I’m really lucky. In the course of just doing my work at BBC Introducing in Devon, I’m exposed to some incredible music, most of which, despite our efforts, doesn’t get the exposure it deserves. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to do this.
Every seven days, I’m going to be choosing my top seven plays from the depths of the BBC Introducing barrel and sharing them for you to listen. Do, then repeat, then tell your friends.
COSMO JARVIS – THINKIN BOUT SUMTHIN
The first time that I heard ‘Thinkin Bout Sumthin’, I didn’t realise I was maniacally grinning and doing some kind of seated worm until the majority of the newsroom was eyeing me. I’ve found this is usually a good sign.
Something of a veteran of the scene, Cosmo has been everything from creator and star of an independent BBC funded movie to the pen and voice which brought the phenomenons ‘Gay Pirates’ and ‘Love This’ to light. Now he’s back, with more genres and somehow more instruments to add to his already multi-instrumental belt, along with a new, slightly jagged edge which wasn’t quite there before. Gritty, growling and thriving with a misled and angry life all of its own, it’s frankly incredible.
CIARAN AUSTIN – MOVEMENT (BERLIN-GRAZ)
Ciaran Austin’s a complete enigma. This is no exaggeration: his biography is completely empty. What we do know is that he’s making the kind of mellow bars so popular with pretty much everyone right now, the type with smooth layered warping production lying under a mix of Sampha like choruses and King Krule channeling verses. No nonsense rap, lofty vocals and mong out beats. Not half bad.
JOSE GONZALEZ – HINTS (VINTAGE AKA REMIX)
Yes this is a remix, and it’s a damn good one. The loops are hypnotic, and the added beats fit so perfectly with the original that it’s at times difficult to know where the original ends and the remix begins. Where so many mixes often seem arbitrary and a little pointless, Vintage AKA’s mix feels like it was always there, an obvious alternate to a current interpretation. So, so good.
SCHOOL DISCO – CATS GONE WILD
While in its current form it’s unlikely to make Radio 1’s daytime playlist, it’s exactly ‘Cats Gone Wild’s sprawling quality that I love. To make a 6 minute long track with that hefty an intro sucking you into the scuzzy meat takes real confidence. It paid off.
HER – LEAVE ME WHERE I AM
Actually a re-release of a track first uploaded to us last year and which led us to have them play an amazing set at our BBC Introducing Exeter Phoenix takeover, this track straddles the difficult line of being a great, loud rock number and maintaining its emotional integrity. Weighty, incredibly well structured and catchy as hell, we’ve yet to tire of playing this one and doubt we will for some time.
MARCS FRY & SOFIA SOURIANOU – I TRY
They’re calling their style ‘chillwave’. Never has a coined term seemed more perfect. With a sound like the slow condensation on a cold glass in summer, ‘I Try’ is a calm, understated thing of beauty, created by people who clearly understand just how refreshing simplicity and space are.
WILDWOOD KIN – THE AUTHOR
As far as I can tell, Wildwood Kin just skipped those formative stages of becoming a band and went straight to being brilliant. Following in the wake of their much applauded collaborative album with Seth Lakeman and stemming from their current status as recipients of Bob Harris’ coveted ‘Breakthrough Artist’ Award at The Americana Music Association Awards, ‘The Author’ is another career-making track. Thrumming, melodic and impassioned, what could in anyone else’s hands have been a conventional folk track in their masterly mitts becomes something far beyond.
Listen to the full playlist here: https://soundcloud.com/aural-jelly/sets/seven-plays
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