This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by SUNTAILOR, ONLY GIRL, HOATZIN, LA SHARK, DREAMA, ETCHES, CRAZY QUILT BOUQUET, JEANES feat EMILY ZORNADO, RAMISCO MAKI MAKI ROCKING HORSE, SHALLOWS, PENNY ANDREWS, EARLY CARTOGRAPHERS, WALKING WOUNDED, CURSOR MAJOR, ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, THE WINACHI TRIBE and REMI HARRIS.
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, 21st September at 2am.
SUNTAILOR – Who’s At Your Window [starts 00:17]
“Since releasing his debut album Like The Tide in 2012, Arnon Naor aka Sun Tailor has become one of the leading figures in the Israeli indie scene. This Light, Sun Tailor’s new album, represents a shift in his approach to music both as a performer and as a producer. The gentle intimacy that defined his first album is now joined with groove, energy and raw power which all play a big part in the album. Who’s at Your Window, the first release from This Light, received extensive airplay on Israeli radio and music TV channels, in part due to its breathtakingly dark and epic video. Sun Tailor is currently touring with his band in Europe, and will be playing London’s Troubadour club on the 23rd October 2015″
ONLY GIRL – Remains [starts 04:37]
“Only Girl is south east Londoner Ellen Murphy, who has been quietly honing her own brand of soulful, understated pop, soaring with R&B/gospel infused melodies since her 2014 debut, Feel It. Earlier this year, long term collaborators Zero 7 released their cover of Mark Hollis’ (Talk Talk) Colour of Spring on their EP3, featuring Only Girl on vocals. She is currently working on new music for release later on this year, working towards her next headline show in early 2016. “Remains is a song about feeling lost and building myself back up again. When I’d gone through one of the biggest traumas of my life, helping my boyfriend Jamie in his recovery from a traumatic brain injury, I felt like I’d lost a big part of myself and writing music was like my therapy to get my emotions out. In turn, each song became a narrative of our journey through his recovery. In this song I was telling myself to just stop for a moment and remember the girl I was before; and that despite everything that had changed in my life & in him, I could still find a way to be my old self and learn to love him again.”
HOATZIN – Carriers [starts 08:10]
“Formed in 2013, Brixton-based alt-rock group Hoatzin (long-standing friends Jim Willis – vocals, guitar, strings, Colin Somervell – bass, Kit Jolliffe – drums, Simon Spreyer – keys) play brooding, twisting and melodious songs of confusion, disappointment, reason and hope. Influences range from Brian Wilson, Jim O’Rourke and Bill Frisell, to Radiohead, Morphine and Battles. After a period of fairly intense gigging, taking in venues from the The Vortex in Dalston to Cranbourne Earth House in Dorset, we are now beavering away with Jon Clayton at One Cat Studios in Brixton, working on our debut album – due early next year.”
LA SHARK – Fiji (I’m In Heaven) [starts 11:11]
Hahaha – La Shark have always had the ability to put a big silly grin all over my face right from bar one – and Fiji (I’m in Heaven) is no exception. There’s a looseness, a loucheness and a playfulness about their writing and performance that means there’s no script to rip up. The whole joy of a new La Shark song is that from moment to moment you have no idea what’s going to happen next. Yet that sense that anything could happen is balanced by the reassuringly deft touch that tells us we’re in the hands of masters. It’d be ridiculous to rate this song out of ten – La Shark plough an extravagant left-field furrow that’s entirely their own. Long may they flourish.
DREAMA – Oceans Two [starts 14:41]
“Meet Dreama, a 27-year-old musician from Hammersmith, west London. Dreama burst onto the mixtape scene in 2011, making waves with her freshmen effort, A Dreama’s Reality, and has been recording, releasing and performing music across London and Europe ever since. Growing a name for herself, Dreama has become somewhat familiar to the underground and mainstream radio locale, and is back with her latest; an EDM and hip-hop infused EP titled The Dreamix Project.”
