Jaz Beeson’s Sunflower Pop Playlist

We recently interviewed Lincolnshire musician Jaz Beeson about her new single ‘Wanna Know’ (head to our Instagram if you haven’t seen it yet). When we asked her to describe her sound she said it was Sunflower Pop. But what exactly is that?

Jaz Beeson

Well we asked her to put together a playlist to add a bit of context and we’re soo glad she agreed, there are some top tunes on there to make you smile!

On her sound, Jaz said it was: “tunes for golden hour road trips and twirling through daisy-dappled fields.” Sounds good to us!

Beyond The Woods Meets: Jaz Beeson

In the latest in our series of interviews with some fantastic local artists we caught up with self declared ‘Sunflower Pop’ artist Jaz Beeson. As an artist she’s taken some time away working on a new sound alongside local producer Joey Walker and this latest offering ‘Wanna Know’ sees her music rise to a new level!

Jaz is also BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire’s track of the week, affirming the fact that our friends Hannah Fletcher and co. have great taste! Check out the track below and head over to our Instagram page to see the full interview.

Beyond The Woods Meets: The Rills

The Rills - credit Barnaby Fairly
The Rills – 📷 Barnaby Fairly

Following the release of the new single Stardog, we caught up with Mitch from the band to discuss their new video, what they’ve been up to during lockdown and some of their favourite things about festivals.

Head over to our Instagram page to see the full interview hosted by Jenelle Smith.

New Releases

The last month has brought us some really exciting new music hailing from Lincolnshire and beyond, and we’ve brought all our favourites together in one handy list! Here’s our January – February round up:

Shout Inferno – Is It Safe Enough?

Following the release of their debut album ‘A Carnival’, Lincoln-based alt-pop/rock quartet Shout Inferno have dropped a new video this week for their funky indie-disco track ‘Is It Safe Enough?’

Describing the single, the band wrote:

‘The literal meaning is a person suffering from agoraphobia who ponders the idea of leaving the house but is paralysed by their spiralling, melodramatic thoughts and fantasies of the world outside. It could also be a metaphor for somebody trying to find a sense of belonging in an unforgiving/unaccepting society’.

Check out the video below, filmed at the Blue Room in Lincoln with production company Wallbreaker.

The Rills – Stardog

Lincolnshire-based indie legends The Rills have also brought out an upbeat and energising video for their new single ‘Stardog’, which encapsulates all things fun about this band.

They have been making waves on TikTok, as well as building a solid fanbase across all platforms. The band also recently appeared on Scruff of the Neck‘s Twitch live stream with a live session and interview with BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy. We’re really excited to see what’s next.

Talkboy – Wrapped in Blue

We’re big fans of Leeds-based band Talkboy here at Beyond the Woods, and Wrapped in Blue is no exception. With beautiful harmonies and relatable songwriting, the band never fail to produce excellent up-beat, catchy indie-pop.

Their EP, titled ‘Wrapped in Blue’ will be out on February 11th and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3az4eZK

Wharf – Compatible

Premiered on BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire, London-based Wharf have brought out new single ‘Compatible’, exploring the emotions behind new found love.

With influences from The 1975 and The Night Cafe, the track has a classic nostalgic indie sound sure to get you dancing.

Jazz Lingard – Tell Me More (acoustic)

Lincoln-based singer-songwriter Jazz Lingard teased something she’s been working on last month, with an acoustic version of ‘Tell Me’.

Lingard has an absolutely gorgeous tone, with heavy folk influences mixed with influence from the likes of Wolf Alice and Radiohead.

Bull – Eugene

Having been on the scene for a long time, York 4-piece Bull reignited the old-school dream of being signed to a major label at a local gig last summer.

They’re catchy hooks combined with twists and turns in every song provide a modern, but engaging take on the classic Britpop style. ‘Eugene’ shows off Bull’s softer side by writing a beautifully soft and melodic anthem.

