The Golden Apples of the Sun Radio Show

Making Little Fluffy Clouds
April 15, 2018, 3:20 am
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Dave Simpson from The Guardian 2016 article

It’s a song that follows me around. There’s a beer named after it, and I just found an Italian bread called Little Fluffy Clouds at Brixton market. When I moved house, I came across the original cassette tape that fan sent to Youth. Some time ago, the record company even suggested I interview Rickie Lee Jones. It’s a shame it never happened. My first question was gonna be: “So what were the skies like when you were young?”

We started making acid house tracks before it was called acid house. It was electronic indie dance music, really. I was sharing a council flat with Alex in Battersea, which had a bedroom studio. Jimmy Cauty from the KLF, who’d been in my band Brilliant, came round a lot and Andrew Weatherall lived upstairs. Alex and I started a label called WAU! Mr Modo, which stood for weird and unusual. It became a community.

Me, Jimmy and Alex were DJs at the Land of Oz, this amazing club night at Heaven. Working-class football hooligan cats came in from all over London, on ecstasy for the first time. They were big heavy guys who’d normally be beating the crap out of each other, but suddenly they’d be playing with a pocket calculator for half an hour, then give you a hug.

We set up the first chillout room there, the White Room, playing ambient music and film soundtracks. No one danced; they were all lying down. There were five or six turntables, and we’d play different records all at once. We thought: “Why don’t we do this in a studio?”

Jimmy and Alex started making records as the Orb, including the single A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld, which was built around a sample of Minnie Riperton’s Lovin’ You. People described it as ambient house for the E generation. Jimmy and Alex were making an album called Space when they had a big argument. Jimmy stormed off, took all of Alex’s bits off the record and released it under his own name. Alex was mortified. I told him not to worry – we’d make a record that was even better.

A fan who worked in a record shop in Birmingham sent me a tape with a note saying it would be perfect for the Orb. On one side, Pat Metheny was playing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint. On the other was an interview with Rickie Lee Jones. Someone asked her: “So what were the skies like when you were young?” and she launched into a trippy monologue about stars and clouds. I sampled it and put it over a basic pulse. That was the start of Little Fluffy Clouds.

Youth and I went to school together, and I was one of the pallbearers at his father’s funeral. You don’t get closer than that. So when Jimmy and I fell out and Youth said we could make a better record together, it was a challenge.

He plays a bassline and a keyboard riff, but Little Fluffy Clouds is basically a song made from samples. I took a whistling harmonica from an Ennio Morricone soundtrack, some of the Steve Reich song and some drums from Harry Nilsson’s Jump into the Fire, but slowed them right down. I kept that secret for years. And not many people know that Lee “Scratch” Perry’s on there, either. I’m not saying which of his tracks we used, so good luck finding it.

Youth had just had a massive hit with Blue Pearl’s Naked in the Rain. When the record label Big Life signed Blue Pearl, they wanted a second act to develop and chose the Orb. Youth and our sound engineer Thrash made a short version of Little Fluffy Clouds to release as a seven-inch single. I thought it was too poppy, but people loved it.

Once it was a smash, Rickie Lee Jones wanted some cash for our use of her vocal, so the record company coughed up $5,000. Years later, we got a letter from Steve Reich’s lawyers, but he was a proper gentleman: he wanted 20% from then on and asked us to do a remix of one of his tunes, which we did.

‘The song still follows me around. There’s a beer named after it now – and a loaf of bread’

This version is quite special – The Orb featuring The Kakatsitsi Drummers – Glastonbury 2013


Radio Show – 8 April 2018 – Episode 367
April 15, 2018, 2:52 am
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Em Burrows: “I’ll be hosting Golden Apples of the Sun today with my dear friend Rhien Tan of Shy Panther. We first bonded over a mutual love of 60s psych-folk-rock (and English tv shows) and Rhien has since mixed and produced Invisible Seams and is currently working on my next record. Nobody listens to more music than this guy and I cannot wait to hear what he picks for this show!”

