Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day sixteen.

Sweet sixteen and full of joie de vivre, the Isolation Radio show returns with another musical microcosm of mp3 magnificence, ably aided and abetted by the marvellous, mechanical Melodic Randomiser.

Starting today’s trawl through the archives is a band who I owe my interest in to my friend, Chris; a electronic-tinged goth act from Leeds that soundtracked much of my 20s, The March Violets.

Here’s a song from arguably their best album, Natural History, this is 1984’s “Crow Baby”

Now we travel south to London and come comparatively up to date with 2017’s African influenced Uyai album by Ibibio Sound Machine, from which we take the persuasively percussive funk soul tune, “The Pot is on Fire”.

And since I’m feeling generous, I’m giving you the extended live version, recorded at the Norwegian Oya Festival, two years before being included on the album.

Tell me that didn’t get your foot tapping and your body bopping, I dare you.

For our last offering today, we arrive back up north just in time to catch another of my all time favourite bands, New Order; shuffling up a track from their Low-life album, about which frontman Bernard Sumner once said (regarding the band’s herculean drug intake at the time):

Listen to ‘Love Vigilantes.’ Listen to that chordal guitar solo. Listen to how fast it is. Impossible to recreate under normal circumstances.”

Anyway, you can judge for yourselves as you watch the original promo video for the single, here’s the chemically enhanced “Love Vigilantes”.

Which brings us to the end of today’s miniature rundown and all that remains is for me to wish you the happiest of weekends and remind you to keep safe and stay positive.

And remember, to paraphrase the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers; Music will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no music.

So we’re all rich, Yay!

Until tomorrow,

Peace

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