Artists at a glance
HARLEQUIN DYNAMITE MARCHING BAND
OEDIPUS THE KING
ST. KILDA MAILBOAT
THE SEMPER TEENS
Top tunes from THE SEMPER TEENS, AZEKEL, HARLEQUIN DYNAMITE MARCHING BAND, FINITE, MISHKIN FITZGERALD, ST. KILDA MAILBOAT, OWEN DUFF, HOATZIN, BAGEL PROJECT, PATH UNKNOWN, RUTH STAVRIC, PRONK, CHRIS KEYS, SYLVA FAYE, YUNIOSHI and OEDIPUS THE KING.
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, 3rd June 2013 – previous mixtape tracklistings can be found on the BBC website.
THE SEMPER TEENS – Somebody [start 00:13]
Brighton trio The Semper Teens have only been together for a year, and bleach blond frontman Timothy Vincent Cassini cites their influences as The Ramones, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Alt-Rock and Punk. This is the title track from their 7″ limited edition 4-track vinyl EP which was released on May 20th and has already sold out, and although all four tracks can still be heard streaming on their Bandcamp you now can’t buy them for love nor money. In fact the only way you can now obtain a legal copy of Somebody is by downloading this week’s mixtape.
AZEKEL – No Ordinary Love [start 02:50]
East London multi-instrumentalist Azekel describes himself as an Artist / Producer / Musician / Philosopher of Nigerian origin in his early 20’s. No Ordinary Love conveys, he says, the “thoughts of a simple man”. Simple or not, he’s got his promotion strategy absolutely the right way around: his music is already listed on over 30 blogs at Hypem while this astonishing track has achieved 30,000 plays in just one month flat on his Soundcloud. Only now – with this very mixtape – is he letting BBC radio anywhere near it. That, my friends, is the way to do it. The future for Azekel looks very promising indeed…
HARLEQUIN DYNAMITE MARCHING BAND – Jonah [start 05:56]
Is this Dub, Ska, Klezmer, Zydeco or none of the above? Who knows, who cares. It’s music calculated to make you dance with joy. They say: “The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band are a raggle taggle bunch of musicians from Liverpool, first amassed by Stealing Sheep drummer Lucianna Mercer in the summer of 2011 for the annual colourful carnival festivities of the Kazimier’s Krunk Fiesta. The Harlequins’ lineup, repertoire and existence has shifted and shuddered, expanded and become more distinctive over the intervening two years, taking their melodious, tribal party grooves to venues and spaces all over Liverpool”. This is their debut single released last week on Kazimier Records.
FINITE – Warhol’s Warning [start 10:36]
Warhol’s Warning by Finite (pronounced “fi·nite”) is timely reminder of what proper guitar rock should really sound like: wild, hairy and unpredictable – an unnerving noise that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Based in Birmingham, they consist of longstanding friends Richard, Simon, Steve and Martin, who have played in bands together for as long as they can remember. “We play alternative rock music drawing influence from classic bands such as Kerbdog, Helmet, Reuben and Cable (amongst many others) but essentially we just want to make catchy guitar music. We are recording again in August and we’re also looking for gigs so promoters please get in touch”.
MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Present Company [start 13:51]
Former 6 Music Iintroducingguest Mishkin Fitzgerald is already well known to listeners as the incendiary lead singer and pianist with the UK orchestral rock outfit, Birdeatsbaby. After two albums in four years with The ‘Birds’, Mishkin has now embarked on this solo collaboration with fellow musician and producer Forbes Coleman from Audiobeach Studios. The result is her new album Present Company – which she describes as “a collection of darkly tinged piano ballads, theatrical rock and electronic alt-pop”. It’s out now via all the usual digital music stores.
