This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD, PSYLHOUETTE, STEPHEN CAULFIELD, CHRIS D’LIMA, WE CAME AS STRANGERS, OFFICER, SHAMBLES MILLER, SUGARDRUM, CABLE STREET COLLECTIVE, CEILING DEMONS, BO WALTON, MVRIE CELESTE, RICHARD MAULE, KIZZY CRAWFORD, PAUL TAYLOR, JUPITER FALLS ft ELIN, ROSS POLLARD and MORPHAMISH & FAULT LINES.
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, 10th August at 2am.
DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD – Socks And Sandals [starts 00:17]
Dutch Criminal Record are a 4 piece indie surf band from the sunny South Coast. Interlinking guitar riffs, funky drums, noodling basslines and 3 part vocals come together to create their unique sound. Their latest ep Mirage released last week has already garnered local radio play and gigs and festival slots at the Wedgewood rooms and Victorious in Portsmouth and the Dorset steam fair in well…. Dorset mean a busy summer ahead! Their winning combination of youthful tongue and cheek song names like Socks and Sandals coupled with the more mature deeper meanings under the surface make Dutch Criminal Record definitely a band to look out for!
PSYLHOUETTE – Protect (feat. JULI HOLZ) [starts 04:02]
At the poppier end of the krautrock scale, with a Stereolab-like motorik sound, this is the opening track from Brighton-based Psylhouette‘s debut album. Juli Holz, a shining light in the Berlin music scene, provides the vocals, in a tangential offshoot from her techno roots. 70s pioneers Can and Harmonia are key influences, as are purveyors of post rock like Mogwai. The album is out now, and is available on CD and digi across all well known digital outlets, with the CD coming out exclusively through Bandcamp and the label and band websites.
STEPHEN CAULFIELD – In Time [starts 00:00]
In Time is taken from the album, Parkview, which is the debut album from singer/songwriter Stephen Caulfield. Written, performed and produced entirely by Stephen, Parkview was recorded over a number of years in a self-built studio that looks out over the local park. Parkview is an album of 11 songs that showcases Stephen’s ability as a singer-songwriter on piano and guitar, whilst also demonstrating his love of fusing electronic instruments with organic natural sounds using many weird and wonderful instruments and effects that he has collected over the years. Parkview will be released on Friday 4th September. The album is currently available to pre-order as a digital download and also a limited edition CD from Bandcamp: http://music.stephencaulfield.com/album/parkview It is also available to pre-order from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id1022019730. Pre-orders include an immediate download of the track, One Warm June Night
CHRIS D’LIMA – Let You Go [starts 11:22]
Chris D’Lima – Singer/Songwriter with a passion for a damn good melody and a catchy riff. Having had his first release gain widespread radio airplay (including being play listed on Radio 1 Mumbai) this follow up provides a step up in maturity of lyricism and musicianship. As well as a musician, Chris is a model and maths tutor (basically anything beginning with an ‘m’…). He is currently organising a series of live dates including some very special gigs with Oxjam.
WE CAME AS STRANGERS – Still Life [starts 14:26]
Originally coming together as an experimental project away from each of the quartet’s leviathan collection of professional endeavours, We Came As Strangers is a complete execution of creative freedom in its most literal sense. They consist of Justin Sandercoe, Ellem, Owen Thomas and Tim Harries. Still Life is the first single to be taken from We Came As Strangers’ third album Eyedom. A soaring and hazy taste of what’s coming up in the new record, Still Life is a contemplative ode to opportunities missed. As your mother told you, there’s always something better around the corner.
OFFICER – Glass Ceiling [starts 18:11]
“DC Logan (aka Officer) released his debut album Myriads on July 31st, a record that combines the emotional intensity of Damien Rice, the radio-friendly hooks of Snow Patrol and the pulsing pop of Florence and The Machine. The album is the result of a fan-led, passion-fuelled crowdfunding campaign conducted without the artist’s knowledge by devoted followers of Officer’s live performances. Myriads is about his relationships: with the idea of home; with the city; with the world; with what we are taught in our culture; with books and art; with the figure of God; with family and friends. Logan, having spent a decade as a charity worker helping the homeless and vulnerable in London, also sings about his experiences in that challenging world: the need, hurt and hope. Lead tracks include (1) The Waters (video; track), a restless, pacey indie pop song about disaster, trauma and growth. (2) Glass Ceiling, a powerful yet disarmingly intimate song about being unable to access the world, others and yourself, featuring the kind of esoteric yet catchy chorus found in the music of other Scottish acts like Frightened Rabbit and Biffy Clyro (video; track). And (3) My Darling Defibrillator (video; track). Having written Myriads on his own, he has now assembled a band around the album, with the first live show on 17th September at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London kicking off an Autumn of gigging.”
SHAMBLES MILLER – Neil’s Song [starts 21:57]
In his own words, Shambles Miller purveys “contemporary acoustic folk with shades of punk and a strong lyrical bent. Sometimes angry, sometimes humourous, always honest”.
SUGARDRUM – Forgotten (Sunshine Juno mix) [starts 25:26]
“Sugardrum is a solo project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Bunner, who writes and performs acoustic storytelling songs lying on the boundary between folk and indie. He has so far self-released 4 EPs, the two most recent receiving airplay on both BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC South.”
CABLE STREET COLLECTIVE – He’s On Fire [starts 28:56]
“Cable Street Collective combine catchy tunes with dance-inspired beats. The music mixes African influences (two of the group grew up in Swaziland and Malawi) with a whole host of other sounds from in and around their home bases in East London and Brixton. This is music for the summertime. He’s On Fire is from their debut EP, ‘The Best Of Times’, released in December 2014. More recently the band has been enjoying a series of summer shows including slots at The Secret Garden Party and Beatherder Festival.”
