What We’re Listening To This Summer

Continuing our series of recommendations from the Cutitronics team, this time we’re sharing what’s soundtracking our Summer.

We’re definitely an eclectic bunch of people and this is reflected in our choices!


Craig Rattray, CFO

This really varies depending upon mood, weather and drinking or not!  The radio station (that you can get through Sonos) I really like for sunny days is the Greek www.echoes.gr.  Chill out beach bar type music.

Wilma McDaniel, Commercial Director

  1. AudioBook: Without Rival by Lisa Bevere
  2. Read all about it – Emile Sande
  3. Perfect Symphony – Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli
  4. New Wine – Hillsong Worship
  5. One Last Time – Ariana Grande
  6. This is Me  – Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman cast


Brian McGuiness, Head of Services, Systems & Software

Jocko Podcast: Leadership and Discipline by Jocko Willink


Barry Hochfield, Chairman

The Classics!  Beatles, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young , Gregory Porter and so many more…

Stuart Kelly, Head of Product Design

  1. Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
  2. Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy Place
  3. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
  4. Spook School – Less Than Perfect
  5. Bob Dylan – Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts

Emma McKale, Marketing Manager

  1. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
  2. Blackstreet – No Diggity
  3. The XX – Angels
  4. Calvin Harris & Rhianna – We Found Love
  5. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars


Mark Leese Electronic Design Engineer

I don’t do audio books, but podcasts: I never miss I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue (BBC R4) – great bath-time listening.

I also enjoy what Radio 4 used to call “Talks” – knowledgeable people talking about areas of expertise or enthusiasm, ideally without a book to sell! Two good examples are Melvyn Bragg’s “In Our Time” in which Melvyn gathers together experts to talk about a topic, which can be absolutely anything – history, science, culture – for a generous 45 minutes.

Also “A Point Of View”: short programmes which give free reign to an individual to patiently dissect a topic of their choice, or just rant interestingly about it. Will Self is often on, and always good value!

Although I like music of all types and eras, I’ve been a bit disappointed by modern pop music recently – it tends to seem thin and derivative to me, as if there’s nothing more to say within the genre.  So I’ve been retreating into old favourites lately. So, cheating a bit by including albums:

  1. Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters from album Gaucho
  2. The Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action special 12″ single
  3.  Procol Harem – Repent Walpurgis 
  4. Jeff Beck’s whole back catalogue – Barry and I saw “the world’s greatest rock guitarist” recently and we were both knocked out by him
  5. Margaret Glaspy (singer/writer/guitarist) album Emotions and Math


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