Our September showcase features Scottish alt, folk band Nieves, roots reggae singer Shelly Ravid returning to the Discovery stage with her band, Welsh pop rockers Killjoys, Lucy Mair who writes jazz pop songs and our resident Dj Delphi.
Nieves are a Glaswegian 4 piece with a growing following throughout the UK and Europe. Comparisons have ranged from Frightened Rabbit to the National and Bright Eyes with the bands piano driven sound and dark lyrics at the forefront.
The alt folk act have received high praise from online and print media since their formation. With airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Virgin Radio, their self titled debut E.P. was met with widespread critical acclaim. The band's second E.P. 'Matriarch', was again a success with the UK's leading radio stations and ensured that 2016 was awash with sold out headline shows and festival performances. Nieves found their way onto the 'Best of BBC Introducing' list on the back of only their second release as a band.
Nieves released their debut album 'Exist and Expire' in February 2018 and are currently celebrating the release with a string of shows across the UK.
"Lyrics that break your heart, a voice that makes you weep and melodies that make you sob" - Alternative Press Magazine
"Greatness may well be within the grasp of this creative Glasweigan four-piece" - Tenement TV
Still buzzing off her latest EP release ’Livin’ Large’ (No Joke Records, NY) which attracted great momentum in Jamaica by spinning on Irie FM, Ravid has spent the last couple of month working in the studio and writing new materials. She started making a name for herself back in 2015 when she toured Europé with dub producer Indica Dubs, played a warm up act for Channel One Sound System and did backing vocals for Earl Sixteen. Shortly after, Indica Dubs and Ravid’s collab ’Guide You’ was played on BBC Radio.
New music releases are now on the way and a debut album in the making ranging from Roots Reggae to dancehall pop, Ravid mixes her political lyrics, female empowering aim and sex positive attitude into a perfect blend.
"Ravid is definitely one to watch with her clear political message and upbeat sound"
"Shelly Ravid's 'Livin' Large' is a fantastic prelude to her debut album released in 2018"
Britz N Beatz
"perhaps 2018 will take Shelly onto a bigger stage? She certainly has the qualities to make it big" Reggae Roots Review
KILLJOYS are an exciting new pop/rock band emerging out of South Wales. Working with producer Stuart Richardson (No devotion) their music is set to make waves through the pop/rock world!
Debut single ‘Stay The Same’ was released on May 4th 2018 and is already receiving BBC Introducing Wales AirPlay. It can be found on ALL digital platforms for purchase and streaming.
Guitarists Joe Disson (The Undivided) and Chris William (Attix) have previously ramped up airplay on BBC Introducing Radio1 & Wales along with RadioX, Kerrang Radio and Planet Rock to just name a few. Now teamed up as KILLJOYS with powerhouse drummer Ty Walker and fronted by the charismatic beauty Jess Perry who shines qualities of Tay Jardine (Sainte) and Lynn Gunn (Pvris) together they are ready and set to ignite a fire!
Lucy was most recently selected by BBC Introducing Three Counties to perform at The Bear Club as part of their summer showcase of their favourite acts. This was just after being chosen to play on the BBC Introducing stage at this years ’Standon Calling Festival.’ She was also chosen by BBC Introducing to play at 'Truck' festival in 2016.
She uses a keyboard and guitar when playing live, adding a loop pedal to build up driving rhythms with lush and complex vocal harmonies.
She has played at venues such as The Ritzy, ProudCamden and The Garage. She has played the Bedford, The Half Moon Putney and supported Tom Walker as part of his 2017 tour.
Her first single of 2017, Midnight Car Ride, was released to critical acclaim. It was premiered on BBC Introducing Three Counties who also made it their Track of the Week.
This was followed by 'Oh Love' which was equally well received and promoted by both BBC Introducing in Oxford, Three Counties and was the first ever Mix96 Discover Track of the Week.
2017 finished with the release of her third single, ‘Soulful Goodbye’ which was premiered on BBC Introducing Three Counties and made "Track of the Week".
"Clever and captivating... wonderful" - BBC Introducing Three Counties
"Very powerful and emotive. Such a sweet voice." - Lily Allen