This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by YIPIOK, GIRLBOY, DREAM OF SLEEPING, THIS IS DA, FOGGY CITY ORPHAN, LIZ AND THE LOFTY THINGS, THE POLLEN COUNT, CAL PITT, SEATTLE YACHT CLUB, FOLDED LIKE FABRIC, THE MOURNING SUNS, TRUDY, MATT CREER, GO SWIM, NOURIA BAH, IVAN and BENIGHTER.
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, 5th october at 2am.
YIPIOK – The Bull [starts 00:17]
“YipiOK are Kissy Smallwood and Johnny Levett. Their debut 3-track EP Black is out 31st October and fans can get hold of a limited edition vinyl-style CD via their Facebook page. A music video for The Bull is set for release in October.”
GIRLBOY – Girls Won’t Mind [starts 03:47]
“Girlboy is a feminist collaboration of ideas perverting the concept of gender one indie rock / pop release at a time. Guitarist Michael Reeve takes responsibility for the much lauded instrumentals, while vocalist Abigail Tarttelin makes no apology for cheeky lyrics sung in a low moan that has had critics question whether she isn’t Chrissie Hynde’s fatherless love child. Their new single Girls Won’t Mind is an angsty indie rock meditation on modern love and masculinity, released with a music video directed by Tarttelin. Inspired partly by Todd Haynes’ seminal film Velvet Goldmine, the video features glitter, a Harley, the female vocalist portraying a man, and Reeve as a Bowie-esque vision in gold. The twosome are straight outta Lincoln, East Mids.”
DREAM OF SLEEPING – Just Like The Record [starts 07:22]
“Dream Of Sleeping is the musical alias of singer songwriter Neil Cartmell. He has released one EP and one album which considering how long ago that first EP was released and the amount of song ideas that have built up over the years is not good enough! So after years of procrastination and starting songs only to give up because he couldn’t get the production right, he is now going to be recording as many of them as possible over the next couple of years. These songs vary from piano ballads to acoustic finger picking to dodgy grunge guitar riffs he wrote way back when he was only 14. He doesn’t play live because of anxiety problems, and no, this isn’t him trying to be like Nick Drake, as one idiot reviewer suggested.”
THISISDA – Cosmic [starts 11:06]
“ThisisDA is a 21 year-old Bristol based Hip-hop musician known for harbouring an intensely captivating range of lyrical content marked by hints of vulnerability. The rap singer has recently released his debut EP entitled Based Off Black, which notably featured a verse from West-Coast Hip-hop veteran, Blu. Upon release, the tracklist was depicted by Complex Magazine as “an inward-looking masterpiece” and cemented ThisisDA as a forerunner within the burgeoning new rap scene in England. Following support and praise from the likes of BBC Introducing, The Needle Drop, Noisey, and MOBO Awards Group; it’s fair to say that the rapper has caught the attention of listeners and respected critics far and wide.”
FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Pompeii [starts 13:55]
“Foggy City Orphan is a Glasgow band with a family flavour. Martin and John McLinden are brothers while Paul McLinden is their cousin. The other member, drummer Stephen Sweeney, isn’t related to anyone else in the band, although his name is an anagram of Seen Nephews Yet, so we’re working on it. Foggy City Orphan might be the Chinese translation of the 19th century novel Oliver Twist but the band plays 21st century angular music. Foggy City Orphan proves that no one’s ever really an orphan if they have family.”
LIZ AND THE LOFTY THINGS – Call To Roam [starts 17:01]
Liz And The Lofty Things consist of the eponymous Liz Williams (songwriter/ lead vocal/ guitar) plus Lofty Things: Chris Ross (bass), Corinna Robins (violin), Katie Stephenson (drums/percussion), Kylie Earl (vocal harmonies).
THE POLLEN COUNT – Ruin Your Reputation [starts 20:47]
“The Pollen Count are a new four piece band from Swansea who between them have played with and supported such luminaries as Sir Elton John, Joe Cocker, Santana, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, The Who and Bob Dylan and graced the stages of such iconic venues as The Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and Glastonbury. As a unit, they create beautiful, coherent soundscapes of music, presented very naturally and it’s very hard not to be impressed by the sheer level of detail that this band unearths.”
CAL PITT – You Better Sell It While You Can [starts 24:15]
Callum Pitt is a “20 year-old from Newcastle with a couple of friends to help out, producing a folk influenced blend of fingerpicking, falsetto, running drum beats and downbeat lyrics. Recorded over spring, the debut instrument-packed EP ‘Get Lost’ is the product of a love for folk, indie, post-rock and Billy Ocean. Most songs originate from attempts to imitate Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith or Joe Pug’s lazy “summer-afternoon-front-porch-step” style but invariably spin a little out of control while recording. Outside of work and university, music recording has become an irresistible, almost weekly craving and a second EP is currently being made.”
