This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by HEATH, JOE BONE & THE DARK VIBES, OLA SZMIDT, ZURICH, HOOPLA BLUE, NONNY DENNY, FAT SPATULA, DRESSED LIKE WOLVES, EMMA HUGHES, WAKE AMERICA, DERREN HEATH, MEGAN LARA MAE, THE KUBRICKS, AFTERNAUT and GO PRIMITIVE.
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.
HEATH – Brambles [starts 00:17]
“In only their first year together as a band, Heath are already proving themselves to be a polished, mature and exciting band. The self produced 3 piece from Sussex have managed to combine imagination, technology and melodies to create a unique harmonic sound that in the same breath, feels somewhat familiar.” Blimey. This is their second single Brambles which has been played by XFM and made Track Of The Day by at least one BBC Introducing show. The video is directed, filmed and edited by the band themselves showing the journey of a dancer who is trying to find her way home through the judging eyes of the audience. “It shows” they tell us “a number of different people with the band themselves starring in amongst the line up. But who exactly are Heath? You’ll have to come and see the band live to find out!”
16 Oct Camden Barfly, London – supporting Radio On
17 Oct The Prince Albert, Brighton – as part of Oxjam Brighton Takeover
29 Nov The Old Queens Head, London
JOE BONE+THE DARK VIBES – The Exorcist [starts 03:48]
“Joe Bone & The Dark Vibes are a 7 piece alternative rock band from Glasgow. The track The Exorcist is from the forth coming ep Four Shades Of Dark with The Very Rev D Wayne Love of the Alabama 3. The ep will be released in the near future on vinyl & CD through Grass Roots Records (Northampton). The ep includes four different shades of the original music of Joe Bone & The Dark Vibes a dark alternative rock track, an alternative jazz track, an alternative R&B track and an alternative blues track.”
OLA SZMIDT – Sensitive [starts 08:04]
“Ola Szmidt is York based Vocalist, Pianist, Flautist, Composer and improviser. She completed her Music Technology and Performance degree in 2012 at De Montfort University. A finalist of BOSS Live looping Contest, Ola specialises in live looping and electronics using voice, flute, toys, detuned guitars and ethnic instruments. Ola studied Jazz Improvisation with legendary free jazz improvisers Keith and Julie Tippett. Ola’s musical influences shift between Scandinavian/Eastern traditional music and jazz/folk, contemporary classical and electronica.”
ZURICH – Small Wars [starts 13:49]
“Zurich are an Oxford-based Rock Band who play widescreen post-punk with a nod to the darker side of 80’s electronic pop. The band comprise of Adrian Banks, Chris Gillett and Leigh Taylor. Zurich have just released their highly anticipated debut EP ‘Small Wars’, with tracks being play listed on various radio stations all over the world.” The band are currently touring around the UK at the following venues: Fri 2nd Oct – Verve Bar, Leeds; Mon 5th Oct – Bannermans, Edinburgh; Wed 7th Oct – Lancaster University; Sat 10th Oct – Dog & Parrot, Newcastle; Wed 14th Oct – White Bear, Barnsley; Sat 17th Oct – South Sea, Sheffield; Tue 27th Oct – Wild Boar, Warwick
HOOPLA BLUE – Wool Eyed Brood [starts 17:09]
With, they tell us, “a live show that deftly probes the juxtaposition of light and dark” Hoopla Blue have shared stages with the likes of Dutch Uncles, Wolf Alice, Temples, Outfit, Merchandise and Happyness. Supported by DIY, Artrocker and a recent live BBC Introducing session, their debut EP ‘Mother’ is out now on 7″ vinyl in record shops including Rough Trade East/Rough Trade NYC and available to order online. Their new track Rotten Sodden Loot premiered as Track of the Day with Q Magazine and was released as a t-shirt/download (sold out!). Having premiered on their local BBC Introducing show, this track Wool Eyed Brood is being released via a phone number, hidden on cards around their hometown of Birmingham. Upcoming shows include All Years Leaving Festival with The Wytches, Speedy Ortiz & Kagoule (23rd Oct) and The Hare & Hounds Birmingham with Ducktails (14th Nov).
NONNY DENNY – Flights Of Fancy [starts 20:18]
“Nonny Denny is a singer songwriter from rural Suffolk. Strapped with her tenor ukelele; Nonny works to convey heartfelt songs of love, loss and family. Nonny has played many a show this year including Latitude, Folk East, Port Eliot and Moseley Folk Festival. She has worked with many artist including Gabrielle Drake (Nick Drake’s sister), Cove Hithe and Daisy Vaughan.”
FAT SPATULA – Mr Snitch [starts 24:02]
Fat Spatula describe themselves as “transatlantic guitar racket merchants, based in York”. Our very own Paul Kerr described them on his blog The Devil Has The Best Tuna as having “more groove than a lathe operators convention. It sounds like a cleaned up Warmduscher cosying up to Rod Stewart which makes it easily the best thing I’ve heard this week.”
