Archives for June 2010

Tip of the Week: Nedry - Apples & Pears (Live at Sónar)

Post categories:

Richard Banks Richard Banks | 10:21 UK time, Friday, 25 June 2010

This week, our tipped track comes all the way from sunny Barcelona, via London and Japan. It's a track from Nedry's brilliant live set a Sónar last Friday, and if you like dreamy dubstep with a touch of post-rock ambience, we guarantee this'll melt your heart/brain.


Here's Huw with the track, titled Apples & Pears:

Nedry are Matt, Chris and Ayu. They formed back in 2008 and are former session guests on Huw's show.

If you enjoyed the track, make sure you check out this behind the scenes video that Nedry shot at Sónar.


Listen again to Huw Stephens on Radio 1 for more highlights from Sónar 2010

Highlights from Sonar 2010

Post categories:

Richard Banks Richard Banks | 12:34 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Last weekend, Huw brought you news that BBC Introducing were taking two brilliant young purveyors of electronic music to Sonar, the world's premier dance and electro festival.

Well, we did. And it was AWESOME.

Sheffield's Shake Aletti and Londoners Nedry did us proud on the Sonar main stage on Friday, both playing to packed crowds.

We gave both bands a camera to record their experience of the festival in Barcelona. Here are Shake Aletti's best bits:

Now here's Sonar from Nedry's perspective:

Tune in to Huw Stephens tonight on Radio 1 to hear live highlights from Sonar, or check out rather nifty Sound of Sonar interactive app thingy from Radio 1. Turn it up!

We're at Sonar!

Post categories:

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 08:42 UK time, Friday, 18 June 2010

Barcelona's Sonar is regarded as the world's finest electronic music festival. With a By Day and a By Night element, some go to one or the other, the hardcore to both. It attracts the big names (Dizzee, LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers) and the cutting edge, with Joy Orbison, Flying Lotus and Plastikman taking to the Barcelona stage.

Last year, BBC Introducing went to Sonar for the first time, following in the footsteps of Radio 1's Rob da Bank, Mary Anne Hobbs's now legendary forward-thinking electronic showcase, and John Peel, who adored the Sonar vibes and ethos. In 2009, we took Young Fathers, La Roux and Bass Clef to showcase their music to the world. They went down a storm, of course.

This weekend, we're taking another two bands, who'll get a chance to play on the main stage. Shake Aletti come from Sheffield and make bouncy, jump up electro that will get Sonar skanking. Here's how they sound:


While I was on the decks at Sonar last year, Nedry gave me their demo. A year later they've just released their debut album on Monotreme records and we've asked them back to play Sonar. Their post-shoegaze dubstep magic sounds awesome live. Here they are with Squid Cat Battle:


We'll record both bands' performances at Sonar for broadcast on my show next week, and will be bringing you more blog updates direct from the festival over the next day or two, so stay tuned!

Want to be on the EastEnders E20 soundtrack?

Post categories:

Richard Banks Richard Banks | 17:42 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

In 2009, we teamed up with BBC Switch to offer undiscovered artists the opportunity to soundtrack the BBC Two series, The Cut. It was a huge success, with lots of bands hearing their own tracks on the telly and some even making an appearance on the 5:19 Show.

This year, we've got another exciting opportunity for you to get yourself heard on the box. Here's producer Deborah Sathe to tell you more...



EastEnders: E20 launches again this September. For those of you who missed it, E20 series 1 told the stories of four young Londoners coming to Walford to escape their lives, creating chaos on the Square

Series 1 was shown online and on BBC Three and was watched by over 4million people. This time round we are making ten 14-minute episodes for online and five half-hour episodes for BBC Three.

We want to push things further on this second series of E20, so we're working together with BBC Introducing to give brand new UK bands and musicians the opportunity to soundtrack the lives of our young characters in East London.

If you are interested in having your music featured on the show (and you'll be credited on our website) then you can upload it here (now closed - thanks).  Along with our music supervisor and director, I will be listening to the tracks you submit.

We're looking forward to creating a fresh sound to accompany the drama on Albert Square. It really doesn't matter whether you're making beats, guitar music, dubstep or hip-hop, we'll be looking to reflect the sound of London in 2010. There will be highs and lows for all of our characters but choose the tracks you think would work best alongside drama, ones that would fit with the emotional ups and downs of teenage life.

If you haven't seen E20, check out the first series to get a feel for the show.

Deborah Sathe is Producer, BBC Drama



Read more on the E20 site

Upload your music here - closing date for submissions is 24th June 2010.  NOW CLOSED - thanks!


If you haven't uploaded any tracks before, make sure you select BBC Three / EastEnders E20 as your preferred network when you create your artist profile.

If you already have a profile and have uploaded songs previously that you want the E20 team to consider, let us know here.

Tip of the Week: Ms. Darks - Making This All About me

Post categories:

Richard Banks Richard Banks | 15:45 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010


This week, we were extremely excited to announce the line-up for our stage at Glastonbury 2010!

Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson were first to let the cat out of the proverbial bag on Steve's Wednesday evening show on 6 Music (listen again here).

