Let Me Take You There: LMTYT003 (Matthew Lacey)

Matthew Lacey, the Box Office Manager at the Farnham Maltings is in the ‘hot-seat’ for Episode 3 of ‘Let Me Take You There‘.  It is the show where a guest makes a selection of music tracks which conjure up a physical location in their life, or an emotional state of mind which they take them to.

Come through the door at Farnham Maltings, then turn left, and you will find yourself at the box office/reception area, where you are more than likely to meet Matthew Lacey, the Box Office Manager.

If you are a regular visitor to Farnham Maltings, Matthew’s face (and voice) will be very familiar to you, looking out from the box office/reception area as you first arrive in the building.

Matthew’s choices are:

  • “Bitch” – Meredith Brooks;
  • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee;
  • “Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351:7. Menuet II” – Handel;
  • “Violin Concerto in D, Op.77:3” – Brahms (performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter);
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops;
  • “Perfect Ten” – The Beautiful South.

Listen to the show to find out exactly where each of the choices takes Matthew to!

Mark’s “Mixed Bag” New Year’s Eve Knees-Up playlist

Mark Sumner – presenter of our “Mixed Bag” soul, jazz and funk show – has put together a special playlist to provide the ideal party soundtrack for your New Year’s Eve.

This time he has provided a distinctly Sixties flavour to the proceedings, as well as looking back to some other classic floor-fillers, as we look forward to what 2018 has in store.

Expect tracks from the likes of Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers; Dusty Springfield; Jean Knight; The Capitols; Len Barry; Edwin Starr; Martha Reeves and The Vandellas; and Elvis Presley.

Mark’s regular “Mixed Bag” show will return in the New Year.

(If the Spotify player does not work, click on this link to take to you to the Spotify playlist.)

Mark’s “Mixed Bag” Christmas Eve Sack playlist

Mark Sumner – presenter of our “Mixed Bag” soul, jazz and funk show – has put together a special playlist to provide the ideal party soundtrack for your Christmas Eve.

Mark’s “Mixed Bag” Christmas Eve Sack playlist is packed with classic disco and soul tunes, perfect to put on if you are looking for some floor-fillers that are a little different for a Christmas Eve party, or want to get into the party spirit with some tunes on in the background while you are cooking.

Mark’s ‘Sack’ includes tracks from G.Q., The Salsoul Orchestra, Tommy Stewart, Positive Force, T-Connection, Cheryl Lynn, Roy Ayers, Aquarian Dream, Rare Pleasure and Luther Vandross.

Mark wishes everyone a “Happy Christmas”, and will return with another party soundtrack for New Year’s Eve, before the next episode of “Mixed Bag” returns in 2018!

Sounds of 2017: Brad Jon Kane

Our 11th and final Sounds of 2017 playlist is by Brad Jon Kane.

Brad’s choices from releases across the year include tracks by artists including HOMESHAKE, Father John Misty, jonwayne, Dan Auerbach, Gus Dapperton, Vince Staples, King Krule, and infinite bisous.

Brad Jon Kane.

Brad has been a regular figure, working behind the scenes in the Sound Vault studio since we launched, and is a film production student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham with a penchant for sound design.

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has contributed their playlists for music released (and listened to, and played) during 2017 – and we look forward to hearing what 2018 has in store for us!

Sounds of 2017: Paul Simpson

Our tenth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from Paul Simpson, who is the chair of Sound Vault.

His choices include tracks from Yaeji, Julia Jacklin, Angelo De Augustine, Matt Maltese, Rex Orange County, Betsy, St. VincentCigarettes After Sex, and Declan McKenna.

Sounds of 2017: Tom Garrett

Our ninth Sounds of 2017 playlist is supplied by Tom Garrett, who as vice chair is one of the driving creative forces behind Sound Vault.

Tom’s selection includes tracks from the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Nick Hakim; Cherry Glazerr; and Grandaddy.

Tom is a final year film production student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.  He is behind “An Audio Listener’s Guide to Adequate Hearing” – one of Sound Vault’s flagship podcasts to date.

