BBC Mixtape: 25 Jan 2016

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This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by BLUSH, GLASS, HURDLES, MILDREDS DAIRY, STATES OF EMOTION, AEDDAN, DAVE, GEORGE LARLHAM, A BAND CALLED QUINN, BOA, NONYE TORIA, SILENT CITIES, HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND, WILY BO WALKER, OLIVER SUMMERS and RYD.

BBC Introducing Mixtape

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, 25th January at 2am.

BLUSH – Daggers [starts 00:18]
https://facebook.com/bandblush
“Formed only in Summer 2015, Blush have come racing out of the blocks. They quickly attracted attention from There Before It Happens blog Little Indie Blogs and were then snapped up by happening indie label End Of The Trail Records. Their debut single Daggers has all the hallmarks of a classic single and a brilliant video to go with it. The band are also confirmed to play this year’s Great Escape + Sound City Festivals.The future looks bright for Blush. Go see them. Gigs: 13th Feb London, O2 Islington; 27th Feb London,This Feeling (Amersham Arms); 20th May Brighton, The Great Escape; 28th May Liverpool, Sound City.”

GLASS – Broken Bones [starts 03:50]
http://glassmusic.co.uk
“Hotly tipped by Huw Stephens and The Maccabees, Glass are a pop duo from Portsmouth with electrifying live shows and other worldly videos. Broken Bones was produced by Craigie Dodds (Petite Meller / Amy Winehouse) and is out on State Of The Eye Recordings now. They’ll be on tour in Bristol and Manchester before their first London headline show at The Nines, Peckham on 10th March – expect the unexpected! Tickets available here. http://www.seetickets.com/tour/glass”

HURDLES – Dusk And Dawn [starts 07:49]
http://wearehurdles.bigcartel.com/
“Belfast based indie pop 4 piece Hurdles have been creating slick guitar driven synth laced pop in the vein of Phoenix & Bombay Bicycle Club since November 2012. Hailing 3/4 from Northern Ireland (Niall Hanna, Eoin Bleeks and Thomas Bannon) and 1/4 from Bedford, England (Ross Haymes) they were brought together over a love of danceable indie, drawing on frontman Hanna’s Irish trad background and tunings to give their music a truly unique sound. Dusk & Dawn is the band’s second 4 track EP following on from their debut Where To Start in October 2013 and will be released on Feb 1st 2016. Dusk & Dawn sees the band pushing themselves in every element of their music. From the upbeat indie pop opener Closer to the funk drenched Wake, the band locked themselves away writing the most comprehensive tracks to date. Lead single Dusk & Dawn showcases Hurdles ability to effortlessly combine addictive guitar riffs with smooth synth pop to a high polished degree.”

MILDREDS DAIRY – Fools Rush In [starts 11:49]
http://facebook.com/mildredsdairy
“In the years that passed, the longing for the glory days never faded and armed with a new batch of furtive gems, Bobby Dairy courted his former cohorts with a rallying cry to give it one last try. Receptive to the new initiative, the three set sights once again and embarked upon a musical quest – having the foresight this time to involve some musicians along the way! And so, Mildred’s Dairy was born. Six strong and taking its name from a leotard clad teenage crush, the Co-Operative began the writing and recording process in 2014, which would, after milking and pasteurisation see them churning out hit after hit – or at least that’s how they saw it. In 2015 they recorded their first album at the Green Room Studio in Govan – a collection of post punk, indie pop musings on the usual topics of love, loss, lust and leotards. It’s called The Helsinki Bus Station Theory and will be officially released early in 2016. Mildred’s dairy are playing at the Celtic Routes Festival in Glasgow tonight (Monday 25th January) and have an album launch date at Nice n Sleazy in Glasgow on 30th April.”