Show-restream here   –  select 8 April


Neu – Weissensee

Suzanne Ciani – Clean Room ‘ITT TV Spot’

Tangerine Dream – Stratosfear (7″ Single Edit)

Midlife – Phase

Mohammed Nouri – Ba Bare Safar Bebandeem

Magnetic Mind – In Silence

The Dandelion – I Stole the Medicine Man

Satan’s Pilgrims – Dilation

Jane Weaver – Your Time in this Life is Just Temporary

The Superimposers – Seeing is Believing

Giles and Fripp – I Talk to the Wind

Lake Ruth – Greenfield Industrialist

Shy Panther – Bernard

Paul McCartney – Distractions (Demo)

The High Llamas – Dorothy Ashby

Life on Earth – Come Closer

The Cardigans – Iron Man

Michael Rault – Sleep With Me

Visions – Oriental Sunshine

Googoosh – Digeh Geryeh Delo Va Nemikoneh

Fairport Convention – Crazy Man Michael

Trees – Murdoch

Pentangle – Jack Orion

Radio Show – 1 April 2018 – Episode 366

“…they were beautiful, the most beautiful skies as a matter of fact, the sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colours everywhere, and the sounds were otherworldly with fragments of electronica, psychedelia, Giallo and Hauntology – there were church bells and old ivy-covered walls, and strange shadows in the midnight-mist of an apple orchard…” – Rickie Lee Jones/Claude Mono

Re-stream the show here (Select 1 April)

Mixcloud HQ  here – extra tracks/just the music/no chit chat


Mirka Krivankova with Jiri Stivín & Jazz System Co – Mlhave Doteky – Zrcadleni=Reflections

Andrea Daltro – Kiua – Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978 to 1992

—> check out the Golden Apples of Brazil Mixtape here

Paper Dollhouse – Pearl’s Theme – The Sky Looks Different

Paper Dollhouse – Moon – A Box Painted Black

Sospetto – Il Sonno Sano Ripetendo 1 2 and 3 – Il Sonno Eterno

Sospetto – Il Sonno Eterno – Il Sonno Eterno

Edda dell’Orso and Stelvio Cipriani – Marys Theme – Femina Ridens

Edda dell’Orso and Stelvio Cipriani – Papaya Song

Broadcast – Where Youth and Laughter Go – The Future Crayon

Stereolab – Super Falling Star Moog Version

Stereolab – Free Witch & No Bra Queen

Pete Brandts Method – What You Are – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991

Mercury Rev – Observatory Crest

Lani Hall – Love Song – Sun Down Lady

Temples – Move with The Season (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Re-Animation)

Beautify Junkyards – Sybil´s Dream – The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

Beautify Junkyards – Claridade – The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

Suzanne Ciani – Plays Moog Modular System 55

Sky H1 – I Think I Am – Motion

Death and Vanilla – Necessary Distortions – To Where the Wild Things Are

Kraftwerk – Expo 2000

Bruno Spoerri – Winding Down – Teddy Bar/Lilith

Le Futur Pompiste – Bergsjön (demo)

Le Futur Pompiste – Seeds – Your Stories and Your Thoughts

The Limiñanas – Garden of Love (feat. Peter Hook)

Heather Trost – Bloodmoon – Agistri


Heather Trost – Heather Trost – Agistri – 01 Agistri

Honey Ltd. – Silk ‘n Honey – The Complete LHI Recordings

Time piece 1 (Harpsichord Bugalu) – The Greg Foat Group – Dark Is The Sun

Farlocco – Superpotenza – Farlocco, Tecnologia


Paper Dollhouse Mixtape
April 2, 2018, 2:45 am
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New LP

Paper Dollhouse are Astrud Steehouder amd Nina Bosnic, and have been a Golden Apples favourite from right back to 2012’s debut LP A Box Painted Black on Bird Records. The new 2018 LP The Sky Looks Different Here sees Astrud and Nina on Moondome Records – read a detailed review at Fact Magazine here