DRESSED LIKE WOLVES – Trying To Walk Off
Into The Sea But It’s Too Late [starts 26:32]
“Dressed Like Wolves consist of Thornaby’s Rick Dobbing and his Spooker Rekkids friends writing “songs you can’t properly dance to about the sea, fan heaters, half flat coke (coca cola) and the people they love.” Their last album In The End We All Just Walk Off Into The Sea In The Eyes Of The Ones We Left Behind was recorded in the attic of Rick’s farm house and a few pubs around Middlesbrough on cassettes tapes, a reel to reel machine, and an old IBM PC Matt buzzed about cause they used them in space. It’s available on compact disc, bandcamp and spotfiy. They’re playing on the 25th September at The Cluny 2, Newcastle. With Sweet Baboo and then on the 10th October at Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough. With Du Blonde, Fatherson and Fickle Friends.
EMMA HUGHES – Baby [starts 31:26]
“Emma Hughes is an 19-year-old singer and songwriter originally from Bucks, now studying in London. Emma first started performing with choirs at age 10 but learnt guitar at age 15 and has been working on her own music ever since. Emma has performed at a number of festivals including Chris Evan’s CarFest and in April 2015 supported Saint Saviour at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. Taking inspiration from a range of artists from Taylor Swift to The Black Keys, and Lady GaGa to The Eagles; Emma aims to combine soulful vocals and complex rhythms to create catchy pop songs with interesting lyrical themes”.
WAKE AMERICA – Silly Boy [starts 34:26]
“Wake America is the alternative project name of a producer based in Derry, Northern Ireland”. That’s all he’s saying for the moment.
DERREN HEATH – Can’t Be Helped [starts 38:43]
“Derren Heath is a self-produced singer/songwriter from West Wales with a very mixed repertoire of music, often mixing acoustic guitars with electronic beats and synthesizers, with a sound that swings from acoustic rock and folk to electronica. He is currently working on his first EP due to be released by Touched Music early next year.”
MEGAN LARA MAE – Signs [starts 43:05]
“Megan Lara Mae is a 19 year old melodic pop singer songwriter and pianist from Solihull in the West Midlands. Having written her own music since the age of 12, the artist started performing initially with open mics and, in 2013, made her first steps onto the festival circuit. Her most recent successes included securing an internship woking in the studios at BBC Radio 2 in London and supporting the X Factor Tour in Birmingham! She has been described by industry professionals as the new Carole King. Having a variety of musical tastes and influences, Megan started off singing classical music and musical theatre and spent many years as a member of her church choir. Megan also has an interest in writing for film and includes instrumental pieces in her repertoire.” BBC Introducing West Midlands describes Megan Lara Mae as ‘sweet and lamenting’.
THE KUBRICKS – Rave With The Rebel [starts 46:30]
“Having developed an electric and hyperactive live set in London over the last few years, The Kubricks began putting on their own nights, Skallywags, at the famous Dublin Castle, Camden, before catching the attention of popular UK festivals. Their debut EP Wasters & Wannabes was a hit with Huey Morgan who featured the band on BBC Radio 2 whilst The Specials’ bassist, Horace Panter, championed the band claiming ‘I can hear Madness, The Ruts, Squeeze and The Clash in there…’ During a busy schedule over the last two years, amongst many headline slots, The Kubricks have supported The Skints, Pixie Lott, UB40, The Toasters and Buster Shuffle among others. The band have continued to release new music in 2015. Upcoming UK dates: The Big One 4 (Poole), The Fiddler’s Elbow (London) and The Soundhouse (Colchester).”
AFTERNAUT – Isolation [starts 49:41]
“Afternaut is an experimental electronic music project from Liverpool based producer, Adam Rowley. Adam has spent the past decade designing sound in video games for Sony, Disney and Sega. The Afternaut project was set up to design sound for himself. Initially this was just some experimental fun that got uploaded to Soundcloud, but this started to escalate when he was featured as a Soundclouder of the day. What started out as processed ambient recordings soon developed into a live act. The sounds that Afternaut explores have been constantly evolving, while always retaining the same level of obsessively manipulated audio and intricate detail.” His music has, he tells us “a vast, epic sci-fi sound as well as microscopic detail, with a strong emphasis on complex layers and heavily processed audio.”
GO PRIMITIVE – In A Band [starts 55:00]
“Go Primitive are a four piece alternative rock band from Warwickshire UK. Whilst individually submerged somewhere in the underground rock scene, they found each other through sharing the same passion, drive and commitment to music. They were their local BBC introducing band of the month for July 2015 and are hungry for more. A brand new EP 100 Ways’produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses) is out now and available at all online stores”. The band are, they assure us, “eager to charge forward, fuelled by their relentless ambition and desire to create exciting new music. ” They plan to tour out the rest of 2015 with some big shows already announced, and have begun writing their debut album has already begun.
After your music has been featured in the BBC Introducing Mixtape – or in our Fresh Faves here on the blog – please wait 12 weeks before sending us another tune, to leave us space to help other deserving artists. For more info see this blog post – thanks!
And if you get a flattering email from a PR company offering you their paid services after appearing on The BBC Introducing Mixtape please forward it to Fresh On The Net via our contact page. Always treat such offers with extreme caution…and be sure to check out The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers.