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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


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After the release of his debut Ghost EP, the second single The Game by HVNTER is set to hit the mainstream airwaves next month and if you like CHVRCHES you're going to love this (and not just because of the V instead of a U) sublime little electro gem .

Always at the vanguard, Ralph's giving it a pre-release spin on the Radio KC Indie Show Sunday October 29th. Tune in 5-7pm UK time.

HVNTER is the musical project of South Wales singer-songwriter and producer Jamie Willetts. His debut track Blood quickly racked up over 30,000 plays on Soundcloud within the first few weeks and recently he released his Ghost EP.


Wide-Side2.jpgThe Game is the second track to be taken off the new EP and is a showcase of Willetts’ ability to craft incredibly hook-heavy electronic music with outstanding pop sensibilities, peppered with hints of contemporary dance music for good measure.

The story is a tale we’re all familiar with and, as HVNTER states, “The Game is about figuring out slowly someone is kind of playing a game with you and working out what they've been doing all this time. But still being stupid enough to go along with it.”

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Monday, 16 October 2017


Limb by Limb by Pembrokeshire-based duo Names is the follow up single to Backs Turned, a song that has already been played on Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC. It has been described elsewhere as “a wintry soundscape with all the fluency, space and atmosphere of the Mogwai Les Revenants soundtrack”. 

Where do you go after creating such an assured artistic statement with your debut single? Limb by Limb is the answer. Names have shed any creative ego to create a raw, emotionally rich song devoid of self-indulgence and over reaching dramatization. Yet again Ioan and Joey have found beauty within the smouldering ashes left in the wake of life’s broken relationships. 

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and shoesIoan of Names explained to us that Limb by Limb is... 

“largely inspired by the ignorance of issues within a relationship which slowly bring about its demise. Also the effect of a background anxiety on life and ability to socialise.” 

Limb by Limb musically and lyrically perfectly depict the contrasting moments of clarity and internal isolation one feels holding on to a dying relationship. The sense of calm in the release, yet claustrophobic panic of the unknown. 

It's heady stuff for ones so young however; but, as with Talk Talk’s majestic Spirit of EdenNames are quickly becoming masters of the intimate, unseen but deeply felt moments we share. 

Their music explodes on to a cinematic canvas full of flowing chords and echoey melodies. They very much remind me of a nascent Blue Nile in their ability to pull the listener into their atmospheric soundscapes; and with that Dear Reader, I can pay them no greater compliment. 


Charlotte Carpenter - Video Of The Week

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Shelter is the lead single taken from the new EP by Charlotte Carpenter and it's Ralph's favourite video this week. The EP is released 20th October 2017 on 10" vinyl and you can pre-order your copy here: SHELTER See Charlotte Carpenter on tour throughout October and November...

Tickets: Charlotte Carpenter Tour
Directed by Joe Phipps

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ralph's Top 10 Chart - as played on Radio KC - 15.10.17

Tracks from the Top Ten Blogged Bands are played 
every Sunday 5-7pm on Radio KC as part of 
Ralph's Indie Show.




Published on 14.10.17 and as played after 

RALPH'S INDIE SHOW on RADIO KC - 15.10.17 - from 5-7pm

No 1: Violet Youth

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Ralph's favourite video this week is She Said by Blackburn band Violet Youth and you can find that on their recently released debut EP Primary Nature

The four songs on the EP were written between 2013 and 2016 and they describe them as "The sounds of Violet Youth in it's infancy." 

No 2: Lover

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The bones of London band Lover was formed towards the end of 2015, and they started on their debut album, Human Geography in early 2016. 

The album was completed just before they embarked on a mini UK tour supporting Earl Slick / Bernard Fowler’s Station to Station Tour. On tour the band started building a following and garnered great feedback from the public and industry insiders.

No 3: Mickey 9s

Image may contain: nightRalph's favourite video this week is Ghosts by Scottish band Mickey 9s.

The song, which was released by Mickey 9s as a demo last year, is about the refugee crisis and the new video brings more of a focus on the words and human tragedy behind the track.

Ralph will be playing Ghosts by Mickey 9s on this Sunday's Indie Show on Radio KC so tune in from 5 - 7pm on

No 4: The Actions 

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The Actions announce their forthcoming Single Let’s Talk released 14th September via

All the income raised will go entirely to MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctor Without Borders), Save The Children and Greenpeace.

No 5Sugarmen

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Ralph's favourite video this week is the excellent and trippy Push Button Age by Liverpool band Sugarmen.

The track is on their soon to be released debut album Local Freaks which sees it's launch party in The Sebright Arms, London on October 5th.

Artwork.jpgMulti-talented artist Lucie Barât is set to release her new single Take Me Away on 24th November via Alya Records. Being the sister of Carl Barât , of The Libertines fame, music is firmly embedded in Lucie’s blood.

Having always performed in bands, combining a love of writing and performing, Lucie has recorded with legendary David Bowie producer, Mark Plati and more recently with The Au Revoirs.

No 7: Purest

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Yielding more swagger than a Kevin Shields customized Jazzmaster, the intense sounds of Sheffield guitar bandits Purest have come knocking firmly at the door of mainstream radio with new single Waiting For to be released later this month.

The Sheffield 4-piece’ debut made such an overwhelming first impression on Gary Powell of The Libertines that he, along with label partner Wayne Clarke, signed them to their label 25 Hour Convenience Store Records for their second full release. 

No 8: Joe Dolman

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Joe Dolman is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa. With 2 independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts.

he has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio 1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens as well as across the country on BBC introducing.

No 9: Jack Perrett

No automatic alt text available.ewport native Jack Perrett is set to release his new single In The Morning and it will be available on November 17th on all the usual download suspects.

It sees him channeling maximum Britpop swagger with his new single, It's a singalong affair from the get-go. With its 90s Britpop vibes and catchy hooks, the track showcases Jack Perrett who has a natural ability for songwriting, solidifying his status as part of the bright future of British music.

No 10: Himalayas

Sigh on a Hurricane jpeg shrinkv1.jpgHIMALAYAS release their new single, Sigh On A Hurricane on 27th October via Peepshow Records, available on all the usual download suspects

Earlier this year the band released the incendiary Thank God I'm Not You which brought them exposure to global audiences; featuring on numerous Spotify curated playlists amassing over 1.86m streams and over 330k monthly listeners, as well as multiple plays on network radio.