On tonight's UKNY at 11, the richly evocative rap of Kate Tempest, who played New York's Mercury Lounge this week, and Ghostpoet—both are gifted Londoners with powerful, empathetic viewpoints. Also, the cheeky, technicolor pop of London's Kero Kero Bonito and Liverpool's Stealing Sheep and tracks from LoneLady and Laura Marling, who both released excellent new albums this week.
It's officially spring—at last—and on UKNY at 11, a salute to that season via songs from Ben Watt, British Sea Power and others (never mind the snow). Also, the latest from Liverpool's PINS and we'll check out Johnny Marr's fierce cover of a Depeche Mode classic, set for release on Record Store Day on April 18. And, since East India Youth's William Doyle is down at SXSW this week, we'll revisit an FUV Live session with that talented Bournemouth-bred musician who was nominated for a Mercury Prize last year for his debut, Total Strife Forever. His second album, Culture of Volume, is released in April.
Although SXSW's film and interactive festival is already underway, the music part of Austin's annual mega-event kicks off on March 17, when the streets of the city are overrun with exhausted and eager musicians, taco trucks and rivers of cheap beer. Tonight's UKNY at 11 will dodge the madding crowd, but we'll preview some of the terrific young bands that will run the gauntlet of endless SXSW gigs, like Boxed In, Go Wolf, Golden Fable (pictured), and FUV's CMJ showcase veterans Happyness. Also, new music from Portico, formerly the Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet, and one more nod to Elastica's mighty debut album, marking its 20th anniversary this very day.
Tonight's UKNY at 11 zigzags between vintage and very new, with fresh releases from Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club, Italy's London-based M+A, Derry's Soak, north London's Wolf Alice and more.
Next Saturday, March 14, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Elastica's electrifying eponymous debut, so we'll dive into that influential, but frustratingly underestimated album. Dynamic frontwoman Justine Frischmann has veered in a different creative direction since Elastica's demise in 2001 and is now an accomplished visual artist living in northern California. View her work via her website.
Tonight on UKNY at 11, a conversation with Karl Hyde of the influential electronic band Underworld, focusing on the recently remastered 20th anniversary release of the band's seminal 1994 album Dubnobasswithmyheadman. Hyde and his longtime compadre Rick Smith embark on a sold-out UK and European tour beginning on March 5 in Bristol and they'll be coming Stateside this June with one show announced thus far at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl. Karl discusses the unlikely road that led to this groundbreaking album and the potent role that New York City has had on his artistic life.
Also, brand new music from Meadowlark, East India Youth, Blur and more.