This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by TABLOIDS, THE HONEY ANTS, ANDRENACHROME, THE ISABELLES, BENJAMIN MASON, MR EKOW, FOLLOWER #7, THE RPMs, CAVE MOUTH, THE WOODLAND CREATURES, ANON AMOS, COYER KOYA, AUTIZMO, BLACK CASINO & THE GHOST, FROZEN HOUSES, RODEO TERRORISTS and NAT THE HAMMER.
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, 13th July at 2am.
TABLOIDS – Grave [starts 0:17]
“Formed in late 2013, Tabloids capture the mood of post-punk bands like Joy Division and Interpol, mixed with pop sensibilities reminiscent of the The Smiths or The Cure. Soaring vocals, driving basslines and infectious hooks combine to make the signature sound of the Leeds-based band.”
THE HONEY ANTS – Gold Plated [starts 03:15]
“The Honey Ants are John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer. The London (UK) duo formed back in the spring of 2013 and have since built a reputation on the London live circuit for their knock-out shows. Their unique sound, built around exquisite bittersweet harmonies, has developed from its folk roots into something much more complex and dark – elements of Southern gospel and country blend with London attitude. 2014 was a pivotal year for the band, from appearances at The Isle of Wight Festival to songwriting adventures in the Icelandic countryside, it was a year of discovery and breaking creative boundaries. 2015 sees the fruit of this productive year with the release of brand new material. Our next show is our first headline gig. It’s at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston. Thursday 16th July.”
ANDRENACHROME – New Beginnings [starts 06:16]
“Andrenachrome is musician/producer Steve Eyre. New Beginnings is the second single release from the debut album of the same title. Following hot on the Heels of Golden Gates (see youtube vid) New Beginnings moves into slightly different territory, still maintaining the electronic nuance and poise but taking larger bolder strides toward the alternative dance floor friendly marquee. Described by its creator (Steve Eyre) as a cross between a Harold Faltermeyer soft electronic breakdance bop to one of Primal Scream’ rarer moments in electronic fundementalism (when they ditched guitars for envelope pushing), it’s a cross breed for sure! Sam Souls parachutes in to supply the vocals on all 3 of the vocal tracks on the album. 5 videos accompany the Album release (andrenachrome youtube channel) all produced by themselves. Steve has performed the occasional DJ spot at in the left field dance tents of the smaller summer festivals and has a secret single release almost on tha bag for later this year with Sam once again at the mic.” New Beginnings is available on Bandcamp and Steve’s YouTube channel is here.
THE ISABELLES – Small Stone [starts 10:27]
“We’re a four piece garage band from Falmouth” say Josh Gibbs, Johnny Griffiths, Morgan Mathews and Joel McConkey, known jointly as The Isabelles. “We have an EP and a 7” Fall Away coming out later this year on Easy Action Records and we’re also recording for the Falmouth Sound Volume 2 compilation that we’ll be doing live with two other sweet bands at the new music venue MONO in Falmouth and we’re hoping to do a tour with each release. Should be sweet, you’ll be hearing more from us.
BENJAMIN MASON – You’ll Always Be My Girl [starts 13:22]
Benjamin Mason is “an eclectic singer/songwriter from West Wales. Previously dabbling in the worlds of experimental electronica, funk and lofi home recordings, his latest release sees him working with a trio on a farm in Pembrokeshire. All current members of Valleyers, the Ben Mason trio are rehearsing for shows later in the year. The Skies Are Falling EP is out on August 3rd.”
MR EKOW – Chapter 2 Lift Off [starts 16:40]
“Mr Ekow (formerly known as Picasso) is a rapper?/produ?cer from South London. Taking inspiration from everything from God to peoplewatching, his music can be described as imagin?ative, honest and positive hip hop with an electronic vibe.”
FOLLOWER #7 – Knife [starts 21:51]
“Musician / producer Follower #7 aka John Laval makes his music from deep inside the sprawling metropolis and international centre of cultural excellence that is Carlisle. His debut album Absenteeism (free download available here) was released early 2014 via Pitch9 Recordings and has been steadily reaching new ears and building momentum (thanks in part to Fresh on the Net and the BBC). He wrote & recorded the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed animated short Killing Time (shortlisted for a BAFTA), and is currently working on a new E.P. titled String Theory – which may evolve into an album, if he can remain patient enough…”
THE RPMs – Down That Road Again [starts 25:22]
“Hailing from Brighton, The RPMs (see photo below) draw on the honourable tradition of that classic combo… the power trio. With a passion for rock, but not afraid of a good pop tune, these three young men emerge with a clutch of songs for their generation. Armed with only the confidence of youth and an arsenal of killer hooks, stand back as these young guns prepare to blag their way through the gates of rock ‘n’ roll…!”