Sounds of 2017: Noah Dann

Our eighth Sounds of 2017 playlist is by Sound Vault’s youngest presenter, 11 year old Noah Dann.

Noah’s choices include more than a sprinkling of Little Mix, not to mention some Rita Ora and Camilla Cabello.

Noah at the Sound Vault studio.

It’s been a busy year for Noah, not only launching his podcast on Sound Vault, but getting featured in the local Farnham Herald newspaper, and appearing live in the studio on Peter Gordon’s breakfast show on Eagle Radio.  We’re looking forward to what 2018 has in store!

Sounds of 2017: Darren Mooney

Our seventh Sounds of 2017 playlist is from one of the founding members of the Sound Vault collective, Darren Mooney.

Darren’s choices includes tracks from Ariel Pink, LCD Soundsystem, Nabihah Iqbal, Lindstrom, Slowdive, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane Weaver, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, and Mogwai.

Darren has launched his own show on Sound Vault called Breaking Lines, which he hopes to make a regular fixture in 2018.

Sounds of 2017: Cait Robinson

Our sixth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from animator and musician Cait Robinson aka Glimmer Shins.

Cait has curated a list of the musical discoveries she has made throughout the year, and this features 2017 releases from artists such as Happyness, Lucy Rose, Sufjan Stevens and Feist.

A second year student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Cait is one of Sound Vault’s founding members.

Sounds of 2017: Michael Chacko

Our fifth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from Michael Chacko aka ‘Chack’.  Chack did work experience with Sound Vault over the summer in 2017, and ended up making a four part podcast series charting the history of rap music, Tracks with Chack.

Chack’s choices includes tracks from the likes of Khalid, Camila Cabello, Anthony Russo, Cardi B, Belly, AJ Tracey, Ramz, and Amine.

Michael Chacko aka ‘Chack’.

Chack has also found time to have been a Member of the UK Youth Parliament, and when he’s not injured, he’s a keen basketball player.  He’s one of Sound Vault’s own tips to watch in 2018!

Sounds of 2017: Sam Gard

Our fourth Sounds of 2017 playlist is from Sam Gard, one half of the “Keep It Cheap” duo alongside Alex Youngs, who are working on a new podcast for Sound Vault in 2018.  Sam is a final year student at the University of Greenwich.

“These are thirty of my top picks of the year,” explains Sam, “That’s as narrow as I could manage. All the songs are picks from some fantastic albums, so all are worth a full listen.”

Sam in full effect in the Sound Vault studio.

His picks includes tracks from the likes of Baxter Dury, Big Thief, Mac DeMarco, Bakar, Cosmo Pyke, Leaf Dog, Moonchild and Junius Meyvant.  Enjoy – and keep your ears pinned back for “Keep It Cheap” in 2018!

Sounds of 2017: DJ Alex-An

Our ‘Sounds of 2017‘ series continues with DJ Alex-An.  She is behind London’s female live music collective, Ecouter.

Her choices include tracks from Rory Sky, Rainy Milo, Hannah Wants, Rendezvous At Two, and Maya Jane Coles. As well as the SoundCloud player above, there is a link to SoundCloud here, and some of the tracks on a Spotify playlist here.

You can find Ecouter on Instagram by clicking here. and read more about it in a recent article in the Islington Gazette here.

Sounds of 2017: Seneo Mwamba

Seneo Mwamba continues our series of playlists highlighting the ‘Sounds of 2017‘.

Having previously studied in Farnham, Seneo is now an events management student at the University of Greenwich.  In 2018, she is set to launch “Behind The Entertainment“, a new platform giving a voice to those who work behind the scenes in music and entertainment.

Seneo Mwamba

You can find Behind The Entertainment’s website here, on Instagram here, and on Facebook here.

Link to the full Spotify playlist by clicking here.  It features tracks from the likes of Nadia Rose, Dua Lipa, Julia Michaels, and Jessie Ware.

