of my gifts was Brenda Lee and her 45rpm single Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. I have played it every Christmas morning since. Barbara remembered war time Christmases in London when she was very young. She remembers it always being foggy and damp and cannot remember the sun shining on any Christmas Day. Read many of the others below.

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Don’t Stop The Beat – Show 6

Hi everyone,

Happy Bonfire Night! Hope you all enjoyed the fireworks and if you didn’t get chance to see any at a display, hopefully you saw some out of your window while tuning into show 6 of Don’t Stop The Beat!

Playlist for this week’s show:

  1. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
  2. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  3. Rebecca Ferguson – Bones
  4. Katy Perry – Firework
  5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
  6. Ultravox – Vienna
  7. Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex
  8. Sigma Featuring Take That – Cry
  9. Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  10. Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
  11. Go West – King Of Wishful Thinking
  12. Alan Walker – Faded
  13. Naughty Boy Featuring Sam Smith – La La La
  14. Human League – Together In Electric Dreams
  15. Steps – It’s The Way That You Make Me Feel
  16. Sigma Featuring Ella Henderson – Glitterball
  17. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  18. Westlife – I’m Already There
  19. EMF – Unbelievable
  20. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
  21. Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
  22. Olly Murs – Grow Up
  23. Niall Horan – This Town
  24. Avril Lavigne – When You’re Gone
  25. Fall Out Boy – Miss Missing You
  26. The Police – Walking On The Moon
  27. Shawn Mendes – Mercy
  28. Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
  29. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  30. One Direction – Right Now
  31. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

You can listen back to this week’s show here:

Same time next week!

See you then


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The West Ham Way – show 15

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.


While West Ham were seeing off Chelsea in the EFL Cup, we have a special show this week as SDCC and Ex chat to former West Ham player Darren Blewitt about his time at the club.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

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Malaysian Grand Prix

This weekend we were looking ahead to the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg userping Lewis Hamilton at the top of the F1 World Championship table.

Barclays Premier League matches we looked ahead to were:-

Hull City v Chelsea, Sunderland against West Brom, Swansea v Liverpool, Watford against Bournemouth and West Ham against Middlesbrough.

The Scottish Premiership saw Celtic beat Dundee at home.

With the local football action, we looked ahead to Billericay v Chippenham in the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round and Aveley v Brentwood in the Ryman League D1 North.

Join us every Saturday from midday to 2pm.

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That’s another fine mess you got me in!



Deputising once more for Michelle Ward, I was delighted to again be joined by Sylvia Kent for her Book Club feature. The 75th anniversary is being celebrated at the Brentwood Ursuline School this coming Saturday afternoon 1st October. Sylvia said there might be a few tickets still available. If you’d like one give Sylvia a call on 01277 651062.  img_0600

On this occasion, Sylvia brought with her, Roger Robinson who is a walking one man encyclopaedia on the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. Apart from writing no less than 3 books linked to the duo, he’s also a member of the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society – The Sons of the Desert, organises monthly meetings for the Southend based group, SAPS AT SEA  and the editor and feature writer for the quarterly Laurel and Hardy magazine – THE PERRY WINKLE. If you’d like to get on the mailing list for this magazine, it will only set you back £12 pa, call Roger on 01702 526187, e-mail him at or visit the SAPS website – – which is where you can also order the books.


If you missed it you can listen again here to what Sylvia and Roger had to tell me today by clicking on the link below: –

Michelle returns next week and I’ll see you at my usual time of 1pm next Monday.

All the best,

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50SOC: Introducing Caution

Caution The Band formed three years ago after all meeting at school. Olly Davis is lead vocals and Guitar, Callum Morris is on Guitar, Nathan Blows is on the Bass and Matt Terry is on Drums.


During this time they have taken Essex by storm playing in numerous venues in Southend, Brentwood, Grays, Hockley, Rochford and Rayleigh. Venues include: Chinnerys, Peggy Sues, The Ship, The Mill Hall, The Red Door, The Nook, The Hermit club, The Railway to name a few.

Olly has been playing the guitar for five years but many people have he sounds like he has been playing for thirty. Olly got to the regional finals of the open mic uk competition and had the privilege to play at Ronnie Scott’s in London last year.

Matt has been playing drums since primary school, last year he travelled to Moscow to play in Red Square with the brentwood imperial youth band as part of The Spasskaya tower festival. He recently played at the Queen’s patrons celebration on the Mall.

Nathan has been playing bass for four years he took it up after being fed up of listening to Olly and Callum play and not being able to join in. Nathan holds the band together with his powerhouse bass lines.

Callum has been playing Guitar since primary school. He keeps the rhythm of the band and he is a part of the distinctive sound of Caution The Band.
Olly, Callum and Nathan have just finished their GCSE exams and Matt is about to sit his next year. Their ambition is to play at more festivals next summer and break into the London circuit.

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Show 99: Caution

It’s the last of the double digits. And the last band to come in before my landmark 100th show, is Caution.


It’s amazing that band with the age range of only 15 – 16 years of age can be so good. Their own brand of early rock and roll still sounds fresh and its good that they can put their own stint on a classic genre.

Here are the songs played on the show this week. The songs Caution played live are in bold…

1. Asylums – Missing Persons
2. The Enemy – Gimme The sign
3. The Maccabees – Can You Give It?
4. Queens Of The Stone Age – I Sat By The Ocean
5. Tame Impala – Elephant
6. Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
7. De La Soul – The Magic Number
Girl In Red
8. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
9. Stornoway – Watching Birds
10. Alex Crowhurst – SoSlam Recording
The Player
11. Chvrches – Recover
12. Disorder Kid – My Son Will Be A Gangsta
The Toughest Game
13. Different People – Line Em Up
14. Castaway – In And Out Of Time
15. Dananananakroyd – Think And Feel
16. Django Django – Default
You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover
17. Vampire Weekend – A Punk
18. Paramore – Still Into You

The band scored 8.5/15 on the quiz. Not bad but better luck next year.

Here is the scoreboard…

Matt Cross – 14
Adam Sinclair – 13
Velvet Tree – 13
Cameron Davidson – 12
Island City – 12
Doojip And The Wotnames – 11
Castaway – 10.5
Mad Winter – 10
Dolly Mavies – 10
Polly Haynes – 10
The Horse Heads – 9.5
Jenni Pettican – 9
Different People – 9
The Extons – 9
Caution – 8.5
Indigo – 8
Me And The Moon – 8
Vellocet – 8
Imaginary Dreamers – 7
Wax Colour – 6
The Vision – 6
Climb The Attic – 6
Forever and Out – 5

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New Essex band “THE GOLD” interview

The Gold are a brand new Essex based band who met through school and have jammed together for years. They took over a year to write their first album and came into the Phoenix FM studio to tell Xanthe Bearman all about it.

The Gold are:
Joe (vocal)
Tom (synth)
Josh (bass)
Louie (drums)
Dan T (guitar,synth)
Danny (guitar)

Their debut single ‘Scream’ is being streamed on VEVO with it’s official release at the end of September.

More info from : The Gold on Facebook

The Gold Aug2016

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Cultura Brazil – show 104

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Musical group O Rappa comes to London
‐ Cine Club Brazil on display at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo at the BBC Proms

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Interview with CC Smugglers at Latitude Festival


Bedfordshire six-piece the CC Smugglers have been making waves recently with their brand of folk mixed with jazz, rockabilly and a modern pop edge. Following the release of their recent single ‘Rhythm’, the band have just completed a tour of mainland Europe and returned to the UK to headline Latitude’s BBC Introducing stage on Sunday. With plenty of toe-tapping tunes and even playing the final song of their set off stage and surrounded by the audience, it certainly closed the festival in style. See it for yourself when the CC Smugglers head out on a UK tour.

Nick chatted to the band ahead of their set, in which they discussed their many influences and their new favourite European places to play. Click above to have a listen!


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July’s BookClub

My deputising effort for the one and only Michelle Ward on today’s EAT MY BRUNCH coincided with the monthly BOOK CLUB feature.


Joining SYLVIA KENT on today’s programme was local author, DAWN KNOX.

Dawn’s first book for young adults, DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE was published a couple of years ago and a sequel is now in the pipeline along with a couple of other very different books, one of which is a romance based in Plotlands of the 1930’s plus another humorous story about garden gnomes.

But Dawn’s latest book is based around the first world war. Entitled simply “THE GREAT WAR” the book sets out to present 100 stories, each consisting of 100 words, and has been self-published by Dawn to honour all those, of all combatant nations, who lived and died 100 years ago.

Listen again to my conversation today with Sylvia and Dawn by clicking on the link below: –

With any luck Michelle herself will be in charge of proceedings for next month’s BOOK CLUB feature but I very much enjoyed meeting my old friend, Sylvia once more,  and Dawn for the very first time


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Curveballs 6th July 2016 (with Thingamagig / Big Stinky Dog’s Pete & Stu)

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This week on Curveballs I was joined once again by Pete Baker & Stuart Sinclair, founders of Billericay label/promoter Big Stinky Dog, and organisers of annual music alldayer Thingamagig. Now in its ninth year, this year’s Thingamagig is happening at The Ship Inn in Stock on July 23rd, and is headlined by The Kubricks and Deferred Success, with many more acts to be seen from 12pm onwards on the day. You can find out more at and

Click above to listen back to the interview, including tracks from acts who are playing, and the rather chaotic story of the first ever Thingamagig!


Bennet – Mum’s Gone to Iceland

Huetensil – Nothin’

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra – Mary Can’t Dance

Sonic Boom Six – Do What You Wanna Do

Hot Hot Heat – Sad Sad Situation

Surge – Loveblood

Immense – Football Chant

Blink 182 – Built This Pool



Von Jergo – Johnny

Stuart O’Connor – You Know the Score

Clare Blackman – When I Close My Eyes I See Mountains

Delta Jacks – English Man

The Kubricks – Ghosts


Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong

Painting on Pavements – Tired Mind

Callum Gardner – Ascending from the Storm

Asylums – Necessary Appliances

Stealing Signs – Hide & Seek

Arcaves – Man Enough

Mockingbird – Road

Two Door Cinema Club – Are You Ready?

The Velettes – I See Melody

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LIAM CROMBY live for CRISIS #LivingInTheWorldToday

Liam Cromby is the frontman of successful band We Are The Ocean. The band are back from touring and taking a well earned break, but Liam is using his time off to to raise money for a charity close to his heart – CRISIS.

Liam told me why he is so passionate about raising money for the homeless – he is also doing a skydive in July – and then sang his solo single live.

Hear the interview and live session here:

Over 2,500 people slept rough in London between January and March this year. To help Liam raise money, buy his single here: and for more information about the charity go to

Liam Cromby pic

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Georgia sings her debut single The Girl LIVE – 10 June 2016

Georgia is a local singer-songwriter who originally studied musical theatre, and has a passion for Motown, Soul and Blues thanks to her parents music collection.

Last year Georgia came 2nd in Teenstar – the national singing competition. Since then she has been playing with her new band The Vintage Youth and getting a lot of positive interest from the music industry.

I chatted to Georgia about her upcoming debut album.

Listen to the interview and hear the live session here:

It was a real pleasure to meet Georgia and hearing her sing live was really special. For dates where she is playing live go to her website at

Georgia Xanthe pic

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Curveballs 8th June 2016 (with LGnTE and Walkway)

Another busy show tonight, just ahead of my birthday. First up was the return of Lady Grey & the Earls, who gave us plenty of good banter as always and a live session of brand new tracks, suggesting we’ll be hearing a lot more from them before the year is out. Then I spoke to Walkway frontman Chris on the phone, chatting about the Suffolk foursome’s recently released second album Streetwise and the bands they’ve played alongside recently, including Status Quo and Black Stone Cherry! Click above to listen back!

Youth Club – Filling It Up to Go

Sonic Boom Six – No Man No Right

Painting On Pavements – Tired Mind

Reservoir Blues – Invasive Manoeuvres

Tom Parsons – Theme From Small Town Horror

Imperial Leisure – Man Vs Monster

Lady Grey & the Earls – Feel the Fear


Lady Grey & the Earls – Juxtapose (live in session)

Florence & the Machine – What Kind of Man

Lady Grey & the Earls – New World (live in session)

Boy Meets Girl – Waiting for a Star to Fall

Lady Grey & the Earls – To the Bone (live in session)

Lady Grey & the Earls – Freak Show


Lazy Habits – Hindsight Bias

Dawney Gramah – Few Steps

Into Horizon – Time & Tide

Two Faced Serenade – Just Friends

Walkway – Streetwise

KLOQ – Behind the Screams

Billie Olela – Thou Art Welcome

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Sunday Breakfast May 29th 2016

Bank Holiday weekend and Sunday started a little overcast… the music we played on breakfast was like this..

Major Lazer – Lean On (feat. M� & DJ Snake)

Cyndi Lauper – Funnel of Love

Turin Brakes – Fishing For A Dream

The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

Albert Hammond – Moonlight Lady


On This Day

The hits from this day with year and chart placing…

Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For… No 2 1974

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer No 4 1986

Pulp – Common People New No 2 1995

Naughty Boy – La La La (feat. Sam Smith) New No 1 2013


Francoise Hardy – Comment Te Dire Adieu

DJ Snake – Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

Paolo Nutini – Someone Like You

Poli Genova – If Love Was a Crime (Eurovision 2016)


Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

Dolly Parton – Potential New Boyfriend

ABC – Viva Love

R.E.M. – Driver 8

The Walkmen – While I Shovel the Snow

The Vamps – Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)


UK Top 40

Sigma – Cry (feat. Take That) Highest New Entry No 21

Justin Timberlake – CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No 2

Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla) No 1


Amos Milburn – French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup

Blink 182 – Bored To Death

Grace – You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)

Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U


The Golden Year

Maroon 5 – This Love

The Calling – Our Lives

The Rasmus – In The Shadows

Cassidy – Hotel (feat. R. Kelly)

Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body


Was 2003….


Mari Wilson –  I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love

Chris Howland – Japanisches Abschiedslied

Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime

Blondie – Maria

Little Mix – Hair (feat. Sean Paul)

Corrs – Radio

Chris Rea – Fool if you think its over

And you can listen again here…

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Well done all Phoenix FM’ers who took part in the FunWalk!

Just had to write a quick post to say well done to everyone who took part in the fun walk over at Barleylands in Billericay last Sunday and also a huge congrats to Paul Golder who organised all us presenters at Phoenix FM and made us get off our sofas and get walking!!

The sun was shining and was a great day had by all! So lovely to see everyone come together to raise money for charity! Heres a picture of us mid walk and another picture of myself and Marielle at the finish line!! 



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The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest broadcast entertainment show. The three shows, Semi-Final 1, Semi-Final 2 and the Grand Final, reach more than 200 million people all over the world and are broadcast by nearly 50 countries.
This year 42 countries compete and over 1,500 accredited media are reporting from the event.

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, a non-contestant Global Superstar, Justin Timberlake, will enter the Eurovision stage in Stockholm. He will perform the #1 single, CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!

To hear the show again

2015 – Heroes
1961 – Are You Sure
1967 – Puppet on a String
1968 – Congratulations
1969 – Boom Band a Bang
1970 – All Kinds of Everything
1974 – Waterloo
1976 – Save Your Kisses for me
1980 – What’s Another Year?
1980 – Amsterdam
1981 – Making Your Mind Up
1982 – A Little Peace
1984 – Diggi-loo Diggi-Ley
1985 – La Det Swing
1987 – Hold Me Now
1988 – Ne partex pas sans moi
1992 – One Step Out of Time
1993 – In Your Eyes
1997 – Love Shine a Light
2000 – My Star
2000 – Fly on the Wings of Love
2006 – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2007 – Dancing Lasha Tumbai
2009 – Fairytale
2010 – Satellite
2013 – Alcohol Is Free
2014 – Moustache
2014 – Rise Like a Phoenix
2015 – Still in Love With You
2016 – Ghost
2016 – Say Yay!
2016 – Slow Down
2016 – You are the Only One
2016 – You’re Not Alone

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The Odd Couple

Mike was delighted to welcome three lovely ladies into the studio from Ad Hoc the local theatre group. One didnt say much as she was only 2 and half years old. Ad Hoc were in to talk about their latest piece which is Neil Simons the Odd Couple which runs from Thurs 26 May at the Brentwood theatre

You can hear the interview again here

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Anon Interview

Returning to the studio tonight was local rapper Anon who not only talked about why he is so passionate about his music but also performed live on the show!
Coming from a musical family, Anon started off producing music for the underground grime scene but changed his behaviour and thoughts towards music since being becoming a Christian. During the interview Anon talks about his beliefs and how he also uses rap to reach out and relate to a wider audience.

Anon came to Phoenix to promote his new song entitled Pain Won’t Last featuring fellow Christian artist and friend, Eli’sha. The collaboration came about when Anon advertised for a gospel rapper to work with and Eli’sha got in touch.

To hear the track and find out what it is about you can listen back to the interview below…
(Also feature’s Anon’s song I‘ll Be Good)

To keep up to date with Anon’s music and his journey follow his Twitter: @Just_Anon_UK

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Sonny Jay’s Midweek Chart Update



The UKs Number Three this week in the Official Midweek Charts is Work From Home from Fifth Harmony. This song has currently spent three weeks in the top ten and it’s peak position being Number 2. I’m not sure about you but I’m kind of glad someone knocked Lukas Graham’s 7 Years out of the top three as I’ve got a little sick of playing it week after week (still a great song.. Just needs to rest for a little while now).

To watch their video, click below:



This weeks Number Two is from Sia. This single she’s collaborated with Sean Paul (let’s face it, who hasn’t) and it’s in a very close race this week for the number one spot as well! The songs highest peak in the UK chart so far is at Number four so this week she’s climbing the chart with a potential number one.

To watch her video, click below:


The UKs Number One this week is currently my most played song still at the moment. It’s Mike Posner with I Took A Pill In Ibiza. He’s currently spent three weeks at number one already and is in a close race this week with Sia just underneath him (Not Literally). Can Mike Posner bag his fourth week at number one this week?!

To watch his video, click below:



Next weeks potential chart creepers:

  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • Girls Like – Tinie Tempah (Feat Zara Larsson)
  • Faded – Alan Walker
  • Nothing Like This – Blonde Feat Craig David

Join me, Sonny Jay for my live show every Thursday night 10pm-Midnight where I’ll give you the UKs freshest music, news from the official midweek chart and some old school backtrack songs!

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Mara Cottrell Needs Your Help! – Essex Pubs and Grays

Mara Cottrell is a local Author whose first book – Basildon A History and Celebration – has been described as An excellent publication documenting Basildon’s history. Mara now has two more books on the way and she needs your help! Mara joined me today on Eat My Brunch.

Bob with Mara

Bob with Mara

You can listen to our chat here –

If you have any stories or pictures that could be helpful in compiling Mara’s latest books you can email

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Cut the Cord 03/04/16




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Hope you enjoyed the show guys, thanks for tuning in. Tunes are listed below as per usual so have a butchers and I’ll catch you next week. Please feel free to get in touch using the deets below :)

Stay Awesome!





Me: @sullishow

Phoenix: @phoenixfm


Alabama 3 – Woke Up This Morning

Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling into Place

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games with My Heart

Badfinger – Baby Blue

Ben Folds – Capable of Anything

Bob Dylan – The Man in Me

Edwyn Collins – I Never Met A Girl Like You Before

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman

Ham Sandwich – Ants

LCD – All My Friends

The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be

Mercury Rev – The Dark is Rising

Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness

Portugal.the man – Sleep Forever

Robert Plant – Little Maggie

Lemon Jelly – Staunton Lick

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way

Lera Lynn – The Only Thing Worth Fighting For

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Sonny Jays Midweek Chart Update



The UKs Number Three this week in the Official Midweek Charts is this little Gem from Zara Larsson. Swedish singer/songwriter  won Swedens version of Britain’s Got Talent. Her breakthrough into the UK chart was back in 2015 featuring on MNEK’s “Never Forget You”. Since then, released this weeks Number three ‘Lush Life’ plus she is now featuring on Tinie Tempahs new track ‘Girls Like’.

To watch her video, click below:

The UKs Number Two this week is quite possibly my most played song in my car at the moment from Mike Posner. You may remember Mikes song ‘Cooler Than Me’ from back in 2010 when it went platinum (Sold over 600,000 singles). The producer since has been writing and producing tracks with various artists including Just Bieber, Maroon 5, Big Sean & Nick Jonas to name a few. Well.. He is back with this song ‘I Took A Pill in Ibiza’ and for the past few weeks its been rising the charts and it currently sits in at the number two spot but has huge potential to reach number one this Friday as it’s currently sitting at the top of the iTunes chart!

To watch his video, click below:


The UKs Number One this week will come as no surprise to you as it’s been number one for the past 7 years now… I mean 7 weeks! Lukas Graham is in fact a band not a solo artist. The band started its career in Denmark 2011. Their song ‘7 Years’ not only have made it number one in the UK but Ireland, Australia & New Zealand currently and still climbing other countries charts! If by any chance you have been hiding in a hole for the past 7 weeks and haven’t heard this song you can check out the music video below!

To watch this video, click below:


Next weeks potential chart creepers:

  • Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  • Girls Like – Tinie Tempah (Feat Zara Larsson)
  • Faded – Alan Walker
  • Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

Join me, Sonny Jay for my live show every Thursday night 10pm-Midnight where I’ll give you the UKs freshest music, news from the official midweek chart and some old school backtrack songs!

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Sunday Vibes 041 – Spinnin’ tales with Colin Hudd

I have to say that chatting to Colin Hudd was easy like a Sontag Morgen! His passion for what he does is unrivalled and his boundless sense of humour is infectious. He also happens to be great DJ and producer with a career beginning at the very roots of UK Dance Culture – Caister Soul Weekender – and progressing to the what became the second wave of Acid House music in the UK. His career and music has come full circle (“I’m actually now selling house music in Chicago”) and we explored tracks such as his debut track “Mental” and giving us an exclusive of his latest release “It’s No Surprise”. Enjoy!


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A Journey in Prog with Chris Hood


Chris Hood plays the best of prog, art and space rock.


  1. The Musical Box – Genesis
  1. Master of the Universe – Hawkwind
  1. Heart of the Sunrise – Yes
  1. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Pt 2 – King Crimson
  1. 2112 – Rush
  1. Disolution – Ozric Tentacles
  1. Child in Time – Deep Purple
  1. Broadsword – Jethro Tull
  1. Echoes – Pink Floyd
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Cut the Cord 14/02/16



Cut the Cord 14/02/16

All the tunes are listed below as per usual so have a butchers and I’ll catch you next week. Please feel free to get in touch using the deets below :)

Stay Awesome!





Me: @sullishow

Phoenix: @phoenixfm



Oasis – Live Forever

Prince – When Doves Cry

OKGO – Here It Goes Again

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train

Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love With A Girl

Beatles – Hello/ Goodbye, Can’t Buy Me Love

Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You

Lenny Williams – Cause I Love You

Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You

Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing

The Kooks – Naieve

Simply Red – Holding Back The Years

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend

David Bowie – Life On Mars

Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You

Roberta Flack – The first time

Shania Twain – You’re Still The One

Movement – Like Lust

Foo Fighters – Low


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Cut the Cord 07/02/16



Cut the Cord 07/02/16

All the tunes are listed below as per usual so have a butchers and I’ll catch you next week. Please feel free to get in touch using the deets below :)

Stay Awesome!





