26 Mar 2012

6 Music picks: Nedry & Vuvuvultures

Well, it's the end of an era. 6 Music Introducing airs for the last time next weekend. I played my final set of picks on the show this morning, almost three years to the day since my first spot. Tom Robinson has always been The Other Woman's biggest advocate and fan, he's a joy to broadcast with and is the most generous presenter I've ever had the pleasure to work with. 

Introducing continues on the BBC, on other networks, but it's a crying shame that 6 Music feels it isn't part of its remit anymore. Maybe they think that all the shows play new bands all the time anyway, so what's the point? But I disagree, Introducing is a unique system for bands without any cash, to put it bluntly, to get airplay. 

Well, we're moving on. Fresh on the Net is Tom's website and he's handpicked a team of bloggers to share tips with you, lucky listener, join us there... it feels like the beginning of something very exciting.

This week, Tom asked me to play him one of my early tips, in a Look How Far They've Come stylee... and then a hot pick that is really doing it for me right now. So here they are:

Nedry - Squid, Cat, Battle

Nedry are Londoners Chris Amblin and Matt Parker on knobs, buttons, guitars and twiddly bits and Japanese singer Ayu on vocals. They formed in 2008 and shortly afterwards joined TOW for a live session on Resonance FM, which blew the roof off. Every bit of kit was peaking into the red, the engineer and I just sat back and gave up. Since then they've released two albums, their latest on Monotreme Records, they've received airplay all over the shop, played SXSW and toured America. In short, they rock and are every bit a great example of what Introducing is all about.

Vuvuvultures - I'll Cut You

The beauty of my experience on the TOW has been connecting with other DIY bloggers, radio people and new music advocates. The Girls Are run by Annette Barlow has been a continued source of inspiration and tips. Most recently over coffee with Annette, she raved about Vuvuvultures and so I've chosen this band and my last tip. They're super super cool, write hard to categorise edgy tunes and are fronted by one of the sexiest frontwomen around Harmony Boucher. One to watch, as big things can only await this east London band.