This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by TIBETAN SKY, AZTECCORMORANT, MATTHEW HEDLEY STOPPARD & THE GLASS DELUSION, BIG BEAT BRONSON, TREE OF WOLVES, ZOLA BLOOD, THE WITCH & THE ROBOT, LUCY KITT, STATEMENT HAIRCUT, CANDYTHIEF, PALE ANGELS, ANDREW JOHNSON, THE HOLY ORDERS, MINUTE TAKER, SIOBHAN WILSON and RUMOUR CUBES.
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 and I’ll be adding biog information supplied by the artists in the next couple of days as soon as I get home from my Holiday In Cambodia (don’t ask!) 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 27th July (technically 2am on Monday, 28th July 2014…)
TIBETAN SKY – Good News [starts 00:17]
Tibetan Sky are a London-based five-piece post-rock band. They are influenced both by artists from within western alternative and progressive rock, metal and hardcore and by eastern nomadic singing – originating from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Mongolia. The name Tibetan Sky is inspired by the Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying. “Good News is”, they tell us, “our debut studio recording: an instrumental track showing off our love for expansive and dynamic sounds. A colourful blend of Deftones and Mogwai produced by Jake Robbins at Egypt Lane Studios.” Upcoming shows include Brixton Jamm, London (Aug 8); The Red Lion, Stevenage (Sep 4), and The Good Ship, London (Sep 6).
AZTECCORMORANT – And Lo [starts 04:49]
“AztecCormorant is the name of an album and musical project by the London-based composer and producer Matthew Gilbert Linley, who released two previous albums under the name Gilbert. The music is an off-kilter sonic adventure, combining vintage synths and organs, colourful classical instruments such as the harpsichord and celeste, with the vocals of singer Maud Waret. Gilbert Linley presents by turns a joyfully English, dreamy, skewed musical landscape , at times inhabiting an almost Medieval, otherworldly feel.”
MATTHEW HEDLEY STOPPARD & THE GLASS DELUSION –
You’ll Find Us In The Parks [starts 07:39]
Poet, Derbyshireman (and “poor man’s Benedict Cumberbatch”) Matthew Hedley Stoppard is currently based in Leeds. Here he joins forces with self-styled “two-piece roock band from Hull” The Glass Delusion – formed in early 2012 by Lewis Young and Carlos Macklin. “The glass delusion was” they tell us “an external manifestation of a psychiatric disorder recorded in Europe in the late Middle Ages. People feared that they were made of glass and therefore likely to shatter into pieces. One famous sufferer was King Charles VI of France, who refused to allow people to touch him, and wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from accidental shattering.”
BIG BEAT BRONSON – Break [starts 11:15]
“Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Big Beat Bronson are a fresh, cutting-edge hiphop supergroup combining the musical talents of: occasional time traveller Baron Von Alias, the selfprofessed ‘Pretty Boy Of Hiphop’ MistaBreeze, vocal supremo Eliza Lawson – and urban legend DJ LKP. Individually, the foursome have racked up prolific collaborations with some impressive artists including Foreign Beggars, Chino XL, MistaJam, Slum Village, Craggz and Parallel Forces, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Dom P, Phantasm, Guilty Simpson and Wizard Sleeve. They have also shared stages over the years with the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Fabio and Grooverider, Skinny Man and Rizzle Kicks.”
TREE OF WOLVES – Half Light [starts 15:07]
“Tree Of Wolves are a five-piece band from Carmarthen comprising Aled Thomas, Gruffydd Wyn Owen, Mark Howells, Ray Thomas and Charli Bicknell. Their debut single Icy Water was recorded with John Lawrence (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) in his north Wales studio, and received airplay on BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, Nation Radio and Amazing Radio. Half Light is their first single with new drummer Ray Thomas, formerly of The Adelines, and has prompted comparisons to bands such as The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and fellow West Walians Cut Ribbons – as well as seeing them proclaimed Welsh Artist of the Week on BBC Radio Wales. They support Clockwork Radio at their album launch in Cardiff on September 20th and more music is due out in October with a tour to support the release.”
ZOLA BLOOD – Grace [starts 18:44]
“Zola Blood are the latest signing to Pond Life Songs and this track Grace is the first offering from the band’s forthcoming debut EP. Drawing from influences such as Arthur Russell, Portishead and Trentemøller, Zola Blood have developed their intricate sound over the course of a year working together on a Hackney Wick industrial estate, dissecting mobile phone recordings and programming synthesizers. Details of the forthcoming EP will be available shortly via their Facebook page.”
THE WITCH & THE ROBOT – Atomic Bombs [starts 22:52]
“We are The Witch And The Robot and we hail from the English Lake District. We like to make interesting songs about interesting things. We have a new album called Three Shapes whose songs deal in subjects ranging from Chinese lunar ambition and Peter Cushing’s attempted suicide – to nuclear war, Helvellyn and Ayn Rand – all wrapped in a pretty, occasionally challenging but ultimately catchy psychedelic rock/folk/pop parcel. Our influences are widespread but we don’t want to sound anything like any of them. That would be pointless wouldn’t it? We have tentative plans to play some gigs this year, any information about these will appear on our website, as well as general ramblings, nice comments and the odd drawing.”
LUCY KITT – Standby [starts 26:47]
“Despite her Essex upbringing, Lucy Kitt‘s creative soul most definitely lies across the pond; with LA’s Laurel Canyon bearing great influence on her warmly mellow sound. The folky edge that dominates the character of her music brings to mind the work of artists such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, as well as incorporating an earthier country vibe. It’s no wonder that she’s already building a significant fanbase over in the US. This is definitely one you’ll want to watch live while if you have the chance.”
