Saturday, July 25, 2015

Playlist for Last Episode of Lucky Cat Series 10

Just me and my vinyl today on 104.4FM or at 3.30pm (UK time).

  • China Gate - Guardian Angel (12" on Matumbi label)

  • Schoon ver van jou - George de Fretes en zi ju kurontong orkestra (Indonesian Folklore LP, Decca)

  • Baby Piano - Wendy Cooper (Playtime Series 7", EMI/HMV)

  • The Way Back Blues - Erroll Garner (The Most Happy Piano LP, Columbia)
  • How About You - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Gospel Train LP, Mercury)
  • Tears  
  • - Dai Lin Chuang (Mayar Records LP, made in Hong Kong)
  • Tobago Lollipop - Lord Kitch (Kitch 67 LP, RCA)

  • Long Road   漫漫長路上- George Lam (EMI LP)
  • Ten Times Sweeter - Winston Francis*(PAMA LP)

  • Les Desesperes - Jacques Brel (Barclay/Fontana LP)

  • But Not For Me
  • Erroll Garner (The Most Happy Piano LP, Columbia)

    *Note this is mistakenly credited to Tony Gordon

    Thanks for listening, I'm off for a summer break now.  Lucky Cat will return.....

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    Lucky Cat Sat 18th July 2015 - Hong Kong in the 60s

    Here is last Saturday's show with Chris and Mei Yau from Hong Kong in the 60s.
    We talked about their new EP The Small Sound, Mei Yau brought in some old cassettes, Chris brought in a nice Sublime Frequencies CD and I played some vinyl.
    The dim sum lunch box was filled with leftovers (ma pao dofu and emperor chicken) and snacks (lizardfish lollipops, garlic crisps and Korean onion rings).

    Download The Small Sound EP FREE!

    Listen to the show here:


    • Oh Ya Ya - Rajah Ahmad & Dengan Dendang Irama (from the CD Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore Malaysia  1964-1970, Sublime Frequencies label)
    • Out in the Cold – Hong Kong in the 60s (from the EP The Small Sound
    • Vienna International Centre - Hong Kong in the 60s (from the EP The Small Sound
    • Rock around the Clock  - Sam Hui (Mei Yau's Polydor cassette) 
    • Unchained Melody (Cantonese version) - Dai Lin (Hong Kong LP on the Mayar label)
    • Happy Birthday Little Sister - Queenie Chan (Mei Yau's Cantopop cassette) 
    • Baby Piano - Wendy Cooper (HMV EMI Playtime Series 7")
    • China Gate - Guardian Angel (12", prod by Matumbi)

    For more pics see my Instagram: luckycatzoe

    Lizardfish about to be lollipopped!

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    Lucky Cat 11th July 2015 - PJ Rox

    On Saturday 11th July I was joined by London based singer song writer PJ Rox.  I talked to PJ about her musical career and she played her song Lana live on the piano int he studio.

    Find out more about PJ Rox by following her on Twitter:

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

    Lucky Cat Sat 4th July 2015 - Anne Witchard (playlist and podcast)

     In last week's Lucky Cat I talked to Dr Anne Witchard about her new book British Modernism and Chinoiserie which examines the ways in which an intellectual vogue for a mythic China was a component of British modernism.  Chinoiserie was revived in in London’s avant-garde circles, the Bloomsbury group, the Vorticists and others, who like their eighteenth-century forebears, turned to China as a cultural and aesthetic utopia.

    We also discussed the current exhibition at the Met in New York: China Through the Looking Glass
    The Shirley Temple film I reference is Stowaway from 1936 (see pic below). 

     You can listen to the show here:

    Broke - The Marshmallow Kisses
    Season of Wind - Anita Mui Yim Fong
    Kemayoran - Grup Bamba Puang (Discover Indonesia CD)
    Padang Magek - Sawir Sutan Mudo, Nurasni, and Zaidir SK (Discover Indonesia CD)

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    New Music from China

    On this week's show I play a mix of new music from China.  Tune in to 104.4FM at 3.30pm (UK time).