STATES OF EMOTION – I Broke The Mould [starts 15:35]
https://facebook.com/brooxhq
States Of Emotion return in 2016 with their first single I Broke The Mould, taken from the band’s long awaited debut album Black & White To Gold which is released on February 15th via Label White Room Records. Upcoming gigs: Fri 19th Feb – Camden Underworld, London; Wed 24th Feb Thekla, Bristol; Thu 25th Feb Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth; Sat 27th Feb Roundhouse, London”

AEDDAN – She’s Under Fire [starts 19:07]
https://facebook.com/AeddanWilliamsMusic
Aeddan is a performer and composer who lives in Cardiff. Writing bilingual songs that mix 60s harmony pop with modern experimental techniques, making music that’s fun but not dumb.”

DAVE – The Man (feat. Yrk Rd) [starts 23:29]
https://facebook.com/HeartbreakDaveX
DAVE is a 21 year old rapper hailing from the edge of South East London. He has been a recording artist since the age of 16, with a background firmly rooted in the Grime music which inspired him to start writing. His sound is varied and colourful, just like the life experiences he draws from. His lyrical themes range from politics, to being black in the UK, to dealing with his own ambitions and the weight of his loved ones’ expectations, to just being young and having fun. Currently releasing a slew of singles, Dave hopes to release an extended project by Summer 2016, watch this space!”

GEORGE LARLHAM – Never Give Up [starts 26:57]
https://soundcloud.com/georgelarlham
“I am a one-man band, I play all that you hear except the drums” says George Larlham. “I am inspired, for better or worse, by mainly the old stuff, particularly all of Todd Rundgren’s albums, Frank Zappa’s less cynical stuff, Chet Baker, a lot of Italian film composers – Morricone but mainly his lounge stuff and his collaborations with Edda dell’Orso. I am London-based and currently not playing live due to not having found a band yet but certainly wish to. My stuff will hopefully be available on Spotify in the next year, however, I have another full-time hobby as an illustrator.”

A BAND CALLED QUINN – From The Gutter [starts 30:02]
http://abandcalledquinn.com
A Band Called Quinn are an artpop band from Glasgow who have been mixing up film, theatre & music for several years now. From The Gutter is from the soundtrack album to the multimedia performance, Biding Time (remix), in which the band star alongside a giant white rabbit. The show has toured the UK to rave reviews & went down a storm at the Cultura Inglesa Festival in Brazil last year. The show’s Edinburgh Fringe run is currently up for two Arts & Business Scotland awards in the digital innovation & international categories. With further support from Creative Scotland, the band are currently developing a new show called Music Is Torture.”

BOA – Holier [starts 33:11]
https://facebook.com/rsvpBOA
“James & Joe, previously in the band Seasfire, have moved on and joined with childhood friend John to form BOA. They released 3 tracks on soundcloud earlier this year and were immediately picked up by blogs, receiving thousands of plays in the first few months. Recently signed to Hand In Hive records after moving to London, BOA released their debut Holier on 5th October. The band’s first show was at Dot to Dot festival this year, and they have since gone on to support Sylvan Esso and Outfit. Tour to be announced soon.”

NONYE TORIA – Bad Girl [starts 35:52]
http://nonyetoria.com
“Victoria Nonye Okocha aka Nonye Toria was born and raised in Lagos till she left for England at age 13. Music has always been a part of her life since childhood, Nonye started in Sarafina Musical when she was in St Dominic’s Primary School, joined a Mo-Town band at East Berkshire College Langley, UK in 2006 where she performed covers from The Temptation, Johnny Cash and Old school Blues. Nonye later went on to perform for the Queen of England in 2008 from her performing Arts School, the musical she was performing at that time was called GodSpell and her number Day by Day was the Queen’s favorite. That year, Nonye also appeared in a few episodes of Eastenders as well as a lot of musical productions and live shows. Coming back to Nigeria in August 2011 was the best decision she could make; she was fresh, innovative and had a creative sense. She spent three months in Liberia working with IEDA Relief (International Emergency Development Agency) as she enjoys the Humanitarian services. Nonye Toria believes in the spirituality of music and its uses to heal the soul and to heal the earth.”

