This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by SUNDOWNERS, KOBAYASHI, NAVE, GIRLBOY, HIDERS, EMILIO PINCHI, THIS CITY LIMITS, RONY TRIO, LITTLE LONE WALTZ, BOSS CLOTH, PAUL COOK & THE CHRONICLES, BAD IDEAS, LUNA, SONIC FALLOUT, COQUIN MIGALE, WINTER & WILLIAMS BAND and STRANGETOWN & MR RACZS.
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 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 4th Jan (technically 2am on Monday, 5th Jan 2015…)
SUNDOWNERS – Into The Light [starts 0:17]
“Released on Skeleton Key Records, Sundowners are a Liverpudlian five-piece made up of Skelly siblings Alfie and Fiona. Their new single is a psych-folk, harmony heavy pop gem, inspired by the likes of Tame Impala, Can, Portishead, Air, Gillian Welch and Velvet Underground. Now a formidable live act, the last 12 months has seen the band release a brace of limited edition singles, as well as playing alongside Kasabian and appearing at both the All Tomorrow’s Parties and Glastonbury festivals. Upcoming gigs in February 2015: 10th Leeds, Oporto; 11th Glasgow NICE N SLEAZY; 12th Newcastle, The Cluny 2; 14th Nottingham, The Bodega; 15th Birmingham ,The Sunflower Lounge; 16th Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar; 18th London, Sebright Arms; 19th Manchester, Night & Day Cafe; 20th Liverpool, Kazimer”
KOBAYASHI – Long Division [starts 04:15]
“December 1st 2014 saw the release of The Recorder, Kobayashi‘s sophomore long-player. It marks the crescendo of an almost decade-long adventure, spanning many dozens of gigs in London and Brighton. Currently attracting rave reviews, the record is a 21-track epic in the style of the classic LP. Arranged as if over two sides, it touches on many of the genres the band hold dear, including alternative rock, intelligent electronica, dashes of metal, flashes of prog, dabblings in jazz and diversions in to dub step. The band will will be gigging The Recorder from early 2015. It is available to download for just £1 from their website.”
NAVE – Tumbleweed [starts 06:42]
“Nave is a unique and prolific solo musician/producer with a talented gift at producing and writing consitently interesting and original music. He covers a wide range of styles and always gets those hairs standing or toes tapping. He has just been picked by Kaltblut Magazine in Berlin, Germany for track of the week with his tune, Sleepwalker. He is getting neverending support and love from fans on social media and has been receiving much attention from BBC Introducing this year. Please check his Soundcloud page.”
GIRLBOY – Jennifer Lawrence [starts 10:27]
“Girlboy, a new collaboration between an award-winning feminist author (Abigail Tarttelin) and a critically acclaimed British singer-songwriter (Michael Reeve), presents first single, Jennifer Lawrence, at once an indie rock floor-filler and a tongue-in-cheek satire of society’s view of women, with the Hunger Games actress held up as a role model for how women should be, and be seen. Jennifer Lawrence is a powerful, layered, catchy track with a sound reminiscent of The National and a deep, soulful, female vocal influenced by the band’s love of Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Debbie Harry of Blondie. The song’s lyrics present a feminist take on what society asks of women, with regards to their own bodies. After the recent immediate success of the track, the pair are already at work on the follow up single to Jennifer Lawrence and hope to release new music in 2015.” This track was also reviewed by me in full for Fresh Faves 133.
HIDERS – Out Of Sight [starts 14:25]
“Hiders is the work of songwriter James Morgan, based in Glasgow. The music is mostly recorded on 4-track cassette, giving it a lo-fi feel, with spooky but melodic sounds. Hiders released an album, Bloom, in May 2014 on Roklok Records. Live gigs are quite rare but a bass player Niall Carroll and drummer Adam Jeffcock were recruited to expand the band to a three-piece for a few gigs this year. James continues to record new songs is planning a new release in 2015.”
EMILIO PINCHI – Trying Man [starts 16:46]
“Influenced by the likes of Elliott Smith and The Antlers, Emilio Pinchi carves his own perspective on folk-punk, offering a stark outlook on everyday life. Staying true to his roots, 2014 saw Emilio release Trying Man, a track he produced in his kitchen after shunning a more traditional recording environment for a DIY approach. The lo-fi record has since grabbed the attention of critics and fans alike in the Liverpool music scene. The latter half of the year has seen Emilio quietly cause further excitement, playing a plethora of unique shows which have included a support slot with Nell Bryden at Liverpool’s The Arts Club, an appearance on Bay TV’s televised launch show, and, in keeping with his DIY ethos, a live performance on a train, which was filmed by Merseyrail. Emilio will spend the first half of 2015 recording new material, with plans for a unique launch event later in the year.” This track was also reviewed by me in full for Fresh Faves 133.
THIS CITY LIMITS – Amputate [starts 19:21]
This City Limits describe themselves as “a modern punk band from Leeds, playing music that combines sensitive, melodic vocals with guitar-driven power and raw energy. Brothers Will and George Turner spent several years writing together, before being joined by drummer Josh Peters and bassist Rob Burns. The band had a productive year in 2014, playing the O2 Academy in Sheffield, and receiving attention from a number of regional and national radio stations, including BBC Introducing Sheffield. They are set to start working on a new release in January 2015, working with James Hill at Steel City Studios, Sheffield, and have gigs booked up and down the country.”
