This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from CENTREFOLDS, BIRD, MY GREY HORSE, WARRENPEACE, BOSS CLOTH, MEADHBH BOYD, SOLKO, WASUREMONO, THE DISFAVOURED PARTY, THE BAND OF LIFE, LOUIS BARABBAS & THE BEDLAM 6, THE BLACK SITE, RUPERT STROUD, GHOST OF THE AVALANCHE, THE M’GOO PROJECT, JACK ROBERT HARMAN and JOUIS.
The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each programme is then downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the next 30 days. Full tracklists and start times for each track are published here at Fresh On The Net 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 are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader. Some are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues while the rest are tunes I’ve discovered here via 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 15th June (technically 2am on Monday, 16th June 2014…)
CENTREFOLDS – Aquaplane [starts 00:17]
Centrefolds are an Anglo-Indie-dance-punk-euphoric-neon-pop-rock band from Bristol. This newly released single Aquaplane sees chief writers Phil Smith and Tom Corneill combining on the mic; chopping the chorus hook in two and delivering a switching stereo vocal. Centrefolds have gained a growing live reputation and enjoyed an enthusiastic response to Aquaplane and the rest of their current EP in recent performances in London, Bath and Bristol. These included opening for The Crookes at the Thekla on the Bristol leg of their national tour. Centrefolds have caught the attention of bloggers worldwide, been featured on Hype Machine, played on Absolute Radio and Radio 2 as well as BBC 6 Music recently played a live acoustic session for BBC Introducing. You can see the video for Aquaplane on YouTube.
BIRD – I Am The Mountain [starts 05:00]
“We’ve just got back off a European tour with the legendary Rodriguez” say our friends Bird in Liverpool “and following that we’ve just released our very first debut album titled My Fear and Me. We’re currently on a UK tour to promote it, are set to play Kendal Calling and Festival Number 6 this year – and hope to be announcing some European dates soon. Alongside this we’ve already started writing for our second album and we’ll have a video released for I Am The Mountain in the next few weeks.” For a full list of tour dates see their Facebook page.
MY GREY HORSE – Days Shall Follow [starts 08:51]
“With their layered four-part harmonies, swirling guitars and sweeping melodies, My Grey Horse are not easily slotted into conventional music categories. Many have casually drawn comparisons to The Shins, Grandaddy, and Pavement, yet all agree that they’re hard to place. Hailing from Stratford-Upon-Avon, they are a band of brothers or, more accurately, a band with brothers – three to be exact. Peter, John, and Oobah Butler are joined by friends Tom Mott and Joe Nicklin to complete the band’s line-up. Among their ranks are an illustrator, an animator, a writer and a film-maker all of which helps broaden their creative horizons. The release of their sophomore EP, Stop Before The Dry River it showed the difference a year can make. Its leading single Need Wood was Shaun Keaveny’s Breakfast Record Of The Week on BBC Radio 6Music while Artrocker Magazine gave the whole thing a 5/5 star review.”
WARRENPEACE – Hungry [starts 12:38]
“Warrenpeace are Buddy Peace and Worgie who have been making music together since Summer 2012 when both members appeared on Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces tour. Buddy Peace makes Beats and Blips and is best known for his work with Sage Francis and Strange Famous Records. Worgie makes Guitar Noise, Beats and Blips – and is best known for his work with Scroobius Pip and Speech Development Records. They craft music combining raw, dusty drum heat geared around live sampler performances with angry and personal storytelling, adrenaline fuelled guitar noise and grizzly, sub heavy synths. Personal tales of a sartorial take on London life and experiences are captured in present day discofied city punk bangers. SDR007 is both the catalogue number and title for their newly released debut album on Speech Development. It features guests Scroobius Pip, Natasha Fox (Distraction Pieces/FutureAges) and Amy Bullman (DJ Zinc/Rinse). Matt Everitt recently interviewed Warrenpeace on Shaun Keavney’s breakfast show on BBC 6 Music.”
BOSS CLOTH – Lapdog [starts 15:55]
“Boss Cloth are a raw, power duo from Wiltshire who take influence from Stoner Rock through to Quirky Pop to form a Scuzzy Power-Grunge-Prog-Pop band like no other. Lapdog is the first of four tracks from their current EP Followers Of The Cloth, released on Omniphonic. They are set to release new material at the end of July, launching their debut album at The Victoria in Swindon on July 24th.”
