This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THE VINYLHEADS, THE ANCHORESS, JAMES COOK, ZEETEAH MASSIAH, THE LANDED, THE CADBURY SISTERS, THE SOAP COMPANY, TOMMY AND THE TROUBLE, BLACK SURF, ADDIE, JOHN COX, MOM TUDIE, YOU, NIMZO-INDIAN, AMONGST THE PIGEONS and CAROLINE ENGLAND.
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 7th Nov (technically 2am on Monday, 8th Dec 2014…)
THE VINYLHEADS – Kicks [starts 0:17]
The Vinylheads are a five piece Pop/rock band who got together in 2012. Their influences range from The Doors to The Killers, White Lies and Rory Gallagher. They have released a number of singles including Everything under the Sun, Pear and Single Station which have received national airplay in the Uk Ireland and on campus Radio in The U.S. All songs have been produced by Martin Quinn at Jam studios in Ireland and Mastered by Pete Maher(U2/Depeche Mode) and Streaky in the UK.
THE ANCHORESS – One For Sorrow (Philip Reach Requiem Mix) [starts 05:33]
The Anchoress is Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies. This mix, taken from the One For Sorrow EP (out now via Hiraeth/PIAS), was produced by Philip Reach (http://soundcloud.com/philipreach) and is the second taste of her forthcoming debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist, due Summer 2015. The lead single from the EP won the 6Music Rebel Playlist and Catherine’s self-described brand of “revenge pop” has already been been championed by the NME, Clash and The Line of Best Fit. Catherine will be joining Simple Minds on their European and UK tours from Feb – May 2015.
JAMES COOK – Lilly (a Lover’s Dream) [starts 10:17]
Singer/songwriter/producer James Cook first made a name for himself as the front man of London’s electro rock pioneers NEMO. Cook has also appeared in many episodes of cult British TV comedy show The Mighty Boosh. After leaving London for Berlin in 2008, Cook wrote and recorded Chamber Pop curio album The Dollhouse with violinist Anne-Marie Kirby. In 2011/2, he released his solo album Arts & Sciences, followed by the first of his covers series EPs Reverse Engineering Vol. One in 2013. Returning to London, via success in Europe and expansion into the US and South America, Cook releases his appropriately titled second album Adventures in Ausland in 2015. James debuts his brand new alternative pop cabaret night Outsiders on Dec 21st at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park, London .
ZEETEAH MASSIAH – Whatever This Is [starts 13:12]
Zeeteah Massiah is best known in the US for her no.1 dance hit Slide On The Rhythm, and in the UK for her hits Sexual Prime and This Is The Place. She has sung with some of the biggest names in music, including Tom Jones, Phil Collins and Robbie Williams, starred in an award-winning West End musical in London, fronted the first Western band ever to play behind the Iron Curtain, rocked the dance floors in Helsinki as a singing DJ, and toured the world with Michael Jackson. Now Zeeteah is working with Paul Caplin, the musical mastermind behind 80s popsters Haysi Fantayzee. Together they have developed a genre-defying sound blending jazz, blues, soul and Caribbean spice. Their first release together is Juice – a freshly-squeezed album of songs about love.
THE LANDED – Fly [starts 16:54]
The Landed make classic guitar pop with songs that combine 70s new wave and symphonic rock with folky harmonies and heartfelt acoustics. Two brothers and two pals from Colchester grew up swapping records and playing covers in assembly, like all the best bands. December sees the recording of a brand new EP,(due for release in early 2015), a gig at the O2 Academy Islington on the 4th and a local show on Christmas Eve at The Bull in Colchester.
THE CADBURY SISTERS – The Weight Of It [starts 20:29]
The Cadbury Sisters live in a half forgotten dream, inhabiting places we remember, yet sometimes feel uneasy about returning to. Their music is a meld of harmony, discord and mindfulness, their songs the sonic equivalent of watching Swallows And Amazons or The Railway Children inter-spliced with The Wicker Man or Lord Of The Flies.
THE SOAP COMPANY – Are You Actually Alive? [starts 23:26]
We’re a collection of studio-bound individuals from London and have been active on a revolving door basis for around 6 years since a chance meeting in a cosmetic surgeon’s waiting room in the West End’s expensive Harley Street district. Sometimes up to 30 members can work on a project, sometimes just one. Our musical output ranges from the most jovial Chart Pop to teeth-baringly malevolent Electronica with a rash of colourful & energetic Post-Punk / Nu-Jazz / Art Pop & Ambient styles filling the in-between. An industrious 4 albums & 6 EPs since 2011 have seen the release in December 2014 of The A-Z Of Clubbing – The Very Best Of The Soap Company. 2015 will see the recommencing of a make or break Pop project which will see a 24 track double concept album as the end product. Various members also handle our monthly New Music Podcasts, and all artwork, DJ sets, Remixes, Film projects and Pop Culture blogging that accompanies the sounds.
