Artists at a glance
LILLIAN TODD JONES
MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI
OUR MAN IN THE FIELD
SIÔN RUSSELL JONES
THE RED SUNS
WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE
Top tunes from WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE, MUSICANDSPIES, LET’S AWAY, KATE DOUBLEDAY, CHRISTIANOSHI, THE LUCK, SIÔN RUSSELL JONES, MAYFLYS, YELLOW CREATURES, MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI, THE RED SUNS, ALL WE ARE, OUR MAN IN THE FIELD, LILLIAN TODD JONES, THEBEAUTIFULGAME, SRJ and TOTEM TERRORS.
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, 10th June 2013 – recent mixtape tracklistings can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above – earlier listings are on the BBC website.
WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE – Satellite [START 00:13]
“We are a female fronted, pop rock outfit from Peterborough. We have been together for around a year with the current lineup and are totally self managed. This track comes from our second full EP Zero to Hero which came out in out May 2012 – our latest single Poison is released on June 22nd and we are incredibly happy to announce that our debut album For All The Non Believers will be released on September 2nd 2013… It’s been almost a year in the making and has taken countless hours of hard work, late nights and early mornings from a lot of people…” WCAG’s combination of hard work, focus and sheer talent has brought them 3,200 fans on Facebook and a major tour that kicks off in Peterborough on August 1st and ends at The Garage in London on Saturday August 17th.
MUSICANDSPIES – In My Hands [START 04:34]
Music And Spies are, we’re told “an acoustic band from the planet Bedfordshire, playing a mixture of pop/folk music seasoned with black pepper: a bit like a one man band, only there are two of us.” Dan Bond and Nathan Jackson met in 2010, formed their band a year later, and now love creating music that makes people feel good – especially on or near a beach. In fact they aim to make the kind of open air party music you’d want to listen to at the beach, on the way to the beach, or near the beach. Or even not at the beach. I imagine even their parents weren’t alive in the late 1950s, but pop/folk music seasoned with black pepper pretty much sums up the style of DIY music we used to call skiffle when I was a boy – and great fun it was too. Except that none of the teenager back then could play and sing remotely as well as Dan and Nathan. You can catch them in action at some of the UK’s better small festivals such as Strawberry Fair, Folk on the Water and Ox-Fest this Summer.
LET’S AWAY – Suitably Loose [START 07:17]
Based between Sunderland and London, Let’s Away is the brainchild of “one young man with the help of some friends”. Taking influence from Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker and Jeff Buckley, the debut Double-A single ‘Suitably Loose/You & I’ is selfreleased a week today (Monday June 17th) via his website
KATE DOUBLEDAY – Freefalling [START 11:01]
“Quite often i like to tuck myself away on a train along the Cambrian coastline. Sometimes i forage for songs in the hedgerows, put them into preserving jars and wait for them to mull. A bicycle often takes me on journeys to secret gardens where people seem to grow well. Wild and tiny habitats seem to make good places to share singing stories and watch the seasons change through the evening light”. Songwriter Kate Doubleday moved to Mid-Wales in 2007 and this is no idle PR guff. She not only talks the talk but walks the walk, staging her performances (and drawing audiences to) wild and remote locations across the country. In 2011 she played a bespoke tour in RSPB bird hides – which won her an award from The Scotsman for “The most unusual venue for a folk gig”. In August her Wild Away Tour will see Kate performing at six Wildlife Trust Reserves with Marie Smith on cello and vocals, Trevor Lines on bass and ukelele and Dan Wilkins on guitar and kora. The list of venues is so breathtakingly original, it bears repeating in full:
13 August 7pm – The Attenborough Nature Centre – Nottingham
14 August 7pm – Westport Lake Visitor Centre – Staffordshire
15 August 7pm – Brockholes Nature Centre – Lancashire
16 August 7pm – Potteric Car – Yorkshire
17 August 7pm – Wigg Island – Cheshire
23 August 7.30pm – Welsh Wildlife Centre – Carmarthenshire
CHRISTIANOSHI – Trust [START 15:47]
Trust was the debut single by Welsh-born, London-based electro-pop artist Christianoshi (pictured above) while the followup release Fool was named Track Of The Day our own Andy Von Pip’s VPME last September. Christianoshi describes himself as a “melody-focused songwriter with underground production sensibilities” while his cultural and stylistic heritage places him firmly in the tradition of such national treasures as Depeche Mode, Erasure, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys. With a publishing deal under his belt and collaborators such as Klaxons producer Anthony Chapman, a debut album is on the way for later this summer. Handsome, talented and well-connected, Christianoshi is a man to watch in the coming months.