Me: @sullishow

Phoenix: @phoenixfm


Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs

Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper

Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me

The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down

The Weepies – World Spins Madly On

Howlin Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin

Peace – California Daze

Glass Animals – Toes

Junip – Line of Fire

Family of the Year – Hero

Maximo Park – Leave This Island

Razorlight – America

The Walkmen – Heaven

Karen O with Trent Reznor – Immigrant Song

Birdy – Wings

The Prodigy – Stand Up

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

The Black Keys – Everlasting Light

Paolo Nutini – Coming Up Easy

Cat Stevens – Wild World

Sebastien Teller – La Ritournelle

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Boxing Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. What Christmas means to me.

Driving into the station in the sunshine and a temperature of fifteen degrees past the daffodils in Doddinghurst road, it was hard to believe it was Boxing Day. We have many guests with me in the studio today. In the first hour I was joined by Harrison Jobin, a pupil at Beckett Keys school, his sister Amelia from Ingatestone Junior School and his father Mark, a primary school teacher. They all talked about how Christmas had been celebrated in their schools. Amelia was one of the winners of the Mayor of Brentwood’s Christmas card competition and she read the poem printed in the card. From eleven o’clock we welcomed from Brentwood School Adrian McConnaughie, the school chaplain and his son Jonty who is a pupil at the school. Jonty told us about the production of West Side Story put on for five nights by the school in wghich he had a role. We also heard about the history of Christmas traditions. Adrian and Jonty both talked about the Christmas services held by the school. From twelve noon I was joined by Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together. Tim was keen that we use this time between Christmas and New Year to connect with people who are important to us and give time to reflect on all that really matters in life.

The wide selection of music including items from the Ingatestone and Fryerning Church choirs, led by music director Ollie Lincoln, from this year’s Fryerning church 9 Lessons and Carols.

We had many messages left before the show. You can read them below. During the show we heard from Lee who was listening whilst reading a new cookery book and looking for new recipes. Rene was listening as she was packing for a skiing holiday. Phyl was in the kitchen preparing and cooking the dinner. David was listening via the Phoenix98FM app as he walked his dog in a field in Lincolnshire. If you do not have the app, download it for free from the station website as a belated Christmas gift.

An example, of one of the memories left and used in the show came from Marjorie Perring.
I had four Christmases away from the U.K. The first was in Ascension Island, where we swam on Christmas Day. The others were in Brazil, where it was very hot. Despite that, the Father Christmases all wore the traditional thick costumes and even had red gloves to try and cover as much skin as possible. We always went to the English Church in Recife and sang all the traditional carols. Brazilians are very lively people, and throw themselves with enthusiasm into everything they do. The Christmas celebrations became a bit much. All I wanted was a snow field. I remembered walking in one with my sister when we were young. Our shoes came off and we could not stop laughing. Please play for me White Christmas.

Join me for another live show, New Year’s Day, 8-10 p.m.

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Sonny Jay’s Phoenix Nights (Midweek Chart Update + NEW Music)

CHART UPDATE – 03/12/2015



Adele is saying ‘Hello‘ at the number three spot this week. Bieber has pushed her down a place but not is all bad for Adele and let me tell you why; Adele’s album (25) is the biggest selling UK album of all time – Yes, All time! She has also sold more than the rest of the top 75 in the charts combined AND she represented 37% of total album sales in the UK! Some may go as far to say that she’s smashing it at the moment. Tickets went on pre sale earlier this week and general sale for tickets are Friday Morning.



Justin Bieber has moved down a place from number one this week with Sorry. He was knocked down from the top spot by himself with another song on his recently released album (Purpose). This song has currently been in the charts for 5 weeks – Bieber also has three songs this week in the top 5. Greediness if you ask me!



Justin Bieber knocked himself off of the top spot this week with another song of his own – Love Yourself (Co Written track with Ed Sheeran). This means that Justin Bieber is the first act in 30 years to be at number one in the UK and number two at the same time. Big things for Bieber and I can’t see his songs going anywhere fast anytime soon!


Join me on Phoenix FM LIVE on Thursdays 10pm – Midnight.

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Sonny Jay’s Phoenix Nights (Chart Update + NEW Music)

CHART UPDATE – 26/11/2015

Number 3

 The charts are extremely interesting this week and I’ll tell you why.. At number three we have Justin Bieber who  appears twice in the top three which is unusual… And very greedy of course. So in at number three is Bieber with possibly my favourite song of his on his album he released not so long ago and this is his song he co wrote with Ed Sheeran and It’s called Love Yourself.

Number 2

adele-2015-photoIn at number two is the one and only Adele with ‘Hello’. This single appears twice at the moment in the itunes chart currently which is crazy.. Not only this single appears twice in the itunes chart right now but she could potentially have 4 tracks off of her album in the charts this week too!

Number 1


Justin Bieber being in the top three twice with two separate tracks and it looks like he’s number one again  with this track sorry. BUT it is a battle because  Adele has 4 tracks in the top 40 this week.. Bieber has to do one better doesn’t he…. He’s looking like he could potentially get 5 tracks in the top 40 this week and three of them being in the top ten… Greedy boy.. Greedy Boy… Anywho, This is Bieber being not so sorry at number one this week.




Join me on Phoenix FM LIVE on Thursdays 10pm – Midnight.

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Sonny Jay’s Phoenix Nights (Chart Update + NEW Music)

CHART UPDATE – 19/11/2015

Last week the midweek chart had changed for the first time in 2 weeks finally! It was about time someone knocked Adele off of the topspot after being there for a whole month, right? Adele didn’t go far though… This is what happened in the Official UK Midweek Charts this week!

Number 3

fleur-east-sax-single-artwork We Saw Fleur Easts DEBUT SINGLE ‘Sax’ storm the charts after her X Factor performance the week before. Number three for Fleurs debut single is a really great position considering the top 2 in this weeks charts are 2 of the biggest artists in the world so Fleur and her team can only see this as a great start to her music career and keep building.

Number 2

adele-2015-photoSo Adele was taken off of the top spot at number one last week after a whole month of being there with her comeback single ‘Hello’. Not that she probably cares, her album is storming the charts and breaking records across the world.. Not only that, this weeks charts we can see atlas 4 of her new album (25) songs in the UKs top 40 already.

Number 1

bieber-justin_sorryJustin Bieber being not so sorry knocking Adele off of the topspin this week. His song Sorry has been lingering in the charts for a while but since his album release ‘Purpose’ it’s brought the song straight to the top. This week is going to be a battle between him and Adele to see how many songs they can both get in the top 40 from their brand new albums. Although, Justin Bieber looks as though he could have three songs in the top 10 this week.




Join me on Phoenix FM LIVE on Thursdays 10pm – Midnight.

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Cut the Cord 04/10/15



Cut the Cord 04/10/15

What does Led Zeppelin and M People have in common? They were both on this weeks cut the cord playlist, the might of Plant up against the majestic Smalls. If anything it was too much!

And before you start panicking, Yes we did play the sultry sounds of Lighthouse family to accompany the M peeps. Also we had the usual Bantage along with some Strong, STRONG Requests. thanks for tuning in guys :)

Playlist is at the bottom and if you wanna get in touch please use the deets below.

Stay Awesome!





Me: @sullishow

Phoenix: @phoenixfm


Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place

Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks

The Police – Roxanne

Sia – Elastic Heart

The Horrors – Still Life

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

DJ Snake – Blow a Kiss

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe

Queens of the Stone Age – Sat By the Ocean

Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell

Nelly Furtado – Say it Right

Michael Jackson – Human Nature

M People – Movin’ On Up

Lighthouse Family – High

The Beatles – A Hard Days Night

Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Madness – It Must Be Love

Massive Attack – Teardrop

The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday

Snow Patrol – Run

Stereophonics – Maybe Tomorrow

The Strokes – Last Nite

Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz

Thin Lizzy – Boys Are Back in Town

U2 – One

Van Morrison – Gloria

Volcano Choir – Dancepak


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200 years of Essex History in one place

Yes, you were indeed landed with me for a second day whilst Michelle enjoys a well earned break!IMG_0236

A very busy show today since I was joined by not one, but two guests.

First off came Lesley Burrows, the Head of Community Services at St Francis Hospice who told us all about the events which form HOSPICE CARE WEEK which starts next Monday. The theme this year is “Connecting Care” which aims to highlight the many ways in which hospices work with many different organisations to help people affected by a life-limiting illness.

hospice care week

You can find out more about Hospice Care Week on Hospice UK’s website at, and of course, the latest news from Saint Francis Hospice can be found at

Listen again here to what Lesley told me by clicking on the link below: –


I was also pleased today to have the chance to talk to JOHN DEBENHAM who together with ANDREW SUMMERS has just completed the mammoth task of researching 2000 years of Essex History which has now been published in their new book THE ESSEX HUNDRED HISTORIES. Naturally with so many subjects covered in the book from the exploits of Queen Boudicca to wind turbines at Ford Dagenham and from the deeds of smugglers to natural disasters, we were able to cover only a few items in our chat today.

The book, priced at just £8.99 is available from all good booksellers and from the website

If you missed what John told me today, or would just like to listen again, click on the link below: –


And we also had news of the man who has been refused a job in the police because he has tattoos on his arms – which it seems could offend other

I know you will be pleased to know that Michelle will be back on Monday and I’ll see you again soon.


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Fancy a run for fun?

IMG_0234Whilst deputising for the magnificent MICHELLE WARD, I was joined today by LEIGH NORRIS, the man behind the weekly BRENTWOOD PARK RUN. Didn’t know about this? Well it takes place every Saturday morning, starting promptly at 9 o’clock in Weald Country Park, over a 5km course starting and finishing close to the visitor centre at the southern end of the park.

If you would like to become a helper at this event, e-mail your details to but if you would like either to become a volunteer proper or take part in the run itself register on the website

To learn more just click on the link below and listen to what Leigh had to say on this subject: –

M1 Ad

We also heard today about the woman who found out about her cheating husband and told her husband (any all the commuters heading into Sheffield) that she’d left him, by means of a billboard next to the M1.

And how about about the would-be nutritionalist who scoffed 25 Big Macs in 22 minutes?

Big Mac

Right I’m off to get some lunch now but I won’t be tackling that much.

See you tomorrow,

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Cut the Cord 27/09/15


Cut the Cord 27/09/15

This week on Cut the Cord we had an eclectic bunch of tunes for you, sprinkled with the usual epic rock you’d find on any well DJ’d wedding, ok that’s not selling it but trust me it was good! :)

Playlist is at the bottom and if you wanna get in touch please use the deets below.

Stay Awesome!






Me: @sullishow

Phoenix: @phoenixfm



Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

Kasabian – Underdog

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)

Massive Attack – Teardrop

Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box

The Rolling Stones – Monkey Man

The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man

Incubus – Pardon Me

Cream – White Room

Everything Everything – Distant Past

The Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man

The Black Keys – She Said, She Said

Radiohead – Exit Music (for a Film)

Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses

The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Queen – Who Wants To Live Forever

Johnny Cash – Hurt

Coldplay – Everything’s Not Lost

Blur – Charmless Man

Foo Fighters – Times Like These

ACDC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Feeder – Just the Way I’m Feeling

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine


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Sonny Jay – Last Friday Night




 So last week we saw Justin Bieber get himself back at the UK topspot #1 position in the Official UK Charts with his single ‘What Do You Mean’ which is his first UK number one! BUT he’s got massive competition this week from R City& Adam Levine! ALSO One Direction have released their NEW ALBUM ‘Made In The A.M’ which is set to go number one this week of course in the UK album charts. A song off of this new album called ‘Infinity’ seems to be flying high in the iTunes chart this week so can we see them take the top spot? Join me Friday nights 10pm – midnight where I’ll fill you in with the latest charts and current tracks!

Every week I ask you guys to takeover part of my show by sending me in your requests. This can be my favourite part of the show as you guys surprise me with some songs that I haven’t heard in quite a while and here’s a few of my favourites from last week:

  • Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around...Comes Around
  • Fountains Of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
  • Orson - Bright Idea
  • Maroon 5 - Maps

Join me again this Friday for the latest chart update plus don’t forget to send in your requests! Friday 10pm-Midnight! See you then


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Sonny Jay – Last Friday Night








Last Friday night we danced on tabletops and we took too many shots… No wait. That was Katy Perry

So then what did you do? Listened to me Sonny Jay of course as you do every Friday from 10pm – Midnight.


We had a jam packed show with all the chart hits not forgetting some new music. Here’s a list of all the fresh tracks I played last week:

  1. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean (UK Number 1 – Official Charts)
  2. R City feat Adam Levine – Locked Away
  3. Avicii – For A Better Day
  4. Foxes – Better Love
  5. Kygo feat Ella Henderson – Here For You


Chart NEWS





Justin Bieber topped the chart this week with his highly anticipated single ‘What Do You Mean’. Not only he bagged himself a Official UK Number One, he also got his first ever US Number One on the Billboard Charts.. Like what?! Surely Baby was a number one no?

The song shifted 337,000 downloads and was streamed 23.3 million times to enter at Number 1, and becomes the 23rd song in US chart history to debut at the top according to billboard reports! Not bad eh?!


Not many other new entries in the charts this week other than Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer at number 7. Will she slowly rise the charts this week? Find out in my show THIS FRIDAY from 10pm – Midnight.

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Cultura Brazil – show 56

Click below to listen to the show again:

Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s weekly show presented by Ezequiel Cassol for the Brazilian community in Essex and London, featuring interviews and Música popular brasileira (Brazilian popular music).

On this week’s show:

‐ Film festival at the Barbican honors Rio de Janeiro
‐ Benefits of Capoeira will be discussed in London
‐ Brazilian films will be displayed in Festival in England

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Show 48: 50 songs in three hours? Good work!

All on my own this week, no guest to keep me company. How to solve my loneliness? PLAY SOME GOOD MUSIC OF COURSE.

I’ve decided I don’t play enough local music. Being in a band myself I know how difficult it is getting your songs played on the radio (A LOT OF RADIO STATIONS HAVE PAY-TO-PLAY… We do not do this on PhoenixFM.)

So I’m compiled a list of mainstream and local music and put some of our homebase talent next to some of their idols on the playlist. I.e. Putting SJ Denney between Noel Gallagher and The Smiths – He was please with that.

SO here it is…

1. The Maccabees – Given To The Wild (Intro)
2. The Maccabees – Child
3. Band of Skulls – I Know What I Am
4. CJ2 – Never Seen A Day Like This
5. Franz Ferdinand – The Dark Of The Matinee
6. Reverend And The Makers Feat. Alex Turner – The Machine
7. Stephen Rudd – Into Your Heart
8. Miles Kane – Better Than That
9. Neon Neon – I told her On Alderaan
10. Paolo Nutini – Bus Talk (Interlude)
11. Paolo Nutini – Fashion (Janelle Monae)
12. The Redlands Palomino Company – Call Me Up
13. Roisin O’Hagan – Dark, Dark Like
14. Clean Bandit Feat. Rae Morris – Up Again
15. Chvrches – Recover
16. Harry Cash and the Loose Change – Flaming Room
17. BoyKillBoy – Suzie
18. The Jam – Boy About Town
19. Ease Springs – Swayze
20. Tame Impala – Elephant
21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me
22. SJ Denney – The Way It Should Be
23. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
24. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
25. Bow Flats – Battle
26. The Cure – In Between Days
27. Everything Everything – MY KZ, UR BF
28. LCD Sundsystem – Drunk Girls
29. The White Stripes – One More Cup Of Coffee
30. Finding Miranda – Slow Drive Home
31. The Vaccines – Dream Lover
32. The Stone Roses – Waterfall
33. Klair Quest – Faith O’Clock
34. Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
35. Keane – Spiralling
36. The Pigeon Detectives – I Found Out
37. The Young Knives – She’s Attracted to
38. The View – Same Jeans
39. Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
40. Kaiser Chiefs Feat. Sway – Half The Truth
41. Howler – Wailing (Making Out)
42. Elastica – Vaseline
43. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
44. Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk
45. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back
46. Snow Patrol – Set The Fire To The Third Bar
47. Radiohead – There There
48. The La’s – Feelin’
49. The Kooks – Eddie’s Gun
50. Lucy Rose – Like An Arrow

WE GOT 50 IN! Three hours good work. And look at all the good stuff that got played.

More local music will be played in the coming weeks. If you are in a band and want airplay – is the place to send your stuff.

Next week I have Tall Dark Friend in the studio, always a pleasure. She will be in to play some tunes and have a chat about her exciting schedule.

Until next time peeps. Ciao for now.

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A vow of silence

Spains HallMargaret Mills joined me today and related the story of William Kempe, a one-time owner of Spain’s Hall near Finchingfield, who it seems took a 7-year vow of silence in penance for chastising his wife – and I suspect, lived to regret his decision! Listen again to what Margaret said by clicking on the link below: –

See you next week,


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Saving Water – Dan Davis from Essex and Suffolk Water

We all know the importance of saving water, but now there’s a helping hand from our friends at Essex and Suffolk Water – discounted water butts for saving rainwater in the garden. Dan Davis from Essex and Suffolk Water popped into the studio today to tell us all about it.

Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Find out more here.

You can Listen to our chat here –

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Sunday Vibe 026 – Musical Journey: Primo Nelson

Today it was my pleasure to meet and talk to five members from the thirteen strong funk extravaganza that is Primo Nelson. Hailing from a part of south-east England that is rich in musical heritage, Primo Nelson are taking the underground funk scene by storm with a DIY attitude and a loyal following. We chatted about ‘spirit of funk’ and their upcoming ‘Funk and Soul Circus’ gig which is happening on the 16th October at the Maritime Rooms (Cliffs Pavillion, Southend). Go check it out! Enjoy!

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Sunday Vibe 025 – “Don’t Look Back” A chat with filmmaker Simran Shokar

Today I had the pleasure of catching with a talented and engaging lady called Simran Shokar. A lifetime interest in films and cinematogrpahy has lead her to direct her first feature film at tender age of eighteen! We talked about the role of women in film and whether Goodfella’s or Casino is Scorsese’s best film! Enjoy!

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Rebecca Ferguson at The Brentwood Festival

It was fun chatting to Rebecca Ferguson at the Brentwood Festival last weekend, I caught up with Rebecca moments before she appeared on the main stage, I asked her about her new Album “lady Sings the Blues” and she replied; ‘ you can hear some of the tracks in a minute, I’m singing quite a few here at the festival” to which I said I’m sure you will smash it!!, to be honest with my Essex accent and her heavy Liverpool accent, I’m not sure we understood each other LOL, needless to say she certainly smashed it.

After her performance we all headed down to the VIP area to watch Billy Ocean, where she danced the night away with her young children, she certainly seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Rebecca has had a fantastic journey since appearing on Xfactor back in 2011, she was mentored by Cheryl Cole and made it all the way to the finals where she dueted with Christina Aguilera. 2011 also saw her debut album ‘Heaven’ that was also well received by fans.

More recently she has performed with Burt Bacharach, and is now busy touring and promoting her new album ‘Lady sings the Blues’ which is out now on iTunes and Amazon.

You can see some of Rebecca’s performance on the video below, along with a few pics;


Back Stage with Rebecca Ferguson

Back Stage with Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca on the Brentwood Festival Stage

Rebecca on the Brentwood Festival Stage


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Billy Ocean at the BrentWood Festival

Headlining the Saturday Night at this years Brentwood Festival was the legend that is Billy Ocean.

Billy moved to Romford at the age of seven, and regularly sang in London pubs and Clubs in the early 70s, Billy took his stage name Ocean from the Ocean estate in Sepney in london’s East End where he was living at the time.

In 1976 he recorded his first Album ‘Billy Ocean’ with its first single release “Love really hurts without you” a song that charted No2 in the UK charts and a song that he belted out at the Brentwood Festival to the delight of the crowds.

Billy’s greatest success came in 1984 with the release of the album ‘Suddenly’ and its main single ‘Caribbean Queen’, and again in 1986 with the album ‘Love Zone’ with one of his biggest single releases ‘When the Going Gets Tought the Tough Get Going’.

Although we did not do a recorded interview I did get time to chat to Billy back stage and I asked him if he was excited to be at the Brentwood Festival

“I am glad you could all come to the party” he replied, on touring, and festivals he told me ” I am more passionate about music thane ever before, and blessed to be able to share my songs with the world and people of Brentwood”.

Billy’s ability to work the crowd was amazing and he put on one of the best sets of the festival weekend.

Take a look at the gallery below and Video of Billy on the Brentwood Festival stage with When the Going Gets Tough

In the Green room with Billy Ocean

In the Green room with Billy Ocean

Group chat before they hit the main stage.

Group chat before they hit the main stage.



Billy Ocean on stage at the Brentwood Festival

Billy Ocean on stage at the Brentwood Festival

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BGT ‘Jack Pack, at the Brentwood Festival

I managed to catch up with Jack Pack from last years Britain’s Got Talent just before they hit the main stage at this years Brentwood Festival, Jack Pack is a uniquely contemporary swing pop group made up of four distinct vocalist;

Andrew Bourn

Alfie Palmer

Martin McCafferty

Sean Ryder Wolf

Following their stint on BGT 2014 where they came 4th, the band where swiftly signed by Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music and will be releasing their self titled album around 30th Oct this year.

The Album has been recorded with a 72 piece orchestra, and features a previously un-released track penned by grammy and academy award winning singer songwriter Randy Newman the track is titled ‘Forever’

To listen to the interview click on the audio tab below;


More information about Jack Pack and their music can be found at;

for booking/enquiries:

Jack Pack back stage at the Brentwood Festival

Jack Pack back stage at the Brentwood Festival

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The Earnshaws at the Brentwood Festival

No strangers to the Brentwood festival having now performed at their third one, I was happy to catch up with Joe from the Earnshaws, straight after their set on the main stage.

The Earnshaws are a fun energetic Indie pop/classic rock covers band, Their songs come from a diverse but popular range of sources and styles, sing along classics from Oasis, The Killers, Kings of Leon and Kaiser Chiefs, contemporary pop hits (with an Earnshaws twist!), by Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Alex Clare, Bruno Marrs and Pharrell Williams to festival anthems by Pendulum, Foo Fighters and the Stereophonics in which they closed their performance with the track Dakota.

Look out for the bands full interview and live session coming to the Sunday Lunch Show soon.

In the meantime to listen again to the interview click on the audio tab below;

Further information on The Earnshaws can be found at;

The Earnshaws on the Main stage of the Brentwood Festival

The Earnshaws on the Main stage of the Brentwood Festival

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Brentwood Festival – Pixie Lott

Headlining the main stage at Brentwood Festival was pop princess Pixie Lott! Even with a few technical difficulties Pixie carried on like a true professional, interacting with the crowd and still sounded and looked amazing!