CAVE MOUTH – No Time [starts 29:04]
CaveMouth are, we’re told, a “West Country four piece based on the wilds of Exmoor who live off a strict diet of cider and roadkill. They make music to keep the neighbours out and the “foxes” in. With their infectious blend of blues-funk-hip-hop, and sounding like a cross between Royal Blood, Jack White and an after-show Prince gig, CaveMouth guarantee to get any crowd dancing.”
THE WOODLAND CREATURES – Norfolk Lullaby [starts 32:22]
The Woodland Creatures are purveyors of “Folk Country Bluegrass Acoustic Squawking”. The band consists of Christina Alden on guitar, banjo, whistle & bodhran plus Lizzy Burt on guitar and banjo. They don’t tell us which of them handles the squawking.
ANON AMOS – Running Free [starts 35:25]
“Bristol-based three piece songwriting guitar collective AnOn AmOs consist of singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist Vince Brown, French-Canadian guitarist J-F and acoustic bassist Martin Cook. Their distinctive sound features strong melodic songs and memorable lyrics that have earned them comparisons with Paul McCartney and Ron Sexsmith. You can see them perform their entirely original material only at this years Priston Festival or at the Royal Oak Pub in Bath on the 31st of July.
COYER KOYA – Radio Queen [starts 37:43]
“Coyer Koya is Suki Osman (Late Nights in Squat Bars, based in Berlin) and John Cormack (Godzilla Black, Hawk Eyes, based in London), two old friends who decided to write some songs together, drawing on our love for groups like The Knife, Tricky, Portishead and Tears for Fears. We’re preparing our first EP which we hope to release in the next few months and then plan a few live shows.”
AUTIZMO – Rising [starts 40:42]
Autizmo Young is a “16 year old self-taught producer working across multiple genres. Hoping to make it in the music industry.” His free album is available now at http://autizmo.bandamp.com
BLACK CASINO & THE GHOST – Age Of Contagion [starts 44:27]
“Black Casino and the Ghost are an alternative-rock band consisting of Elisa Zoot (vocals, piano), Ariel Lerner (guitar), Gary Kilminster (bass) and Paul Winter-Hart (drums – also member of Kula Shaker). The band was formed in London in 2010. After releasing their debut EP Falling Into Pieces in 2011 and their first album Some Dogs Think Their Name is No in 2013, the band are back with a new LP, Until the Water Runs Clear, to be published in late 2015. Age of Contagion, the first track to be unveiled, is an alternative-rock mix of different influences, ranging from David Axelrod to Broadcast to Nancy Sinatra and the Doors. It was entirely recorded, mixed and mastered by Ariel in the band’s studio. The lyrics explore the idea of change and evolution. A newly found awareness calls for the listener to take his/her steps across a menacing bridge towards mutation and discovery. “Just go, don’t look down. I’m going to give you one last taste of danger”.
FROZEN HOUSES – Birmingham Road Birthday Song [starts 48:23]
“Frozen Houses is a songwriting project of Alex Hill. His selftitled EP was released two months ago and he’s busily putting together a debut album. Full DIY recording/mix and mastering from the caravan in sunny Devon. Lucy Hill featuring on vocals/piano and guitar.”
RODEO TERRORISTS – Billy Preston [starts 51:36]
“Billy Preston was written after reflecting on a visit to the World War One battlefields and cemeteries that surround Ypres and Paschendaele in Belgium. The name and inspiration for the track came about from the row on row of brilliant white portland limestone graves (from Portland Bill, Dorset) and Preston, the county town of the Lancashire Regiments who were deployed in the 2nd Battle Of Ypres in April – May 1915. Our visit this year was part of the centenary celebrations. The low rolling of the fields and farmland of the area allow you to see for miles and have such an evocative beauty, that it is hard to even imagine or comprehend the scale of the slaughter and horror that the European powers put upon each other. To us it feels more important than ever to preserve the memory and pass the message onto another generation. The Rodeo Terrorists play around with synthesisers, loops and things that make funny squelchy noises, the result of which are tunes that they quite like. The first half of 2015 has been devoted to writing material for their next self produced album In Five, (interrupted by the constant attention required by the fruit and vegetables require in the RT allotment!). We continue to upload tracks to our Soundcloud page on a regular basis as well as trying out this new Apple Music Connect thingy. “
NAT THE HAMMER – Curtain Call [starts 55:34]
“Nat the Hammer is the solo project of Nathan Loughran, lead singer of The Reverse. Stripped down to just a guitar and a voice, Nat’s songs have been likened to the delicate ruminations of early Leonard Cohen or the lo-fi anti-folk of Jeffrey Lewis. Simple melodies and narrative led lyrics are informed throughout by a dark humour and a steadfast refusal to take himself seriously. He runs, hosts and performs regularly at the monthly “Under the Influence” night at the Boogaloo in Highgate and is currently working on his first solo album as well as the second album from The Reverse.”
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