Archives for May 2012

Huw's Label of Love: Not Even Music

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 11:29 UK time, Thursday, 31 May 2012

This week’s Label Of Love is Not Even Music. Part of the Moshi Moshi record family, Theo runs Not Even and has put out a handful of intriguing releases. The latest from the stable is Becoming Real’s album, and Sunless ‘97’s beautiful new single. Theo was a bit hungover recording this interview, but I think he sounded great – we also discovered he loves a bit of frozen pizza. Who doesn’t?!

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Tip of the Week: French Soul Party - French Kissing

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Tom Young Tom Young | 11:52 UK time, Monday, 28 May 2012

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It’s fitting that Huddersfield band French Soul Party hit the Radio 1 playlist as the summer dares to show its face in most parts of the UK. French Kissing is the soundtrack to your sunbathing… or at least mine.

The rhythm of French Kissing is what makes it so moreish. The dynamics of the stop-start guitar and drum sections will remind many of Foals but there’s plenty more on offer including basslines and synths that appears in all the right places, a heartfelt vocal from lead singer Alex Headford and, lest I forget, ace use of the cowbell.

French Soul Party are giving away French Kissing for free this week (w/c May 28th 2012). Just head to their Soundcloud page to take full advantage.

Follow them on Twitter and as always, let me know what you make of the track below.

BBC Introducing in Bristol: 'Music saved my life'

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Tom Young Tom Young | 16:46 UK time, Thursday, 24 May 2012

Our friends at BBC Introducing in Bristol have made a documentary looking at the power of music as a tool for personal, emotional and physical development.
Take a look at this promotional film for the documentary 'Music saved my life' and then read presenter Sam Bonham's experiences of making the programme.

Bristol is a city with a strong musical heritage and there are several established and popular community projects, bringing people together and tapping into music performance, song writing and collaboration as a way to empower people. I've been talking to some of those who attend the community music projects in the city and I've heard stories of people needing music to survive and more importantly, needing community music projects to connect with music. It's been a fascinating journey and even raised questions for me concerning my relationship with music.

Empror

Empror near his home in Easter (© Chaz Oliver)

I've also found some some incredible success stories, with several of the artists who attend these community music projects going onto bigger things. For example, MC artist Empror attended a number of community projects in Bristol, using the free studio time and receiving emotional support. Now, three years after attending his first music project, Empror is an established musician having performed at BBC 1Xtra Live and recently entertaining crowds at Bristol's Olympic Torch Relay event.

'Music Saved My Life' is on BBC Radio Bristol at 6pm on Tuesday 5 June and will be avaiable on BBC iPlayer for the following seven days.
Sam Bonham (BBC Introducing in Bristol)

Huw's Label of Love: The Independent Label Market

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 13:10 UK time, Thursday, 24 May 2012

For this week's Label of Love I thought it'd be good to reflect on the Independent Label Market, which happened recently in London. Over 40 labels were at the day, selling their music on their labels, at an event organised by Joe from the ace Angular Recordings label. There was a lot of bunting, posters, badges, cds and vinyls, even bananas that came with free mp3s. Here's Joe to explain more...

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

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3. Footsie - Bag Of Grease (Produced by Darq E Freaker) 
My third choice this month comes from Footsie - who along with D Double E makes up east London grime outfit, Newham Generals. Footsie's new single, Bag Of Grease, is produced by one of the most forward-thinking grime beat-makers out there right now, Darq E Freaker - who has made something quite dark and haunted for the legendary MC to flow over. For as long as I've known Footsie's music, he's always been about his grime. His hunger for the music still comes across in every track that he releases, which is great to see considering that he's been making grime for SO many years! Cop this track when it's released on May 29.

2. Sam Kay - Oh Gosh

My second pick this month comes from Sam Kay, who I placed on the top spot back in June 2011 with his track, Back To My Old Ways. On Oh Gosh, which comes from his forthcoming 'Every Day I Win' EP, Sam raps about not caring about what the naysayers have to say about your life or daily grind, and to just keep on doing what you feel is right for you. This tune stood out for me because it's really relatable to my situation right now. Sometimes you have to just have to go with what you feel is right, regardless of what others think. Big up Yellow on the production front too. Can't beat a tune with a deep message that you can also have a little ol' skank along to.

1. Stinkahbell & Psy:am Feat. P Money, Little Dee & Blacks - 'Hot Poo' 

My number one track this month comes from Stinkahbell, Psy:am, P Money, Little Dee and Blacks with Hot Poo. Nice track title, right? Each MC rides the dubstep beat with ease, further confirming that grime and dubstep can work really perfectly together if done in the correct way. A solid banger for the clubs. The track is coming out on Plastician's Terror Rythhm label on May 28.

This is Joseph 'JP' Patterson's last entry for BBC Introducing, but be sure to keep following him on Twitter for all the latest music news.

