'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble..' Photo used with permission.

'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble.' Photo used with permission.

'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble..' Photo used with permission.

Hard work and a love for what they do paid off for Southampton trio Band of Skulls, who have just played at the Reading Festival. DJ Goldierocks from The Selector finds out how they went from running their own club night to touring with the likes of Muse and The Black Keys. Read the interview below or scroll down to listen to the

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

Meet Cloud Boat, a two-piece electronic band from London. They've just released their second album Model of You, and they'll be touring in the UK and Europe later in the year. Listen to the interview and songs recorded for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

Little Comets from Newcastle play three of their songs live and talk about how the band got started. Scroll down to listen to the interview and songs, recorded for our global radio show for new UK music, The Selector.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

In the 1940s, the British Council released a spate of films to polish and promote Britain's image abroad. Our Director of Film, Briony Hanson, explains what made this collection what it was and why such an endeavour would be problematic today.

'Something that I hope is a common theme throughout the label is that, irrespective of the genre, the songwriting is always very strong.' Background photo by Chris under Creative Commons licence. Logo used with permission.

'Something that I hope is a common theme throughout the label is that, irrespective of the genre, the songwriting is always very strong.' Background photo by Chris under Creative Commons licence. Logo used with permission.

'Something that I hope is a common theme throughout the label is that, irrespective of the genre, the songwriting is always very strong.' Background photo by Chris under Creative Commons licence. Logo used with permission.

Ben Howard, Daughter, Michael Kiwanuka -- did you know they were all released by London's Communion Records? Our Selector radio team spoke to Kevin Jones, one of the label's three founders, about what makes the label tick. Below is the audio of the interview, samples of Communion's artists and a transcript