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Top tunes from QUIET AS A MOUSE, BUNTY, DECENT LOVERS, THE SLOW REVOLT, SAM HOCKADAY, CEILING DEMONS, IONE-MAI, ROO PANES, CAPITAL SUN, CONTOUR, THE SHOOTING OF, GYPSYFINGERS, THE MINKE WHALES, LUDWIG AMADEUS and DORMANT.
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 1st June (technically 2am on Monday, 2nd June 2014…)
QUIET AS A MOUSE – Casketcase [start: 0.17]
Quiet as a Mouse are an indie/alternative band formed by Edinburgh singer/songwriter Alex Moran in 2012. The group’s live reputation has quickly grown in the past year as QAAM have supported The Orwells, Palma Violets & The Crookes. Their first batch of London shows were with Club Fandango at Bull & Gate & Buffalo Bar as well as headlining Birthdays. These outstanding performances have earned them coverage from STV, “Gig of the Day” from Ruth Kilpatrick at Amazing Radio, airplay support from Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Chris Martin, Charlie Ashcroft and Jim Gellaty at Amazing Radio. On the back of the free download track An Accident Waiting To Happen (Awoo Woo Woo) the band released their debut single Home Is The Hardest Place To Find in August 2013. Quiet as a Mouse released their latest single Casketcase with B-side Dandelion Tea on 17th February. It was produced by Marcus Mackay and mastered by Chris Potter. Recently QAAM have been working on tracks for their debut EP with Liam Watson at Toerag Studios in London.
BUNTY – We Are Here [start: 4.10]
Bunty is the avant-pop project of the conceptual artist and vocal improviser, Kassia Zermon. Best known for pioneering underground experimental vocal loop shows and fronting UK leading Dub act Resonators. Bunty’s powerful one woman electro-orchestra combines the rawness of early M.I.A with the lyrical espionage of Tom Waits and a voice that can sound as sweet as Ella Fitzgerald. Live Bunty uses her synths, toys, ukulele, voice, effects pedals and a mash of real and made-up languages. She whispers, bellows, beatboxes, claps and stamps producing impressive vocal harmonies for her hook heavy tunes. Her new album and show invited peeps to send in samples for her to use live , and the chance to join ‘Third Party Force’ audience choir at each live show. Her most recent AV album project Multimos brings a new and ever creative collection of songs to life with an ensemble and colour spitting live show. Expect dancers, VJs metaLuna, an audience choir and a lot of helium. The Multimos album is being released with her own label Beatabet label, with support from Battersea Arts centre, Arts council England, PRS foundation and Pledgemusic. Upcoming: single launch show in Brighton at Dome Studio on June 13th. October: album launch – on tour around the UK.
DECENT LOVERS – Me & Puppykitty [start: 7.45]
“Decent Lovers is constantly figuring out what we’re doing while we’re doing it. I’ve played music my entire life,” says Elijah Wyman “but I’ve never had real lessons at anything. The only other member is my wife who up until a few months ago had never played in a band…or an instrument. Rhonda and I are self-employed artists who make most of our money off a jewelry/design company we started a few years back. We mostly play festivals and opening slots for larger artists when we’re lucky enough to grab them. My rule is to only play shows where people really want us, so I spend most of the time either making music and promoting it. Upcoming we’ll be in Toronto, Canada for NXNE and Pennsylvania, USA for Musikfest. It’s a dream someday to be successful enough to play in the UK. We’re also putting out shirts and accessories as Decent Lovers. The first designs of necklaces and T’s can be seen at our site. We just made and put out our first music video here.”
THE SLOW REVOLT – Never Get Close [start: 10.37]
The Slow Revolt are Joe Mirza and John Blakely in Dulwich. “A cutting-edge throwback to the early days of blues, or the yearning new voice of formalist electronica? If nothing else, The Slow Revolt is a study in contrasts: lush, romantic lyricism tied to art-school high concept; tight beats coupled with wild guitar abstractions; and a stunning voice that stays with you long after the music fades. First made visible via his rework of Patten’s Peachy Swan, The Slow Revolt’s first single, This Dark Matter / Doldrums was two hymns to a dead affair that struck a chord with XfM, Clash, 6music and Radio1 – as well as earning the support slot for MMOTHS recent tour, Ofei, America’s Balmorhea, and four dates with Max Cooper and Ghosting Season. Originally one man carving out his own rough territory outside today’s increasingly formulaic electronica, The Slow Revolt now performs as a two-piece – two expert musicians sparring across live loops, precision triggered beats, guitar, and that voice.”
