Artists at a glance
BLACK CASINO & THE GHOST
EYES & NO EYES
THE BIG SUN
THE DEL ZORROS
THE GRAVITY DRIVE
Top tunes from BLACK CASINO & THE GHOST, THE FALLOWS, TURNPIKE GLOW, SNIPPET, THE GRAVITY DRIVE, CHRIS CHANDLER, TOM MORLEY, ROSE BETTS, EYES & NO EYES, THE BIG SUN, BILL ORRICK, KATEY BROOKS, MATT CHURCHILL, THE DEL ZORROS, GEM_DOS and SVEN JONZY.
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, 17th June 2013 – recent mixtape tracklistings can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above – earlier listings are on the BBC website.
BLACK CASINO & THE GHOST – I Like You ‘Cause You’re Free [START 00:13]
Black Casino and the Ghost – pictured above – are an alternative rock band consisting of Elisa Zoot (vocals, piano) and Ariel Lerner (guitar) plus Gary Kilminster (bass) and Paul Winter-Hart (drums). The band was formed in London, England, in 2010. Their music is about isolation, disorientation, lust, and how to fly a plane through turbulence without spilling your coffee…
THE FALLOWS – Run Like A Dog [START 03:42]
First things first: this band should not be confused with the similarly-named rock quartet from Ellesmere Port. These Fallows are based between Coventry and London and were formed in mid 2010 by frontman and former solo artist Ross Darby. The other members are Pete Rutherford (Vox, keys) Sam Stokes (bass), Ciaran Corkerry (drms) and Neal Pointon (fiddle, mandolin) who is a BBC Young Folk Awards 2012 Finalist and has held All Britain titles on four different instruments. Their debut album Face The Wolves was released in January 2012 and was followed at the end of last month by this single Run Like A Dog, which has been picked by half a dozen different introducing shows around the UK. A second album called Liars And Kings is expected shortly and they headline at Napton Festival this Friday (June 28th) http://naptonfestival.co.uk
TURNPIKE GLOW – Her Flaming Lips [START 07:15]
Turnpike Glow are not the first ambitious Italian band to flee the glossy mainstream pop and closed-shop record industry of their homeland for a haven in the UK. Starting life in Rome they soon found themselves in demand as a local support act for the likes of The Futureheads and Cooper Temple Clause. In 2007 they started flying here to do live shows in th UK and core members Sandro Schiena and Giuseppe La Mela soon moved to London fulltime – armed with only their guitars and a bag full of European plug adaptors. They met, talked, laughed and eventually joined up with a UK drummer and guitarist and here they are – making perky upbeat synthy indiepop reminiscent of their fellow countrymen The Banshee. No bad thing in my book.
SNIPPET – Let’s Talk About Us [START 10:11]
It won’t have escaped your notice that Snippet is the alter ego of Team Freshnet’s Johnno Casson, architect of Prick’n’Ding, instigator of the Home series of compilation albums and tireless as both a champion – and an exponent – of quirky leftfield pop. It’s no accident that Johnno was invited to become one of the very first members of Team Freshnet: back in the days of my 6 Music Introducing shows Snippet was simply our most-played artist, ever. This man’s music has always tended to push all the right buttons for me, and including Let’s Talk About Us on my Mixtape this week was a no-brainer. It’s simply the catchiest, toastiest and most focussed work I’ve heard from Mr Casson to date. It comes from his highly anticipated mini-album DIY, officially released on July 1st – though if you can’t wait, you can hear the whole thing at http://rashrecords.co.uk
THE GRAVITY DRIVE – Tear Me Apart [START 13:28]
The Gravity Drive are Elijah and Ava Wolf – who met, married, started making music together and ended up independently releasing records on their own label. The Gravity Drive is also, they tell us, “the sound of a relationship: questions and dramas, lust and fireworks, bitter and sweet – like all good love should be”. This track comes from their debut album, Testament, which they’re currently co-producing with Paul Knight-Malciak. Debut single Trick of the Light/B-side Push Your Luck was released at the end of 2012 and was played not only by myself on BBC 6 Music but also BBC Introducing: The South and more than twenty 20 other stations across the UK and Europe. They are supporting Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls at The Railway Inn in Winchester on Sun 28th July and playing alongside David Mcalmont and Republica at Forever Sun Festival on Aug 16th. Tear Me Apart is currently a free download at http://www.thegravitydrive.com
CHRIS CHANDLER – Friends [START 17:20]
Chris Chandler is one of a long line of illustrious musicians from acress the decades and genres to have been born and raised in Chicago. Like many of his musical predecessors, in adult life he found his way down to New York City in search of work, where he met and collaborated with hiphop/production duo The Beatnuts on four of their albums. After extensive touring he went on to work with NY production team The Flower Brothers. Finally, he decided to assemble a handpicked group of musicians to record an album of his own called A Different Look. Friends is the second track on the record which was released in February 2013.
TOM MORLEY – Plain Colour [START 21:28]
“At first glance”, it says here, “you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hampshire born singer-songwriter Tom Morley would be better suited for the basketball court; however, his recent musical endeavours suggest that NBA scouts can be kept at bay for now”. Plain Colour is his self-produced debut single which draws, he says, on musical influences such as Johnny Cash, Grizzly Bear and The Dø. The followup single Revolution was featured as part of the first NX Records Mixtape release. Tom and his band play a London show at the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell on August 15th.
ROSE BETTS – I Am An Island [START 24:34]
This beautifully-crafted song – performed with a rare élan and poise – comes from Rose Betts who describes herself as “a singer/songwriter based in London who has played in many prestigious venues around the capital and recently won first place in the renowned SongSlam competition held in The Regal Room, Hammersmith”. You can hear more of Rose’s performed live in her hometown as part of London Folk Fest on the July 19th followed by a gig at Upper West in Chelsea on the July 26th.
