Album Club [Steve Lamacq]

Episodes

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Album Club20210728 (6M)Revisiting classic albums in full, plus in-depth interview with the artists who made them.

New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas20210630 (6M)

Steve Lamacq plays Cocteau Twins' album Heaven or Las Vegas in full.

Released in 1990 on 4AD, this was the group's sixth studio album and their most commercially successful, breaking the UK top ten. Band members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie were writing and recording the album around the time their first daughter Lucy was born, eventually releasing it on the date of her first birthday. This directly influenced the record with tracks Pitch the Baby and Iceblink Luck referencing Elizabeth's experience of giving birth and welcoming a child. Another key event which contributed to the record's darker moments was the death of bassist Simon Raymonde's father - evident on tracks like Cherry-Coloured Funk and Fotzepolitic. It was a success with critics at the time and was has been retrospectively named as one of the best records from the 90s.

Steve Lamacq plays Cocteau Twins' sixth studio album Heaven or Las Vegas in full.

New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands

Fontaines DC - Dogrel20210714 (6M)

Steve Lamacq plays Fontaines DC's album Dogrel in full, introduced with highlights of an interview recorded by Steve with the band in the week the record was released in 2019.

From Dublin, Ireland, Fontaines DC met while attending music college and named their band after Johnny Fontaine from The Godfather. Their music was championed from the early days by Steve and when debut album Dogrel was released on Partisan Records in April 2019 it was met with wide critical acclaim. The record was nominated for the Mercury Prize and towards the end of the year was named 6 Music's album of 2019.

Steve Lamacq plays Fontaines DC's acclaimed 2019 debut album Dogrel in full.

New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands

Roni Size & Reprazent - New Forms20210721 (6M)

Steve Lamacq plays Roni Size & Reprazent's Mercury Prize-winning drum'n'bass classic in full.

Released in 1997, Roni Size & Reprazent's debut album is a drum'n'bass classic. By the time it came out the genre was coming towards the end of its original peak period, beginning to become a gimmick in the eyes of many. The group, who were Roni Size, Onallee, Dynamite MC, DJ Suv, DJ Die and Krust, proved that the genre could sustain a diverse and high-quality album, working with musicians such as Si John (who provided the legendary double-bass groove in Brown Paper Bag) and numerous guest vocalists and co-writers such as Tracey Thorn. The record took home the prestigious Mercury Music Prize later the same year, beating huge acts like of Radiohead, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, and not forgetting, The Spice Girls.

Steve Lamacq plays this Mercury Prize-winning drum'n'bass classic from 1997 in full.

New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands

Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)20210707 (6M)Steve Lamacq plays Weezer's debut album from 1994 in full.

New and classic tracks from established artists, young groups and unsigned bands