This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by ALL THIS NOISE, JENNIE ABRAHAMSON, JONNY BOMBAY, FLOWERMOUTH, JAKE MORLEY, NATIVE PEOPLE, THE GALLEONS, THE SIGHS OF MONSTERS, THE SON(S), HA THE UNCLEAR, APPLE OF MY EYE, DASHDASHIT, SUGARDRUM, THE BRERETONS, MOUTH, CHILLED PANDA, STEPHEN CAULFIELD and CONCRETE WILDLIFE.
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 and we’ll be adding information about the music provided by the artists themselves in the next two days. 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 14th Nov (technically 2am on Monday, 15th Dec 2014…)
ALL THIS NOISE – Seven Billion Like You [starts 00:17]
James met Alan recording session guitar and vocals in Alan’s studio in West London. Slightly bored with the material coming their way they decided to work on some music of their own, something a bit different that they hadn’t heard before. The result is All This Noise. They are releasing their first single Seven Billion Like You in early 2015 and are currently filming its video as well as finishing the album that will follow soon after. They are also rehearsing for gigs coming up in February and will be expanding the live band in the near future.
JENNIE ABRAHAMSON – The War [starts 04:00]
Jennie Abrahamson is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter up for her first official UK release in March 2015, with her LP Gemini Gemini. The album is co-produced and mixed by her longterm colleague Johannes Berglund (recently involved in productions with The Knife, Shout Out Louds & Owen Pallet). Her single The War, to be released on Jan 19th, is the first sample from it – a track brimming of rhythm, swelling strings and ethereal vocals. It has already stirred attention from Line of Best Fit and other music sites, with Q Magazine drawing comparisons to Bat for Lashes, The Knife and Kate Bush. She has just finished off the fourth and last leg of Peter Gabriel’s So Back to Front tour, ending with 8 arena dates in UK/IR, where she has functioned as both supporting act, backing vocalist and duet partner for the legendary parts of Don’t give up and In your eyes. Just before the last leg of the Peter Gabriel tour started, she had spent five weeks touring Europe playing clubs with her own band. This spring she’ll be back on the road in her quartet format, tour dates will be announced in the new year.
JONNY BOMBAY – I Don’t Feel That Way [starts 06:50]
I’m not on Twitter.
I’m not on Facebook.
I don’t gig.
I don’t tour.
I’m not self-aggrandising.
I’m not gonna announce a release date for my album as if more than 6 people care.
I’m not an extrovert.
I’m not happy-go-lucky.
I’m not gonna write this in the third person and try to kid you it’s written by anyone but me.
I’m not confident.
I’m not gonna tell you about where I grew up.
I’m not gonna upload a photo of myself trying to look quirky or intense or like I’m the kind of guy who’ll sell a million records for Sony.
I’m not the kind of person who talks much.
FLOWERMOUTH – Seven Seals (feat. Xe Sands.) [starts 09:27]
Flowermouth is a Dutch electronic (melancholic) project from Hi-Tech city no.1 in the world: Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After the release of my first album Drift/2012 I concentrated on making music combined with spoken word Poetry. I’m hugely influenced by artists like No-man, David Sylvian, Nick Drake and David Bowie.
JAKE MORLEY – Falter [starts 13:58]
London-based singer-songwriter Jake Morley’s debut album Many Fish To Fry (2011) led him to multiple headline tours around the UK, Europe and Canada, backed by airplay and live sessions across Radio 1, 2, 6Music and BBC London. Returning after a soul-searching writing period, Morley is unveiling a startling new weight and depth to his material. Bolder and more mature themes like adulthood and intense self-reflection will be at the forefront of a meticulously crafted album due for release in 2015.
NATIVE PEOPLE – One [starts 17:47]
“Native People may be relatively new arrivals to the music scene but have wasted no time in garnering support for their seaside-influenced, sentimental take on dreamscape indie-dance. This summer saw the release of the young quartet’s debut single, Calm Forever which scorched its way to championing titles of Record of the Week (BBC Introducing) and Discovery of the Week (Amazing Radio). Native People have now independently released their follow-up single One. The track is beautifully melodic, with shimmering guitar licks that caress Reuben’s distinctively warm floaty vocals atop deep funky bass-lines, whilst simultaneously embracing a backdrop of balmy synths and episodes of rolling percussion.”
THE GALLEONS – Rise [starts 21:43]
“The Galleons are a band from Brighton. Their music wanders a line between folk and indie stopping off to visit rock, blues and occasionally prog along the way. The songs are often simple and direct but the band also love creating huge musical soundscapes, whilst appreciating the often forgotten importance of a catchy hook. As at home playing in a candle-lit cellar as they are in a sunny festival field, their music takes the audience from catchy, foot stomping folk-rock to mellow, mysterious lullabies and back. The band enjoy telling stories and rarely plough the usual lyrical furrows of sex n’ drugs n’ rock n’ roll; so expect songs about whales, Joan of Arc, censorship, post-apocalyptic adventures with Bruce Willis, terrifying foxes, farming in Latvia and magical suitcases.” Gigs: 17th Dec The Square Brewery, Petersfield; 6th Jan,The Troubador, London; 23rd Jan Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton; 28th Feb The Gladstone, London.
THE SIGHS OF MONSTERS – Do Not Oscillate (Radio Edit) [starts 25:17]
“We are a three-piece band from South London who spend most of our time in our studio crafting songs” say The Sighs Of Monsters. “We formed in mid-2013. With the release of our first album – Ground – we’re planning to play a series of live shows to promote it.”
THE SON(S) – Paint Eyes on Your Eyelids [starts 27:32]
“We have just released our LP The Things I Love Are Not At Home on heavyweight vinyl and download through Olive Grove Records” say The Son(s). “It contains this song plus 9 others including The Long Fuse featuring SAY award winner 2013 (and flamenco guitar heart breaker) RM Hubbert.”
