This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by BEACH FATIGUE, PALACE WINTER, COLLOCUTOR, GIROBABIES, MEMORY FLOWERS, KINFOLK, SHAODOW, JINGO, RAPHAELLA, STEVEPUDDLE, STUART WOOLFENDEN, THE HONEYFIRE, BECKY BECKY, PRINTS JACKSON, WILLOW ROBINSON and HOLY THURSDAY.
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, 14th September at 2am.
BEACH FATIGUE – Drunken Grrrls [starts 00:17]
“Beach Fatigue, Swansea’s foremost surf garage punks, release their brand new single Drunken Grrrls on 30th October via Kool Girl Records. Under their former name, Heavy Petting Zoo, the Welsh outfit gained notoriety for their energetic live gigs. The band recently changed their name in anticipation of their forthcoming eponymous debut album Beach Fatigue.Drunken Grrrls is the first cut from their new LP and continues to explore their menacing garage-rock inspired grooves, with hints of bands like The Sonics and The Cramps, overlaid with riot grrrl influenced vocals in the vein of Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill. They will be appearing at Cardiff’s Swn Festival November 8th/9th and at Swansea’s Dylan-Thomas-inspired Do Not Go Gentle festival on October 24th”
PALACE WINTER – Menton [starts 03:46]
“In March 2014 Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish producer-pianist Caspar Hesselager started recording and experimenting together. Their collaboration quickly evolved into the particular brand of alternative rock heard on Menton where grand synth-arrangements meets driving indie rock. Imagine The War On Drugs merged with the Blade Runner soundtrack and you’re close to the sound of Palace Winter. Their debut EP Medication is out on Oct 2nd via Tambourhinoceros.”
COLLOCUTOR – Gozo [starts 06:59]
“Collocutor is the 7-piece brainchild of freelance saxophonist and multi-wind player Tamar Osborn (who regularly peforms with Dele Sosimi, Emanative, The Fontanelles and Jessica Lauren amongst others). The project grew from a desire to simply write the music that wanted to be written, rather than focus on a particular context or audience. As such the compositions draw inspiration from the diverse genres and musicians encountered over the course a varied career so far, including (but not exclusively!): Jazz, Afrobeat, Indian classical, Ethiopian roots, polyphonic choral music and minimalism – the link being primarily modal music that has a hypnotic effect. Collocutor’s band members were carefully picked for their particular skills and approaches, helping to shape the compositions into their final form.”
GIROBABIES – Ramp Up The Theatre [starts 13:00]
Girobabies describe themselves as producing “baffling-grunge-soul from Glasgow combining euphoric gutter rock with dystopian lyrical psycadelia. Who Took Utopia? LP will be released on September 26th 2015 after a busy summer of music festivals including Kelburn, Knockengorroch, Audio Soup to name a few.”
MEMORY FLOWERS – Cartwheels [starts 16:39]
“Memory Flowers makes happysad guitarpop from a windowless garage in Cricklewood. The new album, the sophomore to 2011’s Memory Flowers, is set to be released in January 2016. Two further singles will be dropped between now and then. Cartwheels is an indie rock song to get wistful to, to play driving at high speeds with the windows open and your hair blowing like you’re in an 80’s pop video. Think Kim Wilde or T’Pau. The last fortnight has seen it aired on numerous FM, DAB, Internet stations, and Podcasts, including Amazing Radio and Resonance FM.”
KINFOLK – I Would Have Liked To Know You [starts 20:25]
“Pete & Charlotte were featured on Tom’s BBC Introducing Show in 2009 under the guise of The Swings and Pete and co-writer James were once “famous for 16 Seconds” as “Mr & Mrs Swing” on The Colin Murray Show on Radio 1! Kinfolk are now planning to gig and promote their EP in the coming months.”
SHAODOW – Katana Flow [starts 23:47]
“ShaoDow is a full time independent rapper, entrepreneur and possible ninja. Trained in Shaolin Kung Fu in China he has independently built his career and company (DiY Gang Entertainment) through hard work, passion and dedication. To date he has sold over 20,000 copies of his albums independently, toured the UK and parts of Europe, released his own brand of headphones and rapidly growing merchandise range. He is currently planning the release of his third studio album ‘?????- The Way of Shao’ for early 2016 alongside an original manga style comic book of the same name. He also speaks Japanese … for some reason.”
JINGO – 45 Friends [starts 26:33]
“Jack Buckett and Joe Reeves met Katie (now) Buckett in Brooklyn, New York, before luring her back to the bright lights of East London. On returning to the big smoke, guitars in hand; Jingo, along with the new addition to the rhythm section, Chris Smith, have found themselves drawing influence from BRNS, Not Blood Paint, Interpol, Wolf Alice, Jeff Buckley and Prince to create their vivacious, driving sounds. 45 Friends is the B-side to Jingo’s most recent release, Ghost In The Machine. Mixed and produced by New York based producer Kahan James, 45 Friends, taken from their upcoming EP (25th September) is something close to anthemic. As has become custom with Jingo tracks, Katie’s powerful, entirely unflappable and very Bat For Lashes vocals have you hanging on every beautifully crafted word. Reverb filled and brimming with seatbelt worthy musical u-turns, 45 Friends is not for the faint hearted; there’s enough thudding percussion to make your heart palpitate. Their vital live drum and guitar sound is more than apparent and, as with all Jingo material, Katie Buckett’s vocals are upfront from the get go. 45 Friends is built with machine tight precision, plugged into a cranked up amp and is coated with that undeniable Jingo charm.”
