BBC Mixtape: 23 Mar 2015

Best Boy grip

This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by BEST BOY GRIP, HEAVY PETTING ZOO, LONDON SOUNDKLASH, THE DIEBACKS, BLOOM, THE GREAT CURVE, DAH RHYL GAH MOOR, DAVE BEETHAM, ORLANDO SEALE & THE SWELL, ELEPHANT MEMOIRS, LA LEIF, ROB ST JOHN, POCKET CLUB, MONMON, BIM, VINCENT BURKE, TEAL and FORK AND KNIFE.

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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 22nd March (technically 2am on Monday, 23rd March 2015…)

BEST BOY GRIP – Sharks [starts 00:16]
http://www.bestboygrip.co.uk
“Eoin O’Callaghan is the man and the voice behind Best Boy Grip. He is a talented songwriter who hails from Derry, N.Ireland. Sharks is Best Boy Grip’s brand new single and it’s the first track to come from Best Boy Grip’s Debut Album due for release on 7th Sept. There will be a Pledge Music campaign launching any day now where Best Boy Grip is asking his friends and patrons to help curb the costs of giving the album a proper birth. Best Boy Grip describes the first single Sharks as a metaphor for anyone or anything that’s out to get you. You can get Sharks on iTunes and Bandcamp from 30th March!”

HEAVY PETTING ZOO – Isabelle [starts 03:22]
http://heavypettingzoo.co.uk
“Isabelle is the latest release from Swansea’s Heavy Petting Zoo – following on from last year’s Crash on the Too Pure Singles Club. Available now as a digital download and split 7″ with fellow Welsh band The Joy Formidable – as part of their Aruthrol Singles Club. Heavy Petting Zoo have continued their dark themes whilst pushing the surf rock rhythms which saw them bewilder audiences at festivals like Green Man, Reading & Leeds last year – helped along the way with their dancer Jon. Yes, they have a dancer. An album is due later this year with live dates coming soon.”

LONDON SOUNDKLASH – MAF Million Is Born [starts 05:37]
https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Soundklash/133334613405439
“We’re a London duo that focuses primarily on Hip-Hop and Dubstep, or a blend of the two…” say London Soundklash “…making music that inspires us, making music that inspires you to buy it, trying to concentrate on making music before being distracted by the appeal of nerf guns, crap music because it gives us hope, lots of other stuff we can’t thing of. We turn the alphabet and synthesisers into anthems and symphonies. Have a gander.”

THE DIEBACKS – You I Run To [starts 08:47]
https://soundcloud.com/the_diebacks
The Diebacks were “born in the wilds of South Norfolk, banjo country without the rapids. The result of two years playing in Jim’s garage, freezing in the winter and sweating in our underpants in the Summer, trying to pin down a stream of musical consciousness into 20 or 30 original songs. Musically influenced by all music we’ve ever enjoyed and then tried to mashed it all together. We have 8 or so songs available on CD baby which if bought, you could put in a folder and call it our album. Played a fair few venues round Norwich and you can see us again at the Blueberry music house on 19th April.”

BLOOM – Pale Moon Golden Light [starts 12:10]
https://www.facebook.com/bloomsongs
Bloom is a London based songstress who’s whimsical and synaesthetic songs are inspired from her dreams. Her latest offering Pale Moon Golden Light is a stripped back intimate song performed at the piano. She has a passion for the harmonium and horn sections and is currently working on her debut album. Her next single will be announced in the coming weeks and released this Spring.”

THE GREAT CURVE – Carried Away [starts 15:46]
https://facebook.com/thegreatcurve.newcastle
The Great Curve are a “Newcastle upon Tyne based 5-piece featuring members of Grandfather Birds, Deerhart & Last Waltz – set to release their debut EP in March 2015.”

DAH RHYL GAH MOOR – Right Swipe [starts 19:45]
http://drgm.website/
Dah Rhyl Gah Moor are a London based duo creating Chill Out with High Life and Jazz influences using live instruments and samples, whilst retaining an authentic electronic timbre. Joined by featured singers and instrumentalists, the group provide a fresh take on a genre which is ever increasing in popularity.”

