This weekend on BBC 6 Music I played a selection from my favourite BBC Introducing artsts of 2014. Some were musicians we’s only just discovered – others were longstanding favourites continuing to turn out top tunes. Some are artists whose work I’ve liked so much I invited them to become moderators here at Fresh On The Net.
There are many more tunes from our Mixtapes over the past 12 months that I’d have loved to include, but with limited airtime, we had to choose just 65 and divide them between my shows this Saturday and Sunday night. I love them all: the 45 we played last night are alas not downloadable – the 20 tonight CAN be downloaded, but then the Mixtape goes out at the less sociable time of 2-3am.
Anyway, you can hear Part 1 from last night (27th December) via this link for the next month, and Part 2 – in my BBC Introducing Mixtape – can be downloaded from Monday via the BBC 6 Music downloads page.
Here’s a list of the artists and tracks featured last night, followed by detailed tracklistings and info for tonight’s Mixtape show which goes out from 2-3am in the morning of Monday, 29th Dec 2014.
Saturday 27 Dec 9pm-midnight:
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – Boom
THE CADBURY SISTERS – Weight Of It
JACK CHESHIRE – GyroScope [SESSION]
RUINZ ASON – Disappearing Planes
INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – Lost In Translation
BIRD – I Am The Mountain [LIVE AT 6MUSIC FESTIVAL]
ANDREW MONTGOMERY – After The Storm
BEATY HEART – Seafood [LIVE AT GLASTO]
ROADIDENDREN – Talk About
KITTEN PYRAMID – Whale
MAX TAYLOR – Summer Job
FREE SWIM – Transatlantic Tumnus
P-TENTIAL – Il Be
LOLA COLT – Jackson [SESSION]
THE HOUSE OF JED – Everybody Lies
EMPTYPOOLS – Into Static
VALLEYERS – Epilogue
ZAHEER – Boycott [SESSION]
GOLDEN FABLE – Armour
COKETOWN POTBOILERS – Ard Timez
LOUIS BARABBAS+BEDLAM 6 – All that’s in Between
BEST BOY GRIP – Monster and Me [SESSION]
CEILING DEMONS – Every Step (FOLD Remix)
TRWBADOR – Side By Side
TRAMPOLENE – Alcohol Kiss
SAVAGE NOMADS – Pinkie’s Little Light [SESSION]
RICKYONGUITAR – The Rise ft. ShaoDow & Life White
FLOWERMOUTH – Seven Seals (feat. Xe Sands.)
LUK – Vitamins
DOUGLAS THOMSON – The Now
BILLY HILL+RAMON GOOSE – Glory in the Meeting House
BRIDIE JACKSON+ARBOUR – Diminutive Man [SESSION]
COUNCIL TAX BAND – Jobcentre
SNIPPET – fLIP
ROBJN – Epitaph
COREY FOX-FARDELL – You Cannot Say
STICK IN THE WHEEL – Bedlam [SESSION]
RYAN VAIL – Grow
OLA SZMIDT – Flying Carpet
DEBS MCCOY – Insufferable
JUPITER FALLS – Savior
SHADRACK TYE – Henry Martin
MISHAPED PEARLS – Jimmy [SESSION]
TWEED & HYENAS – Norðasta Horn
THE ANCHORESS – One For Sorrow (PHILIP REACH Mix)
BBC Introducing Mixtape
2-3am Monday 29 December 2014
HEAVY PETTING ZOO – Inherent Vice [starts 00:17]
Supported by BBC Introducing in Wales. Prepare yourself for Swansea’s very own specialists in dark surf rock. Since putting tracks on the Uploader a few years ago, Heavy Petting Zoo have enjoyed support from Jen and Ally at BBC Radio 1 and Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales. Amy, Ben, Billy, Joe and Jon have built up quite a reputation for a live show you just can’t ignore. Featuring the strange and surreal dancing of Jon, who will no doubt enjoy being in front of the Reading and Leeds crowds. They’ve already played gigs with fellow up and coming acts Eagulls and Menace Beach, along with storming festival shows, like last year’s SWN Festival. So if you are at Reading or Leeds this summer, be sure to get to know Heavy Petting Zoo.
