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Huw's Label of Love: Love Our Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 10:54 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012

This week's Label of Love is Love Our Records. I met the crew behind the label during Radio 1 Live in Hull recently at the Adelphi venue. Their appetite for supporting and nurturing new music is infectious, and I caught up with Kev la Kat the head honcho there....

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

BBC Introducing Scotland's Ally McCrae gets the low down from Joseph JP Patterson, as he reveals his top three underground tracks - and this month it's a Birmingham special.

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3. Hitman - Ding Dong

My third track of the month comes from Hitman, a grime MC from Birmingham, and he's one of the main members of Invasion Alert. I've actually been speaking to this guy for years, like, from MySpace days, and I know he thinks that I haven't been listening out for his music, but I have - I just wanted to hear improvement on every front: content, flow and delivery. On Ding Dong, I heard a lot of improvement!

 

2. Pressure - In Birmingham

 

Pressure

My second track this month comes from, I think, one of StayFresh's best MCs, Pressure. The Birmingham spitter reps his ends to the fullest on this track, mentioning it almost every two seconds! His flow is very signature, and that's so important to have in today's copy-cat environment. Expect some exciting projects from Pressure, namely his upcoming Swifta Beater-produced EP, Grime Is Money.

 

1. TRACK OF THE MONTH: C4 Feat. JME, Frisco & Jammer - Off Track (BBK Remix)

 

My number one of the month comes from one of the most hyped and talked about MCs in grime at the moment, C4. Recently signed to the same management as Boy Better Know, the Birmingham-born rhymer hooked up with his team mates JME, Frisco and Jammer, for the remix of his popular grime song, Off Track - which is produced by his brother, Preditah. EVERYONE can relate to the message, and I think that's why it's had such a great response with not just grime-lovers, but music-lovers across the board. This, along with the original, is out now!

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Tip of the Week: Gabrielle Aplin - Home

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Lynda Davies Lynda Davies | 10:47 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012

When MTV call you 'as close to perfect as anything you’ll hear' and start making favourable comparisons to the untouchable Adele, you know you've got some pretty high expectations to live up to. Thankfully, Gabrielle Aplin fulfils these and more.

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter, record label owner and multi-instrumentalist has long been a favourite of Introducing, with her cover of Fix You being one of the most watched videos on our You Tube channel.

The single below, Home, comes from the new EP of the same name and has already spun charts around the world into a frenzy. As her army of fans and delighted critics continue to amass, now is the time to start raving about Ms Aplin.

 

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Tip of The Week: Proxies - If I Had A Penny To My Name

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Lynda Davies Lynda Davies | 12:16 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012

Proxies draw influence from wherever they can, name checking Enter Shikari, Pendulum and 30 Seconds To Mars amongst those who have shaped their sound.

Jordan, Joe, Alex and Joshua formed the band whilst at university and soon gained renown for their energetic live performances. They've just been announced as the main support for Hadouken later this year, so there will be plenty of occasions to see them hit the stage with a bang.

In the meantime, enjoy the track below. If I Had A Penny To My Name mixes heavy electronica beats with rock sensibilities to create a persuasive debut single.

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Huw's Label of Love: Brainfeeder

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 08:55 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012

When Flying Lotus isn't busy performing and releasing mind-boggling records, he's doing it for others. Paving the way for forward-thinking influential maverick music-makers, Brainfeeder is his label, and it's home to Thundercat and Lapalux amongst others.

I spoke to Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison about the founding of the label, the future of the label, and recent releases.

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Tip of the Week: Kobi Onyame - Protect Myself

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Lynda Davies Lynda Davies | 10:10 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012

Kobi Onyame is a Ghanaian/UK based Hip Hop artist and producer who is getting lots of praise from the likes of MTV and the MOBO Awards. He's given blisteringly hot live performances at T In The Park and on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, plus opened shows for some of the greats - Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Kano and Wu Tang to name a few.

April sees the release of his long-awaited album, Green Green Grasses. The track below, Protect Myself, features assured vocals, dark synths and heavy beats, promising that great things are in store for this Glasgow MC.

 

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Huw's Label of Love: Communion

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 09:38 UK time, Thursday, 8 March 2012

This week's Label of Love is Communion Records.

Home to many a familiar name (Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard), their love of music acoustic and electric has seen their popular live nights pop up in locations all over the world. Ben from Mumford and Sons runs the label with Kev who I spoke to about the current roster, live nights and future plans...

 

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

BBC Introducing Scotland's Ally McCrae gets the low down from Joseph JP Patterson, as he reveals his top three underground tracks of the month.

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3. Dolla Da Dustman - Zoop! Zoop!

Right, so I’m currently on a mission to bring the term "zoop" back. In grime terms, it’s basically the same as "brap", but it was very short-lived. I tweeted about this issue the other week and Dolla Da Dustman sent me his tune which is also called Zoop! Zoop! It's a few months old, but it's appropriate for my current mission!

2. Mr Mitchell - On The Rooftop

My second track of the month is a little different, and it comes from Mr Mitchell who used to make up one half of Mike Skinner’s act, The Mitchell Brothers.

Mr. Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell

On this particular track, the rapper delivers a deep message about how he escapes life’s issues. I have literally had this on repeat for weeks! Out on March 25.  

1. TRACK OF THE MONTH: Rudimental Feat. MNEK & Syron - Spoons

My number one track of the month couldn’t be further away from the world of grime. Rudimental are a new production collective from east London, and they've created this deep house track featuring the mesmerising vocal talents of pop singers, MNEK and Syron. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you’ll know how much I love this track - I've been talking about non-stop for weeks! You can download the track for free on Facebook.

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Tip Of The Week: Swiss Lips - U Got The Power

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Lynda Davies Lynda Davies | 10:32 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012

Swiss Lips bridge the gap between dance, pop and electro with masses of skill and style. Hailing from Manchester, the five-piece are currently hard at work on their debut album, due to see the light later this year.

The track below, U Got The Power, is a fizzingly energetic celebration of being young. Have a listen below and recapture some misspent youth.

 

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Huw's Label Of Love: Loud and Quiet

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 14:27 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

This week's Label Of Love is Loud And Quiet.

It's also a magazine/newspaper; a free and really interesting read which has recently also launched in Japan. Stuart Stubbs is the man behind Loud And Quiet. He's a man who loves his physical releases, and brought us Disclosure and Alt-J first. Over to Stuart...

 


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