DAVE BEETHAM – What’s She Like [starts 23:07]
https://www.facebook.com/DaveBeethamMusic
“I’m an ex art school introvert with a passion for pop music” says Dave Beetham. “If I really had to I would classify myself as a songwriter, but I don’t really feel like one. I write songs and play guitar, I don’t sit down with a guitar to write a song as might be expected though. I sometimes hear songs in my head as soundtracks to images, feelings, memories and guilty little fantasies. I’m compelled to produce music, I feel like I just have to do it or I will shrivel up. If I had to be anywhere, I’d be at home, in my studio with the doors locked. I’ve tried to be sociable, I really have, but I never know what to wear, what to say or in which corner to stand.”

ORLANDO SEALE & THE SWELL – All Of The Dogs [starts 25:47]
http://orlandoseale.com/
“British-born singer songwriter Orlando Seale was living and working as an actor in LA when his girlfriend lent him Elliot Smith’s old guitar. Then she left him. He made his way home to London and was struck by the rapidly changing capital, staggering along in the wake of the financial crash. A new menace, and a keen sense of mortality shot through his songs. A collaboration with an orchestra for The Old Vic Tunnels gave birth to The Swell and a more ambitious sound that sought to capture the epic sweep of the “unreal city”, its caffeinated highs and gin-street lows.”

ELEPHANT MEMOIRS – Mug [starts 28:04]
http://www.elephantmemoirs.co.uk/
Elephant Memoirs are an alternative indie/rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. They are John and Carl Aspinall (guitar & bass) with Barry Drew (drums). Their new single Mug is out now and available for free download at www.soundcloud.com/elephantmemoirs. The song sticks to the bands unique style which in their words is “A driving powerful rhythm section, accompanied by melodic distorted guitar”. Recorded at Base HQ Studios in Newcastle, the band are already booked in again in June, where they will be recording a new EP. They plan to release it along with a launch gig in August. They are confirmed to play the Unlimited Festival in June, a week long festival down the north east coastline. They have other things in the pipeline and hope the rest of 2015 to be a good one. Keep checking their Facebook page for more information.”

LA LEIF – Water Torture [starts 32:24]
http://www.laleif.com/
La Leif is a South London producer whose new song Water Torture is like Matthew Herbert gone pop. It’s a mix of experimental sound, repetition and distorted snippets of rhythm underpinned by a pure core of Yon Voosti’s catchy vocal melodies. Brighton-born La Leif rides a platform of heavy bass and moody forest synths, made lilting and unstable by rare found sounds with rhythmic patterns both repetitive and erratic. She splits her time between recording, collaboration and her musical Masters degree in London. This is where she met Yon Voosti, a singer, songwriter and producer also based in South London. They are both set to release their debut eps later this year.”

ROB ST JOHN – Surface Tension [starts 35:34]
http://www.robstjohn.co.uk
Rob St John is a musician from East Lancashire.  Using guitars, analogue synth, tube organ, tape loops and field recordings, he’s released a string of records, both under his own name (Weald LP, 2011; Charcoal Black 7″, 2013; Young Sun 10″, 2015) and with collaborative projects such as Water of Life and Folklore Tapes.  His newest release is Surface Tension: a book and CD of new music, photography and writing exploring the River Lea in East London, using creative production techniques such as decaying tape loops and sonifications to echo the river’s pollution.”

POCKET CLUB – Homesick [starts 39:13]
http://www.pocketclub.co.uk/
Pocketclub are a Camden based trio from London comprising vocalist and Brit School graduate Adem Andel plus multi-instrumentalists Keir Adamson and Adam Smith. Since their formation, the band has gone from strength to strength, recently being named a resident artist at the Roundhouse. Set to release their debut EP on March 23rd, co-produced by Joe Fields, Pocketclub will also be rocking audiences with an immersive gig at the Roundhouse on March 27th.”

