Artists at a glance
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS
HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE
KIZZY MERIEL CRAWFORD
NOT MADE IN CHINA
SHE MAKES WAR
THE ADAMSKI KID
THE HIGH WIRE
THE MOUTH OF GHOSTS
THE MULE AFFAIR
Top tunes from THE ADAMSKI KID, NOT MADE IN CHINA, RHODES, WILD SWIM, SHE MAKES WAR, THE HIGH WIRE, MOUNT FABRIC, THE MULE AFFAIR, REVERE, THUMPERMONKEY, BEAR vs MANERO, KIZZY MERIEL CRAWFORD, HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE, PLASTIC DINOSAURS, THE MOUTH OF GHOSTS, JACK BARNETT and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS
The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each show is available as a podcast for 30 days at the BBC 6 Music downloads page. The full tracklists and start times are published here at Fresh On The Net with biog information supplied by the artists. Previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.
All tracks on the mixtape come from the BBC Introducing Uploader: some are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues – the rest are tunes I’ve discovered here while listening to our Fresh On The Net inbox. For more about how the process works see this post.
These are the listings for the episode broadcast at 2am on Monday, 11th November 2013:
THE ADAMSKI KID – Mr. Morgan [Starts: 0.13]
Breaking news – just as The Adamski Kid releases his new single ‘Mr Morgan‘ through B!tch Cassettes! with a debut album release and UK shows expected in the new year, this sad news just in from the Adam Karayiannis Facebook page… “Thank you all for your support for the few years I have had on this journey. After careful deliberation i have decided to call it a day on The Adamski Kid. The universe has been sending me signs all year and ive finally decided to listen. This is not the end of my artistry but the beginning – I have already started writing for my new project and some material may even carry over. I want to make art for arts sake for a while, and find my zest for life again. See you on the other side. Xx Adam” We can but wait and hope.
NOT MADE IN CHINA – Sick Of The Six [Starts: 03:39]
“From the sunny coast of Bournemouth come Not Made In China. An upbeat angular 4-piece pop band with more hooks than Hellraiser. Recalling the sound of The Smiths, Paul Simon, and Kirsty MacColl to name a few; but creating a joyous noise all of their own. Experienced performers; playing rapturously received gigs at pubs, clubs, festivals, and on radio all over the south of England; Not Made In China’s interweaving guitar melodies, soaring harmonies, afrobeat drumming, and bouncing bass lines will surely get stuck in your skull. NMIC have also recently recorded an EP, mixed by Digby Smith (Island Records), at Conversion Studios in Dorset, and on the strength of this are looking to expand their fanbase, and book gigs further afield.”
RHODES – Run [Starts: 07:32]
Six months ago in Hitchin, 24 year old Rhodes picked up his guitar and began to sing for the first time. As if by magic he unearthed his own startling and original voice. His demo track, ‘Always’ was playlisted on Amazing Radio for a month at the beginning of the summer and also picked up a handful of plays from Radio 1 and on my own BBC 6 Music shows. As a result, Rhodes has had a busy summer of UK live shows supporting the likes of Laura Marling and Nick Mulvey. This track comes from his latest release – a debut EP called Raise Your Love – recorded with James Kenosha and Charlie Fink from Noah And The Whale. Having played Festival No. 6 this year accompanied by a string quartet, Rhodes plays shows all this week starting at XOYO in London tonight (Monday Nov 11th) followed by Bristol (12th), Brighton (13th) and Cambridge (15th).
WILD SWIM – New Dawn [Starts: 11:08]
Wild Swim is a five-piece band from Oxford. They have played together since they were early teens, and have spent the subsequent time developing and honing their sound. They have been writing and recording their debut album this autumn, which will be released in 2014. The album is produced by Steve Osborne, and being recorded at Riverside and Real World Studios in Wiltshire. New Dawn follows Echo and Another Night as the band’s third self-released single. Their music has been acclaimed byThe Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, Listenbeforeyoubuy, Clash and Artrocker amongst others. They have upcoming shows in Cardiff (Nov 21st), Leeds (27th), Cambridge (Dec 1st), London (2nd) and headline Oxford’s o2 Academy in the New Year.
SHE MAKES WAR – Delete [Starts: 14:05]
Fresh from support slots with Suede and The Magic Numbers, Bristol based gloom-popper She Makes War has just released a 7 track live album. It was recorded at her Butterflies EP launch at the end of August and starring musical friends from Hope And Social, Birdeatsbaby, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Sunday Driver, Talk In Colour and The Lovers on bass, drums, harp, violins and backing vocals – and is available from her Bandcamp. She is gigging to the end of the year in Bristol, London, Leeds, York, Norwich and Brighton then taking a break to work hard on her third record…watch this space… She Makes War – pic by Laura Ward. Click image to zoom.
THE HIGH WIRE – Under A Spell [Starts: 17:13]
The High Wire are an Anglo-Canadian three piece based in North London. Named after the Richard and Linda Thompson song Walking On A Wire they count bands such as The Byrds, Pink Floyd and Teenage Fanclub as early influences. They are currently working towards the release of their third album next Spring – from which this single is an early foretaste. Their Facebook biog consists of a load of descriptions of what their music sounds like by Clash Magazine, NME, Kruger Magazine, Q The Music, Mojo, Artrocker, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Q, Uncut, NME and Rolling Stone. Which is nice.
MOUNT FABRIC – Books [Starts: 20:17]
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 have been releasing a series of singles throughout 2013 that focus on the meaning of life, of which this is the third. 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.”
