Tonight's UKNY at 10 is an eclectic affair, ranging from the happy return of Django Django, Dutch Uncles and Belle and Sebastian to fresh singles from intriguing newcomers like Cold, Cold Heart, C Duncan, and Liu Bei (featuring Slowdive's Rachel Goswell). We'll also hear a new track from BBC Sound of 2015 winners Years & Years and the Commonwealth Cut is Australian, space-age psychedelic and, strangely, would segue superbly out of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose." That's actually a good thing.
Curl up with a cuppa, whether hot tea or mulled wine, for tonight's UKNY at 11—it's ridiculously cold out there–for thoughtful new releases from C Duncan, Emmy the Great (pictured), Drewford Alabama (aka former Noisettes co-founder Jamie Morrison), Cara Mitchell, and the duo of Maxïmo Park's Paul Mitchell and Field Music's Peter Brewis. There will be suitcases hoisted and long journeys taken, from the South Pacific to outer space, so do come along for the ride.
Tonight's UKNY at 11 is caught in that no man's land between 2014 and the bouncing baby new year with recent releases from Thom Yorke, Laura Marling, The Drink and BC Camplight, the moniker of Manchester-based American musician Brian Christinzio. In addition, we'll hear from the unsigned Glasgow (by way of Cumbernauld) band Dead Man Fall which became an overnight smash (and topped digital charts) after their self-released single was prominently featured on the December 19 finale of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".
Since UKNY focuses on mostly new British releases, I don't often give myself the chance to return to and deeply explore songs and albums that I especially love. So on tonight's UKNY at 11, a revisit to some of the my favorite records of 2014 from Aphex Twin, Nat Johnson (pictured with merrymaking bandmates), Ibibio Sound Machine, Eno Hyde and more. And because I still can't resist a freshly-brewed single, an early offering from Black Rivers, the new project from brothers Jez and Andy Williams of Doves. The future of Doves seems uncertain—the Manchester trio has been on hiatus since 2010 and Jimi Goodwin released his solo debut earlier this year—but Black Rivers will release a debut album in February.
On this Saturday before Christmas, in the midst of Chanukah and on the brink of the winter solstice, it seemed a fine time to get festive and deck the halls in holly and ivy. So on UKNY at 11 tonight, nothing but songs of the season from Tracey Thorn, Smoke Fairies, Scritti Politti, Laura Mvula (pictured), Los Campesinos! and others. We'll be mostly snowbound, warmed by wassail, mince pies and some wistful asides ... but expect some cheery caroling too.