This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by FLASH BANG BAND, CHAGALL, ANDREW HOWIE, ISABELLA BRAIN, DOMESDAY OUTFIT, FORD, WILLIAM ORAM, EZRA SOUND, MARK ROGERS, SALWA AZAR, CARALIS, COCO+THE BUTTERFIELDS, STATEMENT HAIRCUT, ANNA PANCALDI, DARREN EVE and HELDINKY.
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 in the early morning of Monday, 22nd June at 2am.
FLASH BANG BAND – Spooky Action At A Distance [starts 00:17]
“We are currently super-busy making our next full-length album”, say Flash Bang Band, “something which has had a kaleidoscope of influences from all our experiences touring around the European mainland as well as at home in the UK, and good gigs, rubbish gigs, heartbreaks, new year’s parties, long distance driving, making loads of new friends and mostly being much noisier than we have ever been before, more repetitively and with even more fierce fervour in the pursuit of fun and inter-human connectivity. We hope you like what we have to show the world next.”
CHAGALL – TMTL [starts 04:29]
Chagall is a vocalist, songwriter and electronic music producer from Amsterdam. TMTL is the first track of her forthcoming EP Stray Flux, created from under her mezzanine bed in South London (“the beddio”) and set for independent release on June 29th 2015. With her ambitious arrangements, heartfelt harmonies and skilful lyricism, Stray Flux draws upon influences ranging from the soulful experimentalism of James Blake, to the eclectic world of Bjo?rk, all underpinned by a dark underbelly reminiscent of Burial and a growing generation of female producers like FKA Twigs and Banks. In 2014 Chagall got involved in Imogen Heap’s electronic glove project. Chagall is currently one of only 20 people in the world using the gloves to compose, record and perform her music. This summer she will be performing her EP – with the gloves – around London and at Green Man Festival.
ANDREW HOWIE – Dead Ringer [starts 07:50]
Andrew Howie is a singer-songwriter based in Stirling, Scotland. He used to make music under the name Calamateur and, from 2000 – 2013, released a vast amount of music, receiving a great deal critical acclaim along the way. Dead Ringer is taken from Andrew Howie’s new album The Great Divide, the first to be released under his own name. It retains many of the characteristics of his work as Calamateur (guitar-based songs submersed in other-wordly electronica) but is a huge step-forward in terms of songwriting and production. The first single taken from the album, The Fury And The Sound (a co-write with Yvonne Lyon) was played by Roddy Hart, Tom Morton and Janice Forsyth on Radio Scotland. Andrew regularly performs intimate acoustic live gigs, often in the form of house concerts. His music has been used in BBC Three drama Lip Service, as well as in several short films.
ISABELLA BRAIN – Who Are We [starts 11:37]
I’m a songwriter, singer and performer based in London, says Isabella Brain. I’ve been writing songs since I was about twelve years old. This means I’ve got a large catalogue of really good material that, from gig reactions, I know people like. My songs can be quite intense, sometimes fun, sometimes quite dramatic. I performed in choirs and as a soloist from an early age. What I’m doing… Currently gigging in and around London also working with James Sanger , my producer and Louise voice coach. They’re based in France and I’m going over soon. Recently I did some mic testing and recorded a few more tracks at Metropolis Studios Chiswick, London. I’m relaxed about working in other parts of UK or in other countries…or with other people… happy to provide voice for sessions/backing tracks or write you some music or lyrics…
Have piano will travel…
DOMESDAY OUTFIT – Scum Floats [starts 16:15]
Hailing from where the very edge of the Black Country meets Worcestershire under the shadow of post-everything Birmingham, Domesday Outfit comprises of one man. 29 year old Adam Lamb. When joined by others to take these songs live, they take on a new energy. Drawing influence from fuzzed out garage rock to African desert blues to rave culture to psych. There’s a broad yet cohesive scope in his recordings. Premier date to be announced for Scary Canary Venue (Stourbridge) within the next few weeks. Follow Domesday Outfit on Facebook for confirmation of date.
FORD – The Master [starts 19:59]
The Master is the first single from up-and-coming various genre artist Ford. Ford is Tom Ford – a York/London based producer, songwriter and composer. Having been involved in many musical ventures in the past, now felt like the right time to release music via a solo project. This project focuses on an array of genres and musical styles from metal, rock, contemporary pop and dark techno. With a helping hand (or rather voice) from talented singer Andrew Mott, The Master is a song with a narrative focus on dreams and lucid dreaming. The rest of the album will be available online from July 4th.
WILLIAM ORAM – Everything [starts 24:24]
William Oram is a singer/musician/producer based in the UK. Born and bred in shropshire, his music is organically grown from the bass drum up. His original vocal style, deranged guitars and love of the synth pitch wheel all feature in his meadow of punchy pop. William is currently creating a new album scheduled for release in 2016.
EZRA SOUND – Fly Eye [starts 27:44]
After gigging round about London for the last year, say Ezra Sound, we have begun sharing our first recordings (produced by Rory Attwell at Lightship 95). The four of us in the band all went to school together in West Yorkshire and are now making a go of it down in London. The music is a bit punk, a bit drunk, a bit psychedelic, a bit storytime. Our gigs have been described as “sweaty and meaty” and we’re flattered to have heard comparisons to The Fall and Shrubs bandied about. We’re back in Lightship 95 with Rory in July. Our next show is at the Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, London on the 1st August.
