This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by KING NO-ONE, LEWIS & LEIGH, NICK TANN, WILSONI THA’ FUNK MASTA, MORO & THE SILENT REVOLUTION, THE GRAVITY DRIVE, RONEN GREEN, TIMESLIDES, TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN, CJ REARDON, DISRAELI GEARS, THOM WORTH, JOHN E VISTIC, THE LITTLE UNSAID and MICK FLAHERTY.
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 5th April (technically 2am on Monday, 6th April 2015…)
KING NO-ONE – Foreign Tongue [starts 00:17]
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’. Foreign Tongue is the first of a chain of singles they’re doing this year, complete with a story music video for it on their You tube channel. Their next release Philosophical will be coming in April, followed by their next main headline show in York on 9th May.
LEWIS & LEIGH – Devil’s in the Detail [starts 03:57]
“Lewis & Leigh are delighted to announce the upcoming release of their second EP Missing Years (27th April). They’ve teamed up once again with Matt Ingram & Dan Cox at Urchin Studios – the team also behind Laura Marling’s latest album Short Movie. The roots of Lewis & Leigh stretch from the Deep South all the way over to the Welsh coast. Drawing on the rich heritage of these two musical hotbeds, Al Lewis and Alva Leigh create a unique blend of Celtic folk and Americana. In early 2014, Al & Alva began writing songs together with no plan in mind. They quickly bonded over their love of Whiskeytown, Gillian Welch, and The Band. Within weeks, these Americana-tinged folk songs tumbled out to form a life of their own, and suddenly Lewis & Leigh was born. This year they’ve already been busy, performing at both the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, and the Country 2 Country festival at The O2 in London. Lewis and Leigh will be launching the Missing Years EP with shows at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff and the Slaughtered Lamb in London on the 6th and 7th May respectively before going out on tour opening for Paper Aeroplanes.”
NICK TANN – Don’t [starts 07:35]
“Three years after giving up work to become a full time musician, Nick Tann is going from strength to strength. Self-managing, self booking and self-promoting (he even wrote this!) you will see him plying his own brand of soulful and honest ballads all over the UK and abroad. Often compared to his idols Jeff Buckley and John Martyn, Nick prides himself on his lyrics and the sense of drama he creates. His live performances are quickly becoming legendary and with the recent adoption of Drew Harris on accordion (not literally!) Nick is certainly worth looking out for at your favourite festival or venue this summer.”
WILSONI THA’ FUNK MASTA –
Strange People (feat. LEANNE ROBINSON) [starts 10:57]
“Wilsoni Tha’ Funk Masta might not be that catchiest name (though it’s #1 Google search result)” says the artst in question “but as a nickname from high school in Scotland it sure serves its purpose as a mission statement. I see The Funk as an attitude, rather than a style, I play Bass, rhythm guitar and drums, program the keyboards and machines, rope in featured artists to focus the arrangements, and try to mix and master everything myself (I’m obsessed with Prince). The Funk across genres has always had a social commentary running through it, so I try to write conscious lyrics – though sometimes filtered through George Clinton’s mythological satire. As far as I’m concerned, if the music doesn’t make you pull a face and nod your head then I’m doing something wrong. The EP’s out on Monday (6th April). The next project – a 2-track Socialistic EP – will hopefully come out to coincide with the General Election in a month, I have a few more small releases planned throughout the year and I’m trying to scale down/arrange the productions for a live revue in the vein of a Prince/James Brown/D’Angelo show.”
MORO & THE SILENT REVOLUTION – Spike Milligan [starts 15:12]
“Moro & the Silent Revolution formed in 2010, to work on singer-songwriter Moro’s “little [folk-]pop jewels that many established songwriters would kill for”, as one critic had it. The lineup includes Moro himself (guitars, vocals), Lorenzo Gasperoni (everything with strings), Francobeat Naddei (keyboards) &, occasionally, Denis Valentini (drums) and Enrico Farnedi (bass). Home Pastorals (Gamma Pop, May 2014) is the band’s third album. Their transatlantic folk-pop has evoked comparisons to Wilco & Fleet Foxes, though songwriter Moro’s stated objective is “writing Paul Weller tunes with Leonard Cohen lyrics”. City Pastoral, the single, has already been used as a TV theme tune, and songs have been heard on British, Italian & Spanish radios. Moro & the Silent Revolution are currently working on their fourth album (High and Slow) and on a collection of Eighties covers (Folk the Eighties). Their instrumentals are being used by Italian national radio and TV.”
THE GRAVITY DRIVE – Hearts and Minds [starts 18:42]
The Gravity Drive are an independent husband and wife duo from Bridport. Hearts and Minds is the final single taken from The Gravity Drive’s debut album Testament and is released on May 18th. The duo have a live session for Bob Harris recorded at Radio 2 being broadcast on April 12th. They are touring throughout May and June and will be appearing at Glastonbury Festival. After that they begin work on their second album. All dates and songs and videos can be found via their website.
