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Nick Luscombe with Björk

Idiosyncratic Icelandic icon Björk reveals the music that has been inspiring her work and outlook lately, ahead of the release of new album Utopia.

Rock royalty in the house. Idiosyncratic Icelandic icon Björk joins Nick to discuss her recently released new album Utopia, and to reveal the music that has been inspiring her work and outlook lately.

Björk's groundbreaking career has encompassed child stardom, chart success as a bandleader and solo artist, political activism, award-winning acting, and musical collaborations with Tricky, Thom Yorke, and Timbaland, among many others. Now well into the fifth decade of her public life, she shows no signs of slowing down. Her latest record is a blueprint for utopia inspired by current political upheavals, environmentalism, and the search for love.

The week-long Russian theme on Late Junction also continues with dark ambient sounds from the late Staruha Mha, and improvised electronic experiments from Sergey Kostyrko and Alexey Borisov.

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Meredith Monk

    Gotham Lullaby

    Singer: Björk. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Monk Mix: Remixes & Interpretations Of Music By Meredith Monk.
    • The House Foundation For The Arts.
  • Antwood

    ICU

    • Sponsored Content.
    • Planet Mu ‎.
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky

    Transposition

    • Sounds Of New Music.
    • Folkways Records.
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky

    Sonic Contours

    • Sounds Of New Music.
    • Folkways Records.
  • Vivien Goldman

    Launderette

    • Resolutionary.
    • Staubgold.
  • Sparkle in Grey

    Grey Riot (feat. Yan Jun)

    • Brahim Izdag.
    • Old Bicycle Records.
  • Yan Jun

    Telegraph Building Clock

    • Favourite Beijing Sounds.
    • Kwanyin Records.
  • Lukid

    The Yips

    • Twisted Blood.
    • Glum.
  • Björk

    The Gate

    • Utopia.
    • One Little Indian.
  • Arca

    Broke Up

    • Stretch 2.
    • UNO NYC.
  • serpentwithfeet

    four ethers

    • blisters.
    • Tri Angle.
  • Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson

    Heyr Himna Smiður

    Choir: The Hamrahlid Choir.
    • Ljós Og Hljómar – Hamrahliðarkórinn Syngur Jólalög.
    • Trygg Recordings.
  • Virginia Wing & Xam Duo

    Person To Person

    • Tomorrow’s Gift.
    • Fire.
  • Jason Grier

    3

    • Demonstration Disc.
    • HEM.
  • Martin Kohlstedt

    JIN

    • Strom.
    • Edition Kohlstedt.
  • Sum of R

    Light And Dust

    • Orga.
    • Cyclic Law.
  • Mal Waldron

    Hilary

    • Modality.
    • Impulse!.
  • Louis Cole

    Bank Account

  • Glintshake

    Shadows

    • ОЭЩ МАГЗИУ.
  • Anne Briggs

    Martinmas Time

    • The Bird In The Bush (Traditional Erotic Songs).
    • Topic Records.
  • Björk & Evelyn Glennie

    Oxygen

    • Audiobiography.
    • Self-released.

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