BBC Mixtape: 12 Jan 2015

Pollen

This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by POLLEN, LIV, MATTHEW THE OXX, MODEL AEROPLANES, RICHARD OSBORNE, HOUDINI DAX, THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (feat CRAIG OGDEN), THE WONDERSMITHS, BILLY HILL & PETE COOPER, HARRY EDWARDS, PORTRAYAL, PATAWAWA, HIGH TIDE 1547, JIM PEARSON, LUDWIG AMADEUS, CHRIS AND THE CELERIAC and TITUS MONK.

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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 11th Jan (technically 2am on Monday, 12th Jan 2015…)

POLLEN – Stepping On Lego [starts 00:17]
http://www.pollenmusic.com
“Alluring, eschewed mid-fi indie rock from the other side of the ice. Pollen are Cam Allen, Michael Lennie and Martin Brown with Australian, Scottish and Swedish members though all are British too! We have about 40-50 demos though because we are not Guns n Rose are currently whittling them down into a cohesive album. The Scandinavian Wool Sessions are all about our b-sides but stuff we thought was too good to not share.”

LIV – Special [starts 02:46]
https://soundcloud.com/liv-songs
Liv is a 20-year old singer, songwriter and producer from London. Born to an English-South American family, Liv grew up listening to contemporary American r&b and soul, encompassing artists like Destinys Child, Charlie Wilson, Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild and Bobby Valentino. When she got into her own music making in her teens, she fused the forward thinking pop structures and inventive melodic approach of these influences with the wide-ranging electronic sounds that surrounded her in her native London.”Liv

MATTHEW THE OXX – The Crack [starts 06:32]
http://www.matthewtheoxx.com
Matthew the Oxx is a folk singer from the Cotswolds, now living in Lewes, East Sussex. He has so far self-released two LPs, both well received and giving rise to the feeling that Matthew is a songwriter’s songwriter. Recently signed by the label Wild Sound Recordings, his 3rd LP First Aid for the Drowning’is due for release in spring ’15 and continues in a conceptual vein as per elephant, Matthew’s 2nd LP. The Crack is taken from elephant’and is a twist on the famous saying: ‘Blessed are the cracks, for they are how the light gets in’. One gig coming up which is at The Latest Bar in Brighton on 4/2/15.”

MODEL AEROPLANES – Club Low [starts 09:02]
http://www.modelaeroplan.es
Model Aeroplanes are a four piece indie pop band from Dundee formed in January 2013. Rory, Ben, Kieran and Grant have been best friends from the young age of 13. After a busy 2014 concluding with the release of their fourth single Club Low, the band have an even busier, exciting year ahead of them with an English tour with Prides in February, the band’s own headline Scottish tour in March and many more releases and gigs to be announced.”

RICHARD OSBORNE – Playlist [starts 11:14]
http://www.youtube.com/rdfosborne89
“I am a 25-year old R&B Artist from Ipswich, Suffolk” says Richard Osborne. “I have been writing & making music since 2010 and released three EPs, the latest, Nothing Personal mid 2014 I was invited to the BBC Introducing masterclass in 2013 at Madia vale studios. I have collaborated with numerous artists from the US which include Torch (Maybach Music), Ca$his (Shady Records), Dice raw (The roots), Sadat X, Mistah FAB, Sean Brown and from the UK Scorcher, Kid Bookie, MdotE. My dad heavily influenced me to make music: he was a bass player for a band so growing up I was always around music. My favourite artists are The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, The-Weeknd, Justin Timberlake, Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR”

HOUDINI DAX – Get Your Goo On [starts 13:59]
http://www.houdinidax.com
Houdini Dax channel the joy of Britpop and the melodies of The Fab Four with the supercharged energy of new wave to create a post-modern mod-ish melodic racket. Championed by the likes of John Robb, Louder Than War, Mark Beaumont and The Guardian, Houdini Dax’s brand new radio promo marks the band’s first new material since being chosen as winners in the Horizons Scheme an industry led initiative run by BBC Wales in conjunction with Arts Council for Wales.  Influences range from The Beatles to Tame Impala, Supergrass to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Beach Boys to Black Sabbath. Houdini Dax’s live set takes their audience on a journey of indefinable yet recognisable showpieces.”Houdini Dax

THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (feat CRAIG OGDEN) –
Let It Go
[starts 16:58]
http://thecommanderinchief.net
“The innovative and exciting cooperation between heavy metal guitarist/singer/songwriter The Commander-In-Chief (AKA The Queen of Shred) and leading Classical guitarist Craig Ogden resulted in the release of their fantastic album 2 Guitars – The Classical Crossover Album in December 2014. Craig Ogden had his third number 1 album on the Classical Charts in the UK in 2014, he has been nominated for the Brit Awards several times and his debut album was Grammy nominated. He usually works with major record labels but his cooperation with The Commander-In-Chief is a self financed project. Following The Chief´s success with her guitar version of Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 in December 2013, she contacted Craig Ogden and they quickly decided to record an album together. The duo travelled to Norway in October 2014 and performed in two prisons, one of them a high security facility. It was an emotional experience, especially when both the inmates and the guards were moved to tears by Let It Go. They are currently looking to book more shows and tours since they love working together.”

THE WONDERSMITHS – Public Admiration [starts 19:49]
http://www.thewondersmiths.com
The Wondersmiths are a fresh, exciting, and massively energetic indie rock band” they tell us “with genre defining ambitions. These vibrant performers…” they continue “have a passion for creating and performing a unique brand of anthemic music, bringing an infectious, unavoidable vitality to venues and audiences across the UK. The band plan to take themselves to new heights this year, with the wheels already in motion on a UK tour, as well as gearing up for their next single at the end of February, oficial date to be announced.”

BILLY HILL & PETE COOPER –
Synapse & Hod The Lass
[starts 23:01]
https://soundcloud.com/billy-98
http://www.petecooper.com
Billy Hill has been playing folk fiddle since he was seven. (He loves the bluesy, syncopated Appalachian stuff best + Cajun music.) Still only 16, he’s been performing at festivals (Tabernacle Folk; Bideford; Orchestra in a Field; Folk by the Oak; BBC Proms) and clubs (Troubadour; Mau Mau; + folk clubs) for the last six years. He has supported Eliza Carthy, Tim Eriksen, Dave Swarbrick and Bruce Molsky. He also plays guitar in a big band and a jazz quartet. Pete Cooper plays, teaches, composes, records and writes about fiddle music. He is best known for his tutorial book/CD The Complete Irish Fiddle Player (1995), published in the USA by Mel Bay, and his more recent collections issued by Schott. A firm believer in lifelong learning, Pete has run regular fiddle courses in London since the mid-1980s, bringing his group classes under one roof in 2001 as the London Fiddle School. Pete has been Billy’s folk teacher right from the start.”

Harry EdwardsHARRY EDWARDS – Almost Everybody [starts 26:42]
https://soundcloud.com/harry-edwards
“My name is Harry Edwards. I’m 24 and come from Aylsham in norfolk. i started making this music about 5 months ago now. I make all the music myself on my laptop in my bedroom. I’ve got my first proper gig coming up on the 30th of january. I’d say my main influences were Arca, Kanye, Justin Timberlake, The mars volta, Lapalux, Lapsley, Oceean, Stwo.”

PORTRAYAL – Never Adjusted [starts 31:33]
https://www.facebook.com/portrayalmusic
“We’re a duo (Rob Tranter and Joe Crook) from Shrewsbury” say Portrayal. “We’ve been friends for years but didn’t actually start recording music together until recently when the two bands we were in previously came to an end. We like to mix up rock and electronica with other styles such as shoegaze and post punk etc, whilst keeping a focus on melody and structure. We’ve a wide range of influences both musical and cinematic and try to distill these into a sound that’s unique and interesting to us. We’re currently putting the finishing touches to our debut album To the Black Sea which is to be released early in 2015. We are also looking forward to working the songs out for a live set, which could be both interesting and challenging as a duo.”