MEADHBH BOYD – Semik [starts 17:56]
“Meadhbh Boyd is from County Clare, West Ireland and an Ethnomusicology graduate of University College, Cork. At five years of age Meadhbh (pronounced like ‘Dave,’ with an ‘M’) picked up the violin, learning the Suzuki method. Around the same time her grandmother taught her classical piano through into her early twenties. She started recording on a TASCAM four-track at age 12, and made her first studio demo at 17. She has since recorded and performed live with Chilly Gonzales, no less and now works freelance at Bryan Ferry’s Studio One. Her influences are drawn from classical minimalism (Reich, Nyman, Orkest de Volharding), jazz-rock (Steely Dan, Frank Zappa) and classic pop (XTC,David Bowie, Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry). Semik comes from Shortened Suite – her debut commercial release on her label Bad Boyd and due out on June 23. She’s currently working on new material for release this year – and actively seeking collaborators – in addition to performance dates in London and beyond.”
SOLKO – Soulsteppa [starts 22:09]
“Solko are a 7-piece band with brass, bass, guitars, percussion blending an eclectic mix of reggae/dub rhythms with soulful vocals and melodic jazz horns. Over the past few years Solko have been firmly planting their name as purveyors of Dub/Rock in the UK. With national tours and various UK and European festival appearances under their belt, Solko have been winning over the hearts and wearing out the shoes of people everywhere. Through phenomenal live energy, powerful groove-driven writing and a whole heap of Soul, Solko create an infectious and distinctive sound that will keep you on your toes.” Upcoming appearances: Eden Festival, Boomtown Festival, Soundwave Croatia festival.
WASUREMONO – Dead Man’s Opera [starts 26:14]
“Wasuremono are a three piece from Bradford-on-Avon, UK, made up of William Southward, Isaac Phillips and Madelaine Ryan and selfreleasing through their own DIY label The Wilderness Records. Wasuremono began as a studio project in 2013 by William Southward, who wrote and recorded the debut EP in his attic studio surrounded by old instruments and recording equipment. In less than a year they had plays on BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music and were longlisted in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition 2014. Wasuremono have since released their second EP A Soundtrack To The Sea, which William describes as being written like a soundtrack to a film. ‘I had an idea to create a few songs that had a running theme, it was written in third person about a character overcoming his fears of change. This last track – Dead Man’s Opera – is like the rolling credits to that movie.’ Wasuremono are currently working on a film for their new release Keep Your Head Up High which is due out Later this month.”
THE DISFAVOURED PARTY – Vote For Me [starts 28:15]
“From their Bristol headquarters, The Disfavoured Party convey the mysterious image and stage show of a cult / political party whose dark tongue-in-cheek humour resonates through their stage show and music. Each track on their upcoming debut EP Manifesto tells a tale of power, human interest, greed, control and a VERY disfavoured future for all mankind. They themselves describe it as ‘an eclectic tour de force of killer riffs, pop hooks and twisted satirical lyrics’. The launch party for Manifesto will take place at The Lanes in Bristol on July 5th to coincide with the general release, and the EP will be available from all major online outlets as well as at live events.”
THE BAND OF LIFE – Brazil Nut Tree [starts 30:54]
“Brazil Nut Tree is the new single from Gloucester-based underground artist Jayl in his latest music incarnation as The Band Of Life. The song is taken from the album Roma – recently released on the Harmony Label. It’s a song of 21st century urban life relentlessly raging on in all its myriad forms while the world’s forests are trashed. Essentially, a song about the destruction of habitat – and the way that when one tiny piece of an ecosystem is damaged, the knock-on effect can wipe out the biggest parts of that system such as the mighty Brazil Nut Tree. The sound fuses reggae, dubstep, rock and urban pop into a style Jayl calls ‘Purism’, with lyrics inspired by science and the latest urban dictionary.”
LOUIS BARABBAS AND THE BEDLAM SIX –
All That’s In Between [starts 33:49]
“Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six play swing-fixated narrative folk squeezed through a filter of rock & roll – yet still find time for the odd waltz whenever the opportunity presents itself. A band that rarely stops, constantly touring and recording, they have performed all over the world – from Mexico and the USA, around mainland Europe and the coastal towns of Australia. Their trademark belnd of high energy and musical ingenuity has delighted crowds and critics alike. They have collaborated with artists such as John Otway, Moulettes, Tom Hingley, Kirsty Almeida, Hope & Social, Liz Green and John Robb. They have shared stages with such disparate acts as Motorhead, I Am Koot, Sun Ra’s Arkestra and The Buzzcocks. They’ve won praise from fellow musicians Supergrass, The Blockheads and UB40, not to mention comedians Mark Steel, Sue Perkins and Julian Barratt. They are also the house-band at Manchester independent label Debt Records and have released two LPs, three EPs, a live album and a concert DVD to date. This song All That’s In Between is the uncharacteristically tender final track from their latest album, Youth. Later this month the band play shows in Germany and Italy.”
