This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by
CARNABELLS, THE SOUND OF THE SHIRES, APACHE DARLING, JOE INNES & THE CAVALCADE, RORY INDIANA, NOTE TO SELF DON’T DIE, TECHNOLOGY+TEAMWORK, DAISY JEAN RUSSELL, FASHODA CRISIS, THEE DEADTIME PHILHARMONIC, CORACLE, POHL, LONDON SOUNDKLASH, MOJO FURY, SOPHIE MORGAN and SI ROXBY
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 13th July (technically 2am on Monday, 14th July 2014…)
CARNABELLS – Call The Sunshine [starts 00:17]
“Carnabells are a guitar-thrashing, piano-bashing, feet-stamping rock’n’roll 5 piece from an old mining village in the heart of Yorkshire. Formed in the summer of 2012, Carnabells have enjoyed the stamp of approval from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing with a slot at Glastonbury Festival 2014. With sell out shows across the UK and support slots with the likes of The 1975, Little Comets and Catfish & The Bottlemen, their onstage boundless raw energy is a must see as they embark on a full UK tour this summer.”
THE SOUND OF THE SHIRES – Andrew Loog Oldham [starts 04:11]
“The Sound of the Shires are Patrick Bailham, Flat Ed and Marc Checkley from the Middle of England and this is the first record to hear across the universe;;;;we love you”
APACHE DARLING – More Than Me [starts 08:42]
“Apache Darling was formed by vocalist Stefanie Lawrence (23) and keyboard player Andrew Black (22) and was one year in the making. They took their name from Stefanie’s father’s love of 60s band The Shadows and their hit Apache. Their lineup consists of lots of keyboards, two laptops, one bedroom – and influences ranging from Bowie, Prince, Talking Heads, Jean-Michel Jarre, Blondie and St Vincent – to 80s Movies and WWE. The group will be on tour this summer in Glasgow, London and Umbria.”
JOE INNES & THE CAVALCADE –
God Only Knows I Tried [starts 11:33]
“Joe Innes & The Cavalcade are a London based alternative folk band. This is Fake DIY called frontman and songwriter Joe ‘a master of words and a king of modern antifolk’ …which was nice. God Only Knows I Tried is a song taken from their new EP Brian, I’m a Genius Too – a reference to a notorious dialogue between Brian Wilson and his father Murray during a Beach Boys recording session. Londoners can see the band live at The Gallery Café in Bethnal Green this Thursday (July 17th) and Hootenany, Brixton on August 13th”.
RORY INDIANA – Empiricism [starts 14:47]
“Brighton based Rory Indiana have a fresh, modern take on alternative rock. Combining elements of rock, riffs and pop. The band have gone from strength to strength honing their unmistakable sound. They have recently recorded their brand new EP Empiricism with producer Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, Def Leppard, UFO, Marillion) to be released on the 26th of September with a hometown show in Brighton at The Haunt. They are also fresh from their debut festival appearance at 2000 Trees.”
NOTE TO SELF DON’T DIE – Walk Away [starts 18:02]
“Note to Self: Don’t Die! are like a raucous road trip through the American night blending Bacharach inspired arrangements to after hours jazz and blues, gothic stomps through bayous and bordellos to suburban garages and fuzz pedals. Their sound blossoms from americana to relentless fuzzed out wall of sound pop.”
TECHNOLOGY+TEAMWORK – Small Victory [starts 20:15]
“Technology + Teamwork are Anthony Silvester and Sarah Jones, who met at Bestival and decided to start their own band. Their first project was to write the score for Sheffield film-maker Simon Green’s 2012 short film Albatross: A Love Story. After this successful collaboration they built their own studio in London and continued to streamline their sound. Whist pulling in influences from many different directions the music of T+T is highly rhythmic and percussive thanks to Sarah’s drumming and strongly melodic through Anthony’s lyrics and song writing. The lead vocal on Small Victory is shared, a duet between processed, disembodied vocals amid a beautifully crafted synth-pop song that is both unusual and incredibly engaging. The band will play London shows from August.2
DAISY JEAN RUSSELL – Only You [starts 25:23]
Daisy Jean Russell is a 21 year old singer songwriter from Dagenham, Essex, now based in Brighton. She is currently recording her debut E.P with producer Jack Wilson (Fickle Friends). “I wrote Only You after I found out my parents were planning to get married. They’ve been together since they were 13 and have never been apart” she tells us. “This song is a little wedding present to them’. She lists her influences as James Vincent McMorrow, Alex Turner, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wet, James Blake. See the video for Only You on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTwy3F8j5Ys
FASHODA CRISIS – A Eulogy Of Sorts [starts 28:13]
“Southend-based satirical mischief-makers Fashoda Crisis released their third album Almost Everyone is Entirely Average at Almost Everything in June. Partly funded by a small but successful Kickstarter campaign the album is a collaboration of sorts as a number of artists and musicians have produced a piece of artwork for each track on the album. The album (and all their previous releases) is available through their Bandcamp site with a vinyl release to follow later in the year. Fashoda Crisis will be playing for the Estuary Fringe Festival at O’Neill’s, Southend, on the 2nd August and with Jets to Zurich at Gwdihw, Cardiff on the 28th August.”