PATAWAWA – Knowleston Palace [starts 35:13]
http://www.patawawa.com
“Out of the quiet town of Matlock come Patawawa – an electronic trio that blends beats to pump blood, glittered guitar riffs and basslines that bite. The three-piece have crafted a sound that stays true to the neon roots of funk and disco, but dress it with a cheekiness that could only have come out of Derbyshire. 2014 has been a great year for Patawawa as they placed 20th in the most played artists of the year via BBC Introducing in the East Midlands. Dean Jackson (BBC Nottingham DJ) played a short clip of their track Dare to Disco on radio 1 as an act to look out for in 2015. Their second EP Knowleston Palace is coming out in March and you can find them on www.soundcloud.com/patawawa and facebook and twitter. They have gigs coming up this year around Sheffield (o2 Academy Sheffield 30th of January), Manchester, Liverpool and London. 2015 sets to be a bright year for the Indie Disco trio with lots of fun lined up.”

HIGH TIDE 1547 – Shade Of Blue [starts 38:53]
https://www.facebook.com/HighTide1547
“A fuzzy twist on influences from the shoegaze and dream pop scenes of the late 80s and early 90s, High Tide 15:47  from Newcastle-upon-Tyne have” they tell us “begun to make waves locally since previewing their first demo Too Much Time Alone in January 2014. They were a popular choice in the voting for Evolution Emerging Festival 2014, which showcases the best new talent from the region. After much fine-tuning from recording and mixing sessions both in their Ouseburn practice space and with Mick Ross (Minotaurs, ex-Frankie & The Heartstrings), the band will be releasing their self-titled debut EP on 19th January 2015, with promotional shows to be announced imminently.”

JIM PEARSON – Right Now Is The Moment [starts 43:32]
https://www.facebook.com/jimpearsonmusic
Jim Pearson started writing songs as he approached his fortieth birthday, driven by a sense of self-expression and self-therapy. His songs range from the whimsical to some of the most bitter and somber themes, yet always with a paradoxical childlike spirit that meets them head-on – wide-eyed and full of hopeful energy. My ultimate goal” he says “is to write and record a song so irresistible that people who hear it are changed, moved in some way, and the world becomes a slightly better place for it. I haven’t written that song yet.” He’s currently finishing his fifth self-produced album and has a new band, Scaredycats. His previous releases are on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp whist new songs and works in progress can be found on Soundcloud.

LUDWIG AMADEUS – Anamnesis [starts 47:58]
http://www.ludwigamadeus.com
Ludwig Amadeus is a 26 year old German born, yet London based producer/songwriter. To date he has released four singles on his own label Size 9 Records, all of which have received airplay on all national UK radio as well as playlisting on MTV and reviews in Mixmag and DJ Mag. In addition to his pop career he is also prolific in providing instrumentals to TV, Film and Advertising. Recent clients include Disney, Wella, Varipix, Giovanni Bianco, NBC, Umbro, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ABC and MTV.”

CHRIS AND THE CELERIAC – Mash Up [starts 51:41]
https://www.facebook.com/chrisandtheceleriac
Chris And The Celeriac is an attempted boy band with only two members, one of which is a root vegetable with nutty overtones…” The other is Chris Sav – see below. “They mostly sing songs about food and existential crises, and explore these themes through porridge, jam and mashed potato metaphors. Look mum we actually have some gigs coming up: 26th February Komedia, Brighton, 16th February Tristan Bates Theatre, London”

TITUS MONK – Templar [starts 55:24]
https://www.facebook.com/whoistitusmonk
Titus Monk is a song writer from the hills of North Wales. And something in the hills is a-rumbling…”

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Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...

3 Comments

  1. Adam J. Qüæck/Titus Monk

    Thank you so much for including me. And I love the description you added, It’s something a friend of mine said about me a while back. Describes me well in a way. :)

    Much love to you and Mr Hudson your producer.

  2. Thanks again tom! saw you at jazz cafe a few months back, great set!

  3. This is exactly why lack of attic insulation always causes the hot air to ascend from the house and get directly away through the roof.

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