THE BLACK SITE – The Raven [starts 37:51]
“The Black Site are Emma Falk Dennis and Nick Bergin – two old friends who decided to write some songs together after running into each other at a Thurston Moore show last year in East London. Emma’s a young Southern-California-bred poet, and former writer for Crawdaddy! Magazine. Nick’s a former boatbuilder from West Yorkshire and a guitar player influenced by his wide-eyed awe at the New York art scene and post punk movement. As it’s just the two of them, their music is stark, but two works perfectly for Nick and Emma… they both get to be the front person. They have a new 12” vinyl EP due out in August, all of which was recorded live – like one of their tumultuous stage shows. Also out later this year is a video for the as-yet-unreleased track Benzene. But first, Londoners can find em this Saturday June 21st at 4pm on at the Liquor Store in Dalston as part of the wonderful John Lee Bird’s art exhibit Encore 5.”
RUPERT STROUD – Morning Light [starts 41:12]
“Displaying strong-hearted, beat driven acoustic rock-inspired tracks” we’re told, Rupert Stroud possesses “fantastic vocal ability. Having been compared to Richard Ashcroft, Jim Morrison and Nick Cave with a hint of Elbow, Stroud has attracted attention from music media, BBC Introducing + BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary show), XFM Radio, NME and Q Radio. Catch him live before the hype kicks in! 2014 is set to be Stroud’s breakthrough year as he continues to expand his repertoire of beat driven Acoustic, Indie, Rock with his most recent release Never Back Down receiving radio play and plaudits from BBC Radio 2 Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2 Legend Whispering Bob Harris, Alan Raw BBC Introducing West Yorkshire, and Hattie Pearson at XFM London. Never Back Down has received his first US radio airplay on KX 93.5FM Laguna Beach CA! Other successes include TV sync of his track No Love Lost from the Chasing The Night album, on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and Faith Guitars inviting him to become one of their featured artists amongst such notable company as Ally Dickaty (The Virgin Marys), Gavin Burrough (Funeral for a friend) and Tom Clarke (The Enemy)” Blimey.
GHOST OF THE AVALANCHE – Prescribe This [starts 44:36]
“After self-releasing their acclaimed mini-album Hide The Truth late last year and relentlessly touring the UK, Bristol-based noise-punk duo Ghost Of The Avalanche have teamed up with Grebo Records for their latest release. Their followup EP Body Snatchers will be available on limited-edition 7″ vinyl and digital download this Friday June 20th. For this release, bassist Nick Wiltone and drummer Miles Per-Hour have honed their trademark ‘less-is-more’ songwriting and ferocious delivery to prove that in times like these, punk rock is as essential as it ever was. Prescribe This is the lead single – watch the new video for it on YouTube here.”
THE M’GOO PROJECT – Square One [starts 46:52]
“The M’goo Project comprises three songwriters: guitarist Matt Warnock, Jeff Louch on keyboard and lead vocalist Mike Meighu. The threesome met twelve years ago whilst studying music together in Montreal and officially formed The M’goo Project in 2011. They have a headline show coming up at The Manchester Academy on June 13th, which will feature their 8 piece band lineup plus two dancers fresh from We Will Rock You in London’s West End. A series of EPs is planned for 2014 – two of which will be recorded in July in Manchester’s BluePrint studios. A further EP will be made in September in collaboration with holographic specialists Musion http://musion.co.uk to create a storytelling concept concert. A small UK tour will follow in Nov/Dec. Aspiring guitarists can learn to play this song Square One via instructional videos and free sheet music available on the M’Goo website!”
JACK ROBERT HARDMAN – I Don’t Need An Answer [starts 50:24]
“Jack Robert Hardman (23) writes and records his own brand of quirky pop music from his home studio in Ascot. The debut album was written and recorded ‘hermit style’ between 2009 and 2011. In Jack’s own words … ‘I wrote around 150 songs in that period, and filtered through to get the strongest / most interesting 10 songs. I like to mix traditional pop song writing techniques with lo-fi / quirky production ideas. It (hopefully) creates catchy, yet unusual sounding music.’ The album was mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Lana Del Rey / Wretch 32 / Crystal Castles).”
JOUIS – All That Is And Is One [starts 54:15]
“Jouis (jhew-ee) are a 5 piece Psychedelic/Jazz band from Brighton. All That Is And Is One is the first track from Jouis’ debut album Dojo which was produced by Phill Brown and recorded in their home-built analog studio. It will be self-released on Beetroot Records on the September 22nd. This summer you can catch Jouis live on “The Universe Goggles Tour” starting in their hometown on June 21st with a Summer Solstice Party at The Green Door Store, followed by Glastonbury Festival and shows in Bristol, Bath, Northampton, Banbury, London and Canterbury.”
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