BBC RADIO 1’S HUW STEPHENS PICKS MDNGHT TO KICK OFF HIS “BEST OF BBC INTRODUCING” MIXTAPE

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MDNGHT are no stranger to praise from the UK’s biggest pop music station: they were picked as BBC Introducing Radio 1 Artist of the Week, have been played on all the huge daytime shows and also wowed the crowd at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

Radio 1’s Huw Stephens is one of the UK’s most respected music tastemakers and is a long-term supporter of the band.

So when he was asked to put together a playlist of the “Best Of BBC Introducing” for Radio 1, he chose MDNGHT’s summertime smash “Into The Night” to kick the whole thing off – and it sounds as fresh as ever.

2014 was a breakthrough year for the Manchester four-piece, taking in a UK tour, an extended stay in the Upfront Club Chart and a buzz-worthy stint on the Hype Machine charts.

TONTARIO & SAXOKID’S REMIX OF MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” SHOOTS UP HYPE MACHINE CHART

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Up-and-coming Finnish producer Tontario has collaborated with saxophonist SaxoKid to produce a MDNGHT remix that’s had an Earmilk premiere and a bunch of other top blogs excited too.

Reaction from listeners has been fantastic – the track has quickly dashed up the Hype Machine chart!

Tontario takes Breeze‘s euphoric house sounds and welds to it SaxoKid’s deep sax grooves with the lightness of touch that is fast becoming his calling card.

It’s a fabulous refresh of MDNGHT’s sun-soaked song, and will drag you right back to summertime!

MDNGHT SHOOT TO NUMBER 3 ON MUSIC WEEK’S UPFRONT CLUB CHART, BEHIND CALVIN HARRIS AND BREACH!

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Even more fantastic news for Manchester four-piece MDNGHT’s Breeze: it’s shot to Number 3 on the Music Week Upfront Club Chart!

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They’ve steadily climbed the chart in the last couple of weeks, and have now nudged up behind Calvin Harris feat. John Newman‘s Blame and Breach feat. Kelis‘ The Key – proving MDNGHT’s floor-filling, euphoric house-pop can mix it with the big hitters.

The response from club DJs has been outstanding, with a third of DJs giving the tune a score of 90-100%, and nearly half of them marking it 80-90%.

They’ve been getting huge positive responses from dancefloors too: they’ve played a series of huge gigs around the country, playing to enormous student audiences in Bath (below), London and more.

MDNGHT are a classy, talented group with a bunch of heavyweight songs – and it’s great to see word spread so fast and so enthusiastically!

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MDNGHT SET TO RELEASE PRISTINE LATE-SUMMER SINGLE “BREEZE”

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MDNGHT‘s star keeps rising at a dizzy pace. Having played to an excited crowd at Radio 1′s Big Weekend – getting them to their feet and partying to their new single Breeze – enthusiastic support then followed from both TIME magazine and The Guardian.

Breeze is MDNGHT at their lithe best, melding contemporary dance and shimmering house with a glossy, sweet falsetto: encapsulating the euphoria of a late-summer sunset party – making this single a perfect post-holiday soundtrack.

 

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens was won over by their performance, recognising MDNGHT’s dancefloor potential: “This’ll get the whole place bouncing… sounding wonderful!”

And TIME magazine, who premiered the video, enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian – covering MDNGHT for the third time – praised Breeze‘s joyous pop appeal: “the uplifting chorus… is a brilliant way of making you fling your hands in the air.” 

It’s the perfect follow-up to previous single, Into The Night, which hit the UK Club Chart top ten and was BBC Introducing Single of the Week on both Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

MDNGHT have been played all across BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra: Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Huw Stephens, Gemma Cairney, DJ Target, Sarah Jane Crawford, MistaJam, Trevor Nelson, Dev, Yasmin Evans, Twin B, and Adele Roberts.

Sultry, warm and addictive: this is a song that harnesses warm grooves, house beats and a bright, sunny hook – and MDNGHT will be winning over more new fans via a series of UK-wide late-summer gigs.

Time Out praised MDNGHT’s “obvious chart ambition” and loved their “dreamy, funky house-pop” so much they made their 8th August gig at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen their East London gig of the week.

