Ynys

Ynys | Island (pronounced un-iss)

Ynys is a new project by Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg. The songs of Ynys combine adventurous playful song craft into a rich collection of melancholic harmonies and off-kilter psychedelic pop songs that mirror the vulnerability, yet assured, classicism of alternative touchstones such as Velvet Underground, Elliot Smith, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Teenage Fan Club. The themes of soul searching, transition, travel and isolation feature over a soundtrack of 70s string machines, analog synths and reverb guitars.

Worldcub

Worldcub is piloted by the Hamer brothers, Cynyr and Dion. Previously working under the name ‘CaStLeS’, they have recently been joined by Carwyn Ginsberg and Dion Wyn Jones and produce material from their home studio on the hills of Snowdonia. Their site-specific themed debut album was self-released at the last quarter of 2016 and gained coverage on major platforms such as The Guardian and UNCUT Magazine. The band’s releases have always been an eclectic amalgamation of sound, influenced by a wide-range of genres.

Thallo

Originally from Gwynedd, but based in London, Elin Edwards and the accompanying 5-piece band are ‘Thallo’. With lyrics in both Welsh and English, Thallo’s sound takes influence from archaic lore and personal experience, painting captivating canvases via a unique fusion of jazz, folk and electronic, echoing the sounds of Andy Shauf and Snowpoet. Her latest single ‘I Dy Boced’ was released in 2019 and the song has “established Thallo as as one of Wales’ most exciting artists” according to PYST. Since then, Thallo has been praised by many on her live performances and recorded work.

Samana

Samana ; Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett are artistic polymaths.
Franklin crafts intricate instrumentation, recording and production of the music to tape, whilst Rebecca Rose is the visionary behind the conceptual imagery, artwork, lyrics and film.
Samana inhabit a musical space somewhere between Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grizzly Bear and Pink Floyd, yet they possess a unique spirit born out of their nomadic, solitary existence.
Each song, constructed with its own distinct weight and significance, offers a direct passage into the subconscious essence of ourselves, removing ones veneer, with threads of poetical sincerity and genuine emotional honesty.

Minas

Minas is the project from Cardiff producer James Minas. The songs tell stories of a chequered past over a mix of deep melodic soundscapes and loud, aggressive stanzas. Covering subjects from personal struggles with mental health to finding a place in the society we have. As an artist he presents brutal honesty going against his natural defences to present the most open and vulnerable self for anyone who wishes to listen. Minas grew up heavily influenced by the circus his parents worked in, who were heavily involved in the 1980’s Punk scene. He then moved to secondary school in the Welsh Valleys, with the boredom and misbehaviour that came with it. Minas aims to create music that discusses these things and ends with an empowering feeling of hope, something we all need in right now.

MADI

MADI is Welsh singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Maddie Jones, and her band Dan Fitzgerald (guitar/pedals/modular synth), Chay Lockyer (bass/synth) and Phil Groves (drums/samples).

Self-described as ‘weirdo pop’, MADI’s electronically-tinged art-pop sound (think St Vincent, Kimbra) was born in 2018 after experimentation with production and electronic songwriting. MADI continues to work with renowned producer Charlie Francis (Future of the Left, Sweet Baboo).

MADI has been championed by BBC 6music and BBC Radio Wales amongst others, and picked up Best Solo Act at the Cardiff Music Awards 2019, less than a year after launching.

Kidsmoke

Kidsmoke’s shimmering brand of dreamy indie-pop has seen them make waves from their native North Wales. With a high profile Netflix sync (Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’) under their belts, they’ve received widespread support from the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music), NPR Music and BBC Introducing. After an impactful show at SXSW 2019 (including making NPR’s Austin 100 list) the band drop their long-anticipated debut album ‘A Vision In The Dark’.

Ghostlawns

Ghostlawns are a Cardiff-based musical collective comprised of Dewi Parry, Andrew ‘Bernie’ Plain, Gid Goundrey, and Jonny Brooks-Jones. They combine live drums, synths and guitars to meld massive, atmospheric electronica with a dose of sub-bass. Their debut album Motorik was released in October 2020 on their own Sub Records label and recorded by renowned producer Charlie Francis (REM, Robyn Hitchcock).

The debut album Motorik and singles “Breaking Out” and “Ffoi” have received radio play across many UK radio stations, including BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Vic Galloway, and featured twice on 6 Music recommends), BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, and internationally in the USA, Canada, South America, Australia, France, Germany and Italy. In December 2020, they were awarded “Best Indie Act” by the international digital radio station Radio Wigwam, and were featured in several indie top albums of 2020 radio shows globally.

Their live show features energetic beats, ambient soundscapes and motoric guitar noise.