MARK ROGERS – Rough Life [starts 30:03]
Mark Rogers aka Hollywood Beyond best known for his 80s hit records such as What’s the Colour of Money returns with his first mainstream record for some time – Rough Life – The Remixes. He has worked with Marcus Miller, Bernard Edwards (Chic), Eric Sadler (Public Enemy), Frankie Knuckles (Grammy Award winning producer) and many more. He continues to push boundaries with his unique fusion and socially conscious lyrics. Rough Life – The Remixes is a charity EP to raise awareness and assist in funding the BANG Foundation Contemporary Arts Youth Club for underserved and disadvantaged young people in inner city Birmingham, of which Mark is the founder/director. This project is designed to assist artistic and personal development whilst addressing social issues from postcode discrimination, unemployment, mental health, substance misuses etc.Rough Life – The Remixes features main mix – by Mike Thorne (Producer of Tainted Love – Soft Cell and fellow BANG director) and mixes from members of the Sobel Promotions Family (NYC). All mixes have been done free of charge to show unity and a desire for change. Rough Life – The Remixes is out on BANGin Records July 1 2015 distributed by Label Worx and available from your usual virtual retailers.
SALWA AZAR – Floating In Milk [starts 35:00]
Salwa Azar is a new breed of folk singer. Her fingerpicked ukulele and soft vocals draw you in and tell you stories that are worthy of epic cinema, theatre and poems. She breaks your heart with just a ukulele and shruti live but her debut album, Black Feather Wooden Chair, is a richly-woven tapestry, a critically-acclaimed perfect of folk genres described as “unique” “beautiful and charming…mystical”. Salwa plays the first Blue Monday Festival at the Boogaloo in Highgate on July 25th
CARALIS – Be Automatic [starts 38:04]
Caralis is the brainchild of former Anison frontman Dan Frau, who started collaborating with producer and friend John Merriman in late. 2014. The pair have produced an industrial and, at times, psychedelic sound akin to such acts as Thom a Yorke and Caribou. Creatively, Caralis is a sonic departure for Dan transitioning from alt rock to electro genres effortlessly. Be Automatic is the follow up to the debut Clicks In. Be Automatic is an atmospheric tour de force, with intense beats and synthesisers providing the vehicle for Dan’s evocative vocals. There’s an emotional quality to the track reminiscent to New Order at their best, while maintaining the cutting edge sound of the modern.The track is also currently available to stream and download for free at:
https://soundcloud.com/caralis/be-automatic. Caralis are currently recording more music for the first EP and rehearsing the live show to debut before the end of the year.
COCO+THE BUTTERFIELDS – Hello [starts 41:18]
CoCo and the Butterfields began life as 5 buskers from Canterbury in Kent. Fusing various musical tastes from Folk to Hip Hop, they quickly began busking and gigging throughout the UK. In the past 3 years since the band began, they have released 4 EPs and played many of the UK’s festivals. Having just released their new single ‘Hello’, CoCo are looking forward to promoting it throughout Europe this summer including Glastonbury’s Avalon Stage and Czec Republic’s Colours of Ostrava Festival!
STATEMENT HAIRCUT – Cover [starts 44:32]
Statement Haircut are a London-based indie/electro group. Influenced by dance, post-punk, funk, dub, and pop and interested in guitars vs synths & harmonies vs beats.
ANNA PANCALDI – Promise We’ll Never Grow Old [starts 48:23]
Unsigned/unmanaged Anna Pancaldini launched her debut EP Black Tears (which pre-orders got her sandwiched in-between Brit Critics Choice winner, James Bay, coming in at No.6 in the iTunes singer songwriter charts and 52 in the Top Charts!) this March at her first headline show to a sold out crowd at The Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London. Following on from her first release and UK tour Anna has gone onto support Paper Aeroplanes and will be playing at Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival this year amongst others after making her debut at Glastonbury last year. Later in the year Anna will also be supporting singer songwriter Kimberly Anne, performing for the first time for Sofar Sounds and her second EP is due for release at the end of the year.
DARREN EVE – Ultra [starts 52:07]
British singer/instrumentalist/producer Darren Eve (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Czech/Greek drummer Nikos Mistakidis (drums, samples) joined forces in 2014. Based in the Czech Republic and the UK, they flit between the two; this summer touring through the Czech Republic, Germany, France and landing at the Big Green Cardigan festival on September the 5th in the UK As a duo, their alternative pop is a widely cast net, taking in strong elements of soul, jazz, rock and r&b and is typified by Darren’s aggressive, finger-picked telecaster; emotive, dynamic vocals and Nikos’ urgent, pulsing rhythms Darren’ s solo projects use more electronics and programming, with greater influences from electro, modern contemporary and jazz They have recently been playlisted by Czech national radio stations, are shortlisted as the best new act of 2015 on Radio Wave’s Starter and have a vinyl album release coming in August with Piper Records, CZ.
You can listen further and get some free downloads at https://soundcloud.com/evedarren.
HELDINKY – Song With No Name [starts 55:30]
Heldinky are a 3 piece band based in Bangor, North Wales. We recently released our debut album on independent record label Turquoise Coal, which has resulted in growing support for our music. A recent review described our live performance as “intense, dark and hauntingly beautiful”. Our music has been endorsed by celebrated singer/songwriter and performer Bill Nelson, who praised our cover of one of his songs. We are in the process of working with BAFTA award winning animator Hywel Griffiths to create our second band video (our first was shot by original Ruts drummer Paul Mattock for very little money as he liked what we are doing).
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