This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by VENKMAN, ANDY BENN, HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE, JELLYHALO, KING CAPISCE, BLOOMS, BROKEN MEN, KHALID AL KHAJAH, VIOLA DUST, HOT FICTION, LOU’S SWEET HARMONY, VIN WHYTE, RAT BOY, A BAND CALLED QUINN, FIREPROOF GIANT and MIKE WILLIAMS.
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 information about the music provided by the artists themselves. 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 3rd August (technically 2am on Monday, 4th August 2014…)
VENKMAN – Martial Law [starts 00:17]
If a band named after the best rat on the planet named after a character played by the best man on the planet doesn’t sound appealing to you, then we’re not sure how else to grab your attention. Venkman are a five-piece from Litchfield, who mix rocking percussion with melodic vocals to make funked up music you just have to dance to.
ANDY BENN – Thunder [starts 03:43]
My name is Andy Benn and I am a solo artist playing what could be described as indie/acoustic. Born in Hull but spent most my years In Glasgow before moving to Manchester. Having previously only submitted demos to Soundcloud I have just completed my first 4 track EP which is self released and available now on iTunes,spottify etc.
HEROES OF POPULAR SCIENCE – Tiger In The Hall [starts 06:45]
Heroes of Popular Science is the synth-pop project of John Chambers and Nick Worrall. They write and record songs about love, life and science, out of a living room in Peckham. Their debut EP Catastrophe came out August 2013, and is available via Bandcamp.
JELLYHALO – Zombie [starts 10:25]
“We’re Jelly-Halo ! We’re a band of five muso-rapping-rocky-funkmasters fronted by the shocking vocal talents of hardcore singer-witch-diva Dasha ! She’d sooner set you on fire than ‘put a cap in your ass’… Nikita, our guitarist, was the most famous guitarist in his native Ukraine before he jumped ship and flew to Europe just as his compatriots started getting out of line. Marco has not only been a wizard on the drums since the day he was born but is also a dab hand at suturing wounds and giving first aid…. He’s been a handy guy to have around at some of our more dangerous venues ! Owen can’t hold his drink – and nobody knows the name of the other guy in our band because no-one dares to ask. We are a gang of dogs whose sole mission is to bite you into a corner !”
KING CAPISCE – Shake The Dust [starts 14:44]
King Capisce are Tom Ashfield (Drums), Roshan Lal (Bass), Tim Feben (Guitar), Alex Baker (Sax), and Richard Harrison (Sax). In 2010 they released their debut album ‘King Capisce’ which established them as an exciting cross-genre talent, fusing jazz with other influences to create a sound that is unmistakably their own. They followed this in 2011 with their single ‘If Not Now, Then When?’ Capisce make music that is lyrical as well as sometimes dissonant, direct yet sometimes elaborate. In their time they have supported Polar Bear, Led Bib, Red Snapper and GoGo Penguin. Their new record is called ‘The Future Cannot Be Born Yet, It Is Waiting For The Past To Die’.
BLOOMS – If I [starts 19:53]
The music project of Louise Cunnane.
BROKEN MEN – Chorus Girl [starts 23:41]
“Liverpool based Broken Men have packed a decade worth of momentum into their first year. Championed by BBC introducing, BBC6 Music and cast on stage alongside giants such as Zane Lowe, Alt-J & Professor Green to name a few as well as a successful trip into europe under their belt, Broken Men made a bulldozers impact throughout 2013 and don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon after doubling the line up in size taking them from five piece to ten piece as the talented Natalie McCool joins the band on stage alongside Jodie Mellor (Backing) and a brass section made of the cities finest. They produce a live show soaked in passion, sweat, energy and pure finesse that wouldn’t look out of place in arenas and festivals across the globe, something not to be missed.”
KHALID AL KHAJAH – Passengers [starts 26:59]
“My name is Khalid. I’m a 23-year-old Bahraini singer/songwriter/producer based in Edinburgh, where I have lived for about 5 years. Before this, I lived in Bahrain for 18 years. I am doing a masters degree in Law and Chinese at Edinburgh University, and am currently on a semester abroad in Shanghai. I have performed as a jazz vocalist at Edinburgh’s famous Jazz Bar with the Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra (EUJO) for a couple of years now, but jazz isn’t where my musical interests lie most. In terms of my musical interests and influences, I love dark soul and funk music from the 70s, the 80s discographies of Prince and Janet Jackson, 90s neo-soul music from Lewis Taylor and D’Angelo and the 00s pop and hip-hop productions of Timbaland, Kanye West and the Neptunes. I have been producing music since I was 16. I am currently working on a self-produced EP and will release more music soon.”
