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UKNY for August 1

Forest bluebells in England (photo by Greg Krycinski for Pixabay)

Forest bluebells in England (photo by Greg Krycinski for Pixabay)

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This year has been unspeakably difficult for all of us, no matter what your circumstances. Some have been hit personally by Covid-19, others have watched a life's work vanish, with no clear path forward. The myriad ways in which the pandemic has affected the world—emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, financially—is unfathomable, but it also has altered our perception of who we are and what matters most.

Like many of you, I've found some small refuge in music as my as escape (and given the popularity of FUV's "Stress-Free Soundtrack," compiled by all of our DJs, you agree). And tonight's "UKNY" walks through an imaginary bliss of bluebells and sunlight, with some of my favorite songs of beauty, comfort, and euphoria from Massive Attack, Jon Hopkins and Kelly Lee Owens, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Lianne La Havas, Underworld, Bill Ryder-Jones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and more.

Also, remembering one of Manchester's great vocalists, Denise Johnson, who passed away on July 27. Her mighty voice lent a thrill to songs by Primal Scream, New Order, A Certain Ratio, 808 State, Electronic, and many others.

That's tonight on "UKNY," 11pm-midnight Saturdays on 90.7 and streaming at WFUV.org, also available after broadcast in the Weekend Archives.