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Now Playing on Radio 1, part 4 - Minnaars

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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 09:53 UK time, Thursday, 10 September 2009

This week, Leicester's Minnaars are the last of four acts taken from our Reading and Leeds line-up to be added to the Radio 1 daytime playlist.


(If you're currently thinking 'Huh? Unsigned bands on Radio 1...during the day?!', you might want to catch up with these previous posts concerning A Plastic Rose, Everything Everything and Boney Black)

The track is called Are Lovers, and with its atmospheric intro and apocalyptic outro, the full version clocks in at a healthy 6'21" (no doubt there's a radio edit). You may have heard it played today on Jo Whiley's show just after 11am. If you missed it - or loved it and want to hear it over and over again - here you go, knock yourself out:

Produced by ¡Forward Russia!'s Tom Woodhead, they've labelled their Foals-esque blend of hypnotic, complex rhythms and riffs 'mop' (math-rock and pop, geddit?). Gavin and Stacey's Matt Horne declared himself a fan in an interview with NME, apparently. Those of you who were down at our stage at Reading or Leeds will need no telling, but Minnaars are a superb live act. The band only began playing live in 2008, but have already performed all over the UK and in Europe. If you weren't there, don't fret, you can watch the highlights of their set on the Reading and Leeds site. Here's a taster:

*Update*: Here's some of the instant feedback that Jo Whiley received just after playing Are Lovers on-air this morning:

  • Did that song say make bakewells at the start? Becky on my way to the beach x x
  • Jo, yes minnaars are a brilliant band, been to c them 5-6 times around leicester. Very tight band, obviously they practice well! Much love, claire Xx
  • They have such a good sound this band. It about time they start getting some serious radio play! Got a blocparty influence round about them.. Kev from ROMFORD
  • Its like bloc party have eaten the foals great tune!
  • I'm exhausted just listening - brilliant tho! Who r they again? Jules also from Leicester :-)...x

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