28 Sep 2010

TOW on 6 Music: Aias/ Emily Jane White/ Sentel/ Von Burl

Every week TOW plays two songs for the brilliant Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music Introducing show... here are our picks from the last two shows:

Aias - Tu Manes

Aaaaaaa La Piscina! To the swimming pool! The name of Barcelona trio Aias' new album and it's as full of joy as the name suggests. Aias is Laia Aubia, Gaia Bihr, and Miriam Garcia and they make that kind of glorious lo-fi summery girl band racket (sung in Catalan) that can only make you smile and think of dosing in a puddle of sunshine on the living room carpet. Just in time for gloomy old Autumn then. Brilliant New York indie Captured Tracks is putting this out and we love it.

Emily Jane White - Victorian America
Listen to this track immediately!! Lyrically stunning, melodically perfect - is it possible? It seems Emily Jane White has achieved both. The new album, Victorian America, works beautifully as a whole too, she's been inspired by the trials and tribulations of women living in Victorian America - so you can imagine there's a whole heap of sufferin', sorrow and pain. There have been comparisons to Cat Power which is no bad thing, but White's got a whole other unique sound going on that certainly sets her apart.

Von Burl - Heartbeat
Von Burl thought she was going to end up playing as a backing musician in someone else's band. Happily for us, she thought: 'Stuff that!' and started writing and performing her own material. Heartbeat's the one Von sent TOW after a friend saw her live at The Slaughtered Lamb and insisted we check her out. Von Burl has also made the Just A Girl Long List, for a chance to play at this year's Ladyfest... more on that to come but for now check out the link and cast your vote!

Sentel - Widow

They're a boy and girl from Krakow, Poland, who make some serious dub-infused dance music. Thanks to Dana who curates the brilliant and very informative Women in Electronic Music page on Facebook/Last.FM for sending this one over. Dana runs a digital label in Warsaw, focused on "The best in bass music from our neck of the woods." Concrete Cut are releasing this single, which she calls 'post-dubstep'. Ah ha!

11 Sep 2010

TOW on BBC 6 Music Introducing: Lower Dens, Shunda K, Kath Bloom & Roxanne De Bastion

Every week TOW plays two songs for the brilliant Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music Introducing show... here are our picks from the last two shows:

Lower Dens - Hospice Gates

Thanks to Tom Ravenscroft for suggesting I listen to Texan Jana Hunter a few years ago. She was one of the first artists to sign to Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong label and now she's got a brand new band. Lower Dens released Twin Hand Movement on the same label last month and TOW is enjoying it immensely. It's all layered droney guitars and subtle pop hooks. For more tips from Tom check out his BBC 6 Music show

Shunda K - Here I Am To Save The World

Formerly one half and founder member of lesbian religious rappers Yo! Majesty, Shunda K is out on her own and making music on her own terms. Fresh from touring with Peaches and taking as much advice as possible from her too, the new material is laced with funky beats and of course, killer lyrics. Save us please Shunda K!

Kath Bloom - Finally

TOW is lucky enough to be plugged into one helluva new music network. George Gargan is one such promoter, going by the name of Damnably he also makes music as Former Utopia. George is the driving force behind the forthcoming John Peel tribute night in London, more details here and we are putting in Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band! George introduced me to Kath Bloom and with one of those voices that could only imply a turbulent life, we've enjoyed every last heart wrenching but also often joyous second. Someone who 'should have been huge'. Seriously.

I couldn't find a video for Finally online, but you might recognise this one from Before Sunrise.

Roxanne De Bastion - One Morning

Again - that network we mentioned before. Roxanne emailed our inbox asking if we fancy playing her song and posting her new video online - well, yes we do! Turn this one up loud - when played in the studio at 6 Music, Tom's producer Tom Whalley put his head in his hands and said, 'I think this is one of the most perfect voices I've ever heard'. 'Nuff said.