RAPHAELLA – Fall [starts 30:02]
“North London raised artist-songwriter-producer Raphaella – a striking mix of Persian, English & Scots – embarks solely on her dark electro soundscape around her mixed heritage on her next set of releases in 2015. A successful multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer, published by UK’s boutique indie Phrased Differently, Raphaella has upcoming collaborations, features and co-writes with among others Gorgon City, MNEK, Headhunterz, Bless Beats, Diztortion, Dimension, Delta Heavy, Crom and Thanh, Ray Foxx, Dave Silcox, etc. Raphaella’s played BBC Introducing Stage – Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Nobu Unplugged, RADAR, Roundhouse Rising, etc.”
STEVEPUDDLE – The Bee Song [starts 33:15]
“Stevepuddle and his Bivouac Band are a four piece from North London. The Bee Song is off their first album WAAA!! Radish due out on their own label on November 16th. The album was made at Steve’s house and various other places around Horney and Muswell Hill and the band have built up a fantastic reputation as a live act over the past 3 years. The Bivouac band will be playing in support of their album so check out their website for more details.”
STUART WOOLFENDEN – I’ve Seen It All [starts 36:09]
“Stuart Woolfenden is a 17 year old solo artist from Redditch. He first got a buzz for performing aged 11, when he had the opportunity to sing in front of over 10,000 people in his hometown for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations. That’s when he decided to ditch the backing tracks and establish himself as a solo artist that writes his own music. Since then, he’s seized countless opportunities. He topped the Strummerville Chart aged 14, ahead of Bastille who were number 2. Last year, he was shortlisted along with nine others to support James Blunt on the main stage at the Barclaycard Arena. At the end of August, Stuart played at the Sunshine Festival which was amongst of a long list of festivals he was booked to play, on the same bill as Chas & Dave, UB40, Bad Manners and many more. This is only a fraction of what Stuart’s achieved. He has been compared to the likes of Billy Bragg and Frank Turner when he plays live, and he is currently working towards some shows coming up over the next few months in the West Midlands, as well as focusing on some very mathematical A Levels…”
THE HONEYFIRE – What Is Left [starts 39:01]
“The Honeyfire are an all-female trio from Bristol, UK, who use acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass and three part harmonies to create a darker shade of indie-folk. They have just released their self-titled debut album through Jelli Records which was recorded with Jim Barr (Portishead and Get The Blessing) at his Bristol studio. With a sound ranging from the energetic driving guitar riffs of Parallel to the a cappella vocals and haunting saw in Unheard Voice, the album contains ten songs about nature, dreamscapes and relationships.”
BECKY BECKY – Tigers Are Better Looking [starts 42:35]
Becky Becky are, they tell us, the “literary-inspired electro-synth-pop duo of Gemma L Williams & Peter J D Mason.” Gemma is of course already a longstanding favourite both at BBC 6 Music and Fresh On The Net in her alternative guise as Woodpecker Wooliams.
PRINTS JACKSON – Le Petit Prints [starts 46:13]
“‘One song every month until the day I die’ – so goes the simple and clear mission statement from UK indie artist Prints Jackson. It’s a mantra which perfectly sums up this Wales based songwriter’s ongoing project, one which has already started turning heads in the press thanks to the consistent quality of the releases. Once the project was underway, Virgin Music very quickly listed Prints Jackson at the very top of their 2014 innovations in music, while the Metro also picked up on the ambitious project. Having written music for games, film and television, as well recording and producing for other artists, Prints Jackson is already an experienced campaigner who seems to be revelling in his self-produced, gritty indie. The free form feel of the project allows him to experiment with sounds and genres, building music from recordings collected around the world, both in studio and out. mIt’s just one example of how Prints Jackson continues to collaborate with and inspire those around him. The artwork for each of his monthly releases is produced in by incredible artists based around the world, with the latest for ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ coming all the way from Montreal’s Alexy Prefontaine. Previous singles have featured artwork from Wales, London, Seattle, LA, Mexico and more, the list only set to expand further as the tracks continue to flow. mCollaborations with other independent artists are also in the pipeline, with Jim Ward (ATDI, SPARTA) and Matt Davies-Kreye (FFAF) on board for tracks planned for later this year. Previous singles can be found, along with the dazzling array of artwork, at his website.”
WILLOW ROBINSON – Hope In Our Eyes [starts 47:47]
“Willow Robinson‘s music comes from a genuine passion. He has been playing from a very young age, and writing songs since 13. Growing up in the rural beauty of Herefordshire has provided a vast source of inspiration, and endless time for writing and practicing. It is from his home studio situated deep within the green valleys that he produces his tracks. He worked as a musician in Los Angeles for 2 years, touring and playing SXSW festival, but at the beginning of 2015 decided to return to his roots and work out of England. He has since played as a support act for Charlie Simpson for 11 dates on his UK tour, and recorded with acclaimed producer Youth. This August he supported the Jesus And Mary Chain at The Fonda Theatre in LA. He is currently negotiating a record deal with an Independent Label.”
HOLY THURSDAY – Morning [starts 52:56]
“Holy Thursday are a 4 piece group from the Wirral. Born out of a mutual love of the west coast sound of The Wrecking Crew, the band take their name from the William Blake poem via David Axelrod’s ‘Song Of Innocence’. The band of multi-instrumentalists find themselves in the rare position of having 4 vocalists allowing for intricate harmonies and colourful musical textures. The band have garnered praise locally from Get In To This and Bido Lito and also nationally from Amazing Radio & NME. Fresh from their appearance at Liverpool International Music Festival, the band are pleased to be part of Liverpool Music Week at the end of October. Exact details TBC. The band are always working on new material and are hoping to release an EP at some point in the not too distant future.”
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