THE LUCK – Muscles And Bones [START 19:11]
Muscles And Bones is the title track of a new EP from, we’re told, “the bewitching world of The Luck”. Their official homepage offers links to “Music”, “Lyrics”, “Live Gigs”, “News “(Twitter), “Images”, “Follow” and “Contact Us”. What it conspicuously lacks is “About” or “Biog”. Having wasted 20 minutes searching every one of their social media pages I still can’t tell you a single actual fact about this pair, except that they are playing their “last London performance for a couple of months” this Thursday, June 13th. Sigh. See How To Write A Band Biog.
SIÔN RUSSELL JONES – Unholy Ghost – 3:28 [START 22:22]
The career of Cardiff songwriter Siôn Russell Jones got off to a flying start with the release of his acclaimed debut album And Suddenly. Regional and national airplay followed, backed up by over 500 live shows in the past two years – which have included major showcases such as SxSW and Canadian Music Week in Toronto – plus a publishing deal and endorsement from Stonebridge guitars. The gigs have served a second purpose by raising the cash needed to record his latest release with producer Gordon Mills Jr. Siôn modestly describes So Long as an EP, though at 7 sparkling tracks and over 25 minutes’ running time it’s more of a mini-album, available for a mere £4.49 on iTunes. There’s nothing sudden about his success, it’s all squarely down to the winning combination of musical talent, clear focus and sheer hard work. Siôn’s date sheet, predictably enough, is full to bursting, with a show at The Sun in Llangollen this Wednesday (June 12th) followed by Wrexham on Thursday, Liverpool on Saturday,
and Birmingham on Sunday. For the full list of forthcoming shows see his website.
MAYFLYS – Playground [START 25:42]
“Femme fronted four piece, Mayflys’ quirky brand of dreamy cloud pop has been described as the sound of long hot summers, ice cream, summer dresses and freshly mown grass. With roots in differing genres their music blends jazz, rock, latin, funk and hip hop into something that’s fresh and unique. With a live BBC Radio 4 performance under their belt, and having just released a double A Side (available on iTunes) at Bush Hall in London, the band are continuing to write and record and will release an EP later this year. Catch Mayflys the National Theatre Propstore Bar on the Southbank on July 6th. More info on the band can be found at www.mayflysmusic.com”
YELLOW CREATURES – Strict Medicine [START 29:10]
Yellow Creatures are relative newcomers to the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne music scene with Marc Bird, Joe Barton, Paul Gardner and Martin Jacobs providing lashings of lean guitars, beastly bass, screeching organ and dastardly drums. They aim to write “compact and epic tales of cryogenically frozen men awaking in distant futures, dark black stormy seas and the troubleshooting section of the NES games console manual”. Strict Medicine is Track 4 on their debut DIY EP Nature Of The Beast – available as a “pay what you want” download at http://yellowcreatures.bandcamp.com
MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI – Human Resources [START 31:57]
I’ve loved the swagger, attitude and downright virtuosity of Mayors of Miyazaki ever since stumbling across their deranged two minute epic Your Goose Is Cooked on their 2008 album Buffalo. They describe themselves as “a shouty math-punk quartet from london” and if you like bands such as Ice Sea Dead People, Nephu Huzzband and Pulled Apart By Horses as much as I do, then the Mayors’ music is calculated to put a big silly grin on your face. Also – if you’re wise – some form of hearing protection in your ears. This track was a readers’ Fresh Fave here recently and comes from their newly-released album Holy Cop. They’re touring in August to promote it, and in the meantime Londoners can catch them around 6pm this Saturday (June 15th) as part of an all-day Malcfest fundraiser gig at Birds Nest in Deptford. Also at the Sebright Arms Group Therapy Night (go figure) on Friday week (June 21st).
THE RED SUNS – Racing Cars [START 33:17]
“The Red Suns make music which” we’re told “feels like it could only be born out of the North of England. Reflected in their sound is a sense of alienation and rejection, expertly crafted into moments of enlightenment in which the familar pain seems worth the suffering. Based around the songwriting talent of David Dowler, this young band translate tales of pain and loneliness into melodies which will grab you by the soul and leave their echoes reverberating for an age. The Red Suns are more than just a guitar band, rather an expression of deep emotion and personality, which just so happen to be translated through 6 strings and a plectrum. Such spellbinding quality in songwriting and passion in delivery has gained The Red Suns fans from Radiohead’s legendary producers John Leckie and Nigel Godrich to influential bands such as The Coral.” Gosh.
