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Ipanema Beach from Dusk till Dawn
February 27, 2019, 2:40 am
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Mellow – Bossa – Electronica – Beats – Jazz….

Welcome to el ritmo and Ipanema Beach from Dusk till Dawn..

Show restream here

Mixcloud Mixtape here – just the music


Dusk at Ipanema Beach

Mauricio Maestro – Ouvindo Estrelas – Upside Down

Beautify Junkyards – Radioactivity – Beautify Junkyards Debut

Beautify Junkyards – fuga n 2 (Os Mutantes Cover) – Beautify Junkyards Debut

Marcos Valle – My Nightingale

Astrud Gilberto – Manha de Carnaval (Acapella Remix) – The Shadow of Your Smile

Ann Luz – Por Qu – Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992

Troubleman (feat. Nina Miranda) – Paz – Time Out of Mind

Ohm G – Island Dream – Power of Flower

Junip – Oba, La Vem Ela

Jose Prates  – Imbarabao – Tam Tam Tam more info below 

Sonzeira – O Que Voce Sabe

Eumir Deodato / Os Catedraticos – Os Grilos

Sambaio (Atjazz Astro Dub) – Gilles Peterson Presents Sonzeira Brasil Bam Bam Bass

Sonzeira – Samba de Retorno – Tam Tam Reimagined

Arthur Verocai – Pelas Sombras – Arthur Verocai

Jneiro Jarel aka Dr Who Dat? – Brazilliant Thought – Beat Journey

Arthur Verocai – Encore (instrumental) – Encore

Kenichiro Nishihara – Nebulosa – Humming Jazz

Andrea Pozza Trio – Nebulosa (Tenorio Jr)

Otto – Bob featuring Bebel Gilberto (Edu K Mix) – Samba Pra Burro

Kevin Yost – Conquistadors (Extended Mix)

Truby Trio – Alegre

Pathless – Goddess – Glucklich III

Want more…

Cult Brazilian album gets a musical reimagining.

Publicised by its high ranking on the Gilles Peterson wantlist, Jose Prates’ Tam… Tam… Tam…! is one of the most sought after and unique records to have come out of Brazil. After a plea on Channel 4 News (see below), Peterson eventually procured a mint copy – not long after Jonny Trunk’s 2014 re-issue.

Recorded in 1958, the original is exotic, the male vocals sounding like a Robeson of the southern hemisphere, and both of these qualities are partly on account of the record’s origin as the music for a stage show financed by the Brazil Culture Ministry. It’s a sublime piece of music from start to finish but particularly heralded for ‘Nana Imboro’, a prototype of ‘Mas Que Nada’ – the track that became a Sergio Mendes mega anthem.


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Siamese Dream – Indie – Second Excursion
January 14, 2019, 3:35 pm
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Monday night clubbing like its 1991?…where’s me jumper?…casual sex in the Cineplex. ..yes I am back doing another Siamese Dream…

its all sticky carpet, cheap drinks and falling in love under the strobe lights at The Firm Nightclub upstairs at The Old Melbourne Hotel – getting out some of my fave indie dance classics, obscurities and remixes, and even some post-millennium hidden-gems so purist-spotters can abuse me via – great sounds never die!!…

Show restream here

HQ Mixcloud Mixtape here (just the music)

PLAYLIST (Mixcloud Edition)

Stereolab – Doubt (Rough Trade Records in store performance 1991) /
Ride – Twisterella /
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks /
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Sherriff Fatman /
U2 – Lady With The Spinning Head /
Pulp – Seductive Barry /
Sultans of Ping – Where’s Me Jumper /
Crash Dept – Nothing Outside /
Pop Will Eat Itself – Cicciolina /
Flowered Up – Weekender /
Primal Scream -Screamadelica – Dixie Narco EP /
Primal Scream – (Im Gonna) Cry Myself Blind – The Original Memphis Recordings /
The Farm – Stepping Stone (12 inch Ghost Dance Mix) /
The Cult -She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version) – Love /
The Cult – Assault on Sanctuary /
Devilish Dear – Time to Live a Little – These Sunny Days /
My Bloody Valentine – I Only Said – Loveless /

Want More? – If you like what you hear then check out Siamese Dream – Indie – First Excursion. You can still listen to the full Mixcloud HQ Mixtape plus read and watch stuff here

and watch…

Primal Scream – The Memphis Recordings here

Music For Misfits – The Story of Indie Documentary here

Madchester Documentary here

Awaydays – Casuals Film here

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Best of 2018
December 16, 2018, 9:55 am
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Claude Mono curates The Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show on RTRFM. 

