Artists at a glance
TALK IN COLOUR
THIS BOY WONDERS
ZEN DEATH SQUAD
Top tunes from SIXTYFOURS, THIS BOY WONDERS, ALANA HENDERSON, BENJAMIN MASON, BUZZARD LOPE, SEFTEL, MARK WYNN, TALK IN COLOUR, THE SHALLOWS, THUMPERS, WILSEN, CHAOS BOX, PARTPANDA, RHODES, THE D-TALES and ZEN DEATH SQUAD.
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, 27th May 2013. Previous mixtape tracklistings can be found on the BBC website.
SIXTYFOURS – My Sound [start 00:13]
Sixtyfours arrived on the Coventry and Warwickshire live music circuit in late 2010, drawing influences from Old Skool Hiphop and Rock, as well contemporary sounds from the UK music scene. In 2011 they appeared at the Leamington Peace Festival – where they are set to make a triumphant return on June 15th – and became a featured artist of the month at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. My Sound is the ‘B’ side to their current single All On You which was released last month and – together with their debut EP Up To No Good – is available via all good digital music stores. They also play Hinckley Music Festival on June 21st and Coventry’s Godiva Festival on July 6th.
THIS BOY WONDERS – Kids [start 03:30]
Suffolk four-piece This Boy Wonders were formed by frontman Chris Athorne in 2010 and have already recorded five EPs and a full length album. Early support by BBC Introducing In Suffolk led to them playing the Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds Festivals the following year and they have subsequently headlined sellout shows at the Islington O2 Academy in London. Kids is the opening track on their latest Ep Stand Tall Up which was recorded in February at Monkey Puzzle House studios in Suffolk, and marks a return to their folkier, more acoustic roots. It can be bought on iTunes and has just been made available on Spotify. The band don’t have a list of gigs on their website or Facebook pages, but they’ve just tweeted that they’ll be playing the Galloway Live stage at Ipswich Music Day on July 7th.
This Boy Wonders
ALANA HENDERSON – Wax & Wane [start 07:32]
This track by Alana Henderson was recommended to us by Ciaran Logue from BBC Ulster’s legendary new music show Across The Line, and was tipped by Hot Press as One To Watch in 2013. “I grew up playing traditional music and singing folk songs, played classical cello throughout school & university (studying Law at Queens University, Belfast) I also acted in an Irish language TV soap called Seacht for a few years, All the while I was quietly writing songs and playing my cello to accompany myself…but finally decided to come out and sing them for people. I recorded part of my Wax & Wane EP in Glasgow last summer, but most of it back home in Belfast in early January.” She has just completed an Artists Residency at the city’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and this summer she’s set to perform at a selection of UK festivals including Forfey, The Insider and Stendhal Festival.
BENJAMIN MASON – Give Me Your Tongue [start 12:02]
Ben Mason – who also works under various project names such as Bagpipe Whiskey, Benfro and Sven Monsoon – describes himself as “a bit of a hermit from Pembrokeshire” and “pretty obsessive about making music. I’m based in a very rural location on a farm” he says “and this environment helps me write – with a lot of space for the ideas to come. I’ve played guitar since 9 years old and really wanted to get back to using that to create songs – but using my voice is something very new. I have an album of lofi songs, each one made in a day coming out in the summe – and am also currently recording another acoustic EP to follow shortly afterwards. I’m looking forward to playing a couple of festivals in the summer.”
BUZZARD LOPE – Millstone [start 15:48]
Buzzard Lope describe themselves as an “Alternative Trio” (whose members hail from London, Birmingham and Brazil respectively) “ploughing the raucous and melancholic furrows of Tom Waits and Elliott Smith”. They consist of pianist and singer Roger Illingworth, jazz double bassist Adam Jarvis and drummer Raphael Saib and released their debut mini-album Daybreak through Lost Toys Records in 2010. This extraordinary followup single Millstone came out last month and is currently available via their Bandcamp page. The band play The Finsbury in London on June 9th and Bedford’s Chill In The Park on the 16th.
SEFTEL – Flashlight [start 19:47]
Flashlight is one of the freshest, most original tracks I’ve heard all year and was recently voted a Fresh Fave by our readers here at FOTN. As Simon Poole said when reviewing the track, “not only has Seftel been picked up on by us all over at FOTN, but also BBC 6 Music’s Jarvis Cocker was rather taken too, as he played another of Seftel’s tracks yesterday.” It comes from Seftel’s selftitled debut album which is released later today (Monday May 27th) on Lo Recordings. “Released is a more evocative word than it gets credit for” says Larry Seftel – who has some roots in South Africa and others in Hackney, Portugal and Lithuania. “The songs” he tells us “are inexact measures of jealousy, lousy nights, bad dreams, self-loathing, boring lunches and half read books. Arranged by Ghikas and Von Weizsacker of the Chap, their sincerity is twisted out of shape into something discomforting, slightly sleazy and also oddly relaxing”.
MARK WYNN – Bukowski [start 22:10]
National-treasure-in-waiting Mark Wynn will need very little introduction to many readers and listeners – being both a former Fresh Fave here on the blog and a memorable recent guest on my Saturday night show on 6 Music. “I am” he says “a kinda-kitchen-sinky type songriter man/boy from York… I write songs, play gigs and then write about the whole process on a little blog thing; I refer to it as a gig diary but quite often don’t mention much about the gig… You can find it here. My stuff is mainly autobiography and I’d describe it as being a mess of overheard conversations, self assessment and pop culturey type references.. I’d also describe myself as an exercise in obscurity… My latest album was released on Desert Mine Music as a digital download and twelve inch vinyl; it’s called Social Situations… Here is a link to buy it.” Mark is currently on tour and plays The Ranelagh in Brighton later today (Monday May 27th), The Victoria Inn, Colchester with Boss Caine on Wednesday May 29th – followed by London’s Dublin Castle (June 5th), Crown of Lights, Hekmondwicke (June 7th) and Wakefield’s Long Division Festival on June 8th.