STATEMENT HAIRCUT – Mathematical [starts 29:29]
“Statement Haircut are a London-based indie / electro trio drawn from the Liverpool, Rotherham and Lincolnshire areas. Band members Michael Stevenson, Darren Reynolds and David Copley met over a shared love of electronics, post punk, funk, dub and pop. Recent reviews have described our music as very inventive… like pasta in a jam sauce would be – an unusual combination of ingredients at first, but sweet and fulfilling at the same time.”
CANDYTHIEF – Time In The Tin [starts 32:38]
“Candythief (the project of Anglo-Euro songwriter Diana de Cabarrus) first emerged in association with Fife’s famous Fence Records. More rock than glock, she refuses to retire into respectable domesticity/lifestyle blogging/teaching yoga and let Gen Y have all the fun. Instead she releases crisp material about subjects other than night clubs, fancying a bloke, or being sadder than Brazil. Drawing on alternative, psych-pop & indie influences – with a touch of chanson – the cosmic aspects of her previous releases are now more tightly reined in, with pithy lyrics and jubilant melodies to the fore. Current members now include Anne Aulmann (cello), Andy Philip (guitar/accordion), and Earl Justice (bass). Forthcoming Future plans include festival performances at Port Eliot, Waterloo Quarter and Linkylea and a single launch gig for Time In The Tin at a secret Edinburgh location in August.”
PALE ANGELS – Just Faces [starts 36:17]
The international duo Pale Angels describe themselves as “transatlantic (New Jersey / Swansea based) grunge punks. Long time friends, bonding over their love of making noisy, blown out pop music despite the ocean separating them. Just Faces was recorded as part of a live session in Amsterdam in March 2014 during their first ever European tour, and will be released as part of their Strange Powers EP – which is out August 18th. Pale Angels will be touring the UK this autumn alongside Bangers & Doe.” Dates include Exeter, The Cavern (Sep 30); Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (Oct 1); Sheffield, The Lughole (Oct 2); Swansea, Sin City (Oct 3) and two gigs on Oct 4: Southampton, Joiners (early); London, The Montague (late).
ANDREW JOHNSON – Brian Wilson Day [starts 38:19]
“Brian Wilson Day is taken from Teessider Andrew Johnson‘s current album Catching Sparks – the first new material he’s released under his own name in 4 years. That’s not to say he hasn’t been busy though. Writing, recording and performing in the duo Cherry Head, Cherry Heart has seen him tighten his songwriting skills further and there is a backlog of songs to complete for the duo. Alongside this Andrew is currently finishing off a further solo album (his 11th), tentatively entitled Memory Box. He is also revisiting 30+ songs from his considerable back catalogue at the request of a young Australian producer who is reworking the original (often lo-fi) ideas into guitar-driven indie-pop stomp-fests. Meanwhile Andrew will continue to whisper into a microphone by night and his solo albums can be found on Bandcamp.”
THE HOLY ORDERS – The New Asbestos [starts 43:08]
“The Holy Orders announce the August 4th release of this three-minute Feelgood Summer Pop Song, The New Asbestos. Well it may also be a cynical and pessimistic Feelgood Summer Pop Song but anyone familiar with the band’s debut album last year – For The Ears Of Dogs To Come – will expect nothing less. It captures the band’s knack of effortlessly combining catchy melody lines with visceral guitars and passionate vocals to create a glorious noise. They are continuing to play anywhere that will have them and their summer schedule includes slots at this year’s Tramlines Fringe and the Galtres Festival – as well as high profile slots at the Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Festival in their hometown of Hull.”
MINUTE TAKER – A Captain [starts 46:04]
“Minute Taker is the artist name of Manchester-based songwriter & producer Ben McGarvey. Ben chose the name because it ‘sounds simultaneously mundane and fantastical. I like the idea of making really day-to-day scenarios into something magical and almost fairy tale-like.’ His sound has been labelled Digi-Folk, incorporating a range of acoustic and electronic instruments. As Minute Taker he has released two albums to date, leading to features in Clash, The Guardian, The 405, Notion, Gay Times and more. This track, A Captain, comes from Hoax My Lonely Heart, a dark stage musical which premiered at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this year, and for which Ben composed and performed the music. He is working towards a release of the soundtrack – to coincide with plans to tour the show in 2015 – and also currently recording new tracks for his third album.”
SIOBHAN WILSON – Dear God [starts 50:21]
This great new track by Glasgow-based songwriter Siobhan Wilson is featured on the latest split 12″ vinyl release from Song, By Toad Records – a compilation that also features Sparrow and the Workshop, Jonnie Common and David Thomas Broughton. It was released on July 14th and the same day Dear God was voted into our Fresh Faves here at FOTN by our discerning readers. However Siobhan almost immediately changed her stage name to Ella The Bird and you can now buy her 2012 6-track EP Glorified Demons under that name on Bandcamp. So basically her old music is now being sold under the new name while her new music is currently being sold under her old one. Go figure.
RUMOUR CUBES – Hiyat [starts 55:47]
“Rumour Cubes are a London-based six-piece who fuse violin and viola with guitars, electronics and visual media to create extraordinary cinematic soundscapes. In 2013 they played at Glastonbury, Southend and Truck festivals alongside Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly). The band release their second album Appearances of Collections on August 18th, shortly before performing on the main stage at ArcTanGent Festival.” For more details see their website.
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