Monday, February 08, 2016

Lucky Cat S11 E17 - Year of the Monkey

Apologies for the missing episode 16 of Lucky Cat Series 11 - somehow it did not make it to the mixcloud and has been lost in the radio waves of time....

Fear not though because episode 17 is here packed with musical niceness.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!  Gung Hey Fat Choy! May the year of the cheeky Monkey be filled with mischievous fun and wonderful good health.


  • Happy New Year - Tsui Ping (EMI label Chinese New Year 7" EP)
  • You're the One - Dorothy Russell (Duke Reid 7")
  • Freedom Train - The Wailers (UK Island 7")
  • Monkey Man - The Specials (The Specials LP, 2Tone)
  • Monkey Girl - The Maytals (The King Kong Compilation LP, Island/Mango)
  • Can't You Read - Big Maceo (Bi Maceo Vol 1 Flying Boogie 1941-1945, Document Records CD)
  • Too Much Monkey Business - Chuck Berry (Rock n Roll Explosion CD)
  • Monkey Hips and Rice - Hank Jacobs (Sue Instrumentals LP)
  • The Higher the Monkey Climbs - Justin Hinds and the Dominoes (Intensified! Original Ska 1962-66, Island LP)
  • I Wanna Be Like You - Louis Prima (Disney compilation LP)
  • The Clapping Song - Shirley Ellis (The Complete Congress Recordings CD)
  • Gong Xi Ni (Good luck to you) - Tsui Ping (EMI label Chinese New Year 7" EP)
  • The Origins of Monkey - Godiego (Monkey Magic OST BBC LP)
  • Judge Not - Robert Marley (Scandal Ska, Island compilation LP)
  • Darling Don't Leave Me - The Jiving Juniors (Coxsone's Music, compilation 2xLPs, Soul Jazz Records)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Lucky Cat S11 E15 - Martial Arts Special!

Martial Arts Special!

Crane style kung fu practitioner Sharmin Asia-Rohima Ahmed talks about martial arts and self defence and the new classes she will be teaching in Clapham. Sharmin has trained in crane style kung fu or 12 years both in China and the UK. Legend has it that crane style kung fu was developed by Fang Qi Niang, daughter of a respected Kung fu master in 18th Century China. Sharmin has competed in several UK and European sparring and patterns tournaments winning 5 gold medals, 3 silver and1 bronze medal.

The Tai Chi and Crane style Kung-fu classes will start Sat 6th Feb in Clapham, see: or follow Sharmin via Instagram: damo_self_defense

This programme also features a brief review of Donnie Yen's Ip Man 3, out in UK cinemas now.
Also note that the art house martial arts movie The Assassin is currently showing at the BFI.  to get 2 for 1 tickets use the code ASSASSIN241 when booking online.


  • Den Kick - Afronational (7" on No Wahala Sounds label)
  • Crane Style - dub version of Madoo's Have you ever Been to Heaven (7" on the Prophet label, Far East rhythm)
  • Rude Girls - Doreen and Her Allstars (7" on the Rainbow label)
  • Oh Me Oh My - Lloyd Charmers (7" on the Bullet label)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lucky cat S11 E14 - Sino-grime Special

Here's last week's show which was a Sino-grime special!  To be honest I got a bit confused - is it Grime or is it Dub Step? Digital bass driven music...Whatever the genre I was surprised to really enjoy it (well it is not lovely scratchy old vinyl after all) - especially stand out track Frozen Pagoda!  
Swimful's PM2.5 (named after a pollution particle) will be released on 1st Feb on SBVKVLT label:

Reggae Sound Systems & DJing

Me with the Copesetic Sound system speakers 2014

I was thrilled to get a mention in this great article about women and reggae sound systems:

A couple of books I can recommend on sound system culture:
This one, Sound System Culture, is written by Paul Huxtable of Axis Sound system and focuses on the history and development of reggae sound systems in Huddersfield where Paul is from:

The Sonar System is a beautifully illustrated children's book emphasising the importance of sound systems in the cultural history of the 20th century:

I am pleased to announce that I will be playing with Copesetic sound system again on Friday 6th May 2016 in Manchester.

