Monday, 30 December 2013

Morning Glory Best Of 2013 (Part One)

So here it is - some of my personal favourite tracks/albums to emerge in 2013, all handily mixed up and presented in true Morning Glory style.

A huge thanks to all regular listeners to the show, your support makes this all worthwhile. Also thank you to Juice, Totally Radio, Purple Radio, Ness Radio and Mixcloud for hosting the show across the globe.

Morning Glory Best of 2013 Part Two coming soon...

Morning Glory Best of 2013 Part One by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Monday, 9 December 2013

When Games Machines Duel

As 2013 ages gracefully, only to end its 365-day life in a booze-aided food frenzy, it's high time to start reflecting on the year that was, if I could only think back beyond the last fortnight that is.

It's been a great year for electronic music - the quite brilliant return of Boards of Canada, not to mention albums from fellow veterans including Mike Paradinas (aka u-Ziq) and Four Tet, plus Jon Hopkins and James Holden - I'll attempt a longer gaze through the rear-view mirror in the new year. But before all that I must alert you to this ace track from Rival Consoles on the Erased Tapes label. 'Odyssey' begins life as a minimal moody chugger with John Carpenter-esque synths building the tension nicely, eloquently unfolding into a fairly epic, cosmic slice of slo-mo techno that sounds like it's just returned to earth in a wood-paneled space wagon.

Check it out below along with a suitably fried video courtesy of Michael Zoidis.

Rival Consoles 'Odyssey' is available now from Erased Tapes.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Morning Glory's Autumn Harvest

I'm trying to avoid clogging up my blog with my radio shows (of course if you're that way inclined you can always hear more over here), however I felt I should share this special program I put together to celebrate the coming of Autumn. Musically I wanted to reflect upon the beauty and melancholy of my most favourite of seasons. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording it.

Morning Glory's Autumn Harvest by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Metamono 'With the compliments of Nuclear Physics'

The frankly brilliant Metamono are a London-based collective responsible for "soldering together latterday mechanical mutations from equipment too prematurely discarded by capitalism's hellbent tendency towards planned obsolescence". Musically, this translates as a hugely varied electronic trip steered by grizzled synths, fidgety drum machines and other such decrepit, dust-laden noise boxes. Their sound is warm, fuzzy and eccentric, recalling classic techno and electronica from yesteryear as well as fellow retro-enthusiasts such as the Ghost Box collective. Metamono have self-released a couple of very limited vinyl editions of their debut album 'With the compliments of Nuclear Physics' which you can find here, as well as a cassette.

This is undoubtedly one of the finest albums I've heard this year. Check it out below!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

DJ Food 'O Is For Orange'

A real audio-visual treat for any Boards of Canada fans out there. This set was put together by DJ Food for a BoC-inspired night that took place in London earlier this year.

‘O Is For Orange’ is the sound of weathered tape saturation, detuned analogue synthesisers, vinyl crackle and machine hum. It’s also the look of unfocused, flickering lenses, mirror image filters and blurry grain embedded into film. Unofficial fan films sit alongside experimental animation, public information shorts and even the odd official video. Material that BoC took inspiration from blends with their own work as well as many that they inspired.

Lost Idol features at 30:00!

DJ Food 'O Is For Orange' (version 2) from Solid Steel on Vimeo.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Morning Glory 15th July 2013

Back from a brief Summer break with a new Morning Glory. This week a new chapter in the Ghost Box 'Study Series' from Listening Center, the welcome return of electronica veteran Mike Paradians, primal electronics from James Holden, and a classic cut from Ulrich Schnauss.

Morning Glory 15th July 2013 by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Snook's been to Iceland

Once upon a time, not so long ago, I ran a record label by the name of Cookshop - that's another tale in itself - and on that label I released an EP by an enigmatic chap residing in Bristol named Zoon van snooK. A few years on and here we have the second full length album from the man himself, sadly not released by me but thankfully picked up by the good folk at Lo Recordings who have had the sense (and probably the pennies to rub together) to give this great artist the wider exposure he so rightly deserves.

Shimmering drone, wheezing melodica and a slow piano motif soundtrack our embarkment onto the mythical 'bridge between life and death'. As the record unfurls, in wonderfully unhurried fashion, we are treated to concise instrumental pieces, highly melodic in nature, that combine traditional instruments of all shapes and sizes - plucked, hammered, bowed and blown - with subtle electronic flourishes, found sounds and carefully sculpted beats.

