Basiks - Live on GLR

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Basiks was the name of a radio program hosted by James Lavelle in 1996-1997, though the exact dates are unknown. Only three recordings of shows are known to exist, and it is unclear how long the show lasted. Basiks was also the name of a club night hosted by James Lavelle in 1996. GLR was the predecessor to BBC London Radio.[1]

Country of originEngland
Home stationGLR
Hosted byJames Lavelle

A recording of a show from 1997 was uploaded to the internet by fans in 2017, with Lavelle stating at the start of the show that it is the first show of 1997. He plays two mixes, and then ends by playing the James Lavelle & Mo'Wax Crew ‎"60 Min's Of Mo'Wax Shit" mix which was created by the Psychonauts.[2]

In April 2020 James Lavelle posted a recording of the November 9 1996 show with the following description:

"After years of digging through my archive, I'm really pleased to have finally found a cassette recording of BASIKS, my first radio show on London's GLR (Greater London Radio). This was one of a few shows that aired, recorded on 9th November 1996, it's a great insight to the records that I was playing at the height of Mo' Wax, and clubs like That's How It Is and Dusted. Apologies for the quality near the end, but it's taken from a 24 year old cassette!"[3]

Note, about 6 minutes in to the recording Lavelle mentions he played Mad Professor before Jungle Brothers which suggests this recording is incomplete.


9 November 1996


  1. Jungle Brothers - The Jungle, The Brothers
  2. Eric B. & Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique (Original Version)
  3. DJ Phantom - B Boy Medley
  4. Beastie Boys - And What You Give Is What You Get
  5. DJ Shadow - Organ Donor Extended Overhaul
  6. Liquid Liquid - New Walk
  7. Can - Vitamin C (UNKLE MIX)
  8. James Asher - Heavy Train
  9. Oasis - Wonderwall (remix)
  10. Lamb - Gorecki
  11. Motorbass - Les Ondes
  12.  ?
  13. Carl Craig - Bug In The Bass Bin (claude young remix) ?
  14. Indo Aminata - Love Will Be On Your Side (Dillinja Drum & Bass Remix)
  15.  ?
  16. Nasty Habits ‎– Shadow Boxing
  17. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
  18. Broadcast - accidentals

21 December 1996[4]



?? ?? 1997


James Lavelle Mix - Part One

  1. State Of Bengal - Flight IC408
  2. Star Wars Samples (Chewbacca mowing, Emperor devilish laughing, shouting bolts...)
  3. John Williams - Imperial March
  4. James Lavelle introduces the show
  5. DJ Shadow - Stem (Cops 'N' Robbers)
  6. Jean-Jacques Perrey - E.V.A.
  7. Beck - Where It's At
  8. AIR - Casanova 70 (The Secret Of Cool)
  9. Dr. Octagon - Blue Flowers
  10. DJ Ta-Shi - Turntable Technician
  11. De La Soul - The Bizness
  12. Placebo - Humpty Dumpty
  13. DJ Shadow - Why Hip Hop Sucks In '96 (excerpt)
  14. DJ Shadow - Organ Donor
  15. DJ Shadow - Why Hip Hop Sucks In '96 (excerpt)
  16. FSOL - My Kingdom (Part 3)
  17. Goldie vs Photek - Inner City Life (Baby Boys Instrumental)

James Lavelle Mix - Part Two

  1. Aleister Crowley - The Sound Of The Second Aethyr
  2. ID - ?? (unknown D&B track)
  3. TransAM - TransAM
  4. Krust - Brief Encounter
  5. ID - ?? (some minimal progressive trance from Germany: Van Keer - Schloness?)
  6. Ian O'Brien - Intelligent Desert

+ The Psychonauts DJ Mix / "60 Min's Of Mo'Wax Shit"

External Links

November 9 1996 Basiks show

Image of James Lavelle's cassette of November 9 1996 Basiks show

Image of James Lavelle's cassette of November 9 1996 Basiks show

Image of a home recorded cassette of December 21 1996 Basiks show