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This week

The Gaslamp Killer

A banner 20th series of Later... with Jools Holland kicked off on Tuesday 25 Sept with live performances from The xx, Public Image Limited, Muse, The Beach Boys and Natalie Duncan. Pretty wild when you remember that they're all actually in the same room at the same time, a short walk from Shepherd's Bush Green in London. An extended (non-live) version of the show airs tonight, 28 Sept at 11pm BST.

Benji B's hard-to-classify late-night Thursday show brought back the 3am request line this week, which resulted in Omar S being mixed into Erykah Badu, Teedra Moses and Gang Starr. The previous week, underground LA hip hop DJ The Gaslamp Killer was in the studio for a chat and a guest mix. The show's expired, but you can still hear the interview and the mix.

Staying with hip hop, 1Xtra rap don Charlie Sloth took to the road in search of British rap beyond London's borders. He found it, and then some. This is a new kind of 1Xtra Story that you can watch - yes, it's a video. From a radio station. How about that? It's called Rap Britannia and you can watch it for the next three weeks or so.

Coming up

Ben Watt

You've got another chance to hear left-field pop impresario Ben Watt (also known as one half of Everything But the Girl) on Saturday 29 Sept at midnight (OK, OK technically it's Sunday, we know) when his sinuous collage of deep house, rock and soul gets a rewind in full on The 6 Mix.

Guitar Heroes at the BBC concludes in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, 29 Sept., with Part 6, documenting some standout performances at the BBC from the 1970s. Highlights include the yodel-rock of Dutch proggers Focus, the brilliant traditional picker Ralph McTell, and some classic riffage from Pete Townshend as well as The Faces.

Out next week

They hit the shelves next week but we've already got reviews of brand new albums from Beth Orton, Betty LaVette, Carl Nielsen, DJ Fresh, Faces, Flying Lotus, Hidden Orchestra, John Coltrane, Lower Than Atlantis, Moon Duo, Quicksand, Tim Burgess and Wintersleep.


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