Tip of the Week: The Feud - It Ain't Right

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Tom Young Tom Young | 13:05 UK time, Monday, 21 May 2012

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This blog post may be being published on a Monday but there's a distinct Friday feel to the latest Tip of the Week. Speeding into the Radio 1 playlist are The Feud with It Ain't Right.

Put simply, the track is a whole load of fun. The combination of the driving rock sound and the range of (often pretty dirty) electronic dance beats make for a single which surprises you at every corner before reeling you in with a soaring anthemic chorus.

The Manchester based band are currently working towards their debut album and tearing up a few festivals this summer where they hope to see people moshing and ass-wiggling in equal measure. Sounds like a plan to us!

Keep up to date with The Feud on Twitter and tell us what you make of the track in the comments below.

Huw's Label of Love: One Handed Music

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 16:56 UK time, Thursday, 17 May 2012

Label of Love time and it's One Handed Music this week. I spoke to Alex Chase, who also works at Stones Throw Records, about the label which puts out some properly weird and wonderful records. Paul White's debut was the first release on the label, and Alex spent a day looking for quilted pillows to house the cd's it arrived in. Here's Mo Lolours and Paul White tracks and Alex to tell more...

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Tip of the Week: Fridge Magnets - Feeling Grows

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Tom Young Tom Young | 16:50 UK time, Monday, 14 May 2012

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Added to the Radio 1 playlist this week are Fridge Magnets and their track Feeling Grows.

The band, described by our very own Ally McCrae as having more swagger than Calvin Harris (that's a lot of swagger), hail from Glasgow and Aberdeen with an electro rock sound designed to get pulses racing and people dancing.

After gigs at Rockness, T in The Park and Belladrum Festival, Fridge Magnets have already built a reputation for exciting live performances and that shines through on Feeling Grows which starts slowly before swiftly turning up the tempo. Fans of Harris, Example and The Prodigy should definitely pay attention.

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Huw's Label of Love: Loose Lips Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 10:53 UK time, Monday, 14 May 2012

They’ve only been around a year or so, but Loose Lips Records have already put out some corking releases from the likes of Wise Blood, Chad Valley and Azari & III. If you like your beats uptempo and your vocals epic you’ll love what they do. I chatted to Phil from the label to find out more and hear their newest releases…

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Tip of the Week: China Rats - N.O.M.O.N.E.Y.

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Tom Young Tom Young | 11:39 UK time, Tuesday, 8 May 2012

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New to the Radio 1 playlist this week are China Rats with N.O.M.O.N.E.Y. following the release of their debut EP, To Be Like I.

The fourpiece from Leeds, who only started playing together last year, have already got the attention of BBC Introducing DJs Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson and Alan Raw and will now be running around your heads with 2 minutes of pop punk charm.

The track balances the issue of insufficient funds ("Got another bill I only could sigh") with an upbeat attitude directing you straight to the dancefloor. The '50s pop feel and sunny harmonies are hard to resist – it’s slick, catchy and likely to get you doing a little chair dance at your desk.

This week (w/c May 7th) the song is available to download for free from the band’s Facebook page. Result.

Let us know what you make of N.O.M.O.N.E.Y by leaving a comment below.

Huw's Label of Love - Honest Jon's Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 15:18 UK time, Thursday, 3 May 2012

This week’s Huw’s Label of Love is West London’s own Honest Jon’s Records, home to a big mix of genres and musical talent from around the world, including Actress, and Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

It started life as a shop and grew into a label thanks to a suggestion from a regular customer, a certain Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur fame. Huw spoke to Alan Scholefield from the label to find out what makes such an eclectic brilliant label tick…

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JP's Underground Tracks of the Month

BBC Introducing Scotland's Ally McCrae gets the low down from Joseph JP Patterson, as he reveals his top three underground tracks.

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 3. Blizzard – Neckbreaker 

My third track of the month comes from Blizzard, an MC based in Manchester. I have to be honest with you, I've known about this guy for a long time but I've never really followed his movement, well, until now. Being the battle rapper that he is, Blizzard's witty character comes across in his delivery, and that's what really caught my attention on Neckbreaker. He also produced the track, so he gets two thumbs up from me!

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2. Kozzie – Yeah! 

My second choice this month comes from one of the biggest MCs in grime right now, Kozzie. His new single, Yeah!, is produced by Birmingham's Preditah and we get to hear the south Londoner do what he does best, which is boasting about how great he is! (Laughs) But on a serious note, he's an interesting guy to listen to, just down to the way he attacks the beat alone.

1. TRACK OF THE MONTH: Sleepin' Giantz (Rodney P, Zed Bias & Fallacy) – Badungdeng 

My number one pick of the month comes from the legendary Rodney P, Zed Bias and Fallacy – who are now known as the newly-formed group, Sleepin' Giantz. I came across Badungdeng when I was editing an interview with Rodney P for MTV UK (The Wrap Up), and my house skank just took over! (Laughs) Rodney P mentioned that their album will be a mix of D&B, house, dubstep and hip-hop, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what they do to the UK music scene later this year and beyond.

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