shows // chOOn!!
This programme was born out of the desire to share the best of the most amazing downloads siphoned from deep within the bloated bowels of the globetrotting music blogosphere.
A lost world of undiscovered artefacts and simply outrageous sounds await your careful attention with an oddball selection wandering through past and present independent music, worldbeat gems, exotic oddities, bizarre disco, creepy soundtracks, fuzzy library, deviant crossovers, primitive electronics, amateur incidents, nowadays outsiders...and forgotten fourth world composers. From the sublime to the ridiculous but all fit to be branded "chOOn"!
I am mr. chOOn!! and I see a whole army of choonmans (choon loving humans), here in defiance of bad radio! You have come to listen to chOOns and chOOns they are! What will you do without chOOns? Will you fight?
"No! We will run - and live and listen to Zane Lowe if we must!” The beardy boy hogging the broadband in his nan’s spare bedroom shouted.
Yes! Fight and you may die... or run and listen to Zane Lowe and you will live at least awhile... until your growing disdain for the Kiwi accent gets the better of you and you implode like a bad Haka.
And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young choonmans (see above) and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our chOOns!!
Posted at 18:58, 9th September 2014
just when i thought i was out they choon me back'n
Just when I thought I was out they chOOn me back in!
Call me Michael ChOOnleone - brought back from the brink to unleash global music mayhem on your sweet ass!
Today's show kicks off with South Indian Spandex before sampling Sudanese Technicolor drones, Ex-Pat Thai Mulam, Ethiopian Disco-Funk, Moroccan Organtronics, Malian Cosmic Dervishes, Kenyindian Synth Peace offerings, Indonesian Moog-folk and so much more... chOOn!! in or you'll be sleeping with the fishes!
Posted at 13:58, 10th June 2014
guest mix #1 // nigel ross - chust sublime mix
Hello, Hello, Hello and welcome to choon on subcity radio.. your four-weekly global music mixtape.
Today’s show is a bit different as it’s the first in a scheduled series of guest mixes – I’ve decided to put together some shows where, instead of just the regular monthly chOOn!! mixtapes, you can hear mixes from some of the artists, bloggers, DJ’s, thinkers and bon viveurs, that influence moi and the very fabric of this show.
First up is local man and a HUGE influence on yours truly – Nigel Ross. Nigel is a veteran of the Glasgow music scene having fronted Scotland’s first Punk and Reggae sound-systems way back when – he gravitated into pirate radio in Glasgow before a move to England saw him helm legendary house parties in Manchester and Cambridge. Having just recently arrived back on Scottish shores I have enjoyed many an evening geeking out in his house which doesn't so much resemble a living space, as it does a vinyl nerd’s wet dream - a grotto of strange and beguiling records. His mind is a cave of musical wonders and I'm ball droppingly thrilled he's agreed to share some chOOns with us!
This is our first all vinyl mix and is a huge, unabashed rollercoaster of proto-punk, fourth world beat, ’60s psych and merry absurdity - These are weird and wonderful selections, that veer from hazy “easy listening” croons and unshackled joyous grooves to the downright sinister – a taste dichotomy that defies easy categorisation – bookended by some stone cold classics.
If you would like to know more about the music played today or just want to cyber caress Nigel’s luscious beard... then please do get in touch with him – kop a cyber feel by email via [email protected]
We will be back to normal service very shortly but in the meantime let us enjoy Nigel Ross’s “chust sublime” mix – chOOn!!
Posted at 22:21, 4th June 2014
stand and deliver - your money or your choons!!
Welcome back to your monthly music mixtape - tis chOOn!! On this show we serve up inter, intra and extra-terrestrial musics from this world and beyond.
Prepare yourself for musique that moves the continental plates with aftershocks to spare as we do the earthquake dance to Hawaiian Reggae from Finland, Radiophonic Jazz from Pakistan, Tribal Synth from Indonesia, Jungle Prog from Mexico, Groove and Slap from Iran, Catalonian Bleep & Fart, Ethiopian Electronic Warbles from the deep, Japanese Disney Classical rinses and so much more...
Grab a gas mask, call the emergency services and chOOn!! in!
Posted at 20:13, 9th March 2014
lollychoon!! - pakistani disco and mutant pop
Lollywood, the Pakistani Movie Industry based in Lahore, can be approximated as a scaled-down version of its big brother, Bollywood. Lollywood didn't have the same amount of money, and had smaller distribution, smaller studios, smaller groups and even smaller records. (Pakistan only made 45 singles, with longer programmes divided into volumes as opposed to full LPs)
In the 1970s, Lollywood produced a slew of what were essentially exploitation movies, with titles such as Spy, Society Girl, Night Club and Miss Hippy among others. Musically, film soundtracks quickly interpolated electric and electronic keyboards, multi-tracking and re-sampling, because it replaced larger, more expensive “human” musicianship. To date, the excellent folks at Finders Keepers have released two collections of chOOns from the Lollywood vaults covering this period (1973-1980). These compilations were driven by mind-boggling percussion, analogue synths, electronic organs, “urd-glish” choruses that straddled jazz and surf and supplied plenty of clues about the characters involved in making these fantastic soundtracks. The Finders Keepers collections definitely gave the impression a golden age ended with the 1970s, and the little I’d read elsewhere had mentioned Lollywood’s decline in the 1980s as it tried to come to terms with censorship and restrictions on what was allowed.
Working with my man in Pakistan Farooq Muhammad and his library of original recordings from the Lollywood Archives I have put together a collection of Disco Classics and frenzied Mutant Pop that span the years 1980-1990 – a period largely overshadowed by an increasingly potent religious right allied to Pakistan’s military dictator, Zia ul-Haq. As we will soon hear, people will always find a way to entertain, even under oppressive conditions – I present a set of wonderful pieces of high energy, camp as hell, head scratching nonsense... or, as I see it, high art party music! I salute those involved for what they got away with! Dil Dil Pakistan and chOOn!! me down!
Posted at 14:18, 1st February 2014