Saturday 1 March 2014, 09:40
On the Radio 1 Playlist this week are Broken Hands and their track No One Left To Meet. As the BBC Introducing representative on the station’s playlist, the track will get played on daytime shows including Fearne Cotton, Dev and Greg James. You can hear it below.
Hometown: The band (brothers Dale and Callum Norton, Jamie Darby and Thomas Ford) are from Canterbury, where they have been busy readying new material for 2014.
Style: The band cite their influences as space rock, psychedelic garage and blues and who are we to argue because the result is a highly crafted, driving sound shaped around Dale’s amazingly eerie vocal. The track has produced by Tom Dalgety, who has previously worked with BBC Introducing faves Royal Blood and The Maccabees.
You need to know: The band have already opened for Band Of Skulls on their UK tour and head out next with Rough Trade’s Howler in March. This follows a short trip to SXSW 2014.
Supported by: BBC Introducing in Kent has had the back of Broken Hands ever since they uploaded their first track, Curves, to the Uploader in April 2013.
Find out more: Hit their official website for links, tour details and further tracks...
Wednesday 26 February 2014, 12:12
A huge thanks to BBC Introducing in the North East for tipping us off about the sublime Eva Stone and her new track ‘Unsatisfied’. She’s been on tour with fellow BBC Introducing rising star George Ezra and the two certainly share an old blues style combined with an impossibly fresh face.
She’s been compared to both Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell and you can catch her at The Great Escape in May.
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 12:42
Little Shoes Big Voice are the latest BBC Introducing act to get a place on the Radio 1 Playlist for a week. Their track Nightfall has been selected for play on daytime shows including those of Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Scott Mills. Listen to Nightfall below and leave your thoughts on the track in our comments section.
Hometown: Little Shoes Big Voice are London duo Jack Durtnall and Emily Harvey. The pair first met on stage at London’s Bedroom Bar in where they played together in an impromptu soul jam band.
Style: With contemporary influences including Lianne Le Havas, London Grammar and Little Dragon, Little Shoes Big Voice produce charming acoustic electronic pop. Nightfall struts along to a fantastic beat with Harvey’s charismatic vocal perfectly supplemented by Durtnall’s simple but sophisticated production.
You need to know: You’ve probably heard a track by the duo already. Their cover of Little Things Mean A Lot has been getting plenty of attention after featuring in a TV commercial for AXA.
Supported by: BBC Introducing in London have been backing the duo since they uploaded the track to us at the end of 2013.
Find out more: Head to their official website...
Monday 24 February 2014, 16:30
Friday 21 February 2014, 11:53
Patrice is a singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire and his track Can You Hear Me Dreaming is our BBC Introducing Discovery this week. We don’t actually know a whole lot about him except that Prince is one of his biggest inspirations – that really comes through on this track, which owes a lot to the little purple genius. It’s really good.
Tuesday 18 February 2014, 18:48
This week’s BBC Introducing spot on the Radio 1 playlist is taken up by brand new talent ALX and his track Beautiful Criminal. It will be played across Radio 1 daytime shows and feature in Huw Stephen’s free download, available after his Wednesday night show. Have a listen to it below and share your comments with us.
Hometown: ALX is a 22 year-old self-producer singer-songwriter from Scotland.
Style: Plenty of mystery surrounds ALX and we’re really excited by this, his first release. Beautiful Criminal is a slickly produced modern love song using RnB and electronic beats to showcase ALX...
Friday 14 February 2014, 17:27
This week's BBC Introducing discovery comes courtesy of BBC Introducing in Bed, Herts and Bucks and is by Correigh, a singer-songwriter from London via Buckinghamshire. She cites Delilah, The XX, Evanescence, Portishead, Massive Attack, Nero, M.I.A and Paramore as her influences. She's got a lovely voice with loads of warmth and soul which is put to great use on this track.
Thursday 13 February 2014, 12:39
Last night on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music show, our very own ‘royal correspondent’ Tom Robinson popped in to reveal some exciting news about the upcoming 6 Music Festival, which takes place from 28th Feb – 1st March at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. For the inaugural event, four exciting new artists in the North will open up the two main stages each night.The acts are:
All of the acts uploaded their music via the BBC Introducing uploader, and were subsequently put forward by the BBC Introducing shows on BBC Local Radio stations in...
Monday 10 February 2014, 17:37
It’s been a blinding couple of weeks for BBC Introducing in Northampton, who have had two artists on the Radio 1 Playlist in a row. Last week it was Billy Lockett and this week it’s Nevermind and their track 2 Lines. Listen to the song below and keep an ear out for it in daytime shows including Scott Mills, Greg James and Dev.
Hometown: Nevermind are Coco, Megan, Rio and Lexi; a quartet of song-writing musicians from Northampton, now based in London.
Style: It only takes one listen of 2 Lines to make you sit up and pay closer attention to a girl band, influenced by Oasis, Bjork and Hurts. It’s pulsing, grimey, industrial electronic-indie with siren-like harmonies for modern day mermaids. It’s taken from their debut EP, Wide Eyed, released at the start of the year.
You need to know: The band play their first headline gig at London’s Islington Academy at the end of March.
Supported by: BBC Introducing in Northampton’s Lal Muttock has been championing Nevermind since last December when the group uploaded their tracks to our system.
Find out more: Head to the official Nevermind website for all the info and social media hook-ups you could ever wish for.
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 11:53
Thanks to BBC Introducing in Suffolk for this one. Brotherhood are siblings Menace and Blaze, a rap duo from Ipswich who started making music in 2006 and now have the attention of some of the scene’s biggest hitters.
They’ve toured with Wiley and collaborated with the likes of Dot Rotten, Scrufizzer and Maxsta, who features on this. We love this introspective track from these energetic young MCs. They’ve already had support on BBC Radio 1Xtra from Cameo and DJ Target and we look forward to seeing what else 2014 has in store for the brothers.
Get the track as part of Huw's free weekly download, available straight after his show on Wednesday nights.