Highly subjective selections … Yes, it’s that time of the year again … where I trawl the folders on my Seagate external backup drives … shuffle through the Expedit shelves checking the recent vinyl … Did I not buy more this year? … why did I buy so many new-age reissues? … and I plunder other people’s blogs and lists but never really find what I thought I would find …

no top ten countdown type order- this year’s list is elegantly sequenced to match its own musical bell curve but really who cares … you can ignore the diary-like reflections and random thought-bubbles and just enjoy the HQ Mixcloud mixtape here

Rabbit Island – Jonah’s Dream, on the Rocks – Deep In The Big

Over the years I have enjoyed seeing Amber Fresh and friends in many unusual places including the ever first fundraiser for The Golden Apples of the Sun a longtime ago, performing in the basement at the Re-Store for The View from Here, at Camp Doogs, and even in the kitchen at a party at Jade Nobb’s house. This new LP beautifully under-engineered. Jonah’s Dream, On the Rocks is not the ‘best’ track but is my favorite. And I love the cover artwork

Gavino Morretti – Dawn of a New Generation – The Shildam Hall Tapes

Since 2014 Stephen Prince’s A Year In The Country has been defining and redefining its own pastoral and hauntological identify evolving to a vast project that now encompasses the original blog, a series of musical releases, and now a book. The music is “an exploration of the undercurrents and flipside of bucolic dreams and where they meet and intertwine with the parallel worlds of hauntology; it connects layered and, at times, semi-hidden cultural pathways and signposts, journeying from acid folk to edgelands via electronic music innovators, folkloric film and photography, dreams of lost futures and misremembered televisual tales and transmissions”.

This track by Gavino Moretti was a highlight on 2018’s The Shildam Hill Tapes  which is soundtrack providing ‘reflections to an imaginary film’ – think ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ meets ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ and you get the idea…

A Hawk & A Hacksaw – The Magic Spring – Forest Bathing 

I have loved A Hawk and Hacksaw since I discovered their Easter Folk many years ago. They have stayed true to the cause with little treasures along the way such Oporto and last years solo LP Agistri by Heather Trost. The video for ‘The Magic Spring’ of latest LP Forest Bathing is directed by Peter Strickland of Duke of Burgundy fame, with Producer, production & costume designer: Dora Nedeczky.


Sonoda – Goodbye – Karaoke Life

Lisa Sonada’s LP Karaoke Life came out in September 2018 but really was a celebration of all that preceded it: “…for growth from struggle, for lessons and challenges. for years Lisa Sonoda has guided us through her sonic universe to gaze and contemplate upon the arcs of existence by way of waves of sines. with karaoke life, recorded live to 2″ tape, we find her for the first time supported by a band of six close friends to articulate a vision. if karaoke rewards those who read from the script, act with linearity, and find comfort in familiarity then karaoke life is a practice in looking away from the screen, pulling the plug on the music, and singing your own song”. The track Goodbye was originally found on Clearing 1 back in 2016. I accidentally discovered Sonoda this year through this Tiny Desk video…


John Makin & Friends – No Lie – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980​-​1991

Creating timeless and stand-out works of great beauty in the vast compilation genre has been a challenge that when done well I can really appreciate – compilations like Creation Record’s Keeping The Faith, or more recently Efficient Space’s  Sky Girl and Music from Memory’s Outro Tempo. Well Music From Memory got it right again in 2018 with Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe, 1980-1991 a multiple artist multiple genre compilation compiled by record connoisseur Raphael Top-Secret and label man Jamie Tiller. “It brings together twenty one tracks from across the European continent, ’Uneven Paths’ focuses on a selection of tracks that go beyond the confines of mainstream pop music but which also transcend expectations of much of the ’experimental’ music of the time”.

Footnote: remembering now last year’s Sky Girl and Nora Guthrie, daughter of American folk musician and singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie and his second wife Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, sister of singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie, and granddaughter of renowned Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt… her largely (still) undiscovered track Home Before Dark


Testbild – Under Paraplyet –  Stad

A new LP from Testbild for 2018. They are from Sweden have been around like forever really and are much loved by those who know of them and who sometimes reference them as a Swedish Stereolab hybrid. I like that in the same way as the (kind of) legendary Kriedler are the other band from Dusseldorf but everyone has only heard of Kraftwerk.

Testbild have a lengthy catalog to explore. The new album Stad was recorded at Sonores Studios in Gothenburg, deep inside a hidden shelter where saxophones and mellotrones may howl and buzz as much as they want without the rest of the city hearing. Van Der Graaf Generator and Nürnberg 47 are lurking behind the facades, the flashing and crackling of stars falling down into a dark pond at night. The track ‘Under Paraplyet’ just oozes out of the speakers like a jazz-buzzed Stereolab.