SAM HOCKADAY – Dance To The Past [start: 14.51]
“Sam Hockaday is a Musician. Manchester – England. EP OUT SOON! Featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Humberside inc a live session”. How To Write A Band Biog.
CEILING DEMONS – Amputated Spirit [start: 19.18]
Celing Demons are purveyors of alternative Hip Hop from Yorkshire and consist of twin brother MCs Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon – with production by Beat Demon plus additional production from Euan Kearney. Their selftitled debut EP was released in December 2012, receiving positive reviews from publications such as Leeds Music Scene, Vibrations & Invasion Mag. Lead single Lord, I Must Be Strong Now was featured on the Yorkshire Evening Post with a favorable live review from Q Fest 2013. Their debut album, titled Dual Sides, includes tracks Mendacity & Every Step is Moving Me Up. The LP is conceived as “a journey from darkness into light” and features North Yorkshire’s songbird Pip Mountjoy. This reworked version of Amputated Spirit is released as a single on the suitably demonic date of Friday 13th June, and the album will be available for one month only as a free download via their Bandcamp page. The launch gig for the single on on Saturday July 5th is a major showcase of local music in their hometown of Richmond – organised to coincide with the arrival in the region of Le Tour De France.
IONE-MAI – Back In The Day [start: 22.41]
“I’m a singer songwriter from Manchester and have been singing for a while mainly sessions and backing singing” says Ione-Mai. “I put out a EP last year which in hindsight feels more like a demo, I wasn’t aware of the best way to put out music independently. This time around is more strategic, the first offering off my new EP is this single Back In The Day which was released on May 25th. I study Popular music and recording at Salford Uni also.”
ROO PANES – Tiger Striped Sky [start: 26.16]
“I want to give my listener something. I want it to have substance. I want it to resonate” says Roo Panes. “And this,” continues his press release, “is exactly what Roo Panes does. As a relative newcomer to the scene Roo has already made an impressive impact. With over half a million views on YouTube of his songs the reaction to his music has been universally positive. Roo’s introduction to music came in equal measure from his grandmother, a classical concert pianist, and the hymns and psalms of the local church he attended with his mum and dad. His first steps at learning an instrument were not especially successful due to Roo’s constant desire to improvise yet it was this refusal to conform that has shaped Roo’s sound. He is not without influence, the constant spins of Bob Dylan and Nick Drake by his parents have made a mark but it is more the mood and location of genre defying artists that Roo is inspired by; the Icelandic wilderness of Sigur Ros, Bon Iver famed for recording their winter debut in a Wisconsin cabin and Michigan’s emotive Sufjan Stevens. It is however back in the UK where the source of Roo’s lyrics lies. A Dorset boy by birth, Roo also spent many family holidays in the awe-inspiring landscape of the Lakeland fells. And like many of his favourite romantic poets before him he effortlessly infuses this sense of beauty, landscape and space into his songs.”