Secret Thirteen Mix 219 created by Paper Dollhouse sways between sharp intelligent dancefloor grooves and introspective abstract sounds. Thus the kosmische fantasy fairytale of Emerald Web nicely gives way to the darkly futuristic sci-fi drone of “Sleep Deprivation 2” by UK IDM masterminds The Black Dog and the naive and chaotic “Every Day” by AFX. It’s no wonder that we find quite a number of tracks by Paper Dollhouse on here helping to trace the influences and evaluate their relative impact on Astrud and Nina’s sound. The selection shifts gears quite rapidly and gets even more intense towards the second half with a classic electro cut from Drexciya, a fast-paced Basic Channel remix, putting their signature dub techno into an almost trance-like rush, or the chilled pulsations of Nordic italo producer Skatebård. The same pattern is maintained with Legowelt’s two lesser known aliases, Seaside Houz Boys and Sammy Osmo, with their respective weird house and kosmische grooves.

Radio Show – 25 March 2018 – Episode 365
March 29, 2018, 8:42 am
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Hark pagan folks… Mabon is here! so lets join Jemima Dove in the musical reverie of 🍁 autumn’s equinox 🍁 on Golden Apples of the Sun

Re-stream the show here (select 25 March)


2:00:00      Boards of Canada – The Colour of the Fire

2:04:00      Deradoorian – Love Arise

2:07:00      Aldous Huxley – What if Birds…

2:11:00      Lio – You Go to my Head

2:14:00      Robert Donat – Ode to Autumn

2:18:00      The Czars – Autumn

2:27:00      Ken Nordine – Overture to Autumn

2:31:00      Sedayne – Blackthorn Feral

2:36:00      Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Azax Attra

2:44:00      Claude Lombard – PolyChromes

2:51:00      Hani Niroo – Norouz

2:54:00      Sproatley Smith – The Thistle Doll

4:58:00      Sedayne – Gentle Sisterhood

3:00:00      Cam Am Des Puig – Fire

3:02:00      Sufjan Stevens – Prairie Fire that wanders about

3:05:00      Brian Eno – St.Elmo’s Fire

3:12:00      UILab- St.Elmo’s Fire

3:19:00      Lake Ruth – Monstre Sacre

3:25:00      The Free Design – Light my Fire

3:27:00      Giorgio Tuma – Release from the centre of you

3:32:00      Nino Ferrer – Looking for You

3:34:00      Burial – Untrue

3:40:00      Boards of Canada – Aquarius

2:50:00      The Heliocentrics – A World of Masks

Radio Show – 18 March 2018 – Episode 364
March 25, 2018, 1:49 am
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Presented by Dave Clark

The Wonky Wizard with the Assorted Selection of musical spells…

Re-stream here (select 18 March)


2:00:00     John Tavener – The Lamb – Portland Cello Project

2:03:00     Goren Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra – Le Monde Avait 5 ans – The Reason Why Vol 3

2:09:00     Ian O’Brian – Midwestern Night’s Dream – A History Of Things To Come

2:14:00     Greg Davis – Curling Pond Woods – Curling Pond Woods

2:21:00     Juana Molina – Los pies helados – Cosoco

2:27:00     Collectif Spatule – Cimes – Le Vanneau Hupp

2:35:00     Daedelus – Now & Sleep (feat Laura Darling) -Exquisite Corpse

2:37:00     Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – In The World – The Kid

2:42:00     Laurence Pike – Life Hacks – Distant Early Warning

2:48:00     Bibio – Branch Line – Phantom Brickworks

2:56:00     The Boats – You Need To See Through Better Eyes

2:59:00     Part Tmer – Hear… – To Something

3:02:00     Nils Frahm – Sunson – All Melody

3:10:00     Apparat – Silizium

3:14:00     Sonnymoon – Ideas

3:16:00     Kuzich – Rinjani Nights

3:19:30     The Alps – Drop In – Le Voyage

3:24:00     United Future Organization – Everyday Routine – V

3:33:00     Selda – Gesi Baglari – Bearded Ladies

3:36:00     Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse – Ngarda Djinda Kedalak – Bindi Bindi

3:41:00     Mice Parade – Open Air Drums – Mokoondi

3:52:00     Skeppet – Saluto!

