The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon kicks off next week, so tonight on UKNY at 11, a look at some of the British and UK-based bands making that transatlantic trek to New York to run the gauntlet of endless gigs. In addition to south London's Happyness, who'll be a part of the station's own showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on October 21, we'll hear from bands like Adult Jazz, Slowdive, The Rua (pictured) and the very first radio play anywhere of a spanking new single from the Limerick-bred, London-based trio Sisters. Also, a small tribute to LFO co-founder, dance music innovator and Björk's longtime co-producer Mark Bell, who passed away quite suddenly this month, and more low-frequency oscillations courtesy of Underworld, as we continue to explore the 20th anniversary reissue of dubnobasswithmyheadman. Plus, David Bowie embarks on a journey with New York's Maria Schneider Orchestra.
As the last show on the last day of FUV's fall member drive, tonight's UKNY at 11 will be in fundraising mode, but I'll have some sweeping, transportive live tracks in store too. From new releases from Laura Mvula (live at Abbey Road Studios with the Metropole Orkest) and Bonobo, to exclusive Studio A gems from Gruff Rhys and The Horrors, to music from concerts I actually attended (Underworld at London's Roundhouse on February 29, 2008) ... all lies ahead. Bring your glowsticks if you'd like, a warm jumper for outdoor gigs, but leave your smartphones in your bag (unless you're making an online donation to FUV) and come along for the ride.
After enthralling fans for 22 wildly sold-out "Before the Dawn" shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Kate Bush performed her final comeback concert on Wednesday, October 1. On Tuesday night, I was ridiculously lucky to see her penultimate show, clutching my ticket like an overeager Charlie Bucket on the brink of meeting Willie Wonka. So tonight on UKNY at 11, there will be a sturdy set of Kate Bush songs, celebrating her love of nature and family. In addition, the very influential electronic duo Underworld celebrate the 20th anniversary of their arresting, brilliant album dubnobasswithmyheadman with a remastered and expanded edition, released October 6, and a sold-out show at London's Royal Festival Hall on October 11; hence something epic from that record as well. Also, new Thom Yorke and Courtney Barnett (this evening's Commonwealth Cut) too.
I'm in London this week, so on tonight's UKNY at 11, it seemed a good time to revisit an FUV Live session I did earlier this summer with Slow Club, Sheffield's own Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor. Their soulful (and often heartbreaking) third album, Complete Surrender, is one of my favorites of 2014 and in conversation, Charles and Rebecca are charming, candid and thoughtful regarding their graceful transformation from a quirky folk duo to sophisticated pop songwriters.
In addition, I'll delve more deeply into Robert Plant's astonishing new album—he's at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend with the Sensational Shape Shifters–and slip in recent releases from Johnny Marr and The Twilight Sad too.
It's been a week of transitions, decisions and comebacks, and on UKNY tonight at 11, Palma Violets drink the dregs of summer wine, Annie Lennox (pictured) gets nostalgic and after 13 years, electronic guru and groundbreaker Aphex Twin returns with a new album, the masterful Syro. Also, Nick Mulvey, Teleman, Kate Bush and more.