This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by ELIA & THE LOW TEARS, SHADES, BENTCOUSIN & JEF KEARNS, SNAIL COLLECTORS, PARIIS OPERA HOUSE, EVER. JAMES FROST, YOUTH MAN, FRAGILE SOULS, PERCY, PANKHABILL, METAL MACHINE MUSIC, ARABY, THE IDLE STATUES, THE ACTIONS, AGERSKO, SWNAMI and BETH PORTER.
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 – together with with information about the music that’s been provided by the artists themselves.
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 3rd May (technically 2am on Monday, 4th May 2015…)
ELIA & THE LOW TEARS – What It Is [starts 00:33]
Singer/writer/producer Elia Rulli gathered musicians and various imaginary friends into a gang called Elia & The Low Tears. For their forthcoming EP, The Art Of Getting It Wrong, they dive into Elia’s soul and funk roots and this, the lead song, features the amazing Diane Charlemagne (Goldie/Moby) on backing vocals. What It Is was inspired by recent events like the killing of black men by US cops, religious freedom laws (specifically in parts of the US but also throughout the world) discriminating against LGBTQ people, the death of well over 1500 migrants so far this year and the poisonous UKIP infecting our upcoming elections. Or to put it another way, the song is a celebration of standing true against prejudice and society’s instinct to label fellow human beings as “other”.
SHADES – You Can Keep Your Immortality, Herpo
“Complexity is all we know,” jokes vocalist Ziggy Paul about the music created by Newcastle post-hardcore five-piece Shades. The group came to be when “a group of music students found themselves in a rehearsal room tending to a bubbling cauldron full of harmonising guitar parts and clever riffs. They mixed in some heavy distorted chords and slightly freelance rhythmic basslines, and saw fit to add a hearty helping of thoughtful wordplay and aggression. Upon stirring this eclectic brew in shifting time signatures and rhythms, Shades were born.” This is the opening track on their second EP Lose Your Chains, released in March 2015.
BENTCOUSIN AND JEF KEARNS – Brighton Lights
[featuring RoryP] [starts 07:27]
“Bentcousin deliver a slice of mellow hip-hop in anticipation of the Summer. The Twins have teamed up with local MC RoryP & Detroit’s acid kazz flutist Jef Kearns on his dreamy tale. Bentcousin will be releasing their own new single Solid/Friendzone on New York’s Team Love Records in June. “
SNAIL COLLECTORS – Bears on the Moon [starts 09:36]
“Snail Collectors is a project setup by multi-instrumentalist/producer Nick Scroggie. Based in Glasgow the sound infuses elements of Experimental/rock with cinematic visions in mind. Nick is currently completing the debut EP set to be released in the near future. A possible band line up is also being considered, taking the vision to stage.
PARIIS OPERA HOUSE – Rock It [starts 14:04]
“Since their 2011 debut, electronic duo Pariis Opera House have gone from strength to strength. Their music has been championed by Lauren Laverne and Tom Robinson, and used extensively by Channel 4, ITV, Sky, MTV and NBC. Following a number of live shows, festival appearances, and the release of their debut album in 2014, Rock It signals the start of a new era for the band, with singles planned well into 2015 and beyond.”
EVER – Bodies [starts 17:05]
“With a haunting, yet sophisticated singing style, female singer-songwriter Ever crafts a unique form of melodic electronica that sits within a wave of atmospherical pads. Quietly emerging from the south of England, Ever has crafted an original and infectious brand of personal confessions”. She tells us “I have just released my new EP Common Daze on 22nd April which can be downloaded for free from my Bandcamp along with my single Bodies// which was released on 12th December. I will be playing at the Isle of Wight Festival this year.”
JAMES FROST – Rolling Thunder [starts 20:25]
“Out on the high seas, the visceral Rolling Thunder by Norfolk songwriter James Frost is a 2-and-a-half minute shot of Gomez-like drums, fuzzy guitar and distorted vocals. Written and recorded in a day, the track is the product of a songwriting session with legendary British record producer Clive Langer who produced all those seminal Madness albums in the 80s. It is the second track from James’s recent EP Nameless widely available online. Catch James at festivals throughout the summer including Latitude, Into The Wild and Colourfest.”
YOUTH MAN – Skin [starts 22:59]
Youth Man describe themselves as a “destructive Brummie sex punk trio” which consists of Kaila Whyte (Guitar/Vocals), Miles Cocker (Bass) and Marcus Perks (Drums)
FRAGILE SOULS – River Run [starts 24:21]
“Paul Freegard and Ryan Coggins began writing a collection of songs in their studio in 2012 based around Paul’s progressive house and production background (in which he produced Depeche Mode and a Martin Gore solo album) and Ryan’s blues roots. Working under the name Fragile Souls they came up with a unique sound and ’21st century porch blues’ was born. They were joined in 2013 by guitarist Lee Majors and drummer Dave Pankhurst and began to take the sound to venues around London and Hertfordshire. Off the back of playing the Secret Garden Party and a few other festivals last year, they selfreleased the Broken EP. Fragile Souls are currently in the studio working on new material to take out on the road in the summer.”
