Artists at a glance
HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE
LAURENCE MADE ME CRY
TREE OF WOLVES
WINTER OF '82
THE LOOKING ROUGH
Top tunes from 100 ROBOTS, FÉ, BY TOUTATIS, GAPTOOTH, HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE, LAURENCE MADE ME CRY, JAKE DOWNS, COLEY GARRATT, TREE OF WOLVES, AKIINE, CRYBABY SPECIAL, WINTER OF ’82, THE LOOKING ROUGH, TRAMPOLENE, GECKO and UNKLE BOB.
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, 12th August 2013 – recent mixtape tracklistings can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above – earlier listings are on the BBC website.
100 ROBOTS – No Secrets [Starts 00:13]
“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.”
FÉ – Time [Starts 04:57]
This debut by the London duo of Ben Moorhouse & Leo Duncan (pictured above) is produced by former Clor guitarist Luke Smith (whose production credits now include Foals and Depeche Mode). Most days, their press release assures us, Leo and Ben “will take to the London Underground with their guitars. Traversing the packed carriages, they battle to endear themselves to commuters with a repertoire made up of skiffle versions of early R&B and rock n roll songs.” Their near-ungoogleable band name has apparently been borrowed from Leo’s Grandmother and their first ever live show will be in London at the Old Blue Last gig on 11 September.
BY TOUTATIS – Rebecca [Starts 08:58]
Toutatis describe themselves as “a collection of fops and grizzled folkies: historical racketeers, dried out by salt air and fine wines. Possibly Saltburn’s first Baroque ‘n’ roll quartet, the band base their sound around The Three Bs: Baritone, Broken things and Buzzing noises.” Consisting of Daniel Cochran, Ben Hopkinson, Robbie Major, and Francois B. Muriel the band are signed to Sunderland’s Tiny Lights Recordings, with a debut album due in September. They’re named after the eponymous hero’s favourite catchphrase in the Asterix books: Toutatis was a Celtic god to whom victims were sacrificed by being plunged headfirst into a vat filled with an unspecified liquid.
“If you’d like us to play for you” they say, “email us at firstname.lastname@example.org“
GAPTOOTH – Enduring Freedom (feat. OLI TRADEMARK) [Starts 12:58]
Hannah Lucy has been recording and performing as Gaptooth since 2005. Her debut single was the feminist indie dance track Ladykillers, released in December 2012. While studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford she worked part time for Truck Records, while simultaneously running a club night with two other friends, called Chicks With Decks. Enduring Freedom if her current single, taken from a forthcoming debut album due this Autumn, made with the production duo A Scholar and a Physician.
HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE – Radio Moscow [Starts 16:52]
Heroes of Popular Science is the South Lambeth synth-pop project of John Chambers and Nick Worrall who write and record songs about love and science, in a Peckham living room. On reflection, they add, their songs are as much about life as they are about science. In fact, imagine writing a love letter to Richard Feynman. That you can dance to. Their influences include: Kate Bush, Japan, Knower, Prefab Sprout, The Blue Nile, Talk Talk, Scott Walker, Richard Feynman, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Jackson, Scritti Politti, The Beach Boys, Prince, St Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Michael Tippett, Carl Sagan, Talking Heads, Wild Beasts, David Bowie, Oneohtrix Point Never, Bjork, Captain Beefheart, The Police, Tears For Fears, Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, Grace Jones, The Associates, and many more that they can’t remember…
LAURENCE MADE ME CRY – Last To Know [Starts 20:56]
The artist behind the project is multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby, a West Country girl at heart but now making roots in the Welsh capital Cardiff. Her recently released album The Diary Of Me explores “the dialogue we all have with our individual inner voice: the songs act as snapshots of days, experiences and thoughts in a similar way a written diary would”. It was made with various collaborators in and outside the UK and was co-produced by Dementio13’s Paul Foster, whose track Application Of Number we heard on the Mixtape at the beginning of last month.
JAKE DOWNS – Crave [Starts 24:15]
If you’ve been paying attention here in recent weeks, you’ll recall that Jake Downs (pictured at top of page) is a nineteen-year-old songwriter based in the South West: a classically-trained former Oxford student yet a pop musician at heart. Crave is his new single recorded in East London with a string quartet, harp, drums and musical saw. “Think disco!” he implored said string quartet during the recording sessions: “Imagine you’re dancing with the sexiest person you’ve ever met!” It comes out a week today (Mon Aug 19th) on Vox Humana records – and available on 7″coloured vinyl as well as digitally.
COLEY GARRATT – Rainbow On The Ground [Starts 28:08]
“Americana meets English Folk” is the musical manifesto of songwriter Coley Garratt: born and raised in the West Midlands and now gigging both on his own a with his band in Londoninium. “That’s it” we’re told “No ridiculous back story or pretensions, just a man who, when singing, has been known to silence an entire room.”
