Every Sunday night/Monday morning on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am you can hear a selection of my favourite new tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader in an hour-long music mixtape. Some of the tunes are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues, others are handpicked by me from our inbox here at Fresh On The Net.
Each of these mixtapes is available free when the radio show ends at 3am via the 6 Music Downloads Page. You’ll also find archived episodes there from the previous 4 weeks. As of this week, the full tracklists and start times are now published here at Fresh On The Net with a link to each artist’s website. These are the listings for Monday, 6th May 2013 – previous mixtape tracklistings can be found on the BBC website. mixtape20130415
NATIVE TONGUE – Between Heaven & Hell [start 00:13]
“I like a good anecdote,” wrote guest writer ANDY VON PIP when reviewing this track on our Fresh Faves recently “so if you’re sitting comfortably..I’ll begin …Legend has it that Native Tongue were invited to tour with Kaiser Chiefs despite never actually having played a solitary gig before! Their drummer Josh Williams worked for a dog sitting company and as chance would have it, Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodsgon was one of the clients. Inevitably, their conversations turned from Barbara Woodhouse and Victoria Stilwell towards music and when Josh played Nick one of the bands demos he decided pretty much on the spot to invite them on tour! And if ‘Between Heaven And Hell’ is indicative of what Native Tongue have to offer they certainly wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the bigger stage! Epic and anthemic without ever sounding bombastic or trite!”
THE LOTTERY WINNERS – Elizabeth [start 03:50]
Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found pottering somewhere on the musical spctrum between the blithe Beach Boys and the suffering Smiths. “The songs are the most important thing in the world to me” says frontman Thomas Rylance. “I grew up listening to all the painfully miserable eighties bands like The Cure, Smiths and Joy Division, but in all honesty my desire be on stage was Freddie Mercury’s fault”. The promo clip for Elizabeth has already been featured as our video of the day on our Fresh On The Net YouTube channel – and brings out the full poignant charm of this delicious slice of quirky northern pop.
VALENTINA – Ladders [start 07:08]
Ladders is the lead track from Valentina’s newly released debut EP Wolves on Greco-Roman. Gorwing up in Salisbury of Anglo-Italian parentage, Valentina moved to London at 16 with the goal of making music. She duly worked with Kindness as a part of their touring lineup, guested on Two Door Cinema Club’s The World is Watching and was both featured vocalist and co-writer of Joe Goddard’s 2011 Top 50 hit Gabriel. The track appears in its original form on her new EP alongside four other tunes constructed with friends and musicians who include Kwes, David E.Sugar, Ben Esser, Blue May and Sam Beste.
JOE LA POP – You Ready [start 10:51]
Team Freshnet’s JAMES ROBINS describes this recent Fresh Fave as “An irresistible slice of filter infused house – a perfect dance floor filler, with tastily chopped samples up top and a relentless bass groove at its root which practically takes control of your body by force. With this sturdy backbone in place, Mr La Pop is not content to rest on his laurels and the breakdowns and switch ups ensure this always sounds fresh, whilst the beat keeps kicking up a notch in all the right places. Originally from Blackpool, Joe, AKA 24 year old producer Joel Harrison, is now based in London but according to his Facebook bio he is equally at home, ‘travelling through time and space, cherrypicking the most hypnotic sounds the universe has to offer’. Joe, we’re with you all the way.”
A LITTLE ORCHESTRA – Josefina (with MODEL VILLAGE) [start 14:28]
“We’re a small, London-based 10-piece pop orchestra formed in 2010 and led by Monster Bobby of The Pipettes. We play a variety of instruments – including violin, viola, bassoon, clarinet and flute – on modern, minimalist classical pieces and our own original compositions. We also enjoy accompanying other artists who have included Darren Hayman, The Pipettes, Elizabeth from Allo Darlin’ and Pocketbooks. This is the ttle track of our debut EP, Josefina on Elefant Records on which we perform songs with Model Village, Simon Love, Gordon McIntyre of Ballboy and Darren Hayman. A limited-edition chocolate-coloured vinyl version of the EP is availablefrom our Bandcamp and our debut album, Clocks will be released on June 10 via Vollwert. We are playing a Daylight at the Union Chapel in London between 12pm and 2pm on June 8, together with Gordon McIntyre (Ballboy) and Model Village.”
