This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THE TIFFANIES, CHLOË MARCH, MY PLEASURE, MATTHEW FALLOON, HAZEL IRIS, LUXO JR., ENLIGHTENMENTL, LYON & LOWE, THE PAPER PROJECT, HENTAI BABIES, JO BYWATER, JIMMY PINCH, DEAR PARIAH, GLASS ANKLE, ISLAND FOX and SOL TRAX.
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 – and if your music is in thie week’s mixtape please see the important warning at the bottom of this page. These are the listings for the episode broadcast overnight on Sunday 26th oct (technically 2am on Monday, 27th Oct 2014…)
THE TIFFANIES – All I Wanna Do [starts 00:17]
The Tiffanies is an indierocksynthpop duo comprising Alexis Carr and Andrew M Pisanu. Having spent a year writing and rehearsing in a filthy studio in Acton they have since unleashed their alt-pop anthems onto the world. The debut was at London’s Water Rats Theatre in October 2014 and further shows are to be announced soon. The band’s manifesto is simple: if it can’t be chanted by drunk teenage girls at a festival then it doesn’t go in. Simple.
CHLOË MARCH – Winter Deep [starts 04:03]
Winter Deep was written on a Midsummer day, walking by the local canal. Fragments of an unusual peal of church bells were blowing around in the (cold) wind and these snippets of circling melody inspired the vocal line. This is the single from Chloë March’s album Nights Bright Days. After many years as a DIY artist, Chloë recently signed with the Indie label Hidden Shoal who are re-releasing the album this November 4th along with an EP of six new songs. Nights Bright Days embraces elements of jazz, classical, dreampop and folk and features guest musicians on bass clarinet, soprano sax, French horn and, in this song, guitar, played by Tommy Ashby. Chloë’s background also includes composing scores for theatre and dance and playing keyboards with Cousteau.
MY PLEASURE – Living With You [starts 07:33]
My Pleasure is an experimental pop solo project, born and bred in Hull, the new City of Culture. Influences include LCD Soundsystem, Ty Segall and The Fall.
MATTHEW FALLOON – Lay In Your Arms [starts 10:14]
Matthew Falloon is a Kent-born singer songwriter influenced by Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Edgar Winter and Marvin Gaye. Matthew has recently finished recording a solo album called Do No Harm at Vale Studios in Worcestershire, and he is currently lining up gigs and festivals for next year. Working towards the release of Do No Harm on his own Standard Light label in 2015, Matthew has released Lay In Your Arms as the first single, with more tracks planned for release before the end of the year. Lay In Your Arms was a top recommended song on the Amazing Tunes website in October.
HAZEL IRIS – Bring Out Your Dead [starts 12:54]
Hazel Iris was born and raised on the central coast of California. Having started as a music major in college, she went on to train as an opera singer in Germany. After completing her studies and gaining experience on the classical stage, she moved to London where she fell in love with the unique history of the city and began to create her own sounds. As a singer-songwriter she has been heavily and happily influenced by many differing musical genres. She is extremely excited about an upcoming EP which is currently under production.
LUXO JR. – Another Working Day [starts 14:49]
Luxo Jr have been going just under 6 months, and their time in the studio is starting to pay off. The band hail from the University of York, and combine electro-pop with folk and blues elements. Founders Laurence Morgan and Tom Ford wrote Another Working Day as a follow-up to their first single Nightclubbing, which was featured on the Mixtape on June 9th 2014. The lyrics of Another Working Day tell a very different tale to that of Nightclubbing, with “Look up, don’t cry from a dusty dawn” showing off the darker side of Luxo Jr. Drummer Nick Upton and bassist Mike Sumner’s more recent contributions have helped make Luxo Jr a fuller and more variable band. Luxo Jr have at least 5 more songs currently in construction, with a look towards creating a brand new EP.
ENLIGHTENMENTL – Arabian Acid [starts 18:15]
Enlighenmentl is a 25 year old Bedroom Musician. Enligthenmentl tries to replicate the noises heard in his head and make songs out of them. Enligthenmentl is a tall creature than can be seen huddled around small glowing screen, nodding its head to hypnotic beats and synthesised waveforms. Enlightenmentl writes and produces his tracks single-handedly. Mostly erring on the side of techno, with brief forays in dubstep and drum n bass. Biggest influences are Detroit Techno, Chicago House, Boys Noize, Trent Reznor, Orbital and Underworld. Arabian Acid is the lead track from his upcoming eponymous self-produced album, Enlightenmentl. It’s been described as “almost too minimalist” “crunchy and driving” “moderately chill” and “a track” by people on the internet.
LYON & LOWE – Some People [starts 22:06]
The Future pop-providers from both sides of the Alantic Lyon & Lowe continue to blend their minds and are stepping up the pace to finish their yet untitled début LP for the new year
THE PAPER PROJECT – Speed Of Light (Part 1) [starts 26:56]
The Paper Project is a musical side project from northern Songwriter/Producer Gavin Loughlin who is based in Skipton and Leeds. This track is one part of a larger work of electronic instrumental music, due for release in January 2015, which experiments with western harmony and unusual time signatures to create an electro-classical timbre. The release will be accompanied by a one-off live performance of the full piece at a secret location. The Speed of Light can be downloaded from The Paper Project Bandcamp.
