Current and emerging music

New UK hip hop

I am planning an official relaunch of this blog soon, so anyone who wants to contribute please give me a shout. In the meantime, here’s some great contemporary British music that we could roughly place in the rap or hip hop category, although only if we stretch it a bit. What I like about all […]

I dream of love

From the secret lead-lined vault of bootleg demo reel to reels and wax cylinders, here is John Dog singing one of the hits of tomorrowyear, I dream of love. More John Dog songs at, and on this YouTube playlist. The Festival of Britain images are from the short film Brief City, 1952, available at […]

Pretty Little Thing

John Dog sings Pretty Little Thing. You’ll find more songs at Written and arranged by Raymond Butler and performed by John Dog. © All rights reserved. The vintage Camay soap ad images are from, with a little added Zest.

School’s out for summer and forever, our childhood dream came true..

Some summertime blues: John Dog singing The River Corrib. You can listen to and download more John Dog songs from Raymond Butler’s Bandcamp page, including another dark summer number here.

Everybody Loves a Tourist

This is an uninvited guest post* by Waterloo Sunset, who blogs at Everybody Hates A Tourist. It’s edited from suggestions he made to my last post. Parents and employees, be carefuly before you click some of these. Cockernee steampunks, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing The I can’t believe she’s not much […]

Ethiopiques/Hava Nagila

Cross-posted from BobFromBrockley It’s a while since I did one of these, partly as YouTube and Spotify and all these other web 2.0 things have displaced the good old fashioned mp3 blogs which flourished in the second half of the noughties. But here goes. Ethiopiques From Magnet Magazine, I am glad to discover the lovely, […]