Artists at a glance
BONES OF LONDON
THE AUGUST LIST
THE ROYAL VINCIDENT
Top tunes from HENTAI BABIES, MISHAPED PEARLS, THE AUGUST LIST, UKE, THE ROYAL VINCIDENT, DEMENTIO13, NAYMEDICI, 100 ROBOTS, MONMON, BONES OF LONDON, LONGFELLOW, BECK LANEHART, LES MALHEUREUX, PARK PLANET, MOUNT FABRIC, STALKER, DERBY SUNSHINE and KEVIN PEARCE.
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.
HENTAI BABIES – One Potato Two [Starts: 00:13]
Based on The Isle of Wight, this guitar trio have an irresistible line in oddball melodic pop. They caught my ear as soon as MELITA DENNETT from BBC Introducing: The South played us a short clip of them on my Saturday show, and this song subsequently stormed the Fresh Faves here at Fresh On The Net – where One Potato Two is also known to be one of the many musical aliases of our very own Johnno Casson. Two new songs will be unleashed in July via their Bandcamp, while upcominggigs include The King Lud in Ryde (July 11th & 20th) and Southampton’s legendary Joiners on August 6th, opening for The Flatliners.
MISHAPED PEARLS – Old Father Thames [Starts: 04:02]
Mishaped Pearls is the multilingual, muliticultural European-Renaissance pop project of former folk musician Ged Flood and genuine dyed-in-the-wool classically trained soprano Manuela Schütte. Plus an ambitiously large cast of supporting musicians playing an improbable array of instruments.
“Mis-shapen pearl” is, they explain, a literal translation of the word “Baroque”. It’s not often a band can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped Pearls can certainly make that proud boast. This song was written about Ged’s time working as a Roving Relief Summer Assistant Lock Keeper – opening sluice gates for boats in th eupper reaches of the river around Berkshire and the Oxfordshire border. Never a band to stand still, they’re at the finishing stages of a new album produced by Gerry Diver, no less (Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, The Speech Project etc). I can’t wait.
THE AUGUST LIST – Forty-Rod of Lightnin’ [Starts: 08:36]
It’s a rare West Country husband-and-wife duo that can pull off the knack of sounding simultaneously like a vintage Louisiana jug band and at the same time very much like themselves. Named after a song by The Willard Grant Conspiracy, Martin and Kerraleigh Child now reside in a small barn perched on an Oxfordshire hillside, whence their debut EP Handsome Skin was released last November on Ubiquity Project Records. With Forty Rod Of Lightnin’ as a calling card, it’s no wonder the record has triggered growing momentum and interest in the band over the intervening months with word of mouth spreading across the blogosphere. This summer The August List will continue to build on their reputation with appearances at the Riverside and Towersey Festivals plus other dates in Hitchin, Oxford and Reading. A second EP is due for release in the Autumn.
UKE – Klokwrk [Starts: 11:15]
Klokwrk – one of the more endearingly odd tunes on this week’s Mixtape – comes from Warrington musician Dave Cheetham. He began work on his Uke project last year with a view to trying his hand at “something different” from his previous background drumming in traditional bands and indulge his love of electronic music. “I would describe my music as the soundtrack of Flying Lotus challenging the Ninja Tune Label to a game of Crown Green Bowls” says Dave – but hey, download this week’s mixtape and make up your own description. Take it from me – trying to google the name “Uke” tends to plunge the unwary into a world of four-stringed George Formby hell – but click on the Facebook link above and you’ll find Dave’s music readily enough!
THE ROYAL VINCIDENT – Green Park [Starts: 15:00]
I adored this 64 second slice of lo-fi high-energy declamatory cockney punk on first hearing. “The Royal Vincident” says songwriter Vincent Sheehan “is my musical love letter to London. I used to be in the London based alt rock band My Octopus George and this is my first solo project: writing an album based on the London Underground – each song being inspired by a different station on the Victoria Line. For some I have simply used the station name as inspiration and followed my imagination. With others, I am exploring a personal connection – always trying to add a reference in the music or lyrics to the locality, history, and people associated with the area. I write, play and sing all the songs in differing styles – but they all share similar musical and lyrical motifs.”
DEMENTIO13 – Application Of Number [Starts: 16:03]
Paul Foster is based in either Cardiff or Wigan – or possibly both, and stole this project name from a mis-spelling of Francis Ford Coppola’s film Dementia 13 some fourteen years ago. You may have already heard his work here at Fresh On The Net without realising it, since he recently co-produced an album called The Diary Of Me by longstanding FOTN favourite Laurence Made Me Cry. This lovely instrumental with its unearthly sampled countdown is a taster from Paul’s forthcoming new Dementio13 album Imperial Decimal due out via his Bandcamp on July 15th on a pay-what you want basis. And in case you think this prolific producer and musician has been slacking in recent months, he also records as Diebenkorn – presumably in homage to the 20th Century American adstract expressionist painter of the same name.