Sounds of 2017: Will Craigie

As 2017 draws to a close, we have invited a number of people to select their top ‘Sounds of 2017‘, and to each create a playlist.

The first is by Will Craigie – a music journalism student at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom.

Will Craigie

Will’s playlist (Spotify link here) includes tracks from Wolf Alice; Tyler, The Creator; HAIM; Gorillaz; Sampha; Stormzy; Thundercat; PARTYNEXTDOOR; and Matt Martians.

More ‘Sounds of 2017’ to follow soon.

Let Me Take You There: LMTYT002 (Paul Simpson)

Episode 2 of ‘Let Me Take You There‘ features the founder of Sound Vault, Paul Simpson.  To illustrate the kind of choices we are looking for (tracks which conjure up a place in your life, or an emotional state of mind they take you to) – and because he probably likes the sound of his own voice (!), Paul has chosen twenty tracks, rather than the usual six.

Paul has had a thirty year career in public relations, ‘yo-yo-ing’ between politics and music entertainment, before spending ten years as a university lecturer.  This included five years at BBC Radio 1, where he became head of PR, and as a freelance consultant, he looked after PR for Kiss FM, music recognition app Shazam, and broadcaster Nicky Campbell.  He has since had to retire early due to a neurological condition called Chiari and resulting nerve damage.

The music choices are not a playlist of his favourite artists – but of music which evokes places, and emotional states of minds along the way in his life.

For example, although it isn’t of that era, “It’s Possible (Impossible Remix)” by the Shout Out Louds reminds him vividly of time spent on the South Downs at university in Sussex, in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

University friends on the Downs at Ditchling.
At university, in the Downs at Falmer, Sussex.

A track called “Typical” by Frazier Chorus pinpoints a precise moment in time in 1989 from when he first got involved in student politics, at the same time as Tim Farron.  He heard it on the radio, at the junction of the M25 and and M1 , played by Emma Freud on GLR.  She was among those who inspired him to want to work in public service broadcasting, eventually for her then boss, eventual Radio 1 Controller, Matthew Bannister; Farron inspired him to get more active in politics, eventually working at the House of Commons, and later in the Civil Service.

Tim Farron (left), Simpson (right) when Paul’s student flat was used as the digs for the young Lib Dems at their Brighton 1989 conference.
Paddy Ashdown chairs a conference fringe meeting with Sara Bedford (then chair of the Young Lib Dems) and Paul Simpson (chair of the Student Lib Dems) before the organisations soon merged.

Paul later spent 18 months or so living on the wild sand dunes of Winterton-on-Sea on the North Norfolk coast, just south of Cromer, and one of the tracks that helps captures the time spent up there with his then dog ‘Sparky’ is ‘Iceblink Luck‘ by the Cocteau Twins.

The dunes at Winterton-on-Sea.

And one of the strongest evocations is for a place called Pagham Harbour, in West Sussex, which has held an extremely significant place in Paul’s heart for many years, because of the spiritual calm it brings him.  For this, he has chosen ‘Wandering Angus‘, by Jolie Holland.

Pagham Harbour, West Sussex.
Paul getting spiritual at Pagham.

And finally, when you hear the Eurythmics track ‘Heaven‘, you’ll understand why it evokes the place in time on the way home at Smashing, which as a club held in a basement called Eve’s on Regent Street, central London, once frequented by Christine Keeler (RIP) in the Sixties.  This photo captures vividly the aftermath of those nights in the early/mid 90s, in his flat off the Old Kent Road.  Look carefully, and you’ll also see a football he won on a competition Kevin Greening was running on his BBC Radio 1 show – in the time before got a sniff at working for the station.

The morning after.