MDNGHT are: J (vocals), Will and Ant (guitars) and Lloyd (DJ and percussion). They signed an album deal with Manchester-based MUK Records in late 2012.

See MDNGHT live:

2nd August – Kendal Calling Festival
8th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London **TIME OUT’S EAST LONDON GIG OF THE WEEK**
9th August – Thorpe Park, Surrey
23rd August – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
24th August – Pride, Manchester
30th August – Feel Good Festival, Rochdale
13th September – Shrewsbury Fields Festival
11th October – Gorilla, Manchester
25th October – Night and Day, Manchester

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TIME.COM PREMIERES MDNGHT’S “BREEZE” VIDEO!

Following strong radio play support from BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – and previous formidable online support from Idolator, Popjustice and The Guardian – MDNGHT have another huge feather to squeeze into their cap in the form of an international video exclusive on TIME Magazine‘s website.

Time enthusiastically noted Breeze’s, “flecks of guitar, piano stabs and wall-of-sound background vocals gathering around Jordan Lewin’s breathy falsetto,” confirming that the USA is just as receptive to MDNGHT’s “drifty, tropical dance music.”

The video to their previous single, Into The Night, snagged a whopping 140,000 views in the first week – and after TIME’s huge boost, the Breeze video is now also available to watch online via VEVO.

ANIMAL MUSIC GRAB PRIME DJ SLOT ON BBC RADIO 1’S HUGE IBIZA DANCE RADIO EVENT – AND MDNGHT GET A GUEST SLOT

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BBC Radio 1 has long supported new dance artists – and have chosen up-and-coming dance collective Animal Music to be part of their huge Ibiza event, R1 Dance Radio.

It’s a huge honour for Animal Music, and recognises the hard work the band have put in whilst they have blended their mix of raucous live shows and heavy dance beats into one frenetic aesthetic.

And recognition of the breadth of new talent on Manchester’s MUK record label comes in the shape of labelmates MDNGHT being asked to do a 15-minute guest mix within Animal Music’s slot.

They will be DJing in between Radio 1’s infamous Dance Anthems show and Hospital Records’ takeover – a highly prestigious two-hour slot.

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There are a host of huge names DJing across the week-long, 24-hour-a-day event, including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Defected Records, Resident Advisor and Food Music.

R1 Dance Radio is deserved front-and-centre attention for Animal Music and it be the focus of the Radio 1 homepage for the whole week – check out the full schedule here!

MDNGHT BILLED ALONGSIDE FOXES, MNEK, ANASTACIA AND ALL SAINTS AT MANCHESTER PRIDE!

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MDNGHT‘s heady and euphoric house-pop songs have been making waves for a while – and now their burgeoning reputation as an excellent live act is growing.

After a thrilling performance at the Big Weekend in Glasgow, the Manchester dance collective have been billed alongside some huge acts at the forthcoming Manchester Pride, on the 24th August.

MDNGHT’s fantastically sultry summer sounds will get the crowd partying on the same bill as multi-million-selling stars All Saints and Anastacia, other hot new acts MNEK and Foxes, and Eurovision winner Conchita.

Their brilliant new, end-of-summer, post-holiday single, Breeze, is getting praise from all quarters, including Time Out magazine, who love their “dreamy, funky house-pop”.

The huge Manchester Pride festival and parade is one of Europe’s longest-running and biggest LGBT events, attracting tens of thousands to the city every year.

MUK RECORDS’ CLEAN SWEEP ON BBC INTRODUCING MANCHESTER!

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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 BerlinMUK’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.
  • Red Sky Noise‘s video for their huge, soulful Only You has soared to over 20,000 views on Youtube.
  • Bird To Beast are touring extensively all summer and have just released the poignant video to Catacombs.

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MDNGHT REVEAL NEW SONG “BREEZE” AT BBC RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND IN GLASGOW

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!

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MDNGHT SELECTED TO PLAY BBC RADIO 1’S BIG WEEKEND IN GLASGOW SUNDAY 25th MAY

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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 Stage alongside 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.