It's always great catching up with Welsh electronic artist Kelly Lee Owens.
Her second studio album Inner Song was released in August 2020 to largely four and five star reviews from several major publications.
Kelly wrote and recorded the album after what she considered to be the hardest three years of her life. Ahead of its release she spoke to us about that time and how it was permeated with loss and grief with the death of her grandmother Jeanette, who she was very close to.
As well as a cover of Radiohead’s Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, it features vocals from The Velvet Underground’s John Cale on the track Corner of My Sky - with the album already starting to appear on some albums of the year lists by the likes of Uncut and Rough Trade where it’s number 28 in its top 100.
I checked in with her for BBC 6 Music and she revealed she’s been busy this year with her first foray into soundtrack work...
Let’s hear from Squid.
They released two EPs and several critically acclaimed singles before signing to Warp Records for the most recent track Sludge and a debut album.
The band had big plans for touring in Europe throughout 2020 after they were a big hit at a number of festivals last summer and our very own 6 Music festival in February. Tour plans were of course thwarted by the pandemic but things have by no means ground to a halt for the band.
I spoke to Louis Borlase from Squid for BBC Radio 6 Music recently to get an update on where they are at with a much anticipated debut record….
Hot Chip recently. unveiled a new track which features none other than Jarvis Cocker.
It’s titled Straight To The Morning, produced by the band and Mark Ralph. Hot Chip and Jarvis got to know each other in recent years from Djing together at the legendary Les Bains-Douches in Paris.
It’ll get a limited edition 7” vinyl release featuring the single, a Mighty Mouse remix and Straight To The Morning playing cards.
I spoke to Joe Goddard from Hot Chip for BBC Radio 6 Music about the team up…
It has been 20 years since the second Grandaddy album The Sophtware Slump.
To mark the LP’s anniversary there is a box set coming out on November 20th with an accompanying alternative take on the album – recorded by Jason Lytle in lockdown with him playing the whole record with just his vocal and the piano.
A standalone LP and CD release of ‘The Sophtware Slump… on a wooden piano’ will follow on February 19th 2021.
At the time of its original release in 2000 the album was met with critical acclaim. It explored concerns over modern technology in society. The Independent described it as “easily the equal of OK Computer” by Radiohead, which had been a huge hit record three years previously in 1997.
I spoke to Jason Lytle of Grandaddy for BBC Radio 6 Music about the process of re-versioning the tracks in a very stripped back way…