Top tunes from GREEK STREET BAND, GROVES, HEAVY PETTING ZOO, I SAID YES, JAGUAR MIN, JERMAINESOUL, LOW TIDE THEORY, LUPEN CROOK, M T, P-TENTIAL, RICHARD SMITH, RYAN VAIL, SHADRACK TYE, SWORDS, THE CRIMSON STAR, THE INFINITE THREE
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, 9th December 2013:
GROVES – Paperback [Starts 0.16]
“Groves – consisting of NH, TM, NB, DQ and TC – are a new London based five piece twisting hynoptic grooves into psychedelic slow jams. With only a handful of live shows under their belt, the quintet are already making waves. Upcoming London show with Theo Bass at Powerlunches, Kingsland Road next Sunday December 15th.”
HEAVY PETTING ZOO – Broken Bone [Starts 04:56]
Swansea band Heavy Petting Zoo (pic above by Paul Scott Thomas) were secretly formed in a GSCE history presentation by Amy Zachariah, Ben Rodway, Joe Rees, Billy Horwood and the mysterious Jon – for whom apparently only one name is necessary a la Cher or Sting.. They’ve recorded and released a variety of strange lo-fi recordings championed by the likes of Adam Walton. “Imagine” they say “the Cramps dogging with Siouxsie Sioux”. However Broken Bone is now their first “official” single, recorded by Charlie Francis (Future of the Left) at Music Box Studios.
We’re told that a particularly memorable facet of their live shows is the inclusion of a dancer, namely… yes, you guessed it: Jon. “His outlandish moves at the front, and often off the stage, provide a unique spectacle which often bewilders audiences – unsure whether he’s part of the act or not”. (No prizes for guessing which one he is in the photo above.) Following a particularly startling performance by the band at SWN festival, Huw Stephens has invited them to play his monthly night at The Social in London on January 14th.
GREEK STREET BAND – Victim Of Timing [Starts 09:02]
“Greek Street Band is the recording handle of Edinburgh songwriter Alan MacKenzie, releasing music on his own kitchen-based greenhorn label, Greek Street Records. If you’re after more chat, sign up to the Greek St mailing list at http://records.greek.st”
RICHARD SMITH – Lau [Starts 12:31]
“I recently went back in the studio” says our old friend Richard Smith “with my friend Neil Bassett (Hyde & Beast, Room3Recording) and started work on my new EP, which is is a lot more lo-fi than my last few releases. This track Lau is taken from that EP and after recording is finished I’m hoping to release it early next year. I also recently moved away from Sunderland and have been living in the Lake District for the past five months. “
P-TENTIAL – I Could [Starts 15:25]
“I’m 27 years old” says Stuart Perry “and have two amazing boys and a wonderful misus. I’ve been interested in music since about 11 years old. I write all my music and make my own beats at home, using music to talk about what I see and feel in life – to get a message to other people who can relate to seeing or feeling the same things. If I can get one person to tap their foot or nod their head to my music then I’m succeeding as a rapper/artist. I built a studio in an old outhouse and have learnt the basics of production, recording, mixing and mastering after Internet searching every night for tutorials, articles etc.” This is far and away the strongest track we’ve heard from P-Tential to date – lovel sharp economical production, great beats and a flow that’s eloquent and smack in the pocket. Let’s hope 2014 will be his breakthrough year.
THE INFINITE THREE – Bone Star [Starts 18:56]
Daniel Knowler, Sam McLaughlin and Paul Middleton are, collectively, The Infinite Three. Taking cues from noise-rock, dub effects, drone and metal, their songs are warped constructions grounded in heavy repetition and clattering dissonance. Over the summer, the Infinite ones locked themselves in a shed, lit a candle for the ancestors and pummelled their way through several new songs; repeating them endlessly until they no longer knew who they were or why they were there. The intense heat and humidity only adding to the surreal sensation of collectively grappling with some immense mentally retarded beast. This new single, ‘Bone Star’ is taken from these sessions, which will be released as the band’s second album in 2014. They play the Stay Ugly Christmas Special at Power Lunches in London with Little Death Machine and JOY on December 20th.
I SAID YES – Bad [Starts 23:05]
I Said Yes describe themselves as “an Indie/Folk five-piece from Market Lavington in the west country who play noisy soaring ballads.” They have appeared alongside Florence and the Machine, Stornoway, Johnny Flynn, King Charles and Pendulum DJs. They’ve also been praised by various BBC Introducing shows, XFM, For Folk’s Sake, Bloody Awful Poetry and, most recently, the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Longlist. Earlier this year their single Follow On, taken from a debut EP released in March, notched up 16,000 plays on Soundcloud and Spotify.
RYAN VAIL – Free [Starts 26:37]
Ryan Vail is the name of both a music producer and of the electronica duo he formed in Stroke City (Derry/Londonderry) with musical partner Katie Cosgrove. “We have just finished an extremely busy year of gigs and festivals” he tells us. “We’ve supported the likes of Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins and Mount Kimbie, and taken part in two TV shows: Other Voices and the BBC’s One Big Weekend TV show in Derry. We’ve just finished recording our next release which is due out in March 2014. We’re also currently writting a soundtrack for the BBC for a forthcoming documentary here in Northern Ireland.”
