This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by LIFECYCLE, VINCENT BURKE, AZTECCORMORANT, PETE WEBBER, VENKMAN, LUNAR RESCUE, ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, STE MCCABE, OJERIME, CAPTAIN WILBERFORCE, A FOOL AND HIS MONEY, SOPHIE MORGAN, CARLINI, LIONFACE, CIARAN LAVERY, HELGHYER and WAUPLEY.
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 2nd Nov (technically 2am on Monday, 3rd Nov 2014…)
LIFECYCLE – The Big Picture [starts 0:17]
Lifecycle are a live electronic three-piece from East London, fusing breakbeats and psychedelia with hypnotic improvised digital manipulation. An 8-track LP titled Lino Cosmos was released on 27th October and can be downloaded via Bandcamp. Lifecycle are currently on tour playing shows in Liverpool, Sheffield, Salford and London in November/December – more info can be found on the band’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The Cyclers have a live psychedelic video for The Big Picture on Youtube which is definitely worth a look.
VINCENT BURKE – On Remembrance Day [starts 04:19]
“Britain’s 100 years of war: since 1914 Britain has been at war somewhere around the world every single year” writes Vincent Burke. “You may well have opposed some of these conflicts; the Church of England has supported every single one. Stand up for peace this Remembrance Day – how about a white poppy? Here’s a link to the video.” PS: Vincent also walks, talks and writes happy songs – you’ll find some of them on his Bandcamp page.
AZTECCORMORANT – In Serenades [starts 06:53]
AztecCormorant is an album and musical project by London-based composer/producer Matthew Gilbert Linley (who has released two albums as “Gilbert”). The music is an off-kilter sonic adventure, combining vintage synths and organs, colourful classical instruments, and the vocals of singer Maud Waret. Describing this track In Serenades, Matthew writes: “imagine Benjamin Britten was shipwrecked on a remote Javanese Island with an ARP synth…”
PETE WEBBER – Mercury [starts 10:17]
Pete Webber is a guitarist and songwriter from Bristol. He wrote the twelve songs that form his debut album in an abandoned and dilapidated mansion in the forest near Bristol, and teamed up with accomplished percussionist Jack Carver and bassist Billy Fuller (Robert Plant, Beak>, Portishead, Massive Attack) to record an album of dark, roots-tinged music. Pete and Jack have been performing for the last eight months as a live duo. Upcoming gigs: 7th Nov – Grain Barge, Bristol; 23rd Nov – Seven Stars, Bristol; 25th Nov – Songwriting Live at The Fringe, Bristol (solo set). Debut album Until The Water Runs Clean is released on 3rd November.
VENKMAN – Magnetic Spires [starts 13:09]
Midlands four-piece Venkman consist of James Sutton, Kate McQuaide, Tom Lindsey and Ali Harris. they released their debut single Martial Law last year, and have since appeared on BBC Radio in both England and Scotland. Alongside support from BBC Introducing, the band has caught the ears of several respected music blogs. This single, recorded at Far Heath Studios while the video by Damien Hyde can be seen here.
LUNAR RESCUE – Matriarch [starts 16:13]
Cardiff duo Lunar Rescue (Andrew Lawson & Benn Willis) have been writing together for the past year. Their first single Matriarch combines elements of folk and pop with epic cinematic atmospheres. Unlike the Commodore game from which the game derivatives (let’s be honest, it was a blatant space invaders rip-off), influences are subtly drawn from artists including Mazzy Star, Bird York, Stateless, and Oasis. Purely a studio band for now, the pair are working on an EP, due for release 2015.
ROBOCOBRA QUARTET – Artbook Flippin [starts 20:48]
With backgrounds in punk rock, jazz and hip-hop, Robocobra Quartet joined together in 2013 whilst studying at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast. Mining cultural influence both lyrically and musically, the group’s recordings and live shows feature spoken and barked vocals penetrating through re-arrangements and ‘acoustically sampled’ melodies from a spectrum of influences, ranging from Stravinsky symphonies to Colombian folk tunes and At The Drive-In melodies. Artbook Flipping is part of a series of 2-track digital singles, the third of which will be released in November 2014.
STE MCCABE – Fool [starts 23:27]
One-man art-punk underground cult singer Ste McCabe returns from a one year rest with a new album Brains of Britain. Neither “one of the lads” nor a stereotypical gay pop star, Ste crafts his own unique blend of minimal, politicised alt-pop. Brains of Britain blends punk rock, retro house, indiepop and dirty beats with caustic, sharp and often hilarious lyrics attacking pursed lips and tiny minds and can be heard and purchased on his Bandcamp page. Ste will shortly be touring across mainland Europe and plays Summerhall in Edinburgh on Friday Nov 21 and Hackney Picturehouse in London on Saturday Nov 22.
OJERIME – Turn You Off [starts 26:31]
21 year old Ojerime entered the scene with a trap refix of Drake’s Hold On (We’re Going Home) in 2013 highlighting her skills in composition. The track’s popularity resulted in her debut EP The Refixes gaining over 23K plays. In July she released Bad Ones, an alternative record of sultry vocals and reversed samples laid on a trap instrumental, which she describes as “euphoric trap” because of its “calming effect”.
