This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THE HANDS OF THE WRONG PEOPLE, ELLIE MAKES MUSIC, BLOCH EYOT, THE FIERCE & THE DEAD, ANDREW FOSTER, FRANKO FRAIZE, THE EDGE PROJECT, MAN OF MOON, NOLITA VIEW, SARAH MUNRO, WALK, SLIMDALI, PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM, ROBERT KELLY, THE CLAMEENS and FOREVER.
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, 31st August at 2am.
THE HANDS OF THE WRONG PEOPLE – Sauntering [starts 00:17]
“The Hands of the Wrong People are the musical vehicle of Scottish born and bred artist and musician Dominic Hislop. Having existed with various line-ups and in various locations in the UK and around Europe, the new self-released 11 track album ‘Perspective Correction’ was recorded in Berlin, Germany, then mixed and mastered by Ron Harrity in Portland, ME, USA and features Hislop on guitar and vocals, Berlin native Pius Fox on bass and Belgian Jo Wetzels on drums. The album addresses relationships & politics in the same breath and contains a range of tuneful, noisy and delicate numbers. The band are currently preparing to record a follow up EP and planning tour dates in the UK and Germany for later this year.”
ELLIE MAKES MUSIC – Mountains [starts 04:28]
“Described as sounding like ‘a Welsh Taylor Swift’ and ‘Laura Marling’s little sister’, Ellie’s music has an organic, sincere sound that combines folk, pop and alternative. Since the release of her debut EP City Lights, Ellie has performed at the House of Commons in the company of Mark Radcliffe and Cerys Matthews and signed to Charlotte Church’s publishing company Bounce Publishing, which resulted in her song Company being featured in the Peacocks Christmas advertising campaign. Her new EP Are You Listening? was released on July 13th and showcases her rapid growth and maturity, reaching number 15 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart. She has just finished touring with Kizzy Crawford, and has played consistently all summer, including at How The Light Gets In Festival. Ellie Makes Music maintains a certain value that is built for the long haul, rather than just a “hot act for the minute.”
BLOCH EYOT – Do It Again [starts 07:43]
“Bloch Eyot is the new musical adventure of musician Nikolaj Bloch. A personal hurricane of Scandinavian roots, English heritage and the subculture of the rivers where he lives. A multi instrumentalist but foremost a singing guitarist with an affection for the musical saw. The debut album Magic Folkgrass has been described as Cat Stevens’ voice, Nick Drake’s music, and Tom Waits’ heart.”
THE FIERCE & THE DEAD – Magnet In Your Face [starts 11:40]
“Four piece instrumental noiseniks The Fierce & The Dead formed in 2010 for a one off recording project that turned into two albums, an EP, a nineteen minute long single and live shows all over the UK. The band’s last album, the critically aclaimed Spooky Actio’, was described by Rock-A-Rolla magazine as, “..post-hardcore bass tone; pulsing motorik drums; chiming, interlocking guitars somewhere between Afrobeat and Robert Fripp (and) shockingly brutal bursts of math-metal”. The band, nominated for a Prog Award in 2013, have built up a reputation for frenetic live shows mixing intelligent rock music with garage band energy. The new 6 track EP Magnet released in August 2015 was followed by an appearance at ArcTanGent festival. Loud and not afraid to stand out The Fierce & The Dead are coming for you.”
ANDREW FOSTER – Spook Lane [starts 13:16]
Spook Lane is a track from my new EP thats just come out called Check Signal Aspect” says Andrew Foster. “The EP has a theme covering aspects of living on the South Coast of England. The track is about an old story I heard as a child about Pook Lane in Warblington – Havant. Smugglers used to use the lane to smuggle contraband in because of its seclusion from the town and its access to the sea. They then made up ghost tales of the lane to warn people away from it so they could use it undetected. The ‘S’ was dropped from the name of the road because of the paranormal connotations. An absolutely fascinating tale if it’s true!”
FRANKO FRAIZE – Party (feat Tone) [starts 16:39]
“Franko Fraize is a rapper from a town called Thetford. This year sees him (and his band featuring vocalist Tone) supporting both The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers on tour in November. Also playing the main stage at Sundown Festival on September 5th. This year Franko Fraize played the BBC introducing stage at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend as well as live at Leeds Festival. Frankie’s music speaks direct to the everyday man telling of trails and tribulations of life in England.”
THE EDGE PROJECT – Black Box [starts 20:06]
“The Edge Project is a studio based musical project, led by Welsh trumpeter and composer Ben Thomas. The track Black Box can be found on Dead Horses And Divorces – the fourth and latest album from The Edge Project (released in July 2015). This album is full of expression and artistic exploration with each track being accompanied by painted artwork. All the latest updates on The Edge Project can be found at Ben’s website and the full album can be purchased from The Edge Project shop.
