Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lucky Cat S11 E05 - Gareth Rees 'Written in the Dust'

Here's yesterday's show in which I chat to Gareth Rees, director of the contemporary silent film Written in the Dust.  An enjoyable show, great guest!

The Dim Sum Lunchbox: Vietnamese style pork patties (makes 18)

Melt 2 tablespoons of muscovado sugar in a heavy bottomed pan with 2 tablespoons of fish sauce.  This makes a very pungent caramelised syrup (i.e. you might want to open a window)!  Let it cool before mixing it into your pattie mix which you make by blending:

2 large cloves garlic
10 shallots 
1 stalk lemon grass (bash the bottom bit before blending and discard the thin top end - probably about half of the stalk)
3cm cube ginger
dash fish sauce
pinch of pepper

Use a little blender if possible as ingredients need to be finely chopped together then mix into the 900g minced pork (not too fatty) using your hands and also mix in the cooled syrup.  Cover and leave to rest for 2/3 hours.

Heat the grill and lightly brush your grill rack with oil so the patties don't stick. Shape the patties in your hands into balls then flatten so they are approx 3cm in diameter.  Grill until golden brown on both sides.  Serve with fresh mint leaves and fresh chilli and fish sauce dip.  

I served the patties with a Thai green papaya salad made with physallis as well as baby tomatoes and mixed nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds) instead of peanuts.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Gareth Rees, director of 'Written in the Dust' on tomorrow's Lucky Cat

On tommorow's show I will be joined in the studio by film director Gareth Rees. Gareth, who splits his time between Beijing and London, has directed the silent movie Written in The Dust which will soon be screening in London with a live cross cultural musical accompaniment.
Tune in: Sat 24th October 2015, Resonance 104.4FM

Lucky Cat S11 E04 - Gangster Payday

Just me on this episode.
I review the HK movie Gangster Payday starring Anthony Wong and Charlene Choi (pictured above getting sloshed on jaeger shots!).
The dim sum lunch box features a mild version of nonya Malaysian chicken  curry.  Thanks to engineer Laura for sampling.


  • Be Mine - Carlton and the Shoes (from the Studio One label CD Love Me Forever
  • Come Back My Love - Derrick and Patsy (Bluebeat 7") 
  • Manchuria Express - Shigeru Umebayashi (The Grandmaster OST LP)  
  • Seemingly an Old Friend Comes - Anita Mui Yim Fong (Anita Hits 3xCD) 
  • Cha Cha Cha - Grace Chang (Pathé 7")  
  • Watering - Dawn Love (Treble 7") 
  • Oh Calypso - Grace Chang (Pathé 7")
  • Hey Boy, Hey Girl - Derrick and Patsy (Nu Beat 7") 
  • A Go Go - Dara Puspita (from the LP The Garage Years on Groovie Records)  
  • Merdita's Lesson - Hazize Issoufi (Art Export LP of Albanian Folk) 
  • Love Me Forever - Carlton and the Shoes (from the Studio One label CD Love Me Forever)

  • Monday, October 19, 2015

    Lucky Cat S11 E03 - Naoko the Rock!

    Zoë and Naoko outside Resonance FM Oct 2015

    Here's the mixcloud link to the show with very special guest selctor Naoko The Rock.  It was wonderful to have her on the show, she brought along some wonderful musical treasures to share!
    Once again this was a 100% VINYL show.

    -Okinu Koita - listed as A Popular Song (from the Brazilian LP Quadro Musical do Japao, Columbia label) 
    The rest of the selection is from Naoko:
    -Ringo - The Skatalites (green 10" Top Deck label)
    -Hungy Man - The Deacons (green 10" Top Deck label)
    -First Come First Served - The Sound Dimensions (Coxsone LP Reggae Time)
    -Metro - Mute Beat (from the LP Flower, Overheat Records label)
    -Fu Manchu - The Dreamlets (Rocka-Shacka 7")
    -Tell Them Lord - The Wailers (7" blank)
    -There's a Reward - Joe Higgs and Roy Wilson (Wincox Records label 7") 
    -Instrumental track (Treasure Isle label 7")
    -In the Rain - Keith Hudson (Mamba label 7")
    -Grow Closer Together - Gregory Isaacs
    -Fever - Melanie [Melonie] Waters (Pin Up Records 7")    

    We talked about the first track Ringo and how it was originally a Japnese folk song famously sung by Hibari Misora.  I found out that Hibari Misora sings this in the film Ringo-en no shōjo (aka The Girl from Ringo Park aka The Girl from Apple Park) in 1952. Here she is singing it in a film followed by a later clip of her singing on Japanese TV (looks like the 1970s):

    This 1963 Jazz version predates the Skatalites version (1965), perhaps this was the influence?:


    Friday, October 09, 2015

    Naoko The Rock on Tomorrow's Lucky Cat Radio Show!

    I am delighted to be joined live in the studio by DJ and record collector Naoko The Rock on tomorrow's Lucky Cat on Resonance 104.4FM.

    Naoko will be talking about Reggae in Japan, record collecting and DJing here in London.  She will also be bringing some of her favourite tunes to spin - I can't wait!

    Tune in tomorrow Saturday 10th October at 3.30pm (UK time) or on 104.4FM if you have a radio and are London based (DAB will be coming soon)!

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    Wednesday, October 07, 2015

    Yunnan Reggae

    Just stumbled across this and really love this track:

    I feel a Yunnan province special coming up on the show!

    Food looks good:

    Lucky Cat S11 E02 - Ai Wei Wei discussion with Harry Baxter

    Artist educator from The Royal Academy of Arts Harry Baxter joins me to discuss the Ai Wei Wei exhibit at the RA.


    • Everybody Needs Love - Slim Smith 

    • One Day You'll Know Dub - Rico and the Alpha Boys (Randys 10" single)

    • One Day You'll Know - Cha Cha and Ranking Joe (Randys 10" single)

    • The Peacock Spreads its Wings - Kwantung orchestra (10" LP Joyful Songs of Lingnan; Music from the Kwantung Province, China Record Company)

    • Catching Lovesickness - Yao Lee (from the Pathé 100 CD

    • Images from the exhibition above.  Below is some work made in the teacher's workshop which encouraged people to take inspiration form the exhibition and make their own prints.

      Saturday, October 03, 2015

      North Korean Cinema Music

      As featured on last week's show:

      Lucky Cat S11 E01 - Tribute to Rico, the Autumn Moon Festival and an all vinyl show


      • Soul of Africa - Rico and His Blue Boys (Blue Beat label 7" - B side to Prince Buster's Wash All Your Troubles Away)

      • A Message To You Rudy - The Specials (from the LP The Specials on the Two Tone label)

      • Wonderful World - Rico with Miss Megoo and the Yahman Allstars (from the EP Miss Megoo & The Yahman all​-​stars)

      • Moonlight in Vermont - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (from the EP Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, HMV)

      • The Myohyang Is a Mountain of Unparalleled Beauty - Choe Gwang Suk (Korean Folk Song Vol 2 10" LP, Pyongyang, Korea)

      • Song of Pomegranate Blossoms - Choe Sam Suk (from the film The Road a Doctor Follows, on the Cinema Music 10 10" LP, Pyongyang, Korea)

      •  Puyaili (Traditional Thayland) - Dara Puspita (Dara Puspita The Garage Years, Groovie Records)

      •  Easy Snapping - Theo Beckford (Studio One Story, double LP on Soul Jazz)