My favourite Welsh sounds of 2012, part one
It's that time of year again, when I try to squeeze an entire year's worth of excellent Music of Welsh origin into three paltry airwave hours.
Previous years have given me ulcers; I've burnt more bridges than the SAS in enemy territory because of omissions and oversights, and spent the first six months of the new year kicking myself in the shins over the tracks I wished I had included.
To solve these problems - and extend my life expectancy by at least 3.76 hrs - this year's celebration of my favourite music of Welsh origin is spread across two three hour shows... and it's still a very compact, tin of sardines-like affair. You can listen to part one here.
I'm trying to avoid calling it the Best of 2012 because the beauty of music is that we all have our own opinion on what we were most impressed with. These two shows, then, represent a selection of the 100+ tracks that have most moved and inspired me in the last 12 months.
Music of Welsh origin [bring on the first MOWO awards, please] can be defined as follows: Welsh artists (in Wales and elsewhere); artists based in Wales; artists on Welsh record labels; artists represented by Welsh management; tracks produced by Welsh producers. It's the same set of criteria I operate under every Saturday night.
The only other ground rule I imposed on myself was this: a limit of one track per artist, no exceptions.
I hope you enjoy the shows.
I'll be back live in the studio on Saturday 5 January.
These are the final statistics for the music I've been lucky enough to support and showcase in 2012.
1410 diff songs/ 1939 Total. 824 Artists in 52 shows since 1st, Jan '12 (~Songs per:37, Unique artists per:16) Welsh:94% Cymraeg:12%.
Many thanks to all of the artists and labels who have submitted music to me. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
SOUNDHOG - 'Whole Lotta Helter Skelter [Led Zeppelin Vs. The Beatles]'
THIRD PARTY - 'Ashtray Ind.'
NO CEREMONY /// - 'Feelsolow'
K T R L - 'Aufstieg'
GOLDEN FABLE - 'Always Golden'
STAGGA & MONKY - 'Glass Bong'
P L O AND RALPH RIP SHIT - 'Hold That [Clean Edit]'
DIDZ & CHICO - 'When I Say [Coco 7" Dub - Feat. Vanity]'
DOOM REGGAE - 'Move It [Remix]'
BRAMBLES - 'Such Owls As You'
BAND PRES GARNDOLBENMAEN - 'Ysbeidiau Heulog'
BURUM - 'Lisa Lan'
ALUN TAN LAN - 'Deud Wrtha Fi Am Yr Awyr Las'
QUEER'D SCIENCE - 'Punish You'
LESBIANHORSE - 'I Don't Want To Set The Worms On Fire'
TRWBADOR - 'Lluniau [Fersiwn Albwm]'
FAMILY OF THE YEAR - 'Hero [E P Version]'
EUROS CHILDS - 'I'm Seeing Her Tonight'
CATE LE BON - 'Fold The Cloth'
JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Sweater'
GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leopard (Single Mix)'
CUT RIBBONS - 'Damascus (Radio Edit)'
KATELL KEINEG - 'Platform 0'
EXIT INTERNATIONAL - 'Chainsaw Song (Single Version)'
MOWBIRD - 'Thank You, You Are Revolting'
COLD COMMITTEE - 'Love Can Be Easy'
WOLVES - 'Divide'
PLYCI - 'Slut'
JEWELLERS - 'Sing Trees'
SUE DENIM - 'Brewster Mccloud'
HEAVY PETTING ZOO - 'Deathproof'
IRMA VEP - 'Bare In Mind [Album Version]'
WILD EYES, THE - 'I Look Good On You'
WHO ARE THE MONSTERS? - 'Who Are The Monsters?'
ISLET - 'This Fortune'
GWENNO - 'Ymbelydredd [Boy Least Likely To Remix]'
BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT - 'A New Word To Say'
RACE HORSES - 'Sisters'
BODHI - 'Emanation'
DATBLYGU - 'Bywoliaeth'
COLORAMA - 'Hapus'
IFAN DAFYDD - 'Treehouse (EP Version)'
ASTROID BOYS - 'Bad Ass'
R. SEILIOG - 'Sturdy Seams'
SEN SEGUR - 'Sarah'
THIS IS WRECKAGE - 'Running In Furs'
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN - 'ASA'
HARRY KEYWORTH - 'Flux [EP Version]'
WITCHES DRUM, THE - 'Watch The Freaks Lose It'