This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by COKETOWN POTBOILERS , GERAINT RHYS, HALF GHOST THIRD MACHINE, HURACHE, INGRID FROSLAND, KINGCAPISCE, LUKE LEIGHFIELD, MR HEAVEN, OLA SZMIDT, ONEGIRLONEBOY, P-TENTIAL, PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM, RiD, ROXANNE DE BASTION, THE AMERICAN PILOT, THE TOMORROWS, WILDERNESS HYMNAL and YELLOW CREATURES.
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 21st Sept (technically 2am on Monday, 22nd Sept 2014…)
LUKE LEIGHFIELD – Begin Again [starts 00:17]
2014 has been a busy one for Luke Leighfield. On January 1st he launched a Kickstarter to fund the recording of his new album in Cleveland, Ohio. This track is the first offering from the album, which he recorded in May with producer Jim Wirt (Jack’s Mannequin, Incubus). The end of 2014 will see the release of the album, followed by Luke touring Japan and China, with dates in the UK and Europe to be announced.
ONEGIRLONEBOY – Beautiful Mess [starts 04:08]
OneGirlOneBoy are an electronic duo formed in 2012, divided between Leeds and Nottingham. Having played Tramlines, Dot to Dot and Splendour Festival last year they released their first EP OneGirlOneBoy and are set to release the follow up Beautiful Mess on September 29th 2014. This 8 track EP is a melancholy voyage into love, loss and turmoil.
YELLOW CREATURES – Spinning Orange Catherine Peel [starts 07:24]
“Yellow Creatures are a brand-spanking-new Newcastle quartet who have emerged over the last year and a half to become purveyors of whip-smart, intelligent post-punk, whilst also looking forward into stranger, more surreal territory. The Year of Everything & Nothing EP is their latest release, spilling over the edge with hypnotic garage riffs, BBC Radiophonic Workshop style sound effects and haunting vocals. To complement the EP’s futuristic nature, artwork is taken from glass lantern slides of telescope mirror tests belonging to the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. The band will be hosting an EP launch gig at The Star & Shadow Cinema in Newcastle Upon-Tyne on Saturday 27th September with all ticket proceeds being donated to the independent cinema.”
P-TENTIAL – Il Be [starts 10:34]
“I’m a 28 year old rapper from Nottingham. I have been into making music since I was 12. I have always tried to get my music across in a way that people can relate to, talking about issues that I see with my eyes and people listen to with their ears and feel with their heart. I started with the art of freestyling and beatboxing, then took it to the next step when my missus allowed me to convert a coal outhouse into a home studio instead of a dog house. I realise I am no good at making beats but I can write and rap to many. I started using other peoples beats with their consent and my music is being more and more appriciated each week. If I can get 1 person to tap their foot or nod their head to my music then I am succeeding as a rap artist.”
GERAINT RHYS – Eternal Sunshine [starts 14:07]
Hailing from Swansea South Wales, Geraint Rhys is an up and coming artist with a lot to say. Merging his own social commentary with personal experience, his lyrics are poignant and powerful where his reflective approach to song writing touches upon subjects as diverse as politics, culture, power and history, to love, hate, lust and greed. Reggae, folk, rock and pop influences stream through his music where he mixes his messages with memorable melodies. This combined with a soulful and powerful voice has produced a serious artist who sounds like a mixture between Frank Turner, The Police and Jeff Buckley. His debut album All That is Left is Us is due for release in November 2014.
RiD – Smile [starts 16:01]
RiD are a garage rock band from Brighton, formed a year ago through a shared desire to play live music and slowly ruin our hearing by playing too loud at band practice. With a shared love of bands such as Devo, Hot Snakes and Michael Jackson, they spent a year rehearsing, telling everyone that they were honing their set, but in reality were too busy drinking. The video for Smile and an EP called Move Juice are coming out soon. In the near future they’ve got plans to get back in the studio to record new songs and to get out and about playing more shows around the UK.
WILDERNESS HYMNAL – Phosphor [starts 18:00]
Wilderness Hymnal is the experimental project of Manchester-based musician G.H.R. Leeming. Occupying the unlikely intersection between Tori Amos, Ulver and Dead Can Dance, here he deals in seething psychedelic drone, shape-shifting post-rock and eerie, apocalyptic piano music. Performing live in a variety of guises since 2011, G.H.R. has composed music for the BBC, undertaken vocal training with doom-folk alchemist Rose Kemp and Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), and performed with a diverse range of musicians, including Aidan Baker (Nadja), Charles Hayward and Kirsty McGee. His next Manchester show will be supporting U.S. psych-rock siren Jex Thoth at the Roadhouse on 7th October. The debut EP Transmutation is available to stream and download at Bandcamp.
ROXANNE DE BASTION – Seeing You [starts 22:13]
Roxanne de Bastion’s new EP Seeing You contains 4 tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he’s] ever heard”. Roxanne was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now.
PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM – Imperfections [starts 25:24]
Barney, Tom and Henri have been together for just over a year. They have been very lucky to have a rotating cast of amazing strings players who join them live and help them create the string infused folk pop that they hear in their heads. Last Christmas, their fledgling fan base helped them fund an EP through pledge music that hit its target in 2 days! Since then, they have been working with Gordon Mills jr (Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner) and Athlete’s Carey Willets has produced the last single, Imperfections (on itunes now!). We’ve been really gobsmacked by the audiences and had an amazing time playing to people at Bushstock, Weyfest, Feastival as well as being asked to support As Elephants Are on a few dates. We are back in the studio and hope to get another couple of tracks out by Christmas.
THE AMERICAN PILOT – Tomorrow [starts 28:17]
Birmingham based Anglo-American Alternative Pop band The American Pilot is 4 friends who know that the likelihood of Ted Dibiase pulling up in a limo outside their recording space in Blackheath and offering them a million dollar contract to play music and/or wrestle professionally is pretty slim. But Jen, Keith, Dan and Liam love making music together too much to not do it anyway and truly feel they have that special relationship that America and Britain’s politicians go on about so much. Tomorrow and Cheat Codes are available now at theamericanpilot.bandcamp.com .
COKETOWN POTBOILERS – Ard Timez (Charles Dickens mix) [starts 31:07]
Music for therapy, modern dance and short films supporting the Blue Mersey Music Collective
INGRID FROSLAND – Walking Backwards [starts 33:43]
Ingrid Frosland brings you music that walks from acoustic folk to upbeat Scandinavian pop. Whether it be led by fragile fingerpicking on the guitar or a not so gentle banjo groove, her music works to captivate your attention with honest and real words that travels down your spine, and melodies that underpin the importance of the lyrics. Ingrid is currently dividing her time between Liverpool and Norway, and her musical influences – varying from Marit Larsen and Thomas Dybdahl to Ellie Goulding and Mumford & Sons – are a result of her ambivalent relationship with what is home, which is a recurring theme in her songwriting. Over the last year, Ingrid and her band have toured Norway and played Liverpool Sound City 2013 and 2014, Musikkfest Oslo and the final of a Norwegian music award in Ålesund. The band will be appearing at HOPE Fest, a charity festival for the homeless of Liverpool, followed by another Norwegian tour.
HURACHE – Float Like The Cloud [starts 36:57]
Hurache, founded in Brixham, Devon in 2001 describe themselves as “a resolutely independent digital media entity that seeks to completely redefine what it takes to make music for a living in the 21st century”. However, they are not seeking a record deal or any kind of partnership with the big labels and in fact try to have as little as possible to do with them. They instead prefer to go directly to their fans to whom they have been selling Limited Edition CD copies of their albums. Their latest album, Voodoo, is available on iTunes.
HALF GHOST THIRD MACHINE – Stranger Than Fiction [starts 40:15]
Half Ghost Third Machine (HGTM) are an Electro-Punk-Rave duo hailing from the beautiful coastal city of Brighton. Their sound can only be described as up-tempo, bass-heavy, and raw.
HGTM has only one goal… to get the crowd buzzin’! Stranger Than Fiction is taken from HGTM’s debut EP IGNITE, which is out now via Bandcamp. Upcoming gigs: 10th October: The Cavendish Arms, Stockwell.
THE TOMORROWS – My Jelly Baby [starts 43:26]
Couple of oldies writing lovely music… We have only been together a few months, so we are still getting things going… An Indie/Rock band that grew from the deepest and darkest reaches of Dorset, left over by the primordial remnants of other bands….
OLA SZMIDT – Don’t Wake Me Up [starts 46:16]
Music is my wardrobe , dress I wear every day to evoke. Dedicating this to all mums who wish to sleep longer, people who are lonely, late night owls and those who fight for honeymoon to never pass <3 I'm working on a 2nd EP, Autumn, and two wonderful videomakers, Taylor Dolan and Tori Watson, are working on the video for my song I want to eat the moon. Finally, I'm going to collaborate soon with a dancer/choreographer - Emilia Robinson. I'm heading more towards jazz/medieval territories:-) MR HEAVEN – Song for Noah Vershan [starts 50:27]
Mr Heaven is songwriter-saxophonist who has been lucky enough to work with Benjamin Zephaniah and has gigged with jazz and funk groups all over, from London to Tokyo. Inspired by decades of playing and listening, he’s now hidden in the hills of Herefordshire, finding his own sound. This tune was written for and with his son. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.
KINGCAPISCE – Never Spoken [starts 53:54]
King Capisce make instrumental music. In 2010 their debut album King Capisce established them as an exciting cross-genre talent, fusing jazz with other influences to create a sound that is unmistakably their own. Capisce make music that is lyrical as well as sometimes dissonant, direct and sometimes elaborate. 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.
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