This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB, DUNCAN ALEX, ANTIQCOOL, XAN TYLER, SOUR PURR, JOHN LEWIS, JAKE ALDRIDGE, GLASS CITY VICE, RICK FERGUSON, AIRPORT 85, LYVES, MATTIE GINSBERG, CITIZEN NOBODY, I, US, & WE, KIZZY CRAWFORD, ANON AMOS and DAN STABLES.
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 8th March (technically 2am on Monday, 9th March 2015…)
AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB – Cut So Close [starts 00:17]
Auction For The Promise Club are an indie rock band from St. Agnes, Cornwall – a picturesque fishing village at the southwestern most point of the UK. Their music echoes the stark juxtaposition of the beauty and ruggedness of their home, and sets an emotional and dynamic backdrop for the brutal rawness of singer Zoe White Chambers’ heartfelt lyrics.
DUNCAN ALEX – Up Off My Butt [starts 04:13]
“I write, sing, record and produce, and I enjoy collaborating as well,” says Duncam Alex. “I play a little bit of keyboard and guitar (quite badly I’m told by a guitarist mate). I’ve written over 200 songs (plus more instrumentals) and am aiming to get as many of them down on record before I head for the sunset. I absolutely love the process of making records as good as I can make them, and I hope this shows in my music. I’ve self-produced and published 3 albums and a handful of EPs and singles. I’ve been played on various stations across the world and internet, won competitions for my compositions, and I have been commissioned for film soundtracks. My main musical goal for 2015 is to produce a new album!”
ANTIQCOOL – Soaking Up Sunshine [starts 07:15]
“Currently co-writing songs with Norwegian producers Element and organizing a PledgeMusic campaign for the next Antiqcool album. I like to paint mental pictures with my songs around themes of love, friendship and life. Each one tells its own little story and takes you on an emotional journey, both lyrically and musically. I get my songs into your head, where they will set up camp and lay down roots. Over time you will get to know them, and hopefully, think of them as friends. Although I tinker with other instruments, I feel most at home playing acoustic or electric guitar. The idea for a song can start with a few words, or a guitar riff. I spend many hours recording basic ideas that sound interesting, then overdubbing other guitar parts, until I hear something that sounds right. If I get goosebumps, it’s usually a good sign. If you, the listener, get goosebumps, then I guess I’ve done a good job. I enjoy the process of creating arrangements for guitar, often a three or four part ensemble with other instruments thrown into the mix to add a little extra colour, and variety. I try to make my songs interesting, but not too complicated. I want people to go away humming the tunes I have created, I love it when people say ‘I can’t get that song out of my head.'”
XAN TYLER – This Room [starts 10:13]
“Previously signed to Creation Records, Poptones and Positiva, London born singer Xan Tyler has worked and played with some of the industry’s most influential characters. She toured with Alan McGee and Mad Professor and has collaborated with Timo Maas, Tim Wheeler, Lee Scratch Perry, Nik Kershaw and Stephen Hague, among others. This Room is from Xan’s 6 song EP Into the Blue. It is an enchanting mix of vocal, acoustic and electronic sounds, produced by Stuart Crossland. This is Xan’s first solo and independently released work. Now based in Scotland, Xan is writing an album and working with Adam Scott (ex Zoey Van Goey) on a live set.”
SOUR PURR – Joni [starts 13:59]
“From the damp broken confines of East London, in a dilapidated gallery, we rehearse, we perform, we record, making the noise we want to hear” say Matt, Dan, Nate and Chris aka Sour Purr. “A 4-piece of DIYers who have enough beauty and exuberance in our sonic capacity to give you something to hold on to and never let go. We put on our own shows in spaces that are forgotten, making them live again (obviously not a line to include to promoters or agents). Sour Purr are your indie-pop band flying toward the light in the corner of the room, wherever that may be.” Next Show: March 25th – New Cross inn, London
JOHN LEWIS – What Kind Of Love Is This [starts 16:46]
“In America they called it Soul, In Wales we call it Hwyl, singing with heartfelt emotion. commitment and passion. Penarth’s very own Retro-esque Indie musician /singer/songwriter John Lewis has it in spades.”
JAKE ALDRIDGE – I’ll Be There [starts 20:17]
“For the last ten years, 27 year old Jake Aldridge has been writing songs, blending Hip Hop with R&B seamlessly. His unique style and sound has recently secured him a publishing deal with Leopard Music, who are now sending some of his songs to their contacts worldwide. Jake has spent years promoting himself online and has achieved radio play with BBC Introducing in the past, he also has some of his songs airing on British television as well. Working with producers from all round the world, Jake’s aim is to write songs which have a catchy sound, and always tells a story throughout.”
GLASS CITY VICE – Landslide [starts 24:00]
“Brighton four piece Glass City Vice formed back in 2010, drawing influence from the sounds of Manchester Orchestra, Death Cab For Cutie and Diamond Youth. Their debut release, produced by Gez Walton (The King Blues), drew comparisons to Manchester Orchestra’s album Simple Math with a chorus that delivered the same powerful energy as Twin Atlantic’s Free. The track featured slick production, concise arrangements and anthemic vocal hooks. Their obvious and deep passion resulted in an increasing amount of media attention and expanding their online presence worldwide. Landslide opens with an instantly catchy guitar riff before striking with blasts of heavy tones. Josh’s vocals glide soulfully over the top and intertwine with the guitar melodies. ‘Landslide’ showcases the band’s hard work ethic. They’ve spent over a year crafting their new sound, letting their more musical and perhaps stranger influences run wild in their songwriting. This new release is a real departure from their previous material and offers something exciting and fresh for fans and newcomers. Stay tuned for imminent updates as Glass City Vice release Landslide today Monday 9 March 2015!”
