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Your New February 2019 Local Music Playlist
These are our new songs and artists who are featuring on our Future Radio local music playlist:
The Rabbitts – Lonesome Tree
The Rabbitts are a British folk duo composed of Odhran and Lucy, whose music is gentle, fun and riddled with natural imagery that masks darker subtexts. As a couple the pair draw inspiration from their relationship, as well as old folk music and the new places they travel. The duo have recently finished touring and travelling around Canada and are re-establishing their roots in the UK, based in Norwich and in London. They have received support from BBC Introducing Norfolk with several track plays and a live session on November 29th. They released their debut LP ‘Tall Pines & Tangled Vines’ on June 30th 2018. It was recorded at Orchid Studios in Vancouver, using predominately vintage recording gear which helped draw out the warmth in their performances. Previous to this, The Rabbitts released their debut EP 'Avocado Ginger Tree’ in May 2017, which has since had over 60,000 track downloads on Jamendo.
Sidney Bridges – Life Is Odd, Life Is Contempt, Life Is Beautiful
Sidney Bridges is like an alter ego that is created. They never could be confident as Nathan Chilton and so they created this Ziggy Stardust-like character who they could disconnect with and deal with all the stress of everything with. They wanted to create a story based around this character, just like David Bowie did with Ziggy. They wanted to seperate everything Sidney Bridges did from theirselves and create a new life for them and that's why they're a musical alias. Sidney is making a new album in 2020, alongside an EP which will be released shortly before the album is. This self-composed/performed/produced album will be known as 'De Laci Protégé' and the concept of this album's themes will be an exploration into identity, self-worth, self-love and self-realization. It'll also reference a lot of personal themes and events in order to do this. 3 singles are being released in the buildup. ‘Life Is Odd, Life Is Contempt, Life Is Beautiful’ is being released on February 18th and is the opener to the album. It's influenced by the instrumental 'Speed Of Life' by David Bowie. Sidney's influences include: John Cage, My Bloody Valentine, Jeff Buckley, Neu!, Joy Division, Broadcast, Aphex Twin, Bj?rk, Kate Bush, Kero Kero Bonito, Merzbow, Melody's Echo Chamber, Let's Eat Grandma, Syd Barrett, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith and Television.
Lisa Redford – Anything But Easy
Norwich songwriter Lisa Redford releases her most radio-friendly single yet and the first taste of her upcoming EP ‘Edge of Love‘ on 22nd February. ‘Anything But Easy’ was produced by José McGill from award-winning group The Vagaband - recent winners of the music award at the Norfolk Arts Awards - the five self-written songs feature beautiful arrangements and instrumentation. Performers include some of the region‘s finest musicians; Noel Dashwood of acclaimed folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, guitarist Mark Howes, nominated in the British Blues Awards and award-winning cellist Ivan McCready, with drums, percussion and mastering by Mikey Shaw at The Crunch - Recording Studio, near Coltishall. Instantly hooky, ‘Anything But Easy‘ blends Lisa’s folk, Americana and country influences of with her melodic pop sensibility. The release has been fan-funded through PledgeMusic with some of the money raised going to Dogs Trust in Snetterton.
Maya Law – Breeze
Something of a rising star in our midst, and already a household name on the local scene, Maya is now beginning to break out onto the national stage too. With Radio 1 and 1Xtra plays under her belt, she has just completed her first four date UK tour. Maya started turning heads aged just 16, with live sessions with us at BBC Introducing in Norfolk and capturing runner up spot in the Next Big Thing 2016, losing out to winner Catnip and Claws. Now 18, she’s expanded her musical horizons, both recording and performing live, and is surely becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Enki Noize – Where Egos Dare
Enki Noize has been doing music for years in bands, but has spent the last few years setting himself up as a solo artist and will be spending 2019 finishing and releasing music! Here is a hard rock song that he has made during his time!
Ducking Punches – Smoking Spot
Originally the solo acoustic project of guitarist and vocalist Dan Allen as an outlet for his continued songwriting when his previous band split up, Ducking Punches would eventually evolve into a five-piece. With Allen a regular of the U.K. punk scene (and particularly in his hometown of Norwich), it wasn't long before his self-titled debut release saw the light of day in mid-2010. Returning to the studio in mid-2015, Ducking Punches set about writing and recording their third album. Originally due for release via PledgeMusic, the bandmembers announced that they had signed to Xtra Mile at the end of 2015, and Fizzy Brain was released in early 2016. Ducking punches are now a 4 piece punk rock band from Norwich, UK with nearly 1000 shows under their belt.
