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#Yoda6music - help DJ Yoda pick the 6 Music playlist

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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 13:15 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2012

DJ Yoda on Now Playing @6Music this Sunday


 In a scene full of big personalities, DJ Yoda is one of the biggest. Hip hop DJ and turntablist extraordinaire, Yoda has been chopping, screwing, cutting and gluing since the nineties, creating sonic odysseys unlike anything else. This Sunday he takes over Now Playing @6Music for a unique two hours of radio...but he needs your help.


 Yoda has picked six songs to kick the show off, but after that it's up to you to turn selector and rifle through the virtual crates, offering track suggestions that you'd like him to play out. Need some inspiration? Here's what the man himself had to say about his tastes and dispositions:



"The music I grew up on was definitely hip-hop and pop. There was a lot of sampling and scratching going on in this period of music, so I guess that's what inspired me to start DJing. Throughout the 90s I pretty much listened to nothing but rap music, but around 2000 (when hip-hop started a bad period for me) I started listening to, and playing out, more clubbier stuff. Not really so much house music; more like jungle, dancehall, whatever. I think in the last few years hip-hop has got really good again. People like Action Bronson, who is on my album, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West is always inspiring."



If that doesn't get your mind whirring, how about these?

 * Other legendary turntablists, like Beat Junkies, DJ Shadow, DJ Krush or Kid Koala

* Acts who have appeared on DJ Yoda's releases, like The Pharcyde, Kid Creole or Scoobius Pip

 * Artists sampled by DJ Yoda, such as Billie Holiday, George Formby, Hall & Oates, and far too many more to mention

* New hip hop acts that you think are the future of the genre, like Azealia Banks, ASAP Rocky and Angel Haze.


When it comes down to it though, the playlist is yours -  and DJ Yoda's - hands, so let us know what you think he should play.  Leave your suggestions below, post them on our Facebook Page, tweet them to us and Yoda using #yoda6music, email us or add suggestions to our collaborative Spotify playlist. And remenber, if you're a DJ Yoda fan tune in  1800 GMT on Sunday.  


#prince6music - choose the ultimate Prince Playlist

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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 12:30 UK time, Friday, 26 October 2012



It's not often you hear new material from Prince, so when he debuted a brand new song  - 'Rock N Roll Love Affair'  - on US TV this week it's no wonder it was met with howls of delight online.


The song - performed for chat show host Jimmy Kimmel - also marks the first time that the Purple one  has ever allowed a performance to be uploaded to YouTube, a big shift from his previous stance on the subject.


To mark his return, we thought what better idea than to ask you to create the ultimate Prince inspired playlist on BBC 6 Music? It could be:


*His influences, from Sly & The Family Stone to Parliamant via Hendrix, Duke Ellington & Curtis Mayfield. 

*Influencees - perhaps Outkast, Lenny Kravitz or Pharrell Williams?

*Collaborators - maybe you'd like to hear the Bangles, Chaka Khan or even Wendy & Lisa?

*Your favourite Prince tracks, rarities and B-sides


It's up to you - to get involved leave your suggestions below, post them on our Facebook page, tweet them to us using #prince6music, email us or add suggestions to our collaborative Spotify playlist. And remenber, if you're a Prince fan we'll be turning 6 Music purple from 1800 GMT on Sunday.  

#Jets6Music - help the Mystery Jets pick the 6 Music playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 08:57 UK time, Thursday, 18 October 2012



Seven years and four albums into a career that has seen them become one of the key players in modern British indie, Mystery Jets are back home during a brief break in an exhaustive world tour, and we are delighted to be able to invite them to take over Now Playing this Sunday.

They’ll be picking some of the music they love, but more importantly they need you to jog their memories with old favourites and pique their interest with future big-hitters that they can play on air. The Twickenham band - initially called The Misery Jets until frontman Blaine Harrison mis-wrote the name on a drum skin - have a rich back catalogue of their own music, plus a smattering of collaborations and a heap of influences that you could pick from.

You could go for:
* People they’ve worked with, like Laura Marling, Count & Sinden or Erol Alkan
* Influences like Hall & Oates, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and their favourite: Syd Barrett, for whom the band put on a tribute gig with Kate Nash, Kid Harpoon and Drew from Babyshambles
* The bands and artists that emerged alongside them just after the turn of the millennium, like Bloc Party, Jamie T, Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs
* Acts they've toured with, like Micachu & The Shapes, Golden Silvers, Is Tropical and Peace
* Other bands on their label Rough Trade, like Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, Julian Casablancas or Scritti Politti

At the end of the day though, it's up to you and the Mystery Jets, so let them know what you think they should play by leaving a comment on this blog, commenting on our Facebook page, Tweeting us using #Jets6Music, sending us an email or adding a track to our collaborative Spotify playlist.

#Velvet6Music - Help pick the Ultimate Velvet Underground Playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 10 October 2012


The legendary and hugely influential Lou Reed is coming to BBC 6 Music this autumn, with a series of 12 eclectic programmes called Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle – and to celebrate the latest arrival to the 6 Music DJ roster we thought why not have a whole Now Playing dedicated to his music.

His shows kick off on October 14, and as well as our show, they’ll be loads of other Lou Reed and Velvet Underground related content such as The First Time with John Cale, an interview with Lou on 6 Music News and a very special 6 Music video interpretation of Perfect Day.

What could you add to the Ultimate Velvet Underground Playlist?
* Classic Velvet songs, album tracks and B-sides
* People they’ve inspired from David Bowie to Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pixies, Roxy Music and Pavement
* Other iconic New York artists who could include The Dolls, Patti Smith, CBGBs, The Strokes or Blondie
* Solo work by Lou Reed or John Cale and perhaps their various collaborations with Gorillaz, Antony and the Johnsons, Brian Eno and so on

It’s really all down to you.

So let us know what you want Jon Hillcock – who will be in the chair as Tom is away – what you fancy by leaving a comment on this blog or our Facebook page, Tweet us using #Velvet6Music, send us an e-mail or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify Playlist.

And if you want to know what to expect when Lou Reed hit's the airwaves this weekend - here's a clip of him talking about James Blake.

#Sheffield6Music - help Heaven 17 pick the Now Playing playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:36 UK time, Thursday, 4 October 2012


As part of 6 Music’s huge celebration of everything Sheffield this Sunday, Now Playing are delighted to be able to call on Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 to take over the show with your help.

This Sunday between 6-8pm the pair want you to help them pick all the music for the show in real time via Twitter. it could be your favourite tracks they’ve been involved with, their contemporaries, other Sheffield artists, people who inspired them or modern acts who wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for Martyn and Glenn.

So perhaps you could go for:
* Some of their contemporaries like Ultravox, Depeche Mode or Gary Numan
* Their influences could range from Pink Floyd to Kraftwerk via Frank Zappa and Wendy Carlos
* Other Sheffield synth pioneers including the Human League, I-Monster or LFO?
* Modern equivalents you might want to pick could be Delphic. Alt-J, Everything Everything

This is part of a whole day of Sheffield programming on the station which includes Jarvis’ Sunday Service shining a light at his home town, Nemone will be joined by Toddla T, Richard Hawley joins Cerys and Matt Everitt chats to Martin Fry in The First Time.

These are just some ideas – the power is actually in your hands so we want your suggestions with your reasons ahead of Sunday’s show which you can send us by leaving a comment on this blog, commenting on our Facebook page, Tweeting us using #Sheffield6Music, sending us an email or adding a track to our collaborative Spotify playlist.

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