This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by SOTOMAYOR, CONRAD VINGOE, HHYMN, TRIPLE LIP GLOSS, JOELPETER, CAJSA SIIK, OH SO QUIET, LAXMI, WOAHNOWS, SCARLET, ANTIX, EMILE BERNARD, OLA SZMIDT, ELK, NILUFER YANYA, LIFE and FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL.
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 12th April (technically 2am on Monday, 13th April 2015…)
SOTOMAYOR – Morenita [starts 00:17]
Jazz sensibility with global-bass orientated grooves, tough drums, tropical echoes and rhythms. That’s the Sotomayor brothers (Raul, who takes care of all the machines and production, and Paulina, vocals and drums), one of the most promising projects in the world of alternative dance music today, who have created an exotic, iconic and balanced album which remembers the most dazzling and intriguing Quantic, Chancha Via Circuito or Buraka Som Sistema.
CONRAD VINGOE – Fail [starts 04:11]
“Fail is the first single to be released off my album Tomorrow, Then” says Conrad Vingoe “and there is an accompanying video on Youtube here https://youtu.be/UDfbSmRPTtM . The album was recorded and mixed by legendary engineer Phill Brown. I’d come to his work through my love of Talk Talk’s albums, which Phill had recorded. Tomorrow, Then was recorded live to tape in 2 days and is largely the sound of three people playing live in a room. It features John Parker on double bass, Martyn Barker on drums and a guest vocal by Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes. I’ve spent the past few years touring the UK, Europe, the US, and playing the odd festival along the way. My next shows are in London at the Bedford in Balham on 22nd April; and Friday Lunch with Mastercard at the Southbank Centre on 26th June.”
HHYMN – The Bearer [starts 07:01]
“Hhymn return with the follow up to their 2011 debut In The depths. The Bearer is the lead track taken from the forthcoming album. Catch them live this summer at dot to Dot festival, Splendour Festival as well as dates around the uk which you can find through their social media page and via their official homepage“
TRIPLE LIP GLOSS – Don’t [starts 10:37]
Triple Lip Gloss is a very new project for Kevan Windle, working with Asgeir Faben and Esme Collins. His previous long time collaboration with his sister Laura was 3 Girl Rumba, who we last heard of here back in March 2014. This came to a sad end with Laura’s untimely death last year. Kevan says “this is the first thing we have done together, but there’s plenty more in the pipeline we are excited about. Everything that we do is dedicated to the memory of my amazing sister, who gave me the inspiration to start all this in the first place. I am Laura’s brother and she was, is and always will be a part of me.”
JOELPETER – Sway [starts 15:08]
“Comprised of five friends from Littlehampton in West Sussex that met playing in different lineups, sharing amps and sometimes hair products, Joelpeter describe themselves as sun drenched Guitar-Pop. Their shared love of melody, chorus pedals, and ironic 80s pop has seen them develop lead songwriter, Joel’s intimate songs from an acoustic guitar to a vibrant band setting. Sway is the band’s third release, having previously secured a single of the week with Q Magazine, Gigwise and a supporting tour with successful Czech band, Lake Malawi. Police influenced, Sway will feature on an EP planned for later on in the year and before then, the band will be take the songs on the road throughout May.”
CAJSA SIIK – State Of Low [starts 18:26]
“This spring Cajsa Siik‘s on tour with dates coming up in Sweden, Italy and Germany. Parallell to that she’s currently working on new material isolated on an island outside of Umeå in northern Sweden.”
OH SO QUIET – Motorcycle Journey [starts 21:04]
“London-based newcomers Oh So Quiet announce their eponymous debut EP, released on May 4 on Yucatan Records. The release will be supported by a headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on 5 April for Communion. Following a move to the UK, Oh So Quiet began as a solo home project for Argentine-born Lucas Zavala. However, feeling too shy to sing some of his songs, Lucas asked his sister, Malena, to fill in. They then gathered band members from other parts of the world to complete the live five-piece band.”
LAXMI – The Burning Ghats [starts 25:12]
“LAXMI – Dystopian beats, white noise, voodoo sparkles, all wrapped up in huge hooks and bone-shaking basslines and a sweet dose of horror. Formed in 2013, Singer/Producer Lou Barnell and Austrian Guitarist/Producer Stergin, pair of exhausted young Euro- Londoners trying to make a pound or two, clung to LAXMI as they journeyed through found sounds of London, greasy spoons and ugly rave- scapes. They released their first EP Rules Made By Men Who Never Sleep in March 2015 with a sold out launch party at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. LAXMI are busy writing, playing shows, eating choc-ices and watching Lovejoy. They release their newest music video: The Colour ( based on a hunger for gold) in the coming weeks. You can catch them live at The Birds Nest in Deptford on April 17th.”
WOAHNOWS – Sounds Like Spitting [starts 28:26]
“In their short life Woahnows have been busy taking their noisy poppy Indie-Punk around the UK and Mainland Europe, with a collection of their first two EPs coming out on one 12” record on Big Scary Monsters (Home to La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Hop Along, Gnarwolves, Minus The Bear and Cursive). Think Against Me! meets Japandroids and Les Savy Fav, with Dananananaykroyd-esque guitarwork and gang vocals which will keep you humming for hours. Debut album comes out 4th May 2015 on Big Scary Monsters.”