RONY TRIO – Mystery [starts 23:47]
“Born in Paris from a Brazilian mother and a Tunisian father, Rony grew up surrounded with bossa nova and oriental music as well as blues, funk, folk and British pop-rock bands. After qualifying as an anaesthetist, he came to London to study at the London Centre for Contemporary Music where he founded Rony Trio in 2013 with bass player Oliver Mitchell and drummer Jim Macrae. All of their songs are based on real-life experiences, stories and myths gathered through travels around the world, work and love. Their debut single Mystery has been mixed and mastered in London by Richard Kayvan and Kevin Metcalffe. Rony Trio is now preparing the release of their second single, Strong, in collaboration with King’s College Hospital and Together We Can – a fundraising campaign for the hospital. You can catch them live at the floating pub Tamesis Dock on the 8th January 2015 at 9pm for the promotion of the new single and fundraiser.”
LITTLE LONE WALTZ – The Visit [starts 28:17]
“I’m a bedroom musician from the Midlands,” says Little Lone Waltz “who just enjoys experimenting with sounds for my own amusement!”
BOSS CLOTH – Woohoo [starts 30:10]
“Boss Cloth are a Swindon based 2-piece currently consisting of only 1 member, Matt Sirrelle. Woohoo is one of four tracks from Boss Cloth’s only release so far, an EP called Followers of The Cloth which was released through omniphonic.co.uk Followers of The Cloth was produced by Dug Wolfsohn and features the drumming talents of Richard Cowdry along with Guitar and vocals by Matt Sirrelle. Boss Cloth will be looking to gig, record and release new material in 2015 following the successful recruitment of a new drummer. If you play the drums, like what you hear and live near enough to the Swindon area, feel free to get in touch via social media and put yourself forward!”
PAUL COOK & THE CHRONICLES – Night Fires [starts 32:42]
“Paul Cook & The Chronicles is a solo project for London born musician Paul Cook. Drawing on influences such as Cass McCombs, James Blake and Kurt Vile, Cook has released three albums and four EPs via UK indie label Grandpa Stan Records since August 2012.”
BAD IDEAS – Clumsy Hands [starts 35:27]
“Recently featured in KERRANG! and tipped as one of 11 most exciting new bands to come out of Leeds by Gigwise, Bad Ideas are a band on the up. 2014 saw Bad Ideas snapped up by stateside label, Paper + Plastick (run by Vinnie of Less Than Jake) and Uncle M music in Germany for the release of their latest EP The Better Parts Of You which received strong press coverage and positive reviews. Originally the acoustic project of ex-Living Daylights front man, Sam Cook, Bad Ideas has seen their folk inspired punk beginnings develop into something much more interesting and exciting. Bad Ideas are a band with a strong sense of direction and unrelenting work ethic – having released 2-albums, 4 music videos (amassing 20k+ views on YouTube) and toured extensively around the UK and Europe in the 3 years they have been a band. “
LUNA – Run Run Run [starts 40:00]
“Influenced by the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos, Luna combines melodic piano riffs and haunting vocals met with a Banks-esque electronic/ambient production to create a new wave of sound. Her debut track Run Run Run has received an impressive response from fans and critics alike, as well as radio play on BBC Introducing Merseyside. The track is available for free download from her Soundcloud and is accompanied by a captivating music video. With a follow-up release planned for early 2015 as well as a number of gigs across Liverpool, this girl is definitely one to watch.”
A captivating music video, eh? Let’s take a look…
SONIC FALLOUT – Unless It Takes Forever [starts 42:57]
“We’re a Glam/Punk band from Wood Green influenced by the Sex Pistols, Roxy Music and Roy Orbison” says the Sonic Fallout page on Soundcloud, where a comment describes The Heartbleeds as “our sister band” and the account is credited to an artist called Bel Fegore – whose photographs can be found on Flickr. Er, that’s pretty much all they’re prepared to tell us – or anyone else – about themselves or their music. The track itself was reviewed by me for Fresh Faves 133.
COQUIN MIGALE – Gold [starts 46:09]
Coquin Migale are, they tell us, “currently the best unsigned band in Newcastle. Their Feel EP was released on 11th Dec and already is receiving some great reviews. Not bad for a band with only 1 previous release before them. Peace (the band) have already asked them to be the main support at their forthcoming Newcastle shows in 2015. Although the above may sound boastful, it will hopefully make you, dear reader/listener, go and and check the band out. Which, after all, is what it’s all about. The band are now being approached by some smaller labels. Surely it won’t be long until the majors start knocking? Or they start knocking back the majors?!!! Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch…”
WINTER & WILLIAMS BAND – Hills & Shadows [starts 50:02]
“Winter & Williams Band are an alternative acoustic band from Cardiff, originally formed in 2006. Recommended by journalist David Owens as one of the bands to see at Cardiff’s HUB Festival 2014, the band draw a busy 2014 to a close with the release of new single ‘Hills and Shadows’ recorded by Van Morrison musician Richard Dunn and features The Mavron Quartet. W&W Band released their third EP earlier in June (recorded and mixed by Llion Robertson: Future of the Left, Zervas & Pepper) supported by the single ‘Blueberry Song’. A promo video of the single with footage from the EP launch can be found here. W&W Band will be recording a music video for Hills and Shadows with Cardiff filmmaker Simon Bartlett in the new year. They are also lining up songwriter/producer Gordon Mills Jr (The Bluetones; Nerina Pallot) to record their next single. The single, titled ‘Festa!’ will look to utilise natural voice practitioner Laura Bradshaw and African-influenced vocal group The Chapter Singers who specialize in scat-singing melodies.”
STRANGETOWN & MR RACZ – The Strange Town [starts 53:23]
Also from Cardiff, Strangetown & Mr Racz “have been producing tunes since the summer of 2013,” they tell us “but both of us have been involved in music for years. The Strangetown has its roots in house music with its melodic piano coupled with an underlying ‘bass wobble’ which gives it a more contemporary feel. Our mission is to perform our music live. If there is one thing that would describe what we are about, it’s ‘if it’s not fun we ain’t doing it’…”
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