CAPITAL SUN – The Ballad Of Rocky Lane [start: 30.11]
“The Battle Of Rocky Lane is featured on Mr. Nobody – the selfreleased debut album from Birmingham four-piece Capital Sun and was released as a single at the end of last week. Bands like Peace and Swim Deep have recently broken out of the Midlands’ thriving music scene but Capital Sun are doing things differently and are influenced heavily by 60s/70s musical craftsmanship. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides, the album includes the band’s previous singles such as the BBC Introducing-featured It’s A Crime. Other standout tracks include Stranded and Born Between The Lines, showing a strong Led Zeppelin influence. has produced the album. Having seen Tsangarides’ work on the film Anvil – The Story of Anvil, Capital Sun’s Boden contacted him about producing and mixing the album and met with a resounding ‘YES’. With their work ethic and passion for music clear for all to see, it’s no surprise that Capital Sun are set to rise in 2014.” Capital Sun play Adam & Eve, Birmingham (June 7th), The Sun On The Station, Birmingham (June 15th) and Derbyshire’s Rock & Blues Festival (July 24th- 26th)
CONTOUR – Change Your Ways [start: 33.03]
“Contour are a Dublin based electronic duo comprised of Conan Wynne and Anna Doran. Conan had been working on some initial Contour tracks to appease his appetite for melody, heavy bass and experimentalism. After being introduced, Anna sent Conan some vocal demos that she had recorded. Combining Anna’s soulful vocals and harmonies with Conan’s abstract beats, the tracks took shape resulting in an original style that seemed to gel instantly. Their musical appeal is owed to the fusion of Conan’s love of bass-focused sound design, complimented by Anna’s layered vocals and wealth of stylishly-phrased lyrical content, merging the nasty and the melodic. Contour refuse to be defined by genre, instead focussing on creating interesting compositions that you can chill or dance to. Their 4 track EP Chaos Theories was inspired by the chaotic nature of life and also reflects the natural geometry that defines us physically, so it is organic but organised, like a Contour map. Contour will launch Chaos Theories with a full A/V show in July. Expect to catch Contour across the UK later this year.”
THE SHOOTING OF – This Silence Is Killing Me [start: 36.32]
“The Shooting Of (aka Paul Jeans) is a one man army of sound, recreating what he makes in his studio live using beaters to play drums with his feet whilst playing Keys/guitar/loops etc. Gigging with the likes of Kishi Bashi, Sweet Baboo, Tom Hickox, Goldheart Assembly, Cattle & Cane to name but a few have secured his place as one to watch in every sense. Based in Northumberland, Paul is also one half of alt acoustic act The Lindsay Tin who are currently on hiatus. This Silence Is Killing Me is to be released as a single b/w 1000 Facebook Likes (previously featured on the BBC Introducing Mixtape) on July 14th. The launch gig will be in Newcastle on Friday 11th July at The Cumberland Arms in Byker followed by a short EU tour incorporating Germany and The Netherlands.”
GYPSYFINGERS – Eating Me [start: 39.52]
“Gypsyfingers is a British alternative folk, rock and pop duo. Songwriter Victoria Coghlan & producer Luke Oldfield (son of Tubular Bells’ Mike Oldfield) play almost all sounds and instruments themselves, creating a modern orchestra of acoustic and electric instruments and textures. Earlier this year their song Steel Bones was synched in the opening credits of a feature length film, Fear of Water. Gypsyfingers’ debut album Circus Life was released on Friday 2nd May 2014 at a sold out show at St Pancras Old Church in London. They will be touring Southern England in August as a 5-piece live band.”
THE MINKE WHALES – When The Cold Came [start: 43.38]
The Minke Whales are “a Bristol five-piece formed in 2009 by Edinburgh singer songwriter Stuart Reid (formerly of Shifty Disco Record’s band, Seagull Strange), bassist Neil Hughes, banjo player Tim Moore, drummer Chris Mapp and latterly singer Elle Ashwell when they discovered their collective love of recording music in allotment potting sheds. The whisperers locally suggest songs that blend a smidgen of twisted folk, Arcade Fire mixed with a healthy dollop of Mazzy Starr that, with Reid’s grizzled and endearing Scottish vocal gruff and Elle Ashwell’s soulful English nightingale, gives them an honest and intoxicating vocal concoction. Tales of revenge, lost love and witch hunts wrapped up in sweet melodies and banjo laden stomping stompingness.”
LUDWIG AMADEUS – Heart Of Stone [start: 47.57]
“London-based, German-born electro-house alchemist. I’m a music producer by the name of Ludwig Amadeus. Yes it’s my real name. Some people think i’m cool but most well informed folk think I’m an incredibly normal guy who makes incredibly cool music. I applaud the latter.”
DORMANT – Contortion [start: 52.24]
“My name is James Mannion, I’m a producer from Cambridge who composes electronic music under the name of Dormant. Ive been producing for three years now and playing guitar for nine, I started composing experimental guitar tracks and have moved onto electronic production as my tastes in music have developed. I am currently studying at Access to Music in Norwich and am moving to Bristol in August to begin my three year degree at The University of West England in Audio Production.”
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