EYES & NO EYES – If No One Else Saw It [START 27:39]
Eyes & No Eyes (above) is a band with eight arms – under their former name of Tristram – blew me away with their passionate and inventive music on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury a couple of years ago. Founding member and frontman Tristram Bawtree met the others at art school in Brighton – and the group has developed over the intervening years from “singer/songwriter+his band” into a tight and fully integrated creative unit: a transformation reflected by the change of name. Their forthcoming debut album has been recorded live to capture the interplay of guitar, bass, drums and cello – with extra synths and electronics added by none other than our old friend Woodpecker Wooliams. This track precedes it a taster 7? single on 24th June 2013 on Willkommen Records and will be launched with a London gig on July 3rd at The Shacklewell Arms. Festival appearances this summer include Secret Garden Party Fesitval and End of the Road.
THE BIG SUN – Pants! [START 33:08]
The Big Sun are an indie band from Oxford, fronted by teenage singer songwriter Berry and backed by ex-members of Candyskins and Ride. When we last featured them on the BBC Introducing Mixtape in November 2012 they had no web page of their own that we could find – and they provided no infomation about themselves when sending their music to the BBC Introducing Uploader. They now at least have their own twitter account, but the only other links are for their record company Balloon Twister records, who released this track Pants! as a digital-only single on May 31st.
BILL ORRICK – Our Own Little Place [START 35:45]
Bill Orrick grew up in a small village in the Northwest of England, listening to David Bowie and playing with Lego. At the age of 15 a friend showed Bill a few chords on guitar, an obsession began and Bill was inspired to search for his own sound. After fronting various bands, Bill decided to become a solo performer, inspired by Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Feist and many others. His lyrics are snapshots of significant life events, fragments of conversations and cut-ups from newspapers and novels. Our Own Little Place was written at 3am after a night out in Blackpool, about feeling isolated on a crowded dancefloor, longing for the courage to talk to “that girl”. He loves to read. He doesn’t watch TV. He loses handmade CDs for strangers to find and then scarpers off. He sings his heart out, and then sings some more. Long may he continue doing so.
KATEY BROOKS – I Fought Lovers [START 37:25]
Born to hippy music-loving parents and raised in communes between Bristol, London and Arizona, Katey’s music reflects, she says “the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up” – drawing influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Kate Bush. We first played Katey’s music in 2010 on 6 Music Introducing when she independently released her debut album Proof Of Life which – we’re told – reached #1 in the Amazon Folk Chart soon after. She’s currently in the studio finishing her second album; which she will be touring in late autumn, with a release planned for the beginning of 2014. Until then you can catch her at a few select dates around the UK, including the London Acoustic Guitar Show on September 7th, and, if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, you can see her live at Glastonbury on the Avalon Café stage on Sunday at 5.30pm!
MATT CHURCHILL – Of My Time [START 40:21]
“I’m a singer/songwriter from Watford influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Billy Bragg and Noel Gallagher. I’ve been gigging as a solo artist since 2003 and I’m totally self-managed. My songs are lyrically driven and focus on telling stories about people, communities and society. I recently released my first EP, Cause/Affect – it is the first in a series of three that will come out over the next couple of months, all of which have been produced by Hyper Lion, one half of Pariis Opera House. My next gig is in London this Saturday (June 29th) at Portobello Market.”
THE DEL ZORROS – Younger Every Day [START 43:30]
“We’re The Del Zorros” say twin brothers Monty and Stede Del Zorro “who are songwriters, musicians, and artists. We’ve been writing and performing our songs since we were kids. We thoroughly enjoy connecting with audiences through our songs and humor, and have found that our songs are upbeat and exciting enough to appeal to listeners of all ages. We produce all our own music videos, often featuring our own artwork as well. Our show may best be described as The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, and The Smothers Brothers all rolled into one. We have a fabulous story to tell, and it’s all in the music… thanks for listening.”
GEM_DOS – When the Dust Settles [START 45:58]
“I grew up listening to Drum and Bass and Electronica in South East London,” says GEM_DOS “but am half Irish and have been living in Dublin for the last 5 years – where I’ve done music courses at The Sound Training Centre and The Academy of Sound. I’ve no idea what you’d call my music other than electronic – maybe you can have a listen for me and let me know… When The Dust Settles is part of an EP I have coming out on July 1st called Construct. I’m playing a couple of gigs in on the same day this week in Dublin – the King Kong Club and also Zebra at Whelan’s – both this Thursday (June 27th).” GEM_DOS regularly posts a fasciating selection of favourite tunes, poems, mixes and videos at http://gem-dos.tumblr.com
SVEN JONZY – Disturbing Confusions of the Mind [Starts: 52:04]
“I am a musical tart” says Sven Jonzy “Sometimes I play with many other musical tarts. Sometimes I play all by myself. I live in Cardiff and am in Uni studying music as a mature (!) student. Played in bands of all-sorts for years and am currently a guitarist in the 10 piece funk band Superchango playing quality covers – some of them inspired by Craig Charles’s funk show on 6 Music.I’ve only recently started messing with bedroom recording and composing for fun. This track Disturbing Confusions of the Mind was recorded as part of an assignment at University to compose a song in excess of seven minutes long. I’d already had the idea of using samples of the British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker Alan Watts – his speaking voice is mesmerising. It is all experimental, sometimes successful, sometimes it falls apart like an under-cooked cake, sometimes I like, sometimes it’s super cheese. All music on my soundcloud page is cooked by me along with my other tarts.”