Paul Haswell (AKA the Pop Fugitive) is plotting to make his Escape every Sunday morning between 9.30 and 1.
Join him every Sunday on the Sunday Escape to hear the best in music, with plenty of new records including tracks from his album of the week, as well as interviews with guests from all over the city and beyond. There’s also occasional live music in the studio plus all the details of upcoming music events in Hong Kong.
On top of all that is “Biscuit Review”, now a Sunday Escape institution, to complement the most eclectic mix of music on Radio 3.
Today's Sunday Escape is a genre-defying show, taking in ska, rap, reggae, indie, soul, easy listening and who knows what else. At 10am Paul is joined in the studio by Sandra Leung and Michael Sharmon, two vocalists who are bringing their show “You By My Side” to Hong Kong on 31 August. The show is all about their years of friendship as performers, taking in tributes to classic easy listening tracks and performers such as Barry Manilow, Judy Garland and Roman Tam.
Then there’s a complete change of tone as Paul chats with Roddy “Radiation” Byers from The Specials, who wrote some of their most iconic songs and is in town as part of the Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival. Paul caught up with Roddy earlier in the week to talk about The Specials, ska, rockabilly, and Amy Winehouse. There’ll also be more highlights from the festival.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also all of the best in the week’s new music, with North Carolina rapper Rapsody’s new album as album of the week along with new tracks from First Aid Kid, Mura Masa, Girl Ray and more. There’s also the latest instalment of “Bryan Ferry Messes It Up”, biscuits and all the usual nonsense. Tune in from 9.30 to 1pm.
There’s a packed show on this week’s Sunday Escape, as Paul runs through all of the week’s finest new music, including brand new singles from three of Paul’s favourite artists: Lana Del Rey, Jarvis Cocker and The Divine Comedy. This week’s album of the week is “Sons”, the fifth album from The Heavy.
There’ll be a bit of a classical slant too, as from 11am Paul is joined in the studio by Andrea Fessler from Premiere Performances. This is an organisation which seeks to bring classical artists from around the world to Hong Kong, working to bring education and appreciation of classical music to schools through its Chamber Music In Schools programme. Andrea will be talking about the ethos behind Premiere Performances, and picking a few non-classical tracks for the show.
For the last hour of the show Sybil Thomas (daughter of the legendary Rufus Thomas), Sarah Watson and Paul Thompson (both of the Red Stripes) will be coming into the studio to talk about their awesome Mod Diva Night taking place on 25 May at Grappa’s Cellar. Talking of which, Grappa’s Cellar is a legendary Hong Kong venue which is sadly faced with closure. Karen Tong, who is leading the campaign to save Grappa’s Cellar, will be joining everyone to talk about ways in which we can all try and save one of the few remaining gig venues of its kind on Hong Kong Island.
Tune in to find out how you can help, and to hear some incredible music chosen by Paul and his guests. It all takes place from 9.30am to 1pm.