SEATTLE YACHT CLUB – Make Your Mind Up [starts 29:27]
Seattle Yacht Club are Tom Dale – Vox keys and Denis Brice – Guitar Vox Keys from Southport UK. An English duo making Electro-super-pop. Tom & Denis you would describe almost as brothers, the best of friends having grown up together next door to each other and always shared a love of music; been in bands together and working their music together. Their aim is to produce “timeless quality songs, of melody-driven electronically-engaged super-pop immersed with memorable catchy hooks and infectious musical passages.” The band have been mainly focused on writing and recording over the past few months and recently been recording & working on tracks with Tore Johansson (The Cardigans, Tom Jones, OK GO amongst many others) at his studio in Malmo, Sweden.
FOLDED LIKE FABRIC – I Tried [starts 33:03]
Tipped to us by BBC Introducing: The South, Folded Like Fabric is the name for the partnership between the Hastings duo of Connor Sims and Jay Mooncie. This is the title track of their latest EP released on September 25th which has already had over 750,000 listens on Soundcloud, following early support on Radio One from Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.
THE MOURNING SUNS – Mountain Song [starts 36:15]
“We’ve recently released our album Dreaming Of An Island,” say The Mourning Suns “which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud. We’ve had a summer of fun gigs, most notably; How The Light Gets In Festival, Pig & Apple Stock Festival & of course our album launch show at the Sun At The Station in Kings Heath back in August. We haven’t got much lined up in terms of gigs, but Ant & I are using this down-period for creating new material for our next album.”
TRUDY – Behave [starts 40:06]
The band Trudy‘s track Behave “follows on from frisky debut All My Love which grabbed the attention of some of the finest tastemakers: Gold Flake Paint, The Music Ninja, Neu DIY, NME, Austin Town Hall and as a result spent some time trending on 22 tracks. Behave wades in to further thicken the plot, artwork by previous collaborator Hello Thunderpuss depicts the songs temperament in a slapstick, comic style, typical of her inimitable style. The voice of the kids, if they did but know it.” Next gig – 11th October 2015 – Headrow House (Leeds) supporting the splendid Spring King.
MATT CREER – Gaslighting (Radio Edit) [starts 43:06]
“Following the release of his critically acclaimed album The Leeward Tide earlier this year, Matt Creer has just completed a Summer tour which included the massive Lorient Festival Interceltique, in France. He is now working on a new recording project with brand new material, which is due for release in the Spring 2016.”
GO SWIM – Automate [starts 46:55]
“Belfast based Indie-Rock band Go Swim enjoyed a successful 2014, most notably playing the BBC Introducing at Bestival and an elusive support slot with the Kaiser Chiefs in their home town. The shimmering guitars, boy/girl dual harmonies, driven bass & bouncing drums of their debut EP Animal were received favourably by many renowned outlets including BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 and 2FM. They are currently in the studio working on a new release planned for late 2015.”
NOURIA BAH – Sundee [starts 50:23]
“Nouria Bah grew up in Maryland, USA and has been living in London for the past four years. She creates homemade groove and vocal-driven music featuring various samples which has been described as “acoustic jazzy folk hop”. In addition to performing at various pubs, venues, and events in London, Nouria works with other projects including Lina Lapeylte’s Candy Shop Opera and the 2015 Roundhouse Music Collective. She has recently been accepted to work with 12 other artists at the Institute of Composing’s Academy Inégales.”
IVAN – Without You [starts 51:59]
“Ivan is a 22-year-old DJ/Producer from Lisbon, Portugal At the age of 17, Ivan already knew the basics of music production, taking it seriously at the age of 21. Half a year ago he showed a demo disc to DJ/Producer Ben Prada who recognised his talent immediately and offered him a recording deal. Ivan has produced a few singles and remixes and he’s now working on his first album.”
BENIGHTER – Intoxicated Fingertip [starts 55:50]
“Benighter is an experimental electronic project from icelandic producer Biggs Thorarensen. Benighter was originally meant as a fun and relaxing break from the more intensive recording and production work of Biggs’ alternative music project Telling Noon, but quickly turned into a serious pursuit after D&B producer Max Holmes encouraged him to take it further. Benighter employs random samples for every track to keep the material fresh and organic. The results are an eclectic blend of catchy, playful & funky sounds with styles ranging from house techno to lounge chill out. Benighter is currently mastering his debut album, Bitonic, which is due to be released in October 2015.”
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