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I first played Gallops on the radio in 2007. They sounded unlike anyone else making music in Wales at the time. Perhaps, in those early days, they were a little in thrall/overtly inspired by Battles, but I always found them a more interesting, less indulgent proposition. And they've evolved into entirely their own beast... my, how wonderfully they have grown.
I don't fancy them - don't get the wrong idea. They are quite hot, though.
One of the real, quiet(ish) joys of having played this role for 20 years or so, is witnessing and supporting a great band from their initial demos, right through to that moment when they release their debut album.
I'm so happy and excited that Gallops' debut LP is released today - I'm happy for them, but mostly I'm happy because it's a great album. There is scope, focus, ambition, adventure, brilliance, melody, power and intelligence throughout the album. It's called Yours Sincerely, Dr Hardcore and is released on the fine Blood and Biscuits record label.
To celebrate this momentous occurrence, the band visit us this week in the studio for an interview and have compiled a remarkable half-hour mix of some of the music that has shaped and inspired them. It's a fascinating insight into their musical curiosity, and if a handful more people buy their first Throbbing Gristle record because the mix inspires them to do so, all concerned are guaranteed a place in music heaven.
Elsewhere on the show we have an exclusive preview of Soft-Hearted Scientists' new album False Lights. Free bom boms for all in there. Don't sue us if it proves to be an unshakeable earworm.
Lara Catrin translates her former Bangor classmate Casi Wyn, a wonderful session track originally recorded for Huw Stephens' damn fine C2 show.
Ben Hayes comes in to celebrate one of Mute Records' more under sung heroes.
And there is a glittering mountain of phenomenal new Welsh music for you, including debut plays for Hypermetrix, Squiggle!, Mesijo, Bannau, Jenni Lyon Jones and Lucy Was A Decoy.
D J SHADOW - 'Culprit 1 Mix (Extract)'
GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leopard (Single Mix)'
EUGENE FRANCIS JNR - 'Calliope Fuxwar'
THREATMANTICS - 'Archaeopteryx'
PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Time To Be'
CERYS MATTHEWS - 'Y Darlun'
MILK RACE, THE - 'Identify'
DATBLYGU - 'Wastod Yn Cerdded Yn Unig'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'This Ladder Is Ours'
60FT DOLLS - 'Happy Shopper'
BODHI - 'Don't You Know'
SAM AIREY - 'The Blackout (Pinkunoizu Remix)'
KEYS, THE - 'I Tried To Find It In Books (Cian Ciaran Remix)'
THORUN - 'Hipster Circle Pit'
GALLOPS - 'Astaroth'
GALLOPS - 'Half Hour Mix'
RAY LYNCH - 'The Oh Of Pleasure'
Salt Lake City, Utah
JOHN CARPENTER - 'Orientation #2'
KRAFTWERK - 'Uranium'
RAYMOND SCOTT - 'Lightworks'
HARMONIA - 'Dino'
THROBBING GRISTLE - 'Six Six Sixties'
Kingston Upon Hull
FALL, THE - 'Prole Art Threat'
SUNN O))) - 'Sin Nanna'
Seattle, U. S. A.
ANGELO BADALAMENTI - 'The Brookhouse Boys (Extract)'
JOY DIVISION - 'Decades'
DERRICK MAY & CARL CRAIG - 'Interval I I I (Extract)'
JOEL FAJERMAN - 'Flowers Love'
HYPERMETRIX - 'The Murder's Walk'
SQUIGGLE! - 'The Common Language Of Science'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'The Real Meaning Of Christmas'
SOFT-HEARTED SCIENTISTS - 'Seeing'
DIDZ & CHICO - 'When I Say (coco Old School 7 Version)'
SIBRYDION VS. DRAENOG - 'Madame Guillotine (Chopping Block Dub)'
MESIJO - 'If Only'
LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution'
CASI WYN - 'Diffordd'
THIS IS WRECKAGE - 'Jaguar Paw'
BANNAU - 'A Van But Shiny'
GOLDEN FABLE - 'Blithe Spirit'
JENNI LYON JONES - 'Bitter Almonds'
Bryn Yr Refail
LUCY WAS A DECOY - 'Surreal'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
ROBERT RENTAL - 'Double Heart'
GALLOPS - 'Skyworth'