    From Genjing Records (
    Golden Cage - The Fuzz (7")
    Mirror in My Mind - Carsick Cars (7" A side)
    Yoko - Carsick Cars (7" B side)

    From Dalian the band Wang Wen:
    Dalian Sky - Wang Wen (Eight Horse LP)
    Welcome to Utopia - Wang Wen (Eight Horse LP)
    Escape from Mother Universe - Wang Wen (Eight Horse LP)

    From Beijing:

    Tracks from Yang Fan's LP What Happened After 1001 Nights LP (cover pictured left):
    Arabian Night
    Arabian Princess
    Blue Night River
    The Fly Flies

    From Metal Postcard Records we go to Hong Kong for a fantastic piece of Snoop inspired Hip Hop:
    Low Profile (lower mix) - Little Albert feat Kwokin
    Then back to Shanghai:
    Dark Show (Forrane remix) - AM444

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Lucky Cat 13th June Playlist and Mixcloud link - Duck and Rice Review

    On this show I review the new Alan Yau venture; Chinese gastropub and dining room The Duck and Rice on Berwick Street in Soho (pictured above, more pics below).
    I also review a hidden gem in Puntey - Japanese restaurant Tomoe.

    Listen here:

    • Spirulina - Chronixx (Dread and Terrible CD)

    • Lonely Soldier - Gregory Issacs (7" on Impact!)

    • Good Time Gal - Roza Eskanazi (Women of Remebetica CD)

    • River of No Return - Johnny Teo and the Stylers (I Love Boh Boh Cha Cha 7" EP Panda Records)

    • (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days - Inez and Charlie Foxx (Greatest Hits LP Direction label)

    • Chicken and Rice - Young Tiger (London is the Place for Me vol 4 CD, Honest Jons)

    • Mockingbird - Inez and Charlie Foxx (Greatest Hits LP Direction label)

    • French Fried Potatoes and Ketchup- Amos Milburn and His Aladdin Chickenshackers (Rock, Rock, Rock LP, Route 66)

    • Love Wound - Lia Xiao Mei (7" EP, GMER)

    • In Your Arms - Roy and Patsy (7" on Bluebeat)

    • I Hear Hawaii Calling - Johnny Pineapple & His Orchestra (Hawaiian Holiday 7" EP, BRAVO!)

    • Photos of The Duck and Rice:
      Some starters:

      Behold!  Venison puffs (were 3, one escaped!).  DA BOMB as the kids might say.

      Spring rolls.  Meh.

      Salt n Pepper Squid. Ma ma hou hou (so so).
      The mains:
      Gai lan with sailfish.  YUM. Umami.

      Half a roast duck.  Glistening.  Beautiful anise flavour.

      STAR OF THE SHOW!  Slow cooked beef short rib.
      Now I know what I want  on my last meal list.  Righteously unctuous and damn fine.
      What no Huy Fong? Thai brand Sriraja Panich make an appearance at every table.
      Not Huy Fong but pretty good :)

      Beautiful ceiling tiles
      Me and my best pal.  Very happy.

      Tomoe photos coming soon...

      Tuesday, June 16, 2015

      Lucky Cat 6th June Playlist and Mixcloud link - Sriracha Sauce

      Sat 6th June 2015

      This week's show was dedicated to srirahca sauce. I concentrate on the story of the Huy Fong brand.

      Pictured here with its soulmate mayonnaise!

      Named after a coastal town in Thailand Sriracha sauce is now a global phenomenon.  In particular the Huy Fong brand has become an international cult favourite.  There have been songs, cookbooks and even a documentary about Huoy Fong brand sriracha sauce.

      The brand is named after the Tawianses freighter ship that brought founder David Tran to Hong Kong as a refugee from Vietnam in 1978.  From Hong Kong David Tran went on to California USA and started making the now much beloved sriracha sauce.

      Listen to the show here:


      • Hey Boy Hey Girl - Derrick and Patsy (Nu Beat label 7")

      • Silhouettes - Frankie Lymon (Woo-Hoo! Roulette Story CD)

      • Chilli Was Hot
      • - Ruth Wallis (7" Party Favourites EP, Wallis Recordings) 
      • Pepper Sauce Mama

      • - Charlie Campbell and his Red Peppers (Barbecue Any Old Time CD, Old Hat Records)
      • I Get A Kick out of You

      • - Frank Sinatra (Songs for Young Lovers LP, Capital)
      • Little Red Rooster

      • - Sam Cooke (Greatest Hits CD)
      • Setting the Woods on Fire

      • - Hank Williams (40 Greatest Hits CD)
      • Dreamer of Love

      • - instrumental track from Taiwanese LP Dancing Music)
      • Promise of Return

      • - Yao Lee