From their website bio…

So, finally to the big question: is Testbild! really pop music?
The answer is Yes, if you want it to be. But Testbild! is also an abstract idea that is everywhere around you. A strange conspiracy of thoughts and musical beliefs, always dedicated to hummable tunes, otherworldly sounds and song writing. You are always welcome to join us, if you think you can see trough the web of lies and hypocrisy of commercial music. Because, and this is important, ANYONE can be a member of Testbild!. And anyone IS. You know that guy with the glasses sitting in the corner of your local café, staring at you all the time? Most certainly a Testbild! member. The old lady selling apples at the market square, always humming on a strange tune? Testbild! member. The little girl in a school uniform standing on a balcony, looking up in the sky? OK, now you get it.


The Limiñanas – The Gift (feat. Peter Hook) – Shadow People


C’est Magnifique… The Liminanas put this out at the very start of 2018 on ‘Shadow People’ and 12 months later its one of my best songs of the year. Peter Hook adds the New Order style ‘hooks’ and those Marie Limiñana vocals. Peter Hook himself is always modest and full of humility and I am sure he is quite genuine in this interview video when he confirms how his contribution takes the track towards the status of ‘La vie en Rose  by Grace Jones or the work of The Velvet t Underground. There are some great live versions – all very raw – I love the one with the guy in the suit on stage dancing – in the band? who is he? … move over Bez. 


Zooey – Ride, Ride / Fin Du Travail, Vie Magique – Inspiration Information

Love this – I guess its 2018 style indiepop? It has a lot going on. I think my love could be more related to a little Instagram video I made when I mixed it with an obscure 1980s band called Twins and that little video is now the only image I have when I listen to this great happy song.


A Beacon School – Its Late – Cola

This was already a great song and has loads of fan videos but I think this is one of the best video ideas I have watched this year – it goes perfectly well with the track and is such a simple editing idea.


Jonathon Wilson with Laaraji – Loving You – Rare Birds

This one first appeared in a very celestial new age set within a great edition of the Golden Apples. You can still hear the HQ mix here and an equally good one by Jesse Yuen here

Jonathon Wilson has appeared in my ‘Best of’ lists before with his stunning song and video for Desert Raven’.

If 2018 was ‘peak’ new age revival then Jonathon Wilson and Laraaji coming together and sharing some love was really all you could possibly hope for.


Khruangbin – Friday Morning – Con Todo El Mundo


After being under the radar for a while 2018 saw Laura Lee, Mark Speer, and Donald “DJ” Johnson as Khruangbin go completely overground. A band that truly knows, understands and channels its influences. So tight live – I love their live versions. 


Pram – Across The Meridian – Where the Sea Stops Moving

Still from upcoming video for ‘Shadow in Twilight’

Pram’s first album in over a decade is something to celebrate. “The album’s apex is reached on the penultimate ‘Where the Sea Stops Moving’ – a still piece that echoes with the quiet, scratchy fuzz of an old record player while Sam Owen delivers a downright haunting vocal performance. Her voice glides over the song’s ghastly aura as well as its distant classical piano notes, creating one of the most disturbingly memorable moments that Across the Meridian serves up. By the time the album concludes there’s this sensation of awaking in the middle of a dream, and the only solution is to be to re-emerge your ears and your mind. It’s an album that rewards repeated listens because there is so much to be gained from them. Every journey back to Meridian offers one more dazzling gem, shimmering in the music’s translucent waters just waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself and become beautifully adrift”.


Bibio – Capel Celyn – Phantom Brickworks

juju namjai’s YouTube comment expresses it better than I can… “I like where he’s going. It’s where he’s at. It’s just a snapshot in an everlasting wave of time. I like the way this piece makes me feel. You can’t please fans, where’s the art in that?!. Someone will always compare and someone will always have attachments. This is perfect, in every way. Repeat. The video is a from a series made by Bibio himself. I posted them here.


… and so it ends

… don’t forget you can listen to all the tracks on a HQ Mixcloud mixtape here

Near misses

Too many… but a few that I definitely should have thought of but forgot are:


From Feb Lake Ruth’s great LP Birds of America – love the track ‘Julia’s Call’


From Feb the killer Onepointwo remix of a track of the 2017 Tara King Theory LP ‘Stellar Fantasies’


From December Unloved and ‘Hearbreak’ with its Julian House video – the new LP did not make it for 2018

want more? 

Start with Best of 2017 last years list and then previous lists here


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Breakfast Mix
December 9, 2018, 2:19 am
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A Breakfast Mix for Taylah as featured on Breakfast with Taylah on

A 30-minute musical ‘bell curve’ that starts of slowly and then ends back where it begins… poetry and cinema with Sylvia Plath, Sofia Coppola, Risky Business… music from The Billinda Butchers, Zooey, The Chemical Brothers, A Beacon School, Red Axes, Global Communications and more..