TOMMY AND THE TROUBLE – Peaceful Alligator [starts 26:40]
Tommy And The Trouble all hail from P Town (Penarth) in Wales. Wrapping up some sticky Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Dub and Rock – Tommy And The Trouble are a mellow but uplifting blend of musical backgrounds.
BLACK SURF – Burn It To The Ground [starts 30:40]
Black Surf is a band 10 years in the making. We’ve all been best mates since we were kids and have been playing in different bands for what seems like forever (Mishkin, iswimwithsharks, L-Mo, Beyond All Reason), but never together in the same room. It only took one of us moving to Australia in 2014 for it to make sense to write and record a bunch of tracks. Rather than wanting to recreate the music we grew up listening to, we wanted to take those mid 90s college rock bands and create simple, shameless alternative rock that makes people want to kiss and punch each other at the same time. Our debut EP, recorded in 2014 at Greenmount Studios, Leeds and with Aussie producer Jaco Naude in Sydney, Australia, is free to download and share.
ADDIE – Lilia’s Butterfly [starts 34:09]
Addie, pianist and singer, started hearing this “blue acoustic” music a few years ago when she was living in San Francisco. Back to Europe, she found the essential cello and percussions to finish the musical painting inspired by the moon. The 11 track album Addie Leitmotiv, recorded live and acoustic, was born in 2014 to spread its delicate wings online and on stage. The French Pépinière d’artistes elected her “coup de coeur” of the year 2015.
JOHN COX – Blue Soul [starts 37:45]
John Cox is a singer-songwriter from the UK, based in Hull. At 15 he started playing guitar, writing songs and messing around with tape recorders and was influenced by Talk Talk, Prince and The Blue Nile. His music is edgy, soulful pop usually driven by his Talking Heads style acoustic guitar. He released his first solo album New Moon in 2008 and has just released his fourth, Time Bomb Heart. Over the last year five of those songs have been played on BBC Introducing Humberside hosted by Alan Raw and Hold It was played on the national BBC Introducing show hosted by Mark Forrest. John plays most of the instruments apart from some percussion and produces the recordings in his home “cupboard” studio in Hull.
MOM TUDIE – Nothing More To Say [starts 41:43]
19 year old South East London producer Mom Tudie teams up with Giorgia Lo in this latest track. Tudie is continuing to work with talented vocalists and musicians whilst studying at university in Nottingham. A handful of the artists that have influenced Tudie’s music are Christian Scott, Musiq Soulchild, James Blake, Eryca Badu, and Katy B. His production includes elements from many different genres, including Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul and Trap.
YOU – 100 Lanterns [starts 46:16]
YOU are signed to Manchester Indie Label MUK records qand released their first EP, In Halves, earlier this year. They were in NME as a radar buzz band, on the XFM evening playlist, John Kennedy’s Xposure big one on xfm and on the freshnet mixtape :) 100 Lanterns is a free download for our fans before our next release of Anaesthetic in February 2015.
NIMZO-INDIAN – Shrigley (Art House mix) [starts 50:12]
Nimzo-Indian are a electro-postrock-tronica project by artist, musician and instrument maker of the same name. Nimzo-Indian have been making music under various pseudonyms over the past years and have previously remixed the High Llamas and collaborated with Mark Springer from Rip, Rig and Panic. Musically they are hard to categorise. Funky, noise, fuzz, synth, beatboxing, free jazz improv and electronica. All equally describe the nomadic shifting and restless sonic and rhythmic qualities that exist in their music. Nimzo-Indian also make their own instruments including miniature guitars and wooden turntables which feature in much of their music. Nimzo-indian himself admits “I would love to make something a bit more genre specific, a Portico Quartet or This is the Kit, but I just get too distracted”! Nimzo-Indian are currently working on their new album and are also keen to take up remixing duties again. “I’d love to remix Tune Yards”, says Nimzo-Indian.
AMONGST THE PIGEONS – If I Close My Eyes [starts 51:29]
Amongst the Pigeons is an electronic act from Sussex. Over the last 5 years they have worked with artists such as Frank Turner and Chris T-T. They have created their own multi layered, intriciate and rather unique sound and will be releasing a new 6 track EP in November 2014.
Alongside the music they also create some rather avant-garde videos which feature a human sized Pigeon.
CAROLINE ENGLAND – Pretend [starts 54:52]
“I am an unsigned singer songwriter trying to ‘make it’ in the music business” says Caroline England. “…make what exactly remains to be seen. Music I suppose. I wrote a biography so as to inform visitors about me. So the next bit is in 3rd person, apologies…” Caroline resides on the Liverpool coastline, well known as a creative hub for the arts and its maritime heritage. She performed at the legendary world record attempt to get the most amount of red-heads on an airplane flight and is now obsessively ginger and proud. In a world where today’s media are still more likely to write about a woman’s dress size and appearance than her achievements, Caroline is a devoted role model for Girls Out Loud: an inspiring organisation that visits schools to engage with teenage girls about self esteem, career aspirations, personal identity and empowerment. Upcoming gig: West Kirby Arts Centre this coming Friday (Dec 12).
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.