Archives for April 2011

Huw's Label of Love: Stones Throw Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 14:25 UK time, Thursday, 28 April 2011

This week's Label of Love is responsible for releasing some true hip-hop and beat gems, from J-Rocc to J Dilla, Aloe Blacc and James Pants.

Stones Throw was started by the DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, and continues to celebrate the leftfield, push boundaries, and focus on quality and experimentation.

It's one of the world's most well-regarded labels. I spoke to the man responsible for managing the label in Europe, Alex Robinson, to get the lowdown on Stones Throw, and we heard tracks from James Pants and The Stepkids. Here's our chat if you missed it:

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

Joseph 'JP' Patterson was back with Ally McCrae this weekend on Radio 1, broadcasting across Scotland and England. You can listen again to the whole show, featuring Dead Set Gemini in session, until Sunday 1st May. In the meantime, here's JP with his latest undergroup tips for you...


3. White Powder Gold - Can't Stop Me Now (Lewi White Dubstep Remix)

This one comes from a new indie band called White Powder Gold. I was asked by their record label, TwentyOne Records, to hook up a few remixes for their track, Can’t Stop Me Now, and I decided to get Devlin’s main producer, Lewi White, to put something dark and gritty together and that’s exactly what he did with this. It’s got a really haunted feel to it. Come to think of it, most of my tunes this month have that feel...

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2. Context MC - Listening To Burial

My second track of the month comes from Norwich’s very own Context MC. This guy made a really big impact when he released a track called Off With Their Heads a few months ago, and the video went down well with fans as well as music critics (I was actually featured in the video... watching myself back on telly is never cool). His latest track, Listening To Burial, produced by Slof Man, is another laid-back number. It's got a real summery vibe to it.


TRACK OF THE MONTH
1. Dimples Feat. Neeko, Calibar, Random Impulse, Black The Ripper & Rival, J Money, Big Narstie - Groundwork (Rude Kid Remix)

My favourite track of the month comes from North London-based grime MC, Dimples. He’s actually been around for a little while now, but lately it seems like his name/music has been taking off a lot more in the underground scene. He’s teamed up with fellow grime legends – Random Impulse, Black The Ripper, J Money, Big Narstie, Neeko, Calibar and Rival – for a new grime anthem that they’re calling Groundwork, the haunted Rude Kid remix.  


SCOTTISH TRACK OF THE MONTH
Dead Set Gemini - No One Can Hear You Scream (Produced by Double L)

The title of the track pretty much sums this track up. Just like the tracks above - haunted! All of the tracks I’ve chosen this month have a really dark feel to the production and this is no exception. Dead Set Gemini's hooks are catchy and their flows are tight. Don't miss their session tracks on Ally's show.


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Tip of The Week: I Am In Love - I Want You

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 10:34 UK time, Monday, 25 April 2011

I Am In Love. Something we'd all like to be able to say (probably). But apparently the lead singer of this band can scream it at the top of his voice and mean it, so they say.

Formed only four months ago in late 2010, the four boys and one girl from Leicestershire locked themselves away and set about perfecting what they do. And what exactly do they do? Well, they like to focus on putting their loving effort and energy into every song, every note, every drum hit, every key and string on the record.

They aim to make "music that excites people, music that people can connect with, music that crosses decades and maybe even divides opinion." Nothing too ambitious, then! Listing a few of the 'big boys' as their influences (Prince, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury), you get the idea this band are setting their sights pretty high.

Their debut album 'Of Regard and Affection' is set to be released across Europe through Velocity Sounds Records on the 27th May, and in the USA through Pirate Ship Records later in 2011.

Their debut single, I Want You, is our Tip of the Week. It's due to be released through Robot Needs Home Records on 16th May, but you, as part of the priviliged BBC Introducing family, can hear it right here, right now, and all this week on  Radio 1 as it takes pride of place on the playlist.

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http://www.facebook.com/iaminlovemusic

http://www.myspace.com/iaminloveuk

Label Of Love: Records Records Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 16:11 UK time, Thursday, 21 April 2011

What a brilliant name for a record label! Records Records Records is home to Wet Paint and The Singing Adams. They're based in London and recently put out a track by Matt Tong from Bloc Party as part of last week's Record Store Day.

I spoke to Ollie from Records Records Records, who was pretty honest about the financial situation of the label..