SILENT CITIES – Petrichor [starts 39:00]
http://silentcitiesmusic.com
Silent Cities is the alias of experimental recording artist Simon Maddison. Frequently play-listed on BBC 6 Music, BBC Merseyside, and Amazing Radio, he continues to consolidate a cult following on the underground music scene across the United Kingdom. By utilising natural acoustics with a soaring falsetto vocal splashed across a backdrop of ethereal soundscapes, Simon creates minutes of intense atmospheric beauty that leave audiences silenced in wonder. The Mdina Project is the latest Silent Cities installation due to be released via the voltasix incubator label throughout 2016. The first single Petrichor will be released late February alongside an artistic exploration in to textures, smells, and experimental photography. Guest vocals on Petrichor are by Natalie McCool who has recently been featured alongside Jack Garratt on BBC Music Introducing through Huw Stephens.”

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – Bluebottle [starts 42:56]
http://headoflightentertainment.com
“Teesside cult alt-poppers Head Of Light Entertainment are currently hard at work in the studio, recording and arranging songs for album number 3, which they hope to have ready by June 2016. Bluebottle (a song waving an aerosol behind the back of industry manufactured “buzz”) is one number destined to make the final cut. The album promises to feature the band’s trade mark sound of upbeat melodies, downbeat lyrics, and won’t-be-beat attitude, together with a healthy dose of WTF strange. The band have a couple of one-off shows planned in Middlesbrough (TS One Bar, Sunday 28th February), and Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire (Comrades Club, Friday 18th March), before heading back down to London for shows in the summer.”

UNQUALIFIED NURSE BAND – You Pulled Through [starts 45:11]
https://facebook.com/unqualifiednurse/
Unqualified Nurse Band are a loud garage punk / rock n roll band from Derby. Formed in late 2015. Their first gig was opening for Fat White Family and the EP Dilemma Blues was recorded mixed and mastered shortly afterwards, in one day at SNUG recording company. More releases and gigs are planned throughout 2016. Upcoming gigs: 18/02/2016 The Venue, Derby; 26/02/2016 The Running Horse, Nottingham; 03/03/2016 The Chameleon, Nottingham; 01/05/2016 Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek.”

WILY BO WALKER – When The Angels Call Your Time [starts 46:23]
http://wilybo.com
Wily Bo Walker is a solo artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering live performances. A diverse and prolific artist hailing originally from Glasgow, the now London based Wily Bo works across many styles and genres. Wily Bo released a trilogy of well-received albums in 2015. The first was a mini-album  with Kareña K entitled A Long Way from Heaven… The second in the tryptich, Stone Cold Beautiful, was recorded with long-time music collaborator, E D Brayshaw. The third album, Moon Over Indigo (releaseed in Sept 2015), saw Wily Bo working again with Grammy winning musician and arranger Danny Flam. Next gig for Wily Bo Walker will be at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival 2016 in Skegness over the weekend of 22nd – 24th January.”

OLIVER SUMMERS – Shyness [starts 51:01]
https://facebook.com/oliversummersmusic
Oliver Summers is a producer/songwriter originally from Suffolk. Having started since 2013, has gone on to release 4 EP’s, receive frequent radio play, and praise from blogs. The music has been described as “mesmerising, startling, hazy” (Sound Injections Blog, 2014). Every EP seeks to achieve a new musical sound and consistently reinvent itself. Oliver is currently writing and producing music for other artists, with the odd solo performance here and there, mainly at open mic nights.”

RYD – Scintillate [starts 54:36]
https://facebook.com/RYDmusic
“I’m Ryan Downie, 20 year old musician from North London. I produce, write and release music under the name RYD (pronounced ‘ride’). You can find my new single on soundcloud (soundcloud.com/rydoffmusic).”

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London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More…

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