Music

Now Parlez – Episode 1

Now Parlez artwork

On the occasion of… (checks notes) the 100th anniversary of the first Now That’s What I Call Music album, Off The Chart‘s Steve and Julian pick over the bones of that first album, playing some of the key tracks – … read more

Mixcloud Select: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

October 2018’s Virtual CD is a celebration of all things weird, spooky and ghoulish, from the gothic rock of Bauhaus to the sinister synths of Japan, via the sheer lunacy of The Cramps and Toto Coelo. Eighteen ’80s cuts designed … read more

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music II

Our ongoing alternate universe series of Now albums that never existed carries on with this Virtual Double LP or Cassette. Using the same template as the real world Now albums – two records or cassettes, 7 or 8 tracks per … read more

Mixcloud Select: Long Hot Summer

Virtual CD of the Month: Long Hot Summer

Following the stunning revelation in the Daily Express that summer is now expected to carry on until autumn, August 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month contains nearly 80 minutes of extended 12″ grooves to get you through this long hot … read more

Mixcloud Select: Now That’s What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

Now That's What You Might, Hypothetically, Have Called Music

This Virtual CD is actually a virtual double LP! As part of our celebrations of 100 Now That’s What I Call Music albums, we’ve come up with this hypothetical example of what the first Now of the 1980s might have … read more

Mixcloud Select: House Nation

House Nation

From June 2018, House Nation is a 78 minute continuous mix of House classics from Steve “Silk” Hurley, Bomb The Bass, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk and many more. This and all the other Virtual CDs can be yours when you join … read more

Mixcloud Select: 1hw – 22 Eighties One Hit Wonders

Virtual CD of the Month: 1hw

The obtusely titled 1hw rounds up 22 acts who reached the UK top 40 once and only once, from Men Without Hats and Mental As Anything to Baltimora and Opus. It stands for “1 Hit Wonders”, you see. But of … read more

Mixcloud Select: Muthas Day – 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

Muthas Day: 21 NWOBHM Nuggets

We’ve had Mothers’ Day, now it’s Muthas Day! Yes, after last month’s Sophistipop collection, March 2018’s Virtual CD flings you violently to the other end of the musical spectrum with 21 exponents of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. … read more

Mixcloud Select: Sophistipop

Sophistipop

Get your best designer suit on, slick back your hair and fire up your brand new Compact Disc Player for February 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month! 80 minutes of sophisticated pop from the likes of ABC, Swing Out Sister, … read more

Mixcloud Select: Get Down Shep

Get Down Shep

January 2018’s Virtual CD of the Month Get Down Shep was nothing to do with John Noakes or the Barron Knights; instead it’s a banging selection of Shep Pettibone remixes, taking in all sorts of artists from Elton John to … read more

Mixcloud Select: “You forgot cranberries too?”

You forgot cranberries too?

To introduce our new Mixcloud Select site, we’re reactivating our classic Virtual CD Of The Month feature and reissuing the original virtual CDs that we tried to entice people into backing us on Patreon! From December 2017, You Forgot Cranberries … read more

Mixcloud Select: Euro Vision – 20 Eighties Eurovision Hits

Virtual CD of the Month - Euro Vision

For one night every year, Europe comes together in a celebration of culture, artistic endeavour and good taste. At least, it used to be one night; it goes on for about a month now, but back in the 1980s there … read more