MAN OF MOON – This World [starts 23:36]
“Man of Moon are a 2 piece Rock band from Edinburgh in Scotland. In the short time they have been together the band have been building a strong following in Scotland having supported We Were Promised Jetpacks, Phantom Band and The Subways and already and gaining support and airplay on BBC Introducing, Radio Scotland and XFM. 2015 will see the band release their debut single, The Road with This World on the flip side of the 7″ Vinyl release set for July via the Manchester based Melodic label. Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit has recorded and mixed these tracks following on from the success of the Owl John album that he produced in 2014 for Atlantic Records.”
NOLITA VIEW – Departed [starts 29:27]
“We are a 4 piece band from Battersea, South London- probably closest to Post-Punk and New Wave in sound” say Nolita View. We have access to a friend’s studio here in the Doddington Estate in Battersea. We bought a second hand mixing desk on eBay and have been mixing and producing the tracks ourselves. In terms of gigging highlights we played the Windmill in Brixton at the start of the year and are in the process of booking more shows for the Autumn. We also have some new material which we are looking forward to recording.”
SARAH MUNRO – Say Goodnight [starts 34:16]
“Sarah Munro is a 19 year old singer-songwriter from Hertfordshire, who writes acoustic pop songs with some folk and jazz influence. Her songs have been featured as Track of the Week on BBC Three Counties Radio and she is currently recording her debut album, which will be released later on in the year. You can hear more of Sarah Munro’s music at www.facebook.com/SarahMunroMusicUK and follow the links to her Soundcloud.”
WALK – Sometimes I Feel [starts 37:20]
“Despite the freshness of Walk’s sound the two characters at the centre of the project are far from new arrivals. Critics and audiences will no doubt recognise David as the enigmatic longhaired drummer from bands such as Driver, Drive Faster and Rik as harmonica blower and clarinet player in Honeyfeet. Together they create music that is at once simple, mysterious and infectious – modern yet traditional. Walk is contemporary blues music in the truest sense: not nostalgic or hokey but honest, emotive and surprising.”
SLIMDALI – Pagan Chant [starts 40:38]
“Surreal pop powerhouse and right hand of the elusive London Based Oil Records music collective, SlimDali is iconoclastic and eccentric; not just multi-dimensional but extra-dimensional. Straddling the line between art and pop and never inhabiting reality quite as we know it, SlimDali’s surreal and danceable music is reminiscent of Talking Heads, Japan, Metronomy and the Human League. Having just released the second of a series of EPs, The Clan, SlimDali is preparing for his third release The Clique, incorporating another trilogy of videos to further reveal his vision of the world, as well as planning for live events in the UK and Europe this winter and next year.”
PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM – All At Once [starts 43:44]
“So, what are we up to?” ask Passport To Stockholm. “Well, playing Henri’s hometown festival Weyfest next weekend, then Barney is off to play a little set at Bestival, then right back into the studio to start work on EP 2, speaking of which, can we please wish Carey Willetts (our producer and amazing Athlete bassist) a GET WELL SOON! We got asked to play in a football tournament, he came for practice and snapped his Achilles!!!! IT WAS LIKE A GUN GOING OFF!”
ROBERT KELLY – Boy Most Likely [starts 47:13]
“Robert Kelly is a Coventry based singer-songwriter. Armed with his piano and dramatic vocals, Robert has spent the last year building up a reputation as a dynamic and emotive live performer. He’s played many gigs in that time, including a handful of festivals, and his songs have now been picked up by several radio stations around the UK. Next month he’s competing in the final of the Midlands Music Challenge in Leicester after beating off over a hundred other acts. Robert draws on his life experience to craft lyrics that carefully balance the personal and the universal; anchoring them to big melodies and backdrops of lush instrumentation and beats. Though at the emotional core of each song are the vocals and piano, ready to connect with the listener.”
THE CLAMEENS – Techno [starts 50:26]
“Northern Ireland’s second city Derry produces musical talent at a prolific rate. The Clameens – aged between 17 and 19 – are four boys (including two brothers) who are about to make their home city very proud of them. Signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, they sing about being young, drinking, fighting, falling out and having fun. Their lyrics are acerbic, smart, hilarious and honest. And their tunes will make you want to dance, and drink, and dance some more. The band have already supported Pete Doherty and The Strypes, among others, and been chosen by MTV as one of the hottest unsigned bands for 2014, as well as being featured on Radio 1 and 6 Music, played to a packed tent at Liverpool’s Sound City 2015, and have huge touring news in the pipeline including a sting a dates across the UK and set to head of to India to tour with the NH7 Bacardi Weekender.”
FOREVER – Shamed [starts 53:49]
“Paying scant attention to genre distinction, Glasgow 5-piece Forever create arcane and discombobulating experimental pop. Their lifting instrumental melodies, anchored by a strangely cathartic lyrical angst, fosters an emotional tenor capable of both disorientating and beguiling. They play Edinburgh and Glasgow next month, and are currently working towards releasing a debut EP.”
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