This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by HAWK, KING NO-ONE, ST KILDA MAILBOAT, CHIEDU ORAKA, ALI WARREN, LITTLE LAPIN, MARTIN CALLINGHAM, NINETIES BOY, FIGHTING CARAVANS, SHOOT THE DUKE, SHE DREW THE GUN, TIM BICK, JACK ROBERT HARDMAN, ROPE STORE, THE SOUTH ROAD, RIVERS and DREW MILLER.
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 18th Jan (technically 2am on Monday, 19th Jan 2015…)
HAWK – Clockhands [starts 00:17]
London-based foursome Hawk make, we’re told, “Noir alt. rock. Mostly in a Ford Focus, most of the time. After initially setting off on a solo folk career. Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk began collaborating with Matt Harris in 2012. The following year the pair joined Sam Campbell and Chris Handsley to form HAWK – who released their debut single Take Off Your Suit in July 2013, followed by their EP The Sum of All Things in early 2014 and a series of live dates.” Clockhands is the lead track from their new five-track EP, out Feb 23 on their own label Veta Records.
KING NO-ONE – Gold [starts 04:10]
King No-one – aka Zach Lount, Joe Martin, James Basile and Alex Townsley – are an Indie Rock band from York who won the 2013 Centre Stage competition as well a Universities battle of the bands in Leeds. In the Summer of 2013 they played at Beacons festival and also Leeds and Reading festival on the BBC introducing stage where Sean Adams from Drowned in Sound named them his ‘Favourite new band’. They were featured in Metro newspaper, on various blogs and every newspaper in Yorkshire, and were recommended to the BBC Introducing Mixtape by Jericho Keys. Last year they sold out the local venues Fibbers and Oporto bar three times and appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday brunch with their single Millennium.
ST KILDA MAILBOAT – Kiev Hotel [starts 07:02]
“Mark is lyrical wizard; Claire is musical high priestess” say St Kilda Mailboat “They met on a remote Scottish island in 2002 and have been concocting sounds together ever since. Many years were spent busking and gigging round Europe where they entertained invalids, ambassadors, squatters, the nouveau riche, children, drunks, a three-handed levitating Slovak and anyone else who would listen. Lately they’ve brought their unique blend of post-apocalyptic skiffle, synchronized dance routines and homemade headgear back to their native Scotland, choosing to settle on the banks of the Tay”*
* All statements contained above, they add “are true and honest and will stand up against the most severe scrutiny and interrogation.”
CHIEDU ORAKA – I’m From A City [starts 09:14]
Chiedu Oraka – aged 27 – is the first of tonight’s rappers from Kingston Upon Hull. “It’s a city” we’re told “not really known for its urban culture and music. Chiedu Oraka doesn’t let that stop him from expressing himself through the art of rap with a sound that goes against the grain of what we are used to hearing. He embraces his Yorkshire surroundings and constantly reminds us through his words that diversity is something we should be proud of and being different is something you should cherish. Chiedu got into music properly in 2010 and released a mixtape entitled Not Your Average Spitting. In 2013 Chiedu released an 8 track EP, WorkRate. He is currently working on his third project The Progression which should be released around March this year. Upcoming gig: 17th Feb The Sesh, Hull.”
ALI WARREN – Where You Wanted [starts 12:44]
Ali Warren is a London-based musician who plays both with a band and as a solo artist. After the release of the first single What We Say with the Ali Warren Band, Ali toured extensively around Europe playing United Islands Festival in Prague and UK festivals Larmer Tree, Nova and Sofar. In 2014 he released the EP A Thousand Faces as part of band Hush Mikolka. 2015 sees the release of a new single Where You Wanted. Ali is looking to release his debut album by the end of the year, as well as a follow-up single in April. He is currently booking shows and festivals in and around the UK.
LITTLE LAPIN – Remember The Highs [starts 17:35]
“UK indie pop singer-songwriter Little Lapin has been making her mark on audiences all over the world, from New Zealand where she was based for five years, to New York where she recently performed the last leg of her acoustic tour. Her highly anticipated follow-up album due is due to be released this year and promises to deliver more of her infectious indie pop gems. Celebrated New Zealand producer, and ex member of Goldenhorse, Ben King guests on all of Little Lapin’s forthcoming tracks, including Remember The Highs, her latest offering.
Live Dates: Tue 20th Jan – Mr Wolfs, Bristol; Fri 30th Jan – Ort Arts Cafe, Birmingham; Sat 31st Jan – Warwick Arts Centre (with Bonnie Dobson); Sun 1st Feb – The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry; Thurs 12th Feb – Jericho Tavern, Oxford; 21st – 31st May – How The Light Gets In Festival, Hay on Wye.”
MARTIN CALLINGHAM – Knots [starts 21:01]
“Martin Callingham – singer & songwriter with Joyce the Librarian – now presents his first solo release Tonight, We All Swim Free on 16th February via Folkwit Records. After a somewhat nomadic childhood and spells in Herefordshire, Birmingham and London, Martin now calls Bristol home. The album, written between a short solo tour of Italy last December and the first studio sessions in April is a collection of acutely melodic and affectingly personal songs, interspersed with the occasional instrumental interlude, field recording and heartening slice of lo-fi pop. The arrangements are sparse in places, lush and expansive elsewhere, with Martin’s delicate guitar and soothing vocal at their core.”
