This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by GOLDEN FABLE, SIFU HOTMAN, SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY, ELLIE MAKES MUSIC, CULTURAL OTHER, LUK, ECHOTAPE, TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN, EINAR STRAY ORCHESTRA, CLEFT!, JOSEPHINE & THE ARTIZANS, THE MATINÉE IDLES, RAPTUSOUND, TROJAN HORSE, QUIET AS A MOUSE and SENSADARK.
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 28th Sept (technically 2am on Monday, 29th Sept 2014…)
GOLDEN FABLE – Armour [starts 0:17]
Golden Fable are Rebecca Palin, Tim McIver and Jack McCarthy. Hailing from the foothills of mountainous north Wales, Golden Fable compose their music within its abundant, richly varied landscape. Pairing these organic influences with modern instrumentation, debut album Star Map, released in 2012, was constructed from electronic beats, synths and processed effects alongside guitars, pianos and strings. Twelve months of writing and evolving followed, and the band resurfaced from their creative retreat with second album, Ancient Blue. Recorded with David Wrench (Bat For Lashes, Caribou) and Jimmy Robertson (Anna Calvi) in Snowdonia, Ancient Blue is impassioned, intense and bolder than its predecessor. It is both strident and intimate, reflecting the intrinsic connection between human forces and natural forces.
SIFU HOTMAN – Matches [starts 4:00]
Sifu Hotman is sharp, uptempo hip hop from MCs Guante (two-time National Poetry Slam champion) & deM atlaS (newest signee to Rhymesayers Entertainment) and producer Rube. Their new project Embrace The Sun is a mix of traditionalist rhyme acrobatics and thoughtful knowledge-dropping sure to get any hip hop head nodding.
SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY –
Speed Date Yr Way To Fame [starts 08:02]
Sweet Deals On Surgery was a song by Burning Airlines and before that a song by Kerosene 454. After asking J Robbins if it was OK to use the name and having the D.C demigod gladly bequeath, it is now a band of three men from the north of England who play catchy/shouty/indie/punk and drink too much. Alec Splatt (Bass/Voice), Robot Alien (Guitar/Voice) and Timble D (Drums) have just released their debut E.P Total Reek Hole. With song titles such as Elvis Costello is a wanker and Desk From The Waist Down it’s safe to say SDOS don’t take themselves too seriously. Make no mistake though, the songs contained within these titles are well crafted, melodic, instantly catchy noise pop, with structures that veer a little from the norm.
ELLIE MAKES MUSIC – I Pray [starts 10:18]
Ellie Makes Music, a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Cardiff, writes songs that are stories from the frontline of teenage life and has been described as sounding like a “Welsh Taylor Swift” or “Laura Marling’s younger sister”. Following her first ever gig at Swn Festival in 2009, Ellie has gone on to support artists such as Lucy Rose, Samantha Crain and Paper Aeroplanes, as well as performing at the House of Commons at a Radio 2 Folk Event. Her music has been supported by Steve Lamacq and Huey Morgan. She is currently recording new music, aiming to release her next single before the end of 2014.
CULTURAL OTHER – When The Storm Breaks [starts 13:26]
Cultural Other is a Guildford based group on a musical mission with a simple objective; to deliver powerful, hard hitting rock music which will excite, entertain and be recognised in its own right, both in the studio and through exhilarating live performances. Our “secret weapon” lies in the cultural makeups of each band member as we all openly embrace cultural diversity within our musical styles and daily lives. Drummer Kuba Mleczko’s Polish-American roots, guitarist Andrea Venerus’s hot-blooded Mediterranean flare and bassist James Campbell’s Hispanic temperament accentuates the band’s distinctive musical ideologies, with lyrics in not only English, but also Spanish, Italian and Polish. Our debut EP, Can’t Explain The Tide is released on 14th November. In the meantime, we are filming the video for When The Storm Breaks. Shows: Oxjam Chiswick (Oct 11) , The Hobgoblin in Staines (Oct 18) and the EP launch night at The Mambo Bar in Guildford (Nov 14).
LUK – Koi [starts 18:17]
I’m Luk, your not so typical valleys born lyricist, forever finding ways to feed the creative beast that parties in my head. Having never pursued music academically (always using visual arts as a creative outlet) it’s always been something of guilty pleasure for me, not being able to read or play an instrument would forever frustrate me, as music is natural for the son of a man that seemed to play every instrument under the sun, every waking second of the day. Finally, having grown some balls! I posted a bedroom effort of mine on the internet for the world to see: Menace (2011) birthed a response!, confirming my suspicions that making music could well be more than just a hobby for me. So like the music I so easily dished out, the musician behind it all was also, not so typical. Now having grown up a little more, my journey is evident, my sound is taking shape and I’m confident enough to hang around for whoever wants to hear me “rhyme around a beat” lol but yep, my “journey” into this hobby of mine is becoming more of an epic adventure these days! LOVE IT!
ECHOTAPE – Whiskey Bar [starts 22:26]
Echotape are 4 lads from Wallop, Hampshire, who live together in their band flat creating music to enjoy yourselves and have fun to. They’re on a mission to get their music heard from all corners of the globe, They’ve played from Hollywood to Hollyhead, Moscow to Madrid.. even off to play Mumbai in December. Their previous single We Should Feel Like We Are In Love’racked up over 100,000 plays on Soundcloud and their infectious new single Whiskey Bar is well on its way to repeating that feat. It’ll make you lose your inhibitions and join the party!
TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN – Stina [starts 26:06]
Tijuana & Stuart Robin have released two EPs in the past year (Mini-Crisis and Weekends & Evenings) which are both available on bandcamp for free. Tijuana is currently working on his full length album for Cut La Roc’s Rocstar label which will include various artists (as well as a couple of Stuart Robin tracks). We are always looking for vocalists for tracks who can contact us through the soundcloud page. The Tijuana live band mark 2 is currently being put together and Stuart Robin can also be seen acoustically around London.
EINAR STRAY ORCHESTRA – Pockets Full Of Holes [starts 29:08]
While growing up is one of its main themes, this second single to be taken from the Einar Stray Orchestra album Pockets Full of Holes (out Oct 13) has a darker edge that considers the peak of youth and happiness set alongside breathtaking layering and intense instrumentation. The record is produced by Hasse Rosbach and mixed by Nick Terry (Libertines / Klaxons / Serena Maneesh). Since the release of their debut album, the band have been successfully building a loyal fan base right across Europe whilst gaining recognition as one of a new breed of excellent nordic bands championed by the likes of Reeperbahn, JaJaJa and Iceland Airwaves. They’re heading to UK shores as part of a 29 date European tour to play in London on October 6th.
CLEFT! – Onan’s Boulder [starts 32:29]
Cleft are two blokes who really should know better by now. Describing themselves as playing “turbo-prog” for a laugh when they first formed in late 2011, the odd genre title now seems to have stuck. After releasing two EPs in 2012, they loaded their gear into the back of a petulant automobile and toured around the UK, surviving on service station coffee and houmous alone. When this ran out, they started working furiously on their debut album BOSH!, which they describe as “slightly better than a kick in the face” and was released in February 2014. Due to a lack of attention span from too much sugar, Cleft released a 6-track live EP in July 2014 and a further double A side featuring Onan’s Boulder in August 2014 – all the profits from this release are donated to the CLAPA charity. Dates: Roadhouse, Manchester (Oct 5); Brixton Windmill, Brixton (Oct 23); Bleach, Brighton (Oct 24); Stag & Hounds, Bristol (Oct 25); Flapper, Birmingham (Oct 26); Wharf Chambers, Leeds ( Oct 28).
JOSEPHINE & THE ARTIZANS – Carpe Diem [starts 37:23]
Josephine And The Artizans are a London based Hip-Hopera band. The group blend Classical music with Hip-Hop and Rock to create a unique, fresh and innovative sound. Classically trained Josephine was growing increasingly tired of the cultural gap between the pop-scene and classical world so she decided to create something which is neither classical or commercial, but a blend of both.
THE MATINÉE IDLES – Someone, Somewhere [starts 40:43]
The Matinée Idles (the project of Kevin Barry), began in Dublin after he released his debut album Looking for Murphy. The band name came from his love of film and the sound is lyrically dark, atmospheric and cinematic. In April 2014 A Festival of Colours, his second album, was released on his own record label 4 cats the bird & the baby. Kevin’s music is included in Academy Award-winning films Brokeback Mountain, The Blind Side and A Beautiful Mind; and in Emmy-winning shows Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, Damages and House.
RAPTUSOUND – Northern Soul [starts 43:51]
Raptusound are an electronica-rock band, three musicians who combine beautiful electronica with poundingly powerful rock – they are the fruit of Muse and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ loins. Tom Robinson and BBC 6 Music have picked up two of the band’s songs so far, and having toured the UK in autumn 2013 (as well playing shows in Germany and Holland), the band have been working with producers Ken Reay (Sony/Junior) and Paul Durrant (Manic Street Preachers/ Super Furry Animals) to develop their sound further throughout 2014. The band have been writing new material and will be in the studio in the coming weeks and playing live in the autumn.
TROJAN HORSE – Jurapsyche Park [starts 47:09]
“Imagine the royal variety performance, except this time we behead the royal fuckers a la 1789, live on stage, to a soundtrack of Yes, King Crimson, Black Sabbath/Flag, QOTSA, Blur, Supergrass, XTC, Futureheads, Converge and Mastodon.” say Trojan Horse. “Very weird, very noisy and vewy vewy quwiet. The band are due to release their second album World Turned Upside Down through Bad Elephant Music on 13th October. Jurapsyche Park is the lead track. After the hearing the album, the band were personally requested to support both Jimi Goodwin (Doves) and The Fall. Their next single Meateater will be coming out on 27th October. Trojan Horse are embarking on a European tour in October stopping off on 8th October – Manchester, Soup Kitchen for their album launch and in support of Tall Ships, also 16th October – Black Heart, Camden.”
QUIET AS A MOUSE – British Flag [starts 51:34]
British Flag is the lead single from Quiet as a Mouse‘s debut EP of the same name, which was released in August and available to buy via iTunes. The EP was engineered and mixed by Liam Watson (The White Stripes) at Toerag Studios and mastered by Noel Summerville (The Clash & Aphex Twin). The band have supported have supported The Orwells, Palma Violets, The Crookes & Coasts.
SENSADARK – Desolation (Dark Club Mix) [starts 55:15]
“Influenced by the deep, rhythmic basslines from 80s House and Techno beats, I love dark and atmospheric sounds…” says Sensadark “…combined with the sweeter synths in modern Progressive House tracks. I used to be a Club DJ in my very distant past but now I enjoy producing in my spare time. I try to produce tunes with great groove that leave you with goosebumps :)
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