Gallops

Gallops are a 3-piece electronic ensemble from Wales that carve out digital landscapes using a maelstrom of live drums, synthesisers, heavily processed guitars and controllerism. They will release new music in 2020

Eädyth

Eädyth is an exciting emerging artist who has enjoyed many exciting opportunities over the last year, thanks to being selected as a BBC Horizons artist. She recorded at the acclaimed Rockfield Studios, she performed at many events and festivals including at The Senedd and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Festival No 6, Brecon Jazz Festival, Swn Festival, Festival of the Celts and at the Eisteddfod. Her music has also received radio support via BBC Wales, Radio Cymru, Kiss FM and was used for a promo video for the Football Association of Wales

Don Letts

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney. Dancehall Queen (co-directedby Rick Elgood) shot in location in Jamaica 1997 was his first feature film.

At the end of 2007 Don presented ‘Speakers Corner’ in conjunction with the British Arts council. Featuring several spoken word artists, poets and rappers with a musical band in a theatrical setting. The event toured the UK in November-December and was a contemporary response to the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Dirty Alex

Blend 4 parts Jazz musicians, 3 measures overproof Hiphop emcees and 1 shot of soul. That’s Dirty Alex. A Cardiff based hip-hop/Jazz collective.

The band have released 2 EPs, and a single: Roadblock 2016, DA,2019 and Jaffa Cakes 2018.

Dirty Alex have been building a steady following live and online by playing supporting slots in Cardiff and Bristol for artists such as Lazy Habits, Children of Zeus, Verb T, Chali 2na & Krafty Kutz and The Mouse Outfit. They have also played several festivals including Truefest, Hub Fest, Big Love & Boomtown Fair ch10&11 .

Denuo

Denuo is an alternative rock band from Conwy in North Wales led by Welsh multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tom Mason, blending ambient soundscapes and shoegaze synth pop that lovers of Phoenix and m83 will fall head over heels for. 2019 saw the release of the single ‘Lucid’ – a shimmering tapestry of dreamy indie-pop and summer nostalgia that featured on Spotify’s Dreampop editorial playlist. The single is Mason’s first offering from his forthcoming album, due to be released in 2020.

Cosmic Dog Fog

CDF were sent to Earth on a mission to assist a consciousness awakening. They arrived during the first of the great lock downs in 2020 and found sanctuary in a strange industrial town known as Sunny Wrexham.
During lock down these two intergalactic dog head time travellers have been exploring their creativity, transmitting psychedelic live streams and coordinating secret Space Parties (following covid guidelines) with casio fueled pop songs from the future and experimental electronic soundscapes.
This Winter ‘CDF’ plan to release a mind bending youtube channel and EP.
See you at the next Space Party.

Cotton Wolf

Following on from their 2017 ‘Welsh Music Prize’ nominated debut ‘Life in Analogue’, Cotton Wolf are back with a brand new album ‘Ofni’ released on the Bubblewrap Collective label. Set against a thematic backdrop of social uncertainty the album’s darker material is simultaneously imbued with anxious paranoia and hopeful positivity. The new tracks from the Cardiff duo showcase a bolder production with faster tempos and purer electronic sounds alongside hypnotic abstract and melodic ideas inherent to their previous release. Whilst the bulk of the album is instrumental the title track features an ethereal vocal contribution by Adwaith’s Hollie Singer.

Blue Amber

Starting life as a bedroom project by Drew Noel after a lot of post-university free time, Blue Amber quickly grew into a rotating ensemble of friends and musicians based in Cardiff. The band, now made up of Freyja Elsy (keyboards), Drew Noel (vocals and saxophone) and Kumar Chopra (guitar), pull together a wide range of influences from instrumental hip hop to post-punk, Beat poetry to indie folk, to create sonically diverse songs about the experiences and feelings of 20-somethings in Britain today.

Bandicoot

Bandicoot are a four-piece bilingual (English / Cymraeg) alternative band from Swansea, South Wales consisting of Rhys Underdown (guitar, vocals, saxophone, keys), Billy Stillman (drums), Tom Emlyn (vocals, guitar, keys), and Kieran Doe (bass).

Having started out playing local gigs around Swansea, this band are making a huge impression and are now playing headline shows all over Wales.

Their sound is influenced by the likes of Talking Heads, Super Furry Animals and Radiohead; their lyrics often touch upon ideas of national and individual identity, the Welsh language, and their relationship to their hometown.

100% Rabbit

Based in Cardiff, but originally hailing from Poland, 100% Rabbit are a synthpop/artpop duo – Malgola (synths, vocal) and Adam (guitar). Combining talents to produce a sound which draws heavily on influences like 80s synthpop, 90s indie, early 2000s R’n’B, 100% Rabbit create their own music language of modern pop.
According to The Line of Best Fit review, ‘100% Rabbit are incredibly hard to pigeonhole. (…) guitar and synth collide to create a monstrously pleasing sound that instantly gives the room the inclination to have nothing but a good time.’ .

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