electronic // newwave // experimental // alternative // progressive
Hi And welcome to the Synthetic Soul Show. Here me and my robot friends hope to find a second home in your earholes for the 5000+ records lying around at GKHQ that we've been collecting for almost 30 years. We play as many cutting edge sounds as we can afford to buy, mostly on vinyl but occasionally on CD, mixed with electronica from the 60s right through to the present, new wave, post punk, dub, experimental, avantgarde, psych, electro-disco and occasional contra-pop sing-a-longs......with a preference towards the synthetic side of nature. Some of it may be uneasy listening but hey, that's what it's all about. GKM
15:00 - 17:00
28/08/2015 // 100: TUMMY TOUCH / PEACE FEAST SPECIAL
For my 100th show I pay tribute to Tummy Touch & Peace Feast....two 'sister' labels run by the legendary A&R recluse Tim "Love" Lee that have been a major inspiration to me not just in my musical endeavours but in starting my own record label.
Both labels showed me that they could be almost unlimited in their eclecticism yet somehow managing to retain a distinctly individual identity.
First appearing in the mid '90s (Peace Feast in 1994, Tummy Touch in 1996) both labels pioneered a wonky sort of breaks and house that managed to fit nicely into the 'Big Beat' scene that was flourishing in the UK back then....but there was always more to it than that......some of those early releases feature outrageously jazzy keyboard solos or banjo samples....there was always something noticeably different about a Tummy Touch record!
Saying that, the labels were by no means completely esoteric either.....while on one hand artists such as Mammal (Thom Bullock whom you may know as part of The Laughing Light Of Plenty and the man behind STD Records and Whatever We Want Records) was ploughing his own distinct furrow, on the other hand the label saw major chart success with artists like Groove Armada, Tom Vek and more recently The Phenomenal Handclap Band
As time went on, by the turn of the millenium Tummy Touch diversified into weirder territory: downtempo bliss at one extreme and nu-punk and electronic synthesizer dreeemz at the other.
Today's show aims to play the more eclectic side of what each of these great labels has produced over the years. This is no mean feat seeing as the releases number well into the hundreds....but I'll give it the best shot I can in the two hours I've got.
I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.