RICK FERGUSON – Tangerine [starts 26:26]
“London based singer/songwriter Rick Ferguson collaborates with various artists and producers. Tangerine is Rick’s latest project. Co-writing with singer Laura Hillman from All the Queens Ravens http://allthequeensravens.com, Rick and Laura wrote the track on a roof terrace during a jam session in the Summer of 2014. The song is about fictional circus performer Tangerine AKA Eleanor, documenting her internal battle as she decides to pack in the circus for good. The writing style is heavily influenced by folk-style story telling. Produced by Matt Figgis and recorded in his home studio, Figgis builds and layers the track using orchestral keys to complement Laura’s mesmorising vibrato vocals. Depth and character are added through Hayley Cannon’s violin and backing vocals (https://soundcloud.com/hayleycannon). Plans are in the pipeline to follow up the story of Eleanor with more tracks for an EP with custom artwork
AIRPORT 85 – Back Down [starts 29:42]
“Airport 85 is the indie electro pop project of Nat Saunders, who is a writer and filmmaker by day and musician by the early hours. Nat played in math-rockers Nub in the 90s, turned to writing and filming comedy in the 2000s (the Misery Bear films he made for the BBC have very 6 Music soundtracks) and formed Airport 85 in 2010 as an outlet for his vast number of recordings. Using a mixture of live instruments, loops, soundscapes and battered old equipment (in a tiny dark room in the midnight hours), Nat makes big-hearted pop songs stuffed with melodies, harmonies and off-kilter key changes, sometimes loud and bratty, other times soft and sleepy. Back Down falls into the loud and bratty camp.”
LYVES – Shelter [starts 33:27]
Lyves described themselves as “Ambient Alt Soul”. Er, that’s it.
MATTIE GINSBERG – Skip [starts 36:09]
“I’m just trying to put my name out there” says longstanding Friend Of Freshnet Mattie Ginsberg in North Wales “…and collaborate with people and produce for them – I’m starting to get some interest at long last. In the meanwhile I’m just going to plod on with my music and keep posting it up until eventually something cracks and gives.”
CITIZEN NOBODY – Älskar [starts 38:57]
“Citizen Nobody are a collective group of musicians from Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Made up of people from both the Shankill and Falls, Citizen Nobody transcends the sectarian walls and political intransigence of our native city and bring divided people together through music. This EP was recorded at www.ramalley.com/ a studio built from the ground up by friends of Citizen Nobody. We will be going back to the studio to record a full electric album later in the year.”
I, US, & WE – Sunday [starts 43:42]
“Jordan Doverspike, Evan Doverspike and Aaron Doverspike – trading as I, Us & We – are brothers based in California who write and perform captivating dream pop they describe as “clean and unadulterated”. Their EP, the beautifully atmospheric Mono, was recorded in their home studio and produced by Chad Marshman over the course of several weeks. Taking a collaborative approach, the brothers found that some tracks came more easily than others, but the advantage of recording from a home studio meant that they could act immediately whenever inspiration struck. Mono is a fluid collection of songs featuring enigmatic sounds and vocal harmonies that ebb and flow, with each track differing in tone. The upbeat opening track Lanterns is perfectly juxtaposed with the ethereal and climactic Sunday. Third track Free is ominously sombre, whereas closing track Alive ends the EP on an optimistic note.”
KIZZY CRAWFORD – Shout Out [starts 47:39]
“18 year old Kizzy Crawford has had an exciting 12 months: she signed to BDi Music; played at Glastonbury, Festival No 6, L’Orient Festival, Dinefwr, Cornbury, SWN, The Prince Edward Islands in Canada; her debut single The Starling received support from BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales (where she was artist of the week); and performed live twice for BBC Radio 4. Kizzy also supported Newton Faulkner, Gruff Rhys and more recently, performed alongside Cerys Matthews at Westminster. Kizzy was also selected as one of 12 Horizons Cymru acts via BBC Wales which led to several festival and radio slots over the last year including a live session at BBC Maida Vale. “
ANON AMOS – I’ll Be There [starts 50:46]
AnOn AmOs are Vince Brown, J-F and Martin Cook, “a Bristol/Bath based three piece acoustic guitar collective. With comparisons made to Macca & Ron Sexsmith, their distinctive acoustic sound incorporates diverse influences behind strong melodic songs with memorable lyrics. 2014 saw them release their Debut self titled studio Album AnOn AmOs and will be followed by several EP releases this year. You can see AnOn AmOs throughout the south-west acoustic scene including Bath Folk and Priston festivals.”
DAN STABLES – Footprints In The Snow [starts 54:44]
“I’m a 23 year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Bath, says Dan Stables. My music’s the product of a wide range of influences, with Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Rage Against The Machine being particular favourites. I’m also a massive fan of film music, in particular Ennio Morricone, and I’m currently putting my love of soundtracks to use by writing the score for Unearthed, a new play which is touring London and the south west of England in May 2015. Having recently moved to London, I’m trying to break into the music scene and focusing on recording my debut EP.”
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