WARRENPEACE – Frnkly Stvn (feat. Scroobius Pip) [starts 04:13]
Warrenpeace have had the best year! Having just completed a mostly sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland as part of a showcase for Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development Records label, they are currently booking shows for early 2015 with a view to debut new material. Now in the studio writing the follow up to their debut album SDR007, released on Speech Development Records on 2 June 2014, warrenpeace are hard at work to smash together the ethos of hardcore punk and grimey electronica as only they can do. SDR007 is available on itunes and your favourite record shops!
MOM TUDIE X TOM MISCH – Waiting On You [starts 08:27]
Mom Tudie (aka Tom Mudie since you ask) is an 18 year-old producer and songwriter from South East London. Already working with a wide range of vocalists and collaborators, Tudie has started making waves in the past year with widespread support from influential blogs and tastemakers, whilst latest track ‘Waiting On You’ has found further acclaim across the Atlantic along with ranging comparisons to acts including Bonobo, Thom Yorke, and Kwes. Currently travelling in South America before starting university next year, this summer will see him writing and producing extensively, whilst also starting to plot his debut live performances. His collaborator on this track Tom Misch is an 18 year old German-speaking composer / songwriter / guitarist / singer / violinist based in London. He’s not looking to work with MC’s so please don’t ask him. He’s currently working on a collaboration EP with Carmody.
ANIMAL NOISE – Alright [starts 12:06]
We are starting 2015 with a trip back to Bavaria, Germany for a mini tour. Then it’s back to releasing more singles from our forthcoming second album due to be finished in March. Alright is the first single taken from that album. We’ve spent all of 2014 in the studio and are looking forward to the public reaction to some different sounds from the debut album.
Following from the album being released we will tour it in the UK for the remaining months we have left!
RORY WYNNE – Post Party Confusion [starts 15:33]
Born in 1999. First music influences: The Beatles, Guns n Roses, Pearl Jam, Blondie, The Mamas and the Papas, The Eagles. Then I started listening to that rubbish Auto tune stuff but then I went to secondary school and heard someone on the bus mention the black keys being the best band in the world so I checked them out and that led me on to Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and then BBC R6 and XFM. Then I had guitar lessons from Simon Connor in a band called yields and started recording songs with the music teacher Chris Vaughton from a band called Onions. And now I’m Here. My biggest fans are my three year old cousin and my sister.
JOHN MOUSE – Robbie Savage [starts 18:10]
John Mouse returns with new album The Death of John Mouse. Current single I Was A Goalkeeper, a duet with Los Camposinos singer Gareth David, has garnered recent national radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Absolute Radio. John was previously a regular session attendee during the early years of 6 Musicl under his former moniker of JT Mouse. His last release under the John Mouse banner came in 2010 with Humber Dogger Forties, an individual pop album that featured witty lyrical tales of from the margins of life, with singles featuring BBC presenter Steve Jones on a ballad between two gay brothers, and catchy indie number Got you shaking your head (Like David Gray). In the past few years he has supported Future of the Left, Dingus Khan, Los Campesinos and Echo and the Bunnymen.
HAPPYNESS – Great Minds Think Alike,
All Brains Taste The Same [starts 21:18]
Supported by BBC Introducing in London. Happyness are a South London 3-piece, set to bring glorious sun-kissed indie to Reading and Leeds. Forming in 2013, Ash, Benji and Jonny have been perfecting a blend of laid back, immersive songwriting, filled with swirling melodies and fuzzy guitars. It’s a beautiful mix of Yo La Tengo, The Kinks and newer bands like Real Estate. They’ve enjoyed support from Huw Stephens and have been busy playing festival shows up and down the UK. Take some time out from the chaos of Reading and Leeds to dive into the sounds of Happyness.
