Tip of The Week: Chad Valley - Up and Down
Hugo Manuel is no stranger to the BBC Introducing stage. He first played on it at Glastonbury 2008 with his band Jonquil, then in 2011 he chopped off his pony tail, had a shave, changed his shirt and returned to the stage at T in The Park as solo artist Chad Valley.
Here are the highlights of that very performance, the opening track Portuguese Solid Summer is particulary uplifting and you have to say somewhat ironic as the camera pans to the crowd to reveal a wet miserable Scottish summer rather than any glimmer of Portuguese sunshine.
Despite the weather, Hugo has that blend of chilled electronic music and soothing vocals that makes you feel you are watching the sunset from a terraced cafe in Ibiza for a brief moment, even if you do have to come crashing down to a muddy field in Kinross a few moments later.
This summer Chad Valley has played in Dublin, Paris, Budapest, Belgrade, Istanbul, and In The City, and has supported the likes of Amiina, The Mountain Goats and Foals. His music has been a big hit in the blogosphere, and in October was the fourth most blogged about artist on the planet apparantly.
This track Up and Down has far more up's than down's, and is one of those songs you would imagine underneath a reflective montage of all the fuzzy magical moments of Glastonbury on the final BBC2 programme of the weekend (you know, everyone smiling, the silliest costumes, Beyonce saying hello Glastonbury, children eating ice cream whilst sitting on their dads shoulders, a shot of Wayne Rooney in wellies and a young couple passed out in eachothers arms as the sun sets majestically over the stone circle). Anyway, maybe it will be used as that track at Glastonbury 2013, but for now it will be on the Radio 1 playlist all week, maybe you can make your own summer montage of your festival memories as you listen. Awwwwwww