20) Music Meets – Alasdair Roberts

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In the final Music Meets podcast of the current season, MaJiKer’s guest is acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter and folk artist Alasdair Roberts.

They meet up in Glasgow for a quick chat about the Pibroch classical bagpipe tradition and a viola player inspired by it, a dove-filled acapella mash-up of Prince and a timely song by Alasdair about Daylight saving.

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Music choices

  • Ivor Kallin – Turnips in my Trousers   Listen / Buy
  • You Are Wolf – Doves  Listen / Buy
  • Appendix Out – Daylight Saving, Gibson Street (Part Two)  More Info

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19) Music Meets – Nicolette

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In this edition of the Music Meets podcast MaJiKer’s guest is iconic singer-songwriter-producer Nicolette, celebrated for her pioneering solo albums as well as her numerous collaborations (Massive Attack, Plaid).

They unleash their inner freaks with a funk classic, melt into a melancholic song sung “by the kidneys”, rock out to a seminal EDM track and have a proper giggle at the joyfully surreal sound of an ocarina trio duetting with a bass bassoon.

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Music choices

  • Dynasty –  I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)   Listen / Buy
  • Mara Carlyle & Max de Wardener – Follow Me Through (live on Late Junction with juice)  Original version: Listen / Buy
  • Joey Beltram- Mentasm   Listen / Buy
  • Leo Addeo & His Orchestra – Love Is Just Around the Corner   Listen / Buy
  • Nicolette – High Wave   Listen / Buy
  • Nicolette – Fascination (MaJiKer remix)   Listen / Buy

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18) Music Meets – Josephine Stephenson

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MaJiKer’s guest on this edition of the Music Meets podcast is Franco-British composer, soprano and multi-instrumentalist Josephine Stephenson.

They share musical treats from both sides of the channel and explore the differences between the French and English languages in pop. They also discuss contemporary opera, some vintage drum’n’bass and a cellist with a very unusual bow.

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Music choices

  • Christine and the Queens – Amazoniaque   Listen / (release deleted)
  • Les Double Six – Au Bout du Fil (Meet Benny Bailey)   Listen / Buy
  • Oliver Coates – Raimondas Rumsas *   Watch / Buy
    * Composed by Laurence Crane
  • DJ Krust – Burning   Listen / Buy
  • Josephine Stephenson – On False Perspective (extract)    Watch
  • Zaza Fournier – Hotel Des Acacias   Listen / Buy

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17) Music Meets – Will Dutta

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In this episode of the Music Meets podcast MaJiKer’s guest is Will Dutta – pianist, composer, artist-curator and prolific instigator of new music.

They admire the musique concrète of Justin Bieber, and swing from the sublime to the ridiculous with tracks from The Velvet Underground, Paul Lansky and Portsmouth Sinfonia. They also unearth one of the most madcap tracks MaJiKer ever recorded with French artist Camille.

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Music choices

  • The Velvet Underground – Heroin   Listen / Buy
  • Portsmouth Sinfonia – Also Sprach Zarathustra   Listen / Buy
  • Paul Lansky – Notjustmoreidlechatter   Listen / Buy
  • Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now   Listen / Buy
  • Will Dutta feat. Plaid – Overcolour   Listen / Buy
  • Camille – I Will Never Grow Up   Listen / Buy

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16) Music Meets – Ewan Spence

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MaJiKer’s guest for this special edition of the Music Meets podcast MaJiKer is Scottish broadcaster, podcasting supremo and Eurovision luminary Ewan Spence.

They discuss, dissect and debate Eurovision in great depth, exploring various aspects of the contest by picking three entries each: one that captures the magic of Eurovision, one that was a game-changer and one that they love but which under-performed on the scoreboard.

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Music choices

  • Petr Elfimov – Eyes That Never Lie (Belarus 2009)   Watch / Steadicam shot
  • Chiara – The One That I Love (Malta 1998)   Watch / Buy
  • Gina G – Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit (UK 1996)   Watch / Buy
  • Kathy Kirby – I Belong (UK 1965)   Watch / Buy
  • Greta Salóme & Jónsi – Mundu Eftir Mer (Iceland 2012)   Watch / Buy
  • Páll Óskar – Minn hinsti dans (Iceland 1997)   Watch / Buy

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15) Music Meets – Daniel Gould

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In this very special edition of the Music Meets podcast MaJiKer talks to Eurovision betting expert and founder of sofabet.com Daniel Gould.

Dissecting three Eurovision entries, they explore how Daniel improved his betting instincts on the world’s greatest song contest and managed to turn it into a full-time occupation. They analyse song structure, staging decisions, vocal performance and that elusive ‘magic’ which turns a song into a great Eurovision entry.

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Music choices

  • Selma – If I Had Your Love (Iceland 2005)   Watch / Buy
  • Kati Wolf – What About My Dreams (Hungary 2011)   Watch / Buy
  • Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (Ukraine 2013)   Watch / Buy

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14) Music Meets – Brigitte Aphrodite

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In this episode of the Music Meets pocket podcast MaJiKer’s guest is punk poet, musician, theatre maker and feminist showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite, who is also a spokesperson for mental health issues.

They both fall in love with a sumptuous blissed-out track from Kwes, celebrate pioneering singer-songwriter Laura Nyro’s twisted take on Motown and we listen to Brigitte’s own track Crescendorious from her show My Beautiful Black Dog.

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Music choices

  • Kwes. – purplehands   Listen / Buy
  • Laura Nyro – Woman’s Blues   Listen / Buy
  • Brigitte Aphrodite – Crescendorious   Listen / Buy

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