THE MULE AFFAIR – Everything You Said [Starts: 24:02]
“The Mule Affair is the love-child of Catherine & Anthony Lane who met in Plymouth, capital city of roundabouts. Unable to face a life spent going round in circles, they got the hell out of town, stumbled in love, got married and began singing and writing together. The band generally spends its time trying to marry grand, sweeping melodies, an upright piano, and random objects (percussion) found at charity shops and car boot sales. Each track begins life in their small project studio in darkest rural Somerset, before finding its way to their secretive producer / hermit for a bit of lick, spit & polish. They’re currently working on a video for Everything You Said, mixing the second (as yet untitled) single from their forthcoming debut EP, and whatever else is happening on the day.”
REVERE – These Halcyon Days [Starts: 27:46]
I’ve long been a fan of the London seven-piece Revere – whose fiery passionate live performances are an all-enveloping joy to behold and hear. This year they have played festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, Bruis Maastricht. Their second album My Mirror/Your Target has just been released in mainland Europe on V2 and the band had a very successful album tour in The Netherlands with an album launch at Paradiso in Amsterdam. In the UK they have just released new single These Halcyon Days:
THUMPERMONKEY – Own [Starts: 30:58]
“Thumpermonkey are a heavy art-rock band based in London, recently described in the latest Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine as a ‘mixture between King Crimson and Television’. The band has existed in one format or another since 2003 – in ten years, we’ve released six albums – but still struggle to write a convincing biography. We recently played a festival date supporting 70’s prog group Focus, and are going into hibernation over Christmas to work on our new album, resurfacing for shows which will include the Celebr8 festival in May.” Their members include composer Rael Jones – recently featured in Fresh Faves 79 and the subject of last week’s Prick’n’Ding.
BEAR vs MANERO – Thor’s Super Sweet Sixteen Party [Starts: 34:44]
“Picture a three county-spanding (50% rooted in Kent), 8 legged musical realisation of an imaginary fight between a bear and Tony Manero. The Bi-Facial EP is the new release from this entity – an eardrum anti-friend that, for the most part, goes under the name of Bear vs Manero, and is released on Skingasm Records todau – Monday November 11th. Following on from previous singles Now Is Not the Time for Impressions, Rory Bremner and The Tale Of The Chameleon And The Malcontent Cockroach, Thor’s Super Sweet Sixteen Party is less of a mouthful and more of an earful – recorded with Part Chimp, Tim Cedar at Dropout Studios. Now widely regarded as the premier ursidae-disco-punk crossover band trading in and around the London area, BvM attack the Brighton Cowley Club on 16th November. More dates on their way…”
KIZZY MERIEL CRAWFORD – The Starling [Starts: 37:31]
“Although my family are from Oxford and Barbados, I grew up in West Wales and the language and culture is in my soul” says Kizzy Meriel Crawford. “I moved to Merthyr just over a year ago and am continuing my Welsh medium education with Alevels in Welsh, Music and Drama at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun, Aberdare. I live breathe eat and sleep for my music and have written over 40 songs. My ambition as a black welsh artist is to make welsh folk/funk fusion the biggest new sound out there.”
HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE – Jupiter [Starts: 41:41]
“Heroes of Popular Science is the bedroom music project of John Chambers and Nick Worrall. Writing and producing everything themselves, this London based synth-pop duo have recently released their debut EP Catastrophe. The EP is a set of five songs that owe as much to the slick pop stylings of Scritti Politti and Prefab Sprout as they do to indie-pop contemporaries like St Vincent or Dutch Uncles. With lyrics peppered with references to Carl Sagan, the Voyager 1 spacecraft and electromagnetism, Heroes of Popular Science make catchy songs about love and death, paranoia and perspective. Imagine writing a love letter to Richard Feynman. That you can dance to.”
PLASTIC DINOSAURS – Regrets [Starts: 45:13]
Southampton duo Plastic Dinosaurs! consists of Paul Thorne and Adam Wells. whose debut EP Tracks blends the sound of an acoustic singer-songwriter with synthesisers and electronic beats. It’s a set of four personal and reflective songs written by Paul and produced by the band. They aim to blend a love of classic songwriting (Beatles, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon) with modern electronic music. The resulting EP, they think, is best described as Acoustic-synth-pop and is available via their Bandcamp page. A followup with planned for next February. Meanwhile. having focused their energy entirely on recording up to this point, they are now rehearsing for live shows and aim to be out and about gigging from December onwards.
THE MOUTH OF GHOSTS – You Will Go [Starts: 48:31]
“Fusing alternative rock and trip-hop, The Mouth Of Ghosts are” we’re told “a London band formed in 2011 who make moody, textured music, fueled by ragged guitars and distant electronics.” The band of course are no strangers to Fresh On The Net and first featured in our Fresh Faves in August 2012: they consist of Alla on vocals, Simon on guitar, Marco on bass and Phil on drums. You Will Go is the title track from their second EP You Will Go Again From Me, which gets its official release next month, together with a video for their track ‘Wrong’. The band are planning a run of gigs early in 2014 and are eager to get back in the studio to record more new material.
JACK BARNETT – Dreams [Starts: 52:14]
Two years after Jack Barnett first picked up an acoustic guitar, he met production wizard Arran Strange while at university. In February 2011 – after Arran had heard one of Jack’s old demos – the pair began working together on new material in the producer’s Cardiff studio. The result was Jack’s six-track debut EP Keeping Time, which was released at the beginning of September and is available from his Bandcamp page.
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS – While We Sleep [Starts: 57:02]
“Empire of the Ants is a new project collaboration between Tin Raven and Jody Fiteni who have combined forces and created a fresh new sound. Tin is based in Sunny Shropshire and Jody in Sunny Malta. Before this song was written they had had one conversation in 2001, that didn’t last very long.”
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