PERCY – Whatabout [starts 28:38]
Percy offer, they tell us “toe-tapping pop tunes with a slice of eclectic, post modern wit… a diverse selection of spiky narrative gems that roar along like a 60s sports car but with a wobbly wheel that might, or just might not come off…”
PANKHABILLI – Water on Mars [starts 31:51 ]
“My name is Claire Jacquemard, I’m from Paris and have been living in North Wales since 4 years. Pankhabilli‘s songs are written by me – and recorded and arranged by Owain Ginsberg from We//Are//Animal. We’re releasing an EP for June as well as a new song next week! My main influences are: R. Stevie Moore, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, Thom Yorke/Radiohead, King Crimson, Mr Bungle, The Beatles and Serge Gainsbourg.” It’s been too darn long since we heard new music from Owain Ginsberg – and needless to say I’m VERY much looking forward to the new EP in June.
METAL MACHINE MUSIC – Boing [starts 35:56]
“Boing by Metal Machine Music was made by Roz C from Darlington with a little help from Roland and Obi. As well as still producing the usual electro you have come to expect” says Roz “I am currently also composing a score for a short Neo-Giallo called Ripper which is out later in the year. I am loving it!”
ARABY – Love [starts 38:29]
“Araby is a songwriter and filmmaker based in Newport/Cardiff, South Wales. The release of his debut EP was also the soundtrack for his movie The Red Ribbon Story which will be screened with the soundtrack performed live by Araby himself in venues around South Wales, the first in Newport University, City Campus on the 23rd of May. The 5 track EP entitled The Red Ribbon Story EP is available now for free download at his soundcloud page, and his website. Keep up with Araby at his Facebook page.
THE IDLE STATUES – Exuvia [starts 41:25]
“The Idle Statues are a genre-crushing duo based in Shropshire. Formed in 2013, they invite you into their coliseum of “divide-and-conquer” pop, where music, video and on-stage theatrics are the weapons of choice. Presiding over events are the band’s signature sing-rap vocal and all-heart, zero-budget approach to writing hits. The debut album Classicus is scheduled for release in 2016. If you live life like a mix tape then let The Idle Statues be your soundtrack!”
THE ACTIONS – So Still [starts 44:24]
“After playing hundreds of gigs in Europe The Actions began winning band competitions and making inroads in the UK. They received a rousing reception at Liverpool’s Cavern Club for two years in a row and airplay from Pete Tong on Radio 1 thanks to Planet Funk’s remix of their song The Real Thing. Their first album Real has been licensed to Nikita Music in Rio De Janeiro and released across Latin America. Vocalist Silty was invited by Tricky to perform with him in Amsterdam after recording vocals on one of his unfinished tracks. Their single The Echo was voted a Fresh Fave by readers at Fresh On The Net and the official video was premiered on Nothing But Hope And Passion. Their 5-track EP Indefensible is out now via Niteo Records and being streamed in full on GigSlutz which described it as ‘a dystopian dream that’ll pull you in and leave you wanting more’.”
AGERSKOW – Postcard From Whitby [starts 48:58]
“Agerskow is the music of Newcastle-based Kate Edwards who has performed both solo and with her band in the North East and beyond. The release of a double A-side single,This Train Terminates/Fast Handsled to an appearance at Generator’s Evolution Emerging festival. In early 2015 Kate teamed up with Marc Bird from Yellow Creatures, to record Postcard from Whitby, about childhood holidays spent on the North Yorkshire coast. It’s been made available as a free download in anticipation of the EP’s release later in the year.
Agerskow play The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle on 31st May, and Empty Shop in Durham on the 20th June.”
SWNAMI – Magnet [starts 51:08]
“We are a young and exciting new band from the Dolgellau area of mid Wales” say Swnami. “We sing a mixture of Welsh and English and in the year of existence have been named, Radio Cymru (Welsh Radio) Best new band of the year, gigged up and down the country, recorded a three-song radio session for Huw Stephens.”
BETH PORTER – Salty Water [starts 54:53]
“Known as the busiest cellist in the South West, Beth Porter has finally released her own album Open Doors with The Availables on King Bill Records. She has toured as a cellist/vocalist with Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Newton Faulkner, The Heavy and The Bookshop Band, for whom she also writes. Salty Water was inspired by a murder that happened behind Beth’s house in Bath. So far it has been used in a student film, been arranged for a choir, used in a story about a giant’s daughter and as music for a magic trick. Beth has just been on a tour to promote her album on a double bill with Nuala Honan. Her own next gigs are: 3rd May – Bristol Folk Festival; 17th May – Dart Music Festival; 21st May – Bath Music Festival; 29th May – Schtumm, The Queen’s Head, Box; Glastonbury Festival; 6th July – Frome Festival; 18th July – Harbourside Festival, Bristol; 29th August – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival”
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