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LWSOTY 2014 Contender Profiles

We cast a wide net to start the 2014 LWSOTY debate. Check the stats and help us whittle it down. Who do YOU think should win the only award that matters?
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Jacob Brown
Age: 35
Sponsors: Vita Coco, London Fields Brewery, Climpsons, Hackney NHS
Home: Broadway Market
Big Moves in 2014: Fights bad luck with epic style, keeps the game very much alive, solo training keeps him near the top. Avoiding the void. Entering the void.
Indelible image: His public knee brace adjustment keeps us all humble, then his sweet delivery makes you forget.
Verdict: Put a million on red and sometimes you get black.

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Bradley Griffiths

Age: 32
Sponsors: Route One, Object Bolts, Tesco Finest, Google Creative Lab, Github Enterprise Edition
Home: Bethnal Green
Big Moves in 2014: Killed it every which way, a remarkable injury comeback. Rumours persist of hammer-filled lines held back from the Team Whisper Paris edit. Only rumours though.
Indelible image: His 37th rock fakie at Skate Camp, “does this arm look broken to you?”
Verdict: If he turns up he shuts it down. If.

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Greg Finch
Age: 39
Sponsors: Reaction, Turborainbow, Larke (flow), Boerewors Sausage Co
Home: Haggerston
Big Moves in 2014: Reinvented quarter pipes. Handles the wildest terrain. Reminded you why he had a pro board once. Steady, ‘once’ I said.
Indelible image: Entering a time warp at the pink BA ramp emerging in 1996.
Verdict: Life’s a breach, and then you’re dry.

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Tom Rum N Coke
Age: 38
Sponsors: Bacardi, Coca Cola, Lehman Brothers, Cyberdog, 277 bus route
Home: Mile End / Dalston
Big Moves in 2014: Always there, more than most. Fast and fluid, longest ollies, languid wallies, loopy back smiths, lovely style. He gets up for work before you and doesn’t complain.
Indelible image: That time you got him and his shadow mixed up.
Verdict: Skates like a hummingbird, bites like a vampire.

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Ben Hull
Age: 36
Sponsors: Hoax, Georgian Tourist Board, Olympic Delivery Authority
Home: Hackney
Big Moves in 2014: A major mover, if you saw him, you watched. You sat down he shut down. He got up you shut up. Coaxed big moves from every spot attended, and did all the above as a superdad.
Indelible image: Got ledge, give back tail.
Verdict: Rare as a robin but always delivers.
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Charlie Graley
Age: 37
Sponsors: Frank’s Campari Bar, Tarkovsky DVD Club, Big Brother Fashion Loans, Scotland
Home: New Cross
Big Moves in 2014: Depends what you mean by ‘big’. He’s ollied over some pretty big cracks in the pavement I guess. But seriously, quite big ones, maybe even a curb too.
Indelible image: If you own a board he’s borrowed it. At home in a bowl as he is on a bench.
Verdict: Could this be his year?

Radio Wednesday: Kind Hearted Woman

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Hot Chip – I Feel Bonnie (House Mix) (Feat. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)
Wendy Rene – After Laughter (Comes Tears)
Sly & The Family Stone – Can’t Strain My Brain
Jackson C. Frank – Blues Run The Game
Mohd.Rafi – Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par
Robert Johnson – Kindhearted Woman Blues (Digitally Remastered)
Nass El Ghiwane – Ya Sayil

By JLG

Radio Wednesday: Cool Down The Pace

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The Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die (Alternate Mix)
Eddie Cochran – Don’t Ever Let Me Go
2AM/FM – The Final Approach
Azari – Reckless (With Your Love)
Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down The Pace – 10″ Mix
Willie Rosario – Calypso Blues
Thin Lizzy – Half Caste
Violeta Parra – Gracias a la vida
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Electricity

By JLG

Radio Wednesday: Fly a Little Flying

The Stranglers – Golden Brown
William Shakepare (Gregory Isaacs) – Late At Night
Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict
Mahlathini & The Queens – Umkhovu
Bill Withers – Use Me – Single Version
Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence – Little Hands
The Stranglers – Strange Little Girl
John Phillips – April Anne
Holy Modal Rounders – If You Want To Be A Bird, Wild Blue Yonder

By James

Radio Wednesday: Golden Hen

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Art Of Noise – Paranoimia
Arthur Russell – Goodbye Old Paint
Love – Old Man [Alternate Mix Version]
Holger Czukay – Persian Love
Pili Pili – Hoomba-Hoomba
Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love
Billie Davis – Tell Him
Willie Nelson – Blue Skies
J.J. Cale – After Midnight
Gene Clark – Silver Raven
The Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die (Alternate Mix)
Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better

By James

Radio Wednesday: yalla

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Irma Thomas – Breakaway
Robert Hood – Minus
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love
Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave
Thomas Mera Gartz – Busspassagerarens Sång
Paulson Kalu – Azo Ako Emu
Jimmie Rodgers – Gambling Bar Room Blues
Peter Sellers – Goodness Gracious Me
Vladimir Spiakov – Spiegel im Spiegel (Version für Violine und Klavier)

By JLG

Radio Wednesday: Jump In The Line

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Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Giorgio Moroder – Chase
Gang Gang Dance – House Jam
Eek-A-Mouse – Joey Joey
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
The xx – Heart Skipped A Beat
Pipilotti Rist – I´m A Victim Of This Song
Harry Belafonte – Love Love Alone
Bill Fay – Don’t Let My Marigolds Die
Rotary Connection – Tales Of Brave Ulysses
Phosphorescent – Wolves
The Velvet Underground – Beginning To See The Light

By JLG

Radio Wednesday: Not Waving but Drowning

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More brilliant eclectica from JLG. How is this playlist even possible? Listen and learn.

Faith No More – We Care A Lot
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
Paul Simon – Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
William S. Fischer – Patience Is Virtue
The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
Leatherface – Message In A Bottle
Caju & Castanha – O Pobre E O Rico
The Deviants – Billy The Monster
Big Youth – Love And Happiness
Madrugada – Majesty
Arch Hall, Jr. & The Archers – Konga Joe
Momus – La Di Dah
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali

By JLG