TALK IN COLOUR – Candles [start 24:01]
The London quintet Talk In Colour consist of Chris Bangs, Dave Oliver, Kat Arney, Mary Erskine and Nick Siddall. Candles is the first single from a new EP of material they’re releasing this summer and was recently voted a Fresh Fave by readers here at Fresh On The Net. Reviewing it, Nico Franks wrote: “Harp, strident female vocals and fuzzy bass all combine to make what the band labels ‘lush electronic future pop music’.”
THE SHALLOWS – Running For Cover [start 28:26]
The Shallows have been longstanding and favourites at Fresh On The Net – both when it was a radio show at BBC 6 Music – and subsequently online as a music blog. Team Freshnet’s Johnno Casson interviewed them for his Prick’n’Ding series last November and Running For Cover comes from their second EP Same Space Vol.2 – released at the beginning of this month and available via their website. They play Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes in London this coming Saturday June 1st.
THUMPERS – Sound Of Screams [start 32:19]
London duo Thumpers were Steve Lamacq’s New Favourite Band in January this year. Their forthcoming single – Unkinder (A Tougher Love) – is currently on the 6 Music playlist and is released on Transgressive a week on Monday (June 3rd). The band consists of childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. who reignited their musical bond again in early 2011. Initially exchanging ideas over long distance correspondence, they used breaks from travel and other projects for intensive, marathon recording sessions. They play London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen this Tuesday May 28th.
WILSEN – Dusk [start 35:55]
Featuring English vocalist Tamsin Wilson the quartet Wilsen (note subtly changed spelling) aim to create a full intricate sound they describe as “dream folk”. This single – due for release on June 10th follows the band’s recent Spring dates opening for Daughter on the first half of their North American headline tour. It’s taken from their self-produced, self-released debut mini-album Sirens – recorded last year in deepest Ontario – and available to download now via iTunes.
CHAOS BOX – In My Mind [start 39:34]
“Chaos Box was founded by myself, Nick Lukacs, shortly after a number of my songs were used for the soundtrack of ‘Ready For A Riot’, a Dispatches documentary broadcast in October 2009 on Channel 4. Recorded and produced entirely at home, the songs, in most cases, are musically and vocally improvised around looped drum arrangements, then edited down to make something more concise and dynamic. Stylistically, the music is firmly rooted in the 1990s, echoing artists such as Ian Brown, Primal Scream and U.N.K.L.E, whilst embracing the ideas and attitudes of psychedelia, punk, hip hop and electronica. As a consequence of being the only member of Chaos Box, there is little chance of live performances any time soon. Instead I intend to focus on recording new material, which can be found on my Soundcloud or purchased via Bandcamp. Thanks again for including In My Mind on your Introducing Mixtape, this means so much to me! All the best, Nick Lukacs.”
PARTPANDA – We Don’t Go To Dances [START 44:05]
We Don’t Go To Dances by Partpanda was first recommended to us by Melita Dennet at BBC Introducing: The South. “We are three old friends from Brighton & Kent” say project members Vienna, J Biscuits and Birkwin Jersey. “We write songs about love, loss, discovery and the sea. Our music touches on various genres, beat-driven melodies with touches of folk and hip hop, layered with soft soulful vocals that glide between spoken and sung. Each of us also make music independently as solo artists, and this brings a collective feel to the way we write music together, with no one person having a set role. We are currently working on an album, and we will be performing on the Riot Jazz Stage at this years Kendall Calling Festival in July.”
RHODES – Always [start 46:55]
What can I tell you about Rhodes? Songs from Hitchin. Er, that’s it.
THE D-TALES – Truths & Squares or Circles & Dares [start 50:37]
The D-Tales are a five piece band, the members of which hail from all over Liverpool – Walton, Wavertree, Mossley Hill and Croxteth to be exact. They take inspiration from an eclectic range of genres including ska, folk, English music hall, psychedelia, metal and indie. “We have been playing together for exactly a year” they tell us. “8 years separate our oldest and youngest members (18-26) and the rest are somewhere between. We spent most of the year recording a demo album at home which the track being played is a part of. Our plans for the future are simply to make better records than we have done in the past and are continuing make music at home, each project building on the last in terms of better production and playing. Our 15 track album can be bought directly from our facebook page for £5”
ZEN DEATH SQUAD – Where the Whales Sleep [start 55:01]
Zen Death Squad is the joint project name of three London producers – Adam ‘Halogen’ Janota-Bzowski, Mark ‘Screenager’ Owens, and Zak ‘Z-Whip’ Norman – whose stated aim is to “making organised noise – in an unorganised fashion – that should generally be played loud and with your eyes closed”. Armed with laptops, synthesizers and drum machines, their live sets are becoming notorious, we’re told, in the underground electronic music scene – following “showstopping performances at UK festivals last summer”. With several free releases and remixes to their name, Zen Death Squad are gearing up for more shows and tours for the second half of 2013. Their new single “Where The Whales Sleep” is the first instalment of an upcoming trilogy to be released over the coming months, available on their website and Facebook page. The award-winning video for the single can be seen at and their next UK live show will be at London’s Dublin Castle on July 5th.