This week on the show my guest was Sam from Troumaca. They are a band from Birmingham signed to Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings.
The Grace LP was released on August 29th and is fab. I think of their sound as an exotic mix of bass, dub, synths, beats and harmonies in one big fat cosmic party bag. Sam joined me to chat about what they have been up to and to pick a song for our listening pleasure. He went for The Roots featuring Cody Chesnut with The Seed (2.0) (a huge tune). Listen back:
Each week I also make a mix of old and new tracks on the dance tip. It's music I'm playing out and some unearthed remixes that I think might go down well on Xfm. This week I threw in a re-working of one of the Mercury 2013 nominees, a couple of newbies from Breach and Stanton Warriors and a bootleg remix of one of my tracks of the summer from the Daft Punk album Random Access Memories. Listen below:
Laura Mvula - She (MJ Cole Remix)
Everything Everything - MY KZ UR BF (Clock Opera Remix)
Breach - Everything You Never Had (We Had It All) feat Andreya Triana
Stanton Warriors - Cut Me Up (Cause & Affect remix)
Daft Punk - Instant Crush feat Julian Casablancas (Heartik Filterwork remix)
Every now and then a band comes along and there's a chemistry which draws you in straight away.
Recently on my Xfm show on Friday mornings I had the pleasure of chatting to one of the hottest new bands around and a London trio that have made not only me, some slebs, a load of radio broadcasters and most other people that have come into contact with them, fall in love with their tunes and the lead singer's voice. They are London Grammar.
Off the back of their first single Hey Now it felt like the industry and music world's ears instantly pricked up. Finally their stunning debut album If You Wait has been released and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait.
I spoke to Dan Rothman from the band on the show about all the attention, the album and he picked a beaut of a track to play on the radio. Listen to the interview here:
This week on the Xfm Review Show I was asked to sit in for Jo Good and was kept company by James Sandom of Red Light Management (Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Alabama Shakes) and The 1975 frontman Matty Healey.
Hear them giving their views on music from Wet Nuns, NIN and Chvrches and Anna Calvi amongst others.