ST. KILDA MAILBOAT – Fishing for Bread [start 17:47]
Probably my favourite song of recent weeks on the blog, Fishing for Bread by St Kila Mailboat is sharp, tight and endearingly silly: 2 minutes and 25 seconds of innocent joy. The backing track crackles with energy – without an electric or acoustic guitar in sight – while the vocal delivery sells this song right from the first surreal syllable. Band members Mark and Claire met on a remote Scottish island in 2002 and have been making music together ever since. Several years of busking and gigging around Europe saw them entertaining invalids, ambassadors, squatters, the nouveau riche, children, drunks, a three-handed levitating Slovak and – frankly – anyone else who would listen. “Lately” their record company tells us “they’ve brought their unique blend of post-apocalyptic skiffle, synchronized dance routines and homemade headgear back to their native Scotland, choosing to settle on the banks of the Tay”. Their debut release, Fishing for Bread / The Orange Song, is now available on Glint Recordings as (get this) a DOUBLE B-SIDE 7” single… Also available, needless to say, on CD and as a digital download, all via glintrecordings.bandcamp.com
OWEN DUFF – The Fear/Downturn (Excerpt) [start 20:13]
Northern-Ireland born, London-resident Owen Duff sings, plays piano, guitar, ukulele and drums; writes, records, produces and makes videos. He has released four EPs since 2006, and completed one deliberately unreleased album in 2008 after challenging himself to write and record 20 songs in four weeks. Between 2009 to 2011 Owen started to explore new ways of getting his music to people by hiding CDs of his songs in locations around London and other cities around the world. Footage of this project was used to make a music video for his song ‘The Race’, which accompanied the launch of Owen’s fourth EP ‘Realityicide’ at the end of 2011. Owen has performed live around the UK at various festivals and venues such as London’s iconic Bush Hall and Manchester Academy, as well as curating his own show to mark the completion of ‘Twenty Two Minutes, Four Weeks’ at the Rivington Gallery in Shoreditch. He has supported acts including the Hidden Cameras and Scott Matthew.
HOATZIN – Tend To Forget [start 24:07]
“We are long-standing friends and collaborators Jim Willis (vocals, guitar), Colin Somervell (bass) and Kit Jolliffe (drums). We met in 2006, via a string of infamous Brummie raves held in UB40’s bassplayer’s basement, and we have since been involved with numerous projects ranging from hearty and wayward folk (Adam Beattie, Trio Tekke, James McArthur) to mind-melting industrial post-jazz (Pippo’s Progress). Now, through our shared fondness for a sinuous melody, an infectious groove and a colourful chord, we’ve found a new sound in Hoatzin. Our disparate influences range from Brian Wilson to Talking Heads to Johnny Hartman to Shuggie Otis. These, with a little instrumental panache, are brought to bear on Jim’s brooding, twisting songs of confusion, disappointment, reason and hope. Based in Brixton, we are currently working on our album, and we’ll be playing London’s dankest dives from August.”
BAGEL PROJECT – Rob Is An Alcoholic ft BROSEXO [start 28:27]
Who is the strange and mysterious-sounding Bagel Project? Why, it’s the latest music project of Sula Bay, a maker of ‘awkward noises’ such as Rob Is An Alcoholic. But who is Sula Bay? Why, it’s the latest incarnation of Funmi Wittle. (“Alright lovelies. I’m Funmi Wittle, a menial writer and photographer from London who is also the most annoying person you’d person you’d ever met. I blame Justin Bieber”.) This is track three on Bagel Project’s debut album Burgess, released at the beginning of May, and it was produced – we’re told – by Alain Goraguer as part of his score for the French animation film La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet). “I Hope” says Sula/Funmi “this is the soundtrack to a future James Bond movie.”
PATH UNKNOWN – River Dam [start 30:38]
Path Unknown was formed in late 2012 by frontman Ben Jones and Jack Wade from Harrison Drive, who then recruited bassist Nathan Wheddon and Patrick Hibell on lead guitar. “As the name suggests” they cheerfully admit “we’re not sure where we will end up but we’re committed to making sure our path will be a fun journey full of twists and turns! We’re currently working on our first album with producer Russell Cottier from which River Dam is one of the tracks we’re streaming in advance to promote it. We have upcoming gigs at the Bierkeller Liverpool 16/06/13, The Albert Southport on 29/06/13, The Zanzibar Liverpool on the 07/07/13 and we’re playing Coalfields festival in Barnsley on the 27/7/13.”
