THE BEGINNING

Sam Walton has put together a playlist of his favourite Welsh tracks.

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Today is St David’s Day, commemorating the death in 601 of all-round Welsh hero St David, whose dying words, “brothers be ye constant. The yoke which with single mind ye have taken, bear ye to the end,” read pretty much like a 7th-century version of “keep it indie, m8s”. Accordingly, to celebrate the day, here’s 13 tracks from Welsh acts past and present, little-known and world-beating for you to enjoy. Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant!

Yr Ods – Ble’r Aeth Yr Haul
Grandly psychedelic indie-rock from Yr Ods.

R Seiliog – Peripheral Thermal
Motorik techno monster R Seiliog.

Yucatan – Y Gwacter
Glacial post-rockers Yucatan.

Race Horses – Sisters
Whimsical pop stallions Race Horses.

Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now
Homespun loveliness from Cate Le Bon.

Gwenno – Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki
Gwenno’s (photographed at the top) icy bedroom electronica.

Budgie – Breadfan
Seminal 70s heavy metal combo Budgie.

Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever
Bond-theme belter Bassey.

Manics – Faster
Return to the time when the Manics were anarchosyndicalist glitter punks.

Gorky’s – Poodle Rockin’
Kaleidoscopic dog-doters Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.

McLusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Cage-rattling, big-riffing filth from McLusky.

Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
Throttle-throated sex bomb Tom Jones.

Super Furries – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck
…and perhaps Wales’ finest exports, Super Furry Animals:

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