Artists at a glance
COUNCIL TAX BAND
JOSEPHINE AND THE ARTIZANS
MUSIC & SPIES
THE CADBURY SISTERS
THE DANDY HORSES
THE RAILWAY SOCIAL CLUB
Top tunes from THE CADBURY SISTERS, SEA CADETS, PARK PLANET, JOSEPHINE AND THE ARTIZANS, OOBERFUSE, ELOISE KEATING, COUNCIL TAX BAND, MUSIC & SPIES, KITS, VOODOO SHARKS, THE RAILWAY SOCIAL CLUB, WOODEN ARMS, THE DANDY HORSES, HONEYFEET, ADAM WEDD and ANIMAT
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 together together 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 overnight on Sunday 9th March (technically 2am on Monday, 10th March 2014…
THE CADBURY SISTERS – Milk [starts 0:17]
“Bristol based sisters Jessica, Mary and Lucy Cadbury release their Close EP on Fear Of Fiction on June 16th with a hometown launch gig at The Louisiana on June 12th. Their great great grandfather was William Cadbury – originator of world famous Cadburys chocolate – and the sisters live in a half forgotten dream, inhabiting places we remember yet sometimes feel uneasy about returning to. Their music is a meld of harmony, discord and mindfulness, their songs the sonic equivalent of watching Swallows And Amazons or The Railway Children interspliced with The Wicker Man or Lord Of The Flies.”
SEA CADETS – A Book [starts 04:33]
The Sea Cadets are a Norfolk band of some vintage, who first played together in 1981. Rob Rix, Gary Blatch and Miq Rybak attended Kings Lynn’s King Edward VII School in the mid 1930s (or so it feels). Rob and Gary first played together in local punk band The Exploding Hamsters who duly imploded after playing the best venue in Britain – West Runton Pavillion and releasing a self published album called Hoist the Main Sail in 1982. Thanks to the Internet and musical gadgetry, the Sea Cadets sail once again with new material and surprise covers. They are currently recording new material and take inspiration from the 33 year gap between Ben Watt albums !
PARK PLANET – The Youngest [starts 07:22]
Glasgow’s Park Planet have won a place for their music on the BBC Introducing Mixtape time and again, through the sheer innovative quality of their work. They consist of guitarist and frontman Graham Duff, close blood relative Gordon Duff on bass and drummer Leon Breakey. They spent the whole 2013 recording in their studio The Outhouse and playing occasional gigs – including the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut last November – and received multiple plays on Amazing Radio ias well as being well received by radio stations in France and Canada. Their debut album is in post production and due out later in 2014.
JOSEPHINE AND THE ARTIZANS – Let Me Go [starts 10:41]
“Josephine & The Artizans are a London based Hip-Hopera band. The group blend Classical music with Hip-Hop and Rock to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound. Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world. They are both, of course, based on the same thing. For years people have been becoming more and more catholic in their tastes, so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both. Since forming, the band have performed on the mainstage at Galtres and Brownstock festivals as well as Ronnie Scott’s, Cargo and the O2 Islington. They have appeared live on BBC 3CR and Cardiff FM and had coverage on BBC 6 Music.”
OOBERFUSE – March Of The Downtrodden [starts 14:21]
“Ooberfuse is an electronica duo from Woolwich, London – Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson. Steered by the marvellous, pushed out from the common haunts of man, Ooberfuse navigate secure paths over the wildest oceans and unvisited regions of the human soul. Enwrapped in mists from the orient, a passion erupts from noble and almost forgotten sources. It elevates from all littleness of feeling subduing and tranquilising the superficiality of modern life. Their music explores unknown powers unfolding to the world the deepest mysteries. Despair, after a lethal injection of oober-fusiasm, gives way to a lost naiveté that cannot conform to acknowledged systems. Their songs are audio footprints left behind by people impelled towards invisible things.
Their new single, March of the Downtrodden, is a rallying cry to those whose hearts have been broken. Desperation and pain orchestrate the melodies and defiant beats that punctuate the song. The single will be out on 7 April on Peakflow Records.”
ELOISE KEATING – Be My Ghost (The Green Light) [starts 16:58]
Eloise Keating is a 17-year old unsigned singer songwriter from Horndean, Hampshire, gigging regularly across the South Coast. She plays electric guitar, and performs her own material, as well as re-working covers, with her own, individual twist. Influences include The 1975, Lana del Rey, The xx, Laura Marling, Tom Odell, Daughter, London Grammar, James Blake, Lucy Rose, Banks, Lorde. She is now also self-producing her own material, the first of which is Be My Ghost (The Green Light) inspired by the story of The Great Gatsby. Her first London gig is coming up on March 18th at The Social, Little Portland Street for Blackjack London.
