shadowplayboys ShadowPlay is a London-based fanzine dogsbodied by Alex Lawson. This site hosts ShadowPlay podcasts including Desert Isolation Discs and the archive of Shoreditch Radio show, The Anoraks.

March 24, 2014  

Mr James Lambert tells me the eight songs he'd save from the wreckage if stranded in the desert after a freak extreme air ironing accident. 

A sports and music fanatic and one half of Sheffield's finest radio duo, the ShadowPlayboys, Lambert lets us into his world to talk attitudes to punk music and the glory of Sheffield and Nottingham.

February 11, 2014  
It is an absolute pleasure to welcome a very special guest to Desert Isolation Discs… my mother! Part of the reason I began recording these missives was as an excuse to quiz mum on her choices. She is an avid listener to a certain similar show and has also hosted DiD parties. 

Here, Heather tells us which eight songs she couldn't do without when stranded in a desert and talks about her life, family and founding her own successful business, Hellish Designs. More details and full songs here -
September 9, 2013  

Anoraks Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson discuss the beauty of the tape ahead of Cassette Store Day. Alex explains why a handmade cover and a curated collection of songs can make a couple of magnetic reels in a plastic case come to life and why tapes may be making a comeback. For a blog on Cassette Store Day, visit

December 4, 2012  

Anoraks Tom Bonnett, Alex Burnard and Alex Lawson get the microphones sizzling with a festive special for Shoreditch Radio. The musical fanatics pump out a stocking with no filler in sight including an exclusive interview with Daddy Ad and Earl Gateshead of Trojan Sound System, the men who bring the Trojan Records reggae sound to clubs around the world. Some top tunes from 2012, the silliest stories of the year and a catch-up with adventuring Anorak Cyril are tied up in a bow by Sidiki, Cat Power and African Head Charge in what is obligatorily described as a Christmas cracker.

October 21, 2011  

The Anoraks put listeners out of their misery by revealing the winners of the British cheese awards, discussing the bizarre sport of horse boarding and pondering what David Attenborough keeps in his pockets. The eclectic musical nerds discuss the benefits of putting music online for free with the launch of new service Moozar and paw over the life and times of LaVern Baker, the next entrant into the Dead Good hall of fame. Elsewhere music from Kavinsky, Tom Waits, Stan Johnson & The Blue Chips, Samoyed , Jonti and Bullwackies Allstars create a show more jam packed than a Brummie's suitcase on a two week holiday to Crete. Tweet us @anorakssdr

October 20, 2011  

The Anoraks return with less guile and more gusto than ever before as Alex Lawson and Alex Burnard host an Alex-packed show. The gagoul-clad DJs chair deep discussions into how to approach a school disco, how do dodge a lie in Real Fake featuring Scotch on the Socks star Omar Gawd and where Cyril has got to in plotting his musical map of the world. Elsewhere Thundercat, Rodney P, Smog and A Winged Victory for the Sullen wow with some rather splendid tunes. Check and @anorakssdr

September 28, 2011  

Anoraks Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson meet experimental Ninja Tune artists Grasscut in a special edition of the fortnightly Shoreditch Radio show. Grasscut's Marcus O'Dair and Andrew Phillips discuss the south London label's progression, their involvement in it and playing live across Europe. The show features some brand new and unreleased material from Ninja Tune as well as classics from the likes of Bonobo, Jaga Jazzist, Roots Manuva and Mr Scruff. As ever, the usual mix of in-depth musical mutterings and salacious silliness ensues.

September 5, 2011  

The Anorak's cope with a week without Tom Bonnett by replacing him with the very lovely indie pop star and ShadowPlay agony aunt Piney Gir. Piney tells Alex Lawson and Alex Burnard about her new album, school uniformed recording playing ladies and answers listeners' agony aunt questions. She also picks some great new music, plays along in our usual brainteaser Real Fake and enjoys our look back at The Clash legend Joe Stummer in Dead Good. Great music elsewhere comes from Nouvelle Vague, Keith & Ken and Of Montreal.

August 26, 2011  

This time out The Anoraks take you on a car journey with silly games (Alphabeat), scenes from afar (with our Adventuring Anorak Cyril) and music to make you bellow (with Horse Meat Disco’s Wham remix). We’ll be discussing DJ Shadow’s latest charitable act stashing his new release in unlikely place and chowing down on the career of one of music’s greatest innovators, Raymond Scott.

August 11, 2011  

The nerDJs hone in on voodoo in this edition of Shoreditch Radio's more incisive and, more importantly, fun music show. Tom Bonnett, Alex Burnard and Alex Lawson chew the fat on new app which allows you to make an radio station from your smartphone and we find out where Cyril's arrive while charting our musical map of the world. Mr Bonnett also takes a trip into the world of voodoo for a special on the phenomenon and the traditional, rhythmic music that accompanies it. Charles Bradley, Buck 65, Laurel Halo and Ides also feature in a packed show.

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