Debut album out March 26th released via EMI – ‘Discover Effortless Listening’

Preorder the album and grab yourself some funky merch here: https://shop.bulltheband.com

Fickle Friends – IRL

Fickle Friends have released a refreshing new concept EP this month ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’, which explores a range of feelings behind being a young adult. Their single IRL is nothing short of up-beat irresistible pop.

The campaign to this EP has been really exciting, incorporating a commissioned piece of artwork for each track. Fans have also been encouraged to produce their own artwork for each track which will featured on the virtual gallery on their website (http://www.ficklefriends.co.uk).

Only Sun – Weird Wins

From their much anticipated debut album ‘Tangled Mind’, London-based quartet Only Sun have released infectious indie-disco tune ‘Weird Wins’.

The single follows the success of their track ‘Extraordinary’ late last year, which will also be featured on the album.

The album with be out April 30th via CloseUp/Modern Sky, and you can preorder it here: https://bit.ly/3avFYI0

Plus we’re going to be bringing the band to Lincoln this summer – grab a ticket here

Don’t forget to check out our Spotify playlist, including all our blog picks!

Doing something exciting in Lincolnshire and think we should know about it? Send us an email at news@beyondthewoods.co.uk

Huge News for Holly Humberstone in BBC Sound Of Poll

We started Beyond The Woods as a way to support local musicians. Being in bands ourselves, we wanted to put on an event that brought Lincolnshire artists together to celebrate the massive amount of talent in our area.

Whilst, in recent years, we’ve booked a number of acts from further afield, we’ve still been working closely with our friends at BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire to make sure we’re showcasing some of the best local acts.

In 2018 a relatively new to the scene artist took to our stage and promptly blew everyone away. It’s safe to say that Holly Humberstone was a real standout at that year’s festival.

We’ve been keeping an eye on her journey ever since that summer, which has seen her perform at Glastonbury, support Lewis Capaldi at Wembley Arena, appear on Jimmy Kimmel in the US and break onto the Radio 1 daytime playlist. It’s fair to say she’s gone a long way since playing at our festival warmup gig at The West End Tap in Lincoln a month or two before BTW 2018.

She’s started 2021 with a bang having been announced as the runner up in the BBC’s Sound of 2021 poll – a prestigious poll of music critics with previous winners including Sigrid, Sam Smith and Jack Garratt.

It’s great to see a local act do so well and we know that her success is inspiring local musicians and blazing a trail for acts in our area. A big congrats from all of us at BTW HQ, we’re very proud to have had a small part in the story and we can’t wait to see what’s to come in 2021!

Below are a few photos from Holly’s set back in 2018. If you want to check her our live, and you really should, she’s announced a headline tour this June, including a stop off in Nottingham – tickets are available here.

Check out our blog to find more posts about local artists.

New Releases

It’s time for our monthly round up of all things getting us excited! Here are our top picks from November – December:

Flyte – Never Get To Heaven

London-trio Flyte are back with their fourth release this year; ‘Never Get to Heaven’. The beautifully wintry track has the band stripped back to just vocals and guitar, forming the perfect single for December. The song was written by vocalist Will when he was 14 as a rework of a scout’s chant, with Will releasing it had now become the ‘perfect eulogy to the end of my adult relationship’.

DECO – Christmas is Calling

It wouldn’t be a December round-up without a Christmas song and DECO have more than delivered with this modern classic. Following up from their debut EP ‘Real Life’ released earlier this year, the pop-trio have graced with an upbeat Christmas anthem, accompanied with nostalgic home-video style video.

Kings & Bears – When The Day

Firm favourites of Beyond the Woods, Kings & Bears have released an up-beat ‘rock and roll party song’ alongside an equally upbeat ‘rock and roll party video’, and we love it. The track has been featured on Hannah Fletcher’s BBC Introducing Show as ‘Track of the Week’ and it is totally deserving of that title!  

Patawawa – Disco Video

Patawawa are also back with a new release this month, bringing us infectious and fun disco track ‘Disco Video’. Focusing on female empowerment, the single is part of their new album release ‘Power Up’ which is due out on the 5th March 2012. You can pre-order the album and grab some funky merch here.