NAYMEDICI – Koo Koo The Bird Girl [Starts: 18:28]
Joshua McClurg, Michael King, Ronnie King, Michael Hill and Bob Goodman play a mix of Balkan and Irish music in a folk-punk style under the collective name of Naymedici. Musically the band aim to locate themelves somewhere between the Pogues and Gogol Bordello. Vocally though, to my ears they belong in a long and honourable line of English eccentrics ranging from Noel Coward and Anthony Newley through Syd Barrat and Viv Stanshall to the likes of Kevin Ayers and early Bryan Ferry. They are currently on tour in Ireland for the Summer, and will be gigging at festivals such as Kendal Calling and Y-Not Festival over the next few weeks. This was their second single, released in April 2013 and they also contributed a track (Paddy McGhee) to the charity album Xpress – http://xpressofficial.com – in support of CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Suicide is currently the single biggest killer of young men in the UK – and what better way to combat the black dog of depression than with the life-affirming fun and energy of Naymedici’s Koo Koo The Bird Girl.
100 ROBOTS – When Is Our Time? [Starts: 21:38]
“100 robots weld human powered rock to robot controlled electro filth. Jim Purbrick and Max Williams’ drums and guitar launch huge riffs in to a maelstrom of heavy basslines and electronic samples spewed forth by custom software controlled by a phone taped to Jim’s guitar. 100 robots’ sound combines the energy of The Prodigy, Pendulum, The Chemical Brothers and The Qemists and the twisted sonic manipulations of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Venetian Snares and Nine Inch Nails with songs about anger, loss, frustration, love, the surveillance state, the Iranian election, uranium enrichment, Twitter, gene therapy cures for AIDS, the financial crisis and World of Warcraft.”
MONMON – Soupe Au Lait [Starts: 26:32]
“Who died and made you King Of The Slums?” sneered the Leeds melodic noise trio MonMon back in 2007 when Fresh On The Net and BBC Introducing were still in their infancy. It’s been a long journey since then for all of us, and on the basis of Soupe Au Lait, MonMon have put the time to good use developing and refining their sound with constant playing. This latest offering comes from their Neither Work Nor Leisure EP, recorded at Eiger Studios by Lee J Malcolm of Vessels, and took one or two plays before its magic crept up on me. With most guitar-based indie that comes our way, the songs and recordings set out on tramlines so set and relentless that within 20 seconds you can predict exactly how the song will sound for the next three and a half minutes – and exactly where it will end up. Soupe Au Lait rings the changes and springs surprises all the way through the song: the very hallmark of a sharp, tight intelligent unit – seasoned by the gladiatorial combat of gigging in pubs, clubs and seedy dives – and seizing audiences by the jugular, night after night. If you live within striking distance of Leeds, put Saturday September 28th in your diary – when MonMon will hook up with showbiz pals Kleine Schweine, The Wind Up Birds and Racket Ball to play live at the Fox and Newt. It will be an unmissable night.
BONES OF LONDON – Archetypal American Kid [Starts: 29:20]
This week’s mixtape is worth downloading for Archetypal American Kid alone – perfect, timeless music of effortless class and quality. We couldn’t find out much in the way of context for this project online, but the band kindly sent us the following information. “Bones Of London comprises multi-instrumentalists Rich Lyus, Tom Guy and Fabio De Oliveira. Their music is influenced by Nick Cave, Henry Miller, Steve Gadd, Richard Ford, Warren Zevon, and thousands of books they’ve never read. Their new EP, American Archetypes, will be digitally released this summer. It addresses some of the contemporary myths surrounding the USA: America seen from the eyes of a suburban English teenager; the dream of rural escape; the great American thinkers in the age of Mars exploration; the perception of violence in America’s collective consciousness… It’s all covered in about 17 minutes. They will be playing live in and around London from August 2013.”
LONGFELLOW – Gabrielle [Starts: 32:32]
As you can hear for yourself, this track sounds pretty good – which is why we picked it for the Mixtape – and comes out as a single on July 29th. However Longfellow’s official website, Youtube, Soundcloud and Twitter are devoid of any scrap factual information about the people who made it. In fact their only biog can be found on the band’s Facebook page – where you won’t find any facts either – but you can at least read a load of elaborate PR guff about “heart of stone” “touched” “genuine” “sincerity” “Modest” “authentic” “soulful” “epic” “soaring” “Fleet Foxes” “Bon Iver” “Coldplay” “Elbow” “rapidly built fan-base” “success” “understated” “outright lovely” “beautifully rendered”.. Oh, and “Sincere” “authentic” “soulful” again in case you missed them first time around”. You can read Chris Bye’s review of this track here http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2013/06/faves66
BECK LANEHART – The Eversholt Trees [Starts: 36:07]
Licensed London Underground Busker, Beck Lanehart has been writing songs and performing as a ‘singer songwriter’ since the Oxfordshire folk band she was in disbanded in 2007 and she moved to Camden Town. She has played at venues such as the Troubadour, Portobello Acoustic Sessions, The Bedford and the O2 Academy Islington and O2 Academy Oxford and performed in the final of Acoustic Magazine’s Singer Songwriter competition 2010. Beck’s biggest early influence was Bonnie Raitt and more recently Amos Lee who she describes as her “absolute hero”. The Eversholt Trees was the lead track on her debut EP Kitchen Table Lullabies and we’ve also previously played the song Jersey from her 2011 followup Songs About Something Else . On Facebook she describes herself as a “secret early morning diet coke drinker”. We look forward to some new tunes and the release of Beck’s long-awaited debut album in due course.
