The DJ Sessions


RA.885 Cormac

RA Podcast | May 22, 2023

You might describe Cormac McCarthy as a late bloomer. Or he might describe himself that way. Though he’s been in the dance music game for a long time—a regular at Trash and Nag Nag Nag, and a resident of and booker behind the old Sunday WetYourSelf! parties at fabric—it’s only more recently that he’s come into a sound that he can call his own, something that connects more clearly with who he is. That sound is rooted in the queer history so important to him. You could call his RA Podcast hi-NRG, to be general. It’s that vibrant, pounding, melodic and synthetic sound that came out of the post-disco early ’80s, combining the flair of disco with the strut of Italo. There’s new and old here, because McCarthy is a champion of evolving iterations of the genre (think Chinaski or Jennifer Cardini). Over this two and a half hours you’ll hear Patrick Cowley and Madonna, but also a whole lot of other, less obvious stuff too. We could go on, but McCarthy explains himself pretty well (and eloquently) in the interview on the RA website. One hot tip: watch out for his upcoming Queerly Beloved podcast series, where he talks to queer artists about their relationships with music. @cormac Read more at

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