Thomas Day – Wine

Hailing from our very own Licolnshire, Thomas Day has been making waves in modern hip-hop and neo-soul. His latest release ‘Wine’, featuring London-based rapper Tee Peters, explores the emotions behing feeling not good enough, but sends the uplifting message that you are not alone. Check-out the single below!

Hell’s Ditch – The Likes Of Us

Lincolnshire rockers ‘Hell’s Ditch’ have certainly been making their mark on the industry, previously being played on Radio 1 by Daniel P Carter and achieving Radio Lincolnshire plays for their latest single ‘The Likes of Us’. Their latest single is their third to date and it definitely packs a punch, articulating a heavy political message in true punk-rock fashion.

If you’re an artist in Lincolnshire, a fan of the festival, or just making music you’d love for us to hear, send us an email at: news@beyondthewoods.co.uk.

BTW’s Indie Xmas Playlist

Ho ho ho and a merry Christmas from all of us at Beyond The Woods. Yeah it’s been a bit of a crap year but, in the words of Queen, thank God it’s Christmas!

We’re not here to celebrate the virtues of Mercury, May, Taylor and Deacon though, that’s for another day, because, yeah, sure, there are some great xmas classics out there, but here’s a refreshing list of other festive tunes!

Presenting our playlist of indie xmas bangers (please note: not every tune is a four-to-the-floor shake ya hips banger so to speak, but we think they’re all great songs and worth a listen!)

Is there a tune that we should add to our list, let us know on twitter!

BTW Presents: Only Sun – Akedo Gaming Bar, Lincoln

Tickets on sale now!

We love bringing you loads of great new music at the festival in August, but we realised there’s no reason why we can’t showcase acts more often throughout the year. So we’re pleased to announce that indie-pop quartet Only Sun will be appearing at Akēdo Gaming Bar Lincoln next June!

With an infectious, upbeat sound and an arsenal of tunes, the band are touring to support their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’ and we can’t wait to bring them to a Lincolnshire audience for the first time!

This is the first of several show announcements from us, so keep your eyes peeled on our pages for more info!

Upbeat indie quartet Only Sun have recently taken the south by storm, now they bring their energetic riff-laden sound to fair Lincoln.

Having gained strong critical support of previous releases from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and additions to some top playlists alongside other exciting emerging talent, the band embark on a tour in support of their debut album ‘Tangled Mind’.

Coupled with some of Beyond The Woods Festival’s top DJs and support from some of the best new talent in the area right now, this is set to be a night not to be missed.

New Releases

This month, we’re taking a look at all new alternative releases alongside some of Lincolnshire’s finest. Here are our favourites of October -November:

Flyte – I’ve Got a Girl

Late last month, London-trio Flyte premiered their new track ‘I Got A Girl’ on BBC 6 Music with Lauren Laverne and it is a beauty. A different take on a break-up song, ‘I Got A Girl’ explores the break down of a creative relationship. During the pandemic, the band have been visiting people’s doorsteps to perform the track, which you can check out on their socials: https://twitter.com/Flyteband/status/1323672942463647746.

Toby Johnson – Why?

‘Why?’ is Toby Johnson’s latest release for his new EP ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Featuring singles ‘Tiny Fires’, ‘Bulletproof’, ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’, ‘Why?’ and ‘False Temptations’, his EP offers a masterful folky take on the indie genre, perfect listening for winter indoors. Speaking on the EP, Johnson wrote: ‘It’s often difficult to say things out loud. We hold back on things we should say and we often say the things we shouldn’t. ‘Things I Should Have Said’ is a mixture of emotions and feelings I’ve held back on over the years. Friendships I’ve lost and opportunities I’ve missed.’ Check out the music video for ‘Why?’ below!