COUNCIL TAX BAND – Flumes [starts 20:52]
“Consisting of two guitars, synth & drums, Bedford’s Council Tax Band write exuberant songs about boredom, disappointment and swimming pool closures; as such they’re sure to be a money-spinner with the lucrative pre-teen demographic. Andy, James, Charlie and Laura have unremarkable haircuts and lack an interesting backstory: the best they can hope for is to have a good time before being consigned to the dustbin of art rock obscurity. However, Council Tax Band are happy for you to invent any old guff if it helps them fulfil their ultimate goal of selling their music to be used on adverts flogging cardigans and mobile phones to The Great Unwashed. Their EP Three Songs was recorded in a room full of cardboard boxes in around a day, using a combination of borrowed gear, and gear they bought themselves by slogging their guts out in a variety of shit jobs. It was the first thing they’ve done that they consider fit for public consumption. Prospective ‘fans’ can download Three Songs for as much or as little cash as they like on our Bandcamp page. Council Tax Band also have Facebook and Twitter accounts exactly where you’d expect to find them, should you feel an overwhelming need to track their bowel movements.”
MUSIC & SPIES – In My Hands [starts 24:42]
“Music & Spies are just two lads that met in 2010, formed a band in 2011, and now love performing and creating music that makes people feel good. Throughout 2012 they played more shows than they have had hot dinners. Since they started Music & Spies have come a long way from playing acoustic nights every Tuesday. In 2012 they Reached the Area Finals of both Open Mic and Live and unsigned and have been selected to return to the competitions as a Special Guest Act. They Also Supported Xfactor Finalists MK1 on their ‘Rewired’ UK tour.So far in 2013 they have recorded and released their second EP, having had the opportunity to work in some of the UK’s most respected studios, including River Studios Southampton which is where UK artist ‘Birdy’ Recorded her Platinum selling Album. They have supported Xfactor Finalist Lucy Spraggan on her first sold out UK tour playing to audiences in excess of 550 at venues such as ‘Borderline’ London and O2 Academys in Leicester and Liverpool. During Summer 2013 They’ll be playing some of the best small festivals in the UK including: Strawberry Fair, Folk on the Water, Ox-Fest and Sundown.”
KITS – The GLOW [starts 27:24]
Kit (k?t) – n.
1. A kitten
2. A young, often undersized fur-bearing animal
3. A tiny, narrow violin used by dancing masters in the 18th century.
“Formed in 2013, KITS is the one-man synth-folk project of Jayson Turner, a computer scientist from Lancaster. The vision is to create something simple and meaningful with uplifting melodies and neat beats. Jayson is also frontman for alt-folk outfit, Sootytern. In October 2013, KITS announced with a simplistic electronic re-imagining of Mimicking Birds’ song Burning Stars, a cover held in high acclaim by the Portland-based lo-fi rockers. The GLOW was released on 21st February 2014, its the first original track from KITS. Engineered and produced at KITS’ home-studio in Lancaster, late nights have borne a musically spacious arrangement, with folk influence, harmonious layered sequencing, and powerful melodic vocals. The GLOW is available as a free download from the KITS website and includes a remix from Manchester’s Brocken Spectre. The first KITS live show will be on May 15th at The Golden Lion in Lancaster, with Brocken Spectre, and of course Sootytern. Free entry!”
VOODOO SHARKS – Price Of Meat [starts 31:06]
Voodoo Sharks have evolved from two solo artists constantly requiring each others assistance and being consistently overjoyed with the results. Both Rob Rix and Graham Cooke have long musical histories with some successes along the way such as Sea Cadets and Morbius. Now working on an album together which will find its way online as a free download. Several tracks and videos are already available. Price Of Meat – a cautionary tale of what can happen when there’s no chops in the shops – was made at home on a Boss BR-600, Boss BR-800 & iPad Garageband. “We recently recorded and released a version of The Ventures’ classic Fuzzy and Wild.” they tell us. “We are also looking at a live version of Voodoo Sharks with the involvement of other musicians in the near future.”
