This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by A.P.A.T.T, ABSORB, ADAM FRENCH, ANTIX, CELLARSCAPE, CHIMPSHED AD, EKKAH, HATTIE BRIGGS, HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE, JARED RICHTER BAND, KERMES, KIDS ON BRIDGES, LUKAS CRESWELL-ROST, SHAMBLES IN A HUSK, THE DASH and THE IDLE STATUES.
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 7th Sept (technically 2am on Monday, 8th Sept 2014…)
THE DASH – Love Will Always Be The End [starts 00:17]
“Love Will Always Be The End is the new single from London sleaze punk quartet The Dash due out on 13th October 2014 via Tin Pan Recordings. Touted as the long awaited British riposte to The Ramones, Stooges and New York Dolls, The Dash are notorious for leaving the stage in a storm of broken bones, hearts and guitars. Fronted by frontmen Marc Hayward and Gavin Molloy the band have recently supported Babyshambles, headlined at Iggyfest at The ICA, played chaotic underground parties in Europe, fronted their own packed-out residencies in London and even found time to star in a fragrance commercial in Berlin!” Their next London show is this Wednesday (Sep 10) at The Black Heart in Camden, at 10pm.
THE IDLE STATUES – Go [starts 03:43]
“The Idle Statues are a genre-crushing duo based in Shropshire. Formed in 2013, they invite you into their coliseum of ‘Divide-And-Conquer’ pop, where music, video and on-stage theatrics are the weapons of choice. Presiding over events are the band’s signature sung-rapped vocals and their all-heart, zero-budget approach to writing hits. Gigs this year have included a live set on BBC Radio Shropshire and slots at OsFest and the South Gloucestershire Show. The debut album Classicus is scheduled for release in 2015. If you live life like a mix tape then let The Idle Statues be your soundtrack!”
A.P.A.T.T – Just Because [starts 08:09]
“a.P.A.t.T. have been baffling audiences for nearly ten years now,” says the band’s evil mastermind General MIDI, “stretching the constraints of what a musician is expected to be whilst constantly pushing their practice into new uncharted areas. Sounding like no-one yet reminding you of everything… sometimes at the same time. Your favourite mixtape etc! Live shows can have members swapping instruments, 5 part harmonies, fat glitch beats with grind-core overtones, contemporary classical throw-way’s and all out POP. The band have just finished a series of Art Installations combining motion-tracking, projection-mapping and multi-sound-source musical compositions. They’ve recently played 35 shows all over Europe with Secret Chiefs 3 (Mr Bungle , Faith No More) and are are currently recording new material to be released on the UK’s favourite oddball label Pickled Egg. The band have just released this single Just Because along with their long awaited low budget art film ‘a.P.A.t.T. The Movie’…both of which are available for streaming and rental online via their website.”
KERMES – Secret Histories [starts 12:03]
From DEAN JACKSON
“Since early 2013 Kermes has been the artist name of Leicester musician and producer Will Teece. The recording project was born of various frustrations, subsequently growing in scope and ambition into what it is today: stacked vocal harmonies atop washes of acoustic and electric guitar. All of which in turns are heavily processed and totally naked, carrying lyrics of self-assessment / deprecation / help. Will draws inspiration from The National, Owen Pallet, St Vincent, Bon Iver, and Talking Heads – and comparisons to the likes of Antony & The Johnsons. Secret Histories comes from the new selfreleased Kermes LP All You Say and has been supported by Dean Jackson at BBC Introducing In The East Midlands. The album is available to download at the price of your choosing via Bandcamp and more music – in the form of a new EP – will arrive next month.”
SHAMBLES IN A HUSK – Medications [starts 14:38]
“Shambles in a Husk formed in late 2013, united by a love of face-melting, tendon-tearing riffs and the shared desire for a touring lifestyle. The band have since toured the UK and performed on the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds festivals. Their debut EP Die, Device, Die is due for release in October. With more UK and European tour dates due before the end of the band’s first year, Shambles In A Husk are giving you every opportunity to catch their fierce brand of mathy post-hardcore in the flesh”.
KIDS ON BRIDGES – Bankers To Feed [starts 16:59]
“Liverpool’s Kids on Bridges release One For The People with their new single Bankers To Feed. Its statement of discontent with the powerful money men of today is wrapped up in a sizzling synth-pop firecracker of a single. Their earlier single Walls doubled up as Wall Of Sound’s 20th anniversary theme tune. These singles will be followed by the release of their new album Kidology on October 11th which includes contributions from Dr John, Chemical Brothers producer Steve Dub, New Orleans funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste and BAFTA award winner Peep Show actor Jim Howick.”
HATTIE BRIGGS – Old Eyes [starts 19:54]
“Hattie Briggs is a 21 year-old singer/songwriter and Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014. She released her debut EP, “My Shepherd’s Hut” in November 2013, and reached number 19 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart in February with her debut single Pull Me Down. Hattie supported Seth Lakeman at this year’s Monmouth festival and played her first BBC introducing stage at Wychwood Festival. Old Eyes is a semi-finalist in this year’s UK Songwriting Contest and the first single to be released ahead of her newly-recorded debut album.”