HA THE UNCLEAR – Secret Lives Of Furniture [starts 31:24]
Left only with “the stains of ritual, a taste for communion wine and an existential crisis” from a Catholic education, Ha the Unclear create songs with lyrics that wind you and concepts that turn your cogs. Catholic school, elderly regret, tricycling through a New Zealand suburb and pondering the imponderable is just some of the mind-bending ground they cover.
APPLE OF MY EYE – Murmuration [starts 35:11]
“Apple Of My Eye are a folk band from Bristol, now living in London UK. They write brand new old songs, a blend of influences drawn from English folk and storytelling, using intriguing, lyrically rich songs with multi-part vocal harmonies and traditional folk instruments. Apple of My Eye’s charismatic live show has been seen at both small folk and large music festivals including Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and headline sets at Exile festival. In London the band have played venues such as the Union Chapel and Cecil Sharp House. Their music has been used for shows at the Little Angel Theatre and the Suspense puppetry festival. Their second album Seven Tides was released on Pair O’ Legs records on Dec 1.”
DASHDASHIT – The Hand That [starts 38:07]
“Dashdashit was set up as a production/songwriting project of a bass player/songwriter recording at home on a computer in the North West of England. dashdashit has a past with Manchester band The Distractions (indie chart toppers with Time Goes By So Slow released on Factory Records) and later Liverpool band The Frocks. More recently the bass player has started rehearsing with Warrington band Selfish Lovers. The Hand That is a new song written, arranged and all parts played by the creator of dashdashit, Pip Nikols. dashdashit can be found on their Soundcloud page.”
SUGARDRUM – Bubble Clouds [starts 40:34]
“Sugardrum is the musical name of singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Nigel Bunner. Nigel writes storytelling songs lying on the boundary between folk and indie featuring fingerpicked guitar, vocals, cello, percussion and various old school electronica. Bubble Clouds is from the 2012 EP Where Once Were Roads. The self-made video features a unique scrolling cardboard video game. After doing performances at Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals this year Nigel has been busy writing and recording. A new EP of Christmas covers is available to download for free from Soundcloud and Bandcamp and a new recording of original songs will be available in the spring.”
THE BRERETONS – Keep You Safe [starts 43:57]
“Hailing originally from Four Elms in Kent with a sound inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Crowded House, London Grammar and Fleetwood Mac, the brother/sister duo Marc & Charlotte” say The Breretons “are set to release their highly anticipated debut album next year. With Marc growing up on a diet of hard rock & Charlotte being largely folk influenced, the foundations of their sound quickly become apparent. The first single Love It was Abbie McCarthy’s record of the week on her BBC Introducing in Kent show at the end of the summer and she gave the new single Keep You Safe its first play in November with support also coming in from John Kennedy at XFM. The band have been out playing shows with the likes of Tom Williams and the Standard Lamps in 2014 and have a string of UK tour dates coming early next year. The forthcoming album To Keep You Safe is due for release in July 2015.”
MOUTH – Ancestor [starts 46:42]
“Mouth is a German/Italian/Scottish alt pop trio based in London and Cambridge, consisting of Theresa Elflein, Pietro Cavallo and Andy Fraser. Their music encompasses genres from trip-hop to psychedelic folk to a kind of punk rock played on piano. However, one constant is the band’s love for quirky, often dark and ethereal sounds and subject matter, taking inspiration from Radiohead and Cocteau Twins, as well as the radical female performers Amanda Palmer, PJ Harvey and Björk. Mouth’s debut album Núna is due for release in January 2015. As a pretaste, the double single ‘Ancestor // Blood Beat’ is now available for download.”
CHILLED PANDA – You Wind Me Up [starts 49:44]
“I am Mike Chilton, living in south Manchester for the last 10 years. By day I am a principal programmer with Sony Evolution studios and programme PlayStation 4s amongst other things. By night and weekend my alto ego is Chilled Panda, an audio explorer and like to write quirky and emotional material (or at least try). The track You wind me up utilises one freeware Synth called Tal-bassline (based on an roland SH-101) for all its sound source, including drums/percussion, hence the challenge and the idea came about when doing some hi-hats that sounded like a clockwork toy winding. Currently creating a home mixing studio and working on a 4 track concept EP to be released next year and hopefully towards the end of next year a début album. All my tracks on Soundcloud are free to download, so if you’re looking for something a little different then give them a spin.”
STEPHEN CAULFIELD – Celluloid [starts 52:52]
“Stephen Caulfield is a singer/songwriter and producer from Reading. He has been making music every since he first worked out how to use a computer. He is particularly interested in making music that tries to meld strict, electronic, computer generated music with more organic, natural sounds. Celluloid is taken from from the the mini-album Music From & Inspired By The Film: From Bedrooms To Billions, which is a set of instrumental pieces of music written for a film that tells the story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present. He has been interviewed and played several times on the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio Berkshire. After releasing a series of EPs, Singles and mini-albums over the past few years, his debut full-length album, Parkview will be released in 2015 and is currently streaming on his SoundCloud page.”
CONCRETE WILDLIFE – We All Fall [starts 54:51]
“From one man’s songs and days and nights of studio tinkering comes Concrete Wildlife. Singer/Songwriter Matt Watkins began recording in a central Manchester studio early 2014 and the final tracks are born from open minded experimentation. The result is a unique blend of alternative pop mixing traditional analogue sounds with electronic instrumentation. Debut EP Peirama (the Greek word for experiment) was released on 8th December to a great reception and sold out launch night where Matt was joined by several other musicians to take the evolving soundscape to the stage. With several new releases and live UK dates planned for 2015 it is set to be an exciting new year as the experiment continues.”
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