KAWALA – Pure Desire

London-based indie-acoustic band KAWALA released their first 7″ single ‘Pure Desire’ alongside B-side ‘Loosen Up’ in October, gaining plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The song encompasses everything we love about KAWALA, fulfilling all our up-beat and optimistic folky-pop needs.

Current Climate – Trek to the Discotheque

Lincolnshire’s own Current Climate have released new track ‘Trek to the Discotheque’, championed by BBC Music Introducing in Lincolnshire. With clear Britpop influences and a nod to Pulp’s Jarvis Crocker, the track is wonderful mix of old-school disco and modern-day indie. Check it out on Spotify!

The Magic Gang – Somebody Like You

Masters of indie-pop, The Magic Gang have brought us feel-good indie-banger ‘Somebody Like You’. The track follows-up from their recently released second album ‘Death of the Party’, and is their first self-produced song.

Anna Straker – Boys Will Be Boys

Lincolnshire-born Anna Straker released fierce and powerful feminist anthem ‘Boys Will Boys’ at the end of October, and we love it. Following the release of ‘Good Days, Bad Days’ with Gabrielle Aplin and ‘London Knows’ earlier this year, Straker has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Blossoms – Christmas Eve (Soul Purpose)

You may say it’s too early for Christmas, but we disagree. Getting us into the Christmas spirit, indie legends Blossoms have released a beautifully nostalgic bundle of warmth. Get me a hot chocolate and turn this one up.

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Check out our updated Music News playlist on Spotify below for all our recommendations!

DJ Alderman’s Chill Mix

Continuing our series of guest-curated playlists, we asked Lincoln DJ and sax extraordinaire Alderman to pick some of his favourite chilled tunes. Perfect for relaxing in the evening or a soundtrack to getting those pesky life admin jobs done!

Alderman

Hit play and enjoy whilst you read about his picks below & head over to instagram to find out more about Alderman.


Hi my name is Alderman and I’m a DJ, Producer and musician who has influences from genres such as Jazz, Hip-Hop and House. When I was creating this playlist, those three genres were the basis for lots of my decisions and in most tracks you can definitely hear at least one of those influences. So, here are my top five records from the Beyond the Woods Chill playlist.

Up first is the Tom Misch remix of Lianna La Havas’ tune “What You Don’t Do”. Tom Misch is one of my favourite producers because of his mellow sounding chord sequences and funky riffs. In this record he creates a chilled hip-hop beat which allows him to layer the guitar harmonies over each other which creates a really nice sound. Lianne La Havas’s vocals fit the vibe perfectly.

My next favourite song off the playlist is “Electric Relaxation” from legendary rap group –  A Tribe Called Quest. The simplicity of their music makes them perfect to relax to and I love the use of old jazz samples in their music, a common feature from their era of Hip-Hop. The acapella adlib groove adds another dimension of musicality and easy listening.

Keeping on a similar Hip-Hop themed track. The way Vanilla’s tune “Summer” incorporates the melody from “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince is why it is one of my favourites. Accompanied by the electronic piano and a classic rap beat, this record has such a warm ambience and I can imagine listening to this on a beach in somewhere sunny.

Going off on a Jazzy tangent, this next track is the perfect balance of House music and improvisation. The Atjazz Remix of “Rose Rouge” – originally produced by St. Germain – has a four-on-the-floor kick pattern which is layered with shuffling cymbals and clicks. It is a perfect electronic representation of a live drummer playing a jazz beat themselves. By slicing up the original solos, Atjazz keeps the vibe of St. Germain’s version, but also adds some synth chords as a mid layer. The vocal is simple and has nice tones which add to the chilled sound.

The final track out of the five is “Get Lost” by JuJu Rogers, Bluestaeb and Regis Molina. Featuring some really nice Saxophone improvisation and mellow electric piano chords, this track brings lots of chilled energy. It is one of those tracks you can just nod your head to and vibe with as it has lots of different elements that come in later but some elements are taken out and this creates different sounds throughout.

Thanks to Beyond The Woods for asking me to compile this playlist and I hope everyone can enjoy the chilled out tracks that I have selected.

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