ABSORB – Hold On feat. Red Savva [starts 23:13]
“Absorb is an artist from County Durham focusing his time mainly on grime and dubstep. He’s always on the lookout for big basslines which are guaranteed to screw your face up to complement his (at times) unpredictable flow and purposeful/aggressive delivery. With support so far from Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music, BBC Newcastle and Rinse FM, Absorb is currently working on an EP with a number of tracks to be released as standalone singles (with accompanying videos) from that body of work. The first of these will be this drum and bass-influenced track Hold On (produced by Anton F) which features Red’n’Pink’s Red Savva. While focusing on writing and recording, Absorb is gearing up to support grime heavyweight P Money at a gig in Durham this November. where he’ll be showcasing some brand new music from his forthcoming EP.”
LUKAS CRESWELL-ROST – Week Of Warmth [starts 26:35]
“Lukas Creswell-Rost is a musician and producer hailing from Leeds, UK, but currenty working in Berlin. His forthcoming album Go Dream is a deconstructed pop mix of shifting moods, earworm melodies, restless arrangements and dark humour. This full lenhgth release is due out on the 29th September on Plain Sailing Records. “
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE – Grown So Angry [starts 30:16]
Henry’s Funeral Shoe was formed by two brothers in 2008 from South Wales. Singer/guitarist Aled Clifford had been inspired by his father’s vinyl collection when growing up, while his younger brother Brennig started playing drums at nine. The brothers joined forces to create a debut album called Everything’s For Sale. In early 2013 the band were invited to take part in the legendary floating festivals The Kiss Kruise & Lynyrd Skynyrds Simple Man cruise. The band’s performances earned them a written testimonial “As the world’s leading headline music cruise festival promoter we get hundreds of quality bands applying to perform on our ships each year. This years surprise package was Henry’s Funeral Shoe. They are something to be discovered for sure.” 2014 sees the release of the bands brand new EP Comfortable Skin and extensive touring of UK, Europe and America. Don’t lose the rhythm!!
EKKAH – 7am (demo) [starts 34:08]
Hometown: UK Members: Rebecca & Rebekah. So now you know.
ADAM FRENCH – Ivory [starts 37:17]
Adam French is a 21 year-old songwriter from Congleton in Cheshire, now based in London. He’s a one man band, playing guitar, piano, bass & drums. He first got our attention in 2013 when he toured Africa. The tour contained shows across Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He caught the eye (and ear) of BBC Introducing from Stoke’s Rob Adcock, who has been a staunch supporter. Back on home soil, Adam played shows with Miles Kane, Pete Doherty and The Sunshine Underground, along with a handful of festival gigs. He’s currently working on new material with Ed Turner, and recently played the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds.
JARED RICHTER BAND – I Dream [starts 41:19]
“A collaboration of driven musicians with the aspiration to write and perform songs with catchy vocal melodies, addictive grooves and feel-good rhythms. It all began when a bunch of like minded musicians met for a casual jam on a sunday evening and had instant chemistry. Within an hour, they had the skeleton of a song. Immediately after; feeling inspired and optimistic about the direction they could go in, decided to begin recording the next day. This project became known as The Jared Richter Band. This 4 piece band is influenced by everything from funk, Motown and R&B to soul, jazz, rock and hiphop. They launch their debut EP Troubles at The Soundhouse venue at The Bull in Colchester this Friday (Sep 12).”
CELLARSCAPE – The Same Place [starts 44:29]
“Cellarscape is the music project of multi-instrumentalist Paul Terry, whose fifth album The Act Of Letting Go (2014) blends vocal harmonies, string sections, homemade samples/beats, pianos, and acoustic guitars. Its second single The Same Place is a duet with Dutch singer-songwriter Anneke van Giersbergen. The music video for The Same Place was written and directed by Paul Terry and features a handmade pop-up book, shadow puppets, and Super-8 cinematography. Cellarscape’s cinematic leanings echo Paul’s sideline in film scores. These include Raindance Festival award-nominated Emily (2013) starring Felicity Jones and Christopher Eccleston, recent award-winning chiller Care (2014), and 13-time award-winning werewolf tale The Furred Man. When Paul isn’t writing music, he writes books. He co-authored (with Tara Bennett) the official LOST Encyclopedia and Fringe: September’s Notebook for the hit Bad Robot TV shows.”
ANTIX – Breathless [starts 48:02]
“Antix is London-based hip hop artist Alex Nimier and this new download single Breathless is released today (Sep 8). This year has seen Antix enter the top 10 of the Music Week Urban Charts, as well as his inclusion in the MTV Brand New 2014 shortlist. The videos for singles Smile and Breathless collectively hold over 200K views on VEVO, where they saw their debuts before being featured with MUZU TV and SBTV also. Antix’s music has also seen regular support from the likes of Record of the Day, the Huffington Post and Spindle Magazine.”
CHIMPSHED AD – Mother Goose [starts 52:13]
“Chimpshed A.D. are John Hancock and Rich Peacock – a duo who have been have been hidden in an attic in the darkest depths of Dorset – and combine starry eyed synths with mercurial drums and guitars. This Summer saw the release of their free, self titled download album of genre-hopping songs producing true alternative results and building a bridge between analogue and digital.”
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