Archives for August 2012

Tip of the Week: Deaf Club - Sunday

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Tom Young Tom Young | 11:44 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

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Those who caught Deaf Club on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading or Leeds at the weekend will  now be well aware of their powers. Their 25 minute set (highlights of which can be seen here) brought a stormy, bewitching atmosphere to the festival that swept far beyond the reaches of the Stage's limits.

Towards the end of the set, the London based Welsh group played Sunday and it was one of the many fantastic moments witnessed across the weekend. In person and on record, Sunday is a fiercely dramatic soundscape with rippling guitars, echoing drums and Polly Mackey's delicate vocals filling every second with tension of a cinematic scale.

The band, who originally released the track in February after the success of their debut EP Lull, head out on an eight date tour in November. You can find out more details on their tumblr.

Sunday is being played all week on Radio 1 and will be made available to download as part of Huw Stephens' free Introducing podcast from August 30th 2012. Let us know what you think of Sunday using the comments below.

Tip of the Week: Dear Prudence - Coming Apart Again

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Tom Young Tom Young | 18:36 UK time, Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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This weekend, Dear Prudence play the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds festival. Not an ordinary week for the Brighton band and made even better with a spot on the BBC Radio 1 playlist for their track Coming Apart Again.

Coming Apart Again is a brilliant piece of gothic pop that's dark, moody and uplifting at the same time. Frontwoman Madi Poncia's evocative vocal matches the building beats and drawn out synths stride for stride providing a dramatic three and a half minutes. It's definitely going to sound right at home on stage at Reading and Leeds.

Let us know what you make of the track using the comments below and keep your eye out for highlights of the band's set on the BBC's Reading and Leeds website.

Huw's Label of Love: Distiller Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 12:25 UK time, Thursday, 16 August 2012

This week's Label of Love is Distiller Records. Fiercely independent and proud to support their artists, their roster is jam-packed full of powerful, exciting artists: Funeral For A Friend, Sound of Guns, St Spirit and Fridge Magnets are just some who have the Distiller stamp on their sleeves. Rob Anderson from the label tells us more...

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Tip of the Week: Chutes - Brighten Up

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Tom Young Tom Young | 10:32 UK time, Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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Everyone seems to be scratching around for post-Olympic hangover cures this week. Well, good news, we have one too - the cheery sounds of Chutes and their single Brighten Up, currently all over BBC Radio 1's playlist.

Despite the regular repitition of the lyric "the weather's been cold outside, and it's not gonna brighten up", there's plenty of sunshine in what Chutes do. The fivesome from Folkestone (four boys, one girl) run riot with fun, fresh and charming indie pop that reminds us of Mystery Jets and The Maccabees.

Brighten Up, a former hottest record of the week for Jacob Rickard at BBC Introducing in Kent, bounces along with call and response harmonies and mix of mellower folky moments with shackles-off, foot-down choruses.

Proof that the band have no difficulty bridging the transition from record to stage comes in the shape of their performance for us at T in the Park. Well worth checking out.

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Huw's Label of Love: Peski Records

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 11:41 UK time, Thursday, 9 August 2012

This week’s Label of Love is Welsh label Peski Records. They’ve brought us great releases by Cate Le Bon, experimental melodist Jakokoyak and Radio Luxembourg (now known as Race Horses) over the years, and are now stepping up a gear with records by Pippette Gwenno Saunders and Plyci. Rhys Edwards (also Jakokoyak) from the label, tells us what its like to be a Peski kid…

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Tip of the Week: Paigey Cakey - Hood Swag

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Tom Young Tom Young | 11:51 UK time, Wednesday, 8 August 2012

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One of the stars of the BBC Introducing Stage at Hackney Weekend, Paigey Cakey is an exciting new rapping talent from East London. No stranger to the fame game, Paigey (real name Paige Meade) starred in Joe Cornish's Attack The Block last year and will soon be on your screens in Waterloo Road.

Hood Swag is typical Paigey Cakey as she attacks each verse with confidence over a mysterious looping beat and layered vocals. 'I'm a show off, there ain't nothin' you can show me' she snarls. It's a song of intent from a young female MC who's already teamed up with Mz Bratt, Princess Nyah (who features on Hood Swag) and Wiley.

Follow Paigey on Twitter and give your verdict on Hood Swag in the comments below.

Huw's Label of Love: The Leaf Label

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 15:16 UK time, Thursday, 2 August 2012

Bringing a world of music to our collective ears, The Leaf Label has quietly but assuredly released quality records for the last 17 years. Caribou, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang have called Leaf home, and current signings Volcano! are the latest toasts of Leaf HQ. Tony from the label explains all...

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Featured tracks:

Jherek Bischoff - Young & Lovely
Volcano! - Pinata
Also featuring...Asa-Chang & Junray - Hana
Caribou - Barnowl
A Hawk & A Hacksaw - Gadje Sirba
Efterklang - Mirador
Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Fight For Me

Follow The Leaf Label on Twitter for all their latest updates.

What can the Performing Arts Fund do for you?

Tom Young Tom Young | 14:25 UK time, Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Performing Arts Fund is a BBC charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. Previous winners of the Fund have gone on to produce a Mercury Prize winning album, perform at the Glastonbury Festival, work with likes of Kanye West and Flo Rida and land starring roles in the West End. One performer to benefit from the Fund was Kobi Onyame, a hip hop producer and artist who received a grant in 2008. He reflects on his journey so far below.


Kobi Onyame

"I had the opportunity to be a part of the BBC Performing Arts Fund (BBC PAF) through the Urban Music scheme. I was nominated by my local BBC Introducing representatives and received a grant of £5,000 for my home recording studio.

The whole experience of PAF was great! Industry professionals including artists, DJs, radio executives, label heads and managers all sat on the panel to give advice. I had the opportunity to pick people who I wanted to mentor me. I picked someone in radio, someone in the labels and an artist - people who till this day I have stayed in touch with and helped tremendously on my musical journey. PAF taught me a lot about the industry and how important it is to make and KEEP good relationships.

BBC Introducing has been a great help to my career so far. I've been invited to record live sessions for BBC Introducing twice and also played the BBC Introducing stage in 2009 at Glastonbury! I have since gone on to perform at other festival stages as well.
I maintain my fan base mainly by playing live, radio plays and the use of social media. One of the easiest ways I have received airplay is through the BBC Introducing Uploader which I have used several times to get my songs to BBC Introducing DJs across the country. I would advise any artist who hasn't uploaded their track to the BBC Introducing Uploader to definitely do so!

BBC Introducing and PAF have added to my growth as an artist and I continue to use the avenues that they provide to get my music from my home studio to you, the fans!"

Kobi releases his new single Dreams featuring Jamie Sellers on July 29th. You can also follow him on Twitter or check out his page on the BBC Performing Arts Fund website.

Every year the BBC Performing Arts Fund supports a different art form - dance, music or theatre. This year the focus is on music and the latest scheme, Music Fellowships, will open on the August 13th 2012. For more information, find details on the website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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