ETCHES – Do Nothing [starts 18:33]
“Etches are a five-piece outfit who found each other through the music scene in Liverpool. They share a love of beats, bass, electronics, ear-catching melodies and intricate arrangements. Do Nothing/The Great Void is being rush-released digitally and on beermat (with download code) as part of Fierce Panda’s rejuvenated one-off singles “club”. The rush release is occurring on September 24th to tie in with Etches’ headline show at Stoke Newington Waiting Room that very night, while they play a hometown launch at East Village Arts a week later on October 1st.”
CRAZY QUILT BOUQUET – Clean [starts 22:10]
“Crazy Quilt Bouquet are from Derbyshire. They are first and foremost a merry band – a band comprised of one fragmented individual who knows many imaginary friends, artists and ne’er-do-wells. His split personalities and alter-egos have been making music and several other things since they were 10 years old – an age they still aspire to. CQB are currently working hard in the studio on new material and Clean is the first track to come out of these sessions. They have also recently released the first instalment in their “Music for Ears” series – a collection of their favourite re-mastered songs from previous albums. The first volume is available for free download now at: http://noisetrade.com/crazyquiltbouquet and includes the new track Clean. For all things CQB visit our website or Facebook page.
JEANES feat EMILY ZORNADO –
Smiles With Her Eyes [starts 25:37]
“Russell Jeanes is a songwriter, who writes “about the magic in nature” from his cottage in a Yorkshire wood, his songs are then sung by enchanting artists who have discovered him through soundcloud. This latest transatlantic collaboration is with US singer Emily Zornado, and was recorded at the height of summer in a Danielson corn field. Russell is currently working together with a collection of other artists from around the globe on his new EP, Sleeping Leaves.”
RAMISCO MAKI MAKI ROCKING HORSE –
And We Will Dance [starts 28:39]
“The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse is an alternative indie folk artist from the Scottish Highlands, described as “the bastard offspring of the Violent Femmes and Beck” (ex-member of The Kazoo Funk Orchestra). The song And We Will Dance is from the Horse’s forthcoming record, Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata, which will be available on vinyl, cassette, mp3 and limited edition minidisc from Friday the 13th of November 2015. Following the release of Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata, the Horse has plans to tour the Universe with his backing hooves. In the meantime, an interview has been scheduled for Ralph’s Life indie music blog and the Horse will also be squawkin’ about himself and his music for a featured Hoofography on Radio Kaos Caribou.”
SHALLOWS – AM [starts 31:55]
“Shallows are Paul, Matt & Jo from Winchester. They are currently in the process of writing, recording and putting together a live set – details of future gigs will be posted on their Facebook page so keep an eye out! Their first track Enso was inspired by a trip across Japan, and has been featured on BBC Introducing South and the British Music Council’s ‘The Selector’ show. The second track AM is about letting go, passion and gender identity. shallows are working together creatively to produce something they hope will be different, atmospheric and emotive.”
PENNY ANDREWS – Wealth Creator [starts 34:31]
“Penny Andrews is an artist, athlete and researcher. Her work examines issues of complex identities, collectivism versus individualism, social history and social technologies. Wealth Creator is taken from National Interest, a radio ballad in the tradition of Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker. The radio ballad’s subject is the Labour Party in England, following the May 2015 General Election. Penny also recently published a book called Run On, illustrated by Siobhán Britton, featuring brand new spoken word pieces on the theme of ‘Running’, created for a performance at ANTI festival in Kuopio, Finland.”
EARLY CARTOGRAPHERS – Wormholes [starts 39:41]
“Early Cartographers is a kind of collective with a bit of a revolving door in terms of members. Songs so far have been written by Ed Cartledge, Nat Mortimer, Ad Follett and Will Campbell and arrangement / performance by all of the above plus Howard Price, Heather Price, Luke Wilson, Hannah Browne, Dominic Lo, Darren McGrath and Nik Milne. We prefer to play unplugged when possible and in the strangest locations we can find: allotments, cemeteries, meadows, backs of buses etc. BUT we CAN also play the conventional venues when it’s required of us.”