CAPTAIN WILBERFORCE – Someone To Love [starts 28:25]
Fronted by Leeds-based singer/songwriter Simon Bristoll and using the talents of local musicians for recordings and live perfomances, Captain Wilberforce create instantly memorable melodies chock-full of hooks and harmonies, taking influence from the last 50 years of pop. Since the release of debut album Mindfilming in 2004, songs from the project have been used in various TV programmes on HBO, ITV and the Fashion Channel. The list of UK dates played by Captain Wilberforce includes the main stage at the Galtres Festival. Consisting of Si with Carl Banks, Dan Schofield and Chris Newiss, the band are in the process of recording two more EPs (co-produced by Mike Browne) that – with any luck and a prevailing wind – will be released with the Distance EP as an album in 2015.
A FOOL AND HIS MONEY – Psyck [starts 31:28]
A Fool and His Money is a 3-piece alternative rock band in their early 20s from the South Wales area. Formed from the long-time musical relationship between drummer Alistair Morgan and guitarist Michael Buffery, the band came into being when lead vocalist and bassist Greg Williams answered an advert in spring 2014. Over the course of a few months, the band wrote, rehearsed and recorded their first EP Machine Gun Artistry in Alistair’s garage, on a tiny budget with only four microphones. Taking in the ideals of classic rock bands of the 60s and 70s the recordings were done with no digital editing and as live as possible, allowing the sound of the band to come through instead of the sound of a computer. In the coming months the band will begin performing live sets in the Cardiff and West Midlands areas with the same passion and intensity as their recordings and will be looking to release more material in early 2015.
SOPHIE MORGAN – Wilderness [starts 34:53]
17-yr-old Sophie Morgan is a singer-songwriter from Widnes, Cheshire (between Manchester and Liverpool). After first tinkling the piano and discovering poetry books at age six, Sophie soon began combining the two and penning her first songs. Whilst on holiday in the summertime, Sophie would sneak into the closed hotel bar at midday and play their grand piano. On one of those mornings Sophie wrote Wilderness, detailing her complicated feelings of sometimes being a prisoner to her own bewildered mind. Now ending an exciting year with a string of gigs from October through to December, Sophie is not only playing across the northwest but is travelling down south to play a handful of London’s most intimate yet iconic venues.
CARLINI – Rive Gauche [starts 38:15]
“It’s eerie, jumpy, lo-fi electronic pop, sometimes gently veering into cinematic territory,” say Carlini of their sound. “Our influences? The Human League, Goldfrapp, Kraftwerk, Radiohead, Lemon Jelly, Gary Numan and various film soundtracks. We like to think we write catchy, sonically ear-grabbing tracks that you can shut the real world out with.” But with one half of Carlini currently kidnapped by a punk band, Rive Gauche is a solo-written track by the remaining Carlini: “Think 1971’s Vampyros Lesbos soundtrack meets Lemon Jelly as they discover a mutual love of W.H. Auden… if that’s possible.” Well, it is in the world of Carlini. It’s the title track on Carlini’s Rive Gauche EP available to stream on Soundcloud now. Another EP is brewing – watch that cloud!
LIONFACE – Girl [starts 41:55]
Fans of London’s barnstorming and much-missed punk-and-poetry extravaganza The King Blues may well recognise Lionface as none other than TKB’s charismatic bassplayer and backing vocalist Kat Marsh. Kat’s ongoing commitment to barnstorming continues apace from her new base in Bristol – where she’s released two EPs, five music videos – and made forays to take her wild and energetic live shows across the country.
CIARAN LAVERY – Left For America [starts 45:37]
Ciaran Lavery found his musical voice through the simplest of means “…listening to old 80s singles on my sister’s record player.” Cutting his young teeth in various (often noisier) incarnations over the last decade, that voice is now as soothing as it is timeless. Ciaran crafts heart-on-sleeve acoustic pop in the vein of 29-era Ryan Adams; full of passion and meaning. “I come from a tiny village; you could literally drive through Aghagallon in thirty seconds, but it’s jam packed full of characters and real, genuine people. It’s the type of place where if you’re being an idiot someone will tell you. That’s just how the environment was. I guess that sort of honesty comes out in my music.”
HELGHYER – Gone Are The Days [starts 48:27]
Helghyer (Pronounced Hell-hear) is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Natalie Earl. Her debut EP The Mage, The Wiseman And The Lioness Part 1 received airplay from both sides of the Atlantic. She aims for a quirky art-rock/indie-folk sound (influenced by Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Pixies, Pavement and Neutral Milk Hotel) which has been described as “a cross between Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush” and “Tolkien-esque.” She is of Cornish descent: Helghyer comes from the Cornish word for hunter. Her debut single Broken the Spell was released in August with an accompanying animated video made with a cardboard box, 4 peg dolls and 20 glue gun sticks. The Mage, The Wiseman And The Lioness Part 2 is due to be released on 01/12/14. She plays Reading’s Oakford Social Club (Dec 10) as part of BBC Introducing Live.
WAUPLEY – The Internal Tide [starts 54:09]
Waupley has been making music to dream to for as long as he can remember. When lying in bed with headphones waiting for the waves of sleep to take him away, ambient music has always been his preferred choice of soundtrack. Living in the idyllic setting of the North York Moors National Park, there is no shortage of inspiration. From the sea to the high moors, the rivers, woods and valleys the moods are varied and intoxicating. To reflect some of these peaceful and turbulent moods is Waupley’s goal with his music. Sweet dreams…
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.