This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by TEN FÉ, SHE MAKES WAR, BIGG TAJ vs SPEE SIX NINE, RIDLEY WOOF, HONNE, THE PORTRAITS, HOUSE OF SPIRITUALS, GRACESARAH, THE DEADLINE SHAKES, BUNTY, JOSH SAVAGE, SUPERHAND, XOCKHA, BELLA SPINKS, SAINT JAMES and RACHAEL BOYD.
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, 30th November at 2am.
TEN FÉ – In The Air (Radio Edit) [starts 00:18]
London duo Ten Fé make “darkly romantic electronic rock and roll. In The Air will be released as a single via Bad Life (Petite Noir, Attaque, Whitey, D/R/U/G/S, Mai Kino) ahead of their first UK headline tour at the end of the month. Ben Moorhouse’s and Leo Duncan’s interwoven vocal, guitar and synth lines create a lush bed of harmony throughout the track. This time Ben takes lead vocal, as he sings about moving on from pain, celebrating coming from the dark into the light and being ready for love again. It follows Make Me Better, which was released this summer and the two tracks give a foretaste of the band’s debut album, recorded during last year’s exile in Berlin with producer Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture). Ben and Leo with their live band, Rob and Luca, play a UK run at the end of the year: 30 Nov Manchester, The Castle; 01 Dec Leeds, Oporto; 04 Dec Oxford, Jericho Tavern.”
SHE MAKES WAR – Slow Puncture [starts 04:34]
“She Makes War aka Laura Kidd returns with her EP Disarm:15 due for release on December 4th 2015 via My Big Sister Recordings. Disarm:15 sees Laura reworking some of her favourite tracks from debut album Disarm on the fifth anniversary of its release. Laura explains: “I’ve played about 400 gigs since I recorded my first album, so I wanted to approach the songs I’ve been touring for the last five years with a fresh perspective – I selected the ones that feel the most resonant to me now and the ones I knew would benefit most from a bit of wisdom and hindsight.” She Makes War is making tour from 1st – 4th December in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Bristol – information and tickets from www.shemakeswar.com/disarm15 – and gearing up to release her third full length album in March. Tour dates: 1st Dec – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge; 2nd Dec – Manchester, The Castle Hotel; 3rd Dec – London, Sebright Arms; 4th Dec – Bristol, The Louisiana.”
BIGG TAJ vs SPEE SIX NINE – Keep [starts 08:24]
“Spee Six Nine, an emcee who hails from York and Bigg Taj, a beatboxer from Glasgow, are a Beatbox & Rap duo who have been in the music scene for a decade. With a wealth of experience, the duo bring a unique sound of Indian influenced hip hop beats, Spee’s witty, metaphorical punch line raps and Bigg Taj’s fresh beatbox style to the stage, a live show which makes them a hard act to follow. The pair have supported some of the most legendary hip hop acts such as Method man & Redman, GZA, Killa Kela, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Dilated peoples, Ugly Duckling, DJ Format, MF Doom, Afrika Bambaataa, M.O.P., Talib Kweli and more, the list is endless! The duo have recently been nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award and are planning their next UK tour in May 2016.”
RIDLEY WOOF – Boy [starts 11:40]
“A multinational trio based in the North East of England, Ridley Woof deliver a fiery sermon of spilt milk, melting shipyards and songs of childhood, manhood and fatherhood. Lost in the 20-something wilderness, they are inspired by root blues, 60s rock and hook-a-duck modern electronica. Their debut EP Watching All The Ships is available now, with hopes of an album release in early 2016.”
HONNE – Warm On A Cold Night [starts 15:03]
“Introduced here by a late-night, US Radio DJ, this soulful electronic duo are in fact from Somerset and Wiltshire via Bow. Singer Andy met producer James on their first day of University, where they immediately hit it off. Slowly they set about developing their sound and production skills, before a trip to Japan instilled the idea of Honne: a Japanese word for “True Feelings” with no Western equivalent, describing the contrast between what one really thinks, and what they project to others. It proved a perfect fit for songs which frequently address private passions, and their playing out in public. Lyrically it traces the journey of two people running away together, and giving everything to one another. Honne wrote the song in the dark, in under two hours, and between jobs teaching music in schools (James would frequently write chord progressions whilst waiting for students to show up). The results are evocative and escapist, in stark contrast to Honne’s more DIY, homespun productions. The American DJ Tommy Inglethorpe – sampled in the track’s intro – is in fact the pair’s housemate, who made him up.”
THE PORTRAITS – Payback [starts 19:14]
“Fired up by a profound sense of the injustice suffered by the small at the hands of a greater force, The Portraits (aka alt-folk duo Jeremy and Lorraine Millington) released their sixth studio album Lions And Butterflies on 2nd October 2015 with 11 songs inspired by this theme. It was described by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley as ‘Sublime…defiant yet fragile folk-pop’. They followed the release with a humanitarian trip to Burma and are about to record an album dedicated to this beautiful country and its remarkable people using sounds they collected whilst there – a kind of Burmese Graceland if ideas go to plan – with plans for a tour and festival dates in the Spring and Summer of 2016 already underway.”