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Tip of the Week: Luke Fenlon - Summer

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 11:33 UK time, Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Luke Fenlon grew up in Halewood, Liverpool, wearing tracksuits and hanging outside off licences. The first album he ever bought was the Gorillaz debut, after he fell in love with the track Clint Eastwood.. I like this kid already!

At only 19 years old, he's already notched up an impressive musical CV.  He's supported The Wombats, signed a record deal in The U.S, won the Yamaha Songwriters Competition, played the MUSEXPO Festival in L.A, and recorded an EP in Matt Sorum’s (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) back garden.

Luke appears to be gaining a fair amount of interest in The States, and you get the feeling that maybe our friends over the pond are tempted by the prospect of another Liverpudlian musical superstar.

Most importantly , he's got the songs behind him to back these achievements up. His well-written, well-produced repertoire of tunes are undeniably catchy and you can definitely hear the Scouse twang in his lyrics.

This track, Summer, is probably the best of the lot and can be heard on Radio 1 all week, as we've added it to our slot on the playlist. I urge you to wind down the windows or walk outside in this beautiful sunshine, playing this track as loud as you can. I think you'll agree that summer is officially here! (well, at least for this week).

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http://www.lukefenlon.co.uk/

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Huw's Label of Love: Record Store Day 2011!

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:58 UK time, Thursday, 14 April 2011

Record Store Day 2011 happens on Saturday April 16th in shops around the world. It's a chance to celebrate the places which tirelessly champion new music of all kinds. With special releases coming out by the likes of Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Franz Ferdinand (there's well over 200 one off releases this year, the 4th annual Record Store Day), and so many instore gigs happening, it really is a celebration of independent stores.

Those rooms full of posters, flyers, vinyls and cd's, books and tapes, the places which represent scenes, cities, countries and genres, which fly the flag for the music they believe in. There's nowhere quite like them. I spoke to Sandy from Love Music in Glasgow and Matt from Tangled Parrot in Carmarthen about this hugely important day and heard their local artist tips.

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http://www.lovemusicglasgow.com/

http://www.myspace.com/tangledparrot

http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home

Tip of The Week: Lighthouses - Control

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 11:16 UK time, Friday, 8 April 2011

Lighthouses are one of those bands where people insist they must have emerged from some insane cross-breeding experiment between two other bands.

"Fenech-Soler meets Bloc Party" "Daft Punk crossed with Soulwax" "Death from Above vs Delphic" "David Bowie meets Justice crossed with Bloc Party"! I mean, where exactly are these cross-breeding parties happening? I can just imagine David Bowie walking into the dressing room of Justice, being impressed by their huge glowing cross, grabbing a few Pina Coladas and jumping in the jacuzzi with Bloc Party, and 9 months later finding an unknown child called Lighthouses on the doorstep.

Whoever the Lighthouses' real father is, he probably had a knack for making catchy dance music, as his children have inherited this useful gene and put it to use in this track Control:

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They are a three piece who mix the art of dj-ing with playing live, and must do it pretty well to have supported the likes of AutoKratz, David E. Sugar, and Alex Metric. They also won a competition for the best remix of Slick by Chew Lips, and if you want to see if they were worthy winners, have a listen here.

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http://soundcloud.com/listentolighthouses

Huw's Label of Love: Shape Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 15:46 UK time, Thursday, 7 April 2011

I first heard about Shape Records when a brilliant band called Attack and Defend from mid Wales started gigging and releasing records. The label has gone on to release ace records by Islet (one of the most thrillingly phenomenal live bands I've ever seen), H Hawkline, Evils and Sweet Baboo. I spoke to Mark Shape (that's not his real surname but it sounds good) about the label, its history and its future...

 

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

JP was back on Ally McCrae's BBC Introducing in Scotland show last night. Here are his latest underground tracks of the month...

3. Scrufizzer – Hoody

This month is a new wave of grime special. My third place track of the month comes from a grime MC who goes by the name of Scrufizzer. He sent me this track a couple of weeks ago and I caught a vibe from it straight away, the way he attacked the hard-hitting beat with his skippy flow, it really impressed me.
These new wave MCs are bringing back that raw grime sound, something that’s been missing for a little while now. They’re taking over at the moment.