Growing up in Brentwood herself, she is a local girl and was excited to be performing to a home crowd. She felt especially happy to be back home after spending 5 weeks in LA writing for her next album. Some students from her recently opened branch of the famous theatre school, Italia Conti, gave some stunning performances of singing and dance and Pixie was there proudly watching in support. Just before their demonstration began Pixie had time to have a chat about her upcoming album and what she had in store for the Brentwood Festival.

You can listen back to the interview here:

Pixie Lott with Nikki Mills









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Brentwood Festival – Charlie-Ann Lott (Italia Conti)

Brentwood Festival was fortunate enough to have an insight into what goes on at Pixie Lott’s Italia Conti when some student sang and danced a mini showcase by their stall at the Festival.
Pixie Lott’s branch of the famous theatre school opened locally in Chelmsford back in January and is run by Pixie’s sister, Charlie-Ann.

Charlie-Ann Lott with Nikki Mills

Charlie-Ann is very happy with the way the school is going and is very proud of her students, who after only two terms have been successfully taking exams already!
During the festival Charlie-Ann talked about the school in more detail and their upcoming summer school.

The interview can be heard here:





To find out more about Italia Conti:


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Brentwood Festival 2015 – Roisin O’Hagan

At only 17 years old Roisin O’Hagan has a passion for music, singing and song writing and she showcased her talents on the second stage of this years Brentwood Festival. As a local singer from Chelmsford, Roisin has played gigs in the Essex area as well as venturing off to Ipswich and Suffolk and has plans to do many more.

Roisin O’Hagan with Nikki Mills


Roisin is such a confident girl on stage and off. She is focused, positive and experienced which will results in a bright future. I had a little chat with Roisin at the festival after her performance to see how it went and what she has planned next for her life.

You can hear the interview here:

To find out more about Roisin:

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Brentwood Festival 2015 – Glenn Hodge Banned

Visiting Essex to perform at the Brentwood Festival, the Glenn Hodge Banned left members of the crowd wanting their CD after their performance! This folk band, fronted by Glenn Hodge, has had a busy summer and show no signs of slowing down soon.

Glenn Hodge Banned


With an upcoming performance at The Big Sleep Out, a unique chance experience a night on the streets, Glenn told me the details along with describing his music and what inspires him to write.

You can hear the interview here:


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Brentwood Festival 2015 – Funky Voices

With 800 people in the choir, Funky Voices certainly do have a range of voices in their midsts. But when brought all together by the direction of Sandra Colston they make, as Sandra describes ‘a wall of sound’ which will blow you away! With some members performing at the Brentwood Festival, not only were the harmonies faultless, the song choices were spot on mixing old with the new and there was also audience participation! Sandra’s big personality is captivating and will not fail to put a smile on the viewers face.

Funky Voices

With a weekly rehearsal and trips abroad to perform no wonder the members of Funky Voices get such a thrill from being part of the choir! At the festival I joined Sandra and some members of the Brentwood group backstage to talk about what is it like being in Funky Voices.

You can hear the interview here:


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Sunday Vibe 024 – Musical Journey: Paul Woodley

An absolute pleasure to speak to my good pal Mr Paul Woodley who is performing at the Brentwood Festival. We got to chat about blues music, his upcoming recordings and his spot at the Brentwood Festival. Enjoy.

Stereolab – Ping Pong
Belle and Sebastian-The Boy With The Arab Strap
Harry “The Hipster” Gibson – Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphys Ovaltine
Howling Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin
Dolly Parton – Jolene (33rpm)
Gene Dudley Group – I’ve Changed (feat. E)
Ramsey and Co. – Love Call
Skye – Aint No Need
Ray Munnings Funky Nassau
Aged In Harmony – You’re A Melody (1977)
Jimi – All Along The Watchtower
R.L. Burnside – Skinny Woman
Jon Gomm – Waterfall
The Shakespeares – Burning My Fingers 1
R.L. Burnside – Poor Black Mattie
Gene Dudeley Group – Inspector Norse
Ohio Players Skin Tight
Kokomow Arnold – Milkcow Blues
Fairport Convention – Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Joni Mitchell – The Dry Cleaner From DesMoines

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Sunday Vibe – 023 Pride Selection X Unsigned Picks

A small selection for all pride weekend plus some tasty unsigned bits. Enjoy.

Toto – Africa
The Specials – Ghost Town
Etta James – Sunday Kind Of Love
The Persuasions – Good Times
Mbongwana Star – Malukayi
Michael Kiwanuka – Ten Years Gone
Mac DeMarco The Way You’d Love Her
Mamma Cass – Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Tom Robinson Glad To Be Gay (Cabaret 79)
Cerrone – Supernature
Sylvester – Over And Over
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit
Chagall-TMTL 1
Laurel and Scarlet – I’ll Be Alright
Aayushi – Diamond Children
Derrick Harriot – Walk The Streets
Mary J Blige -Mary Jane (All Night Long)
Seven Davis Jnr – Good Vibes (feat. Julio Bashmore)
Chicago – Street Player
Maria Farah – Quizas Quizas Quizas
Toto – Waiting for Your Love
Gaz Coombes – The Girl Who Fell To Earth
Grey Reverand – Walk The Same

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Sunday Vibe 022 – Radio Sunshine X Father’s Day Selection

A selection for Fathers day and a some tunes influenced by that behemoth thing in the sky that keeps us all warm. Plus this was the show that launched the Sunday Shuffle! Enjoy

Shadez of Brooklyn – Change (Instrumental)
Marco Valle – Estrelar
Skye – Aint No Need
The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
Bileo – You Can Win
Kool and The Gang – Summer Madness
Nailah – Sacred
Grover Washington Jnr – Summer song
Fortnight In Florida – Cameo
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Eska – Gatekeeper
Horace Silver – Song For My Father
Neil Young – Old Man
The Unthanks – The Father’s Suite_ The Father’s Song
Gavin Barnes and Ted Clark – When We Had Faces
Girma Beyene – Ene Negn Bay Manesh
John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again
The Heath Brothers – Smilin’ Billy Suite Pt. II [‘One Love’]
Nas- The World Is Yours (Instrumental)
CrusadersSweet N’ Sour
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

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Body Talk 24/6/15

Those healthy fitness bars may not be as good for you as you think!! In studies it showed that we are likely to exercise less and eat more of the particular branded fitness foods, resulting in weight gain and not loss!! It’s simple maths, you need to take in less fuel than you are using up in order to lose weight. Apparently one pound of body weight is equivalent to working off 3,500 calories. That’s a significant amount, so don’t worry if it doesn’t come off all at once.

Exercise is good for you, but you won’t lose weight by exercise alone, unfortunately.

Stay healthier for longer by following a few simple guidelines. Eat plenty of fruit and veg, avoid trans fats and don’t stop learning. Yes, you need to exercise your brain as well as the rest of your body. We lose brain cells as we age, so the brain shrinks, but in research done on London cab drivers, their brains actually are bigger than normal and scientists put this down to the fact that they are constantly learning and updating their knowledge of the roads in London. So start learning something new, or  maybe even become a cab driver!!

Will clicking your knuckles give you arthritis? No, but it can weaken your joints as your stretching the ligaments.

Don’t hit the snooze button in the morning. Apparently this can send you into an even deeper sleep which isn’t good for your health. Have you experienced that really deep sleep that happens for no apparent reason just before you’re supposed to wake up? Then when you do wake up you feel terrible. That’s the snooze effect. Try to go to bed earlier and regulate your sleeping pattern so you can wake up naturally in the morning.

Talking of sleep, is traffic noise keeping you awake at night? If so it’s been proven that it is bad for your health. Try blocking out the noise by either wearing headphones to play soothing music, then ear plugs to block out the sound completely.

Aim to get around seven or eight hours of good quality sleep, and you’ll stay healthier for longer.

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Sonny Jay’s first show

Click below to hear Sonny’s first show again:

Former Loveable Rogue Sonny Jay has joined the Phoenix FM team!


Sonny Jay was part of the Loveable Rogues, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. The producers admitted that they’d seen the band perform on YouTube before putting them on the show – perhaps they’d seen their performance on Tony Smith’s Sunday Lunch show in October 2011 …

The band finished 4th and went on to release an album, This & That, and perform a number of shows and festival appearances including the Brentwood Festival in 2013.

Sonny is now broadcasting on Phoenix every Friday night at 10pm – you can find out what he’s up to by following @SonnyJay on Twitter.

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Sunday Vibe 021 – The Shape of Things to Come

We played two from Ornette Coleman’s seminal album “The Shape of Jazz To Come” from 1959. At the moment everytime I attempt to broadcast, it seems that we lose a legendary jazz figure. Well sadly, this week was a double whammy with Christopher Lee. I will never forget hearing Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” on the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror so I thought I’d slip that reading in too! You also heard new music from Kid Methusalah and something from the new Werkha album! Enjoy listening!

P.S. Luciano is the moniker for Jepther Mclymont

A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Blind Willie Mctell- You Was Born To Die
Air – All I Need
Bobby Caldwell – Down For The Third Time (Joey Negro Down For The Fourth Time Edit)
Terry Reid – Superlungs My Supergirl
Gap Mangoine – Boys With Toys
This Time Around
GQ – I Love (The Skin You’re In)
Ornette Coleman- Peace
Kenny Rankin – Silver Morning
Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
9Bach – Pa Le_
Damien Jurado – Everything Trying
Sixto Rodriguez Streetboy
Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
Stevie Wonder – As

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Its a Strange and Curious Evening



Sitting in on today’s EAT MY BRUNCH Show for Michelle Ward I was joined this morning by Joseph J who is arranging, playing in and promoting an event at All Saints Church East Horndon this coming Saturday the 30th May. The event is called THE STRANGE AND CURIOUS EVENING.

Starting at 6pm the event features 5 bands – JOSEPH J himself (who will be the first act on stage at 6:15),  THE DAISY BOWLERS, RUSSELL JOSLIN, ZARBO and the wonderfully named GRUESOME DEATH BAND. Also in the studio today was Darren from that band, who will be the final act appearing during the evening.

Because of restrictions applied to the location, tickets are strictly limited to 100 and are selling out fast. The price is £12:50 and if you want to get your hands on one you need to do this on line at 

Listen again to my chat with Joe and Darren plus a track from THE GRUESOME DEATH BAND here: –

Right I’ll see you again soon,

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Sunday Vibe 020 – Dylan Covers

Southern Freeez – Freez
Shaolin Monk Motherfunk – Hiatus Kaiyote
Nebulosa – Tenario Jnr
P.I.M.P- Bacoa Steel and Rhythm Band
Sunlight in My Candlelight – Wahoo
Hot_Music – Soho
The Thrill Is Gone – BB King
Matches – SIFU HOTMAN (Guante x deM atlaS x Rube)
Just_Like_A_Woman – Richie Havens
I_shall_be_released – Bob_Dylan Chrissie Hynde and Carole_King
Blowing In The Wind – Odetta
Like A Rolling Stone – Jimi Hendrix
All Around The Watchtower – Rayko and Em Vee
7 days – Tommy Rawson
War Baby – Tom Robinson
Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
Nem Vem Que Não Tem – Wilson Simonal

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Sunday Vibe 019 – A Tribute to The King

The Thrill Is Gone (Live in Cook County Jail) – BB King
How Blue Can You Get_ (Live in Cook County Jail) – BB King
Runnin’ ft. Tay Walker – The Internet
Plastico – Rueben Blades
Whats going on ( danny krivit re-edit 2011) – Marvin Gaye
D’accord Dakar – Ernest Ranglin
Love And Death – Ebo Taylor
Molasses – Hiatus Kaiyote
The Message – The Furious Five
It’s Alright Ma (I’m only bleeding) – Roger McGuin
Sweet Sixteen (Live in Cook County Jail) – BB King
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Not For Nothing – Mutual Benefit
On And On – The Longpigs
Strangers – The Kinks
Settle Down (IFF Remix) – Kimbra

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Body Talk 13/5/15

My guest this evening was Clare Gale from the Natural; Health Clinic and she was talking to us this evening about allergies.

Many things can cause us to sniff and sneeze. The air is full of pollutants, allergens and other things that quiet literally get up our noses!

Quite often we shrug off the odd sniff, but when it becomes more of a problem then we must do something about it.Knowing what is the cause of the problem makes it easier to avoid or treat.

Testing is easy for environmental sensitivities and can check for 300 or more likely causes from plants, trees, pollution, pets, cleaning products and much more.

Remedies can often be made especially for you and what you are sensitive to, to enable you to live life as you would wish

Many people suffer unnecessarily because what they eat is unsuitable for them.

The old adage “you are what you eat” could be translated into “you are what you absorb”. Everybody is different. Symptoms such as migraines/headaches, IBS, joint pain, arthritis, rheumatism, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, digestive problems, eczema, weight gain,and much more, could be due to a food intolerance. Quiet often it’s a combination of things that cause a symptom.

The deficiencies cause the body to not function as it should. Bringing back the balance allows the body to be less sensitive to foods, which in turn enables us to enjoys the foods that have caused symptoms.

If you feel that you might have an allergy problem and you’d like some advice from Clare you can visit her website

or give her a call on 07717281604


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Sunday Vibe 018- Soulful Vitamins

Soulful Sunday afternoon vibes with a little tribute to the man Guru!


Part One


Part Two




Since I Left You- The Avalanches
You Can Win- Bileo
(I Can) Deal with That- Dee Edwards
Over And Over – Sylvester
London Is The Place For Me – Lord Kitchner
I Was There (At The Coronation) – Young Tiger
In The Park – Sect with Ben Westbecch
Boys With Toys – Gap Mangoine
Le Bien, Le Mal – Guru feat. MC Solar
Ballad of Hollis Brown – Stephen Stills
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Rose Royce
Unicorn – Dizzee Gillespe
Flashlight – Parliament
I Love (The Skin You’re In) – GQ
Every Chance I Get (I’m Gonna Love You) – Ramsey Lewis
Grace of God – The Rails
Lonesome Street – Blue
Rocking Chair-The Districts
Lightship #38 – Around 6 ‘o’ Clock
Africa – Hackney Colliery Band

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Speedway Elite League: Lakeside Vortex Hammers 44 Wolverhampton Wolves 46

The Lakeside Vortex Hammers fell to their first home defeat of the season as Wolverhampton Wolves take home three away points, after a late surge to take a 46-44 victory.

Wolves have now picked up six points from ‘The Hammers’ in five days with their earlier home victory on Monday.

Lakeside were not at full strength as captain Andreas Jonsson (Injured), Richard Lawson (Riding for Glasgow) and Steve Boxall (Injured) were unavailable.

The three guests were Jason Doyle in for Jonsson, adopted hammer Rory Schlein stepped in for Lawson and reserve rider James Wright slotted in for Boxall.

The first heat needed a re-run and Ricky Wells was excluded for causing the original stoppage as Lindgren won followed by the two hammers Kim Nilsson and Doyle to split heat one.

Wolves took an early maximum in heat two as Lewis Blackbird gated first and won and Josh Bates made it past Adam Ellis on lap two, to take an early 8-4 lead.

‘The Hammers’ bounced straight back with a 5-1 reverse as guest Schlein sped to victory followed up by Danish star Mikkel Bech.

The visitors’ sneaked back in front as former hammer Peter Karlsson showed his track experience with victory, despite pressure from Edward Kennett as Blackbird took third for a 4-2 to lead 13-11.

The home side split race five as Nilsson won, in heat six ‘The Hammers’ turned up the heat as Kennett burst out the gate and was supported by Bech for a second race maximum to lead 19-17.

Lakeside claimed back to back maximums through the guesting Aussie duo as Doyle won and Schlein fended off Karlsson, to extend their lead to six points.

Kennett claimed his second race victory in heat eight after passing both Blackbird and Wells on bend three of lap one but Wright could not support him to split the heat.

Karlsson got his double victory in heat 10 and brought Wolves back into contention to within four points after a 4-2 heat win, with the scores at 29-25.

Lindgren got his second heat victory but ‘The Hammers’ split the race with Schlein and Bech in second and third to maintain their lead.

In heat 11 replacement Blackbird collided with teammate Tobias Musielak and was excluded from the re-run. Lakeside took their fourth maximum as Nilsson took his second race victory from good teamwork with Doyle, to open up an eight point lead at 37-29.

Wolves pulled back two point in the next race as Blackbird won, Wright snatched an important second as Ellis fell.

Heat 13 was split as Schlein gated first and sped to victory but Doyle could not find a way round Lindgren and Blackbird.

The away side hit Lakeside with a surprising maximum to pull themselves right back into the meeting as Karlsson made it a hat-trick of race victories followed by Musielak, as just two points separate the sides at 43-41.

In the final heat, Wolves did not settle for an away point as Karlsson showed his class to take his fourth race win of the night, followed by Lindgren to snatch a late victory and stun ‘The Hammers’.


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It’s April and there is plenty of SUNNNNNNNNSHIIIIIIINNNNEEEEE!!!
After promoting and voting, it’s finally here. PhoenixFM’s listeners top 10 Oasis tunes.
What Oasis means to me, is that Noel Gallagher’s songwriting was so pivotal to me in my teenage years, that I went from a 13-year old loving hip hop, RnB and having a very narrow taste in music. To then singing Wonderwall at a competition with my theatre school, to playing in bands at college.
Now I have a very broad taste in music. If it wasn’t for my Godmother being an Oasis fan, I probably wouldn’t be in bands, write songs, or even be a radio presenter.
I’m indifferent regarding latest reports that Noel and Liam have made a “gentlemen’s agreement” to get back together and I love Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (probably more than Oasis, controversially). However, the songs that they displayed from 1991 to 2009 were fantastic.
My personal top 10 included…
1. Slide Away; 2. Waiting For The Rapture; 3. The Importance Of Being Idle; 4. Part Of The Queue; 5. Falling Down; 6. Heroes; 7. Champagne Supernova; 8. Don’t Look Back In Anger; 9. Live Forever; 10. Morning Glory.
This is not all about me, however. this is all about you. From 20 to your number one. Here is what you have voted.

20. D’ya Know What I Mean?
19. Columbia
18. She’s Electric
17. Stand By Me
16. Acquiesce
15. The Masterplan
14. Cast No Shadow
13. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
12. Some Might Say
11. Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
10. Slide Away
9. Little By Little
8. Supersonic
7. Live Forever
6. Morning Glory
5. Half The World Away
4. Cigarettes and Alcohol
3. Wonderwall
2. Champagne Supernova
1. Don’t Look Back In Anger

Remember to join me on Thursday nights at 9pm for your weekly dosage of 50 Shades of Chay.
Thanks for voting.

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Sunday Vibe 017- Total Mashup

Complete Sunday Mashup! Enjoy!

Part One

Part Two


Feeling Free- Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators
(Nothing But) Flowers- Talking Heads
Am I The Same Girl- Barbra Acklin
Skanking Dub- Lee Scratch Perry
Ing- Mungos Hi-Fi
Restless (feat. Natasha Kmeto)- Leatherette
Home To You-Big Brooklyn Red
Memory of Our Love- Donnie Hathaway
Pretty Girls- Little Dragon
People Make The World Go Round- Carl Craig
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right- Odetta
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts- Bob Dylan
Maita- Doris Montiero
One Vision – Queen
B-tch Dont Kill My Vibe – Sly 5th Avenue
Lady Day & John Coltrane – Gil Scott Heron
The Door – D’Angelo
Get Up-Young Fathers
Hold On To Love – Saint Tropez
Solid – Ashford and Simpson
Hey Ya – Outkast
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Mayor of Simpleton – XTC
So It Goes – Nick Lowe
In White – Heronshaw

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Sonder: 7th April

Listen again:

The Detroit Spinners – The Rubberband Man
Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s a Winner
Chuck & Mac – Powerful Love
Carl Hall – Mean It Baby
Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
Magic Alex – Out of my Mind (Noah remix)
Ezra Furman – Restless Year
Spring Kings – City
The National – Sunshine On My Back
The War on Drugs – Suffering
Pink Floyd – Hey You
Foals – Late Night
Joni Mitchell – Case of You
Laura Marling – How Can I
Father John Misty – True Affection
Slug – Greasy Mind
Seaside Heights – Start of Something Beautiful
Torres – Sprinter
Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
Babes in Toyland – He’s My Thing
Nirvana – In Bloom (Devonshire mix)
The Cure – A Forest

Gaz Coombes
Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
Fred Abbott – Funny How Good It Feels
Editors – Munich
Lemon Jelly – Staunton Lick
Phoenix – Love Like A Sunset
Sonder (William Yates) – Theme For a Broken Knuckle

Photography by Tracy Morter

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Sunday Vibe 016- Stick In The Wheel

This week I had the pleasure of talking to a group who have been catching the ear of a number of musical aficionado’s, most notably 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. We chatted why it’s important to sing in your own voice, why Nicola is stalking Stewart Lee and details of the their long summer of gigs over a backing of the Velvet Underground. Enjoy.

Part One

Part Two



Don’t Take it Personal- Wahoo Feat. Paul Randolph
Is It All Over My Face-Loose Joints
Sugar Man-Rodriguez
The Door-D’Angelo
Got My Mojo Working-Robert Johnson
Common Ground-Stick In The Wheel
Light Flight-Pentangle
Champion [LIVE] – Stick In The Wheel
Sister Ray-Velvet Underground
Failure-Laura Marling
Genocide Matinee- Fionn Regan
Smoke Rings-The Mills Brothers
Shiny Happy People-REM

Bedlam [LIVE]- Stick In The Wheel

Pedestrian At Best- Courtney Barnett
The Pear Tree-Harry Green
Twin Stars of Thence-Sun Ra
Morning Child- 4 Hero
Scrabble-Rene Costy
Serenade for a Wealthy Widow- Django
Love Is Gonna Lift You Up- Bobby Womack
Never Too Much- Luther Vandross
Rock With You – The Reflex Reision (Final Master)- Michael Jackson

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Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 1 Tilbury 0

Brentwood Town move up to third as they remain unbeaten in six, with a narrow 1-0 home victory over local side Tilbury at The Brentwood Arena.

Sherwin Stanley’s 72 minute goal was the difference as he notched up his 19th league goal of the season, for Brentwood’s fourth straight win.

Brentwood’s first chance was through Tom Richardson with a back heeled for Robbie Rees to run on to but his strike went just wide inside the box.

‘The Blues’ almost scored 24 minutes in as a free-kick by Sam Bantick was flicked on by Martyn Stokes but was hooked off the line and over the bar by Jack Pooley.

A corner by Brentwood, was headed off the crossbar shortly after as Bantick’s whipped in corner was met by the unmarked Alex Akrofi, Rees’ follow-up shot whistled just wide.

Brentwood were denied again by the Tilbury defence, Rees with the free-kick towards the far post for Danny Dafter to head across goal but hacked off the line by the Tilbury defender.

The home side were denied by another goal line clearance as Bantick’s cross was deflected into the penalty area for Akrofi to rise and looped his header over the keeper but not the last defender.

Tilbury missed a great chance just before the break as Ryan O’Rawe’s header was loose and into the path of Neil Richmond but was fired over from close range.

The visitors had the first clear cut shot on goal in the second half as the right back Bradley Webb was aloud time and space and his shot outside the box went just over the bar.

Substitute Sherwin Stanley created a great chance for Akrofi as his half volley hit the outside of the post just inside the 18 yard box.

