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Introducing – the Welsh Music Podcast!

Happy New January! This post is dedicated to a new podcast you NEED to be listening to. This is the Welsh Music Podcast, hosted by James Cuff (We Are Cardiff fans may remember James for helping out on the We Are Cardiff documentary that we made a few years back) and Neil Collins, both avid music fans.

They set the podcast up in 2019 to celebrate Welsh music and culture, past and present, and the people who helped shape it.

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Here’s more about them: “From Anhrefn to Zabrinski we’ll cover it all, including obscure, emerging and established artists, across the Welsh and English language spectrum.

“Each episode will feature a music obsessive guest who has, in some way, helped shape Welsh music and culture. They’ll be talking about their careers and giving an in-depth analysis of their favourite Welsh album.”

Their most recent episode of the podcast features me! (Helia Phoenix, helllooooo). I chat about various things on my musical journey through life in Cardiff, including Catapult Records, Kruger Magazine, Lady Gaga, club nights in Cardiff through the 1990s and 2000s. SO much to chat about. Thanks so much to the Welsh Music Podcast for inviting me on, it was such a lovely chance to reminisce and celebrate!

My nomination for best Welsh album of all time is High Contrast‘s True Colours. I don’t think the electronic scene in Wales gets anywhere near enough coverage or kudos for how diverse and wonderful it is, so this is my attempt to correct that. Also if you think about global impact, Lincoln (High Contrast) is a producer who is leading his field. He worked on the music for the Olympics opening ceremony, he’s a Grammy nominee. This will date this piece, but check the High Contrast Spotify profile and you’ll see his top 10 tracks have had 47 MILLION LISTENS. That’s big time.

Anyway, that’s today. Back to True Colours. It’s a wonderful album, and I mention in the podcast that I did a pre-interview with Lincoln to refresh my memory. We ended up chatting for nearly an hour and there was a lot of interesting stuff in that, so look forward to a post about that in the future.

Listen below:

Here’s the beef:

We talk to music journalist and Cardiff Music Board member Lalovely Phoenix about DJing, working on Kruger Magazine and writing Lady Gaga’s biography.

She also chose the Grammy-nominated High Contrast’s debut as her favourite Welsh album.

Earlier episodes of the podcast so far feature discussions with Dave Owens, Patrick Jones, Huw Stephens, John Rostron, Matt Durbridge, Keri Collins, and they’ve got a lot more guests to come (more about Welsh Music Podcast guests).

Two other Welsh electronic artists I wanted to give a special shout out to:


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Reach Out! The Welsh rock for refugees album

Rather marvellously, local music journalist Dave Owens has put together a compilation of Welsh music from some small bands you’ve probably never heard of, to raise money for the current refugee crisis. And what’s more, he did it in ONE WEEK. You can buy the album here (Welsh Rock for Refugees). Read on for more info!


Here’s what Dave says about the album:

“In light of the ongoing refugee crisis some of Wales’ leading musicians have come together to unite under the banner of Welsh Rock For Refugees. The result is a Reach Out – a 30-track album from which all proceeds will be donated to Refugee Action – a UK based charity that helps refugees at home and abroad.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has gone out of their way to ensure this album became a reality in less than seven days. We’ve been truly astounded and humbled by the response.

“Find out more about the work of Refugee Action at www.refugee-action.org.uk

Download the album here: Reach Out – Welsh rock for refugees (bandcamp)

Tracklisting for the album:

1. Frisbee – Super Furry Animals

2. New Loafers – 60ft Dolls

3. Roll On Up – Houdini Dax

4. You Taught Me – The Joy Formidable

5. Thinking Out Loud – Amy Wadge

6. 5c Cotton 40c Beef – Cian Ciaran

7. Graves – Climbing Trees

8. Devastation – Pale Blue Dots

9. The Surgeon – Euros Childs

10. Sbia ar y Seren – Georgia Ruth

11. Lines & Angles – Ellie Makes Music

12. Vast – Gulp

13. Chwyldro (R.Seiliog remix) – Gwenno

14. You’re My Star (Live) – Stereophonics

15. Miller (Live at The Gate) – Zervas & Pepper

16. Caer O Feddyliau – Kizzy Crawford

17. Refugees In The West World – Mike Peters

18. Box – Charlotte Church

19. Hippos – Cerys Matthews

20. Lost Tribes (Tomas Barford Remix) – Gruff Rhys

21. Alcohol Kiss – Trampolene

22. Goldrush (Acoustic) – Paper Aeroplanes

23. Guillotine (featuring Lillian Todd) – Sion Russell Jones

24. Rhodd – Iwan Rheon and Aled Rheon

25. Safe In Place – Grant Nicholas

26. Liberty Rd – The Earth

27. No Borders – Zefur Wolves

28. Redesign – Jayce Lewis and Gary Numan

29. Molly (Acoustic) – The People The Poet

30. William’s Last Words (Underworld mix r37br11) – Manic Street Preachers


Dave Owens is a multimedia news and features journalist at Media Wales. Follow his writings at A Sound Reaction – Facebook page

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