THE RAILWAY SOCIAL CLUB – Empty Houses [starts 35:00]
“The Railway Social Club is an independent act based in Birmingham. Their sound is a blend of harmonious voices set against African influenced grooves and interlocking guitar riffs – a style inspired by first hand experience of studying African music in Uganda. The Railway Social Club have featured on BBC Radio as part of BBC Introducing with the song How to Manufacture Sound from their 2012 debut EP. As part of the 2012 EMI Roundhouse 30/30 project they worked with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman). Originally a duo the 2014 Sketches EP is the last of ideas that were leading towards a bigger sound of more instruments and more voices. The band host a weekly residency in Birmingham promoting other local artists. They also play at a range of other venues such as The Jam House and have supported Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene. Now a four piece they are regularly performing across the midlands and will be developing their sound across 2014.”
WOODEN ARMS – December [starts 37:52]
“Wooden Arms are a Norwich-based 7-piece alternative / classical / indie band. With 5-part vocal harmonies and a distinctive yet delicate blend of classical instrumentation meets modern melody, they released their debut, self-titled EP with independent record label Bare Feet Records in the summer of 2013. Their song False Start – taken from the aforementioned EP – was the Headphone Moment on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC 6 Music and during 2013 the band performed various festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Norwich Sound & Vision, and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. December is one half of a new double-A single with Tide, released on February 13th. Wooden Arms will be touring the UK and Europe in the following months to support this release. It was recorded and produced by David Pye (engineer for Wild Beasts and iLiKETRAiNS) and combines more orchestral elements with modern production.”
THE DANDY HORSES – My Heart Goes Boom [starts 41:58]
“Belfast-based multi-instrumental five piece The Dandy Horses play a fusion of contemporary folk and alternative country, with sprinkles of Irish traditional music. A number of tracks from their eponymous EP (released in January 2013) have received significant airplay on BBC Radio Ulster. A relentless touring schedule followed, as the band expanded their fan base and honed an extensive set of melodious and diverse songs at festivals across the North and South of Ireland, including the Body and Soul festival. The original band were Joanne Cassidy (vocals, guitar, tin whistle, flute, banjo, harp) Noeleen Cosgrove (vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo) and Sean Quinn (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo), The recent addition of Rodney McKinney (double bass) and Marty Malone (drums, percussion) completed the line-up. The second Dandy Horses EP Hat On The Sun was recorded at Millbank Studios, Lisburn with London producer Richard Elder. It will be launched with a hometown show at the Black Box in Belfast a week on Saturday (March 22nd) followed by an Irish Tour. Hat on the Sun will be available digitally from iTunes/Bandcamp/Amazon a week today (March 17th).”
HONEYFEET – Buried My Husband [starts 45:16]
“Apple pie for the soul. Honeyfeet are Manchester’s best ethio-trad, barrel-house pop, cowpunk and folk-hop band. Their members are drawn from all across the jazz, folk, blues and rock circuit of the UK, Ireland, Wales and Germany (also doubling as members of Liz Green’s backing band, Walk, The Jester Ensemble and The Bedlam Six. They have opened Manchester’s Jazz Festival a number of times over the years and were once Matt & Phred’s house band. Their debut album It’s A Good Job I Love You is out now.”
ADAM WEDD – Daybreak feat. MARK C WALTON [starts 49:30]
“Adam Wedd is a songwriting singer from the outskirts of Kingston Upon Thames, South London. He is part of an amazing community of other creatives who long to tell the stories of the beautiful broken communities in which they live. After writing music and playing in many bands, now seems to be the time his own songs are reaching more peoples’ hearts and ears. Recently reaching #3 on the National Student Radio Chart and being picked up by Tom Robinson’s Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6 Music, 2013 seems to have bounced into favour. 2013 sees the very much long awaited debut EP People, Places, Things released on his own label Pensive Pop . Recorded recently with producer Dave Lynch (Duke Special, Luke Sital Singh ) at Batbox Studios in Lewes , featuring JP of Nizlopi on Double Bass and Alex Priest (Union Sound Set) on cello. His music has been used in TV adverts, short films and played on radio. Adam’s vision is for more music and art to be created and shaped by, with and for the communities in which we live. When Adam is not writing lyrics and performing his songs he works as Youth Worker in Kent, managing a buzzing Youth Cafe.”
Daybreak comes from his forthcoming four-track EP Words Build Worlds which according to iTunes is due out at the end of this month.
ANIMAT – Hum Humans Hum [starts 54:19]
Animat are a downtempo electronica duo based in Sheffield, UK. Musicans, producers and DJs Mark Daly and Michael Harding (aka The Only Michael) have collaborated with vocalists including Anne Garner and Sanchita Farruque, done remix duties for Pitch Black, Winter North Atlantic and Deep Dive Corp, and have had music used in multimedia projects at Tate Britain and New York’s Leverhouse Gallery. Hum Humans Hum is taken from the album Music For An Unstable Planet released by Mareld last month.
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