Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Nick Luscombe with a Basil Kirchin tribute

Nick Luscombe pays tribute to avant-garde drummer and composer Basil Kirchin, introducing some of his words and selected music from his catalogue. Plus music by fans of Kirchin.

Nick Luscombe pays tribute to avant-garde musical genius, Basil Kirchin by showcasing some of his words and selected gems from his catalogue.

Born in 1927, Basil Kirchin was an elusive and enigmatic pioneer of British music. Originally a drummer inspired by jazz and mambo, his extraordinary musical journey included swing, rock'n'roll, film score, and pop songwriting, before he retreated to Hull, where he created experimental sonic landscapes that still challenge convention, until his death in 2005.

Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story, a celebration of the forgotten genius, takes place at Hull City Hall from 17 until 19 February as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations. On tonight's Late Junction Nick digs out some of his most amazing and overlooked music, and plays clips from a previously unheard interview, recorded by Jonny Trunk a few months before Kirchin's passing.

Plus, hear music by fans of Basil, from Broadcast to Brian Eno, who described his hero as "a founding father of ambient".

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 16 Feb 2017 23:00

Music Played

  • Sex Swing

    Nighttime Worker

    • Sex Swing.
    • Self-released.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Silicon Chip

    • Silicon Chip.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Jana Irmert


    • End Of Absence.
    • Fabrique Records.
  • HAU

    werte .. (feat. Christoph Berg, Henning Schmiedt & Danny Norbury)

    • Underneath - Soundtrack Made For Torse.
    • 10.
  • Alsarah & The Nubatones

    Ya Watan

    • Manara.
    • Wonderwheel Recordings.
    • 8.
  • Carlo Mombelli

    In Between I'll Eat Dark Chocolate

    • Stories.
    • Instinct Africaine.
    • 5.
  • Broadcast


    • Haha Sound.
    • Warp Records.
    • 6.
  • Brian Eno

    Sample music from Reflection app

  • The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band

    Stone Age Mambo

    • Gotta Be This Or That.
    • Vocalion.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Primitive London 5

    • Primitive London.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Part 4 Evolution

    • Worlds Within Worlds.
    • Island Records.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Silicon Sessions 1

    • Silicon Chip.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Basil Kirchin & Danny Shackleton

    Days Work (1)

    • Specifics 14 - The Nature Of Percussion Vol 2.
    • Music House.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Concept Suite 'Secret Conversations Between Instruments'

    • Particles.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Basil Kirchin

    Once Upon A Time (Excerpt)

    • Quantum.
    • Trunk Records.
  • Sean O’Hagan

    Basil Pelynne

    • Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story.
    • Hull City Of Culture 2017.
  • Mica Levi

    RidingThrough Drinking Harpo Dine

    Performer: Eliza McCarthy.
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

    Life On Mars

    • Mars: Original Series Soundtrack.
    • Milan.
  • Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk

    Intervention: Stjerner

    • Passage.
    • Banquet Records.
  • La Qualia

    5am (feat. Toby Jones)

  • Endon

    Just Like Everybody

    • MAMA.
    • Hydra Head.
  • René Costy & Janko Nilović

    Strange Dream

  • Alexis Taylor & Beatrice Dillon

    Crying In The Chapel

    • Listen With(out) Piano.
    • Moshi Moshi.
  • Pillow Person

    On Your Way


  • Thu 16 Feb 2017 23:00

Late Junction – the 10 most genre-defying albums of the year

Late Junction – the 10 most genre-defying albums of the year

As we wave goodbye to 2019 it’s once time to take stock of the year in adventurous music.

Is the synth the ultimate feminist instrument?

Is the synth the ultimate feminist instrument?

Five pioneering women and the technology they made their own...