Huw Stephens is a huge supporter of emerging talent, and has a keen eye for bands who’ll go far – so it’s another feather in HEYROCCO’s cap to have their new song Melt featured on his Radio 1 show.
As always, it’s a great show and you can hear the whole thing here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bmrb9
The NME have also pricked up their ears at HEYROCCO, noting their ‘angst-ridden grunge’ in the band’s Radar feature.
YOU have gained two enormous and influential backers in one day in the shape of both the NME and Xfm‘s John Kennedy!
The bands’ heads must be spinning a bit – first they opened this week‘s NME Radar section to discover that they have been given primary billing of new artists to watch.
The NME loved YOU’s ‘baroque pop’, praised the band’s coiling arrangements and were won over by singer Anna’s ‘otherworldly coo.’
If that wasn’t enough, they then turned on Xfm to hear that new single In Halves has been selected by enormously-respected DJ John Kennedy as his X-Posure Big One – which means they’ll be played on his Xfm show every day this week!
John has been comprehensively won over by YOU, saying on his show, “I played it for the first time on Thursday. It’s been haunting me ever since…” and then tweeted, “Love the track! Playing it every single night this week!”
Whatever next? Well, maybe enviable coverage like this should be expected, having followed on from being tipped by other notable spotters of talent, Tom Robinson and Simon Raymonde.
16th May – John Kennedy’s X-Posure @ Tooting Tram and Social
May 7th – The Bedroom Bar, Rivington Street, London
1-3 August – Kendal Calling Festival
Soft Toy Emergency: We just love these guys! They’re now signed to All Around The World Records and release a new version of Critical in late October. They made a huge impression at Reading and Leeds festivals playing on The BBC Introducing stage, blowing everyone away.
Following these performances, BBC Radio 1’s Grimmy and Huw Stephens both played a live track from Soft Toy Emergency’s set on their shows. No other artist from The BBC Introducing stage enjoyed this privilege! TV-wise, Critical has now also been added to the full playlist at Box TV, Chartshow Channel and NME Radar.
Honey Ryder’s new single is the title track from their debut album, Rising Up. It’s been given a new radio mix and some remixes that are making their presence felt in the dance charts.
Cosmo Jarvis: We think this guy is a genius! His debut album has just come in to the office. It’s called Humasyouhitch Sonofabitch and we know it’s going to be huge. He’s just supported Muse and has some London dates coming up.
The My Albatross single is going down exceptionally well at UK radio and we’re really pleased with how it’s been received. An Xfm Razor Cuts session will be broadcast on 13 September to coincide with the release of their new single.
Saving Aimee’s great new single, Fresh Since 88, is due out on 11 October and has a stunning video from the guys who worked on Guy Richies’ Rocknrolla. It’s been added to Kerrang TV, Chart show, Scuzz, Stars and The Box already. Saving Aimee’s album, We’re The Good Guys, is released on 26 October.
Alice Russell is a brand new signing to the Ask Me roster and we’re over the moon to be working with her. She’s playing KOKO in London on 1 October and releases her Pot Of Gold album remixes on 5 October. We guarantee you’ll be hearing lots more about Alice over the coming weeks!