HOUSE OF SPIRITUALS – Too Many Days [starts 23:19]
“House Of Spirituals are heavily influenced by the Chain-Gang songs of old which went on to become known as spirituals . For us this is the purest form of music as the prisoners who sang it had only these melodies and rhythms to make it through their bleak existence . They were so dedicated to this they would even swing their axes together in time to make the beat. We were so inspired by these raw songs and our other obsession electronica so we got together wrote Not Immune To Ya, our 1st song as a band. We met each other through a mutual friend who told us we both had similar stories of surviving a near death experience. So we both had developed a new found sense in the value of life as neither of us were meant to have survived. We realised this thing we had in common was worth exploring and our first track was finished in 3 hours . So much to our amazement the House Of Spirituals was born! As well as releasing another track and a video for Too Many Days, we are currently finishing our debut album working doing thru the night Brass and Chain Gang sessions. We are also getting to grips of putting our live show together.”
GRACESARAH – Birdaha [starts 27:03]
“Loved by BBC Radio 6 Music, Burberry, BBC Introducing, Miss Selfridge, SofarSounds, Tom Robinson and Fresh On The Net… GraceSarah is talking with lawyers and labels but most of all making music…”
THE DEADLINE SHAKES – Sweeten The Deal [starts 30:09]
The Deadline Shakes describe the new single as “Our three-part pipedream of pain-free love. It feels like a manifesto for the lucidly lovelorn, with cowbells.” Their debut album will be out later this year.
BUNTY – Mysterious fruit [starts 33:13]
“Multi- dimensional artist Kassia Zermon aka Bunty is a unique force best known for pioneering underground experimental vocal loop shows and fronting UK leading Dub act Resonators. Hard to fit into any box this lady’s influences are huge, bringing her Morrocan Londoner roots to create her own blend of raw avant – pop music Her latest, most ambitious album and AV live show Multimos played to a sold out Jazz Cafe with support from former UK female beatbox champion Belatrix. This epic experience includes an audience choir, bespoke visuals, a homemade lightshow and 7 special powers to collect! Look out foe a series of radical remixes due to be released this autumn on her arts collectives Brighton label Beatabet.”
JOSH SAVAGE – Adieu [starts 36:12]
“Josh Savage is a singer/songwriter from Winchester and Paris, tipped one of ‘Ten Artists To Watch’ by The Huffington Post. He showcased this year at SxSW in Austin, Texas and his self-released Spaces EP hit #28 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart without any promotion. Adieu is taken from Josh’s French-language EP “Quatre Epines” – which he will selfrelease this Monday (December 7th) via iTunes and Bandcamp. To promote it, he’s just played an extensive Living Room Tour covering 42 dates and 5700 miles in the course of just two months. The tour’s final show is a headline EP launch showcase at Winchester Guildhall a week on Friday, December 11th – tickets available here. Josh now holds the record for the most Sofar Sounds shows played worldwide and can perform live solo, with a string trio or full band.”
SUPERHAND – 360 Turns [starts 39:39]
“Superhand were born in Sweden, developed in Oxford, and blossomed in the hills of Wales. The duo of Inga Clastrom and Leck Fischer are unafraid to blend genres and their music travels from the golden era of New Orleans Blues to the cold-squats of the late 70’s London experimental scene headed by Throbbing Gristle. Their music is passionate, melancholic, angry and soulful with Inga’s vocals soaring over a bed of live and electronic instrumentation. Superhand are currently holed up in their studio working on their next single which is set for release early next year,and which will proceed a European tour where they will be playing in venues not normally associated with live music. Art is life…”
XOCKHA – Slow Fast [starts 42:59]
“Xockha‘s sound is a combination of lo-fi indie rock, drifting melodies and atmospheric vibes. The Isle of Wight 4-piece formed in early 2015 and released their debut EP, Sleeper, in April (available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.) They have since performed on the Bestival Main Stage and at the Isle of Wight Festival, amongst a performance live in session on BBC Introducing the South. You can catch them live with their first gig since Bestival, at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight on the 30th of January 2016, where they will be performing new material. 2016 holds a lot of promise for the island 4-piece with new releases scheduled and a tour in the pipeline.
Slow//Fast and Need It To Stay are free downloads on Xockha’s Bandcamp.”
BELLA SPINKS – Regenerate [starts 46:28]
“Bella Spinks is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton. She played her first gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2 at only 12 years of age. Fusing her characteristic piano style and inventive vocals she has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Regina Spektor. She has a passion for creating both interesting sounds and words.”
SAINT JAMES – Wise Up [starts 50:37]
“I’m just here aiming to write something you can connect to” says Saint James. “Using everyday scenarios to hopefully make these wordy sample driven tunes relatable. Having toured earlier in the year supporting Alex Clare across Europe & Russia I am currently working to promote my EP, Rumours, which is available for download and physical purchase online via my Bandcamp. I am also looking for shows across the UK hoping to bring that DIY ethic to the road in 2016 so if there is anyone out there who has any slots please do get in touch!”
RACHAEL BOYD – Esoteric Path [starts 54:01]
“Rachael Boyd, a contemporary/electronic musician from Belfast, uses piano, strings and electronics to create richly textured, melodic compositions. Her music has been described as tragic yet powerful and mesmerising with hushed vocals, bittersweet piano and electronic flourishes. She has just released her latest single, Esoteric Path, in preparation for her debut album in 2016 and has also 2 EPs under her belt which can be streamed here: https://rachaelboyd.bandcamp.com. Her influences include Sufjan Stevens, Balmorhea and Portico Quartet.”
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