Later on, Huw Stephens went through the bill in more detail and played tracks by his favourites Dry The River, Pulled Apart by Horses and P Money.

Appearing on Friday 25 June in our Glasto tent is London's Ms. Darks, who has the honour of being our Tip of the Week with her track, Making This All About Me.

Her MySpace profile boldly proclaims Darks isn't not only a rapper, but also a singer, ghostwriter, web designer, producer and engineer - and all by the tender age of 18! Now working with indie label Whiz Kidd Records, she's clearly has the drive to make good things happen.

Here's Huw with the track in full:

If you liked that, wrap your ears around her session tracks from our Maida Vale Weekender back in February, when we first got a taste of Darks's talents.

Want to see the rest of the line-up for the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury? Well then, walk this way.


Glasgowbury and Glastonbury

Post categories:

Rory McConnell | 10:50 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010


For one day every year, the peaceful calm of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland is shattered. The ancient rock trembles and shakes, the clouds part, and about 4,000 people are blessed by the majesty of rock (and the miracle of roll).

It can only be the Glasgowbury festival, the premier date in every Northern Irish music fan's calendar, and this time around we've got some extra special news...

2010 is a milestone for the Glasgowbury Music Group, as it marks the tenth anniversary of the festival, which has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2000 when Draperstown singer-songwriter Paddy Glasgow organised a showcase of local acts to promote awareness of the Ulster Cancer Foundation. Over the course of the decade, thanks to the tireless efforts of Paddy and his team of volunteers, the festival has become the one-stop-shop for music in Northern Ireland, having charted some of the biggest bands in the country from their most embryonic days to their emergence on the world's stage.

It's a testament to the appeal of Glasgowbury that bands such as The Answer, And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire, In Case of Fire, and General Fiasco continue to come back for more, having got a taste for the Glasgowbury magic at an early stage in their career, long before they became some of the most hotly tipped bands in the country.

With the epic backdrop of the Sperrins providing the canvas for their performance, it's a well established fact that playing at Glasgowbury is an experience that few will ever forget. BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland was there last year, curating the main stage and watching some of the finest bands in the country kick out the jams in front of a rapturous audience. This year, we're hungry for more, and are happy to report that we're going to be bringing you the highlights of the festival in a fantastic 10th anniversary spectacular, headlined by the awesome Fighting With Wire, a band whose involvement with the festival goes way back to the very beginning.

If you can't make it to Glasgowbury on the 24th of July, don't worry - we're going to capture the sights, sounds, and smells of the best in under the radar Northern Irish music. It promises to be an incredible day of music, and we want you to be there with us all the way!

Read the rest of this entry

Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Love & Disaster

Post categories:

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 16:39 UK time, Thursday, 10 June 2010


Manchester continues to rule the music rulebook, often referencing its own beautiful musical heritage and constantly barging forwards with new sounds.

Looking to give a leg up to local artists, Love & Disaster Records has quickly made a name for itself bringing us Everything Everything, Airship and more recently Dutch Uncles (or "Duncles" as Dan from the label calls them).

On last night's show I spoke to Dan to get the lowdown on Love & DIsaster Records. Here's our chat if you missed it:

If you run or know a brilliant independent record label, leave a comment below and let us know about it!


You can hear tracks by Dutch Unles and Airship from the Love & Disaster label on this week's Huw Stephens podcast.

Tip of the Week: The Phantom Band - Folk Song Oblivion (live)

Post categories:

Richard Banks Richard Banks | 12:56 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

In the early hours of Thursday morning this week, Vic Galloway invited Huw Stephens, Bethan Elfyn and Rory McConnell to join him for a two-hour United Nations extravaganza of live music on Radio 1.

The idea was to get all four of BBC Introducing's national Radio 1 presenters together in one place and have them pick a band to perform live and proudly represent their nation. We did it last November in Belfast with Save Your Breath, Pulled Apart by Horses, Twin Atlantic and Two Door Cinema Club and everyone had a jolly nice time.

So we decided to do it again, but this time in Glasgow. And where better to host the gig than at the infamous King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, possibly the finest live music venue in Scotland. Since it opened in 1990, anyone who's anyone has played there, including Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, The Strokes, Pulp, The Verve, Blur, Oasis... the list is endless. The very walls at King Tut's scream rock n' roll; over by the pool tables, they're decorated with the lyrics of bands who've played there over the years.

To repesent Wales, Bethan Elfyn chose Race Horses. Huw's choice was Chickenhawk from Leeds. Rory, meanwhile, went for And So I Watch You From Afar, who sadly never made it to King Tut's on the night, thanks to the ash-spewing volcano in Iceland.

Finally, host Vic's pick were Glaswegian proto-robofolk sextet The Phantom Band, and we've chosen a track from their live set, Folk Song Oblivion, as this week's Tip of the Week. Over to you, Huw:

Like that? Good, innit! Here's another track - Burial Sounds - from The Phantom Band's set at United Nations, introduced by Vic himself:


See more videos and photos from Radio 1's United Nations in Glasgow

More from this blog...

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.