NINETIES BOY – Two Day Hangover [starts 24:21]
In contrast to the gritty Northern realism and passionate flow of fellow Hull rapper Chiedu Oraka, we find Luke “Nineties Boy” Chambers approaching local culture in upbeat and celebratory mood in this slice of cheeky retro electro pop fun. Its tight focussed hooks are matched by a sharp video (see below) by Shoot J Moore that’s already racked up 1600 plays in its first two weeks. Nineties Boy will be opening for Mikill Pane on his UK tour at the infamous Engine Shed in Lincoln on Thursday 5th February, and in their different ways Luke and Chiedu are both taking a long-overdue stand to celebrate the roots and language of their East Yorkshire heritage. I wonder what a collaboration between the two of them would sound like… now there’s a thought.
FIGHTING CARAVANS – Bootmakers To The King [starts 28:08]
“A tacky disco meets a Last-mile wake…Fighting Caravans are a 5-piece Alternative Rock band from Leeds, UK. Formed in early 2014, the group record political and spiritual disdain with Americana/Blues overtones. The vintage guitar sounds lend to an aching exposition of lyrical variety, from the final confessional moments of a felo-de-se to narcotic anthropomorphism, Fighting Caravans have a burden only alleviated via public execution. In a French coma, I give in…” The band have just released their first demo EP and are currently in the process of writing new material for the recording of their debut EP; set for release Autumn 2015. The dates of the Spring tour which sees the band playing live in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester & Sheffield, amongst other places will be announced in January
SHOOT THE DUKE – With You [starts 31:43]
Formed on the back end of 2013, Shoot The Duke are, they tell us “an energetic acoustic duo from Southsea. Drawing inspiration from modern artists such as Jamie T, Passenger and Ed Sheeran but combining their style with older influences such as Johnny Cash. The duo finished off their first year together in 2014 by releasing their 4-track EP The Blackwell Incident and took part in a tour with local folk artists Hometown Show and The Paper Trains.”
SHE DREW THE GUN – If You Could See [starts 34:41]
“If You Could See is the first single from She Drew the Gun‘s debut album. The band have been working with James Skelly (The Coral) at Skeleton Key Records in the Wirral and Liverpool. Centred around songwriter Louisa Roach’s engaging vocals and wordplay, they have produced an album of “interesting and weird, trippy pop”. The song tells the tale of a person frustrated by the injustice they see in the world praying out to someone, only to hear an unexpected reply from a futuristic assemblage. She Drew the Gun will be joining labelmates The Sundowners on their UK tour in February, bringing a stripped back vibe to these particular shows. Check the website for ticket details.”
TIM BICK – Slang [starts 38:45]
Artist biog of the week, beyond a shadow of doubt, comes from Tim Bick. “Tim spends most of his time at home in his private sauna in Brighton, where he composes music on his favourite instrument, the 12 string ukulele, which appears impervious to extreme temperature. He aims for a recorded sound midway between the first Only Ones album and Leona Anderson’s Music To Suffer By, with a dash of Barry Ryan. Slang is the companion track on recent single Ariège, which has featured on podcasts from blogs The Sound Of Confusion and Earbuddy, and topped the indie chart at Chartburst.com. The promotional tour for the single took in a string of performances at shopping centre Santas’ Grottoes, marred only by one minor tussle between Tim’s manager Shel Valentine and an unseasonably grumpy elf. A triad of singles will be released in 2015 and Tim is also planning his first nervous breakdown, which he hopes to develop into a series of harrowing spoken word albums with acapella backing from ex-members of 90s boy bands.”
JACK ROBERT HARDMAN – Nuclear Family [starts 42:00]
“I’m currently recording new material that will be released as a brand new 4 track EP” says Jack Hardman. “I’m also spending a lot of time rehearsing with my live band, as I’m making my debut appearances at festivals in summer. 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!”
ROPE STORE – Get Me Out [starts 44:56]
“Meet Rope Store! A brand new and exciting 60s inspired project by Jason Baldock and Gemma Dietrich. Jason’s an all singing, all producing, multi instrumentalist. Gemma’s an all singing, all blogging, jack of many trades. Having only formed at the end of 2014, they have already uploaded four hit tracks onto Bandcamp, with more on the way. They record straight onto 8-track reel-to-reel, using only one vintage 1940s ribbon mic. Everything has been recorded in an unused nuclear bunker in Norwich, which also functions as Jason’s recording studio, Old School Studios. The studio is rich with vintage analogue equipment. Rope Store are currently training up a 7-piece live band, which includes drums, bass, guitar, percussion, brass and layer upon layer of harmonised vocals. Watch this space for upcoming shows. In the meantime, keep checking Bandcamp for more new tracks – all available to download for free.”
THE SOUTH ROAD – Not In My Nature [starts 47:34]
“The South Road are a 4-piece from Porthcawl: musicians who have been playing in various cover and original bands have come together and begun writing original material. We think we are influenced by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Band of Horses & Delta Spirit.”
RIVERS – Vincent [starts 51:17]
“I’ve been making music for about 2 years,” says Rivers “but only recently started having a clearer and more defined idea of what directions I enjoy and want to explore musically. Kanye West, James Blake and minimal photography are my main creative inspirations. I’ll be working on an EP later in the year as well as starting live shows.”
DREW MILLER – Future Synth [starts 53:40]
“Drew Miller – aka Pigsywigsy – is a passionate producer of electronic music from Glasgow. His style is eclectic, often genre defying and frequently laced with humour. He’s had his music released on the Vinyl Frontier and Funny Vinyl labels, appeared on a Fantazia compilation under the name Sensoria, and in early 2015 has a collab track with Fractal Architect called The Shuffle coming on the PHW Elements label. He’s currently creating lots of quality electronic music and pestering record labels worldwide to release it!”
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