WALKING WOUNDED – Selfie [starts 43:38]
“Fed up with people taking selfies all the time? Sick of forests of selfie sticks despoiling beautiful places? Does anybody care about anything other than themselves nowadays? Will we all marry ourselves in the future? Jay-Z and Beyoncé hiring the Louvre for a private view just to take selfies of themselves with the exhibits. “This is me with the Mona Lisa”. Daddy Cool Obama, Smoothy Chops Cameron and Blondie Thorning-Schmidt inanely taking selfies at Mandela’s funeral. Is nothing (except ourselves apparently) sacred anymore? “All I care about is ME.” Even The Queen of England and her progeny do it! “Put it up on Facebook”. Walking Wounded are a 5-piece band from pre-Hipster Hackney – when the East London borough was a haven for the world’s impoverished and huddled masses rather than a ghetto for fixed wheel bike riding, skinny jeans wearing, bearded tattooed hipsters drinking over-priced coffee in bijou cafe´s – playing cutting edge original material in a myriad of styles: from Punk to Arabic to Balkan, Celtic to Reggae, Ska to Rock (and more), featuring Christine Taylor on accordion, Jonny Owen on harmonica, Hugh Poulton on vocals and guitar, Adrian Teasdale on bass, and Arnold Lane on percussion. Selfie (the New Narcissism) by Walking Wounded, release date 15 September 2015″
CURSOR MAJOR – Two Timing Tom Jones [starts 46:01]
“Written and recorded once again in his Bristol bedsit Constellation Prize finds Norton wrestling with his demons for control of the fuzz pedal and yells tales of romance doomed from the start. From the girl haunted by the Welsh lothario Tom Jones to the trials and tribulations of Tongue-Tied & Twisted, Cursor Major is the work of a man who should know better but who can’t stop himself from throwing himself headlong into the fray. The new Cursor Major EP Constellation Prize will be released on October 16th on Bellicose Records. A video for Two-Timing Tom Jones will be online from September 15th. I’ll be supporting Blank Realm at Start The Bus, Bristol on September 30th and also doing a double headliner with Vienna Ditto at The Locomotive, Swindon on Oct 3rd. Meanwhile I’m currently putting together the next EP!!”
ROBOCOBRA QUARTET – Mizaru [starts 49:41]
“Belfast’s Robocobra Quartet take influence from hardcore, free jazz and hip hop in equal parts. To support their upcoming lathe-cut 7″ on Smalltown America Records ‘Iwazaru / Mizaru’ they will be performing the following dates: 25/09 The Magic Garden, London; 26/09 Four Bars, Cardiff; 27/09 The Mothers’ Ruin, Bristol; 30/10 Black Box, Belfast; 31/10 Smalltown America, Derry”
THE WINACHI TRIBE – Time For Love [starts 53:30]
“The Winachi Tribe are a sonic soul collective who adhere to no boundaries musically or culturally – fusing soul, funk and disco with an “Urban Swagger” to create one massive groove. A debut EP released on A1M records in 2015, the band gigged across the UK, gained Airplay on BBC introducing in Manchester & Liverpool and earned rave reviews from UK and USA music blogs. Thousands of summer festival goers experienced the unique “electro-funk groove”. NME featured the debut video, which included a cameo from Keith Allen and their music was also included in the film “We own the dance floor” which premiered at Glastonbury. A second single and remix by LA based producer and musician Danny Saber, is out late September and the band are confirmed as support on a major UK tour for October/November.”
REMI HARRIS – I’ve Done My Bit [starts 57:22]
“Remi Harris is regarded as one of the UK’s top up-and-coming young jazz guitarists. In 2014 Remi was awarded runner-up in both the Rising Star and Guitar Category at the British Jazz Awards and in 2015 he was named in The Culture Trip’s ’10 Young British Jazz Musicians You Should Know’. His style blends elements from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock’n’Roll, Hip Hop and World Music. Following Remi’s May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show live from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival his album Ninick went to number 7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart, it peaked at number 6 in Amazon’s Best Sellers in Jazz and he went to #28 in that week’s official Jazz & Blues albums chart.”
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