Much of the record was inspired by and indeed recorded in Iceland; having been fortunate enough to once visit this magical place, I can say this record perfectly captures the mysterious beauty of the landscape and the effervescent eccentricity of its inhabitants; indeed a fair few locals lend Snook a hand here, including members of Amiina, Benni Hemm Hemm and Sin Fang.

Immediate (lazy) comparisons could be drawn to the likes of Mum, Four Tet, Psapp and Tunng, however Zoon van snooK has clearly been influenced moreover by a specific place, its dwellers, and their traditions and musics of old.

Zoon van snooK's 'The Bridge Between Life & Death' is released by Lo Recordings on 10th June.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Morning Glory 3rd June 2013

Morning Glory stirs post-apocalypse, with Boards of Canada, Murcof and The Sight Below providing an unsettling electronic score. We then turn to Focus Group and Siriusmo for light relief, ending on an epic note with new music from Jon Hopkins.

Morning Glory 3rd June 2013 by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Morning Glory 20th May 2013

Open your mind! Lend me your ears! This week, new music from Pilote, Jon Hopkins, Zoon Van Snook and another exlusive from The Cutler, alongside Richard Skelton, The Books, and Kid A.

Morning Glory 20th May 2013 by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Monday, 22 April 2013

Morning Glory 22nd April 2013

Another wayward trip through ambient, downtempo, electronica and generally far out sounds courtesy of Pieter Nooten, Planivaar, Colleen, Floating Points, Bullion and more.

Morning Glory 22nd April 2013 by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Sunday, 21 April 2013

new BoC transmission?

A mysterious shipment of vinyl arrived at a record store in New York for this year's Record Store Day, apparently containing a 20 second snippet of new material from the legendary Scottish electronica duo Boards of Canada. In typical BoC style, the vinyl also includes a spoken series of numbers (9, 3, 6, 5, 5, 7), a clue to who knows what?

Whether or not this is genuine remains to be seen, but it's a great story nonetheless and continues to fuel the unextinguishable flame that burns bright around the highly secretive band.

More about the story over at the 2020k blog.

And here's that tantalising snippet...

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Roamings and Yawning Gulf

Sussex (UK) dwellers Jack Ryder 'Yawning Gulf' and Andy Abbott 'Roamings' have been busying themselves of late. As if recording an album of beautifully atmospheric instrumental music together wasn't enough (or 'patient and unique sound-scapes' as they aptly describe it), they've also set up their own label, Cycle Records. Keep an eye out for some limited vinyl runs coming soon from these guys - having seen and heard some of their previous work, I think we're in for a real treat.

Here's a neat video they put together for a track from their forthcoming longplayer. I give you Roamings and Yawning Gulf, 'Pale Blue Dot'...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Morning Glory 3rd March 2013

This week's Morning Glory treks through synth sound sculptures from Panabrite, modern classical piano work from Deaf Center and Nils Frahm, plus skewed beats from the excellent new Lapalux lp.

Morning Glory 3rd March 2013 by Lost Idol on Mixcloud

Friday, 1 March 2013

John Foxx And The Maths 'Evidence'

John Foxx And The Maths fruitful collaboration reaches dizzying heights on their superb new lp, 'Evidence'. This, the closing track, is one of the most beautiful pieces of synth-based music I've heard in a long while. More info over at

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Dick & Dom Vs. Delia Derbyshire

Kids' TV just ain't what it used to be. BUT HANG ON...what's this? Over-excited kiddy 'comedy' duo Dick & Dom venture out of their bungalow to investigate the work of English electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. Unexpected and slightly bewildering, in the best possible way. Watch it here.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Solar System, Brings Us Wisdom

What with lumps of old space rock raining down on Russia and our current obsession with all things cosmic, it seems like a good time to reflect with this ace cut from the oft overlooked Beach Boys lp, 'Love You'. Includes Brian Wilson croaking the immortal line, "If Mars had life on it I might find my wife on it"...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Utters From A Cluttered Mind...

Greetings, and thanks for dropping by. In case we're not acquainted I am Lost Idol, and I make music and radio. Getting a blog together has been something I've been pondering over for some time, so I've finally stopped resting on my laurels and have done something about it. By way of further introduction, here's some brain-warping visuals from my friend Joseph Hunt, along with a Lost Idol track lifted from the 'In Time & Space' EP.