CEILING DEMONS – Even If [starts 31:32]
Ceiling Demons credit their words on this track to Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon, and the music to George “Beat Demon” Ruston. “Following the release of their acclaimed debut LP, Dual Sides, alternative hip hop dwellers Ceiling Demons are back. Their new single, Even If, marks the return of producer Beat Demon, after a mysterious disappearance to the Far East. Reunited once more with Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon in their homeland of the Yorkshire Dales, the track is a hopeful homage to the people who pass through our lives. In celebration of Yorkshire Day, the single was available as a free download via Soundcloud on 1st August. Even if will be officially released on the 17th of August, alongside exclusive B-sides The Quiet and Feels Like Forever. With a new collection of songs being crafted, keep your ears to the ceiling!”
BO WALTON – Dream Again [starts 35:04]
“Bo Walton is a fast emerging Hereford-based singer/songwriter, rapidly gaining interest and attention worldwide with his rock’n’roll style. His latest release, Dream Again, was co-written with ex-Fairground Attraction founder member Mark E. Nevin and has been described by critics as “a masterclass in how to DO rockabilly!” Although his roots are firmly planted in the rock’n’roll genre, Bo’s music is equally at home on country music stations where the boundaries are being pushed further by today’s artists to the point of crossover, something that can be witnessed on Bo’s previous album releases. Dream Again is taken from the forthcoming long-player Break On Out! to be released on his own Jump Jack Records label. Bo and his band can be experienced live at numerous venues nationwide and are gaining recognition on the rock ‘n’ roll circuit as one of the highlight acts on the scene.”
MVRIE CELESTE – Heavy Sea [starts 37:59]
“Producer, multi-instrumentalist & vocalist MVRIE CELESTE writes and produces moody late night indietronica, with the aim to create futuristic, film-noir soundscapes. Based in the North East, her current style swings between the influences of lo-fi indie punk and dark chilled electronica. With her close-mic vocals and future style effects, her recordings give a uniquely intimate listening experience. Her alternative-electronica track Heavy Sea is an icy byte of trill-hop, with dark penetrating lyrics, sticky beats & soulful vocals. As a self-released single, it’s available now on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.”
RICHARD MAULE – Esoteric Groove [starts 42:03]
Richard Maule is “a folk/blues/electro artist from London. Drawing upon influences such as Hozier, James Blake, Damien Rice, Lumineers and a plethora of other amazing artists. Richard charges his songs with emotion and then lets it all go on stage with an explosive performance, captivating the his audience.”
KIZZY CRAWFORD – Pili Pala [starts 45:08]
“19 Year old Welsh-Bajan artist Kizzy Crawford (originally from Aberaeron and now based in Merthyr Tydfil) has had an exciting 12 months. She signed to award winning publishers BDi Music, played at many festivals including Glastonbury, Cheltenham Jazz, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Festival No 6, L’Orient Festival, Dinefwr, Cornbury, Womex, SWN, The Prince Edward Islands in Canada. Kizzy performed live twice for BBC Radio 4 and more recently on The Verb for the BBC Radio 3 ‘Young Artist Day’ programme. Kizzy also supported Newton Faulkner, Gruff Rhys and more recently, she performed alongside Cerys Matthews at Westminster. Kizzy was also selected as one of 12 Horizons Cymru acts via BBC Wales which led to several festival slots over the last year including a live session at BBC Maida Vale. Recent festivals include How The LIght Gets In, Acoustic Fest of Britain, Blissfields, Meifod Eisteddfod, upcoming festivals include Watchet and Towersey at the end of August.”
PAUL TAYLOR – Phos Hilaron [starts 47:43]
“Paul Taylor is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specialising in improvisation. His music is evocative, alluring and unique; combining unusual harmonies and sonorities with an original and fluid technique. He has performed regularly in solo capacity at the Sage Gateshead and has provided accompaniment for silent films shown at Gateshead Old Town Hall as part of 2010’s Late Shows Festival, and also at the Star and Shadow cinema. He is also one third of acclaimed improv trio, The Long Lonesome Go, along with Christian Alderson and Jason Etherington.”
JUPITER FALLS ft ELIN – Land And Sea [starts 49:19]
Steff Lane first founded Jupiter Falls as a one man band project early in 2011, writing songs that spread among the arc of various genres. All his songs are originally composed at home then taken to his mate Steve Low where they are finalized at his in North Wales home recording studio. ”I don’t consider myself as a great player of instruments” says Steff “I only utilize them to write the songs”. Not to be confused with the Leeds band who formed in 2013 using the same name.
ROSS POLLARD – Surface Appearances [starts 52:40]
“I’m currently recording more demos and intending to approach the right people for gigs in the autumn” says Ross Pollard. “I realise that the music industry is as unmeritocratic as any other facet of British society but I’m still optimistic that my voice can be heard above the current cultural abyss that is Britain 2015. The song Surface Appearances concerns the way in which the market and globalisation hides the many objectionable practices inherent within commodity production, and how we, as a society, are disinterested in how poor the standard of living can be for the people whose labour produces the daily goods we require.”
MORPHAMISH & FAULT LINES – Big Picture [starts 54:55]
Morphamish is a “producer, live set performer and DJ based in Edinburgh. A four track release of rocking weirdo techno with plenty bass, breaks, funk, mutating synths and all that good party hearty stuff. Available from morphamish.com for free/pay what you can”
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