3:57:00     Caroline Herring – Golden Apples Of The Sun – Song Of The Wandering Aengus


Golden Apples of Brazil 3

El Ritmo presents ‘The Golden Apples of Brazil’.

Claude’s first ‘trip’ back since 2012. More psychedelic than Pernambuco with a schizophrenic collision of psychedelia, tropicalia and electronicalia – travel from Ipanema Beach to the Favelas to the mountains with earthly flutes and found sounds, mushrooms and marijuana soundscapes, and beats that you can dance to…

Dedicated to Suba who way back in 1999 inspired my interest in music from Brazil

You may know the story of Suba… its sad but also beautiful. In November 1999 he was about to become one of Brazil’s most prominent producers as his now-legendary album São Paulo Confessions had just been released when on November 2, around 5:30 a.m.smoke was detected coming from Suba’s combined apartment and studio, the building manager called on the intercom, and Suba, who had been sleeping, told him that he was unable to open his door. The manager battered down the door and found Suba on his feet, but disoriented, inside the burning studio. Amid the chaos that followed, Suba reentered his studio, to recover a small case containing the original audio files and back-ups (safety copies of computer files) of the new Bebel Gilberto album. Suba was overcome by smoke and taken to the emergency room but died from smoke asphyxiation.

He left us his music…

Suba biography


Re-stream the show here (select 13 March)

HQ Mixcloud here – just the music – what a trip


Suba – Felicidade (Buscemi Mix) – Tributo

Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá – Felicidade – Black Orpheus Original Soundtrack

Suba and Cibelle – Sereia, Amor d’Agua (Cibelle Remake)

Suba – Samba Do Gringo Paulista (Paulista Gringo’s Samba) – Sao Paulo Confessions

Voodoohop – Excellent Drom – Entropia Coletiva I

Voodoohop – Alma da Terra – Entropia Coletiva I

Trouble Man featuring Nina Miranda – Paz -Time Out of Mind

Sonzeira feat. Moses Boyd – Nos Precisamos de Voce – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined

Arthur Verocai – Caboclo – Arthur Verocai

Vox Populi – Vera Cruz – Vox Populi

City of Saints (DJ Oil Remix) – Sonzeira: Brasil Bam Bam Bass… (The Out Takes And Remakes… Curated With Love!)

Suba – Na Neblina (In the Fog) – Sao Paulo Confessions

Apollo Nove – Yage Cameras – Apollo Nove

Os Mutantes vs. Carole King vs. The Association – Ando Meio Desligado (Alti2de remix)

Os Mutantes – Batmacumba (drunk disco remix)

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia(KCRW Live 2010)

Eumir Deodato – A Grande Cascada – Percepcao

Mauricio Maestro, Nana Vasconcelos – Verdade Anterior Instrumental – Far Out Spaced Odyssey

The Gentemen – Sorriso Selvagem – Psychedelic Pernambuco

Sonzeira (feat. Elza Soares & Wilson das Neves) – Nana – Sonzeira Brasil Bam Bam Bam

Quarteto Em Cy – Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser

Tribo Massahi – Walk By Jungle Fareua

Marcos Valle – Mi hermoza – Vento Sul

Junip – Oba, Lá Vem Ela – Brazillian Beats 7

Mixcloud extra

Os Caçulas – pra você

Tim Maia – Contato Com O Mundo – Racional


Golden Apples of Brazil 2 Mixtape

Golden Apples of Brazil 1 re-stream