LES MALHEUREUX – Everything’s West Of Something [Starts: 39:06]
Manchester duo Les Malheureux is a collaboration between flash fiction writers David Gaffney and Sarah-Clare Conlon. Their stage show combines spoken word with cheesy organ music and biscuity visuals to deliver a new take on the form. Manchester Music’s description of Les Malheureux: “A woman recites a spoken word piece… while a bloke provides a squidgy plonky organ backdrop…” David is the author of a large number of fiction titles and has also written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His latest collection of short stories, The Half Life of Songs, is out now. Sarah-Clare Conlon is an editor and writer of many published short stories. She organises literary events and works for Manchester Literature Festival and National Flash-Fiction Day, and she writes about arts and literature on her blog Words & Fixtures
PARK PLANET – Circles [Starts: 41:02]
Glasgow’s Park Planet consist of guitarist and frontman Graham Duff, close blood relative Gordon Duff on bass and drummer Leon Breakey. Although they’ve been registered with BBC Introducing since July 2010 they seem to have escalated activities around the end of last year, posting tunes on Soundcloud that caught the ear of music blogs such as Instantfilter, Musicyouneed and my own Fresh On The Net. They spent the first half of 2013 recording in their outhouse studio we have now lined up a few gigs for the summer. This track Circles was nearly finished for months, but only had placeholder lyrics – taken from the Terms and Conditions from a Sky TV installation card. At the eleventh hour drummer Leon finally provided the actual words used on the recording.
MOUNT FABRIC – Salamander [Starts: 44:14]
Mount Fabric are nothing to do with fabric, or how to mount it: they are in fact falsetto, reverb, toms, distortion, effects, shattering highs and abusers of all things classic. They plan to release a series of singles throughout 2013 that focus on the meaning of life, of which the first was Heueristic Fits (which we featured earlier this year) followed by this track Salamander last month. Last year they opened for the likes of Alt-J, Dum Dum Girls and Exitmusic, toured California and headlined the new music stage at BT’s London Live in Hyde Park last year – before retreating to their Manchester studio to record new material. Their passion lies, they tell us “in creating interesting music; from their avoidance of chords, choruses, and lyrical clichés, to their ultra-cheap D.I.Y. recording set-up, they try whenever possible to avoid the obvious and pursue the slightly unusual.
STALKER – The World Was Sleeping [Starts: 48:08]
Stalker are a 4 piece Indie Rock band from Colchester consisting of brothers David and Paul Hale plus lifelong friends Paul Turner and Dan Currie. They cites their influences as ranging from Jimi Hendrix to The Police to Mumford And Sons. They completed a six track EP in February which they are now playing and promoting as much as possible, including the Emergenza finals in London at The Garage in Islington on July 7th – for a chance to play in Germany sharing a bill with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Editors.
DERBY SUNSHINE – Italo Riviera [Starts: 53:00]
Derby Sunshine is the London based producer Luigi Buccarello. He makes tracks and videos and releases them on his Facebook page. He has toured Italy last November in support of Vadoinmessico, and played a few show in NYC in March. Unsigned. Nostalgic pop music, dream pop, electro. Often compared to M83, Beach House, Sigur Ros. He plays upcoming shows in London at the Amersham Arms on July 6th and Power Lunches on July 13th
KEVIN PEARCE – Tides [Starts: 55:57]
“Hailing from a ramshackle corner of Essex, Kevin Pearce is a gifted singer songwriter. His music takes listeners on a ethereal and emotional journey while Pearce’s multi-octave vocal range is simultaneously capable of not just astonishing power, but stunning and tender expressiveness. Produced by Dean Honer, who’s previous production credits include The Human League, Pearce’s sound features a unique cocktail of acoustic sounds, vintage electro FX and soaring vocals that have already seen him gain support from fellow Essex boy, BBC Radio 2’s Steve Lamacq as well as Stuart Maconie and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music. His second album is out in July 2013. Hear his music at Kevinpearcemusic.com”