Chart Choice with Signal 1 DJ Simon Morykin
I SIT typing this article in the most miserable weather – well, I'm not actually in it, but outside it is horrible! Rain, wind, cold. Surely this is why we love England so much! That and of course the bargain petrol prices. And the trouble-free highways.
Well, maybe it's none of the reasons above. Maybe it's our fine, fine music. We boast some of the best artists in the world. Just this week, I've had tweets from listeners to Total Access in Brazil, Venezuela, Germany and Latvia. They all have one major thing in common – along with great taste for radio – a love for British music.
Be it JLS, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J or Oasis. They all crave a visit to London to see the land which nurtured these fine musicians. Of course I then try to explain that there is much more to see in the United Kingdom than just Big Ben and the London Eye, but you get the idea.
Last week it was funny. I caught the train from home to Stoke-on-Trent station. Being a tight git, I had of course booked in advance, to both save money on the journey and to grab a reserved seat. Nothing worse than having to balance on a fast moving train while eating lunch and slurping coffee.
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On boarding the train, a group of ladies were sat around, and indeed ON, my reserved seat. I politely explained (and there were several other vacant seats on the train, otherwise I'd have happily given up my seat for a lady) and they gladly re-shuffled around the carriage. Conversation followed with these lovely ladies – they were en route to Birmingham to see Drake live.
Well I simply had to name drop that I was visiting Labrinth – the guy supporting Drake in Birmingham. Labrinth has enjoyed two UK number one records out of – so far – just three released tracks. Not bad going. Let The Sun Shine was his first – and the massive Earthquake was his second.
Electronic Earth is Labrinth's new album and it's like no other album I've ever heard. If you thought every Lab track may be just like Earthquake, forget it. In other words, every single track is different – in fact by quite a long mile.
Labrinth explained to me that with this diversity he expects to win some fans and lose some fans along the way. With such creativity and talent – he won't be losing me. Check the new single – Express Yourself out soon.