HENTAI BABIES – Canary Into The Cave [starts 30:25]
Hentai Babies is a duo from the Isle Of Wight – a pop/rock/verse/Cchorus sorta thing. Paul on vocals/guitar/beats. Bianca on bass with influences ranging from Manic Street Preachers and Weezer to Madonna and Michael Jackson. New music uploaded each month or so, released on our soundcloud and bandcamp. And updates on gigs and such on our Facebook and Twitter.
JO BYWATER – Sun Shines Underwater [starts 33:10]
Jo Bywater has been establishing her place in UK Blues/Americana/ Folk & Roots music for the last few years. Her latest EP, Chasing Tales, is described as “delicious, laid back folk-tinged Americana” and “unorthodox, uncompromising, simply brilliant”. It was voted winner of FATEA Awards Best EP/Mini Album/Single of 2013. Jo has spent 2014 touring the material from the EP, getting involved in various collaborations and also writing new material for her next release, planned for the end of 2015.
JIMMY PINCH – Magus [starts 37:52]
DJ, engineer, and guitar builder Jimmy Pinch cut his teeth in working men’s clubs in the North East – later becoming a session guitarist in London in the early noughties – most notably for Saint Etienne. His epic double album Jimmy Pinch’s Arcana is a musical interpretation of the 22 trump cards of the Tarot and was recorded in a remote bunkhouse on Dartmoor on a shoestring budget during the coldest weeks of the year (when the bunkhouse was too cold for ramblers!). The record has spawned two offshoot single albums; Arcana Blue and Arcana Red. Jimmy is currently rehearsing a band to perform the Arcana live, and also planning to record new material with drummer Wild Bob Burgos. Arcana Blue is due shortly on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc .
DEAR PARIAH – Engulf [starts 41:47]
Dear Pariah is the moniker for London based artist Charlotte Hinchcliff, a 25 year old British singer-songwriter and arranger. With an ever-evolving band of 7 consisting of vocals, guitar, drums and strings, she creates soaring soundscapes through her arrangements. Her voice holds the weight of an old soul on young shoulders, with a distinctive sound that demands your attention. In May this year she won the Emerging Music Competition on Amazing Radio and has also received an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK. Her second EP, co-produced by Brett Shaw (Daughter, Florence & The Machine) was released on 1st October 2014, with the financial help of fans through Pledge.
GLASS ANKLE – Unlike You [starts 45:37]
Glass Ankle is an Indie/Alternative Pop band from Manchester and Cheshire. The band is led by Songwriter/Producer Greg Jackson. Teaming up with some musician friends to form Glass Ankle has resulted in a sound that encompasses soaring melodies, impeccable boy-girl harmonies, oozing guitar and synth passages and subtle experimentalism. Unlike You is the latest song taken from the EP Fragments which was self-released in April. It is a luscious yet bleak piece of music which reflects upon a mistake to the point of obsession. The accompanying video was created by photographer Steve Glashier, who in the past has also produced videos for Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream and Juliette Lewis. They play Band on the Wall in Manchester as part of Acoustic Bhuna on Nov 9.
ISLAND FOX – Things I’ve Seen [starts 49:40]
The mysterious Island Fox is the brainchild of recent Cambridge-to-London musician Jess Bartlet. Jess works with a variety of different producers aiming to create an organic and unique sound, with an emphasis on lyrical content. Rumblings of an EP, Eclipse, began earlier in 2014, with creative inspiration from a variety of places such as surfing, science and nature.
SOL TRAX – It Felt Good Then It Stopped [starts 55:31]
Sol Trax is the solo venture of Tom Dixon, ex-guitarist with Bristol-based band Mayans. Although producing music for many years prior to Sol Trax, this is the first time a body of work has been finished with a view to playing it live and releasing it. This project aims to incorporate many disparate and more dance-orientated influences, namely dub, techno and jazz. This is the first track previewed from Tom’s debut album which is being finished this winter with producer Dazez and will be out early next year with the first live dates to follow.
ARTISTS: Important Warning…
At least one PR company sends out an identical email to every single artist who appears on The BBC Introducing Mixtape. Typically it says:
“Heard YOURNAMEHERE on BANDCAMP/SOUNDCLOUD/YOUTUBE and thought THEIR/HER/YOUR tracks sounded great. If you have any Album or Single releases coming up that you need Press / Radio / Online promotion for please let us know, and we will be happy to submit a promotional proposal. We have an eclectic team and work with INDIE / ALTERNATIVE / ELECTRONIC / LEFTFIELD / POP & URBAN releases.”
Please be aware you’re NOT receiving this proposal because the company think you in particular “sound great”: everyone else on the mixtape gets an identical proposal, every week. The usual email goes on to state that “PREVIOUS CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED…” and list a lot of big international names from the late 90s and mid-noughties. The Radio Plugging section of that particular company’s website has the cheek to list BBC 6 Music and Radio 1 as “proud associates”. The BBC is emphatically not the “associate” of any promotion company – proud or otherwise.