This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THEHOLYC, ROOTWORK, ARON HARPER ROBINSON, EZAE, TAFFY TROUBLE, SAM HOCKADAY, NICK JONAH DAVIS, POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS, ARMADA NAMED SOUND, GERAINT RHYS, WEIRD RIBS, JAMES LEBAIGUE, ANNA CORCORAN, MERLIN & THE REMARKABLE 1, THOM MORECROFT, BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA, ANDREW STEINGOLD , and MANK.
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 downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the next 30 days. Full tracklists and track start times are published here at Fresh On The Net – together with info about the music provided by the artists.
All tracks are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader – some recommended to me by BBC colleagues while the rest are chosen from submissions to our Fresh On The Net inbox. Click here for more info – artists please also see the request at the bottom of this page. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 18th January at 2am.
THEHOLYC – Shake Shake [starts 00:17]
Theholyc started out as a DJ/Producer in 2011, toured the UK and Australia and was ranked number 3 out of the top 50 emerging artists that year by Time Out New Year. Over the years, she progressed into vocals and became a UK rap artist, from Scotland, who has landed in London recently after living and working in NY with LL Cool J and Chris Brown’s artist Luvaboy TJ. She was named New York’s hottest underground rapper and style icon by Vogue. Theholyc has an ever growing social media and over 300K views on Wilding Buggin Trippin on Youtube. Theholyc is to release her first single Shake Shake in June 2016
ROOTWORK – Burning Shame [starts 03:22]
Rootwork are a three-piece alternative rock band from Farnborough, UK. The band formed in 2013 through a mutual love of heavy, melodic and complex rock music. With one release to their name already (Wasteland/ Helpless, Reckless & A Fool, 2014), the band have created an EP that combines the melancholy of Radiohead with the grit of Queens Of The Stone Age. Rootwork have supported Black Peaks, In Dynamics and Toseland and have drawn praise for their captivating and energetic live performances. Gallows Humour is released on 28.12.15 and will be available to stream or purchase through Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.
ARON HARPER-ROBINSON – Only Beginnings [starts 07:30]
The songwriting and musical skills of Aron Harper-Robinson have long entranced and beguiled audiences the length and breadth of England. The deep-rooted passionate themes of his music have the power to connect everyone in a room, whether it be large venues or smoky nightclubs. Aron is set to release an EP of brand new material this March and is currently planning for a busy 2016.
EZAE – Energy [starts 10:34]
Its nice to meet you, I’m Ezae. Currently I reside in Bedford but aim to be back in London where I originally grew up. I first arrived in Bedford back in 2008 where I went on to complete a BA HONS degree in performing arts. After graduating I returned to London for work and to pursue my music/acting career further. At the start of 2014 i got a opportunity to become a residential care worker (13-17yrs). The job was near the Bedford area which had me transition back to Bedford.
Now, I am at a stage where I’m moving where the music takes me and at the moment it’s back to London, and then from there. Lift off! One of the latest projects I’m working on is entitled The Mental Institution. The theme is to rehabilitate my listeners’ minds to break free from conformity, and to unleash their entelechy. As a treat I’ve released 5 tracks from the tape on soundcloud for my listeners to enjoy. The full tape will be out 29/02/2016. I have a single entitled Sticks & Stones on itunes or follow the link through soundcloud. The official video for the single has been processed through Fastrax and now just awaiting its release of TV.
TAFFY TROUBLE – Backseat Driver [starts 13:10]
We’re a boy/girl duo (Alex/Ella) and long-time school friends, we bonded over our mutual love of John Waters films & Lil’ Kim, say Taffy Trouble. Our first track Backseat Driver was written and produced ourselves with additional production and mixing by Neil Comber (M.I.A., Aurora). Backseat Driver has received coverage from The Line Of Best Fit, PopJustice, Record Of The Day & more. We’re currently working on our debut EP with Dimitri Tikivoi (Charli XCX, MNEK) for release later this year.
SAM HOCKADAY – An End [starts 16:10]
25 year old singer/songwriter Sam Hockaday is creating a buzz in all the right places. His debut single Unrequited was well received and was featured on BBC6 Music Radio. He is currently writing a brand new EP. Sam mixes a blend of rich and unique vocals with melodies filled with melancholy.
NICK JONAH DAVIS – Poa Kichizi [starts 22:02]
Nick Jonah Davis is a solo instrumental guitarist from Nottingham, England. He has released three albums – the forthcoming Split Electric with C Joynes on Thread Recordings (2016), House of Dragons on Lancashire and Somerset (2015) and Of Time and Tides on the seminal American label Tompkins Square (2011) – and he was also featured on the fourth volume of the latter’s ongoing guitar compilation, Imaginational Anthem and their tribute album to Michael Chapman, Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done. Davis has shared bills with James Blackshaw, Michael Chapman, Richard Dawson, C Joynes and Alasdair Roberts; and he also performed at the 10th Annual New York Guitar Festival alongside legendary UK folk guitarist, Max Ochs.
POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS – Count Your Blessings [starts 25:33]
Post War Glamour Girls are a four piece Art-Rock band from Leeds.
ARMADA NAMED SOUND – White Keys And Black Silk [starts 28:59]
Armada Named Sound is an electronic music project/band which currently consists of Maus (composer/arranger/producer), and vocalist Andromeda S. Electronic oriented sound, diverse and full of cinematic elements, textures and soundscapes, coming from Maus’ love for sound designing.
