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UKNY For April 21

Callum Easter (photo courtesy of Lost Map Records, PR)

Callum Easter (photo courtesy of Lost Map Records, PR)


Edinburgh singer and songwriter Callum Easter has a fascinating background: a one-time professional footballer who didn't learn to play the piano until he was 21. He moonlights as a touring member of Young Fathers, and his excellent debut album, Here or Nowhere, released via Lost Map Records, is as eclectic and surprising as his CV. On tonight's UKNY at 11, a track from Easter on Easter.

Spring is also rising via vintage songs from XTC and Weekend, plus the return of Neil Hannon's The Divine Comedy. Bibio is back with a new album, called Ribbons, and we'll hear an exquisite, edgy collaboration between London producer and composer Ben Hayes and Camden-born saxophonist Nubya Garcia.

And in the waning minutes of Robert Smith's 60th birthday, something doleful but delightful from the Cure.

Can't listen late on Sunday night? Catch up to UKNY at any time on demand in the Weekend Archives.

Songs played:

1. XTC, “Easter Theatre,” Apple Venus Volume I
2. Weekend, “Leaves of Spring,” La Varieté
3. Minnie Riperton, “Les Fleurs,” Come to My Garden
4. Stealing Sheep, “Why Haven’t I,” Big Wows
5. The Divine Comedy, “Queuejumper,” Office Politics
6. Callum Easter, “Only Sun,” Here or Nowhere
7. Islet, “Clouds,” single
8. Bibio, “Old Graffiti,” Ribbons
9. Little Simz feat. Cleo Sol, “Selfish,” GREY Area
10. Ben Hayes feat. Nubya Garcia, “Ready Yet,” See Sun EP
11. Grasscourt, “See You Again,” Connect Part I EP
12. Aldous Harding, “Fixture Picture,” Designer
13. The Cure, “Prayers for Rain,” Disintegration
14. Frantic Elevators, “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” single