Incoming new release from Lea Lisa

Karakul is the sub-label of London based record shop Phonica that is focused on deeper House from around the globe. The labels roster has included Stockholm’s Omar Santis and the brilliant Al Zanders.


This time Karakul welcomes Lea Lisa to the fold with her latest offering ‘Keys Of Life’ featuring Chicago House legend Glenn Underground. On the ‘Keys Of Life EP’ Lea Lisa showcases here unquestionable talent. The title track is bumping yet soulful. It’s an uplifting piece of classic house but with a  contemporary feel. The remix comes from Chicago luminary and legend Glenn Underground. On his ‘Esoteric Mix’, Glenn takes the track to a more ethereal place, with spacious pads that swirl above a squelching bass line. The ‘Esoteric Dub’ lets things breathe even more, twisting the music and its components into new shapes and forms


London's Patrick Steele joining the UR family

A passionate music collector, Patrick has been playing on the London music scene since the mid 80’s, where he soon gained a reputation of being a diverse selector. He was a member of the original ‘Confunktion’ Soul collective, playing large underground sell-out parties. In more recent times, Patrick has worked alongside others such as Mucho Soul, Slave2theVibe and Makin’ Moves and, as well as running his own night called ‘Bring Your Own Vinyl’ (BYOV), has played at nights such as Jazzfunksoul, Househuntin’, Pret A Ecouter and Mi Casa es Su Casa, to name but a few.

Patrick's debut show airs on Monday 19 April at 7pm BST

Sweden's Lighthouse Collective joining the UR family

Lighthouse is a party collective from Stockholm, Sweden. They started out in 2012 when they got together to do an independent party they felt was missing on the Stockholm club scene at the time. A few months and parties later they rented a loft space just outside the city where they threw parties, arranged dance battles, cooked dhal and had a great time. In the collective different DJ´s have come and gone but three have remained the backbone, they are: Rickard Wihlmer, Julian Wareing and Farsta Kalle. The collective have since moved on to play other independent parties, festivals and club nights mainly in Stockholm but occasionally in other cities too.

Lighthouse Radio broadcasts on 13 April 4 - 6pm BST


Chicago's Cordell Johnson joining the UR family

Cordell has been DJ’ing since 1981 and has taken inspiration from city pioneers like Farley "Funkin" Keith on WBMX, and Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy at the Power Plant, the Music Box & COD's. He went on to create HottWaxx Productions in the mid 80s and has worked with long-time friend Steve 'Silk' Hurley. Cordell is currently providing a movement for dancers and music lovers by encouraging people to take an "Excursion" off the beaten path of music and the usual scene in Chicago.

Simply put... it’s an exploration into the diverse sounds of soulful house music in the Windy City, a sound that’s deeply infused with the rhythms of the Afro-Latino diaspora

Cordell’s first show is Wednesday 14 April 9 - 11pm BST


Wah Wah 45s Dom Servini joining the UR family

Dom is a stalwart of the soulful music scene in London. As co-owner of the Wah Wah 45s record label (this year celebrating its twenty second birthday) and resident DJ at their club and live events, as well as being an internationally respected turntablist, Dom knows not only how to rock a party, but also has the knack for finding an exciting new artist or two. Dom has been responsible for signing Hackney Colliery Band, The Milk, Dele Sosimi, Honeyfeet, Resonators and many more.

Dom's first show broadcasts on Sunday 11 April at 3pm BST.


Cloud5 with Ed Motta

Back for round 2, the Cloud 5 welcome Ed Motta, the Brazilian musician with a big personality and an encyclopaedic mind, for 2 hours of deep discussion exploring the musical inner world of one of Brazil's greats.

The Ed Motta special broadcasts on Sunday 28th March at 4pm BST


Bring down the walls with special guest Mark Grusane

The 2nd instalment of "Bring Down The Walls" music and culture show broadcasts on Sunday 28th March at 7pm BST and features special guest, Chicago's Mark Grusane.

Lerato and Mark discuss how Fingers Inc's Ron Wilson played mentor to Mark.

They also chat about how Mark got signed on Rush Hour Music's affiliate label, and how Mark got to compile 3 compilations on BBE Music + much more.

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Incoming late night techno sessions

Mike Hall aka Wave Funktion is a Bristol based music producer and DJ. As a teen growing up in Liverpool during the late '80s and '90s, the emerging UK rave scene kicked off a lifelong passion for House and Techno. After relocating to Bristol and becoming a serious vinyl addict he began DJing at many underground nights around the city. Dabbling in music production through borrowing friends' studios and synths led to him eventually setting up a small home studio and getting heavily into sound design and electronic music production. Expect everything from deep dub and future drone soundscapes to minimal techno and Detroit bombs. 

Wave Funktion commences his monthly residency on Saturday 27th March at 1am GMT

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Futuristica are celebrating their 15th year with a host of new releases and classic catalogue re-issues. This 2 hour mix from label head Simon S explores their deep musical legacy exclusively for Universal Rhythms.

Music 4 Alternative Souls

Futuristica Radio broadcasts on Sunday 28th March at 2pm BST

15 years of Futuristica

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Siofra McComb joining the UR family

Having moved from Rotterdam to London to Berlin and back to London, Siofra McComb has expanded her music collection in the best of record stores and graced the decks of some of the cities' finest establishments. With a strong jazz sensibility she selects her tunes with care and consideration, with a penchant for the smooth, the sultry and above all the spiritual uplift of solid sounds.

"It's So Different Here" broadcasts on Wednesday17th March at 4pm GMT