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RELAX NOW BABIES, slide into the wormhole and enjoy the cosmic string...

Join us for some musical time travel, as we leap year to year, stretching back to the BEGINNING of recorded music.

It's 1959. Sun Studio reigns supreme - a bit of Ray Charles,The Drifters, and The Flamingos to kick it off.

Bounce forward to 1993. We’re in Brit pop heaven, stiiiinky grunge and golden era hip-hop.

1938. Blues run the game. We’re selling our souls to the devil live on air for the chance to be DJ masters of the universe. Lead Belly, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lester Young, Jelly Roll Morton provide the musical backdrop.

Want to swim in a warm pool of indie? 2004's the year. Ratatat, The Concretes, The Walkmen, Arthur Russell, Air, Arcade Fire, and Elliott Smith are taking off their skivvies.

1981. New Order, Visage and dare we say Duran Duran? [Duran Duran!] Regrettably no visual radio yet, so no one gets to see our cushy shoulder pads or asymmetrical haircuts.

1824. Beet. Hoven. Need we say more.

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  • This week we explore 1971, a year in which, according to co-host Matt Brown, "high art and pop came closest to each other," as well as…

  • Johan "barely coherent due to cold" Oskarsson presents: Dad rock to the max. Johan's dad picks songs from his 1970.

  • Make no mistake, at least one of us thought about playing Purple Rain top to bottom <ahem>. Plus in case you're wondering why Chaka Khan, New…

  • Thorsten of Highpoint lowlife fame goes back to 1990 and clubbing as a young lad in Glasgow.

  • Old is the new new. Jeff "Ruprick" Russell visits. Mylene is Melilah. Cue up widespread confusion and alternating moments of musical brilliance, technical disasters, and inscrutable…

  • With Mylene back in the studio we go full Blues on you. Johan gets a red card and we discuss how 1938/2017 was/is a scary year.

  • This week we deep dive into the honourable Mr  Ben Ward 's 1994. While I'm sure both of us would have liked to hang out at…