This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes by East Midlands artists, chosen from the BBC Introducing Uploader and performed by ANNA STRAKER, BETH FRISBY, BY THE RIVERS, CHERRYSHOES, COVE HITHE, DIMAGGIO JONES, DOM ROBINSON, FEROCIOUS DOG, GEORGIE, JOSH WHEATLEY, MARTHA BEAN, SEEGULLS, SHELTER POINT, THE JAPANESE HOUSE, THE MOCKING JAYS, THESE YOUR CHILDREN and TRASH.
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.
This week’s mixtape has been curated by Dean Jackson – host of the legandary East Midlands radio showcase show The Beat – which covers BBC Introducing In Nottinghamshire. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 2nd November at 2am.
DIMAGGIO JONES – Communication [starts 00:38]
Dimaggio Jones are “a group from Lincolnshire. They were formed in 2015 from the ashes of several other groups. The members of the band found they had common interests musically and socially. Their music has been described as mixture of indie pop/rock and electronic symphonia with a hint of audio cacophony. Dimaggio Jones take inspiration from many musical artists and genres from Trevor Hall to Jimi Hendrix to Biffy Clyro and just about everything inbetween… Currently working in the studio… All songs written by Joe Devlin.”
THESE YOUR CHILDREN – Fires [starts 04:26]
“Built upon a foundation of a longstanding friendship between Joe Baxter and Rebeka Prance, TYC officially formed in September 2011. We would describe our music as storytelling music thats aim is to take you on a journey with an undercurrent of anthemic freedom songs that combine passionate vocals and delicate melodies. Our forthcoming 4 track EP aims to stay true to our intimate vocals by exploring an emotive angle, yet showcasing our eagerness to experiment with a bolder, anthemic sound.”
BY THE RIVERS – If They Don’t Know [starts 07:57]
By The Rivers are “a 6 piece band from Leicester. With a heavy world music influence, as well as UK soul/pop roots, their sound is turning heads all over the UK. Having planted themselves firmly on the National touring & UK/European festival circuit over the past few years, including being tipped as 1 of BBC Introducing’s Future Pyramid Stage Stars, the band have a very promising future ahead. People can expect a new single release in February 2016, followed by an EP & extensive tour in the Spring.”
CHERRYSHOES – Ride On [starts 12:20]
“Cherryshoes reside in the shadow of the black mountains on the Welsh Borders . Fronted by the mesmerising Ed. Bt their hypnotic brand of dark pop noir has been described as uniquely powerful, intriguing and yet beautiful. They recently performed 2 sets at Latitude festival and are currently recording their first album.”
MARTHA BEAN – A Better Man [starts 15:44]
“Leicester-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Martha Bean releases the exquisite ambient-folk single, A Better Man, across all digital formats on 27 November. Recently supporting Marika Hackman, Scott Matthews and Seth Lakeman, Martha has a world-class voice well worth keeping your ears open for. Comparisons have been made with Nick Drake, although Martha also draws inspiration from diverse influences including Radiohead and Debussy. Tour Dates: Sun 8 Nov Trof NQ, Manchester; Sat 14th Nov In The Woods, Lage Vuursche, Gemeenschapshuis de Furs; Sun 15 Nov Railroad Roots – Oss – Het Oude Theater; Thu 19 Nov Jam Café, Nottingham; Tue 24 Nov The Finsbury, London; Wed 25 Nov The Musician, Leicester. A Better Man is available to pre-order from iTunes and is released online on 27/11/15.”
JOSH WHEATLEY – Shiver [starts 20:51]
Josh Wheatley is “a 19 year old singer-songwriter based in Nottingham. Putting a dark twist on indie-pop. Having played a wide variety of shows over the last 2 years, Josh has played to big audiences supporting some big artists like Fickle Friends, Brother and Bones, Max Jury and many more.”
ANNA STRAKER – One Lover [starts 23:50]
“At 18 years old Anna Straker has already appeared on 3 number 1 albums, singing backing vocals for Rudimental, John Newman and for Years And Years on their forthcoming single Eyes Shut. She also features on the new single Everybody Knows by dance guru FONO. As to her own material Anna wrote One Lover after an all night party at her friend’s house. It encapsulates those late night, last couple standing, predawn moments perfectly and introduces Anna as an artist in her own right. She is currently writing and producing her new material.”