REBEKAH DELGADO – Lamentine [start 17:33]
“This is not Rebekah’s first time in our Fresh Faves and it’s clear to see why our listeners have been gripped by her dark and harrowingly beautiful musings once again. Gothic and unnerving, you can’t help but be drawn in to the all-consuming narrative of the song and the bleak and strange world it transports you to. Rebekah is a chronic insomnia sufferer, which had a huge bearing on much of the writing for her aptly titled album ‘Don’t Sleep’, from which Lamentine is taken. This seeps through undeniably into her startling vocal delivery, with every tortured note sounding as if it was wrung from the very depths of her soul in the small hours of the morning. ‘Don’t Sleep’ is available via Rebekah’s website.” JAMES ROBINS
HOT FICTION – Old News [start 20:35]
Hot Fiction is a Rock band based in London/Bristol who have just released their second album Apply Within, from which this track Old News caught Team Freshnet’s AL MOBBS when he reviewed it for our Fresh Faves the other week. “It says on Hot Fiction’s press release that they have been courted by Christian Dior” write Al, “and I have spent the last five minutes trying to shake the notion of a handsome rock duet beng stalked by a dead French designer in a grey suit. Whether they can raise the dead or not this band do like a good riff and this track brought to mind the late 60s vibe of Cream. Hot Fiction are a duet but are in no way lacking – vibe and conviction make up for any lack of additional band member, with not even the merest whiff of a click track.”
KILL FOR COMPANY – Black and White [start 23:35]
“Being from Liverpool I run the risk of being chased into the Mersey by a puce-faced pitchfork/ torch wielding mob, but it has to be said the current Manchester music scene is without doubt one of the strongest in the country. I’ll have to add Michael Banfield and Mark O`Donoughue, aka Kill For Company to my list of Mancunian bands to keep an ear out for as this tune is hugely impressive. Rather like Blood Red Shoes, it’s hard to believe that just two people can produce such a huge fully formed sound! Apparently, they’ve also created a hybrid guitar/bass – a Guibass, or maybe a Basstar (d)? This is essentially a lead guitar with two bass strings at the low end. I’ll be checking them out via their Soundcloud, via their homepage above.” ANDY VON PIP
VENUSIAN PLOW – Happy/Angry [start 26:25]
Venusian Plow is a musical project led by Felipe Petry (a Brazilian based in Leeds) for which he co-writes the music with Steve Pedley (a Yorkshireman). The band was born in 2012 and released their debut album the same year. This is the ‘B’ side of their followup single Park for Cars, due for release on May 27th. About the band’s refreshingly challenging music, Felipe writes “We are not claiming to have reinvented the wheel, but merely to be offering a less predictable listen in exchange for more meaningful rewards at the end. Don’t expect obvious Latin flavours. They are in there somewhere together with all the other tastes we grew up getting used to – and also a few ones that have been overlooked by popular culture. This is eclectic pop music.”
WET NUNS – Heavens Below [start 30:36]
It says here: “Women, death, beards, skulls and whiskey, the dark matters that are ground through stomach-churning guitars and ugly drumming to produce the trademark modern lo-fi blues-stoner-punk sound that has made Wet Nuns stand out in Sheffield, Deep South Yorkshire. A ride into the dark and subversive world of Wet Nuns is something to be cherished. Their pseudonyms are many, but their alcohol tolerance is low.” This musical discovery came via a brilliantly over-the-top interview the band’s drummer gave to Drowned In Sound http://bit.ly/13wNGHT with the headline “If we made it big we’d move to LA and buy motorbikes & guns”
LOCAL SPORTS TEAM – Autobiography Steve [start 33:42]
Over the past six months the hard working Local Sports Team performed across the length and breadth of South Wales, even trading their guitars for synthesisers at a tribute concert for hardworking German/Welsh electro godfathers Kraftwerk. Their debut EP “Latvia” in December garnered universally polite reviews, but caught the eye of an intrigued Latvian music blogger who promptly arranged a cultural exchange. Thus in April LST were formally invited by the people of Latvia to perform in their country. They delivered what they described as “a competent and professional show” at Riga’s legendary night spot Nabaklab alongside two hard working Latvian rock bands. Thus began Phase Two of the band’s longterm strategic plan to connect the cosmic ley lines which channel music all around the world. At the very same moment that Local Sports Team too the stage in Riga, their fans back home were invited to stand in Cardiff’s Womanby Street, humming their favourite LST songs in order to cement the cosmic harmonic connection. Local Sports Team are pretty confident that it worked, and their music has fostered a spirit of friendship and peace between the hard working people of Latvia and those of Wales which will last for generations. Readers, you too can partake of this cosmic one-ness by purchasing the Latvia EP from LST’s Bandcamp page, or turning up to commune with the group in person at London’s Brainlove Festival this Saturday, May 11th. Or indeed in hard working Cardiff at Clwb Ifor Bach on June 29th.
