BBC News presenter Ros Atkins puts together epic drum n’ bass mix for Radio 6 Music

A BBC World News presenter has submitted a drum n’ bass mix to Radio 6 Music, for the station’s Desert Island Disco day after it was revealed that he used to be a DJ.

Ros Atkins, who’s been dubbed the BBC’s “Explainer-in-chief” thanks to his viral current affairs explainer videos, formerly put on his own nights in Brixton, London and DJ’d in as far flung places including South Africa before his career in broadcast journalism.

After reading a recent interview with Atkins by The Guardian, BBC Radio 6 Music producers got in touch with him to see if he’d like to do a drum n’ bass mix for their upcoming all-day Desert Island Disco day, which aired yesterday (January 17).

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Atkins put together a playlist including ’90s tunes by DJ Hype & Ganja Max and Shimon and Andy C.

“To the 19-year-old who avidly collected all the latest mix cassettes and recorded tracks off
@BBCR1, the idea I’d do a mix on the BBC would have been incomprehensible. I’m very touched to have been asked,” Atkins wrote on Twitter.

“So here you go. My Desert Island Disco mix for @BBC6Music. Starting off back in the 90s and working my way through to right now. I hope you enjoy it – I’ve been totally taken aback by the reaction. I’m not so secretly hoping they might have me back.”

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Atkins’ tracklist:

01. DJ Hype & Ganja Max (ft. MC Fats & DJ Daddy) – ‘Rinse Out’
02. Dred Bass Dead Bass ‘(Origin Unknown remix)’
03. Shimon and Andy C – ‘Night Flight (original)’
04. Cold fresh Air – ‘Higher Sense (Cyantific remix)’
05. LTJ Bukem – ‘Atlantis (DJ Marky remix)’
06. D.Kay and DJ Lee – ‘Wax’d VIP (D Kay remix)’
07. Calibre – ‘Mr Maverick’
08. Koffee – ‘Toast (Clipz bootleg)’

Monday’s special on BBC Radio 6 Music started with with Lauren Laverne (7.30am-10.30am) and ran through to Steve Lamacq (4pm-7pm), featuring an escape themed playlist or guest mix from a different artist every 30 minutes.

You can now listen back to Atkins’ mix, as well as other mixes, via BBC Sounds.

Atkins, who presents the Outside Source programme on BBC World News, has seen many of his explainer videos get extra reach when shared across social media.

Most recently, one of Atkins’ recent lowdown clips on the Downing Street parties (see above) has been watched nearly six million times on Twitter.

In other BBC news, the corporation’s director general Tim Davie has said that the government’s freezing of TV licence fees will cost the broadcaster £285million.

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Robbie Williams says he’ll “hopefully” head out on tour in 2022

Robbie Williams is hoping to head back out on the road later this year.

The former Take That singer’s 11th solo album, ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’, arrived in 2016. It was followed by his 2019 festive record ‘The Christmas Present’, which featured guest appearances from Jamie Cullum, Rod Stewart and more.

Williams’ residency at Las Vegas’ Encore Theater was cut short in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with his last UK date taking place in London in December 2019 (via Setlist.FM).

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During a recent interview, the ‘Rock DJ’ artist said: “Hopefully I’m going to go on tour at the end of this year. But you see how this year has gone (via Music-News.com).”

Referring to the ongoing impact of COVID restrictions on the music industry, he explained: “I think every summer we’re going to think it’s over and then every winter it’s going to come back.

“Every time I’ve had a guess that this is going to be over, I’ve been completely wrong.”

Robbie Williams performs live. CREDIT: Getty

Williams continued: “It’s terrifying for many, many reasons but personally and selfishly I haven’t been able to gig, I haven’t been able to do a tour.”

Elsewhere, a source told The Sun‘s ‘Bizarre’ column: “Robbie’s dream of getting back out on the road is something he wants to make a reality.

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“This year could be tough, but knowing Robbie, anything is possible.”

Williams will return for a gig at Vale Park Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent in June. He’s due to play another outdoor concert in Munich, Germany this August. The latter date will be one of the soloist’s biggest shows to date.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has made the claim that he was the target of a hitman at the height of his career.

Looking back on a time he was “ridiculously famous”, he explained: “I’ve never, ever said this, but I had a contract put on me to kill me. I’ve never said that publicly before. It went away. I have friends. That stuff is the unseen stuff that happens when you become famous.”

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Watch Robert Glasper’s powerful performance of ‘In Tune’ and ‘Black Superhero’

Robert Glasper delivered an all-star performance of ‘Black Superhero’ on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – watch below.

The Grammy Award-winning musician appeared as the musical guest on the NBC chat show in support of his upcoming album ‘Black Radio III’, which is set for release on February 25 via Loma Vista.

Poet Amir Sulaiman appeared alongside Glasper for a powerful live airing of the record’s spoken-word prelude, ‘In Tune’, before Rapsody, BJ The Chicago Kid and DJ Jazzy Jeff took to the stage to contribute to ‘Black Superhero’.

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As Rolling Stone notes, the special set was put together to mark Martin Luther King Day in the US yesterday (January 17).

You can watch the full appearance below:

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Sharing ‘In Tune’ on Twitter ahead of the Fallon performance, Glasper wrote: “Martin Luther King wasn’t just the conductor of the black civil rights movement he created a model that other movements across the world replicated.