2. Rival – Lock Off The Rave

If you liked the last track, then you’re going to love this one. Rival is an MC who has possibly the angriest flow out of all of the new wave MCs, and when it comes to grime, the angrier the flow, the better! Well, I think so, anyway. He's done some damage to this Darq E Freaker remix, that's for sure.


1. TRACK OF THE MONTH: Infa Feat. Marger & Delusion - Lock Off The Party

My number one track of the month comes from MCs Infa, Marger and Delusion, with their track - Lock Off The Party. Infa and Delusion have been doing their thing for a little while now, but they decided to bring in some new blood and fresh energy with Marger. Like my last track, this is also produced by Darq E Freaker and he’s definitely one to watch on the production front. I like to call him the Labrinth of grime, just because he isn’t afraid to make music that sounds a bit weird and out there. He isn't your typical grime producer.

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SCOTTISH TRACK OF THE MONTH: Madhat Feat. No Lay – Where You At

Madhat, I salute you for allowing one of the best female grime MCs to bless your track with her presence. The way that No Lay opened Where You At, she set it up nicely for Madhat to go in and do his thing. He delivered!


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Tip of the Week: Masters in France - Little Girl

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 14:21 UK time, Friday, 1 April 2011

Now, I don't know if you'd noticed, but the line-up for Radio 1's Big Weekend was announced last week. Yes there was Lady Gaga, yes there were Black Eyed Peas, but the most important announcements clearly came on Thursday night when Zane Lowe revealed the first names for the BBC Introducing Stage.

Masters in France were one of the acts announced, and like many of the bands playing on our R1BW stage this year, they will also be going on to the Radio 1 playlist. You'll hear this track, Little Girl, on Radio 1 over the next seven days:

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Coming from Caernarfon, Bangor, the boys can't be too unfamiliar with Radio 1's Big Weekend, as Bangor played host to the weekend last year. I wonder if the lads were there? And whether they chose Justin Bieber on the Main Stage over Frankie and The Heartstrings on the Introducing stage? Tough choice.

Masters in France write and perform in both English and Welsh, so if you haven't quite grasped the beautiful Welsh language, be prepared to get your head around titles like Yn y Ddinas. Whatever they're saying, music is a universal language and anyway, who needs words when you're rocking out alongside hundreds of other people in a sweaty tent?

The band have been supported by Bethan Elfyn and Huw Stephens and their first English single, Greyhounds, became the Carbon Neutral Single of the Week on the latter's Radio 1 show. When asked to send a bit of information over, they listed "lap dance from an O.A.P." as one of their achievements. Maybe they've peaked too early.

Catch them all week on Radio 1, and live in the BBC Introducing tent, Sunday 15 May, Carlisle.

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www.myspace.com/mastersinfrance

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BBC Introducing at Radio 1's Big Weekend 2011

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Claire Thomas | 12:06 UK time, Friday, 1 April 2011

 

The BBC Introducing tent at Radio 1's Big Weekend

Festival season is nearly upon us again and we are very excited to have announced some of the acts that will be performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Carlisle this year! It's going to be HUGE!

As you know, the BBC Introducing stages are an opportunity for us to give some of the very best new acts that have uploaded their music at bbc.co.uk/introducing the chance to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK, and Radio 1's Big weekend is always a favourite as it kicks things off every summer.

Not only do the artists get the experience of playing at such a huge festival, but we film and record their performances so those of you that can't be at the festivals still get the opportunity to check out some of the hottest new talent, and of course it helps the artists (hopefully) find some new fans...

This year on the stage, we have decided to reflect some of the artists that have featured - or will be featured - on the Radio 1 playlist in the BBC Introducing slot. It is Radio 1's Big Weekend after all, so it made sense to us to bring some of the artists that Radio 1 listeners have heard and enjoyed to Radio 1's biggest event of the year! So acts like MOPP, Yaaks, Luke Bingham and many more will get their chance to shine in Carlisle.

We will also be reflecting some of the best local talent from Cumbria and its surrounding areas, working with our BBC Introducing colleagues in Cumbria, Newcastle and Lancashire.

We will be announcing the artists we've selected, along with the fringe gigs that will take place the week before the main event in Carlisle, in our BBC Introducing in the Nations shows on Sunday 17 April. So make sure you tune in to hear Jen, Ally and Rory reveal the rest of the line-up.

 

 

Claire Thomas is Executive Producer for BBC Introducing

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