Yet more confirmation that the waves being made by Manchester’s MUK Records are having a bigger impact and wider reach; as four of their incredibly diverse signings were played on BBC Introducing Manchester by BBC 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker.
Berlin Berlin, MUK’s purveyors of euphoric, stadium-sized pop were also in the studio – talking extensively before playing a fabulously glossy live cover version of Furniture’s cult classic Brilliant Mind, which Elizabeth described as sounding “absolutely wonderful – spectacular!”
She was no less impressed by the other MUK artists on the playlist: identifying Red Sky Noise‘s eclectic and powerful sound as “dance-y, jazzy, soulful… an absolute joy… ones to keep an eye on!” – and favourably compared singer Mica’s vocals to Emili Sandé.
Meanwhile, MDNGHT‘s ability to deftly recreate the feel of a sultry summer night’s party in their music was spotted – “perfect for a Saturday night,” whilst Bird To Beast‘s growing musical renown was just as clear: “lovely and pastoral – they know how to do harmonies!”
BERLIN BERLIN’s Brilliant Mind cover is the B-side to their fabulous new single, Be Here – Impact Date 17th November.
MDNGHT will be performing at this year’s Manchester Pride.
MDNGHT performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow – and got them to their feet and dancing to their summery tunes immediately!
Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, and recognised MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”
Huw’s colleague, influential DJ Ally McCrae, thought so too: “MDNGHT were great… I loved their set!”
After wowing the crowd, and the DJs, the boys headed backstage and hung out with Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton, Paulo Nutini, Jameela Jamil and a whole host of stars, capping off a hugely successful day!
Fantastic news – and yet another affirmation of their rapidly burgeoning reputation – as BBC Radio 1 have announced that they’ve picked MDNGHT to perform at one of the most sought-after events in the UK, Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Sunday 25th May.
It means they will be sharing the bill with huge stars like Katy Perry, Kasabian and Rita Ora amongst many others.
The band are part of a select few artists identified by the key tastemakers in the BBC Introducing team, marking them as one of the UK’s hottest prospects.
MDNGHT will be playing the BBC Introducing Stagealongside other highly-sought-after new acts, including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood and XO.
There’s full information on the Big Weekend here – which takes place from the 23rd to the 25th May.
Hotly-tipped Manchester collective Red Sky Noise have released the video for their forthcoming single, Only You (Darkness Inside), ahead of its 23rd June impact date.
Just like the song it accompanies, the video is powerful and emotive, depicting family strife, urban life and escapism; showcasing Red Sky Noise‘s bassy, brassy sound, soulful vocals and gritty hooks.
And this isn’t the only attention-grabbing piece of news from the Red Sky Noise camp: another of the bands’ songs, She Don’t Know, has been chosen by EA Games to feature on their multi-million-selling hit video game NHL 2015.
They’re a band on the up – with international appeal – keep a keen eye out for Red Sky Noise in the coming months!
Tom Robinson has long been regarded as a key identifier of new musical talent in the UK, and featuring on his BBC Introducing mixtape is a feather in any new band’s cap – which is why The Minx are so pleased to be featured on his latest mixtape!
The band, who’ve sold out a series of ever-bigger shows in Manchester, are hard at work on their next official single… but until then, Tom found plenty to enjoy in a new song they recorded for fun recently, Your Ego, and popped it at the start of his newest BBC Introducing mixtape, available here.
Sculpting innovative, bass-driven sounds, dizzy with rhythms and hooks, Manchester collective Red Sky Noise merge raw soul with a mixture of live and programmed beats and instrumentation.
Armed with the powerful lead vocals of Mica Millar, Only You garnered instant BBC Radio 1Xtra support at the very end of 2013, quickly being made the BBC Introducing Single of the Week.
Red Sky Noise make the kind of multi-faceted dance music that sounds unmistakably modern and undeniably massive.
Fiercely dancefloor-driven and assimilating contemporary bass music with 90’s dance and classic soul: Red Sky Noise have always threatened to grab wider attention – and so it has proven!
National radio praise for Only You:
“People really liking this! Lots of love coming in!” – DJ Target, BBC Radio 1Xtra “Red Sky Noise slotting right in there with the likes of Rudimental” – Trevor Nelson, BBC Radio 1Xtra
“That track took me somewhere! ‘Ave it! Tune! That drop was emotional!” – Twin B and Yasmin, BBC Radio 1Xtra
Breakthrough psyche-folk duo Bird to Beast – who have been enjoying plenty of radio play in the last few weeks – were invited into the studio for an interview on BBC 6 Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie’s daytime show on Monday 10th March.
It was all part of the BBC’s 6 Music Recommends day, and the band had a great chat with Mark and Stuart about Sam and Hannah’s background, how they met, and the time when Hannah ate bacon butties at Will and Kate’s royal wedding party with Ellie Goulding!
Their prominent interview is just the latest fillip as a result of their new double A-side single, Elephant/Winter Snow, which is out on the 24th March – and have a string of dates that precede a busy summer of festivals.
10th – Deaf Institute, Manchester with Kristyna Myles
13th – Gullivers, Manchester with The Hosts
15th – The Castle, Manchester with Ellen and the Escapades
24th – In a lucky fans’ living room! (competition winner)
Bird To Beast are following their recent glut of national, repeated radio play from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie, Chris Hawkins,Alex Lester, Ruth Barnes, Shell Zenner with this fantastic new video.
The video stars classically trained dancer Patrick Carroll-Fogg in a mesmerising turn as a drag artiste, who compliments the song’s offbeat lyrics perfectly in bewitching style.
Bird to Beast are playing a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February between 12-2pm, and are playing with The Hosts in Manchester on Thursday 13th March at Gullivers.
It’s been a fantastic few weeks for psyche-folk duo Bird To Beast, who have begun to pick up widespread praise and national radio play for their new double-A single, Elephant/Winter Snow.
Elephant has now had multiple spins on BBC 6 Music from early supporter SteveLamacq, as well as Marc Riley, Radcliffe & Maconie and Chris Hawkins – plus additional key tastemaker support from Alex Lester at BBC Radio 2, Ruth Barnes and Shell Zenner at Amazing Radio, Michelle Hussey at BBC Radio Manchester and Sean McGinty at BBC Radio Lancashire.
As well as this whirl of radio play, the band played a unique show last week at Manchester’s wonderful Royal Exchange Theatre – to a crowd who were thrilled by a brilliant show in a wonderful setting.
Londoners can catch them soon, too, when they play a daytime show at Union Chapel on Saturday 15th February, before playing in Manchester again on Thursday 13th March in Gullivers.
There is a brilliant video for Elephant to follow, before the eagerly-awaited physical release of their debut LP, Bird to Beast on the 17th February.
It’s a song that has grabbed repeated plays from BBC Radio 2‘s folk mainstay Bob Harris, who counts himself as a “big fan” as a result of The Land Witch‘s gleaming alt-folk pop charm.
He’s not the only one – a long, illustrious list of national DJs have backed the band again and again over the last 12 months, including Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson, Jen Long & Ally McCrae, Dermot O’Leary, Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Gary Crowley andnabbing a record of the week slot on BBC Alba’s RAPAL show.
It’s the final single taken from their enthusiastically-reviewed Black Bank LP, and is accompanied by a smart and slightly tongue-in-cheek spooky video.
If 2013 was a year of huge progress and breakthrough for the Cambridgeshire band, then their ambitions for 2014 are even greater – and who could fail to be won over by a band with such talent and glorious melodies?