Hear all of Paul choices, and reasons by clicking on the Mixcloud player.  In full, these are:-

Eurythmics: ‘Heaven’; see above;

Malcom McLaren: ‘Double Dutch’; reminds him of life growing up in Yateley, spending most of the time playing in the street;

Julia Jacklin: ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’; reminds him of today, back on the Surrey/Hampshire border which generations of his family have called ‘home’, having moved back to the area after having had to retire early;

Shout Out Louds: ‘It’s Possible (Impossible Remix)’; reminds him of late summer evenings on the South Downs, as a student;

Minnie Ripperton: ‘Les Fleurs’; reminds him of time lecturing in lecture halls at the Elephant and Castle, Greenwich and Kingston in particular, because of the singer’s link to the concept of reputation;

Frazier Chorus: ‘Typical’; see above;

Frankie Goes To Hollywood: ‘Two Tribes’; reminds him of cycling over to Fleet, to queue to buy this as his first 12 inch;

Deacon Blue: ‘Riches’; reminds him of Waterloo train station;

Elbow: ‘The Bones of You’; reminds him of Oaxaca, Mexico;

Matt Monro: ‘We’re Gonna Change Your World’; reminds him of having his heart smashed at the 2010 General Election, and changed his politics for good;

Pop Will Eat Itself: ‘Touched By The Hand of Ciccolina’; reminds him of The Crypt, which was a club at the University of Sussex;

Cocteau Twins: ‘Iceblink Luck’; see above;

Natalie Imbruglia: ‘Torn’; reminds him of Pimlico;

Cashier Number 9: ‘Lost At Sea’; reminds him of Telegraph Hill, in South East London;

Nina Simone: ‘Sign O’ the Times’; is a spiritual significance – how it makes him feel;

Jolie Holland: ‘Wandering Angus’; see above;

Damon Albarn: ‘Mr Tembo’; reminds him of any open, common, free, public space like the South Bank, Telegraph Hill, or Farnham Maltings – vitally important in an ever privatised world;

Kiki Dee: ‘Amoureuse’; reminds him of the Old Radio 1 HQ on Great Portland Street – Yalding House;

Candida: ‘Jingo’; reminds him of school discos back in the 1980s at Yateley School, in Hampshire.

Listen for the full explanation of the significance of each track, and if after listening, you are interested in coming on and doing the same, pull together six tracks and the places they take you to, and email Darren Mooney c/o soundvaulthq@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch.


Let Me Take You There: LMTYT001 (Mayor of Yateley)

Let Me Take You There is a new music show on Sound Vault where a different guest each week picks and plays a selection of music based on a physical location or place it conjures up in their life, or an emotional state of mind in takes them to.

Tony Spencer in Sound Vault’s studio.

The guest in our first episode is the Mayor of Yateley, Cllr. Tony Spencer, who has been a big supporter of Sound Vault, and of the concept of community-driven radio.

His choices take us on a fascinating journey across the decades, with tracks from Donovan, The Nice (featuring Keith Emerson), Fairport Convention (featuring Sandy Denny), the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, and Leadbelly.

Would you like to share your choice of tracks, and the places they take you to?  Email producer Darren Mooney via soundvaulthq@gmail.com

Sound Vault: Music – “Starting Out”

As Sound Vault starts out on its voyage of discovery, Hannah Hargrave and Paul Simpson ask the students starting out at the freshers’ fair at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham – what are the big things on their minds, and what music they are listening to. It makes for an interesting snapshot of young lives starting out at university in 2017 – and a diverse playlist.

Sound Vault: Music is our strand of occasional or one-off music shows on the network.  “Starting Out” is the first show within the strand.  The full playlist for the show is:-

  • “In The Middle” by Dodie;
  • “Same Love” by Paradise Fears;
  • “Breathe (In The Air) Edit by Pink Floyd;
  • “When He Sees Me” by The Waitress Original Broadway Cast;
  • “Deny” by King Woman;
  • “This Is My Horse (Show Me Yours) by Professor Elemental;
  • “Barcelona” by Ed Sheeran;
  • “The Apprentice” by Gorillaz;
  • “Theme from Midnight Cowboy” by John Barry;
  • “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens;
  • “April in Paris” by Count Basie;
  • “Te Quiero Puta” by Rammstein;
  • “Rain” by Bicep.