Listen on Mixcloud here


Darkel – Satanama – Summer – 2015 /

Sylvia Plath – Lady Lazarus (excerpt) – 1962 BBC recording /

Zooey – Ride, Ride Fin Du Travail Vie Magique – Inspiration Information EP – 2018 /

The Billinda Butchers – All My Friends – regret, love, guilt, dreams EP – 2011 /

Chemical Brothers – The State Were In (excerpt) – Come with Us – 2002 /

Red Axes – Sun My Sweet Sun (Konstantin Sibold Afro Tech Remix) – 2016 /

Sofia Coppola – Everything Changes – Lick the Star (excerpt) – 1998 /

The XX – Intro – XX – 2009 /

A Beacon School – Its Late – Cola – 2018 /

Eric Kupper presents K-scope – Organism (excerpt) -1994 /

Williams – Love n A Real Train (Odyssey Mix) – 2008 /

Global Communication – 8:07 – 76:14 – 1994 /

Sylvia Plath – Lady Lazarus (excerpt) – 1962 BBC recording /


Jane and Serge
November 11, 2018, 9:16 am
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This 1990 TV appearance is amazing. Watch the whole thing for the nuanced gestures and glimpses. Filmed shortly before his death, amazing footage of the chemistry between Serge and Jane after they had separated – was it a broken heart? – watch him bash the key sof the piano.

More?… some great photos here 


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El Ritmo – August 2018
August 22, 2018, 11:01 am
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… things get (un)real as the legendary DJ Cheese Baker (aka John Bannister) of The Charisma Brothers joins Claude Mono on El Ritmo tonight… its all girls, gringos, Herb Alpert records, trumpets and dancing in your pyjamas… your Tue night Hi Fi journey…

Show re-stream here  – select 21 Aug 2018

Mixcloud < coming soon>


Chico Arnez – Havana 1850

Gerry Mulligan – Frisco Club

Marcos Valle – Pepino Beach

Joe Cuba – Bang Bang

Celso Murilo – Implorar

Baja Marimba – Flying High

Emanuel K Rahim & The Kahliqs – Spirit Of Truth

Soul Bossa Trio – Call Me, Mr Vibes

Mongo Santamaria – Green Onions

Senor Coconut – Tour De France

Osibisa – Keep On Trying

Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekala – Skokiaan

Tokyo Paradise Ska Orchestra – Baby Elephant Walk

United Future Organisation – Loud Minority

The Chopsticks – Mas Que Nada

Chris Montez – The Face I Love

Joe Cuba Sextet – El Pito: Never Go Back To Georgia

Afrique – Soul Makossa

Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto – Kanka Kuru

Celso Murilo & Conjunto Drink – Tem Que Balanca

Stefi Akos – Mariguana Cha-cha-cha

Soledad Miranda – El color del amor

Horace Silver – Song for my Father

Sergio Mendez – One Note Samba

Astrud Gilberto & James Last – Caravan

The Charisma Brothers – Elle

Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea

Herb Alpert – Tijuana Taxi

Herb Alpert – Rise


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Siamese Dream – Indie – First Excusion
August 3, 2018, 10:19 am
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its all 90s sticky carpet, cheap drinks and falling in love on the dancefloor under the strobe lights at The Firm Nightclub upstairs at The Old Melbourne Hotel. Not a ‘classics’ set but a few of my fave indie-dance tracks, some shoegaze. some obscurities and some remixes, and even a few post-millennium hidden-gems to prove great sounds never die… Claude Mono

Listen to the show re-stream here

Listen to the HQ Mixcloud Mixtape here – just the music

PLAYLIST (for the Mixcloud Mixtape)


Stereolab – Brakhage (BBC Peel Session -1997)

New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big 1990

The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal Blue Danube Orbital mono mix

Primal Scream – Star – Vanishing Point – 1997

The Soup Dragons – I’m Free (Terry Farley Mix) – 1990

The Farm – Groovy Train (Train Jumped at 3.30 am Mix) – 1993

The Happy Mondays – Clap Your Hands – 1988

Dead Can Dance – Threshold – Dead Can Dance – 1984

MARRS aka A R Kane – Anitina (The First Time I See She Dance) Remix – 1987

Lush – Sweetness and Light – 1999

Slowdive – Crazy for Love (Live on KEXP 2017)

SPC ECO – For All Time

Paris Angels – Perfume (all on you) – 1991

Ozean – Porcelain – 1992

The Bilinda Butchers – All My Friends

Devilish Dear – These Sunny Days

My Bloody Valentine – Soon (Andy Weatherall Remix) – 1990

Silver Bullet – 20 Seconds to Comply – 1991

Slowdive – Moussaka Chaos

Bauhaus vs. She Wants Revenge – Bela Lugosi Tears You Apart 2006 vs. 1982

Pulp – This is Hardcore (Extended) – 1997

The Flaming Lips – Race for the Prize (live at Fredonia University) – 1999

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