Public Relations, Vol. 2

Public Relations Vol. 2 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

Owen Lasch and Tom Giddins aka NUDES and Paul Hanford aka Paul Hanford return for more music and analysis of the status quo

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Public Relations, Vol. 1

PUBLIC RELATIONS 1 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

Imaginary Soundtracks presenter Paul Hanford teams up with Tom Giddins and Owen Lasch aka NUDES for the first in a regular series where they pick and discuss an eclectic range of current listening pleasures.

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Posted on: May 21, 2014

Imaginary Soundtracks, Vol. 16

Imaginary Soundtracks, Vol. 16 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

As a Valentine’s treat, Paul invited smooth suited Gabriel Bruce in to chat about romance and cigarettes, as well as play a selection of songs to float your boat, from heartbreak to tragedy.

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Posted on: February 12, 2013

What’s Happening Hackney #3: London Fields Radio’s essential guide to the best of east London


Hello old bean, and welcome to the LFR guide to what’s going down in this glorious part of London that remains neither a museum or a suburb. We’re firmly in that time of the year where any element of sunlight whatsoever packs its bags off to Australia and leaves most of us longing for little more than a day in bed with an HBO boxset. But with a tug of the socks and a Lemsip for breakfast, there are a warm plethora of things out east to get and see this week…


Tonight (November 22), The Shoreditch Butchery.
Excuse the touch of nepotism here but our very own London Fields Radio is hosting the second of its monthly boozy bashes at Shoreditch’s hot dog and cocktail hangpad, The Shoreditch Butchery. The theme is Brooklyn Block Party, so expect a soundtrack of dive bar stormers and hip hop bangers from the days when MCs would rap about their name in a friendly “C’mown get down to it people” way right through to the present. Plus, it’s a unique opportunity to see some of the faces behind your favourite podcasts.
FREE, 10PM-3AM. Facebook event.


Friday (November 23), a secret London warehouse
I grew up seeing the R&S logo poking out of many a ’90s DJ’s record bag, but since its resurrection a few years ago the label has eschewed its ‘ardcore origins for a succession of quality, forward-thinking electronic releases, somewhat akin to a more bass-affiliated 4AD. This proper all-night warehouse party features DJing from James (not Blunt) Blake, proper live band sets from Vondelpark and Egyptian Hip Hop mixed in with DJs and visuals till late.
10pm – 6am. Tickets:


Sunday (November 25), Hackney Wick
I love a good Sunday market, particularly at this time of the year, when you can wrap up warm, munch on something that is both roasted and in a bun and have and have a good rummage through some vintage bric-a-brac. Hackney Wick these days is looking less and less like the set of some existential sci-fi movie in an abandoned Detroit town, and the Hackney Cut’s Market is the latest attempt to bring some vibrancy to the area, focusing on vintage goods every Sunday. Dig in and grab yourself a bargain.
FREE, 11am-5pm. Corner of Beachy and Roach Roads, Hackney Wick, E3 2NT.


Monday (November 26), The Sebright Arms
Tuesday (November 27), The Shacklewell Arms
Alt.mega-brand ATP brings you two opportunities to see Californian duo Foxygen in east London this week. Their glorious new single ‘Shuggie’ bridges a gap between the ‘Rocky Horror’ histrionics of MGMT’s underrated second album with a gorgeously clammy Sly Stone funk, all wrapped up in a kind of grubby Francophile kitsch pop sensibility. See them with a Lucky Chip burger greasing down your hand at converted old-man boozers The Sebright Arms on Monday or The Shacklewell Arms on Tuesday.
FREE. 7pm.


As you’re no doubt aware, there is a full-scale Burger Revolution going on, with more and more pubs, restaurant, bars, vans and pop-ups boasting of how their beef comes from cows bred on a diet of wheatgrass shakes and early Eno albums. I even have an app on my phone that tells me my proximity to the nearest gourmet burger, like a sort of Grindr for meat.

A real gem, though, which is off the app-map, is Stephen Fry’s Burger at The Three Compasses. These burgers opt less for a tower-stack approach and more for a sweet-bunned take on the American-style fast food burger. The chips are seasoned with pepper and washed down on a Sunday with a Bloody Mary, combined with some of the friendliest bar service in the whole of Hackney. For around a tenner, its a multiple win.
Burger and chips: under £10. Address: Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH.


Paul runs the blog and presents Imaginary Soundtracks on LFR.

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Posted on: November 22, 2012

Imaginary Soundtracks, Vol. 13



Get your bucket and spade and climb aboard Paul’s Cliff Richard style fun bus where he is joined by Laura Bettinson aka. R&B influenced pop sensation Femme for a Holiday special. Listening to this you won’t believe you are not sipping Pimms on your own private island.

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Posted on: August 2, 2012