THEE DEADTIME PHILHARMONIC – Bad Lad [starts 31:04]
“Thee Deadtime Philharmonic are based in the ex-mining town of Swadlincote, South Derby – still on its knees from Thatcher’s stranglehold on the working classes. Murdoch’s songwriting reflects the carnage left behind. Their militant working class stance caught the eye of Clash legend, Mick Jones who took Deadtime out as special guests. Relentless gigs all over the UK, including all the major cities and the nowhere towns where most bands don’t bother to go has gained the band an ever growing army of dangerously devoted fans. Since the tour Murdoch has recorded a single and album with The Tribunes – containing Mick Jones’s rhythm section from Carbon/Silicon – out on Honest Jon’s records.”
CORACLE – Come Alive
(ft. EMMA LUCY & MATTHEW ADDISON) [starts 35:04]
“Coracle is the first solo project by Leeds based producer and professional keys player Jonathan Doherty – consisting of stripped-back Downtempo House and Chilled Electronica with a jazz/funk tendency. Mixing quirky beats, hypnotic soundscapes and live instruments, this is groove based electronic music at its most relaxed and understated. Doherty writes the music and words but involves as many of his musician friends as possible in the recording process. It is electronic music but with a live edge. Coracle’s first release Come Alive features Emma Lucy and Matthew Addison on vocals and is available for a limited time for free download via Facebook. The track is set to feature on the compilation Summer Time Vol. 4 from the Parisian label, So French Records. It will will be available on Beatport from a week today (Monday July 21st). The song has also attracted play from notable resident DJs in Ibiza this summer.”
POHL – Cute Guy Alert [starts 39:44]
“POHL are Will Pearce (guitar/vocals), Hugo Morgan (bass) and Jamie Thompson (drums). Hailing from Bristol, the trio have a fetish for loud amps, badass riffs and vocal harmonies. They write songs about sex and death and believe that heavy music can (nay, should) be intelligent and meaningful. Having released two well-received EPs (Pohlsmoker and Pohl II), POHL are now putting the finishing touches on their debut album and plan to release a new single, In The Club, in summer/autumn this year. Follow them on social media to keep abreast of their frequent and infamous live shows.”
LONDON SOUNDKLASH – Postcode Patriot Flow [starts 43:46]
“London Soundklash are a duo from opposite ends of the capital. Mawuli Fia and Rodeo Dolla$ met at university through their shared love of Alternative Hiphop, Garage, and Drum & Bass. Once they realised that one of them could rap and the other one could produce music for the first one to rap to, they spent hours at Rodeo’s home studio attempting to create an original sound. The first project to emerge was their Glasshouse EP at the end of 2011. The duo went on to release a series of free EP projects including Lucky Number 7 in 2011 and Yellowblue EP in April this year. Postcode Patriot Flow is a light-hearted standalone effort in which Mawuli Fia weaves through the obstacle course of fast-paced, high-pitched synths and fat drums Rodeo Dolla$ has created with lyrical gymnastics and witty word-play.”
MOJO FURY – Origami Bird [starts 46:08]
“Mojo Fury are a rock band based in Lisburn – just south of Belfast. Their home studio is a converted farmhouse that has allowed them the time and freedom to write and record their second album, The Difference Between – released in October last year. The band met whilst studying at music college in Bangor, Co. Down. New single Origami Bird immediately displays the one key element Mojo Fury will never lose – their fun side – and is about as close to a pop song as they’re going to make. It’s part of an album that is at turns epic, heavy, subtle and certainly danceable – undoubtedly a document of a band ploughing their own furrow.”
SOPHIE MORGAN – Kensington [starts 49:56]
“Seventeen year-old Sophie Morgan is a singer/songwriter from Widnes – a town in the middle of Manchester and Liverpool. After first tinkling the piano at age six and discovering poetry books around a similar time, Sophie soon began combining the two and penning her first songs at nine years old. In the summer of 2011, after singing at a mutual friend’s wedding in Chester, Sophie met Simon Jones of the Verve. By the next week she was skipping school to record over 14 demos of her original songs in his studio – the start if an exciting musical relationship. Last September, after arriving early for a meeting in London, Sophie spent a few hours strolling around the city. Upon returning home, inspired by that day, ‘Kensington’ was written in ten minutes – a song of wandering and wondering which immediately captured the attention of local radio station BBC Lancashire through the BBC Introducing Uploader. Sophie is now keen to start gigging her new songs more frequently and will be continuing to devote her days to developing her craft in hope of a long-term career in what she loves.
SI ROXBY – Rivers Underground [starts 53:58]
“I’m originally from Durham but now living in Leeds” says Si Roxby. “I started writing songs a couple of years ago, recording at home in my spare time. My influences include Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Scott Matthews. If I had to describe my music, I’d say it was a blend of folk and soul driven by strong melodies and close harmonies. ‘Rivers Underground’ is a song about loss and hope. It will feature on my second EP which I’m currently working on with bassist Mark Fletcher who plays with Judy Dyble, formerly of Fairport Convention. BBC Introducing has been incredibly supportive of my work. Through them, my songs have been aired on local shows by DJs Alan Raw and Jericho Keys. Tree Lines (from my first EP Removals) was played nationally through BBC Radio Leeds – while Flames was also put forward for selection for BBC Radio 1’s Introducing show, presented by Huw Stephens.”
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