We did Bass Day on BBC Radio 6 Music over the August bank holiday and the same weekend electronic duo Bicep headlined Field Day/All Points East in East London's Victoria Park. I took the opportunity to speak to the guys Andy and Matt about their return to festivals and how drum and bass and jungle influenced their sound.
Listen back below:
Former frontman of The Maccabees Orlando Weeks is back with his second solo album since the band split. Hop Up will be out in January 2022 and so far he's shared three tracks from it.
I spoke to him for BBC Radio 6 Music news in between Big Skies Silly Faces and Deep Down Way Out to find out more about the tracks, the album, working with producer Bullion and getting sun burnt in England while doing some expert trampolining for a new music video.
Have a listen to our chat...
On my latest run on Music News on BBC Radio 6 Music I had the pleasure of speaking with singer-songwriter José González about his recently release album Local Valley, his first studio album in more than six years.
We spoke about being slow, the making of the album, fatherhood and how he computes the bonkers numbers of streams he's amassed with his music.
Listen to our conversation here:
This month's Music Discovery show was a little EXTRA if I may say so myself. Not only was it the first time I had guests live in the studio again but I had not one but two. I welcomed Rhian from Wet Leg, the world's hottest new band whose debut single Chaise Longue has been POPPING OFF and Joel Culpepper, an insanely amazing vocalist and song-writer who releases his debut studio album Sgt Culpepper at the end of this month.
Listen back to the programme on Soho Radio and watch the interviews with Rhian and Joel below...
Martha Wainwright is back with a new track, the lead track of her first studio album in five years Love Will Be Reborn.
The record comes out on August 20th. It’s her first since 2016’s Goodnight City but the first since 2012’s Come Home To Mama to feature so much original material.
It came off the back of a difficult time for her personally and was made in Martha’s hometown of Montreal, where she was when I spoke to her, in bed with her morning coffee on a glorious sunny morning! Here - in the piece for BBC Radio 6 Music we speak about writing her most personal work to date…
For my latest Music Discovery monthly programme on Soho Radio my feature guests were Buckinghamshire electronic duo Jacana People. For a fairly new project started little over a year ago and that launched just as a global pandemic started, they've had a lot of buzz. And quite rightly. For fans of Four Tet, Bonobo and the like, this ought to be right up your strasse. I spoke to Rob and Aaron about their latest single Second Story Sunlight, a title which was inspired by an Edward Hopper painting, their process, how it's all been so far as well as what they have in store with future projects. Watch the interview on my You Tube channel or listen back to the radio show below...
For my latest Music Discovery show on Soho Radio London I had the brilliant Falle Nioke as my guest. He recently released a brand new Marasi EP with Sir Was on Prah Recordings. We talk all about that, working with Ghost Culture, new collaborations, inspiration and his travels in West Africa that set him on a path of music to where he now resides in Margate.
My guest this month on my Music Discovery monthly show on Soho Radio is the wondrous composer, singer and presenter Hannah Peel.
In this feature interview we hear tracks from her recent album Fir Wave, about its interesting back story, her soundtrack work for Game of Thrones and the many projects she's been working on during the pandemic lockdowns.
The rest of the show features new music from the likes of Mdou Moctar, Toada, Hiatus Kaiyote, Yarni, Jayda G, Penya, Sofia Kourtesis and more.
Let’s hear from Nils Frahm, the German virtuoso pianist and composer.
For the recent Piano Day at the end of March he announced and released a surprise album titled Graz, which it turns out was his debut studio album that was never released.
It’s a raw, snapshot of his work before the huge international success that would follow in the past decade, extensive concert hall tours around the globe in some of the world’s most historic venues.
The album was recorded over three days at Mumuth, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria.
Pieces like Hammers and Went Missing evolved into a key part of his live set and later appeared on his breakthrough Spaces record in 2013, which was a collage of field recordings from concerts.
His playing has evolved since 2009 with Frahm incorporating more of a jazz influence with the classical and electronic textures. This fusion and his live shows - complete with highly entertaining chat in between the pieces - has made him somewhat of a household name in the contemporary classical realm.
I spoke to Nils Frahm from Berlin for BBC Radio 6 Music to find out more about the making of Graz and why he decided it was time to put this out into the world…
Here we have our next episode of Super Women Series 1 and the super human in question is the very talented British jewellery designer Tessa Metcalfe.
The team visited Tessa at her Clerkenwell boutique and workshop one very warm heatwave day a couple of years ago to see where she crafts her unique pigeon-inspired designs and bespoke pieces.
It was such an enjoyable time hanging out with Tessa and her team and a real look into just what goes into building a business like hers.
SW co-founder and Presenter - Georgie Rogers
SW co-founder and Director - Alice Smith
Filming by Elizabeth Gbejuade + Rosie Lonsdale
Edited by Camille Raoult
Equipment Sponsor - Catalyst Cameras
With very special thanks to...
Gus Harvey - Durga (Instrumental)
Medium Love - Magic Back
Medium Love - Light Gets In
Teem Dreem - Light Touch
Julia-Sophie - Breathe
Super Women is a short-form documentary platform dedicated to telling kickass stories of kickass women on film, while furthering opportunities for female film-makers. Formed by two creatives, BBC broadcaster Georgie Rogers and director Alice Smith, each film in the series highlights what it took for women to blaze the trail across music, motorsports, business, politics, tech and culture to realise their dreams in the most extraordinary ways.