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This week’s Radio 1 show had two standout discoveries (at least for me they’re new). As I spent some time this week at the LIFT12 conference in Geneva, I soaked up some French influences. This is most visible in the discovery of Louise Vertigo, who is just great.

The other discovery was The Mighty Sparrow, whose best-of compilation, “Sparromania – Wit, Wisdom and Soul from the King of Calypso” is hilarious, groovy and eminently danceable. Great stuff.

Here is this week’s setlist in Google Spreadsheet form.

Here is this week’s setlist as a Dragontape:

This week we had our annual Sourcecamp developers’ and users’ summit, as well as Mediafabric, a one-day conference focusing on the future of journalism. We had people from literally all over the planet, and that global reach had an influence on this week’s setlist, which pulled from a lot of places and styles.

This week’s standout new tracks were as follows:

The Internet, “They Say”

Lana Del Rey, “Video Games”

Tokimonsta, “Little Pleasures”

Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”

Rochelle Jordan, “Shot”

and then there were two classic tracks from Ruben Blades:

The entire setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet 🙂

Like a lot of people worldwide, I spent this morning tracking the fall of NASA’s UARS satellite, and started off my set with a classic track from XTC, “Another Satellite.”

I had a lot of new music this week, including Gui Boratto’s III, and the track “The Third.”

I also liked Frank Ocean’s new track, “Swim Good.”

Natalia Lafourcade’s “Hu Hu Hu” continues in heavy rotation on my iPod. Here’s the title track.

But one of the coolest new albums this week belongs to Miguel Migs. I really like the track with Bebel Gilberto, “Zuzu,” which is available as a free download on Soundcloud:

As always, the entire setlist is here as a Google Docs spreadsheet.

This week I managed to get a lot of new great music, much of it available on Soundcloud, including this new track by Holy Ghost! featuring Michael McDonald (yeah, he of the Doobie Brothers):

Poolside’s really nice cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon:”

Little Dragon’s title track from their new album, “Ritual Union:”

Here’s Little Dragon’s cover of Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless):”

The Jojo Effect remix of the Andrews Sisters’ “Rum and Coca Cola:”

The Sonar Kollektiv Orchester’s cover of Georg Levin’s “I Got Somebody New:”

And then there’s Bebel Gilberto’s cover of “Acabou Chorare” (originally by Novos Baianos):

As usual, the setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week it was all about the new Red Hot + Rio compilation. A serious monster of a record, and a really good cause at the same time.

I also got my virtual hands on the title track of Little Dragon’s upcoming “Ritual Union,” which will finally hit the shelves on 26 July. Yeah!

The Weeknd’s new “Rolling Stone” track is also great:

As always, the setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week I traded places with Radio 1’s other Saturday morning DJ, Jarda Dušek, and maybe it was the nice weather or the different slot, but I played a lot less Latin music than usual this week. It also helps that there’s so much good music being made these days 🙂

Standout tracks this week came from Parov Stelar, whose “La Fete” is a real stomper:

Raphael Saadiq’s “Stone Rollin'” is also great, and I loved the track featuring Little Dragon, “Just Don’t:”

Speaking of Little Dragon, while we wait for the release of their new album, Ritual Union, I played this track, “Wildfire” by SBTRKT featuring Little Dragon and then remixed by Drake:

I also reached into the archives to find the Mary Jane Girls:

But by far the coolest track and coolest video this week comes from Curitiba, Brazil. The group is called “A Banda Mais Bonita Da Cidade” and the track is “Oração:”

The entire setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week’s show had a lot of new music – I think there were only a few tracks I’ve played before out of a 3-hour show.

The standout tracks came from completely different worlds and parts of the world. One track that absolutely _killed_ me was from Cleveland Jones, “Sensitive:”

Another excellent track is Tracey Thorn’s “You Are A Lover” with the remix by Clock Opera:

Finally, there was the completely outstanding OMG GET THIS DISC NOW! compilation called (deep breath): Cartagena!
Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962 – 1972.

Check out these tracks:

As usual, the setlist is here
as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week’s show was really diverse even by my own standards, with music from West Africa taking a large part of the spotlight (I was in Senegal for two weeks at the end of March/beginning of April).

I can’t recommend highly enough the Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque compilation, which I also played a lot of this week.

Plus there was this outstanding track from 1969/70 from a group called Soft Soul Transition:

The setlist is available here as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week’s show had a lot of very new music, owing to the South by Southwest Festival underway in Austin, Texas, plus the upcoming Sperm Festival here in Prague.

One of the bands to watch for 2011 is Brandt Brauer Frick, who will be playing at the Sperm Festival. Here’s their newest clip, Caffeine:

Because tomorrow is the Vernal Equinox, I also played a few songs about spring, including this one from Saint Etienne:

Anyway, the entire setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.

This week’s show had two main themes, the start of Carnival in Rio and songs about coffee (and one about tea).

There were some new tracks in there, including the brand-new Aeroplane remix of the Human League’s “Never Let Me Go:”

and this new Brazilian singer, Tulipa Ruiz, and her song, “Do Amor:”

but there were two mini-sets this week, including one of sambas from Carnival:

and this mini-set featuring songs about coffee, including Squeeze’s outstanding “Black Coffee in Bed:”

The entire setlist is here as a Google spreadsheet.