On UKNY at 11 tonight, an array of new releases from Manchester's Julie Campbell, better known as LoneLady, as well as Fold, Clark, Jon Hopkins and the Buzzcocks. We'll dive headlong into a track from Bristol newcomers Spectres that takes a brazen left turn, midway through, that's akin to standing in the middle of a cyclonic sonic duststorm (no, there's nothing wrong with your radio, just hang in there). Also, the legendary Johnny Marr (aka Johnny "effing" Marr) is headed to the New York area for three shows next week, so something from that brilliant guitarist too, pulled from his terrific second solo album, Playland.
Rabbits! It's the first day of a new month and tonight on UKNY at 11, a grab bag of sorts with bands that were at CMJ (Casual Sex, Frogbelly and Symphony), happened to happily win the 2014 Mercury Prize (Young Fathers) or have transcendent new releases (The Staves, These New Puritans). In addition, two cool—and surprising—covers and we'll continue to explore the 20th anniversary remastered edition of Underworld's brilliant and groundbreaking dubnobasswithmyheadman.
Since 1992, one of most prestigious awards given to a British or Irish album each year is the Mercury Prize, an accolade that also carries a purse of £20,000 (about $32,000) and the promise of increased sales (although that's not always the case). Every September, a shortlist of 12 fine albums is announced, selected by a panel of music industry types. This Wednesday, October 29, the nominated artists and bands will perform at London's Roundhouse, eat a nice dinner, likely drink a little too much wine and discover, by night's end, if their album has indeed won the Mercury Prize.
So on tonight's UKNY at 11, the equation is pretty simple: we'll hear one track from all of the nominated albums, an eclectic shortlist of releases from Damon Albarn, GoGo Penguin, Kate Tempest, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Anna Calvi, Young Fathers, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and Jungle.
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.