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.
February is just a vast, frozen tundra. While tonight's UKNY at 11 can't exactly double as a fireplace or a glass of mulled wine, at least you can cozy up to some new music from forthcoming spring and summer albums from South Tyneside's Nadine Shah, Manchester's Everything Everything, Liverpool's Stealing Sheep and more. Also, we'll hear from London newcomers Hidden Charms and preview more of Public Service Broadcasting's cosmic new album, The Race For Space, released on February 24 (February 23 in the UK).
Even though tonight's UKNY at 11 sits squarely in the final hour of Valentine's Day, any love songs played will be purely by happenstance, aside from one romantic cover inspired by seeing the great (although not British) Nile Rodgers and Chic—yes, Chic—play at Pacha in New York on Thursday night. Bliss. But we will travel to space with Public Service Broadcasting and hear other fresh offerings from Joanna Gruesome, Laura Doggett, Marika Hackman, Ghostpoet and much more.
Things were going along swimmingly this month—and then the flu attacked with a vengeance. So tonight's UKNY at 11 is a sort-of repeat or standby show: a second look at the 2014 Mercury Prize shortlisted bands and artists, including the eventual winner, Young Fathers. The Mercury Prize has been handed out to a British or Irish album of merit since 1992 with a monetary prize of £20,000 (about $32,000) and the hope of increased sales, if all goes well. All twelve of last year's nominees were exceptional and unique, so we'll sample a track (or two) from each of nominated albums shortlisted from Damon Albarn, GoGo Penguin, Kate Tempest, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Anna Calvi, Jungle, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and the eventually triumphant Young Fathers (who'll be playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 10).
It's been snowy and brutally cold. If you don't have a fireplace, you kind of wish you could rent one. So on UKNY on FUV at 11, we'll dive headlong into a snowdrift and a stormy state-of-mind with Smoke Fairies, Laura Marling, Kate Bush and others. We'll explore brand new releases from Manchester's groove savvy LoneLady, the thoughtful Rozi Plain (pictured) and the majestic London trio Cold, Cold Heart too. Also, a Commonwealth Cut collaboration between Canadians Andy Kim (yes, of "Rock Me Gently" and "Sugar Sugar" fame) and Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew.