Archives for August 2010

Tip of the Week: Peers - Football

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 12:18 UK time, Friday, 27 August 2010

Reading four-piece peers_.jpgPeers are our latest tip of the week. 

The band came to our attention after they uploaded some tracks to us at the tail end of last year. Jenny Minard on their local show on BBC Berkshire quickly picked up on their youthful indie rock exuberance and invited them in for a chat.

More recently, they've been played by Tom Robinson on 6 Music and this weekend they'll be performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds. That's pretty good going, considering they've only been together since the start of the year and the oldest member of the band is just 17.

After selling out their very first show, they've supported Male Bonding, The Kabeedies and Tripwires. Here are some other interesting titbits supplied by the band themselves:

Matthew (guitar and vocals) is ginger, has a girlfriend from Venezuela, is friends with and lives in the same street as Rhys from Tripwires.

Elliot plays a headless bass, doesn't like rock music, listens to remixes and has 8 cats. We practice at his house.

We like the tunes of the Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club and the noise of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.

So there you have it. If you're going to Reading or Leeds this weekend, make sure you check them out. We'll bring you video highlights and photos of their live set next week.

Over to Huw now, to introduce our tip of the week by Peers, titled Football:


Peers at Reading and Leeds 2010

Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Plastic Spoons

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 13:07 UK time, Thursday, 26 August 2010


Last week on my show, the DIY label I featured was Plastic Spoons, who are based in Paris with a roster of French and international bands and artists.

Having promoted and DJ'd for a while, the Plastic Spoons crew wanted to play the kind of records that simply weren't there to spin, and so the label was born, releasing records at a speedy rate and keeping the French indie kids happy.

Here's my chat with Yves if you missed it:


Download the Huw Stephens podcast to hear tracks by Pluton and The Fresh and Onlys from Plastic Spoon's roster.

Tip of the Week: Exit_International - Sex With Strangers

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 15:00 UK time, Friday, 20 August 2010

exit_international.jpgThis time last year, our Reading and Leeds stage hosted Not Squares, an unconventional trio with the audacity to present not one but TWO bassists and ZERO six-string guitars. They went down rather well.

Twelve months on, we're suffering from a bout of déjà vu, as the excellent three-piece Exit_International from Cardiff gear up to play on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds next weekend, also choosing to eschew the mighty axe in favour of duelling basses.

The band was formed by workmates Fudge and Scott (formerly of Midasuno), and with the addition of Adam on drums they've played support dates with In Case Of Fire, The King Blues and The Computers, attracting the attention of BBC Introducing in Wales's Bethan Elfyn along the way (read Beth's interview with the boys here).

This week, we're rather enjoying the track Sex With Strangers from their EP of the same name (out now on Undergroove). If you're into noisy alt-rock bands like McLusky and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, this'll be right up your street:


Huw's DIY Label of the Week: Merok Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 10:28 UK time, Friday, 20 August 2010

On this week's show, I spoke to Milo. His day job is being in The Big Pink, but he's incredibly busy running the Merok label, too.

merok.jpgTitus Andronicus, The Soft Pack and Comanechi rub shoulders with Rainbow Arabia, Salem and the dark angel Active Child on Merok, with its emphasis on pushing boundaries, brilliant live acts and a common thread of aceness running through each release. Milo explains more...


Listen to tracks by Teengirl Fantasy and Active Child from Merok on Huw's Radio 1 show

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Huw's DIY Label of the Week - Ramp Recordings

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 12:58 UK time, Monday, 16 August 2010

Home to bewildering electronica and hip hop for five years, Ramp continues to push things forward with new music from P.U.D.G.E and Shortstuff, and Tom let me know about this weeks DIY label of the week in greater detail;



Tip of the Week: We're Only Afraid Of NYC - It's Tidal

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 12:10 UK time, Thursday, 12 August 2010

It's Tidal comes from zero.two, the second EP from Scotland's We're Only Afraid of NYC.


Drummer Peter Onneby, bassist Mark Mulholland and guitarist Kenny Finnigan got their first start at Glasgow's West End Festival before a series of promising EP reviews saw them catch the attention of 6 Music's Lauren Laverne and our very own Vic Galloway.

Catch an early listen here before the trio head south for two highly anticipated performances on the Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds.

Huw's DIY Label of the Week - Luaka Bop

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 13:13 UK time, Thursday, 5 August 2010

Initially set up by David Byrne from Talking Heads to release Brazilian music, Luaka Bop from New York now spans the genres and gives us wonderful new music from around the world. Not least The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt who I've been playing on the show of late.


Listen to my interview with Yael from Luaka Bop here:


Tip of the Week: The G.A.N.G - Shadow of the Night

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 10:54 UK time, Thursday, 5 August 2010

The G.A.N.G (Growth And Not Glory) are Hull based rapper Anthony "Nero" Iluobe, vocalist Chima "Kizzle" Etekochay and producer Trea "Heatrock" Barber. 


Debut single Kick n Snare sparked the interests of Radio Humberside's Raw Talent Introducing show which led to the group performing in the BBC Humberside studios on two occasions. Shadow of the Night, the trio's second release has already been playlisted by Radio 1 and will see the group appear on the Introducing stage at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Jazz On 3

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Peggy Sutton | 11:45 UK time, Tuesday, 3 August 2010

It's always been Jazz On 3's mission to seek out the best creative music around and bring it to the airwaves, so we're very excited that you can now send us your tracks via BBC Introducing. We've already discovered and played music by Glasgow jazz-fusioneers dBass, bassist Nick Haward's quartet and guitarist David Cooper Orton, and we're looking forward to having our ears opened to lots more great new talent via the uploader.

b006tt0y_512_288.jpgPresented by Jez Nelson (right), Jazz On 3 has been on air for more than ten years and we're all about new music. We're proud to have supported bands like Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear, Alex Hawkins' Sextet, Phronesis and Kit Downes, whose album has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize this year, from their early days.

Jazz On 3 is a broad church: we play everything from free jazz to fusion and post-bop to skronk, as long as it's good. So if this sounds like you and you want to get heard, please submit your demos, homemade recordings or album tracks. Along with Jez and the rest of the production team, I'll be listening with interest and considering the stuff we like for airplay on the show.

If you haven't heard Jazz On 3 before, listen here to get a flavour of the show.

Peggy Sutton is Producer at Somethin' Else for BBC Radio 3

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