Digging The Underground with Raphaela & Lola

Digging The Underground

Friday at 20:00GMT

Heya, it's Lola and Raph! We’re two music lovers who have sadly come to university in the height of a pandemic. Clubs? Live music? Well, that is nothing more than a distant memory, and so we have set out to fill an electronic music shaped hole in our hearts. In Digging The Underground, we’re bringing you a chatty, light space where you can explore new techno, house, and garage music. We want to reach out to your favourite Edinburgh haunts and collate their most loved tracks to play on our show so you can indulge in a bit of nostalgia as we wait until we can listen to them all together again. Each week, expect to listen to our favourite new releases and interviews with some of the best artists and DJs from the underground scene; including Mungo's Hi-Fi, Subculture Sage, and Earth Boys. We know electronic music can become an intimidating swamp of so many niche genres, and we want to turn away from that and create a lighthearted space where you can tune in to have a boogie with your flatmates, discover new music and reminisce with the old, and get to know more about your favourite DJs. Most importantly, we wanna get you moving and grooving, so tune in at 8-9pm every Friday for your weekly dose of funky tunes!

Episode 5 - Digging with Jake Walker: Discussing Movement, Music & Mixing

This week we catch up with Jake Walker - a multidisciplinary artist and student at Τhe Slade art school in London. He makes electronic music using code and algorithms (its called ‘Algorave’ - we didn’t know it was a thing either), to create an original sound inspired by his love of footwork music which is littered with samples that he records himself. We discuss how his art practice extends into his love of partying through his video work that is shown in clubs. Visuals have the power to both complement and enhance the music around you and provide a physical depiction of the sounds coursing around the sweaty dance floor. Jake has used his environment to create songs that mimic his world, from the branches swaying in the wind and to the hundreds of feet in simultaneous motion at a summer rave. Ηe views all his outlets of creativity, from art, to music, to dance, as intertwined and affecting of each other. The interview provides more context to what inspires the choice of tracks included in the mix follows - a mix that’s ‘cosmic butter’ according to Raph. This is not an episode to be missed and we hope you love it as much as we do! Check out our Instagram @diggingtheunderground to follow along to this episode with photos of the artwork and videos that Jake mentions and as per usual the link to the Spotify playlist for this episode (including the rest of Jake's favourite songs!) can be found in the link in our bio :)

Episode 4 - Digging with Mungo’s Hi Fi: Scotland’s Biggest Sound System

In episode 4, we bring you a track by Sunship and a breakdown of Madlib’s album ‘Sound Ancestors’ (because Lola won’t stop talking about it). Get to know more about Mungo’s Hi Fi - one of Glasgow’s biggest reggae/dub groups, as we chat to one of its founders Douglas Paine. He shares stories about how the sound system first got going and how they continue to be successful 20 years on.

Episode 3 - Digging with Zaltsman: Guest Mix

Join us this week as we reminisce on our pre 'rona lives and share our favourite clubbing destinations, as well as revealing what the playlist of our lives so far would be called. In this episode we have a guest mix from DJ Zaltsman, who was playing at the last ever event we went to at The Cause (we miss you Tier 2!xxx). So make sure to tune in this Friday to hear his amazing mix that will guarantee you some Friday night happiness! @Zaltsmandj

Episode 2 - Digging with Subculture Sage: A Chat with the Best in Experimental Hip-Hop

This week we bring you an interview with Subculture Sage; a British duo who are the frontrunners of experimental UK hip-hop. In light of their new releases 'I am the Ghost' and 'Hackers', it is great to catch up with them and talk about their inspiration, how they made music in lockdown, and their favourite memories from gigs. So make sure to tune in to learn more about this duo whilst also grooving to a selection of their songs!

Episode 1 - Digging from Detroit to London: How Techno and Garage Came About

Welcome to the first episode of Digging the Underground! We kick things off by taking you on a tour from the clubs which created techno in Detroit in the 80s before seeing how techno music reunited the East and West after the wall came down in Berlin. Then we go back across the pond to see how speed garage and 2-step were born in pirate radio stations and small north London clubs...