After independently releasing their EP Starchildren and experimenting with some covers, now they are in the process of making their first album, and gigging is going to be the natural next step. Believing in the power of audiovisual magic, they produced two videos for new songs Crush and White Keys And Black Silk, collaborating with director Christos Mavridis. The ultimate goal is to engage in an artistic ana interactive conversation with people and spread their music around the world.
GERAINT RHYS & THE LOST GENERATION – The Lost Generation [starts 31:15]
Geraint Rhys & The Lost Generation is a politicised and politically aware Welsh singer. His influences are the bands and artists who changed the face of popular music and the protest singers who came before them. Geraint’s song writing follows boldly in the bloodline of Bob Dylan, Joe Strummer, The Police, Morrissey, Frank Turner, Nicky Wire and Chuck D. Hailing from Swansea his songwriting merges social commentary with his own personal experience of living in multicultural austerity Britain. His lyrics are poignant and powerful, challenging and forthright. A PhD student specialising in social welfare there is more than a hint of Dylan Thomas’ shrewd observational streak to Geraint’s own powerful couplets, his lyrics embracing subjects as diverse as small town politics, war, power, love, hate and greed, often all in the same song. Reggae, folk, rock and pop influences stream through his music which combined with a soulful and powerful voice has produced a serious artist with a clear message of intent. He has had Radio play on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 6, Nation and Amazing Radio, performances on Welsh Language Tv Channel S4C, the backing of the Music charity HelpMusicians UK (who named him as on of their Emerging Excellence artists for 2014/2015, and has self-released his debut album in 2015.
WEIRD RIBS – A Remote Place [starts 35:01]
I’m an electronic musician and graphic designer from Hull. Making experimental music as Weird Ribs, inspired by old film soundtracks, science fiction and vintage ephemeral films. I’m also part of the SquareWaves collective of electronic musicians from Hull. As well as playing with the group I produce all the designs and artwork used.
JAMES LEBAIGUE – Milligram [starts 38:12]
James LeBaigue is a 24 year-old producer based in Archway, North London. Influenced mainly by the burgeoning LA Beat Scene (Flying Lotus, TEEBS, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing, Schlomo etc) James is trying his best to formulate warm, scratchy, tactile beats and also chucking in the odd bit of singing. Sampling everything from ancient Bulgarian Kukeri bells to Nintendo 64 sound files, Milligram is an all-too-brief track borne from Christmas-related malaise and staying upstairs to avoid extended family. 2016 will hopefully see a flourish of uploads and activity from James, who has only just recently worked out what he is actually doing.
ANNA CORCORAN – Drunk Girl [starts 39:48]
Anna Corcoran is a singer songwriter & pianist from Liverpool. Drunk Girl is taken from her debut album Easier Than Falling, due for official release in Spring 2016. The album was crowdfunded via a successful Pledge Music campaign in 2015. Nominated for Female Artist Of The Year at the 2013 Liverpool Music Awards, Anna’s previous single The Show received several plays on both Radio 2, 6Music and across regional BBC Stations. On graduating from Goldsmiths College Anna well and truly honed her craft performing in the late night piano bars of London. With echoes of Norah Jones, Sarah Maclachlan and Carole King in her sound, for Anna, it has always been about the live set, and the live performance. This is reflected in the overall live feel of her new album. Album launch: Liverpool Philharmonic 3rd May
MERLIN & THE REMARKABLE 1 – For The Love Of It [starts 42:24]
Producer Merlin & vocalist The Remarkable 1 are two members of the Hip Hop crew Sublime Wizardry. Hamburg-based producer Merlin has been an active graffiti artist on the German underground scene before turning his hands to music production in the early 2000’s. He hooked up with UK veteran rapper The Remarkable 1 whilst Remark was on tour in Germany with his indie-hip hop band the Monkey Sons in 2008. For The Love Of It (Hip Hop) accompanies the music video: https://youtu.be/WNljja8wSPo and was written & filmed in Melbourne last month… It is the duo’s ode to Hip Hop culture.
THOM MORECROFT – Coming Up For Air [starts 45:55]
Thom Morecroft is a scruffy cherub of a folk-pop singer-songwriter from Shrewsbury, precariously hidden away somewhere along Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Having just successfully crowd-funded the release of his Hand Me Down EP (13/01/2016) Thom will be touring in the early months of 2016. This begins with a Mellowtone-promoted launch in Liverpool at The Scandinavian Church on 27th January.
BATTERY OPERATED ORCHESTRA – The Sea [starts 48:24]
Battery Operated Orchestra (or BOO) are the husband-and-wife DIY electronic duo of Brigitte from Hobart and Chris from Glasgow. They are proud purveyors of irony-free unpolished-on-purpose handmade synthpop.
ANDREW STEINGOLD – Yee [starts 51:18]
Drawing on influences such as David Lynch and with the subtleties, complexities and emotion of Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Andrew Steingold captivates and excites’ – Online Review. He has composed music to accompany contemporary dance performances in London, commercials for companies such as GoPro, Porsche, Nissan and O’Neill and also worked with post-production company The Farm. Also involved in visual arts, his next exhibition being in Rome as part of the international competition Premio Elea (Jan 22nd-30th).
MANK – Gwal-Y-Filiast [starts 55:05]
Ben Powell has been recording as Mank since 1998 releasing CDs on his Mankymusic label. Influenced by nature and maths the music is computer based, combining field recordings with real and virtual instruments. Several releases were recorded whilst on board polar research ship’s deep in the arctic ocean, most of the Mank albums were born at sea.
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