The Sounds of South Africa on 6

A few months ago I was lucky enough to be approached by one of my favourite radio stations to make a series of programmes. 

On Sunday 28th July between 4pm and 6pm I'll be presenting the Sounds of South Africa on BBC 6 Music. It's a programme all about South African music with a bit of politics thrown in. 

As Global Ambassador of the Children's Radio Foundation I've recently travelled round South Africa a bit and I've heard a load of fantastic music. I'll be playing some of my favourites in between some clips as produced by the Children's Radio Foundation. 

There's also an interview with Jeremy Vine about his time in South Africa as the BBC correspondent. It was fun to be on the other side of the microphone, asking the questions for a change.  

Have a look at if you haven't already.

24 July

office chart , if theres a heaven then..

Here we are folks whilst packing some snacks and bowler hat..

West of Western _Serengeti Kenny Dennis LP

Jonny Ra Ha  _Owiny Sigoma Band

Renata (Daphni Remix) _Holden

Oryx _The Knife 

Bass Bully  _Elmore Judd

Too Doggone  Funky _Fracture & Neptune      

Uritual _Boards of Canada

Inter-City 125 _HoldenThe Inheritors

Never  _Koreless

Dazeitlak Dezzelli (I Signal, You Deny) _Omar Souleyman

peace, love and no more Tory crap

27 June

Sunday Drift Office Chart

greetings fellow smurfs.. 

MMM (Errorsmith & Fiedel)   Casio Dub

Mark Ernestus    Mark Ernestus Meets BBC

The Knife               A Tooth For An Eye

Omar Souleyman             Kaset Hanzal (Drinking From The Glass Of Bitterness)

Fracture & Neptune         Clissold (Machinedrum VIP rmx)

MMM (Errorsmith & Fiedel)  Que Barbaro

Ahmad Al Kosem   Love Is Not A Joke 

26 May

Stanley Donwood draws trees.

I've drawn some trees in a book.It's here!

15 May

Some good sounds on old technology

Shostakovitch - piano Trio no. 2 - Largo
Schumann  - Liederkreis Op. 39: Zwielicht (Twighlight)
Pousseur - Danseurs Gnidiens cherchant la Perle clÃÃmentine for chamber orchestra
Steve Reich - tehellim
Thomas Ades - catch
Crumb - four nocturnes
Bach - goldberg variations arranged for string trio - Aria Da Capo and nos.21, 25, and 30. 

But especially the shostakovitch and the ades......

12 May

Office Chart sssstrange winds, sharp ends

1. James Holden   Gone Feral

2. King Midas Sound   Aroo

3. Knallkids Marky  Bronco

4. Tapes  Persian Pulse Width

5. Lapalux  Straight over my head

6. James Blake  Every day i ran (bonus track)

7. Karen (Blawan & Pariah)   Studio 3

8. Dark Sky  Double U

9. Aardvark  Nosestep

10. Juju & Jordash  Powwow

11. SS/s  Sicario de Dios: Siglo 2

12. Max Richter  written on the sky

04 May

Walking to the North Pole

NOrth Pole Expedition 

A volunteer team from Greenpeace are currently making their way to the North Pole. It is such a brave thing to take on! They will plant a flag and millions of signatures from you and me demanding the Arctic be made a reserve for us all and future generations. Free from Oil drilling and over fishing. Watch their progress and sign up if you think its a good idea. I really hope they make it..

09 April

What have you done to my face?


If you are a tumblr type person then we'd liek to be your friend.

Thom & Stanley
28 March

ATOMS FOR PEACE tour update

Following on from the launches in London, New York & Berlin, Thom and Nigel will be visiting Barcelona and Paris for two more Atoms for Peace events. They are:

April (Thom + Nigel)

Wednesday 17th April: Spain - Barcelona, Razzmatazz
Friday 19th April: France - Paris, Gaité Lyrique

Tickets for the full ATOMS FOR PEACE experience (Thom, Nigel, Joey, Mauro & Flea) go on sale in the US tomorrow.

Here is a list of ALL the shows announced so far, please go to for more details.


Saturday 6th: France - Paris, Zenith
Sunday 7th: Netherlands - Amsterdam, HMH
Tuesday 9th: Belgium - Antwerp, Lotto Arena
Wednesday 10th: Germany - Munich, Zenith
Friday 12th: Slovakia - Pohada Festival
Saturday 13th: Serbia - Exit Festival
Tuesday 16th: Italy -  Rome, Rock in Roma @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
Wednesday 17th: Italy - Milan, City Sound Festival @ Ippodromo del Galoppo
Saturday 20th: Poland - Poznan, Malta Festival
Sunday 21st: Germany - Berlin, Melt Festival
Wednesday 24th: UK - London, Roundhouse [sold out]
Thursday 25th: UK - London, Roundhouse [sold out]
Friday 26th: UK - London, Roundhouse [sold out]


Tuesday 24th: USA - Philadelphia, PA, Liacouras Center USA
Friday 27th: USA - New York, NY, Barclays Center
Monday 30th: USA - 
Fairfax, VA, Patriot Center 


Wednesday 2nd: USA - Chicago, IL, UIC Pavilion
Wednesday 16th: USA - 
Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
Thursday 17th: USA - 
Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl


Monday 18th: Japan - Osaka, Zepp
Tuesday 19th:
Japan - Osaka, Zepp
Thursday 21st: Japan - Tokyo, Studio Coast
Friday 22nd: Japan - Tokyo, Studio Coast
Saturday 23rd:
Japan - Tokyo, Studio Coast

22 March

Atoms For Peace

Following the release of their top 10 debut album Amok, Atoms For Peace today reveal a run of full-band live shows for July 2013. These shows are in addition to the recently announced festival dates at the Pohoda Festival, Slovakia (12th July), Exit Festival, Serbia (13th July) and Melt Festval, Germany (21st July)

Presale tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday 6th March at 9am (UK) from and then on general sale from Friday 8th March at 9am . Go to for more details.

The July 2013 dates are:

Saturday  6th: France - Paris Zenith

Tuesday  9th: Belgium - Antwerp Lotto Arena

Wednesday 10th: Germany - Munich Zenith

Friday  12th: Slovakia - Pohada Festival [onsale now]

Saturday 13th: Serbia - Exit Festival [onsale now]

Tuesday  16th: Italy - Rome: Rock in Roma @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle

Wednesday 17th: Italy -  Milan: City Sound Festival @ Ippodromo del Galoppo

Sunday  21st: Germany - Berlin Melt Festival [onsale now]

Wednesday  24th: UK - London Roundhouse

Thursday  25th: UK - London Roundhouse

Friday  26th: UK - London Roundhouse

04 March