GEORGIE – Daylight Flood [starts 27:29]
20 year old Georgie Rose has been performing in and around the East Midlands since the age of 14. She is currently playing her ‘Following The 20 Mile Road Tour’ which began in her hometown of Mansfield last month. The twenty miles in question is the distance she rode on the local bus during all those years of slog to play shows in Nottingham. Those years have paid off and she’s now signed to Columbia Records. “I’ve had so much fun playing places like Jam Cafe, Malt Cross and The Maze” she says “But I have no idea what venues are lined up for the future so I just take that as it comes and enjoy all the venues I play.” Her remaining tour dates are:
Monday 2nd Nov – Oporto, Leeds
Tuesday 3rd Nov – Studio 2, Liverpool
Thursday 5th Nov – Independent Lounge, Sunderland
Friday 6th Nov – Village Hall, Ravenshead
Thursday 26th November – The Deeside Inn, Ballater
Friday 27th November – The Village Hall, Ullapool
Saturday 28th November – Woodland Centre, Stornoway
Sunday 29th November – Madhatters, Inverness
Thursday 10th Dec – The Maze, Nottingham
SEEGULLS – Good Enough [starts 30:20]
“We’re a five piece indie band who met in the Uni of Chester” say Seegulls. “We have not long released our first single Good Enough, which was recorded at Sugar House in St Helens. Currently we are working hard recording to get more singles out as well as gigging. Our next gig is on Friday 6th Nov supporting the wonderful Sunshine Underground in Liverpool’s O2 Academy.”
BETH FRISBY – Tourist [starts 34:01]
Since the age of 11, Nottingham songwriter Beth Frisby has earned her stripes in building up her musical career. starting with the violin, Beth has been part of many string ensembles and orchestras which have toured around europe including Italy and poland. In 2009 she took up piano to get a deeper understanding of music theory. In 2010 she learned guitar and embarked on playing covers gigs in her hometown of Grantham. Through this, she was asked to join her first band as a vocalist. Since 2011 Beth has been involved in many projects in and around Nottingham and is currently part of many other projects which include The invisible Orchestra, One Bomb and Frazer Lowrie.
FEROCIOUS DOG – Ruby Bridges [starts 36:56]
“Nottinghamshire folk punk band Ferocious Dog have self-released their second album From Without. Their current nationwide tour culminates in a homecoming gig at Nottingham’s Rock City on 28th November. With production from Matt Terry, mastering from Al Scott, a co-written track with Nick Burbridge of McDermott’s Two Hours fame and the addition of orchestral strings the band regard this album as a coming-of-age moment. Ruby Bridges is the second single to be taken from it – its predecessor Slow Motion Suicide hit number one in the iTunes folk charts earlier this year.”
COVE HITHE – Favourite Season [starts 39:33]
Cove Hithe are “the close formation of Suffolk’s wildest musical talent. Led by front man songwriter Jay Ducker and multi-instrumentalist Till Pendered; Cove Hithe create a sound like the sometimes dark and pastoral place they inhabit. At times, they’re subtle and painfully honest; at other times they’re unpredictably explosive. The band’s debut release Your Ground Is My Earth has received support from both BBC6 Music and Amazing Radio. Allow yourself to be won over by their immediate charm and first-rate musicianship”.
DOM ROBINSON – Fawn [starts 43:51]
Dom Robinson “combines a folk style of songwriting with percussive guitar techniques to create his minimal yet intense sound. The end result is a collection of both composed acoustic ballads intertwined with beautiful heartfelt vocals, mixed with more upbeat folk melodies which are bursting with enough charisma to engage even the most skeptical of folk fans. The breadth of his sound, within such a limited instrumental range, showcases Dom’s musical maturity which is beyond his years.”
THE MOCKING JAYS – Too Close [starts 48:08]
The Mocking Jays are “a four-piece Nottingham band, with an average age of 19. Don’t let this fool you as to their ability though. The band thrives on the being the underdog, totally enjoying every new challenge that comes their way. Their unique sound, highly developed song writing and their electric live performances have been honed from 18 months of solid ground work. The Mocking Jays will often perform up to 8 times a week working open mics in between venue sets and recording sessions. The Mocking Jays’ relentless work routine, solid performance and audience engagement has earned the band a reputation with played venues; all eagerly seek their return.”
THE JAPANESE HOUSE – Cool Blue [starts 51:05]
The Japanese House is the music project of 19-year-old London based artist Amber Bain, originally from Kings Langley, whose debut single Still was followed earlier this year by her EP Pools To Bathe In. Her extensive web presence is otherwise devoid of factual information.
SHELTER POINT – Glass Into Gold [starts 54:13]
“Stratospheric and calmly detached from the outside world this duo are opening the door to a unique universe where samplers rub shoulders with floating guitars and compelling voices.
Proposing atmospheric music where astral sounds mix with Liam’s sensual and soulful vocals, Shelter Point’s music is reminiscing of Thom Yorke at times; as though he had come to lead an instrumental sort of Explosions In The Sky that had gone electronic.” Blimey.
TRASH – Urban Glow [starts 56:27]
Trash are: Daniel Longmore, Evan Martin, Tom Barton and Bradley Weston. Formed 18 months ago in Chesterfield their debut EP Pretty Swish was followed by a single called Hot Coffee. Now signed to Clue Records their latest single is called 4 Miles which they describe as “a slice of warm British summer sun, packed with straight-up reverb-ridden melodies and tongue-in-cheek pop delivery”, adding “it is hard to deny the youthful vigour of this charming indie-pop-gem with jangly chorus-laden guitars and brisk-paced upbeat drums, not dissimilar to the likes of indie counterparts Best Friends and The Magic Gang.” To promote it, they will be playing support gigs for The Ordinary Boys, The Garden, and JAWS.
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