Although 2013 was a rocky year for some and a robust one for others, musically it offered a bounty of excellent albums for both celebration and contemplation. Tonight on UKNY at 11 some of the stellar British releases I found myself returning to again and again over the past year, courtesy of Joanna Gruesome (pictured), These New Puritans, Dutch Uncles, Karl Hyde, The Duckworth Lewis Method and many others.
Expect a New Year's resolution and a stray Christmas song that was misplaced under some wrapping paper too.
Never mind the balmy spring-like weather on this winter solstice. Tonight on UKNY at 11, we'll go wassailing with songs of the season from Tracey Thorn (pictured), Kate Bush, Laura Marling, Teenage Fanclub, Kate Nash and other festive folk.
Expect mulled wine, mince pies, some tears, some tinsel, a couple of thwarted romances, a promising love affair, a post-apocalypse Christmas carol and cranberries too.
On UKNY at 11 tonight, the show's weekly Commonwealth Cut expands to an entire South African-inspired set in honor of Nelson Mandela, who will be laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu on Sunday. Music has always been closely linked to the great man and UKNY will include recordings from Hugh Masekela, Lira, The Specials and others.
Plus, brand new music from Jimi Goodwin of Doves, who'll release his first solo album in March, as well as Rosie Lowe, Kaleida and more.
On tonight's UKNY on FUV at 11, an eclectic mix of songs from superlative end-of-year albums like Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes (pictured) and Toy's Join The Dots plus the upcoming debut of Snowbird, the duo of Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde and singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen.
Also, a look at some of the emerging artists tapped for the just-announced BBC Sound of 2014 longlist, like Chlöe Howl and Nick Mulvey.
Consider tonight's UKNY on FUV at 11 a peaceful oasis, far from shopping or sales, with musical escapes from These New Puritans (pictured), Daniel Avery, Stornoway, Metronomy and more.