Brentwood broke the deadlock 72 minutes in as Akrofi lifted the ball over the defence for Bantick to burst goalwards and squared the ball across goal for Stanley to tuck home.

Tilbury piled forward in search of an equaliser, Rees hooved the ball forward and turned defence into attack as Akrofi beat the last defender but clipped his shot just over the bar.

Brentwood held on in the final minutes to keep a second consecutive clean sheet to leave Tilbury frustrated and move up to third.

Brentwood Town Lineup: Ollie Bowles, Christian Mbulu, Louis Baucutt, Martyn Stokes, Ryan O’Rawe, James Love, Sam Bantick (89), Danny Dafter (81), Alex Akrofi, Tom Richardson (65), Robbie Rees

Substitutes: Sherwin Stanley (65), Shad Ngandu (81), Jason Dobbs (89), Andrew Freeman, Daryl Robson

Tilbury Lineup: Jack Giddens, Bradley Webb, Elliot Johnson, Jack Pooley, Danny Smith, Matt Game, Ryan Flack, Jack Carlile, Neil Richmond, Tom Wood, Rimmel Daniel

Substitutes: Eli Benoit, Matthew Keiller, Gary Henty, George Ryan

Attendance: 122

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Eat My Brunch – talking Essex Book Festival with Sylvia Kent and Ros Green


Today on Eat My Brunch I was joined in the studio by EMB regular Sylvia Kent (above right) alongside Ros Green, director of Essex Book Festival, which has been taking place at venues across Essex throughout March, showcasing a variety of authors, poets and performers from the literary world. Ros spoke to us just ahead of the final festival event in Billericay, and had many tales to tell (pardon the pun) from the past month, including meeting Richard & Judy! Sylvia’s had a busy time recently too, as she’s about to release her latest book, Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs, looking at the London borough’s eventful history.

Click to listen back to the full interview:

Find out more about Essex Book Festival at

Keep up to date with Sylvia via her blog at



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Sunday Vibe 015- Secret Cover Versions

Last week got me in the mood to play a few interesting cover versions for the first hour! Then I got the vibe to play a few original tunes that have been sampled into other tunes. Also paying tribute to fallen musical heroes Frankie Knuckles and John Renbourn. I hope they’re making some great music up there.

Part One

Part Two


A Wheel within a Wheel- Soil and “Pimp” Sessions (Original by Art Blakey)
Stop On By-Rufus feat. Chaka Kahn (Original by Bobby Womack)
Bitch Dont Kill My Vibe- (Original by Kendrick Lamar)
Smells like Teen Spirit- Paul Anka (Original by Nirvana)
Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Smoove Remix)- The Third Degree (Kylie)
The Killing Moon- Pavement (Original by Echo and The Bunnymen)
Sitting by the Dock Of The Bay- Pearl Jam (Original by Otis Reading)
Higher Ground- Ellen McIllwaine (Original by Stevie)’
No Diggity-Hackney Colliery Band (Original by Blackstreet)
I Got The… – Labi Siffre (Sampled by Eminem)
Diana In The Autumn Wind- Gap Mangoine (Sampled by Jay Dee)
Good Life- Brassroots (Original by Inner Life)
Tears (Classic Vocal Mix) – Frankie Knuckles
Source feat Candi Staton – You Got The Love (Covered by Florence)
Title Music From Merchant-Ivory’s Film ”Bombay Talkie” 1
Dancing In The Moonlight- T- Rex
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
You Got The Floor [Original 12_ Mix] – Arthur Adams
Running Away – Roy Ayers
Wade in the Water- Ramsey Lewis Trio
In The Bleak Midwinter- Bert Jansch
Inspector Norse (Original Mix) -Todd Terrje

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‘Til the ceremony do us part!

Whilst sitting in for the one and only Michelle Ward today, we looked at not one, but three recent wedding disasters. The first two were in India and the final one in China. The common denominator was that they were all “arranged” marriages so the couples had never met ahead of the intended nuptials.

Wedding disasters

In the first instance it seems that the groom’s family had deliberately withheld the fact that their son was epileptic so when he had a fit in the middle of the ceremony, so did his intended. Whilst he was being treated at the hospital his bride married one of the guests!

Next came news of the bride who, after becoming suspicious that her husband to be, might not be the sharpest tool in the box, decided to give him a simple test. When he answered “17” to the question of what was the sum of 6 and 15, she decided that nothing else in the relationship added up and promptly refused to go through with the wedding.

Meanwhile in China, upon seeing his wife-to-be for the first time, a man threw himself into a river in an apparent suicide attempt. He later explained that her looks fell far short of what he was expecting and that had he gone through with the wedding, she would have been bad for his image! I’m not sure that chucking himself in a river did a lot for it either!

You’ll no doubt be pleased to know that Michelle will be back tomorrow and I’ll see you on my own show next Monday.


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Show 44 Playlist

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Distant Past Everything Everything
Get Some Freedom (Feat. Dragonette) Big Data
Let It Happen Tame Impala
Five Days FOSSA.
Dissolve Absofacto
Forever (Pt. II) Feat. Kaleem Taylor SNAKEHIPS
Atomic Misphilosophy LupeFiasco
That’s Love Oddisee
The Mexican GZA
Mother Mother Fat Freddy’s Drop
Better By Your Side Feat. Tom Aspaul Aeble
Nowhere Now Waterstrider
What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix) Florence and The Machine
How Many Times (Andhim Rmx) Elderbrook
Cafe De Flore Disco Attack
Premiere Fois Larrykoek
The Frenchie Thing Reboot
Walk Away Mickey
Booshie (Radio Edit) Bon Voyage
Bogofunk (Manface Remnix) Joy Kitikonti
Don’t Believe A Hype Rene Amesz
After Life (Feat. Stacy Barthe) Tchami
This feeling Redshift
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Sunday Vibe 014- What is a Vibe?

Today’s show (loosely) examined what a Vibe is……

Vibration is a mechanical phenomenon whereby oscillations occur about an equilibrium point.

That being the case, we tried to play some tunes that oscillated around an equilibrium point. The recent solar eclipse gave us a good chance to play some Sun Ra and it was with great sadness that we played a tribute to Mike Picardo.



Part One

Part Two



Turn The Page- The Streets
Description Of A Fool- A Tribe Called Quest
Land Of…- St Germain
Channel 1 Suite- The Cinematic Orchestra
Runnin’ ft. Tay Walker- The Internet
Dance Tonight- Lucy Pearl
People Everyday- Arrested Development
Georgy Porgy- Toto
Africa- Hackney Colliery Band
Teardrop- Robert Mitchell 3io
When There is no Sun- Sun Ra
Call Me (Come Back Home)- Al Green
Will You Love My Child- Anna Raye
Blame It On Me- John Butler Trio
Gresford (The Miner’s Hymn)- The Unthanks
Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear- Phil Beer
Human Racing- St. Vincent
Erica America- Jans Lekman
Can You Hear Me- David Bowie
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)- Marvin Gaye
You Showed Me- The Turtles
Eucalyptus Tree- Alice Phelps

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Daevid Allen Tribute show

Hi all

Many thanks for joining us for our biggest chatroom audience since we’ve been doing the Interesting Alternative Show.

The reason? A tribute to the life and music or Daevid Allen. We hopefully did him proud and judging by your comments on our Facebook page a good time was had by all as we counted down the time until his cremation on the other side of the globe!

The Show is now up on Mixcloud:

Here is the playlist from the show:

Gong – Radio Gnome – (Camembert Electrique)
Gong – You Can’t Kill Me – (Camembert Electrique)
Daevid Allen – Children Of The New World (Good Morning)
Gong – Isle Of Everywhere (You)
Daevid Allen – Poet For Sale (The Death Of Rock)
Gong – Glad to Sad To Say (Magick Brother)
Gong – The Pot Head Pixies (Flying Teapot)
Gong- I See You (I See You)
Gong- Love Is How You Make It (Angels Egg)
Gong- Heaven’s Gate (Shapeshifter)
Gong- Magick Mother Invocation/ Master Builder (You)
Daevid Allen- Voice Of Om (Australian Aquaria)
Brainville 3- I  Bin Stone Before (Trial By Headline)
Gong: Sold To The Highest Buddah (Angels Egg)
Daevid Allen: Wise Man In Your Heart (Good Morning)
Gong- Tropical Fish/ Selene (Camambert Electrique)
Daevid Allen- Deya (Now Is The Happiest Time Of Your Life)
Gong- Escape Control Delete (2032)
Gong- Selene (Angels Egg)
Gong- Thank You (I See You)


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Show 43 Playlist

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Get Some Freedom (Feat. Dragonette) Big Data
Let It Happen Tame Impala
Intergalactic Young Wonder
Five Days FOSSA.
Dissolve Absofacto
Shake Me Down Brokenwittrebels
Forever (Pt. II) Feat. Kaleem Taylor SNAKEHIPS
Atomic Misphilosophy LupeFiasco
That’s Love Oddisee
The Mexican GZA
Better By Your Side Feat. Tom Aspaul Aeble
Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) Loframes
Bogofunk Joy Kitikonti
Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework) The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
Making Of Me Jimmy Napes
Stay Focused (Strange Rollers Vs Bad Habit Garage Mix) Dani B
What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix) Florence and The Machine
After Life (Feat. Stacy Barthe) Tchami
Walk Away Mickey
Record Store Blagoj Rambabov, Igor Kostoski
The Calling Rene Lavice, Ivy Mairi
Hidden Heart Of Gold Tom Trago
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Let It Happen Tame Impala
Human Contact (French Horn Rebellion Remix) Catey Shaw
Intergalactic Young Wonder
Shake Me Down Brokenwittrebels
Pedestrian At Best Courtney Barnett
We Can Do What We Want Drenge
Find Yourself Jacco Gardner
Dissolve Absofacto
Rich (Feat. Anndreyah Vargas) Cosmo Sheldrake
That’s Love Oddisee
The Mexican GZA
The Funk Squad (Crowd Getting Bigger Mix) Master Strange Rollers
Better By Your Side Feat. Tom Aspaul Aeble
Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) Loframes
Bogofunk Joy Kitikonti
Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework) The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
Making Of Me Jimmy Napes
All In My Head (Howson’s Groove Remix) Pat Lok Feat. Desirée Dawson
What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix) Florence & The Machine
Walk Away Mickey
Record Store Blagoj Rambabov, Igor Kostoski
The Calling Rene Lavice, Ivy Mairi
Hidden Heart Of Gold Tom Trago
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Sunday Vibe 012 D.A.I.S.Y. Age vibes, I.W.D. Vibes….

This week I had a look back at the Daisy Age of Hip Hop, a focus on De La Soul’s classic ‘Three Feet High and Rising’ plus two back-to-back Secret Cover Versions and two for International Womens Day.

Part One


Part Two



(Not Just) Knee Deep – Funkadelic

Plug Tunin (Last Chance To Comprehend)- De La Soul

Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin’s Revenge)-De La Soul

Peg- Steely Dan

Eye Know- De La Soul

I know a little Cuban- Hugo Maldoro

The Crunge-Lez Zepplin

Magic Number- 3 Feet High and Rising

Five Feet High And Rising- Jonny Cash

I’m Every Woman- Chaka Kahn

Do The Jazz- Swindle

Millionaire- Kelis Ft Andre 3000

Transmitting Live From Mars- De La Soul

Prison Blues-Romare

Wonder Woman- Lee Dorsey

Put That on My Momma [LP Mix]- Riton

Show Me (fea. Pos from De La Soul)- Mint Royale

Me Myself And I- De La Soul

One Thing- Peter and Kerry

I Heard It Through The Grapevine- The Slits

All the Things You Are Not Yet- Nick Mulvey

May This Be Love- Jimi Hendrix

Emkay- Bonobo

Love Me Like This- Floating Points

You Can Do It (Baby)- George Benson


















16:03:19	(Not Just) Knee Deep 
16:09:15	16 Plug Tunin (Last Chance To Comprehend)
16:13:21	Jingle - 8 Sec Vocal
16:13:30	Promo - Breakfast
16:14:01	Advert - Chigwell Bi-Fold
16:14:44	Advert - GT Creative
16:15:24	Advert - Lakeside
16:15:53	Jingle - 8 Sec No Vocal
16:16:03	01 Intro
16:17:56	06 Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)
16:22:01	2-09 Peg 1
16:26:04	09 Eye Know
16:30:05	16 I know a little Cuban 1
16:30:08	16 I know a little Cuban 1
16:35:09	Jingle - 18 Sec Vocal
16:35:26	The Crunge 2
16:39:05	02 Magic Number
16:42:27	Jingle - 3 Sec Vocal
16:42:30	Advert - Beeches
16:42:51	Advert - Liquorice
16:43:30	Advert - St Francis Hospice Brentwood Half Marathon
16:44:00	Jingle - 8 Sec No Vocal
16:44:08	Five Feet High And Rising 1
16:45:50	I'm Every Woman
16:49:47	01 Do The Jazz 
16:55:00	81 Millionaire 1
17:00:23	08 Transmitting Live From Mars
17:01:36	06 Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)
17:01:43	09 Prison Blues 1
17:05:50	23 Wonder Woman 1
17:08:37	04 Put That on My Momma [LP Mix]
17:13:12	Jingle - 8 Sec Vocal
17:13:20	Advert - Queens Theatre - Boeing Boeing
17:14:45	Advert - Lakeside
17:15:15	Promo - Body Talk
17:15:41	Advert - Spire Cosmetic
17:16:11	Jingle - 8 Sec No Vocal
17:16:22	03 Show Me (fea. Pos from De La Soul) 1
17:21:07	20 Me Myself And I 1
17:25:18	One Thing 1
17:29:21	I Heard It Through The Grapevine 1
17:34:04	03 All the Things You Are Not Yet
17:38:03	07 May This Be Love 1
17:41:12	Jingle - 18 Sec Vocal MJ
17:41:30	Advert - Drainfix
17:42:01	Advert - Enquirer
17:42:31	Promo - Eat My Brunch
17:43:04	Jingle - 18 Sec Vocal
17:43:22	02 Emkay
17:48:57	Love Me Like This 2
17:55:25	14 You Can Do It (Baby) 1
18:02:06	Jingle - 30 Sec Vocal






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Human Contact (French Horn Rebellion Remix) Catey Shaw
Never Gets Old Penguin Prison
Emoticons TheWombats
Intergalactic Young Wonder
Ghosts Ibeyi
Find Yourself Jacco Gardner
Shake Me Down Brokenwittrebels
Pedestrian At Best Courtney Barnett
The Hunter Slaves
Ban All The Music Nothing But Thieves
We Can Do What We Want Drenge
One Man Can Change The World Big Sean Feat. Kanye West & John Legend
Dissolve Absofacto
Rich (Feat. Anndreyah Vargas) Cosmo Sheldrake
The Mexican GZA
Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) Loframes
Wah Ha (Seekae Remix) Lisa Mitchell
Our Demons (Filous Remix) The Glitch Mob
Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework) The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
Making Of Me Jimmy Napes
All In My Head (Howson’s Groove Remix) Pat Lok Feat. Desirée Dawson
What Kind Of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix) Florence & The Machine
Rituals Maribou State
Chest Chris Lake
Collapse (Free N Losh Remix) Zeds Dead Feat. Memorecks
The Funk Squad ( House Mix) Strange Rollers
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Bryan Clark and Jordon Cox

A busy Drive show today with my two guests Bryan and Jordon.
First it was Bryan’s turn.

Bryan Clark is from The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

Bryan Clark

Bryan Clark

We talked about the latest news in the plumbing and heating world. You can listen to our chat here –

Then it was the turn of Jordon Cox

Jordon Cox

Jordon Cox

Jordon used to be known as the Coupon Kid but having reached the age of 18 may have outgrown that title! However Jordon is fast becoming one of the country’s premier money saving experts with his regular column in a national newspaper. Jordon gave us his latest money saving tips. –


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Sunday Vibe 011- Musical Journey: Hicks and Goulbourn

This weeks show was a real treat as I got a chance to catch up with old friends Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn. For the past four years they have been touring the UK, Europe and America bringing their brand soulful, acoustic folk to the people. We discussed their last album “Owl Cafe”, folk clubs and the songs behind their music. You can find more about their music on their website

Part One 


Part Two

Live Tracks

Turn Your Money Green- Hicks and Goulbourn

Flowers of Belfast/Caroline’s Concerto- Steve Hicks

This Is The Friend- Hicks and Goulbourn

Cry Me A River- Hicks and Goulbourn

The feature album today was the soundtrack to La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), an amazing film from 2013.


The Beatitudes; Featuring Kronos Quartet 1
More Than Scarlet Decoder Ring
Everything Trying Damien Jurado 
Light My Fire-Jose Feliciano 
Been Smoking Too Long- Nick Drake
Go Back Jack, Do It Again- Steely Dan
The Snake- Al Wilson
They Say I'm Doing Just Fine- Michael Kiwanuka
Morning Child- 4hero
Sir Sydney Smith's March- Hicks and Goulbourn
Here Comes The Rain Again- Hicks and Goulbourn
Stranger On a Bus- Hicks and Goulbourn
If You Only Knew- Acetone
Strong- Heronshaw
Film-Aphex Twin
I've Known Rivers-Madlib
Fables of Faubus- Project
The Gouldings- Fionn Regan
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)- James Taylor
Hani- Ali Faka Toure
I Want To Thank You- Alica Meyers
So Lost (feat. Isaac Danquah) [Rebel Kleff Remix]- Ady Sulieman
The Bottle- Gil Scott Heron
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Yester’Ukes – The Healing Power of Good Music?

After a day of struggling with the pain of a particularly bad back it really was great to welcome a fine bunch of people, musicians and singers in to the Phoenix FM studios. Not one to moan too much, I only mention my bad back because I was so amazed how the pain of it seemed to magically disappear in the company of these fabulous entertainers. Throughout the session I was aware that I was sitting there with an enormous grin totally enjoying their company and the great music they played.



Yester’Ukes play music from the golden age of the ukulele – the first half of the 20th century. The sort of songs you used to hear years ago when the piano was the main entertainment in pubs across the land. The kind of songs your Mum and Dad or Granny and Grandad used to sing… A bygone age maybe but they are fine songs none the less and delivered with great style by these fabulous musicians and singers.

Vic the bass man - The best dressed man in the studio!

Vic the bass man – The best dressed man in the studio!

You can listen to the entire session and interview below, including a quiz in which I tested the members of Yester’Ukes on their knowledge of the ukulele. I should have made it harder!

Jon and Rita

Jon and Rita

Martin - Ukelele lessons by Martin available now. Get in on the new age of the uke... Call 07952 381842 or email

Michael – Ukelele lessons by Michael available now. Get in on the new age of the uke… Call 07952 381842 or email



It wasn’t until after the show that I noticed we had an email from a listener. Not any listener but one from a rival ukulele band none the less! John Mattock from the band D’Ukes sent this message – Yester’Ukes sounding great in the studio.  Best wishes from D’Ukes! What is it about the ukulele that seems to attract such nice people?

You can find out more about Yester’Ukes on the following links –

Thanks Yester’Ukes… Come back soon!


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We Can Do What We Want Drenge
Look Out Bad Wave
Never Gets Old Penguin Prison
Don’t Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes
Clay Birds Amason
Emotional Snoh
Current Carry Vetiver
Let Me Down Easy Max Frost
Intergalactic Young Wonder
Ghosts Ibeyi
Find Yourself Jacco Gardner
Shake Me Down Brokenwittrebels
Pedestrian At Best Courtney Barnett
The Hunter Slaves
Ban All The Music Nothing But Thieves
Gold Digger (Twin Caverns Rework) Kanye West
The Mexican GZA
One Man Can Change The World Big Sean Feat. Kanye West & John Legend
Fly Raury
Off Peak Dreams Ghostpoet
Supernatural Thing Freeland
Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework) The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer
Making Of Me Jimmy Napes
‘I Wanna Know’ Beat Spacek
All In My Head (Howson’s Groove Remix) Pat Lok Feat. Desirée Dawson
Bloom (Lane 8 Remix) ODESZA
Rituals Maribou State
Berkshire (Feat. Adam Woollard) REVIVE US
Chest Chris Lake
Collapse (Free N Losh Remix) Zeds Dead Feat. Memorecks
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Never Gets Old Penguin Prison
Apart In Love Roisto
Empty Nesters Toro Y Moi
Don’t Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes
Clay Birds Amason
Emotional Snoh
Current Carry Vetiver
Let Me Down Easy Max Frost
Hypebeast Slack
Intergalactic Young Wonder
Ghosts Ibeyi
The Hunter Slaves
Ban All The Music Nothing But Thieves
Fly Raury
Off Peak Dreams Ghostpoet
Open The Door FKJ
The Mexican GZA
From The Outside Wiley,Teddy,JME
Through The Roof Hermitude
Veritas (Hoodlem Remix) Oceaán
Making Of Me Jimmy Napes
‘I Wanna Know’ Beat Spacek
All In My Head (Howson’s Groove Remix) Pat Lok Feat. Desirée Dawson
Bloom (Lane 8 Remix) ODESZA
Rituals Maribou State
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Berkshire (Feat. Adam Woollard) REVIVE US
Chest Chris Lake
Collapse (Free N Losh Remix) Zeds Dead Feat. Memorecks
Kuku Flako
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Greek Tragedy The Wombats
Apart In Love Roisto
Leaving Los Feliz Mark Ronson (Feat. Kevin Parker)
Current Carry Vetiver
Empty Nesters Toro Y Moi
Clay Birds Amason
Hypebeast Slack
Ghosts Ibeyi
Window Gosh Pith
Ban All The Music Nothing But Thieves
Pieces The O’My’s
Sticky Situation Kiko Bun
Pistols At Dawn (Lucian X Mickey Valen Remix) Seinabo Sey
Fly Raury
Off Peak Dreams Ghostpoet
The Hunter Slaves
Hope Silk Cinema
Heartbeat Loud Andy C, Flora
Open The Door FKJ
Moving On (Feat. Feki) Tabrill
From The Outside Wiley,Teddy,JME
Through The Roof Hermitude
‘I Wanna Know’ Beat Spacek
Higher Ground Argonaut&Wasp
Veritas (Hoodlem Remix) Oceaán
Bloom (Lane 8 Remix) ODESZA
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Insides Fort Romeau
Kuku Flako
Yep Bleep Bloop
Kali 47 Savant
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Dinosaurs in the 21st Century


So today the competition featured songs Deeply Dippy – Right Said Fred, Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale and Was (Nt Was) Walking the Dinosaur……getting you to a conundrum in the Science Museum between a Dinosaur and a Whale! Otherwise it looked like this……

Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Radio Edit)
Matthews Southern Comfort – Woodstock (Single Version)
Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Adele – Chasing Pavements

English song in a foreign language

G – Dragon – This Love (Live)

Otherwise this South Korean is known as Kwon Ji Yong (born August 18, 1988)…….Check it out

Freddie White – Ol’ Buttermilk Sky

On this day
John Lennon – Imagine (Number 1 1981)
Lady Gaga – Just Dance (Number 1 2009)

Billy Joel – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life
Blondie – Sunday Girl
London Grammar – Hey Now
Ronan Keating – Life Is A Rollercoaster
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
Manfred Mann – My Name Is Jack
Train – Bulletproof Picasso
Tom Jones – The Young New Mexican Puppeteer

UK Top 10
Avicii – The Nights
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) (Nr1)

Roy Murphy – This Year
Paloma Faith – New York
Lily Allen – Alfie
The Intruders – (Win, Place Or Show) She’s A Winner

The Golden Year
The Imperials – Who’s Gonna Love Me
The Modern Lovers – The Morning of Our Lives
Tonight – Drummer Man
Smokie – For a Few Dollars More
Odyssey – Native New Yorker 

The golden year was 1978
Carrie Underwood – Something In The Water
Paolo Nutini – Coming Up Easy
The Yachts – Suffice To Say
Lesley Gore – Look of Love
Leo Sayer – Orchard Road

I’m away next week but will see you in two weeks time……..enjoy!!!

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Apart In Love Roisto
Leaving Los Feliz Mark Ronson (Feat. Kevin Parker)
Current Carry Vetiver
Empty Nesters Toro Y Moi
Clay Birds Amason
Hypebeast Slack
Window Gosh Pith
Pieces The O’My’s
Sticky Situation Kiko Bun
Pistols At Dawn (Lucian X Mickey Valen Remix) Seinabo Sey
Fly Raury
Off Peak Dreams Ghostpoet
Lost On Me Peace
Hope Silk Cinema
Open The Door FKJ
Moving On (Feat. Feki) Tabrill
From The Outside Wiley,Teddy,JME
Through The Roof Hermitude
‘I Wanna Know’ Beat Spacek
Higher Ground Argonaut&Wasp
Veritas (Hoodlem Remix) Oceaán
Bloom (Lane 8 Remix) ODESZA
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Insides Fort Romeau
Floating Points Nuits Sonores
Kuku Flako
Yep Bleep Bloop
Kali 47 Savant
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Show 16, 17 and 18: Ren Stedman show, Funday Sunday, Roman Empire

I had acoustic singer songwriter, Ren Stedman on the show playing some of his songs after recently getting signed to Downtown Records. Ren is soon to release a couple of singles through the label one of them being ‘Honestly’ which I played on the show.
1. Biffy Clyro – Mountains
2. King Blues – I Got Love
3. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
4. The Cribs – Men’s Needs
5. Ren Stedman – Live my Life (Live in the studio)
6. Paramore – Where The Lines Overlap
7. Feefer – Buck Rogers
8. The Strokes – Last Night
9. Ren Stedman – The Ascent (Live in The Studio)
10. Less Than Jake – All My Friends Are Metalheads
11. The Rifles – Sometimes
12. The Subways – Oh Yeah
13. Ren Stedman – Honestly
14. Pulled Apart By Horses – Bromance Ain’t Dead
15. Royal Blood – Figure It Out
16. Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
17. Ren Stedman – Goodbye (Live In The Studio)
18. Nirvana – Lithium
19. Fightstar – The English Way
20. Frank Turner – Long Live The Queen
21. Sum41 – In Too Deep
22. Young Guns – Dearly Departed
23. Linkin Park – In The End.

Ren scored 3 points in 50 Grads Smarter which makes her second in this years list. The scoreboard is…

Jenni Pettican – 4
Ren Stedman – 3

Kieran will be the next contestant when he appears on the show on the 5th February.

The second show was my last show on a Sunday evening until myself and Eddie Curry swapped slots. So I did upbeat positive songs to before converting to becoming a Thursday evening man.

1. Oasis – Shock of the Lightning
2. Frank Turner – We Shall Not Overcome
3. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffl
4. Black Keys – Tighten Up
5. Klaxons – Totem On The Timeline
6. Beach Boys – Surfin USA
7. Beatles – Twist and Shout
8. Cee-Lo Green – Forget You
9. Andre 3000 – Hey Ya
10. Dananananakroyd – Watch This
11. Editors – All Sparks
12. Disney – I’ll Make A Man Out Of You
13. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
14. Biffy Clyro – Moder Magic Formula
15. King Blues – Headbutt
16. Primal Scream – Movin On Up
17. Blur – There’s No Other Way
18. The Enemy – Be Somebody
19. Fightstar – A City On Fire
20. Kaiser Chiefs – Half The Truth
21. Status Quo – Rockin All Over The World
22. Bellowhead – Roll Her Down The Bay
23. Taylor Swift – Begin Again
24. First Aid Kit – King Of The World
25. All Time Low – Dear Maria Count Me In
26. MGMT – Its Working
27. Foo Fighters – Rope
28. Stevie Wonder – Lately
29. Maccabees – Toothpast Kisses
30. Friendly Fires – On Board
31. Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes
32. The Vaccines – Under Your Thumb

As for my 17th show I chose songs with fighting power because I was going to Rome the following day.
1. FIghtstar – War Machine
2. Kasabian – Empire
3. King Blues – The Street Are Ours
4. The Enemy – 51st State
5. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
6. Danananakroyd – Muscle Memory
7. Taylor Swift – Better Than Revenge
8. Ellie Goulding – Guns and Horses
9. Florence And The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
10. Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
11. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry
12. Jake Bugg Trouble Town
13. Band Of Horses – Feud
14. Michael Jackson – Beat It
15. Fatboy Slim – Weapon Of Choice
16. These New Puritans – Attack Music
17. Oasis – Heroes
18. The Smiths – Barbarism Begins At Home
19. Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
20. The Clash – Hate and War
21. The Beatles – I Am The Walrus
22. Public Enemy – Bring The Noise
23. OutKast – Love In War
24. Foo Fighters – The Pretender
25. Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
26. Muse – Knights of Cydonia

Tune in every Thursday at 8pm for some musical madness.

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Wire On The Fences Kyan
We Moved (Feat. Benja) J.viewz
Use Me (Bill Withers) Jackson Breit & Carneyval
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Supernatural (Pomo Remix) AlunaGeorge
Sticky Situation Kiko Bun
Something About You Hayden James
Ringo Joris Voorn
Passenger Royal
Open The Door FKJ
Moving On (Feat. Feki) Tabrill
Lost On Me Peace
Leaving Los Feliz Mark Ronson (Feat. Kevin Parker)
Jealous Labrinth
Insides Fort Romeau
The Horseman Breakdown Brass
Hope Silk Cinema
Higher Ground Argonaut&Wasp
From The Outside Wiley,Teddy,JME
Fly Raury
Floating Points Nuits Sonores
Ertesuppe Dante Klein
Camel Power Club Laïka
Bassem Sabry Of Montreal
Ain’t No Love Summa
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The Horseman

Breakdown Brass
Passenger Royal
Use Me (Bill Withers) Jackson Breit & Carneyval
We Are Done The Madden Brothers
Camel Power Club Laïka
Same Difference AOSOON
Lost On Me Peace
Keep On Lying (TOKiMONSTA Remix) Jessie Ware
Bassem Sabry Of Montreal
Through The Wire (Kanye West Cover) FYFE
Teach Me Joey Bada$$ (Feat. Kiesza)
Money Man The 2 Bears Feat. Stylo G
Got It Marian Hill
Wire On The Fences Kyan
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix) Ceiling Demons
Ain’t No Love Summa
We Moved (Feat. Benja) J.viewz
Something About You Hayden James
Supernatural (Pomo Remix) AlunaGeorge
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Ringo Joris Voorn
Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) Royksopp
Ertesuppe Dante Klein
Rock This Road-(Catz N Dogz Remix) Basement Jaxx
Floating Points Nuits Sonores
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Monday 5/1/15


First show of the new year so we went for something a little different, a journey through the years starting in the 50’s up to 2012 BUT all the artists played tonight began with the letter R and this is what we played:

50’s & 60’s

  • Russ Conway – Roulette
  • Ricky Nelson – Hello Mary Lou
  • Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman
  • Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Woman
  • Roger Miller – King Of The Road
  • Ricky Valance – Tell Laura I Love Her
  • Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody


  • Rah Band – The Crunch
  • Ram Jam – Black Betty
  • Rod Stewart – Hot Legs
  • Rubettes – I Can Do It
  • Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken
  • Racey – Boy Oh Boy
  • Rachel Sweet – B.A.B.Y.
  • Racing Cars – They Shoot Horses Don’t They


  • Ramones – Baby I Love You
  • Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
  • REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This feeling
  • Rainbow – All Night Long
  • Roxy Music – Over You
  • Rockers Revenge – Walking On Sunshine
  • Raul Orellana – The Real Wild House
  • Royal House – Can You Party
  • Robery Plant – Big Log


  • R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Love Rollercoaster
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • Reel 2 Real ft Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It
  • Robin S – Show Me Love


  • Rachel Stevens – More More More
  • Room 5 ft Oliver Cheetham – Make Luv


  • Robbie Williams – Candy
  • Rudimental ft John Newman – Feel The Love


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Brentwood’s Only Alternative in 2014 – 487 bands and 1,326 songs later

It’s that time again when I go through my stats for the year!

In 2014 I played 487 bands and 1,326 songs (up from last year’s 432 bands and 1,175 songs)

This year the most popular artist played was SUPERFOOD (25 plays), followed by MAXIMO PARK (24 plays) and HONEYBLOOD and KAISER CHIEFS (22 plays each).

Last year my three most popular artists were British Sea Power (this year: 27th), Bleech (10th) and Taffy (34th).

The most popular tracks plyed were as follows:

1. Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take (13 plays)
2. Pop Will Eat Itself – Reclaim The Game (12 plays)
=3. Honeyblood – Choker (8 plays)
=3. History Of Apple Pie – Jamais Vu (8 plays)
=3. Kaiser Chiefs – Bows and Arrows (8 plays)
=3. Killatrix – Supersonic (8 plays)
=7. Curxes – Avant-Guarded (7 plays)
=7. Menswear – Crash (2014) (7 plays)
=7. St Vincent – Digital Witness (7 plays)
=7. Temples – Mesmerise (7 plays)
=7. Wind-Up Birds – The Gristle (7 plays)

These are the bands I played:

25 plays: Superfood

24 plays: Maximo Park

22 plays: Honeyblood, Kaiser Chiefs

17 plays: Pop Will Eat Itself, Public Service Broadcasting

16 plays: Franz Ferdinand

14 plays: High/Low, History Of Apple Pie, Menswear

13 plays: Wind-Up Birds

12 plays: Bleech, Blessa, Temples

11 plays: Killatrix

10 plays: Bis, Carter USM, Cud, Metronomy, Primitives, St Vincent

9 plays: Desperate Journalist, Heart Throbs, Inspiral Carpets, Nina Persson, Republica

8 plays: British Sea Power, Curxes, Darling Buds, Interpol, Jail and the Big Guns, Martha, Sultans Of Ping FC

7 plays: Chris T-T and the Hoodrats, Lush, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Space, Stone By Window, Taffy

6 plays: Asylums, B-52’s, Blur, Carsick Cars, Death From Above 1979, Dumb, Electric Six, Flares, Looking For Liam, Low Frequency In Stereo, School, Sleater-Kinney, Sulk, Superions, Young Knives

5 plays: A House, Abdoujaparov, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Charlatans, Damon Albarn, Dark Horses, Divine Comedy, DZ Deathrays, Everglows, Fashoda Crisis, Frank and Walters, Heavy Petting Zoo, John Mouse, Lykke Li, Mega City Four, Metric, Neon Waltz, Thousand Yard Stare, Tom Vek, Wolf Alice

4 plays: Calico, Cat Bear Tree, Chatham Rise, Earl Brutus, Echobelly, El Deyma, Elbow, Foals, Horse Party, Hot Chip, Howling Bells, JacksonsWarehouse, James, Jim Noir, Johnny Marr, Kenickie, Last Lynx, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Mighty Roars, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Nine Black Alps, Pink Mountaintops, Pulp, Scarletts, Sisteray, Sleeper, States Of Emotion, Tenek, Thomas James, Velvet Tree, Voluntary Butler Scheme, We Are The Ocean, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Young Galaxy

3 plays: Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, Band Of Holy Joy, Black Casino and the Ghost, Bloc Party, Bob Mould, Catatonia, Dingus Khan, Dum Dum Girls, Eight Rounds Rapid, Filthy Tongues, Grísalappalísa, Hafdis Huld, Happyness, Hot Puppies, Jonny Cola and the A Grades, Joy Formidable, Kasabian, Kate Bush, Kelly Oliver, Kudos, Mannequins, Meryl And A Bit Of Yellow, Midway Still, Muse, My Life Story, Noire, Ordinary Noise, Pond, Pre New, Royal Blood, Salad, Scarlet Echo, Sinead O’Connor, Slow Club, Spoon, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Suede, Super Furry Animals, Supergrass, Tahiti 80, They Might Be Giants, Todd Terje, Tom Williams and the Boat, Vad Fruttik, Veronica Falls, Viet Cong, We Are Scientists, XTC

2 plays: 2:54, Accrington Stanley, Alpine, Animal Noise, Ariel Pink, Bellatrix, Big Deal, Black Honey, Blonde Redhead, Botnleðja, Brian Batz, Cheap Girls, Data Panik, Deniers, Desert Hearts, Dodgy, Eagulls, Elastica, Erica Nockalls, Erland and the Carnival, Everything By Electricity, Everything Everything, Fickle Friends, Five Thirty, Garbage, Giorgio Moroder, God Damn, Gulf, Handsome Dead, Hoosiers, Inkhearts, J Xaverre, James Atkin, Johnny Foreigner, Juke, Julian Cope, Little Matador, Lola Colt, Lovely Eggs, Madder Rose, Mansun, Marion, Mogwai, Nada Surf, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Northside, Omelettes, ParanoiKa, Powder, Pretty Reckless, Ride, Rob Jones, Rouge Girls, Sallasmith, San Cisco, Sebastien Tellier, Slug, Some Kind Of Leader, Splashh, Spring Offensive, Stereolab, Sugarcubes, Tame Impala, Thomas Tantrum, Train To Spain, Trampolene, Tricks, Vardo and the Boss, Weirdgear, Wolf Party

1 play: ¡Forward, Russia!, Across The Waves, Aeromancy, Ages and Ages, Alien Ant Farm, alt-J, Alvvays, Amanda Palmer, And The Kid, Andrew Grumbridge feat Lockton, Animals That Swim, Antlers, Apples, As Elephants Are, Ash, Au Revoir Simone, Audioweb, Automatic, Avi Buffalo, Aztec Camera, Bastille, Beck, Bell X1, Belle and Sebastian, Belly, Ben Folds Five, Bettie Serveert, Bikini Beach Band, Billy The Kid, Bjork, Black Keys, Blue Aeroplanes, Blueberries, Bluetones, BMX Bandits, Bo Ningen, Bombay Bicycle Club, Boy and Bear, Bravery, Brody Dalle, Butter The Children, Cable, Caddywhompus, Canvas Canvas, Catch, Cauldronated, Charli XCX, Chumped, Chvrches, Cibo Matto, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cockney Rebel, Codeine Velvet Club, Cold War Kids, Colour Me Wednesday, Credit to the Nation, Crocodiles, CSS, Cure, Cursor Miner, Curve, Deee-Lite, Demob Happy, Deodato, Detektivbyrån, dEUS, Dinosaur Pile Up, Divine Paiste, Dubstar, Duckworth Lewis Method, Dutch Uncles, East Village, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Editors, El Presidente, Elastic Sleep, EMA, Ends, Esben and the Witch, Evarane, Fagan, Faint Medal, Fall, Family Gotown, Fanfarlo, Fanny, Feeder, Finding Miranda, Fischerspooner, Fred, Frett, Fur Cough, Futureheads, Gemma Hayes, Gene, Genesis, Gengahr, Glass Animals, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Greys, Guerreros de Cartón, Haiku Salut, Haley Bonar, Hall Effect, Honey, Honeymilk, Horrors, Hydrogen Child, I Am Waiting For You Last Summer, Iceage, J Mascis, Jagwar Ma, Jake Bugg, Jaws, Jenny Owen Youngs, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jesus Jones, Jezabels, Jocasta, Joy Division, Juliana Hatfield, Julie Ruin, Kate Pierson, Katie Cruel, Keith Top Of The Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band, Kent, Kid Wave, Kill Van Kulls, King Adora, Kingmaker, Klang, KLOQ, Knifeworld, Komakino, Krachmacher, Kula Shaker, Ladyhawke, Las Robertas, Late Of The Pier, Leanne Louise, Leave The Planet, Leika, Light Light, LJ Lium, Long Blondes, Longpigs, Los Blueberries, Lovestarrs, Lunatics On Pogosticks, Luxembourg Signal, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, Madness, Makthaverskan, Marbles Jackson, Marillion, Marsheaux, MBG, Mclusky, Menace Beach, Merchandise, Mike Flowers Pops, Mikro, Milagres, Moonshake, Moontrip, Moscow Youth Cult, Mourn, My Glass World, Nancy, Nancy Sinatra, New Mendicants, New Young Pony Club, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Notwist, Nudozurdo, Orchestre des Hymnes Nationaux du Monde, Owl Service, Oxygen Thief, P J Harvey, Paris Angels, Paul Smith and Peter Brewis, Pavement, Peace Collective, Peter Gabriel, Pisces, Pixies, Pizzicato Five, Plastic Bertrand, Pollapönk, Polysics, Power Of Dreams, Psylhouette, Public School Battalion, Rachid Taha, Radkey, Rage Against The Machine, Rakes, Red Ink, Remember Remember, Resque, Rialto, Robocop Kraus, Rubberbear, Ruby, Rulers Of The Planet, S*M*A*S*H, Saint Etienne, Samurai Seven, Scumbag Philosopher, Senseless Things, Senser, Shampoo, Sheabou, Shed Seven, Shy Lips, Slowdive, Sounds of Sputnik, Springh, Stella Diana, Stephen Malkmus, Stereopol, Stone Roses, Strand Of Oaks, Sunshine Underground, Suzie B, Tacocat, Talking Heads, Teleman, Ten Tigers, Terrorvision, That Hidden Promise, Threadstone, Tiger, Trashcan Sinatras, Trashmen, Tussilago, Twin Atlantic, Two Koreas, Ungdomskulen, Unicycle Loves You, Vanilla Unity, Venera 4, Vic Reeves, Vicious Five, Vile Electrodes, WatchOut!, We Are Rockstars, Wildfowl, Wonder Villains, Working, Wye Oak, Yello, Yes, Younger Younger 28s, Ytterbium, Zella Day, Zoé
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Show 34 Playlist

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The Horseman

Breakdown Brass
Passenger Royal
Use Me (Bill Withers) Jackson Breit & Carneyval
We Are Done The Madden Brothers
Camel Power Club Laïka
Same Difference AOSOON
Lost On Me Peace
Keep On Lying (TOKiMONSTA Remix) Jessie Ware
Bassem Sabry Of Montreal
Through The Wire (Kanye West Cover) FYFE
Teach Me Joey Bada$$ (Feat. Kiesza)
Money Man The 2 Bears Feat. Stylo G
Got It Marian Hill
Wire On The Fences Kyan
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix) Ceiling Demons
Ain’t No Love Summa
We Moved (Feat. Benja) J.viewz
Something About You Hayden James
Supernatural (Pomo Remix) AlunaGeorge
Uruguay Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria
Ringo Joris Voorn
Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) Royksopp
Ertesuppe Dante Klein
Rock This Road-(Catz N Dogz Remix) Basement Jaxx
Floating Points Nuits Sonores
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Here’s the playlist for Richard Wileman’s Interesting Cinematic Show 2

The mixcloud stream will be up on the 2nd January. Happy New Year!

The Riviera Affair – Neil Richardson (The Sound Gallery)
Prologue/Hyde Park 1872 – Mike Vickers (Dracula AD 1972)
Devil’s Circle Music – White Noise (Dracula AD 1972)
Fiend Discovered – Marc Wilkinson (Blood On Satan’s Claw)
Finale & End Credits – Marc Wilkinson (Blood On Satan’s Claw)
Ken Russell – David Axelrod (Seriously Deep)
Shifting Gears – Lalo Schifin (Bullitt)
Ice Pick Mike – Lalo Schifin (Bullitt)
Mother Mortar – Brian Burman (Mother Mortar, Father Pestle)
To Jean – Berto Pisano (Kill)
Spiral – Harry Roche Constellation (The Easy Project)
City Airscape – David Gold (Big City Suite)
Pulse Of A City – David Gold (Big City Suite)
Tycoon – Keith Mansfield (Sounds Of The Times)
Can Can Delle Filly – Ennio Morricone (When Women Had Tails)
Holy Thursday – David Axelrod (Songs Of Innocence)
Return To The Stars – Tony Hatch (Hatchback)
UFO – Barry Gray (This Is Science Fiction)
Eliana – Syd Dale (Holyday In Brazil)
Le Blon – The City Of Westminster String Band (House Of Loungecore)
Severamente – Ennio Morricone (Giornata Nera Per L’Ariete)
The Empath /Help Him/Spock Stuck/McCoy Tortured – George Duning (Star Trek
Volume 2)
Bob And Helen – Piero Umiliani (La Morte Bussa Due Volte)
Friendly City (Pt 1) – Piero Umiliani (The Man And The City)
Whistle Stop Tour – Keith Mansfield (Time To Fly)
Hands Of The Ripper – Christopher Gunning (Dracula – Classic Scores From
Hammer Horror)

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The Weekend Ignition With Brad Acton Christmas Special

Now you can enjoy The Weekend Ignition With Brad Acton Christmas Special, not just for Christmas, for all year round!
Grab that last mince pie and un-labbled bit of cheese nobody wants and milk every last bit of Christmas out of the end of the year.


Mixcloud Mixes Object
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A Very (Jazzy) Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us, and I’ve played some great Jazz Christmas tunes on this and last week’s shows. A great stride piano version of Let it Snow by Marcus Roberts, an unusual (and cynical) take on Christmas by Miles Davis – ‘Blue Xmas (to whom it may concern), alongside plenty of tunes from the greats – Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole et al.

I’ve just returned from a tour of the UK and Ireland with ‘Christmas Crooners’ and I really enjoyed working with the cast of ‘Crooners’. Check out the remarkable imitative skill of Sinatra impersonator Ray Eves here:

Have a fantastic Christmas and see you on the 29th for a post-Christmas chance to chill out and relax with some more jazz!