ALL WE ARE – Utmost Good [START 35:58]
Liverpool trio All We Are consist of Richard O’Flynn, Guro Gikling and Luis Santos who write pop arrangements and locate them within what they describe as “a psych-tinged, melancholic world” resulting in a sound “like the Bee Gees on diazepam”, All We Are’s slow rhythmic shuffles, pop harmonies and lovelorn lyrics succinctly captures a universal quality to which everyone can relate. ‘Utmost Good’ is their new single which will be released by new label OBSCENIC a week today (June 17th, 2013) as a followup to last year’s We Hunt EP.
OUR MAN IN THE FIELD – L’Etranger [START 39:01]
Our Man In The Field is a man, man. From the north in the south. All Songs are recorded in the field and what happens in the field, stays in the field. Our Man has been in the field for some time and will occasionally send back a report from said field, in the form of a song. Stay tuned. Depending on his assignment OMITF’s music style can vary considerably but the story and the song go hand in hand. Most people know a lot of great stories – all you have to do is listen. OMITF admires the work of William Ernest Henley and Messrs Springsteen, Hemingway, Young, Lightfoot, Camus, Denver, Satre, Zissou and Condon, among others. Our Man In The Field started recording songs in September 2012 using a guitar and a mobile phone and will be performing his first live gigs this summer…I’m Alexander Ellis, Our Man In The Field. Goodnight.
LILLIAN TODD JONES – Passionfruit & The Meaning Of Life [START 42:56]
Lillian Todd Jones, a 23 year old fire dancer from Dartmoor who grew up in Middle Earth, and can show you pictures to prove it… Here debut clutch of songs was written and recorded in London with (Ed-Sheeran-and-Newton-Faulkner collaborator) Gordon Mills jr. “We just made the final of Glastonbury’s emerging talent competition” she tells us “We are in a gooooood place and hope you are too…” Her next live shows are at Shindig in London on June 23rd followed by the Sportbeat and Truck festivals on July 6th and 19th respectively.
THEBEAUTIFULGAME – Punchbag [START 46:42]
“The Beautiful Game are a British rock and alternative band from Camden, North London. The band has been together since 2008 and have opened for The Bluetones and played alongside the likes of Reef, Toploader & Republica. The band’s influences include Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Libertines, The Jam and The Strokes. We will be releasing a few singles/videos over the summer, and looking forward to you hearing them. Punchbag will be out the end of July, as well as Broken Clocks in September. Current single From Angels to Enemies is out now. We will be touring up and down the UK this summer so, keep an eye out for us. Currently writing new material and recording at the end of the year.”
SRJ – The Light (It’s Fantastic) [START 50:34]
You could be forgiven for supposing that SRJ might signal a new and hotherto unsuspected sideproject from the phenomenally hardworking Siôn Russell Jones, but you’d be wrong. It’s actuall the Nom De Soundcloud of classically trained pianist and music producer Steven Jones who specialises in funky, electro house music. He cites influences such as Freemasons, Haji, Syke ‘n’ Sugastarr, Spencer & Hill, Sanna & Pitron “the sounds of which were introduced to me during the clubbing days of Beyond at Club Colesseum”. he says. “I’m currently working on a couple of new tracks to be released shortly: Hixville Sasha (This One’s For You…) and When The Floor Comes Alive… I am also a trained exercise-to-music fitness instructor. “
TOTEM TERRORS – Disco Tryst [START 56:20]
“Totem Terrors are an indie rock duo from Cardiff and Brighton – sometimes augmented by human drummers for live shows – alumni include an opera singer, a billboard model and Dizzee Rascal’s former accountant. Spare drum machine thumps, splinters of guitar and rubbery basslines propel their spindly two-minute call and response vignettes. See how long they go without giggling. Two songs tops.” Switching from third to first person they add “Disco Tryst is taken off our new début album Repeat Play Torrent Rar – available on our own Diet Pops label on limited edition 12″ white vinyl and unlimited edition 0″ digital download.” They play Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on July 7th and the Prince Albert in Brighton on July 10th.