Franko Fraize – Let It Go Ft. Tone
Frankie Dean known by his stage name Franko Fraize is an independent British rapper from Thetford, Norfolk. Fraize started posting his music on MySpace and YouTube, eventually being featured on BBC Norfolk, BBC Suffolk and BBC Radio 1Xtra before having his single "Treasures" featuring Kamilla Lovett playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in January 2014. The video for the track had also been added to music TV channels Flava and Channel AKA. In 2012, he supported Mike Skinner on the Norwich leg of The D.O.T. tour. Prior to having his track "Treasures" playlisted, Fraize had an earlier single – "Watch How I'm Moving" – playlisted as well. He also had his video for "Hand Me Downs" chosen for the BBC Music Video Festival where it was broadcast on big screens across the UK. In December 2013, "Hand Me Downs" was featured on Sky Sports' football magazine show Soccer AM. In August, Fraize's single "Underdog" was featured on the BBC's The Football League Show and later on Soccer AM.
WRECK – Drowned
WRECK are a punk trio from Norwich who infuse rambunctious lo-fi punk with the vintage surf-rock sound! WRECK was started as a bedroom project by frontman/bassist Diogo Da Silva and guitarist Matty Kennedy but only really became a band after the duo recruited Sam Serazin to play drums. WRECKS debut show saw them pack out Gringos Bar in Norwich which has created great hype in the Norwich music scene over the new up and coming trio. Punters should expect great things, high energy shows and humorous behaviours from the Norwich trio!
The Islas – A Generation to Forget
The Islas. A New Pop, Indie Rock band from Norwich, UK. They’ve been serious about making music all our lives and enjoyed the creative freedom they get as an Artist. Main influences such as The Style Council, The Smiths, Beautiful South and The Libertines made them want to write powerful, punchy lyrics that are harvested from opinions and experience of youth. You don't really see that anymore - it's a dying art to have a catchy song that lyrically has meaning. So they though, let's do that! There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets them apart from the rest? Their work ethic is pretty good. They'll gig anywhere and everywhere because they love it. They love singing songs that people relate to.
Finn Doherty – The Middle Ground
Born in 1999 and raised in Finsbury Park, North London, Finn Doherty is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Although his musical background was originally based on Traditional Irish Music, Finn began writing music at the age of 7 after having several guitar lessons, and recorded an mini-album on his lodger’s laptop at the same age. Finn has since developed a dynamic and ambitious sound that combines Hip-Hop with landfill indie rock and acoustic soul, assembled with a DIY approach. After gaining some interest from his live shows and Soundcloud demos, Finn’s official debut single, Bruv, was released in March 2017, shortly before his homemade EP; Heritage & Parenting. Finn followed these releases with a string of live performances, beginning with a sell out show at Norwich’s Waterfront Studio. Finn’s live following and ever increasing fanbase has seen him secure slots at several UK festivals including Latitude and Sundown. Finn released the acoustic Bread and Butter EP, that was recorded in one day exclusively for Soundcloud, followed by another single; Where Do We Go?. In May 2018, Finn debuted a new single, Feel so Good, followed by his mixtape The Choice That You Made in June. Off the back of this record, Finn and collaborator Ben James played live sessions for BBC Introducing and GAK, in addition to a long run of shows that included opening up for acts like Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers.
The Coronation Kings - Waterfall
What happens when you throw a lightweight indie-pop singer-songwriter into the studio with some powerful, old-school rock hitters? You get…. the Coronation Kings! The Coronation Kings, playing a set of self-penned original material take you for a genre-hopping leap across songwriting's golden periods. You find yourself saying “ that sounds like.. … “ but you can’t pin it down. What it is, is a unique blend of sounds and influences played with feel. You might not spot some of the influences behind this band, such as REM, Tom Petty or Geoff Buckley, Bowie or Ashcroft, but they are all in there. What you will hear are rousing guitar-based rock songs delivered with a mature verve, and passion. And the sound, think English, think American, think rock, indie and pop, no boundaries, just songs from the heart with meaning and drive. Listen to this band once and it will all make perfect sense, it is music driven by the love of playing and the art of songwriting?
Smoking Mirrors – Money Man
Smoking Mirrors were formed in 2018, Since forming the band has gone on to release their first Single Money Man which was recorded at Crystal Sound Studios with Tom Joy. Big guitar riffs, melodic vocal mixed with hip hop, fat bass and drums all combines a sound that we all you to hear.
Emalie – Brand New
Emalie is a singer/songwriter from Norwich, who studied music in Los Angeles & is now living in London. Her EP ‘Brand New’ is out on all big streaming sites.
Chrome - Dopamine Hit
DJ Chrome. Playing HipHop, Funk, Soul and everything else that sounds good to the ear!
The Visitors – Water Colours
In the short amount of time The Visitors have been around they have recorded a full E.P at Crystal Sound Studios. Producer Jack Murphy was at the helm to give them their genre defying sound allowing them to accumulate over 15,000 listens over numerous streaming platforms. Many of their tracks have played on Future Radio, Hells Radio and BBC introducing. The band has also had the pleasure of grooving alongside acts such as Youth Killed it, MassMatiks, REWs, Phoenix Calling and Pixie Lott. As well as sharing the stage with awesome bands and artists, The Visitors have boogied at festivals like Latitude, Whitenoise and Festival Too. The band are currently working on their next big E.P which is due for release in spring 2019 with taking influence from bands like the Front Bottoms, Boston Manor, Nothing But Thieves and Neck Deep.