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Use Me (Bill Withers)-Jackson Breit & Carneyval
She's On Fire-Bo Saris
Laïka-Camel Power Club
We Can't Fly-Aeroplane
Through The Wire (Kanye West Cover) -FYFE
We Are Done-The Madden Brothers
We Moved (Feat. Benja) - J.viewz
Same Difference-AOSOON
Upper West Side-The Smittens
I Won't Let You Down - OK Go (Attom Remix)
Of Montreal - Bassem Sabry
Wire On The Fences-Kyan
Keep On Lying- Jessie Ware  (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Ain't No Love - Summa
D'Angelo - Sugah Daddy
Money Man-The 2 Bears Feat. Stylo G
Marian Hill - Got It
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix)-Ceiling Demons
Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) - Royksopp
Supernatural (Pomo Remix)-AlunaGeorge
It's On You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)-Sugar Hill & Wasabi
Ertesuppe-Dante Klein
Ringo-Joris Voorn
Nora En Pure & Sons Of Maria - Uruguay
Talk About-Les Sins
Tea Tea Tea (Edit Version) - Deltas
Don't Go (Vip)-Justin Martin Music
Rock This Road-(Catz N Dogz Remix)-Basement Jaxx
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We Can't Fly-Aeroplane
Only Real - Y E S T E R D A Y S
We Are Done-The Madden Brothers
Daffodils (Feat. Kevin Parker)-Mark Ronson
She's On Fire-Bo Saris
Running (Feat. Gustaph) - Blende
We Can't Ever Die (Vacationer Remix)-WHITE ARROWS
Do It-Tuxedo
I Won't Let You Down - OK Go (Attom Remix)
I Don't Know-Nick Hakim
Same Love (Feat. Mary Lambert)-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Keep On Lying- Jessie Ware  (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Feel The Love (feat. John Newman) Rudimental
Don't Let Me - (Epoch)
New Age-Curtis Young
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix)-Ceiling Demons
Tea Tea Tea (Edit Version) - Deltas
We Moved (Feat. Benja) - J.viewz
Talk About-Les Sins
It's On You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)-Sugar Hill & Wasabi
Ringo-Joris Voorn
Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) - Royksopp
Don't Go (Vip)-Justin Martin Music
On The Regular-Shamir
Rock This Road-(Catz N Dogz Remix)-Basement Jaxx
Knight Rider
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Only Real - Y E S T E R D A Y S
Do It-Tuxedo
Daffodils (Feat. Kevin Parker)-Mark Ronson
Running (Feat. Gustaph) - Blende
Left Hand Free-alt-j
We Can't Ever Die (Vacationer Remix)-WHITE ARROWS
I Won't Let You Down - OK Go (Attom Remix)
Inside Out-Chiefs & Nick Acquroff
Negro Corazón-Los Nastys
Keep On Lying- Jessie Ware  (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Between Cans-Deers
Upper West Side-The Smittens
Stoned And Starving-Parquet Courts
Hazey-Glass Animals
Money Man-The 2 Bears Feat. Stylo G
Don't Let Me - (Epoch)
Love Don't Live Here No More-Ghostface Killah
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix)-Ceiling Demons
We Moved (Feat. Benja) - J.viewz
Keep Her Close-ODESZA
Talk About-Les Sins
Don't Go (Vip)-Justin Martin Music
Ringo-Joris Voorn
It's On You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)-Sugar Hill & Wasabi
Ill Blu - Blu Magic (NameBrandSound Remix)
Sordid Affair (Maceo Plex Remix) - Royksopp
Rhymes - Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo & Chris Lake
Tea Tea Tea (Edit Version) - Deltas
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Cultura Brazil – show 17

Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s weekly show presented by Ezequiel Cassol for the Brazilian community in Essex and London, featuring interviews and Música popular brasileira (Brazilian popular music).

This week’s programme includes:

– Meta Meta comes to London with his punk-samba sound Brazil;
– Cine Club Brazil on display at the Brazilian Embassy;
– Exhibition and tribute to Oscar Niemeyer in London.

Click below to listen to the show again:

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Daffodils (Feat. Kevin Parker)-Mark Ronson
Do It-Tuxedo
Give Me Sunshine-Santa Maradona F.C, Lucy Spraggan
Left Hand Free-alt-j
Sing That Song (feat. Celeste) TIEKS, Celeste
I Don't Know-Nick Hakim
Stoned And Starving-Parquet Courts
Shake It Off (Remix)-Taylor Swift
Upper West Side-The Smittens
Electric Man-Rival Sons
Between Cans-Deers
Coming Home-Leon Bridges
Inside Out-Chiefs & Nick Acquroff
Classic (Powers Sunset Version)-The Knocks
Girl-Mura Masa
Every Step Fold (Follow The Lights Remix)-Ceiling Demons
Hazey-Glass Animals
Love Don't Live Here No More-Ghostface Killah
Killa Cats-Kaytranada
Keep Her Close-ODESZA
Ill Blu - Blu Magic (NameBrandSound Remix)
Chimes-Hudson Mohawke
Running Feat. Cleopold-Cassian
We Can't Ever Die (Vacationer Remix)-WHITE ARROWS
It's On You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)-Sugar Hill & Wasabi
Talk About-Les Sins
Don't Go (Vip)-Justin Martin Music
Ringo-Joris Voorn
New Haven-FaltyDL
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Give Me Sunshine-Santa Maradona F.C, Lucy Spraggan
Do It-Tuxedo
Left Hand Free-alt-j
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Jump Hi-LION BABE, Childish Gambino
Sing That Song (feat. Celeste) TIEKS, Celeste
Let it Be- Labrinth
Daffodils (Feat. Kevin Parker)-Mark Ronson
Baby (Your A Star)
Shake It Off (Remix)-Taylor Swift
Electric Man-Rival Sons
The Feast and The Famine-Foo Fighters
Between Cans-Deers
Upper West Side-The Smittens
Stoned And Starving-Parquet Courts
I Don't Know-Nick Hakim
Move With You (High Contrast Remix)-Jacob Banks
Girl-Mura Masa
Classic (Powers Sunset Version)-The Knocks
Inside Out-Chiefs & Nick Acquroff
Hazey-Glass Animals
Love Don't Live Here No More-Ghostface Killah
Coming Home-Leon Bridges
Keep Her Close-ODESZA
Killa Cats-Kaytranada
Chimes-Hudson Mohawke
New Haven-FaltyDL
Running Feat. Cleopold-Cassian
Talk About-Les Sins
We Can't Ever Die (Vacationer Remix)-WHITE ARROWS
Ringo-Joris Voorn
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Give Me Sunshine-Santa Maradona F.C, Lucy Spraggan
Coming Home-Leon Bridges
Classic (Powers Sunset Version)-The Knocks
Jump Hi-LION BABE, Childish Gambino
Left Hand Free-alt-j
Let it Be- Labrinth
Sing That Song (feat. Celeste) TIEKS, Celeste
Girl-Mura Masa
Don't Wait-Mapei
So Long-Circa Waves
Golden Skans-Klaxons
First Day Of My life- Bright Eyes
Something From Nothing-The FooFighters
I Don't Know-Nick Hakim
Move With You (High Contrast Remix)-Jacob Banks
Figure It Out-Royal Blood
Upper West Side-The Smittens
Electric Man-Rival Sons
Between Cans-Deers
New Haven-FaltyDL
Talk About-Les Sins
Ringo-Joris Voorn
Running Feat. Cleopold-Cassian
Strong-Arno Cost & Norman Doray
Me Roar (Format B Remix) Super Flu, Monkey Safari
Hazey-Glass Animals
Chimes-Hudson Mohawke
Killa Cats-Kaytranada
Mumbling-Ferreck Dawn
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Hey It’s Winter


So the first Sunday in November and the competition brought you Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Don’t you want me by the Human League and Wannabe by the Spice Girls getting you to the …..perhaps catchiest tune in the UK! Todays playlist was…

Ollie Murs Wrapped Up
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Jimmy Clanton – Venus In Blue Jeans

Every week for 10 weeks I feature a Kate Bush album. (Ever since her comeback tour this summer). Today it was Album number 7 called Aerial. Aerial was Bush’s first double album, and was released after a twelve-year absence from the music industry during which Bush devoted her time to family and the raising of her son.  Aerial entered the UK Albums Chart at number three, selling more than 90,000 copies in its first week on release. Songs I chose were

Kate Bush – King of the Mountain
Kate Bush – Bertie


Today this happened in

1904 British newspaper “Daily Mirror” begins publishing

1959 – The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

Songs were

The Chi-Lites – Too Good To Be Forgotten – New Entry 1974
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon – Number 1 1983

Eartha Kitt – Just An Old-Fashioned Girl
The Frank and Walters – Each Tree
Donald Fagen – Walk Between Raindrops

Magic – Let Your Hair Down
Rixton – Me and My Broken Heart
Right Now
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)
ABC – All Of My Heart

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
All About That Bass

The Honeycombs – Have I The Right
Friendly Fires – Paris (Ambient Version)
Come Get Some


Clues Included

March 23 – The 70th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted for the 6th time by Billy Crystal, is held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Titanic wins 11 Oscars including Best Picture.

May 26Bear Grylls, 23, becomes the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest

Rose Royce – Car Wash

U2 – Sweetest Thing

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
The Cardigans – My Favourite Game
Cher – Believe  ( Number 1 today in our golden year!!!!)

Dexys Midnight Runners – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven)
David Bowie – Where Are We Now
Dido – Thank You
One Direction – Steal My Girl
Bobby Vee – Take Good Care Of My Baby
The Eagles – One Of These Nights

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Jump Hi-LION BABE, Childish Gambino
Let it Be- Labrinth
So Long-Circa Waves
Under The Cover Of Darkness-The Strokes
Something From Nothing-The FooFighters
The Feast and The Famine-Foo Fighters
Figure It Out-Royal Blood
First Day Of My life- Bright Eyes
Don't Wait-Mapei
French Lessons-Future Of The Left
I Don't Know-Nick Hakim
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)-Flying Lotus
Sing That Song (feat. Celeste) TIEKS, Celeste
Swing Bop-Der Dritte Raum
Strong-Arno Cost & Norman Doray
Forget-Patrick Topping
Me Roar (Format B Remix) Super Flu, Monkey Safari
Draft Culture-Dorian Concept
Senamuun-Super Flu
Earl-Jimi jules
Julia-Daphni,Owen Pallet
Mumbling-Ferreck Dawn
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This weeks show included mostly live music from Graham Okey in the studio.

We also had  Brand New Music from Foo Fighters, LBC Collective and Weezer.


Whole Lotta Lovin'( V Dub Edit )-Led Zeplin
Figure It Out-Royal Blood
Centuries-Fall Out Boy
So Long-Circa Waves
Kathleane-LBC Collective
French Lessons-Future Of The Left
First Day Of My life- Bright Eyes
My Type-Saint Motel
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)-Flying Lotus
Something From Nothing-The FooFighters
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Body Talk 15/10/14

Dementia is becoming a huge issue within the growing elderly population. People are living longer but not healthier.

It’s a syndrome resulting from a condition of the brain in which cells malfunction and die. Not all parts of the brain are affected., different causes of cell death result in different symptoms. The risk of getting dementia increases with age but there are currently around 17,000  people under 65 in the UK suffering from it.

Most forms of dementia can’t be cured although research is continuing into developing drugs vaccines and treatments. To try and delay the onset it is important to look after yourself now. The mediterranean diet is once again proving to be most beneficial in recent surveys in keeping the body fit and healthy and of course a good exercise regime.

Enrich your diet with linseed oil. The omega 3’s help promote a feeling of wellbeing by strengthening the membranes around the body’s cells. It helps to regulate cholesterol, maintain a healthy cardiovascular function and helps the digestive system. When you consider that almost a third of the adult population has high cholesterol, it’s well worth considering as a supplement.

Awareness of the benefits of coconut oil is growing fast too. It is one of the few oils that can be processed without losing its nutritional value. It has anti viral properties and can be used to help a wide variety of health conditions.


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Move With You (High Contrast Remix) Jacob Banks Move With You Remixes
Figure It Out Royal Blood Figure It Out
Nara alt-J This Is All Yours
So Long Circa Waves So Long
Zombie Jamie T Zombie
I Don’t Know Nick Hakim Where Will We Go, Pt. 2 (EP)
We Danced All Night Graham Okey Fairy Tale
We Danced All Night Graham Okey Fairy Tale
French Lessons Future Of The Left How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
How We Be Sinkane How We Be
My Favourite Faded Fantasy Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Dab Housing Real Lies North Circular/Dab Housing
The Wheel SOHN Tremors
Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Flying Lotus Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Graveyard Whistling Nothing but Thieves Graveyard Whistling EP
Wrong Or Right Kwabs Wrong Or Right
First Day Of My life Bright Eyes I’m wide Awake, It’s Morning
Don’t Wait Mapei Don’t Wait
Take me to church Hozier Take me to church
Iron Sky Paolo Nutini Caustic Love
Wicked Games Parra For Cuva, Anna Naklab Wicked Games
Roll With The Winners (The Mane Thing Remix) Hervé,Cadence Weapon Roll With The Winners Remixes
Our Love Caribou Our Love
Doubt Kele Doubt
NYC Beat Armand Van Helden The Best Of Armand Van Helden
Forget Patrick Topping Boxed Off
Draft Culture Dorian Concept Draft Culture
Senamuun Super Flu Halle Saale
Julia Daphni,Owen Pallet Julia / Tiberius
Earl Jimi jules Earl
OKAY Shiba San Dirtybird BBQ
Shades of Grey Dert Cheep Cheep Goes Deep
Cherry Hill (Single) Woz, Max Marshall Cherry Hill
Do It To The Crowd Twin Hype Profile Records Rap Anthology
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Body Talk 8/10/14

Camexpo was on this weekend. The complimentary and aleternative medicine show. It was full of new and exciting ideas for health and nutrition and this week I thought I’d share my experience with you.

The first thing that struck me about the show was that every other stand was promoting coconuts of some description, either in the form of oil for cooking, oil for wearing or water or milk for drinking. There is no doubt about the beneficial effects of coconut but it does seem that this is the latest fashion that  everyone wants a piece of.

So apart from coconuts, I found a great company called Sukrin that produce a great range of products that are free from gluten, egg, sugar, wheat, yeast and soya. There doesn’t seem to be much left, but their bread is amazing. Having tried it myself I can thoroughly recommend it. It comes in easy to use packs, and you just add water and bake. So for a bread making novice or even someone that isn’t too familiar with the kitchen, it is so easy to make. They supply a whole range of other mixes and flours which I am going to try out over the next few weeks.

Two other miracle foods that were launched at the show were Moringa and Baobab. Moringa is the naturally dried leaf of the moringa tree. , and is native to Africa and Asia. It has an exceptionally high antioxidant content; more than goji berries, green tea, blueberries acai and pomegranates which have all been hailed as superfoods recently. It has a spinachy taste and is good to sprinkle on salads or use in soups  or shakes.

Baob ab is also from Africa and is the fruit of the baobab tree. It’s a nutrient dense fruit which is an excellent source of vitamin c, calcium, potassium, vitamin b1 and b6. It also has one of the highest antioxidant properties of all fruits, and it helps to support the metabolism , the immune system and promotes good skin.

The other surprising product that I shall now be changing to for ever is pink salt. I didn’t realise the amount of additives that go into producing ordinary table salt. So it’s definitely tie to switch to healthy pink salt which is important in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and is used to transport amino acids fro the digestive tract into the blood.

It was a great show with many more interesting products which i shall hopefully update you on in the coming weeks.

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Phoenix Chill – show 02

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Ampetermine – Redsphaere
B Van E – I Need You (Cut N Glue Chillout & Lounge Mix)
Cafe Royal – Water Melon
Pr0mid – Towards Freedom
Mao Mak & Murat Tugsuz – Uskudara Giderken
Changer – Sunrise Breeze (Chill Out Mix)
Skifi – Bludika
Nania – Elagia
Lunar Motion – Aozoria (Chill Out Mix)
Sebastien Legz – Coding of Their Atoms
Ask – I See You On Board
Christos Fourkis – If You Love Me
San Souci – Yoga Spin
Michael W – Jealousy Will Burn You
Finist – Light Source
Claudio Fiore – Angels Lullaby (Remastered)
Mao Mak – Jager and the Meister of the Universe
Anne Clark – Weltschmerz (Sunrise in Space Remix)
Slimmie – Every Day (Claudio Fiore Chillout Mix)
Miguel Lando – Footprints (Comfort Version)
Minas Portokalis – Under The Water
Yoann Barett – Cristal
Lauge feat. Baba Gnohm – Analog Feelings
Udm Project – Get What You Got
Dodo Basnak – Leaving Now
Woltrax – Finally I Found

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It’s brunch with a punch!

Once again I found myself trying to fill the shoes of the magnificent MICHELLE WARD.

Unruly pensionersA huge challenge it must be said but with no “question of the day” I tried to fill the void with a few humorous stories I found lurking in PHOENIX FM’s Department of Weird and Whacky News. First off came the story of the military police being forced to intervene as 1800 pensioners went on the rampage in Colchester in their efforts to be first in the queue for ‘flu vaccinations. It conjures up picture of Zimmer Frames at dawn in my mind.


Then we heard about the woman on the look out for some cheap flights for Portugal being surprised to find that the £164 package of return flights for two, had been miraculously increased to £23.7bn when the cost of return baggage was included. Now that’s what I call a surcharge! cheap flights

Now if you are a parent you are almost certain to have been whisked to Mcdonalds by your offspring anxious to get their hands on one of the toys being pushed together with one of their Happy Meals.  Our final story today came from Copenhagen, where in the same tradition, a burger bar named HOT BUNS have spiced up their happy meals by offering sex toys – but only toHot Buns adult customers and only during evening hours. It seems that the company feels the idea fits the image of the restaurant which puts as much emphasis on the hot pants worn by its all-female staff as it does on food. Well I guess if you are planning to go there you could have a whip round first – or should that be the other way round?

Right I’m off to get a burger – a standard one I hasten to add!

See you again soon



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Show 23 Playlist


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My Type-Saint Motel
Blame It On Me-George Ezra
Zombie-Jamie T
So Long-Circa Waves Don’t Wait-Mapei
Wrong Or Right-Kwabs
States Of Emotion-The Way That I’m Wired
MGMT – Electric Feel (Album Version)
Push Th’ Little Daisies-Ween    Figure It Out-Royal Blood
First Day Of My life- Bright Eyes
The Wheel-SOHN
Graveyard Whistling-Nothing but Thieves
Take me to church-Hozier
Numbers On The Boards-Pusha T
Brad, Brad, Brad, Brad,Your listening to Brad Acton Live on Phoenix 98 FM (With beat)
Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)-Joubert Singers
Pushing On-Oliver $ & Jimi Jules
God’s Child-BBT Club Mix-Seamus Haji Presents Big Bang Theory
Earl-Jimi jules
Forget-Patrick Topping
Senamuun-Super Flu
Mumbling-Ferreck Dawn
Draft Culture-Dorian Concept

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Live Session with Paul Cook And Jim Green

Brad with Paul Cook & Jim Green

We were lucky enough to have Paul Cook, Jim Green, Paul Patch and Dave Austin in the studio for a live session.

They took us on a musical journey and we caught up on all things music and gigs.

Have a listen below.


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For more information on the band go to


And as mentioned on the show here’s a link to Jim Greens album, waltz n all



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Show 22 Playlist

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This week also included our awesome live session with Paul Cook and Jim Green


Figure It Out-Royal Blood
My Type-Saint Motel
Blame It On Me-George Ezra
Zombie-Jamie T
Don't Wait-Mapei
Iron Sky-Paolo Nutini
First Day Of My life- Bright Eyes
Take me to church-Hozier
French Lessons-Future Of The Left
Graveyard Whistling-Nothing but Thieves
The Wheel-SOHN
Wrong Or Right-Kwabs
So Long-Circa Waves
Centuries-Fall Out Boy
Dab Housing-Real Lies
Write About Us-King 810
Numbers On The Boards-Pusha T
Senamuun-Super Flu
OKAY-Shiba San
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Ryman League North: Brentwood Town 3 Cray Wanderers 3

Mitchell Young has the latest news:-

Brentwood Town extend their unbeaten run to six as they drew 3-3 against Cray Wanderers at the Brentwood Arena.

Early goals for Sam Bantick and Shaun Welford levelled it up at half-time. The visitors went two goals in front Gary Beckett and Jordan Bird.

Brentwood did not give up and Alex Akofi and Shad Ngandu drew back the visitors to grab the draw.

Brentwood Town burst straight out the blocks as Ngandu lofted a deep ball towards the in-form Bantick with four goals in three games rose above Bird to head in the far post only 44 seconds in.

Cray Wanderers almost struck back through Ramone McRae as his shot went wide. ‘The Blues’ almost doubled their lead three minutes later as Bantick fed in Sherwin Stanley with his curled shot which bounced of the post.

The away side did get their equaliser 13 minutes in after an original shot was parried by Olly Bowles and smashed in by Shaun Welford from close range.

Robbie Rees for the home side had the Cray keeper Darren Behcet worried as he had to tip over a heavy cross.

Cray caught the Brentwood defence off guard and took the lead after a corner was met by Gary Beckett to bundle in from close range.

‘The Blues’ almost grabbed an equaliser twice for Courtney White within a minute after Shad Ngandu slotted him in and went past the keeper but intercepted by the last defender. The second he was put through and beat the keeper but clipped the top of the crossbar.

Brentwood rued their chances and Cray extended their lead after a ball was lifted back into the box from a loose ball and struck sweetly on the volley by Nick Humphreys.

The home side struck back just after the hour mark as substitute Alex Akofi burst through the defence knocked it past the rushed keeper and knocked it in.

A route one ball from the Cray keeper was lifted straight down the middle with the Brentwood defence caught asleep and Welford shot from the penalty spot saved by Bowles for a corner.

Brentwood got their equaliser six minutes from time as White’s byline cross was spilled by Behcet which fell to Ngandu to grab a deserved draw.

Brentwood Lineup: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner, 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Shad Ngandu, 7 Sam Bantick, 8 Daryl Robson, 9 Courtney White, 10 Sherwin Stanley (57), 11 Robbie Rees (57)

Subs: 12 Alex Akofi (57), 14 Jason Dobbs (57), 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Callum Webb, 17 Danny Dafter

Cray Wanderers Lineup: 1 Darren Behcet, 2 Gianioulis Fakinos, 3 Jordan Bird, 4 Danny Lye ©, 5 Nick Humphreys, 6 Adrian Stone, 7 Gary Beckett, 8 Tom O’Conner (24), 9 Shaun Welford, 10 Ramone McRae, 11 Andre Marques,

Subs: 12 Dan Stubbs, 14 Steve Springgett, 15 Martin Dynan (24), 16 Ian Daly

Attendance: 87

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The Last Rose Of Summer

August 31 The Last Rose Of Summer

So this week the competition featured clips from Choux Pastry Heart by Corinne Bailey Ray , Cake to bake from the 2014 Eurovision by Aarzemnieke and Eileen Barton If I knew you were comin’ getting you toBake Off Gate and an Alaska in the Bin!!! . The Rest is here

Blondie – Hanging on the telephone
Mamas Guns – Red Cassette (Radio Edit)
Moonlight Feels Right

Dollys Legacy – The End

Dolly Parton – Lay Your Hands on Me

On This Day
Brian Hyland – Sealed With A Kiss  ( 1962 Nr 8 )
Wretch 32-Don’t Go (Radio Edit) ( New at Nr 1 2011)

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Maria Mc Govern – The Continental
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart

Foreigner – Urgent
The Blowmonkeys – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
The Script – Superheroes
Aarzemnieke – Cake To Bake (Eurovision 2014 –
Trockener Kecks – Met Hart en Ziel

Top 40
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
David Guetta – Lovers on the Sun ( Number 1 and NEW!!)
Billy Joel – My Life
Olly Murs – Heart Skips a Beat (feat. Rizzle Kicks)
Jess Glynne – Right Here

The Golden Year
Apollo Forty Four – Stop The Rock
Mercury Rev – Goddess On A Highway
Hepburn – Bugs
Texas – Summer Son
Louie Bega – Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of… )
Macklemore & Lewis – Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)
Beatles – Things We Said Today
Maroon 5 – Maps
Mary Hopkins – If You Love Me (I Won’t Care)
London Grammar – Hey Now
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer


So the Competition answer was Bin Gate on Bake Off and the Golden Year was……….1999, so see you tomorrow for Breakfast!