THE CRIMSON STAR – Some Other Way [Starts 29:41]
The Crimson Star is the latest in a long line of powerful rock bands from the West Midlands. Singer and guitarist James Shaw and drummer Ross Edgington were already both veterans of the Birmingham scene – as founder members of the metal outfit Forlorn – when they formed the present lineup early this year with bassist Chris Rowley and guitarist Dave Musson. The band cite artists such as Soundgarden, Audioslave, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge and Pearl Jam as influences. Their biog describes the band’s “catchy tunes packed full of great rock riffs”, “southern twanged swagger” “melodic hum” “classic rock vibes”, “down-tuned power” and “sing-along potential”. But hey, take a listen to Some Other Way and hear for yourself.
SHADRACK TYE – Another Way [Starts 33:54]
“Shadrack Tye are all members of the same family based in South London. Though they obviously know each other quite well they hadn’t thought of making music together until a couple of years ago when they had a bit of an epiphany… They find it difficult to describe their music and think that it’s probably best for people to make up their own mind, though “indie folk with eclectic influences and a bit of a twist” seems about right. They have busy and varied lives in the folk, classical and jazz worlds and bring all this and more to their mix of original songs and folk arrangements. This year they have been playing at folk festivals and headlining at intimate venues in London and the South. Folk afficionado Mike Harding was most complimentary about their self-released EP “The Lovers Tale”. They are in the midst of recording their first full length album which they hope to release early next year. Their next gig will be in London at Folk of the Wood, Portico Gallery SE27 on December 20th.”
JAGUAR MIN – Splix [Starts 37:03]
Jaguar Min is a solo project created by Harrison Banfield early in 2012. The project focuses on short EP releases and shifting musical styles. Currently Harrison is using 90’s club music as the main influence for a series of electronic EPs due for release early in 2014, or as his own slogan poetically puts it: “90’s club hits reframed for the youtube generation”. All music is available for streaming via his website.
LOW TIDE THEORY – Exit Ramp [Starts 39:32]
Low Tide Theory are a electronic pop trio from North Devon. They were formed in 2010 and released their debut album Big Sky (produced by Geoff Pinckney) in April 2013. The band have received radio play worldwide and their plans for 2014 include the release of this track Exit Ramp as a single in January, to be followed by a new EP in April. They play The Tunnels in Bristol on January 11th and Europ’s iSynth Festival in Lille on April 26th
MT – Alpha Romeo [Starts 44:37]
MT stands for Many Things including the initials of the band’s founder Michael Tomlinson. Residencies at the likes of London’s KOKO and Ridley Road Market Bar (Wu’s) have seen MT earn, we’re told, “a growing reputation for energetic, inspiring and often euphoric live shows, prompting NME to tip the band as one of their 10 Ones To Watch at this year’s Great Escape Festival.” This newly-released single Alpha Romeo was produced by Dan Grech (Vaccines, Lana Del Ray) and is, apparently, “a pop anthem of seismic proportions, complete with hook-laden melodies and an unshakeable rhythm section that guarantees it to be one of the catchiest songs of the year.”
LUPEN CROOK – Bullshit And Whine [Starts 48:25]
Songwriter, Visual Artist and DIY enthusiast Lupen Crook is an eclectic and experimental artist originally from The Medway Towns and currently based in North London. Lupen emerged on the anti-folk scene in 2005 and quickly gained a reputation both as a songsmith – and as an artist who couldn’t be trusted not to swear during live radio sessions – which endeared him to radio producers and presenters alike. He gave a memorable performance with a sizzling live band at Latitude Festival a couple of years ago that I was lucky enough to witness. Alongside his musical output, Lupen Crook continues to create his Broken Arts: traditional art materials used alongside a variety of mixed media, including puzzle pieces and newsprint. His work has been widely exhibited in the South East, and has proved popular with buyers in the UK and abroad. Bullshit & Whine is a free download from Lupen’s Soundcloud, and his recent album British Folk Tales is available from http://www.thepreservationsocietypresents.com
SWORDS – Lions & Gold [Starts 51:20]
Lions & Gold is the title track of the debut album by Dublin band Swords, who are planning their first UK dates for 2014 along with a fresh single release from the album. Charmingly, they’ve sent us a list of Recent Good Things… *Our album was recorded and produced by Karl Odlum. *We performed on both Other Voices and The Works TV shows. *Our tracks Lions & Gold and All The Boys were the most played tracks on Phantom 105.2 Radio during the summer. *Album Of The Week’ on RTE 2FM Radio. *Airplay in national radio and regional radio in over 15 counties. *Played by BBC Radio NI and recorded a live session for Paul McLoone on Today FM Radio. *A prestigious slot at Electric Picnic Festival earning a “Must See” recommendation from The Irish Times newspaper. Oh and *Just signed a publishing deal with Smalltown America Records.
JERMAINESOUL – Time Waits [Starts 55:29]
Jermainesoul is the alias of Garth Bennett, a bass producer from Birmingham, UK. By his own admission, he’s a Musician/ Producer/ Crate-Digger/ Deep Thinker/ Socratic Practitioner/ Proud Father :)
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