MATTIE GINSBERG – Promised Land [starts 23:13]
“I am a one man band producer type thing.” says Mattie Ginsberg from his North Wales fastness – a family home that has already brought us outstanding leftfield guitar rock tunes from his brothers’ bands WE//ARE//ANIMAL and Fennel Seeds. But Mattie’s own work is a different beast entirely: his musical tastes are wideranging and I’ve been following the progress of his sonic adventures with keen interest over the years. Mattie Ginsberg is, you sense, a man on a mission. A man making music – not with a weather eye on the pop charts – but because he would simply implode if he didn’t do it. His Soundcloud page is crammed with track titles such as Indian Living Room Death, I’ll Build My Own Prison (Thank You Very Much), Deafnessly, Your Pudding and Snake Bomb Master and makes for an eclectic – and often bewildering listen. But Promised Land represents not just a progression an entirely new step up. Or, rather, forward – as he sings close up and personal with nothing more than a fingerpicked acoustic guitar to hide his behind. It’s wonderfully brave, vulnerable and emotional performance of an affectingly beautiful song.
SHAMBLES IN A HUSK – Medications [starts 25:28]
Rising from the ashes of Crusades, Super Adventure Club and The Darien Venture, Shambles in a Husk comprise of Stephen, Kyle, Jonathan and Mandy. The Glaswegian quartet have already been tipped for great things by This Is Fake DIY and Rock Sound, and released their first single Cowboy Doom earlier this year. Influenced by the likes of Fugazi and Black Flag, their debut EP Die Device Die is due for release at the end of this year as well as a European tour. Make sure you catch these post-hardcore rock gods while you can.
JOSH SAVAGE – Your Lips [starts 27:48]
Singer/songwriter from Winchester, but raised in Paris. Writes music in English and French. Plays solo, with a string trio or full band. Since leaving university in 2012 Josh has been gigging extensively across the UK, mainland Europe and even the Middle East, playing 7 festivals in 2013. He has supported high profile acts such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Reverend & The Makers, Roll Deep and Rizzle Kicks, sung in front of royalty in Dubai, and was shortlisted to open for Sting at the Du Arena in Abu Dhabi. Coincidentally from the same hometown as ex-Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, Josh supported Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell with his new band Zazou in Paris. He’s recently finished a Living Room Tour around the UK & France, playing 27 dates in 5 weeks. he’sv releasing a single called Bella on Feb 2nd and the single launch is on the same day at St Pancras Old Church. Josh has an EP written entirely in French coming out later in 2015.
RUSSELL JEANES – Simple Jayne [starts 30:52]
Russell Jeanes & Catherine Hershey have never met – they discovered each other through Soundcloud – and liked each others songs so much they started to work together. They make songs about the magic in nature. Russ lives in a cottage in the middle of a wood near the Yorkshire dales, while Catherine lives near Paris. Russ writes songs on harp with Scott Fraser playing guitar and a guide vocal – then sends them across the channel to Catherine, where she re-records the vocals in her garden. They are currently writing and singing new songs into the Cloud.
MR HEAVEN – For Mr Z [starts 33:58]
Mr Heaven has been working on some new tunes that he hopes will cut like a samurai. They are almost ready for battle and will invade your senses soon. Watch. This. Space.
QUIET AS A MOUSE – Accident Waiting To Happen [starts 36:07]
Quiet as a Mouse are an Edinburgh based band formed in 2012. The band’s live reputation has quickly grown in the past year supporting Palma Violets, The Crookes, Hey Sholay & Dingus Khan and The Electric Soft Parade as well as their first batch of London shows. These outstanding performances have earned them Gig of the Day from from Ruth Kilpatrick at Amazing Radio and airplay support from 6Music and Amazing Radio. On the back of acclaimed free download track An Accident Waiting To Happen (Awoo Woo Woo), Quiet as a Mouse released their debut single Home Is The Hardest Place To Find in August. The single was produced by Marcus Mackay (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol, Sparrow & The Workshop) and mastered by Chris Potter (Arctic Monkeys, Anna Calvi, Suede & Primal Scream).
