Monday, July 18, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 12 Ep4 - Naoko the Rock Returns!

It was so great to be joined in the studio again by record collector and DJ Naoko the Rock.  We had a nice chat about Japan, Reggae and record collecting.  Naoko brought some lovely tunes from her collection - I'm already looking forward to part 3, what a great guest with immaculate taste!

  • Love in the Afternoon - Don Drummond (green vinyl, Top Sound 7”) 
  • Trottin' - Lloyd Trotman and His Orchestra (Brunswick 7”) 
  • You Didn't Know Me - Lord Creator with The Determinations (Japanese band from Osaka with Lord Creator on vocals, Drum and Bass Records Druweed 7”, pictured left)
  • Uwaki na Honey - Qimygo (Kodama 7") 
  • Be My Baby (Instrumental) - Name? Kazufumi Kodama (Nut-Meg 7") 
  • Love You Tokyo - Akira Kurosawa and His Los Primos (Crown label 7” - pictured above)
  • Sentimental Reasons - The Hamlins (Blue Coxsone label 7", pictured below)
  • Prophecy - Fabian Miranda (Wolf label 7")
  • Give Thanks - Delroy Butler (Upsetter Justice League label 7") 
  • Start Over - The Gatherers (Upsetter label 7")

Naoko is also a part of the female Reggae DJ collective with me - Sisters of Reggae. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 12 Ep3 - Musical Niceness and Apple Som Tam

Listen here:


  • My Whole World is Falling Down - Ken Parker (Bamboo 7")
  • Love Yourself - Future Groove (Pure Vinyl 7")
  • Touch of LoveTokyo 99 and Hiroshi Sawa (King Label Hits vol 9, 1968, LP)
  • Rokudan - Izumi-Kai Original Instrumental Group (Classical Japanese Koto, Everest Records LP)
  • Take Me Darling - The Heptones (The Heptones On Top, Studio One LP)
  • My Man - Marcia Aitken (Joe Gibbs 12")
  • Blouse and Skirt - Trinity (Joe Gibbs 12" - version style, DJ cut carries on from the vocal)
  • Get Up Edina - Desmond Dekker (UK Island 7")
  • I Love You with All My Heart - Fitnete Rédja and the Central Albanian Group (Tirane Albanie 10" LP on the ARTEXPORT label)
  • Passion - Jo l'Auvergnat (Valsez Musette Avec Jo L'Auvergnat, 10" LP HMV)
  • I'm in Love - The Techniques (Treasure Isle 7")

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 12 Ep 2 - Movie News & Purple Sweetcorn

18th June 2016
East Asian Movie News Special with Purple Sweetcorn in the Dim Sum Lunch Box

Cannes Picks:
Park Chan Wook's Handmaiden 

Koji Fukada's Harmonium

Coming soon from veteran HK director Johnny To:

Out Now:

When Marnie Was There - the latest film from Studio Ghibli.

Cemetry of Splendour - the second film from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul


  • I Wish Someone Would Care - Etta James (Miss Peaches, Chess LP)
  • A Thing of The Past - Phyllis Dillon (Treasure Isle 7")
  • Everybody Needs Love - Gladys Knight and The Pips (Motown Yesteryear 7")
  • Omoidezake - Sachiko Kobayashi (Warner Bros 7")
  • Danger in Your Eyes - Ronald Merrills (Studion One 7")
  • What Happens - Cornell Campbell (PAMA 7")
  • One Kiss - The Coasters (Let's Go to the Dance with The Coasters: Rare Early Rock n Roll Sides, Harmony LP)
  • Aishitamou Koto Nakare - Sayori Yuki (Toshiba EMI, 7")
  • Too Much Whiskey - Errol Dixon and The Backbeats (Bluebeat 7")
  • Bad Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn (Let's Have a Party, LP)
  • Zion Train - Bobby Kalphat (Faith 7")
  • I'll Take Good Care of You - Garnett Mimms (United Artists 7")

The Dim Sum Lunch Box

Purple Sweetcorn - a recipe adapted from Ken Hom's chilli sweetcorn.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 12 Episode 1 - June 2016

Lucky Cat is back!  Series 12 started Saturday 11th June 2016. Tune in live every Saturday at 3.30pm via FM in London : 104.4, via DAB in London or via worldwide.


  • Summertime - Sam Cooke (This is Sam Cooke, RCA compilation 2xLP)
  • Jaa Ri Sakhi Asha Bhosle (Old Hits, EMI LP)
  • Once I Loved (O Amor En Paz) - Frank Sinatra (Francis Albert Sinatra with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Reprise LP)
  • A Thai Love Song - Rebecca Pan Wan Ching (Greatest Hits 1965, Life LP)
  • Wan Maha Sanook - Plearn Promdan (Sound of Siam, Soundways CD)
  • First Night of the Full MoonRebecca Pan Wan Ching (Greatest Hits 1965, Life LP)
  • Queen Majesty - The Jays with Ranking Trevor (Channel One 12")
  • Ah Trouble - Lord Kitchener (London is the Place for Me 4, Honest Jon's CD)
  • As Time Goes By - Fats Domino (This is Fats, Imperial LP)
  • No Money Down - Lloyd Williams and the Celestials (Wasp, 7")
  • Thinking of You - Fats Domino (This is Fats, Imperial LP)
  • Haishan records OST LP - titles in Taiwanese
  • I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me - Fran Warren (Hey There!, Gala Records LP)
  • Haishan records OST LP - titles in Taiwanese

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

China Visual Festival 2016

The China Visual Festival is in full swing at the moment and there are still some great films to catch.

For all the details go to:

The closing gala film is Panay (Wawa No Cidal) - a drama following the struggle of an indigenous community in Taiwan with urban development and gentrification.

Singer songwriter and TV host Ado’ Kaliting Pacidal stars in Panay and will also be giving a Q&A after the film.  Ado'Kaliting hails from an Amis background - a Taiwanese ethnic minority group, much like the community portrayed in the film. Check out her Youtube channel here:


Monday, May 02, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 11 Episode 24 - Tofu Teriyaki Rolls

Here is the last episode of Lucky Cat Series 11, featuring lots of great records and Tofu Teriyaki Rolls. Big thanks to the Resonance FM Saturday engineers.
Lucky Cat Series 12 will start on 11th June.....


I've Got to Get You Off My Mind - The Tennors (UK Island 7")
Twelth of Never - Pat Kelly (UK Island 7")
Man to Man - Kentrick Patrick aka Lord Creator (UK Island 7")
I'm Sorry - Jimmy Cliff (Bluebeat 7")
Shad Roe - Paul Quinichette (Basie-ite EmArcy 7" EP)
Take the A Train - Duke Ellingon feat Betty Roche (London 7")
Samie - Paul Quinichette (Basie-ite EmArcy 7" EP)
You Don't Know - Peggy Lee (Fever Capitol 7" EP)
Man from Galilee - Otis Wright (Glory 7")
Don't Stay Away - Phyllis Dillon (Treaure Isle 7")
Sweet Baby of Mine - Ruth Brown (Popcorn 7")
Hit the Road Jack - Big Youth (Trojan 7")

Recipe for Tofu Teriyaki Rolls:
Cut up a small block of firm tofu into 2cm chunks.
Mix up some...
Teriyaki Sauce
Soya Sauce
Large spoon of honey
Add the tofu chunks
Marinade overnight in an air tight tupperware container - you should turn the container so all sides of the tofu get marinaded. 
Fry the tofu chunks in a big frying pan using organic coconut oil.  Turn to brown the sides.  Put into a bowl.

Now you are ready to make the rolls. You will need:
10" rice paper rounds
4 Spring onions, chopped finely lenghtways (approx 3" long)
Fresh mint sprigs
Fresh coriander, lightly chopped
Beanspouts sprinkled with some drops of rice vinegar.

Make the rice paper rounds soft by immersing in hot water for 30 seconds or so (Use a frying pan or dish that is large and round with 2" depth as the rounds need to be submerged in the hot water.  Use chopsitcks to fish out).

Once soft put the rice paper round on a plate and add your ingredients on the round about 1" in to the centre.  The fold over and tuck in the sides then continue to roll over until you have made a lovely little roll!  This web site gives step by step instructions with pictures, take a look:

Your technique will improve the more rolls you make. 

Serve with Mae Ploy sweet chilli sauce for dipping.

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Lucky Cat Series 11 Episode 23 - Matsuo Basho & CTHD2

Here's the 26th March episode featuring a review of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II and the haiku poetry of Matsuo Basho.
Thsi was the day after I attended the fantastic London International Ska Festival - I review the gigs by U-Roy and Bob Andy and the vlve sound system clash (Axis v Sounds and Pressure).

  • Reggae in your Jeggae - Dandy (7" Downtown label)
  • Little Did You Know - The Techniques (7" Treasure Isle label)
  • Woman a Capture Man - The Ethiopians (7" Trojan label)
  • Shamisen music - (Musical Atlas of Japan LP)
  • Japanese folk
  • You're Gonna Miss Me - Owen Grey
  • One Night - Smiley Lewis (JA blank 7")
  • Wear you to the Ball - Paragons and U Roy
  • Besame Mucho - the Platters 
  • Ship of Love - The Nutmegs

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lucky Cat Series 11 Episode 22 - Movie News and New Vinyl

New out on DVD April 2016

In this episode I give you some East Asian movie news, a recipe for Thai chicken dish khao mok gai and lots of lovely vinyl.


  • Silver Words - Ken Boothe (Green Door label 7"), written by Rodriguez
  • Love is Overdue - Gregory Isaacs (GG Records label 7")
  • Please, Please, Please - James Brown and his Famous Flames (Federal label 7")
  • So Long (I'm Gone) - Derrick and Hortense Ellis (Lord Koos label 7")
  • Chinaman - Lord Cristo (Antillana label 7")
  • Pine and Cypress Trees in Whirling Snow - Wong Chin (Classic Pipa Hits CD)
  • Satan Girl - The Ethiopians (blank label 7")
  • Love is Strange - Jon Cundo (Bamboo label 7") 
  • Win Your Love - John Holt (Love label 7")
  • Reggae in Your Jeggae - Dandy (Downtown label 7")
  • I Really Love You - Clancy Eccles (blank label 7")