On UKNY at 11 tonight, brand new or forthcoming releases from 19-year-old Aberdeen singer-songwriter Cara Mitchell, London's Anglo-Irish trio The Drink (pictured) and Lake District dream-pop duo Aquilo. Also, music from seminal shoegazers Ride, who broke up nearly 19 years ago, but announced their surprise reunion this week (and tour dates, including a sold-out Terminal 5 gig in June). I'll also play another razor-sharp track from the restlessly outspoken and prolific Sleaford Mods, in New York next Saturday night, November 29, for their very first U.S. show.
New releases abound on tonight's UKNY at 11, zigzagging from the punk brio of Notthingham's Sleaford Mods (pictured), the pretty heartbreak of Sheffield's Nat Johnson and the sensual grooves of Manchester's Dutch Uncles. Also, The Clash, Noel Gallagher and Holiday Cheer for FUV guest Laura Marling slip into the mix.
On UKNY at 11 tonight, an array of new releases from Manchester's Julie Campbell, better known as LoneLady, as well as Fold, Clark, Jon Hopkins and the Buzzcocks. We'll dive headlong into a track from Bristol newcomers Spectres that takes a brazen left turn, midway through, that's akin to standing in the middle of a cyclonic sonic duststorm (no, there's nothing wrong with your radio, just hang in there). Also, the legendary Johnny Marr (aka Johnny "effing" Marr) is headed to the New York area for three shows next week, so something from that brilliant guitarist too, pulled from his terrific second solo album, Playland.
Rabbits! It's the first day of a new month and tonight on UKNY at 11, a grab bag of sorts with bands that were at CMJ (Casual Sex, Frogbelly and Symphony), happened to happily win the 2014 Mercury Prize (Young Fathers) or have transcendent new releases (The Staves, These New Puritans). In addition, two cool—and surprising—covers and we'll continue to explore the 20th anniversary remastered edition of Underworld's brilliant and groundbreaking dubnobasswithmyheadman.
Since 1992, one of most prestigious awards given to a British or Irish album each year is the Mercury Prize, an accolade that also carries a purse of £20,000 (about $32,000) and the promise of increased sales (although that's not always the case). Every September, a shortlist of 12 fine albums is announced, selected by a panel of music industry types. This Wednesday, October 29, the nominated artists and bands will perform at London's Roundhouse, eat a nice dinner, likely drink a little too much wine and discover, by night's end, if their album has indeed won the Mercury Prize.
So on tonight's UKNY at 11, the equation is pretty simple: we'll hear one track from all of the nominated albums, an eclectic shortlist of releases from Damon Albarn, GoGo Penguin, Kate Tempest, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Anna Calvi, Young Fathers, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and Jungle.