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The show, live from Bangor, is a little like the beginning of one of those sprawling shows on American cable TV. It's the 'Previously on Adam Walton' bit right at the start; a quick summation of what's happened in Welsh music *So Far* in 2011. The reason I'm doing this is because so much great music has stumbled or been cajoled into my inbox this year, it will be impossible to sum it up in one fell swoop come December, which is what we normally do. A half-term(ish) report seems fitting.
Also, I'd spent the last week in bed with tonsilitis. I thought that was a kids' ailment, something that guaranteed a day off school watching TV all day with a bottle of Lucozade. But it was a bit worse than that. When you start hallucinating fellow radio presenters throwing cats at you, and you're convinced it's real, you're some way south of being helped by a fizzy glucose drink.
So, there is more great noise than usual packed into this week's three hours. And there was still an awful lot that merited airplay, but that wouldn't quite fit into the flow of things: Pulco, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Toy Horses, Trwbador, Land of Bingo, Plyci truly, there has been a noticeable surge in the amount of fascinating music this year. Well, at least from where I'm sitting.
It was incredibly difficult - even at this midpoint of the year - to choose the best 40-ish tracks. Everyone, for example, appears to have a different favourite track on Gruff Rhys' Hotel Shampoo, which is obvious testament to that album's depth and quality.
Next week's show is going to make up for lost time with regards all of the new tracks that have been building up like magic plaque on a lollipop-addicted dragon's teeth. (Dragons are renowned for their terrible dental hygiene. Well, you try finding a toothbrush down the local chemists that will withstand temperatures in excess of 1000°C.)
New releases/updated release info/demos/gig announcements and provocative correspondence should be directed towards firstname.lastname@example.org with contact info/relevant web links and a short biography.
You can also submit music to the show via the BBC Introducing Uploader.
I really hope you enjoy this week's selection of sounds. It's a great insight into the boggling amount of musical creativity in Wales. Let me know what you think, especially if you have tips for anything I may have overlooked.
Many thanks/diolch yn fawr iawn,
STRANGE NEWS FROM ANOTHER STAR - 'I Am Weatherproof'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade'
IFAN DAFYDD - 'Treehouse'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Whisper In My Ear'
LLEUWEN - 'Cawell Fach Y Galon'
PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Days We Made'
GENTLE GOOD, THE - 'Aubade'
GALLOPS - 'Joust'
DAUWD - 'Shimmer'
EVM (EVERMEAN) - 'U Want More (featuring Amy Wilson)'
XXXY - 'Ordinary Things'
MASTERS IN FRANCE - 'Mad Hatter'
ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
TYNAL TYWYLL - 'Emyr'
CHLOE LEAVERS - 'Don't Leave Your Joy'
ANNI ROSSI - 'Candyland'
Chicago/New York (cardiff Label)
COLORAMA - 'Candy Street'
JONNY - 'I'll Make Her My Best Friend'
EXIT INTERNATIONAL - 'Glory Horn ( Alt. Edit )'
ASTROID BOYS - 'Welcome To The Zoo ( Flying Skulls Remix - Radio Edit )'
SKINDRED - 'Cut Dem'
TINY SKITZ - 'Grime Is The One'
DISCORD - 'Sunday Dub'
Y NIWL - 'Saith'
GRUFF RHYS - 'Sensations In The Dark'
MOWBIRD - 'Holy Moly Me Oh My'
SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'Living ( Sweeping The Nation Comp Version )'
JEWELLERS - 'To Live In Your Pocket'
SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP - 'Snakes In The Grass'
KEYS, THE - 'I Tried To Find It In Books'
HOUDINI DAX - 'Robin You Lie'
WHITE NOISE SOUND - 'Sunset'
LITTLE ARROW - 'Boat'
PETE LAWRIE - 'Just Dust'
METHOD, THE - 'Whip Around'
TELEGRAM FROM THE QUEEN - 'Thrashopolis'
KORELESS - 'Up Down Up Down'
JUMPING BACK SLASH - 'Kwaai Sneakers'
LOOSE CAPACITOR - 'Theme From Robin's Nest'
METABEATS - 'The Snap Featuring Mudmowth, Rtkal & Ruffstylz ( Radio Edit )'
VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB, THE - 'Bag Of Meat'
WE ARE ANIMAL - 'Luminous Lights'
LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution'
FFA COFFI PAWB - 'Lluchia Dy Fflachlwch Drosda I'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
YAZOO - 'Nobody's Diary'
SAM AIREY - 'The Blackout ( Radio Edit )'