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alternative // electronic // experimental // progressive // newwave

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.


100th show: tummy touch / peace feast special

GK Machine's Synthetic Soul Show // 28.08.15 // 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.

Posted at 15:14, 27th August 2015

why, why, w?

GK Machine's Synthetic Soul Show // 06.02.15 // 88. Why, Why, W..?

Today's show will only feature artists whose names begin with W.

Don't ask me why. Just accept it.

It will feature such visionaries as White Noise (Delia Derbyshire's project of course), Stevie Wonder (that strange period when he discovered Malcolm Cecil's TONTO synthesizer and went off into outer space and recorded "Secret Life Of Plants"), World Domination Enterprises, Woo, Jane Weaver, Wax, Doug Wimbish, Simone White, Igor Wakhevitch, Winter North Atlantic and Luke Wyatt.

It will be a journey through that marvellous letter of the alphabet indeed.

Next week stay tuned for a show consisting entirely of tracks with different species of fish in the title.

Posted at 15:54, 6th February 2015

GK Machine's Synthetic Soul Show // 19.12.14 // 84. 2014 - Year Of The Reissue

2014 was such a great year not just for original music but for a plethora of reissues, many of which found their way into my collection. So much so that to compliment last week's 'best of 2014' show I have to now present a show consisting entirely of reissued music. Some of these I've been after for several years, some I just chanced upon. One of the former being The Residents - Santa Dog double 7" which, if you look on popsike sells for between $1000-$3000. Likewise Conrad Schnitzler's "Gruen" LP fetched rather a lot more than I'd be willing to pay until it was re-issued by Bureau B just this month. Other great artists on today's show will be Die Partei (also courtesy of Bureau B), Kerry Leimer, Bruce Haack, Don Harper, Andrzej Korzynski, Can, Woo, Damon, Fatima & The Mamluks, Severed Heads, Oto, Harald Grosskopf (Bureau B yet again) and the wonderful Javier Bergia. I must say also that as well as the three LPs on Bureau B, there are three albums featured here that are on an equally impressive and highly respected label - Emotional Rescue. Both of these labels, as different as they are, have really done a sterling job on unearthing weird, wonderful and hard-to-find music this year. Hats off to them, as they say....and a big, big thank you for the music. Enjoy the show.

Posted at 13:28, 19th December 2014

ultimate be(a)st of 2014: music revue maxi edition

GK Machine's Synthetic Soul Show // 12.12.14 // 83. Cream of the Crop, Tip of the Top; 2014 REVUE

Special two-hour show tomorrow dear listeners, featuring some of the best music 2014 had to offer.

Veering from ambient techno through to Thai funk and everything in between, today's show will be pretty darn cool I promise ya......hey, it's the 'best of 2014 after I've been selecting the finest cuts of what's been released this year all week long in order that this show will be as much a treat for you as will be for me to play 'em.

Look out for next week's show too, which will be a special one-hour programme focussing on all the amazing reissues of 2014, which number so highly that they warranted an entire show to themselves!

Tune in, as always, at 4pm SHARRRP

Posted at 13:06, 11th December 2014

news news news

GK Machine's Synthetic Soul Show // 24.10.14 // 79. Cerebral Stand-Off

Lots of great new material for ya today: Tim Love Lee & DJ Sotofett, Brenda Ray, Bufiman, Shadow Kids, Raiders of the Lost ARP, Los Hermanos Ponchos, Oto and some amazing Balinese inspired techno from The Bunker New York and whatever else I can squeeze tune IN

Posted at 14:48, 24th October 2014

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