DEAD SOCIAL CLUB – We Demand Alerts [start 36:43]
London six-piece Dead Social Club will need no introducing to regular devotees of our BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music, or indeed listeners to Amazing Radio, BBC London or Absolute Radio where they recently scored Track Of The Week. Their track This Painting is Cursed was selected by Music Week for their Sound Of The Summer 2012’ compilation and is available for free download as part of their Sunlight EP via the group’s Bandcamp page. Currently they’re writing and producing their – so far untitled – debut album, set for release later in 2013. However, even dyed-in-the-wool alt-indie musicians sometimes feel the need to see the sun and feel the air from time to time. If any agents, promoters or festival organisers would care to offer them a chance to emerge from their studio dungeon and perform out in the wider world this summer, they would love to hear from you.
LAND OF THE GIANTS – The Drop [start 41:31]
“Thanks for your email: including us in your Mixtape is a nice boost for us just before our first little tour of the year. About us… We are an independent band, 6 strapping lads from Plymouth who got together three years ago. We’ve been writing and gigging solidly from day one, making dance music with guitars and brass, thumping drums and big bouncy bass all over the South of England. Our gigs are full-on high-energy affairs and we’re taking our show all over the place this summer, from Glastonbury, to Beach Break Live, Brisfest and a tour of Ireland in July. This track The Drop comes from our upcoming second EP and is about having the balls to follow your dreams. Come and check us out on Facebook and YouTube!”
KEZIA – America [start 45:52]
Kezia writes lyric based songs with simple, thoughtful melodies based around the piano and guitar. Growing up in an old, ex-mining town in Cornwall, she has always been aware of a shadow of something lost which fixes the place with a certain melancholy that infiltrates the way she sings and plays. Kezia prefers to write about average people with average lives and problems in a way that is imaginative but accessible. Drifting between Folk and Blues by the way of Country (with an English accent), Kezia hopes people find her music enjoyable and sincere. At just 21 years old Kezia has been asked to play some of the major South West festivals including Relentless Boardmasters, Leopallooza and the Eden Sessions. In 2012 she was asked to perform in Olympic Park, she was chosen to support Feeder on Lusty Glaze beach and personally invited to support The Blue Aeroplanes at their annual gig at The Fleece.
MICCOLI – Idle Stranger [start 49:56]
“For over four years, Birmingham’s Miccoli have toured the US and the UK honing their sound. Consisting of twin brothers Adriano and Alessandro together with their sister Francesca, they have gigged in the Viper Rooms and other key rock venues across America. They have hung out with Motley Crue, written songs, had an altercation with Paris Hilton in a toilet, been cautioned by the highway patrol, written more songs and learnt a great deal about producing their own music. Back home they have performed at the O2 Wireless festival, written even more songs, lived in a car equipped with a mobile bar and cooker built by themselves… They’ve even had one unspecified band member suffer a near-fatal heart operation. They have turned down a gig for Kevin Costner, moved to Penang, landed a sponsorship deal, shot their debut video, written even more songs, performed more gigs and that…” they tell us “is just the half of it.” Phew!
DARK DARK HORSE – Mercury Nevada [start 54:22]
“Not to be confused with Brighton’s enigmatic Dark Horses, Dark Dark Horse have already previously impressed Mr Freshnet himself, Tom Robinson, and on the basis of ‘Mercury Nevada’ the reason why is fairly self evident. This is quite simply a wonderful dark, slow building elegiac electronic symphony with a vocal that manages to sound pragmatic yet wistful.… Whoever said electronic music was cold and unemotional was clearly a buffoon.” ANDY VON PIP