RAMISCO MAKI MAKI ROCKING HORSE –
Under The Sky [starts 39:00]
The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse is currently working on his upcoming album Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata which is scheduled for release early 2015. To coincide with the release, he will be throwing down a number of surprise pop-up shows. Anyone interested in booking the Horse for a hoedown should holler in the general direction of firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, folks can pick up a free copy of Ramisco’s most recent release, Squawk! at bit.ly/squawk-FREE.
WES FINCH – Ring On The Riverbed [starts 40:30]
“I am a musician and songwriter who lives by and for music. I came into contact with producer Gerry Diver in 2013 and was delighted when he agreed to work on a few tracks with me. The results were fantastic and straight away lifted my songs in a new and powerful direction. This inspired me to write more songs with the idea of making a full album with Gerry. Kickstarter enabled me to raise the money to record the album with a producer of Gerry’s calibre in a way that involves fans without me ending up bankrupt.” By March 2014, 164 backers had raised and exceeded the £7000 goal and Ring On The Riverbed gives a wonderful foretaste of what we can expect when it’s completed. Don’t believe all the doom and gloom about how tough the current climate is for music artists, compared to the “The Good Old Days”. That’ll be the Good Old Days when recording artists were entitled to less than a tenth of the selling price of each album. Out of which they had to repay the entire cost of recording and promoting the record: which would then belong to the record company for the life of copyright. Wes will finish and release his record completely out of debt, he’ll own the master recordings outright – and every copy sold from then on will be pure profit. The Good Old Days, my friends, are here and now.
THE GRAVITY DRIVE – Fun [starts 43:44]
The Gravity Drive are an independent husband and wife duo and have just released their debut album Testament. They are releasing a new single in Spring 2015 and are currently booking a tour to coincide with single release and a live session for Bob Harris and are beginning work on their second album.
JOSH HEALEY – Sometimes (Radio Edit) [starts 46:44]
I’m Josh, a singer-songwriter from Cheshire, 20 years old. After the success from my first EP Lifeboats & Relationships (with amazing local BBC support) I’ve been gigging and writing on my travels. I’ve just finished recording my second EP, Through The Looking Glass. When writing, I wanted to have a blend of upbeat anthem tracks, and laid back folky/country/blues. Quite a number of things in Lifeboats & relationships that you hear in the recordings were pleasant mistake, or played on objects you really wouldn’t expect. One track has a water splash, and the other has percussion in the form of a spatula brush and a plastic jug!
JACK ROBERT HARDMAN – I Don’t Need an Answer [starts 49:56]
I’m really pleased to be playing at the BBC introducing Christmas party in Reading on December 22nd. Looks like it will be my biggest gig to date and it’s brilliant to be testing new material for the first time ever live. Following that I will be releasing a brand new 4 track EP in 2015 and will touring for the first time with a full band, culminating with my debut appearances at festivals in summer 15. I am also going to be producing all my own music videos for the first time, and will be recording a documentary to accompany the whole process. I plan to take full creative control over every element of this release, which will no doubt kill me! I’m really looking forward to the struggle.
PAPER AEROPLANES – Ribbons [starts 53:46]
We’ve been gigging hard since the release of our Little Letters album in 2013, culminating in a couple of wonderful sell-out shows this November – at Union Chapel, London and Whelan’s in Dublin. We’ve also spent a large chunk of the last year writing and recording in Cardiff with the help of producer Mason Neely (Cerys Matthews, Sufjan Stevens, Lambchop, Colorama). Guessing Game, the first single from the new batch of songs, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to our trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke Li, Florence and Feist. The new album (released March 2015) continues this theme.