VIOLA DUST – The Big Hop [starts 31:01]
Formed in March 2014, Viola Dust are a 5 piece POP/R&B group from Newry in Northern Ireland. Influenced by the Beatles, Beyonce, birthdays and big beats, they have just exited the recording studio. You can read some nice blogs features on the band here http://hypem.com/search/viola%20dust/1/ They will be touring Ireland and the UK in EARLY September and will release their debut EP later in the year.
HOT FICTION – You’re Not Alone [starts 33:49]
Simon Miller, Andrew Yeoh. The 9th song on Apply Within, Hot Fiction’s second album. Originally conceived as a song that Andy, Hot Fiction’s singer and drummer, could perform if(when) Simon broke a guitar string, this song developed into have an intense drone, reminiscent of a ship passing in the far distance… Hot Fiction is a Rock band based in London/Bristol. They have just released their second album ‘Apply Within’ . They released their debut album ‘Dark Room’ in 2010. Simon provides all of the hip-shaking and foot-shuffling that Hot Fiction’s music demands, while Andy’s deep blues vocals ride atop a crashing wave of thunderous drumming. The result is riff-based garage soul music. It creates the same blood-in-the-guts feeling that the best blues music does, but has a charm and atmosphere all of its own
LOU’S SWEET HARMONY – Girly [starts 36:46]
Lou’s Sweet Harmony is my secret hobby project…..by day I’m a mum and housewife… but at night I slip into my sequin dress and sit with my headphones on in a darkened room..making this music with my computer…..No-one knows I make these songs. These little secret songs are just between you and me !…hope you like them as much as I did making them.
VIN WHYTE – The Philistines Await You [starts 40:14]
Vin Whyte is a 21 year old singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Telford. His music is a unique and upbeat blend of jangle pop, electronica and indie rock – combining infectious melodies with lyrics that reflect Vin’s pithy yet wondrous outlook on the modern world.
RAT BOY – Sportswear [starts 43:13]
Rat Boy is 18 year old Solo Musician Jordan Cardy recording A blend of British Hip Hop & Indie Guitars from his Bedroom Recording Set up. Rat Boy was started In early February of this year and a Mixtape of 5 original Tracks was Released on Easter Monday. Since the release Rat Boy has started to gain interest earning himself Radio Plays on XFM and Amazing Radio and A live Acoustic set on Earls Colne radio. Rat Boy is currently working on his Debut E.P which he aims to Release around October of this year.
A BAND CALLED QUINN – You Know The Right People [starts 46:25]
Bored with playing straight ahead gigs, Glasgow based art-pop quartet, A Band Called Quinn, decided to do whatever the hell they like & are currently playing live in a multimedia show at the Edinburgh Fringe featuring a giant white rabbit. Based on singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn’s real life experiences of the music industry, the story is told through song, screen & silent disco headsets worn by the audience. You can see Biding Time (remix) in the Dissection Hall (!) at Summerhall at 10:20pm from this Tuesday 5th – 23rd of August.
FIREPROOF GIANT – Pandora [starts 50:33]
Fireproof Giant are a four piece Pop-rock/Folkstep band from Cardiff. They began with front man, Gareth Jones, who was writing and performing with Nofit State Circus, collaborating with numerous musicians from a variety of cultures globally. After touring with the circus and live theatre for 6 years the group decided to leave and pursue their musical ambitions producing raw, original and sincere pieces. Fireproof Giant have a refreshing, poignant sound with honest lyrical and musical influences.
MIKE WILLIAMS – Leaving Madrid (in Winter) [starts 55:11]
Mike was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied Viola and Composition, developing an interest in electronic and experimental music. He was involved in the avant-garde / free jazz scene for a while but now works out of his studio on the Isle of Wight mainly in electronic music. His album Snow Breath was released in January and an EP, The Seasons of Love, in April.
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