SCARLET – Anyway [starts 30:12]
“Since launching Scarlet (in February 2014) the band have worked with Jon Withnall, (Coldplay’s Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and X&Y) and are currently working on the release of their first EP // FISHES, produced by local Liverpool producer and sound engineer John Murray (Lapsley, Aquillo, Decade, In Casino Out). The new single Anyway was released on 6th April 2015 and // FISHES is to follow on 4th May. Upcoming gigs: Thu 23 Apr The Rocking Chair, Sheffield; Thu 30 Apr – EP Launch – Leaf Café, Liverpool; Sun 7 Jun Studio 2, Liverpool; Fri 12 – Jun The Ferret, Preston.”
ANTIX – Come Home [starts 33:20]
“Antix is a London-based hip-hop artist who has seen support from Clash Music and Record of the Day, and was recently added to the line-up for Field Day 2015. Antix’s acclaimed videos (1M+ views) have also seen recognition from numerous hip hop enthusiast sites such as K-Mag and GRM Daily, in addition to his inclusion in the MTV Brand New 2014 shortlist. Antix shuns the bravado and materialism of many of his contemporaries, and his music draws from everything from World Music and Classical instruments to golden-era hip hop acts such as Nas and Wu Tang. Antix has always proudly stood outside the norms of his genre, and is finally a UK hip-hop artist with a real message.”
EMILE BERNARD – The Strangest Time [starts 37:12]
“Emile Bernard is the stage name of London-based singer-songwriter/producer Paolo Fornasari who stole identity from a french post impressionist artist and poet, dresses like a suave scally from a Dickens novel and offers the capital’s audiences quirky poetry with tints of post rock and dark electronica. The Strangest Time is his latest release as a free download on Emile’s soundcloud page and it will be also included in his debut EP, The Distance Between Us, coming out in June this year. Emile will be supporting UK band Dry The River in Milan for their EU tour on the 14 April and will be playing a headline show in Bremen-Germany on the 9th May as part of the events related to the exhibition on the french painter and doppelgänger.”
OLA SZMIDT – Enveloped With Shutter Speed [starts 40:50]
As well as being a much-loved moderator with Team Freshnet, Ola Szmidt is a “York-based vocalist, pianist, flautist, composer and improviser. She completed her Music Technology and Performance degree in 2012 at De Montfort University. A finalist of BOSS Live looping Contest, Ola specialises in live looping and electronics using voice, flute, toys, detuned guitars and ethnic instruments. Ola studied Jazz Improvisation with legendary free jazz improvisers Keith and Julie Tippett. Ola’s musical influences shift between Scandinavian / Eastern traditional music and jazz/folk, contemporary classical and electronica.”
ELK – Guernica [starts 44:51]
Elk are, they tell us, “an English three-piece who play underground pop music that attempts to occupy the precise mid-point between helmet and belle and sebastian. How this manifests itself sounds surprisingly pretty and complex, at the same time. The vocals (and there are three singers) interweave and criss-cross, resplendent with melody over a jittering backing that belies a love of 90s intelligent rock and maybe the Jade Tree label.”
NILUFER YANYA – Monsters Under The Bed [starts 48:54]
“London based 19 year old singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya has always been attracted to the sound of the electric guitar. Her fascination began as a young girl with her older sister’s CD collection, from which she would often commit entire songs to memory to hum and sing along to throughout the day. Linear guitar and unique vocal tones are characteristic of her current music. She draws inspiration from less conventional bands such as The Pixies which is evident in the careless feel of her latest song.Previous tracks have received local radio support on BBC introducing and Amazing radio.You can catch her and her friends playing at “Fight Like a Girl” a monthly music event. This month on 25th April (2b Swanfield street, Shoreditch E2 7DS). She still enjoys humming.”
LIFE – Go Go Go [starts 52:33]
“Life announce their new single Go Go Go, taken from their forthcoming 4-track debut EP I Knew I Was a Rat, released on Birthday Records on May 11. The boys from Hull sailed through a whirlwind first year, signing to London based indie Birthday Records (Drowners, Howling Bells) in the UK and fast rising independent Grand Jury in the US, picking up national radio admirers at Radio 1, 6Music, XFM and Amazing Radio, playing 50 UK shows, including two headline tours, support slots with Twin Peaks and Kaiser Chiefs and crashing multiple festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds, Dot to Dot and Boardmasters. With Go Go Go the band are sticking their flag firmly in the ground. Produced and mixed by Ian Dowling, it’s a frenzied slice of pissed off, glorious anti-pop that screeches to a halt a mere 1.50 after it begins. “I knew I was a rat when I grew my daddy’s knuckles” snarls lead singer Mez Green, the line that gives name to the band’s forthcoming debut EP.”
FLIES ARE SPIES FROM HELL – Slow Heat Death [starts 54:49]
“Flies Are Spies From Hell are an instrumental post-rock band based in London. Having just released their second album ‘Underdog Underfoot’, the band are currently touring across Europe. Stream and buy their music from their Bandcamp page.”
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