RONEN GREEN – Road Of War [starts 22:43]
“Ronen Green is an independent musician and singer-songwriter, currently based in Israel, with South African roots. A year after the release of his debut album Puzzle, comes a new song, Road of War, out of his next album, due in Summer 2015. The song was written during the latest middle eastern conflict in August 2014, which brought up these common feelings about the endless ritual of war, that seems to repeat itself again and again throughout history. A combination between an upbeat groove and the explicit text, create an optimistic feeling with an offer for a change and hope.”
TIMESLIDES – Northern Lights [starts 27:21]
“Have you ever dreamt you were punching under water?” ask Timeslides who describe their music as “London-based corporate doormat pop for daydreamers, lovers and escapees…”
TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN – Fear Of The Big Hit [starts 30:50]
“A border town, double down – these nights can get so long
No matter how you found the sound – as now you have the song
Messengers change and rearrange – the message carries on
No matter how you found this town – you’re welcomed, come along
This is Tijuana. 2015 got off to a quick start for Tijuana with the release of Les Femmes, a track featuring Nathan Parallel, at the beginning of January. Fear Of The Big Hit is the first of the year to feature Stuart Robin. It is taken from their as yet untitled next EP. It’s a rather strange meditation on the thrill of the three minute pop song both as a writer and, perhaps more importantly, as a fan. Tijuana will be performing this and other new songs (at least in the London area) over the summer months.”
CJ REARDON – Bombay [starts 34:06]
“Lone-star folk artist CJ Reardon released his new single Bombay on 9th March. His debut Acid Rain EP, released in late 2014, saw support from BBC Introducing, Record of the Day, Spindle Magazine and Artrocker. CJ releases his much anticipated music video for Bombay on 14th May and headlines at The Troubadour with his band on the same night. In previous projects, CJ has performed alongside the likes of Bastille, Maverick Sabre and Matt Corby; CJ is very much an artist with a unique voice, and an exciting One To Watch for 2015.”
DISRAELI GEARS – Born and Bred [starts 37:13]
“Disraeli Gears are South African-born Teia Fregona on lead vocals and guitar alongside Tom Kitson, Samuel Delves and Alex Moorse on guitar, bass and drums respectively. After forming in Leeds whilst at university and cultivating a live following in the North, they have relocated to London where they plan to continue writing and gigging in support of their latest release Born and Bred. Their next show is at Cecil Sharp House in Camden on 15th April, supporting Mt. Wolf.”
THOM WORTH – Meet Me Tonight [starts 41:33]
“Kingston based troubadour Thom Worth is officially giving us a taste of his vibrant sound with the release of his first EP. Thom is already making big waves on the music scene, following a busy 2014 touring. Playing stages at Green Man, Victorious and The Isle of Wight Festival left him jumping at the chance to throw his first EP at the world. Thom has an array of gifted musicians playing with him on the record (including Josh Phillips from Procol Harum), which has produced a rich and unique sound.”
JOHN E VISTIC – Long Time Gone [starts 45:26]
“John E. Vistic is a Bristol based singer songwriter and singer/guitarist for the band of the same name. Vistic is also known for his work with bands such as Crippled Black Phoenix, Emily Breeze and General Midi. He is Creative Director, lyricist and co-writer of the multimedia rock concept album and show The Russian Winter, which saw its first three sold-out shows premier at Bristol’s Colston Hall in 2014 (with an even bigger full theatrical production scheduled soon). The new John E Vistic record Welcome Down the Night is due out in 2015. Produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen etc) it is a collection of songs about Love, Death and the Road, featuring cameos from members of Primal Scream, Marc Ford Band, Morcheeba, Jon Allen and the Vistic Rock N Roll Sound-system. The first single Something’s Gotta Give is set for release this June 2015. The video for Long Time Gone (featuring Katey Brooks) is now available online. Check out the Vistic website for videos, news, international tour dates and festival appearances.”
THE LITTLE UNSAID – Hunger [starts 49:55]
“The Little Unsaid was stewed up in the West Yorkshire wilderness by a furry, hill-dwelling creature named John Elliott. The music combines string and brass orchestration with electronics, found sounds, toolboxes, pianos, bits of furniture and John’s androgynous vocals. The Little Unsaid will be performing as a full band at UK festivals this year including Glastonbury, Fire in the Mountain and HowTheLightGetsIn, before launching their new album Fisher King this summer. The album is currently being mixed by film soundtrack producer and Jonny Greenwood-collaborator Graeme Stewart (There Will Be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice) and is (fingers and toes crossed) being funded by a Pledge Music campaign where you can pre-order the album and all kinds of exclusive musical amuse-bouches to help fund the project: http://pledgemusic.com/projects/fisherking“
MICK FLAHERTY – 10’000 Horizons [starts 53:52]
Mick Flaherty‘s Soundcloud page describes him as a “singer/songwriter from Liverpool UK, drawing on an eclectic range of influences and combining melodic guitar arpeggios with electronic drum and synth samples with live beat boxing and vocal loops.”
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