MONMON – Something Anything [starts 42:05]
https://www.facebook.com/MonMonTheBand
Longstanding friends of this show MonMon describe themselves as “a three piece from Leeds playing a louche, swaggering style of lowlife garage rock tuned between the frequency of black light and a small earhquake.”

BIM – My Body My Mind [starts 45:06]
https://www.bimmusic.com
The Bath-based duo of Becky and Tim = Bim. “We have just uploaded our latest singles, What You Wanted and My Body My Mind to BBC Introducing. The Guardian compared us to Saint Etienne and Q said Massive Attack which is a bit too nice, but we’re British-y, classic alt-pop sounding so you can sort of see how they got there. Thought you might like it. Have a listen and let us know what you think. If you fancy, we also have videos up for My Body My Mind http://youtu.be/egx_k83kaYU and What You Wanted http://youtu.be/KfyP-biMzOY.” Their album Two is released this Thursday: 26 March 2015.

VINCENT BURKE – It Can Happen To You [starts 48:34]
https://www.facebook.com/MusicandGigs
“Continuing to play for noisy pubs and ‘intimate’ venues around London, Vincent Burke now seeks the fresh air and long walks of a Summer Festival.  He is well behaved, pet-friendly and entertaining close-up. His music seeks to be both melodic and non-stupid. Recent triumphs include airplay on Radio 3 (with his song Remembrance Day) and finding a vegetarian sausage at the back of the fridge. He lives alone in a large shoe with his wife and four children and while his feet may be in the gutter, his soul rides tempestuously on the stars. Please like his Facebook page and buy his album Live in London.”

TEAL – Terror Duck Teal [starts 50:37]
https://www.facebook.com/tealfusion
Teal are a Garage Rock duo from Medway in Kent. “Our demo is heavily inspired by The White Stripes, despite not even listening to them until after its release, which is a pleasant surprise. The band consists of Stephen Fishman on the guitar and vocals, and Rosa Loveridge- Greene on the drums. Stephen has taken time out of university to focus on music, whereas Rosa couldn’t get into university. The band was formed and named in our favourite pub, the Man of Kent, in Rochester, during a drunken philosophical conversation about the concept of creating new colours. We decided on our sound the day Stephen bought his Big Muff pedal. We are currently securing some gigs both local and further afield, and are always in the process of writing new material.”

FORK AND KNIFE – Crystal Valley [starts 54:36]
https://facebook.com/useyourforkandknife
“Born and raised in the darkest depths of the Devonshire countryside, Andrew Perring has been involved in music since a very young age. Playing in various bands throughout his teens, he later decided to move to London and go it alone. His first solo project was under his post-rock inspired A Egg moniker and saw him release his debut E.P Archway on indie label Dedpop. He went on to work for Rage Panda Studios composing the score for the video game Prism Theory whilst also turning his attention to pop music and working with various singers. His new project Fork and Knife pays homage to all of the above, from ambient guitar swells to the sweetest synth melodies.”
Fork And Knife
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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...

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for playing my song Tom! I really appreciate it, hearing it on the Radio was amazing! Dave :)

  2. Thanks so much for playing me again, and alongside the Great Orlando too! Here’s the video


    Vincent
    ps. new biog. lost or too late?
    Ah – thanks for the nudge, Vincent: updated biog discovered and duly implemented in the main tracklisting above. Tx

  3. Wonderful to be included in this fine Mixtape. Thanks Tom. Here is the video to ‘Sharks’ for anyone interested in checking it out!

  4. Barry

    Just want to say thanks for including us in this great mixtape Tom. Was wondering if any chance you could email me at all, for me to ask your advice on a few things?? Thanks, Barry (elephant memoirs)

  5. god you’re efficient! – thanks Tom :-)

  6. Thanks very much for including our track Tom!

    I’ve been out of the country so this was a nice surprise to come back to!

    Our debut EP (Including the featured song, Carried Away) is released on April 13th & we’re having a launch party on Saturday 11th at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle’s Ouseburn…

    Here’s the FB link for those interested: https://www.facebook.com/events/1541559629439295/

    Mick. (The Great Curve) x

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