Welcome to Who The F***? the show taking a deep dive into some of the acts playing festival season this year!
13:05Loyle Carner, born Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, is an influential British hip hop artist known for his evocative storytelling and distinctly soulful sound. His raw and personal lyrics often delve into deeply personal subjects, such as his family and mental health, setting him apart in the hip hop scene. Since his debut album "Yesterday's Gone" in 2017, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize, Carner has consistently pushed boundaries with his sincere and introspective approach to music. His later work, like the critically acclaimed "Not Waving, But Drowning," showcases his talent for connecting with listeners on a profound level. A gifted poet, actor, and musician, Carner continues to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary music.
5:57Becky Hill is a powerhouse in the UK music scene, renowned for her soulful voice and magnetic stage presence. She initially gained recognition in 2012 as a contestant on "The Voice UK" before solidifying her place in the music industry as a skilled songwriter and artist. Her discography spans a variety of genres, although she's most celebrated for her contributions to the dance and electronic music scene. Collaborations with notable artists and DJs like MK, Meduza, and Sigala have seen her tracks top charts worldwide, carving out a significant space for her in pop culture. Through her music, Becky consistently delivers an evocative mix of lyrical depth and addictive melodies, making her a prominent fixture in contemporary pop music.
9:41Wet Leg, a duo that originated from the Isle of Wight, England, have been making significant waves in the indie music scene since their breakout. Comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, Wet Leg is renowned for their fusion of sharp, witty lyricism with catchy post-punk melodies that have a distinctive island twist. Their style combines a playful light-heartedness with an underlying edge of biting sarcasm and social commentary, offering a refreshing take on the indie rock genre. The band's music, often described as an eccentric concoction of wit and whimsy, brings a unique vibrancy that's steadily resonating with audiences around the globe. From their initial singles to their growing body of work, Wet Leg continues to impress listeners with their bold and unconventional sound.
5:19K-Trap, the enigmatic South London rapper, is a prominent figure in the UK drill scene. Renowned for his often introspective lyrics and distinctive flow, K-Trap's identity was shrouded in mystery for much of his early career, performing masked until his unmasking in the mid-2019 "Big Mood" video. His music, featuring authentic storytelling about street life and the challenges of urban living, resonates with a wide audience, giving him a substantial following. Albums like "The Re-Up" and "Street Side Effects" showcase his unique ability to fuse hard-hitting narratives with catchy beats, cementing his place as an influential artist in the British hip-hop genre. K-Trap's artistry consistently pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo, marking him as a creative force to be reckoned with.
14:03Andy C, often hailed as one of the greatest DJs to grace the world of drum and bass, has been at the forefront of the genre since the early '90s. Co-founder of the Ram Records label, he has used his platform not only to release his own groundbreaking tracks but also to elevate numerous other artists in the field. Known for his technical prowess and ability to mix incredibly fast, Andy C's live performances are the stuff of legend, captivating audiences with his signature 'double drop' style and high energy levels. His innovation and influence have shaped the drum and bass genre for over three decades, ensuring his status as a pioneering force in the global electronic music scene.
5:39Hot Milk is a dynamic pop-punk band known for their infectious melodies and emotionally charged lyrics. The band formed in Manchester, UK, in 2018, consisting of co-vocalists and guitarists Han Mee and Jim Shaw, bassist Tom Paton, and drummer Harry Deller. Their vibrant blend of alternative rock and pop-punk elements made a significant impact on the UK music scene, with a knack for writing songs that resonate deeply with their listeners. Hot Milk's music, including their impressive debut EP 'Are You Feeling Alive?' and subsequent releases, embodies an empowering message of resilience, individuality, and self-belief, making them a beacon of relatability in the modern music scene. Tune in as we explore the musical journey of Hot Milk, their creative process, and their striking influence on the genre.
4:21The Snuts are a compelling force in the British rock music scene, hailing from Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland. Formed in 2016, the four-piece band consists of Jack Cochrane (vocals/guitar), Joe McGillveray (guitar), Callum Wilson (bass), and Jordan Mackay (drums). Known for their infectious blend of indie rock and post-punk revival, they bring raw energy, poignant lyricism, and dynamic musical arrangements to the table. The Snuts made a significant splash with their debut album, ‘W.L.’, released in 2021, which topped the UK Albums Chart, making them the first Scottish band in 14 years to achieve this feat with a debut album. Their work is distinguished by its evocative storytelling, where narratives of youth, love, and loss are enshrined in soaring choruses and rousing guitar riffs. They’ve managed to carve out a unique space in the contemporary rock scene, one that pays homage to the past while pushing boundaries in the present.
6:58Discover the Alt-Pop sounds of Arabella Latham, the South African-born singer and multi-instrumentalist now based in London. From her early beginnings in music to her latest releases, join us on a musical journey through Arabella's unique style and find out why she's drawing comparisons to the likes of The Wombats and Pale Waves. Don't miss this rising star and her debut mixtape, 'The Yearbook,' and hear the stories behind her hit tracks like 'Buzzkill,' 'Dover Beach,' and more. Tune in now and discover the sound of Arabella Latham.”
6:35Join us as we dive into the world of The Amazons, a hometown hero band hailing from Reading, UK. Explore their emerging indie rock sound that leans more towards Stereophonics than Blur, sharing the stage with the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sundara Karma, Foals, and Wolf Alice. Relive the moment their Reading Festival anthem "In My Mind" captivated the crowd and discuss their most-viewed record "Stay with Me," reminiscent of early Oasis. Revisit their debut album, "The Amazons," released in 2017, and get excited for their upcoming follow-up album, currently in the works in Wales. Speculate on their potential Radio 1 stage performance, and rate the likelihood of catching them live at Reading Festival.
6:32Join us as we delve into the music and story of Bakar, the Camden-born Indi-Punk artist who embraces grime influences. Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Specials, King Krule, and Jamie T, Bakar has a vocal style strikingly similar to Kele Okereke of Bloc Party fame. We'll discuss how Mike Skinner and The Streets have also played a part in shaping his unique sound. Listen in as we explore Bakar's journey, from his debut LP 'Badkid' in 2018 to his recent feature on the German YouTube Channel COLORS with his punk record 'Scott Free'. We'll share our favorite tracks like 'Big Dreams', 'Unhealthy', and 'All In', and discuss his upcoming first-time appearance at Reading & Leeds Festival. With fans like Skepta and Elton John, Bakar is poised for an incredible journey, and we're giving him a 9/10 on our "likely to see" scale. Tune in to learn more about this rising star and the captivating world he's creating through his music.