RUTH STAVRIC – Dog-Eared [start 34:10]
You always can depend upon the music of Oxford-based mother, lover, fighter, film-maker and musician Ruth Stavric to pack a devastating emotional punch enveloped in the velvet texture of her vocals. She makes taut, harrowing music to raise awarness and funds for cancer immunotherapy research. Chances are that all of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lives, and we don’t need to pry into Ruth’s own circumstances to hear that this work has been informed some terrible adversity. If you her music as inspiring as I do, you may like to join me in making a donation to Ruth’s charity of choice, the Cancer Immunotherapy Fund. The link is on her Soundcloud page above.
PRONK – Life & Limb [start 36:41]
Pronk are Bernie Simpson and Will May, a jaunty pop duo from Oxford/London. They recorded their first EP ‘Life & Limb’ at Oxford’s Safehouse Studios with the help of a string quartet and a good number of people from Trophy Wife. It will be available to download on their Bandcamp page from July 12th. Their first ever gig was in an Oxford front room last month warming up for legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Siberry and on July 12th they cross the road to St Albans Church, Oxford where they will be supporting Ethan Johns on his UK tour. Tickets are available from Beard Museum or We Got Tickets.
CHRIS KEYS – Under The Street Light [start 41:21]
Northern Irish songwriter Chris Keys has strong links with Nashville, having launched his recent single Broken World at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in February and also performed with Nanci Griffith no less at the 9th BelNash birthday bash concert. Under The Street Light comes fro Chris’s 2nd Ep View From A Satellite, released last month. At this moment he’s over in Tennessee getting ready to perform later today (Monday June 3rd) at the Dan McGuiness Irish Pub as part of the 9th Belfast-Nashville Songwriters showcase along with Benita Hill, Emily-Rose Conlon, Amanda Agnew, Sara Crocket and – yes, once again, the legendary Nanci Griffith. By next Sunday (June 9th) he’ll be back on this side of the Atlantic to play The Lagan Sessions in his native Belfast.
SYLVA FAYE – Time Stood Still [start 45:51]
Originally from London, 22 year old multi-instrumentalist Sylva Faye is currently living in Leicester, and has worked as a studio session musician for some of the country’s biggest names.
She describes her own music as “ambient, acoustic folk-pop with an edge” and Time Stood Still is her latest single, which can be heard on her Soundcloud page, together with her two previous Eps which are currently available as a free download. If she finds some money, she hopes to record more tracks summer for a followup EP.
YUNIOSHI – Tanlines (Promo release version) [start 48:14]
Yunioshi are a band with a passion for tea, cakes and big fat electro rockin beats. They are based in Nottingham & London – with packed out shows under their belts at numerous international festivals – and bring both The Noise and a fine selection of cakes to their live shows. Many of their tunes have been used on soundtracks from South Park to Kia car TV adverts. Tanlines is the band’s current single – the first to be released from their eponymous debut album, due out later this year. Its being written in the UK and produced by both Yunioshi and Icelandic electro band Bloodgroup in Reykjavik. “We’ll take any excuse we can get to nip out to our second home of Iceland!” The next confirmed show is East London’s Liberty Festival on 7th September.
OEDIPUS THE KING – Amicable [start 52:08]
Our closing track in this week’s mixtape marks the first time that Oedipus the King have been heard on BBC Radio 6 Music, but – I predict – it will be by no means the last. They describe themselves as a collection of musicians from Hull who use two guitars, a bass guitar, a drum kit and a great many guitar effects to create songs which have some very loud parts and some very quiet parts. Some songs dont have lyrics, some of them do. Some parts are slow and layered while others are fast, feedback-ridden drones of pure noise. Amicable comes from their latest EP Colossus – available free from their Soundcloud to all those who ask nicely enough. You can email the band “if you wish to contact us for any reason, or need help with any personal problems” they generously state on their Facebook page. “We will first laugh at your problems, then reply.”