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Bank Holiday , Brilliant Weather ….Not!

August 24th 2014

Bank Holiday , Brilliant Weather ….Not!

Todays competition featured bits of The Dutchman by Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman and The Chain by Fleetwood Mac so what was the link? … See Below! So with On this day the Golden Year and all the rest here’s the playlist

The Script – Superheroes
The Feeling – Without You
The Velvets – That Lucky Old Sun

The Dolly Parton Legacy

Since she appeared at Glastonbury we have , every week, played a bit of Country Music. Todays offering was
Glenn Campbell – Dreams of the everyday Housewife

On This Day

Stuff that happened today in the past included

1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)

1995 – Windows 95 debuts
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping  (New at 2 1997)
2 of a kind – Babycakes (Radio Edit)  ( New at 1 2004)

1975 – Girls
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Cat Stevens – Another Saturday Night
Nabs Tino – Forgive Me (For Giving You Such A Bad Time)
Tom Jones – If He Should Ever Leave You
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man

Earth, Wind and Fire – September
Spandau Ballet – Only When You Leave
Connie Stevens – Mr. Songwriter
Rooney – When Did Your Heart Go Missing

Top 40
One Republic – Love Runs Out
Magic! – Rude
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong ( This Was Number 1)

Flo Rida – Sugar
Patience & Prudence – Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now

Junior Senior – Move Your Feet

The Golden Year

Stuff that happened in this year was

5 January – Actor Rowan Atkinson launches the new Comic Relief charity appeal.

5 July – The Church of England announces that it will allow the ordination of women priests from 1992.

Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child o’ Mine
Tanita Tikaram – Good Tradition

The Beatles – Good Night
Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U
Something Happens – Parachute
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

So The answer to the competition was Max Verstappen will drive for Toro Rosso next season and by the way the Golden Year was 1988.

See You Soon




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Show 21 Playlist

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Knight Rider

Arrows-Fences, Ryan Lewis & Macklemore

Graveyard Whistling-Nothing but Thieves

Wallflowers-The Burning Hell

Don’t Wait-Mapei 

Words Are Dead-Agnes Obel 

Wrong Or Right-Kwabs 

Take me to church-Hozier 


Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches-Son Little

Stomach Full Of Cats-Oliver Wilde

Grand Union

Shack 54-Two Lone Swordsmen

1960 What

Quincy-Deep Dish 

Give It On Up-KC Anderson

Stress (Original Mix)-Little by Little 

OKAY-Shiba San 

The Brand-GFragor 

Forget-Patrick Topping 

Earl-Jimi jules 

Smart Cats vs Dumb Dogs-Jona

Everyday – Netsky Remix

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Emma Jane backstage at The Brentwood Festival

It was great catching up with Emma Jane and her band amongst the madness of The Brentwood Festival 2014.

Brad interviewing Emma Jane

Brad interviewing Emma Jane

They played the acoustic stage to a very happy crowed

Emma Jane

Emma Jane


Have a listen to the interview below

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Live Session With Chloe Cleary

Chloe Cleary Live Seesion


We were lucky enough to have Chloe Cleary live in session for us at The Weekend Ignition.

Chloe came to us ahead of her live show at Thurrock T-Fest and wowed us with a couple of covers as well as the masterpiece of her own writing that is called ‘Don’t Walk Away’

You can see photos and catch more of Chloe at as well as the YouTube channel where it all started


Heres how it went

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Lost In The Dream – The War On Drugs – 23/07/2014


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Playlist for the night:

Blur – Tender – Anna Calvi – Suddenly – WITTANK @ Latitude 2014 – The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong 

The Listening Party

  1. Under the Pressure
  2. Red Eyes
  3. Suffering
  4. An Ocean in Between the Waves
  5. Disappearing
  6. Eyes to the Wind
  7. The Haunting Idle
  8. Burning
  9. Lost in the Dream
  10. In Reverse


Dingus Khan –  Ambulance – Horse Party @ Latitude 2014 – Horse Party – What Do You Need

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Switch – 15/7/2014

Here’s the playlist for when Elliot Smith stood in for Joe Box:

  1. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  2. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Fallout
  3. Peace – Money
  4. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
  5. CHVRCHES – We Sink
  6. Circa Waves – Stuck In My Teeth
  7. Lizzo – Batches & Cookies feat. Sophia Eris
  8. Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna
  9. Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Shy FX Remix)
  10. Royal Blood – Little Monster
  11. Glass Animals – Gooey
  12. Mountain Bird – The Visitor
  13. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
  14. London Grammar – Shyer
  15. HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind (Cerrone Funk Remix)
  16. The Maccabees – Pelican
  17. Secret Company – Saviour
  18. Little Comets – Little Italy
  19. Gorgon City – Ready For Your Love (feat. MNEK)
  20. Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
  21. Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
  22. George Ezra – Budapest
  23. Colleagues – Tears
  24. Disclosure – You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle)
  25. The Streets – Fit But You Know It
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Summer of Sport?

Sunday July 6th 2014.

Today’s quiz consisted of clips of Coldplays Speed of Sound,flash and the Pan Waiting on a train and Sam Smith Money on my mind taking you to the story that HS2 are going to pay six people higher salaries than the Prime Minister! We also learned that today in 1189 Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of England and it was Sylvester Stallones birthday.He’s 68 and still working. In our Top 40 roundup at 8.30 Example was new at Number 3 with One More Day ( Stay With Me ). The rest of the playlist went like this

The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday 
Alison Moyet – Invisible 
Lonyo – Summer of Love (Radio Edit)
Elvis – Stuck On You 

On This Day
Katie Perry – California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg).      (2010)
The Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin.      (1987)

Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ 
Duck Sauce – NRG
Steely Dan – FM [Edit]
Julie London – Fly Me To The Moon 
Marina and the Diamonds – Primadonna 
Simply Red – Sunrise
David Charvet – Jusqu’au bout 
The Bee Gees – Three Kisses of Love 
St Paul and the Broken Bones – Call Me
Flash and the Pan – Waiting for a Train 
Freddie White – Ol’ Buttermilk Sky

UK Top 40
Mr Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)
Example – One More Day (Stay with Me).  ( New Nr 3 )
oliver Heldens & Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive) [Radio Edit].      ( Nr 1 )

The Rezillos – Top Of The Pops 
Matchbox – Over the Rainbow-You Belong to Me 
Kooks – Around Town

The Golden Year

This was the year of the original low cost airline with  Freddie Laker launching his new budget Skytrain airline. The first single fare from Gatwick to New York cost £59 – compared to the normal price of £186. Oh and the Queen opened the Jubilee Line Extension to Heathrow. Music highlights were

The Stranglers – Peaches 
Boney M – Ma Baker 
Bo Kirkland and Ruth Davis – You’re Gonna Get Next To Me 
Rita Coolidge – We’re All Alone 
Hot Chocolate – So You Win Again 

Beach Boys – Lady Lynda 
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
The Beatles – Across the Universe
Frank Sinatra – What a Difference a Day Makes
Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write The Book
Rodney Franklin – The Groove 

And the Golden Year was 1977.
‘Til Next Time!

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Attenshun! You’re in the army now

IMG_0337I was once again privileged to be sitting in on the prestigious DRIVE show today for the equally prestigious MIKEY PORTER. I say “sitting” although in truth I should probably have been standing stiffly to attention, especially whilst talking to my guest, Carole McEntee-Taylor. Carole has just had a book published about the Military Detention Centre in Colchester. Now I know I was right to steer well clear of all things connected with the military, even to the extent of not joining the CCF when I was at school. Thank heavens I also just missed National Service! In her book, Carole paints a picture of even prisoner escorts, being screamed at, forced to move “on the double” and threatened for imagined misdemeanours by staff at the centre.

Mercifully times have changed so hopefully detainees will no longer be forced to polish hot coals, paint the inside of a bucket containing water and moving piles of sand from one place to another without leaving a trace. Never mind we are assured that everyone was treated with the utmost respect! Listen again here to what Carole told me about the book and “COLLY” – the Detention Centre itself: –

On a lighter note we started the show with THE 3’OCLOCK THRILL – 3 “belters” back-to-back. Today’s selection was “HIP TO BE SQUARE” from Huey Lewis and the News, “THINK” by Aretha Franklin with Starship winding up the set with their 1985 hit,”WE BUILT THIS CITY”.

And of course, as usual we did our bit to help you on your journey home with all the latest travel news served up with a mix of some of the best current music, together with a sprinkling of recent classics.

Mikey will be back as usual tomorrow and I’ll see you again soon.




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St Francis Hospice talk Frankies Classic Car Show

Joined in the studio by Alan and Katie from St Francis Hospice who came in to talk Frankie’s Classic Car & Bike Festival Plus Vintage Market on Sunday 31st August. Something for the guys n dolls and little ones.

This is the perfect day where you can enjoy over 200 Classic cars and bikes on the static car show positioned on the Dunton test track. This year we are adding a new feature by inviting you to enter your Classic Bike into the show.

There will be shopping opportunities browsing through a collection of vintage stalls selling genuine items, ranging from Fashion & Accessories to vintage homeware. All set to a background of classic music taking you throughout the decades.

On popular demand the Vintage pop up tea tent will be back serving you cake and tea in the finest vintage bone china trackside. Bring a picnic or eat from one of our themed vendors. BBQ, american hot dogs or noodles, doughnuts, popcorn and Ice cream from a vintage icecream van. There will be something for everyone.

We have Live music throughout the day taking you back throughout the decades. From 1940s style solo artists to 60s surf band rocking you around the show. They will be creating the soundtrack to this classic car and bike fest! Childrens quad rides or purchase a wristband for unlimited access to inflatables all day – Plus much more.

A fabulous day out for all the family! You can express your interest in entering your car by emailing with your name, classic car or bike and contact details. The First 200 cars entered are GUARANTEED to be positioned as part of the static car show on the Dunton track. Don’t miss out on the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OFFER * Which allows you to enter your car for £8.00 and bike for £4 ending 25th April 2014 where fees will set to Cars – £10 and Bikes £6 £5 Public entry on the day, Under 12’s Free.

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Body Talk 2/7/14

Research has been done into underage drinking and the surprising results are that if children are exposed to alcohol from the age of 14 they have an above average chance of developing a drink problem as they get older. This is surprising as many of us have held the continental belief that it wold have the opposite effect. A bit like reverse psychology, if you  let children have a little taster with a meal at home then they are less likely to feel that it is forbidden and therefore take the excitement factor out of alcohol consumption. It also does depend on genetics and peer pressure, which are huge contributory factors. It is becoming an increasing problem, especially with it being so readily available. Maybe the licensing laws need to be looked at again!!

Three things you can test yourself on as a clue to how long you’ll live:
Stand on one leg for 10 seconds or longer with your eyes closed

Stand up and sit down again in a chair; 39 times a minute for men and 36 times for women

The grip test : applying pressure of up to 54.5 kg, which I reckon is the ability to open a jar of pickled onions!!

If you can do those three things at the age of about 53 which is considered to be middle aged, then chances are you will be fit and healthy for the next 13 years. If you can’t do any of them, don’t give up hope, just put in a bit of practise.

Finally, make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep. Too little and it could contribute to brain shrinkage and possible dementia, and too much could be just as bad. Aim for a good balance between 6 and 8 hours.

Sweet dreams.



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Body Talk 18/6/14

Joining me this evening was Mr Bhanot, Consultant Urologist at Spire Hartswood Hospital.

Urologists specialise in the function of the urinary system of men and women and  the male reproductive organs.

According to a survey of men aged 45 and over by Prostate Cancer UK, 70% of them knew nothing about their prostate and the symptoms of prostate cancer.

For men over 50 the most common problem is prostate enlargement. Older men are at risk for prostate cancer as well but it is less common.

The symptoms are difficulty passing urine, weakness in flow of urine, frequent urinating, sudden urges to urinate, an inability to empty the bladder or blood in the urine.

If a patient has these symptoms, tests can be done to ascertain the causes. These are blood tests, urine tests, PSA tests prostate cancer gene test or MRI scans.

Treatment depends on the diagnosis and there are several options available including surgery.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, the first port of call is your GP  who will then refer you on for tests.

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A very busy Drive home

Once again I had the honour of deputising for MIKEY PORTER on today’s show – and a very busy show it was today.

First off we had the THREE O’CLOCK THRILL and today’s 3 belters were all Motown classics. First off it was Martha Reeves and the Vandellas with “NOWHERE TO RUN”, followed swiftly by Marvin Gaye’s classic “CAN I GET A WITNESS?” and bringing up the rear it was Junior Walker and the Allstars with “ROADRUNNER”.

IMG_0312Having launched the show in style it was time to get down to business and first off I was joined by local author, CELIA PYKE who has just completed her latest book all about Ockendon and the people who lived there since the end of the First World War. The book is “VOICES of NORTH and SOUTH OCKENDON and is available from Amazon at £12.99. It’s also available on Kindle.

Listen again to all that Celia told me about this book by clicking on the link below: –

Later, hotfoot from the Chelsea Flower Show, MATTHEW MONCKTON of Upminster based Enterprise Plants arrived to outline IMG_0314his firm’s philosophy and their involvement and hopes for this year’s show. Listen again to what Matthew told me here: –

Mikey’s back tomorrow so I’ll see you again soon




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TURN IT UP ► 17.05.2014


Playing for you tonight…Deeplomatik, Roy Davis Jr, Wez Saunders, Fairchild, Francesco De Argentis, Demarkus Lewis, Jon Cutler, KAASI and lots more…

Many thanks for your continued support. For shouts, message me on FB or tweet @vixter_d

Tonight’s  Playlist:

Deeplomatik – Next Drop

Francesco De Argentis – Back to the Old School

Shur I Kan- As We

Soul Fortune & Angelina – Touch (Magic Soul Imperial Mix)

KAASI – Tell Me

Rubee Rayne – DSYLM (Don’t Say You Love Me)

Adolescent – K-TV

Frankie Knuckles-Your Love (Stanton Warriors Tribute Mix)

Demarkus Lewis – I Feel Its Over

Fairchild – Groove 83

Roy Davis Jr. – No Justice No Peace

Flapjackers – Ain’t Too Proud

Dee Mac – This Trip

Wez Saunders – The B Side (Dancing and LosingControl

Maurice Tamraz – All Night

Chymamusique, DJ Claude, Rona Ray – World Is Good

Drop Dopers – Syrup

Doorly & Roy Lyons – Le Pump

Franc Spangler – Painted Lady

Jon Cutler – 02 I’ll Take You (Richard Earnshaw Re-Beat Edit)

Juliet Fox – If You Feel


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Remixed Friday


Playlist included:

Amalfi (Jetlag Remix)

Ayer – Young (Mickey Valen Radio Edit)


Dat Oven – Icy Lake (DJ Rashad & NA Mix)

Embrace (JackLNDN Remix)

Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Tinush Remix)

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind

Kidnap Kid – Stronger

Sublux –  Funkatronik (Glitch Hop)

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Body Talk 30/4/14

My guest this evening was Mr Bhik Kotecha, Consultant Ear, Nose and  Throat Surgeon at Spire Hartswood Hospital. He was ghere to discuss snoring as it’s National Stop Snoring Week.

Snoring is caused by the vibration of  the soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in. While you are asleep the airways in you head and neck relax and narrow. It is thought the narrowing of the airways increases the speed at which you are breathing out and changes air pressure in your airways. This causes the soft tissues to vibrate by sucking the sides of the airways in.

The same effect can be the result of partially blocked airways, so even people who don’t tend to snore might find that they do when they get a cold.

A survey carried out by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Associaton found 40%  of the population snore. Some very lightly and others loud enough to be heard in the next room!!

Things that increase your risk of snoring are obesity, drinking alcohol, sedatives, smoking or allergies. Try some lifestyle changes before consulting your doctor and if these don’t make any difference it may be that you need medical help. Surgery is only used as a last resort, and each patient would be tested to ascertain the type of snoring. Spire Hartswood has a stroboscope, which gives enhanced vision, and leads to a more effective diagnosis and treatment.

Call Hartswood to arrange a consultation.


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So here we are folks. Another YouTube Clip of the Week. This was the final Clip I broadcasted on air of this series. As it was the last clip of the series I wanted leave it with a bang. This clip is one of my favorite clips of all time on YouTube. Someone decided to take some small clips from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and turn them into a song that would rack over 15 million views. one of the most popular clips on the web.

I can watch that over and over again and not get bored. And the creator of this clip got a big surprise when this clip reached Orlando Bloom’s ear (The actor who Plays Legolas). While they were filming The Hobbit, they recorded Orlando actually singing along to the clip and was put on the DVD extras.

Although this is the last clip I will put on air, each week I will be posting YouTube Clips of the Week up. I will be putting up all those clips I could not broadcast before…



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Playlist for Gracenotes sunday 30/3/145

Thanks to Sinah, for her company and taking over of the playlist.Shame we could’nt work out the lead technology but will get her to do a session soon.I played a few of her tunes to compensate.This is how my notes appeared,forgive any omissions…

1.Challenger                  -Sinah

2.Sanna’s Song             -Sea Lion

3.I see My Mother      -Polica

4.Alt J remix                 –  Sinah

5.Natural                       -Claus Casino

6.Please Your Heart   -Sinah

7.The Rabbit Field    -Zita Swoon

8.One Step                  -Sheen

9.Pearls                       -Cashmere Cat

10.Shuck                      -Purity Ring

11.Shepherds Pie      -Ben and The Pimps

12.Papy Pacify           -FKA Twigs

13.Moonshake            -Can

14.Inspiratiom Information      -Shuggie Otis

15.Nobody Knows     -Sinah

16.Skinny Love           -Bon Ivor

17.Change                     -Banks

18.Who Knows           -Turtle

19.Cavity                      -Hundred Waters

20.Bloodline              -Barbarossa

21.Made To Stray     -Mount Kimbie

22.Left to Wonder  -Lyla Foy

23.Run                       -Daughter

Ok thats all folks -tune in for more old school tunes tommorow–!!

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body Talk 2/4/14

Now it’s official. Too much exercise is bad for you!!!

A new survey on a three different groups of people, one who jogged regularly every day and another who did no exercise at all came up with surprisingly similar results. The third group exercised little and often.The regular joggers and the couch potatoes both came up with a lower life expectancy than than the group who exercised little and often. So you really can have too much of a good thing. The researchers didn’t come up with any particular reason why excessive exercising was bad for you, but the conclusion they came to was that it subjected the body to undue stress over a long period of time, and the body simply wears out.

So when you’ve got a moderate exercise regime worked out, then time to think about diet. new research has found that maybe five a day isn’t enough, and we need to increase to seven a day, which is more in line with the advice given in other European countries.  There are still many of us out there that aren’t really getting enough fresh fruit and veg. Price is a big reason for this. Buying fresh is much more expensive than buying packaged foods. The greater expense though is your health. So give some consideration as to how you can up your fruit and veg intake and lower the processed products.

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Keith and Helen of Five Elements 28-03-14

Today Keith and Helen of the new Five Elements spiritual shop in Kings Road, Brentwood popped in to tell us about Reiki and the power of crystals.

Keith & Helen Five Elements 28-03-14

you can email Keith and Helen on or visit their web page at

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TURN IT UP ► 29.03.2014



Catch me TONIGHT from 6pm-8pm GMT on PHOENIX 98FM playing you the BEST in 2014 DANCE MUSIC #nudisco #indiedance #house #futuregarage #futurebeats and lots more.

For shouts, message me on FB, Tweet me @vixter_d

Part 1 (6-7pm)

GrooveU Afterglow (Original Mix)

James Vincent McMorrow We Don’t Eat (Glastrophobie Remix)

Dickystixx All I Need (feat. Skin Town)

The KnocksComfortable (Lightwaves Remix)

AIMES Time For Us

Fabich & Ferdinand WeberJoy

Guerman Le Coeur de Morgane (DFENDR Remix)

Goldroom  Embrace (Dickystixxx Remix)

Panama Strange Feeling (Casino Gold Rework)

Route 94 & SecondCity Freak (A-FEN Remix)

Fire Fox Round Trip Ticket (DiscoSocks Edit)

Epicure Little Green (Footwerk)

Sampha Can’t Get Close (Sinistarr edit)

Part 2 (7-8pm)

Ellie Herring Dynasty

Disclosure F For You (JAW Remix)

Joey McCrilley Sun goes down

Wordlife Small Talk (Doc Daneeka LGO Remix)

Mosis & Bedrockk Steady Are U Ready

London Grammar Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)

DistroLet Go

Vindata Recognize (Featuring Xavi and Ebonique)

Rudimental Baby (Distro & Archive)

Steve Huerta Off the Plate (Huerta’s Wash & Dry Mix)

Pedestrian & Jasperdrum BEATAMAX

Mar Man x Woman (Syv Remix)


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Body Talk 26/3/14

My guest this evening was Mr Dip Mukherjee, Consultant General Surgeon at Spire Hartswood Hospital. Mr Mukherjee was discussing a new weight loss solution, the Obalon Balloon, available exclusively through Spire Healthcare. also joining us was Pamela, who is using the Obalon Balloon.

The balloon is is swallowed in the form of a capsule , and is inflated by catheter. It takes up space in your stomach, so you feel full even though you’ve eaten less. It stays in the stomach for three months, when an endoscopy is performed to remove the balloon. The average weight loss expected is 1 stone 3 pounds. Therefore it isn’t suitable for people with huge amounts of weight to lose, but those who need encouragement to shift those hard to lose few pounds.

The only side effects seem to be nausea for the first couple of days, and maybe a little discomfort.

We were also joined by Pamela who has been using the balloon for one month. So far she has lost 1 stone 6 pounds, and is very happy with her progress. After years of yoyo dieting, she feels now that she has found a way to control her weight. She is learning to choose the more healthy eating options, and also exercising more. All part of not just dieting but changing her lifestyle to suit her new diet plan. When the balloon is removed she is confident that she will continue to keep up her healthy regime.

To find out more contact Spire Hartswood Hospital on 01277 266761.

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Body Talk 19/3/14

Try sniffing fruit to help your diet!!!! Yes it’s true. New research has concluded that sniffing fruit before and during eating helps you to choose the healthier eating option.

Much attention seems to have been brought to the public about  gum health recently. Bleeding gums are not good and there are many good mouth washes available but there also some healthy alternatives that can heal from the inside too.

One piece of research found that people taking vitamin c improved their gum health in just 6 weeks. Green tea is good for the gums and controlling the bacteria in the mouth. Propolis, which is made by bees from plant resin is showing promise in helping many dental problems from plaque and cavities to gum disease and ulcers.