 A little sooner than that on Wednesday 10th February I'll be playing reggae at David Katz's night Dub Me Always in Brixton alongside Sweetie.  Lots of reggae plans for 2016!

Friday, January 15, 2016

No Cars - Mixcloud link and Photos

Tomoko on keys    
Haruna on lead guitar (and clarinet later) 

Takaco on bass and 'Candy' on drums

I had so much fun with the brilliant band No Cars playing live in the studio last week.  Go see them live - they are amazing!  Check their Facebook for upcoming gigs in February:

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Happy 2016!

Hope you all had a lovely festive break and are fresh and ready for the new year ahead!  Here is a mix I made for a friend - no East Asian tunes but plenty of toe tapping treats.

Lucky Cat returns to Resonance FM for a further 13 weeks of series 11 on Saturday 9th Jan 2016.
I will be joined live in the studio by the fabulous group No Cars for a live set and interview.  There may even be a curry taste off!

So far I have quite a few DJ dates booked in for 2016:

Sunday 24th: Women's DJ relay at The Ritzy, Brixton

Wednesday 10th: Dub Me Always at The Ritzy, Brixton
Monday 22nd: Asia House Film Festival Opening, Ham Yard, Soho 
Saturday 27th: Gaby Agis & The Raincoats, Greenwich

More dates to be confirmed soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lucky Cat S11 E11 - Kids in the Studio!

Kids in the studio!  Snacks galore in the Dim Sum Lunch Box and engineer Laura samples a festive treasure  fried rice dish.

Fade Away - Junior Byles (Rewind Selecta Vol 1 LP)
Celebratory Cantonese Music
Milord - Edith Piaf
I Wanna Love - The Jiving Juniors (Blue Beat 7")
Wei Cheng - ChaCha and JahJahWay (produced by Along, on Souncloud only)
Quando Salir de Cuba - Betty Chung (Love Story LP, EMI)
Down in the Basement - Sugarpie de Santo and Etta James (The Sweetest Peaches LP, Chess)
Where Do I Begin (Love Story) - Betty Chung (Love Story LP, EMI)
East Virginia - Elizabeth Laprelle (downloaded from An Immaculate Collection charity online musical advent calendar!)
Memories of China, Butterflies -  Sydney Chinese Music Society
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Peggy Lee (Christmas Carousel LP)

The Immaculate Collection
A project to help raise money for pregnant and traumatised women in the refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece.
This is a really great project where you can donate to download lots of great tracks, do take a look and give if you can:

Monday, December 07, 2015

Lucky Cat S11 E10 - No Cars new album 'Yoko Goes to Bollywood'

On this week's show I play tracks from the fantastic new No Cars album Yoko Goes to Bollywood.
No Cars are a Japanese girl group based in Hackney, East London.  Their new album is a wonderful mix of funny, feel good, taste good, spicy pop!  The album is available as CD, cassette and download.  Warning it might make you hungry (of course I love the food themed songs).


  • Love and Understanding - John Holt (10", Channel 1 label)
  • Gerrard Street - Guardian Angel (12", Laser label)
  • Tears, Tears, Tears - Amos Milburn (Vicious, Vicious Vodka, Aladdin LP)
  • Why Birds Follow - Hortense Ellis (Studio 1 7")
  • Curry - No Cars (Yoko Goes to Bollywood CD, PostPop Records)
  • Samosa - No Cars (Yoko Goes to Bollywood CD, PostPop Records)
  • Vanilla Rooibos - No Cars (Yoko Goes to Bollywood CD, PostPop Records
  • Godam Gunjar - Koto duet (Musical Atlas of Japan, Unesco Collection LP, EMI/Odeon)
  • folk music from Okinawa islands (Musical Atlas of Japan, Unesco Collection LP, EMI/Odeon)
  • Muchachas Del Vacilon / Girls Who  Fool Around - Antonio Flores and Manuel Valdez (Mexican Songsters from the Past 1920s and 30s Vol 2, Folklyric LP)
  • Vicious, Vicious Vodka - Amos Milburn (Vicious, Vicious Vodka, Aladdin LP)