“He’s one of our superheroes because he showed us what’s possible when we stand united…when we’re in tune.”

The 13-track ‘Black Radio III’ follows on from 2012’s ‘Black Radio’ and 2013’s ‘Black Radio II’. It was first previewed back in 2020 with ‘Better Than I Imagined’ featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello.

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Elsewhere on the album are collaborations with the likes of Q-TipJennifer HudsonYebbaCommonTy Dolla $ignEsperanza Spalding and Ant Clemons. The studio version of ‘Black Superhero’, meanwhile, features Killer MikeBJ The Chicago Kid and Big K.R.I.T..

Robert Glasper’s most recent studio album, ‘Fuck Yo Feelings’, arrived in 2019.

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Cassetteboy take aim at Boris Johnson in ‘Rage Against The Party Machine’ skit

Cassetteboy have released a new parody video in which they once again take aim at Prime Minister Boris Johnson – check it out below.

For their latest release, the satirical duo repurposed Rage Against The Machine‘s 1991 protest anthem ‘Killing In The Name’ in response to recent allegations that Downing Street hosted various parties during lockdown.

The clip begins with the PM asking the British public to “limit contact with other people” during a coronavirus press conference. “Now you do what I tell you,” Johnson adds over an instrumental of the classic Rage single.

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As you comply, I socialise/ With cheese and wine, and forty guys/ From ‘Next slide please’ to wine and cheese/ The rules you see, don’t apply to me,” Johnson says in the style of the original track. “And if I get caught, I won’t repent/ I’ll lie and say it was a work event.”

You can watch the ‘Rage Against The Party Machine’ skit here:

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Taking to Twitter this morning (January 18), Cassetteboy wrote: “Our sweary new video has had half a million views in less than 24 hours (combined across Twitter and YouTube)! Looks like a lot of people aren’t in the mood to forgive or forget.”

They also tagged Boris Johnson and the Conservatives’ official Twitter accounts. In a separate tweet, the group said: “Really hoping this is the last Boris Johnson video we ever have to make…”.

You can see those posts below.

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Pressure continues to mount for the PM, with many calling for him to resign over the parties scandal.

An inquiry led by senior civil servant Sue Gray will “establish swiftly a general understanding of the nature of the gatherings, including attendance, the setting and the purpose, with reference to adherence to the guidance in place at the time”, according to the Cabinet Office (via Sky News).

Last month saw Cassetteboy release their own take on The Kuntz’ ‘Boris Johnson Is STILL A Fucking C**t’, the original of which landed at Number Five in 2021’s Christmas chart.

Back in October, the duo shared a video of re-arranged quotes by the Prime Minister set against Jay-Z‘s 2004 hit ‘99 Problems’. That clip highlighted various issues such as the petrol and supply chain crisis, Brexit and the ongoing COVID crisis.

Cassetteboy, who describe their process as “mixing pop hits with people off the telly”, are known for their reworkings of classic songs mixed with quotes from public figures.

Previous targets have included former US President Donald Trump, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Die Hard‘s status as a Christmas film.

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Tindersticks announce 30th anniversary compilation ‘Past Imperfect’

Tindersticks have announced a new 30th anniversary compilation, ‘Past Imperfect: The Best of Tindersticks ’92-’21’.

The Nottingham band, whose latest album ‘Distractions’ came out in 2021, will release the 20-track collection on March 25 via City Slang. It’ll comprise material from across the group’s three-decade career.

Previewing the record, Tindersticks have shared a previously unreleased song called ‘Both Sides Of The Blade’, which frontman Stuart Staples wrote for Claire Denis’ upcoming film Avec amour et acharnament.

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The stirring track arrives with a black-and-white official video starring Suzanne Osborne. Directed by Staples, the clip serves as the singer’s “own visual take on the song (with a lot of help from his friends!)”.

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You can pre-order/pre-save ‘Past Imperfect: The Best of Tindersticks ’92-’21’ from here.

Speaking of the band’s 30th anniversary, Staples explained: “One of the greatest things I feel in approaching this milestone, is that all of the mistakes we’ve made are our mistakes. If there’s something wrong, there’s something wrong because we decided in the moment that this is what we should be and we physically made it that way.

“I’m kind of proud of that. We’re still here, we’re still connected, we’re still pushing and it’s been totally on our own terms. I can’t really think of many other bands that are in that situation.”

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‘Past Imperfect’ also features an unreleased version of ‘Her’ as well as the songs ‘My Sister’, ‘Can We Start Again?’, ‘Willow’ and ‘Both Sides Of The Blade’. You can see the full tracklist below.

01 ‘City Sickness’
02 ‘Her (’92)’ (Unreleased Version)
03 ‘Tiny Tears’
04 ‘Travelling Light’ (Single Version)
05 ‘My Sister’
06 ‘Rented Rooms’
07 ‘Can We Start Again?’
08 ‘Dying Slowly’
09 ‘Sometimes It Hurts’
10 ‘My Oblivion’
11 ‘Harmony Around My Table’
12 ‘Show Me Everything’
13 ‘This Fire Of Autumn’
14 ‘Medicine’
15 ‘What Are You Fighting For?’
16 ‘How He Entered’
17 ‘Were We Once Lovers?’
18 ‘Willow (New)’
19 ‘Pink In The Daylight’
20 ‘Both Sides Of The Blade’

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