Be careful how you store your fruit and veg. You could be reducing their health value by storing them in the fridge. Researchers exposed spinach leaves to continuous light for 3 days and found that their levels of vitamins c,k and e had increased significantly. In contrast, the spinach stored in darkness tended to have lower nutrient levels. So to get the best out of you veg eat it fresh and don’t store it for too long.

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Stella The Raw Food Goddess visits Phoenix



If you bring food into the studio Mike is going to eat it and thats exactly what happened here. Here the interview again with the Lovely and very clever Stella Phillips in between Mike asking questions with his mouth full

Stella has started a new business called Edesias Banquet and is a genius at producing cakes and chocolates and all sorts of stuff with “Raw Foods”

To find out more about Sterlla and here work follow this link

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Body Talk 12/3/14

Try and get some of those toxins out of your system and out of your environment. Heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic are commonly found all around us on a daily basis. They can be in tap water, food, dental fillings, old paint, medications, kitchenware, cosmetics and toiletries.

Symptoms of over exposure are nausea, vomiting, headaches and convulsions. Longer term problems can be linked to reproductive issues and IQ levels. The body normally copes quite well in ridding itself of these toxins, but continual exposure can lead to a physical overload that the body can’t cope with.

To minimise your exposure consider getting getting your old mercury dental fillings removed. Stop smoking. Avoid high risk foods such as shellfish, coastal and inland freshwater fish, deep sea fish like tuna or swordfish, intensively farmed meat, vegetables and ffuit sprayed with pesticides, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine.

Look out for heavy metals in household products and limit their use or find safer alternatives.

Use filtered water.

The freshwater alga Chlorella is good for removing toxins from the body, and so is the more common herb coriander.

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TURN IT UP ► 15.03.2014


The sun is out…let the music play. Tune in to my TURN IT UP radio show every Saturdays on Phoenixfm 98.0 from 6-8pm  Playing great dance tracks to start your weekend.

For shouts, message me on FB or tweet me @vixter_d

PART 1 (6-7pm)

 Ferdinand Weber & Fabich ►Aaliyah
Chris Malinchak ►Forever
Raleigh Ritchie ► Bloodsport (Saul Sweet Remix)
St Lucia  ► Elevate (The Knocks Remix)
DGTO►Some People Don’t Fall  (Edward Newgate Remix)
KAASI► Lucy Stone
Vindata ► All I Really Need (Featuring Kenzie May)
Queen of Hearts ► Secret (Juveniles Remix)
GoldroomEmbrace (JackLNDN Remix)
SPTMBR 8TH ►Million
Neon Trees ► Sleeping With A Friend (Reuben Keeney Remix)
PART 2 (7-8pm)
Druid CloakFrostmane
SPTMBER 8Th  ► I Need
Pedestrian & Jasperdrum BEATAMAX
Howson’s GrooveLive On
Roy Davis Jr ft. Robert Owens ►Slide
Amtrac feat POSSO ► Don’t Know 
Pat Lok ►Body II Me
Gorgon City feat. MNEK► Ready For Your Love (Etherwood Remix)
Vindata featuring Xavi and Ebonique ►Recognize 
Groove Armanda & CANDI StantonMorning Light (3am drop mix)

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Sunday Breakfast is back

So for the last few weeks I have been back on Phoenix, right back where I started from , Sunday Breakfast 7- 10 Sundays. So now I’m catching up with the writing!

On the all new Sunday breakfast, we have some great music and features. On this day, Golden Year, Front Page, Top 40 Look Up and our usual phoenixfm excellent stuff but there’s a competition as well. No prizes , but send your thoughts to

The playlist for March 9th was this:

Wings – Listen To What The Man Said
Tom Jones – If He Should Ever Leave You
Robbie Williams – The Road To Mandalay

On This Day
Take That – Shine Nr 1 2007

Little Mix – Word Up!
Akon – Lonely
Ben Watt – Some Things Don’t Matter
Madness – My Girl
Nelly – Dilemma
The Corrs – Summer Wine

The Mystery Jets – Half In Love with Elizabeth 2
Odyssey – Native New Yorker 1
James Blunt – Bonfire Heart
Lesley Gore – Heartaches At Sweet Sixteen
Little Jackie – The World Should Revolve Around 1
The Dooleys – Love Of My Life

Top 40 tracks
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
Pharrel Williams – Happy (from _Despicable Me 2_)

The Fray – Mahna Mahna 1
David Cassidy and the Partridge Family – I Think I Love You
Scouting for girls – Elvis Ain’t Dead [Radio Edit] 1

The Golden Year
Hipsway – The Honeythief
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel 1
Huey Lewis & the News – Do You Believe In Love 1
Frank Sinatra – Theme from New York, New York 1
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 1
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction

And it was 1986.

Bastille – Bad Blood
Squeeze – Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Radio Edit)
Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme I Just Want To Stay Here And Love you
Red Dragon – Compliments On Your Kiss
Our competition takes three bits of music to represent a story in the weeks news, can you guess it? join in this Sunday from 7-10 am.

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off the wall – micheal jackson – 05/03/2014


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Playlist for the night:

Morcheeba – The Sea – Big Calm, Step Into My World by Hurricane #1, Friendly Fires;Paris, Flobots – Handlebars, Levellers – What A Beautiful Day

The Listening Party

  1. Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
  2. Rock With You
  3. Working Day And Night
  4. Get On The Floor
  5. Off The Wall
  6. Girlfriend
  7. She’s Out Of My Life
  8. I Can’t Help It
  9. It’s The Falling In Love
  10. Burn This Disco Out

David Bowie – Suffragette City, Cribs – Men’s Needs, Roxy Music – More Than This, The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket, Imelda May – Psycho, Mark Morriss ‘This Is the Lie (And That’s the Truth), Melody’s Echo Chamber – Endless Shore

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This week my guest was Judy Lewis, personal trainer and fitness expert, who was here to also her promote her amazing Liposculpt machine. Liposculpt is a way of reducing the top layer of fat in those hard to shift areas. It works instantly too!!! I was able to try out the machine before the show and I have to say it was a very pleasant experience. I imagined some huge vibrating massage machine, but it was quite simple and there was no sensation apart from warmth, which made it altogether a pleasurable experience. Judy got me to lie down on her couch, put little paddles on my thighs and waist, and left me to rest peacefully for about 40 minutes while the lasers did their thing. Miraculously I got up and measured approximately one centimetre less around each thigh. Brilliant!!!

Afterwards Judy got me on to the exercise bike for 5 minutes to get my heart rate up so the fat that the lasers had looosened up would be able to flow through my body and be passed out naturally. Judy works from home, but she can also come out to you. She found that as a personal trainer, not everyone wants t to the gym. Particulary if they are just starting out on a fitness programme. People can feel a little self conscious. If that’s you, then Judy can offer a personalised training programme to get you into the shape that you want to be in. Judy is also doing her bit for breast cancer awareness. On 10th May she is doing the Moonwalk in London, and is looking for sponsors. If you’d like to sponsor her for this very worthy cause you can make a donation on

For more information on liposculpt you can go to the Liposculpt website  at

Judy is on Twitter @judylaserlipo or you can email her on or call on 07947336677.

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word gets around – stereophonics – 26/02/2014


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Playlist for the night:

Jet – Look What You’ve Done, Athlete – Wires, fleet foxes – white winter hymnal, Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down – Nancy Sinatra – Kill Bill Vol 1, Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna

The Listening Party

  1. A Thousand Trees
  2. Looks Like Chaplin
  3. More Life In A Tramps Vest
  4. Local Boy In The Photograph
  5. Traffic
  6. Not Up To You
  7. Check My Eyelids For Holes
  8. Same Size Feet
  9. Last Of The Big Time Drinkers
  10. Goldfish Bowl
  11. Too Many Sandwiches
  12. Billy Daveys Daughter

Kurt Vile – ‘Wakin On A Pretty Day, Blur – Out Of Time, Cloud Control – Promises, Hey Geronimo – Lazer Gun Show, Jenny Broke The Window – Rum N’ Cola, Lurch & Chief – We Are The Same

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Body Talk 5/2/14

Joining me this evening on the show was Mr Aman Bhargava, Consultant General Surgeon at Spire Hartswood Hospital. Mr Bharghava has broad general surgical training in both open and laparoscopic  surgery. He was talking this evening about hernias.

General surgery encompasses abdominal surgery and also skin, breast, soft tissue and hernias. Hernias are very common. Mr Bharghava performs about two hernia procedures each day, and over the years has performed hundreds.

Hernias are tears in the muscles which allow the inner organs to protrude. they can happen around the abdominal area and more commonly in the groin. They can be caused by lifting heavy objects or heavy coughing or pregnancy. People who smoke or are overweight or those who train intensely in the gym are most susceptible to hernias.

The only way to get rid of a hernia is to operate. With todays advanced methods the surgery is minimal, and the recovery is normally within a week or ten days.

If you are worried about a possible hernia then book an appointment at Spire Hartswood, or visit the Spire website to find out more.

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Wednesday 8th January – Part 61 (2014 Preview)

The Stage + Screen Show smallYou can now listen again to THE STAGE & SCREEN SHOW – PART 61 (2014 PREVIEW):  featuring music from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Miss Saigon, Shakespeare In Love, Rocky, Cabaret – and many more top tunes from Hollywood, Broadway and the West End…






TWITTER:  @thesasshow

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What Christmas means to me – Boxing day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

On Boxing Day from 10 a.m. I presenting a three hour show called ‘What Christmas means to me’. This was a selection of Christmas music that is secular and sacred. We had  Away in a manger, Peace Child and two other carols from the children at Ingatestone and Fryerning C of E. Junior School recorded for the show. We also hear fifteen interviews with the children Ben Price from year 6 at the school joined me for the first hour. Tim Lee from Brentwood Churches Together was with me from 11-11.30.  A favourite item was O Holy Night recoded by the Anglo European school chamber choir at Ingatestone Parish Church. The rest of the show was Christmas favourites like “Rocking around the Christmas tree” and ”I wish it could be Christmas every day’ as well as some more unusual Christmas items from Annie Lennox, Elvis Presley and others. The chatroom was busy and the conversations included recipes for turkey left-overs.

You can listen to the show again or parts of it by clicking the link below.

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`Power to the People` with Danny Dyer

Ahead of My Sunday lunch interview with Eddie Webber on the 8th December, check out this 6 episode mini series called `Power to the People` on YouTube

It is about a group of  lads from Bermondsey who can’t stand the way the local elected party treat Bermondsey born and bread people. At the end of their tether they decide to start up a local political party. I’ll say no more except chuck in a seedy Council Housing officer and orf we go.


The  1st series is written by Eddie Weber and  features;

Eddie Webber

Eddie Webber


Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer


Geoff Bell

Geoff Bell

You may have seen them in films such as Essex Boys and  Green street, rocknrolla, Mike basset England manager, the list is endless.

So check it out!! and tune into the show 12-2pm Sunday 8 the December, also in the first hour we will be joined by Pete Brame off  BBC Fame acadamy, (yes the one that dated Ferne Cotten)….





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Lighting Up Brentwood – Meet the Acts – Marilena Gant

So in case you haven’t heard, Phoenix FM are the host for this years Christmas light switch on in Brentwood High Street on 30th November. So in the lead up to the event, across the daytime show’s, we are having the various acts, who will be performing on the day to come in to have a chat, play some songs and maybe throw in a couple of Live sessions.

On Friday we welcomed 16 year old classical singer Marilena Gant onto the show.

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Once upon a time (specifically 20th of October 2013), in a land far far away (Brentwood) there lived a mythical creature (Helghyer) that was oft seen during the twilight hours (4-6pm) conjuring all manner of magic and mystery (singing) twixt dream and reality (the jed shepherd show). Some say that the sighting of this creature would herald a bountiful harvest (a good show), but there were others, the naysayers, who tried to convince the village elders that it was a bad omen…

BUT THE VILLAGERS WERE RIGHT! Helghyer was great on my show, and we shared bizarro stories, Cottingly Fairies, folky pop and SNAKE MEN. See Helghyer (pronounced Hell-Hear) sing ‘The Price We Pay’ in that little rectangle below.

She also sang a song which scared me and now sometimes at night, I can hear it on the breeze. You’ll know which one it is if you are currently listening to the show while reading this.


See and Hear Helghyer using these links:

also I would very much like to point you towards this stop-motion animation that Helghyer made herself… painstakingly. Its beautiful!

If you are a singer or in a band and think you might suit my show, hit me up on twitter @jedshepherd as I am always found there. Hope you all had a good Halloween, though everyday is Halloween for me. Until next time…


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On the 6th of October, Selin Clayton came onto my show to join the other BIMM alum that have recently been on (only Hettie so far, but I’m sure there will be others). BIMM stands for Brighton Institute of Music and Mayhem, but I may have one of those words wrong.




I am always surprised by just how talented people are at such a young age. Selin is only 16 and yet she has such a mature sound to her voice, and like Hettie, she is not one for covering standard chart fare. In the video below Selin covers the band Daughter with her own unique and apt take on ‘Youth’.

When I was 16 all I listened to was The Smiths and Punk and nothing inbetween, I could barely play my guitar and I had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Supernatural. Not much has changed since then, but the way Selin has started her music career leads me to believe, that she is well on her way to be a genuine star of the future. She could also giggle for England, in the Annual giggling contest held on the moors of GiggleLand.

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You can find more about Selin through the below portals…

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So, you want a request?




Scott Ross and Michelle Ward in full professional pose.

Stu, Con, Drake, Mel and a few others are in the Phoenix FM chat room. Its not unheard of for someone to ask for a request…..

Here is Scott Ross and myself dealing with a request for Wilson Philips….

20131022120011 requests – edited

Click above to listen

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Free music is like Gold Dust

Well, that’s not strictly true but thanks to the very generous John Newman (and probably his record label and iTunes and so on so forth) we bring you a new Track of the Week which is, yes you guessed it, free!!

John Newman’s Gold Dust is playing each morning this week for you to hear it on-air, because there’s nothing like a song coming on the radio when you least expect and it gives you that “Aww yeah!!!” feeling in your stomach

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Monday 14-10-13

Tonight’s Retro Chart was looking at the top 40 for 14th October 1976 and here are the songs played from that chart:

  • Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection
  • Lalo Schifrin – Jaws
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown
  • Hot Blood – Soul Dracula
  • Average White Band – Queen Of My Soul
  • Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right
  • England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’rarer ally Love To See You Tonight
  • Randy Edelman – Uptown, Uptempo Woman
  • Paul Nicholas – Dancing With The Captain
  • Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
  • Detroit Spinners – The Rubberband Man
  • J.A.L.N. Band – Disco Music/I Like It
  • Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music
  • Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
  • Simon May – Summer Of My Life
  • Manhattans – Hurt
  • Ritchie Family – The Best Disco In Town
  • Elvis Presley – Girl Of My Best Friend
  • Tina Charles – Dance Little Lady Dance
  • Ricky Dees & His Cast Of Idiots – Disco Duck
  • Demi’s Roussos – When Forever Has Gone
  • Sherbet – Howzat
  • Rod Stewart – Sailing
  • Pussycat – Mississippi

The rest of the music played on tonight’s show was as follows:

  • Pitbull ft TJR – Don’t Stop The Party
  • Caron Wheeler – Livin In The Light
  • Chemical Brothers – Galvanise
  • Chanelle – One Man
  • Artist YDot – Telling Me
  • Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
  • Icona Pop ft Charlie XCX – I Love It
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The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Concert with The Friends of Kneller Hall Band


The Friends of Kneller Hall band are a band of ex army musicians who travelled from all over the country and from as far away as Germany to support the Brentwood Royal British Legion Youth Band on Sunday Night.

I was at this excellent concert and and along with a large audience, thoroughly enjoyed the music and the spectacle.

You can hear a brief report about it here – Concert

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You know that saying? You know, the one that everyone says? I’ll remind you in case you’ve not been near any people lately. It’s the popular saying that people say about music and bands in general. “Every band needs a Piers in it“. You remember the saying now right? WRONG. Its a saying I just made up because Piers from Slowgun is in every band thats been on my show ever. Okay two, two bands, but you need to stop trying to pick fault in my words and concentrate on the below video of Slowgun doing ‘Stephen’ on my show. Its the tale of Toni’s (lead singer) friend who is coincidentally named Stephen as he gets into a fight, leaving the other guy “in bits”. It’s the best song about a Stephen I’ve heard since the one I sang in the playground at the tender age of 7 to my friend Stephen Appiah, provocatively titled “Stupid Stephen”.

You can hear the whole interview and session again using the links below and I rather think you should because “it’s better to listen to Slowgun, than to fight a man with a mouthful of tadpoles”. As you may have guessed, I have once again made up a saying, but rest assured, THAT one will catch on.

Part 1

Part 2

I love Slowgun alot and you be interested to know that their new single “Next Time/ Sidekick Me” was released last week 29.09.13 and they also just played with Japan’s very own ‘Shonen Knife’. I would like to one day play with Shonen Knife, but I don’t sing or have a band, so I will just have to play with Stanley Knife in my bedroom again.. (I don’t really dear readers – I’m not a Muse fan).

You can hear and read more about Slowgun and their many adventures with Tim Burgess in the below portals:

and buy the new single here:

this is the bio that someone else wrote which I recommend to read first before any of this. I shouldnt have put it at the bottom really, but I like each post to be a little like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book where the narrative jumps all over the place to keep you on your toes:

SLOWGUN formed in 2005 and have been playing their catchy indie-rock-pop tunes on and off ever since. Toni sings and plays guitar, Piers plays another guitar and occasionally attempts to sing, Stef plays bass and Matt hits the drums with drumsticks. Slowgun have played gigs with Shonen Knife, Yuck, Bellini, The Primitives, Pete and the Pirates, Versus, Wussy and many more. Their self released green 7” single “Stephen” has been played on 6music and an earlier demo of “Sidekick Me” was played on Huw Stevens’ show on Radio 1.



p.s. If you are in a band and want to come onto my show, hit me up on twitter, or do what most people do and contact Phoenix FM and make it for my attention.. it will get to me! If you currently go to BIMM, you’re probably all following me on twitter anyway :)

pps. shout out to all the people who read this far down.

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Monday 7-10-13

Here we go again, another Monday evening therefore another “Getting You Home” show. The Retro Chart tonight was from 1978 and this is what was played from that top 40:

  • Rainbow – L A Connection
  • O Jays – Brandy
  • John Travolta – Sandy
  • Rolling Stones – Respectable
  • Mick Jackson – Blame It On The Boogie
  • Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldnt’v)
  • Smokie – Mexican Girl
  • Jam – David Watts
  • Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
  • Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love
  • E.L.O. – Sweet Talking Woman
  • Crystal Gayle – Talking In Your Sleep
  • Exile – Kiss You All Over
  • Boney M – Rasputin
  • Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
  • Leo Sayer – I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
  • Dean Friedman – Lucky Stars
  • Abba – Summer Night City
  • 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
  • Frankie Valli – Grease
  • Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights

The rest of the music played on tonight’s show was as follows:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
  • Christians – Forgotten Town
  • Madonnas – Hung Up
  • Curtis Hairston – I Want Your Lovin (Just A Little Bit)
  • Klangharussell ft Will Heard – Sonnentanz (Sun Dont Shine)
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Saturday 07-09-13

Had the honor of sitting in for Mairi again tonight. As the first hour last week was some 80’s soul, i decided tonight to do some 90’s dance for the first hour with some more soulful house for the second hour. Here is the list of songs that were played:

90’s Hour:

  • Nomad – (I Wanna Give You) Devotion
  • Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
  • Tamperer ft Maya – If You Buy This Record (Your Life Will Be Better)
  • T-Spoon – Sex On The Beach
  • Bizarre Inc – Playing With Knives
  • Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl
  • Don Pablo’s Animals – Venus
  • Daft Punk – Around The World
  • Sybil – When I’m Good And Ready
  • Brand New Heavies – Midnight At The Oasis
  • Strike – U Sure Do
  • Brothers In Rhythm – Such A Good Feeling
  • Kym Sims – Too Blind To See
  • Mousse T vs Hot ‘N’ Juicy – Horny
  • Quartz ft Dina Carroll – Its Too Late

Soulful House Hour:

  • Al McCall – Hard Times
  • Cesar Merveille & Pablo Cahn-Speyer – Tribute
  • Fred Everything – Mile End
  • DJ SLash – Esperando
  • The Jinks – Like Music
  • Gramophonedzie – Why Dont You
  • Julien Jabre – Swimming Places
  • James Bryan ft Re’nee Wynter – Beautiful World
  • Sofia Rubina – Make Me Beautiful
  • Jamie Jones & SImon Baker – Kaskazi
  • Masters At Work ft India – To Be In Love
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Henry VIII and Blackmore


On today’s Bygones feature we learnt about some of he rumours of what Henry VIII might have got up to during his visits to Blackmore.

He’s “Gone to Jericho”, nudge nudge wink wink, was said by the royal court about King Henry VIII (1509-1547). This is a Phrase which early historians claimed to have been said for when the King visited Blackmore to be with his mistress Elizabeth Blount, but it is doubtful whether this actually occurred. Anyway listen again to what Frances had to say on this subject right here: – Bygones 27th August

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Bianca Cook (Binks) on Sunday lunch

Hi Listeners

After repeated requests  I finally managed to get my good friend and wonderfully talented local singer Bianca Cook into studio 1 for the Sunday Lunch Show, (25th August) Many of you may know her by her  nick  name, Binks or Binx or Binksy even! as she regularly sings in and around the Brentwood area  at some of the top bars and restaurants.

Bianca is currently working on her debut album and has just disclosed some career changing news, so before I tell you too much! take a listen to the full interview with Binks.

To hear the interview in full click on the audio tab below;

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Bianca Cook in Studio 1

Bianca Cook in Studio

Not content in having got Bianca on to my show at the phoenix fm studio, I was determined to get a few live covers out of her, in which she delivered beautifully as always, and it was her first EVER radio interview and live on air vocal set!! you would have heard the tracks in the full audio interview  but here they are again separated into the 2  live audio files;


binks track 1_   Next to Me     (Emile Sande Cover)


Binks I found Love_     I Found Love   (Rihanna Cover)


Binks in the Hot Seat

Binks in the Hot Seat


Just felt I had to get in one of the photo`s (is it me or have I acquired a pointed head)

Just felt I had to get in one of the photo`s (is it me or have I acquired a pointed head)


For a  booking enquiry or any further information for Bianca Cook  here are some useful links;


Twitter; @BiancaJCook


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The Simpsons on Phoenix FM


Yes it’s was Simpsons here on Phoenix FM,  With me was Sarah Simpson, lover of music, Personal Assistant, Psychology Graduate, amazing dancer, daughter and festival goer.

Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson

Sarah had just got back from V Festival, and we played some of her favourite tracks from artists that appeared at the festival along with some of her other favourites. We chatted about the bands and some of the goings on in Chelmsford last week.

There was also a contribution from my son Jamie.

Jamie Simpson

Jamie Simpson

He’s at the Reading festival this weekend. He is part of a new up and coming band called Harper, and we  heard a track from them and all about their recent live performance at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch.

You can listen to the show again here – The Simpsons

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