TREE OF WOLVES – Eyes Wide Open [Starts 31:10]
Tree of Wolves are a new five piece from the depths of South West Wales. Having spent time in ‘Nant Y Benglog’ with producer John Lawrence (ex Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) shaping their first single out of the still snowy foothills of Snowdonias rugged mountains. ‘Icy Water’ will be released in May, casting it’s shimmering light over winter’s final retreat.
AKIINE – Sunglassey [Starts 34:11]
Akiine Kivelä Ngarambe is a 24 year old dream pop artist based in East London. She’s also “a fledgling raised by fairies in the Blueberry Mountains” which may or may not be the literal range of that name to be found in Sweden. She’s influenced by “otherwordly feelings, melodies and heavenly harmonies that inhabit the darkness within my spirit.”
CRYBABY SPECIAL – One Winged Bird [Starts 37:39]
Only last week we were enjoying the edgy Medway sound of That Massive Bereavement. As with the proverbial buses which never come along singly – it’s followed this week by more music of vitriol and distinction from local trio Crybaby Special who consist of Jason Stafford, Josh Carson and Lewis Crennell. One Winged Bird has just been released as a single by Rochester label The Preservation Society, home to Moccasins, Deer Lake, Theatre Royal and Lupen Crook among others. The label released their debut album in April and the band play a London show at Death2Disco in Notting Hill this Wednesday, August 14th.
WINTER OF ’82 – Bless This House [Starts 41:03]
“I live in the studio” says Kris Halpin. “I Record. I Produce. I Write. I Arrange. I Engineer. Whatever, I Make Music. Get In Touch. Let’s Make Some Music.” He formed Winter Of ’82 with Lee Cogswell last year – after several years of working solo – with a view to bringing a live band sound to his “musical magpie tales”. Bless This House was recorded at The Playhaus in Staffordshire and mastered by Steve Lawson, no less. Executive producer was Rich Halpin, who may or may not be a blood relation. Latest news from their website: “We’ve started work on a new EP this week. Four new songs. Don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a spooky, rustic collection of piano songs tentatively titled Flesh & Rust…” Watch this space.
THE LOOKING ROUGH – Looking Rough [Starts 43:45]
The Looking Rough consists of Messrs Bobby and Keith Rough and their five-word biography runs thus: “was born, made some music”. Somewhere near Newmarket, according to the BBC Introducing Uploader. Er that’s it. STOP PRESS: this just in from the newly updated Looking Rough Facebook page – turns out TLR is the Nom De Soundcloud of our old friend Alex Highton, which he describes as “my attempt to make music that people may actually want to dance to”. There you go – we picked it purely on the basis of what came out of the speakers, but talent will out.
TRAMPOLENE – You Do Nothing For Me [Starts 47:26]
We first came across Jack Jones, Wayne Thomas and Mr Williams as members of the Swansea trio Frame 3-13, and played their single Will You Sort Me Out back in early 2009. Since when, their career has continued on an upward curve – as indeed have their musical abilities and ambitions. Now based in Hornsey, London and signed to Mi7 Records, they selfproduced this debut single at Ray Davies’s Konk Studios and release it today Monday August 12th – with the ‘B’ Side Adrenaline – in a limited edition of 250 numbered seven-inch singles. Their launch gig is tomorrow, Tuesday Auhgust 13th at The Monarch in London.
GECKO – Gotta Wait [Starts 50:54]
We first heard London 4 piece Gecko on 6 Music Introducing with their tropical acoustipop classic Guanabana Juice back in 2008. Fronted by songwriter Will Sanderson-Thwaite they recently toured the UK with The Skints including Camden’s famous Koko venue and this summer made their debut Glastonbury appearances. Gotta Wait is their current single and has already been played by Huw Stephens and Mike Davies on Radio 1 and also been featured by both BBC London & Bristol Introducing. In October they’ll play their biggest headline shows to date: London Camden Barfly (Oct 9th) and Bristol Exchange (Oct 10th)
UNKLE BOB – Brother [Starts 54:55]
Unkle Bob is the solo band project of project of Ediniburgh sonwriter and producer Rick Webster. His new EP, Songs For Others, will be released a week today (Monday August 19th) via JustMe. Interestingly the record was funded through PledgeMusic where Rick gave fans the opportunity to buy a song written about their own specific life. Rick then entered into dialogue about lyrics and the general style of the track, and this single Brother was one of the results. As Unkle Bob he embarks on a Scottish mini-tour with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Slean in September, playing Edinburgh Voodoo Room (24th), Skye Dunvegan Hall (25th) and CCA Glasgow (26th).