Show 29 was the last before the Christmas break in 2004, and while that may be a little off-season at the time of posting, it inevitably had a bit of a festive theme, with Erasure – also starring as the artist of the week – turning up on the playlist with She Won’t Be Home and other wintry hits from Pet Shop Boys and Saint Etienne.
Show 29: Mon 6 Dec 2004, from 6:05pm-8:00pm
Broadcast on LSR FM, online only. Artist of the week: Erasure.
Bomb the Bass – Darkheart
The Postal Service – Recycled Air
Sohodolls – Trash the Rental (Demo)
Ladytron – Playgirl
Depeche Mode – Photographic (Rex the Dog Dubb Mix)
Erasure – Sono Luminus
Alpinestars – Burning Up
Pet Shop Boys – It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas
A year ago, I presented you with the top twenty old studio albums (for the purposes of this, that’s anything more than a decade old) from my personal iTunes playlists, based on number of plays. Last year’s position here is shown in square brackets – let’s see how they have changed!
I Monster – Neveroddoreven (2003) [-]
Camouflage – Sensor (2003) [-]
The Beloved – X (1996) 
Kraftwerk – The Mix (1991) 
Depeche Mode – Violator (1990) 
The Postal Service – Give Up (2003) [-]
Espiritu – Another Life (1997) 
Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express (1977) 
Kraftwerk – Die Mensch-Maschine (1978) 
Röyksopp – Melody AM (2001) 
Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay (1994) 
Kraftwerk – Computerwelt (1981) [-]
Manu Chao – Próxima Estación… Esperanza (2001) 
Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded (1996) 
Posh Buckinghamshire’s solo musician Nick Bracegirdle, better known as Chicane (or occaisonally either some or all of Disco Citizens) has been releasing chillout, dance, and later electronic hits for two decades now, although you might not have noticed. His first two albums are unmissable; the third one never got released due to some kind of download-related hissy fit; and the latter years yield some great surprises.
Primarily Offshore (1997) and Saltwater (2000), as well as a blistering 2009 comeback in which he rehashed Sigur Rós‘s Hoppiholla as Poppiholla. Also his attempts to aid the careers of Bryan Adams, Peter Cunnah from D:Ream, Espiritu, and Jewel were valiant in the extreme.
Where to start
His Best Of 1996-2009 is very comprehensive, but make sure you get the version with the brilliant Poppiholla on it, rather than the 2008 version which gets another album track in its place.
What to buy
Debut Far from the Maddening Crowds (1997) and follow-up Behind the Sun (2000) are chillout classics. His later albums are less consistent, but Thousand Mile Stare (2012) is probably the best of the bunch.
Don’t bother with
The 2003 illegal-download-only album Easy to Assemble is largely forgettable, so definitely isn’t worth the considerable effort that’s required to track it down.
Giants (2010) includes an excellent track called So Far Out to Sea, and the 1999 mini-album Chilled is worth a listen.