This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by SLTP, WINDMILL, TWEM, JDYMAX, DEAD CEREMONY, THE LION’S SHARE, LUCA LUCIANO, BOAT TO ROW, EDGAR WALLACE EXCHANGE, BEACH FATIGUE, MASTERS IN FRANCE, MARK WYNN, MARY SPENDER, TMRWS DREAM, TRADEMARK BLUD, MAGGIE8, SCHOOLBOY’S DEATH TRIO and TERRY NAYLOR.
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, 22nd February at 2am.
SLTP – Station [starts 00:17]
“SLTP are a newish band from Birmingham. Their new single Station is due out on April 29th 2016. Station is triumphant yet melancholic. The sound of a band who know where they are going but have yet to arrive. Indeed, the seeds of greatness are here. The band are confirmed to play this years Great Escape + Liverpool Sound City Festivals so if you get a chance to see them it it advised you do just that. Birminghams best new band? Its possible, very possible…”
WINDMILL – Birdman [starts 03:37]
“Windmill are Dawn Williams, Mick Dolan, Louise Rodriguez, Jenny Airey, David T. Palmer and Elaine Kinsella. Wanderlust is Windmill’s debut album, written by Mick Dolan with the exception of Rest, written by Dawn Williams. It was engineered and produced by Yorkie (David T. Palmer) who famously worked with Noel Gallagher on the classic Shack album The Corner of Miles and Gil. The album has a release date of the 4th March on Velvet Records. It will be distributed by Cadiz Music and Plastic Head Music Distribution. The album has already had a fair bit of airplay in the UK and on a few American college radio stations – bringing the band a growing following from the States. The band are now hard at rehearsals for live dates starting this summer, they are also working towards a special live show performing with an orchestra and choir.”
TWEM – Bottle Tops [starts 07:23]
Twem describes himself as a “Singer Songwriter from Manchester. I have a album out on iTunes you can buy here. I also play guitar for Denise Johnson (Primal Scream) and I’m in a Music Production company with Iwan Gronow (Johnny Marr) which you’ll find at eyecatchmusic.com“
JDYMAX – The Whole Town [starts 10:40]
Jameion Hibberts is a 27-year-old recording reggae dancehall artiste from Jamaica. In his artist name JDymax the (J) represents his first name Jameion, the (Dy) represents the magnetic elements of his music, and (max) represents his loyalty to music which is maximum. His new project as an EP called Di Chosen 1 – available to stream on Spotify and purchase on iTunes.
DEAD CEREMONY – Tell Me Lies [starts 13:24]
“Dead Ceremony started as a collaborative writing project for Christopher Stewart and David Trevillion in their bedroom studio in late 2013. They put out a track called ‘Losing you’ in 2014, and put together a band when they got asked to play some gigs. Since then they’ve been growing a dedicated fan base. Selling out shows in London, Kent and playing to a full tent at T in the Park on the BBC Introducing Stage.”
THE LION’S SHARE – Tom Sandles (starts 17:57)
“The Lion’s Share is an up-and-coming folk duo based in London, weaving dark folk tales and upbeat rootsy stomps with banjo, guitar and vocal harmonies. More recordings coming soon!”
LUCA LUCIANO – Divertimento #11 [starts 19:10]
“Luca Luciano is an Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed his reputation as an instrumental virtuoso via recordings and concert appearances. A former clarinet professor in the UK widely recognized for his contributions to contemporary music, he made his debut at the age of twelve with a concert hall performance in his home town of Naples. Having been featured on the front page of De Klarinet magazine, Luciano graduated from the Conservatoire of Salerno, and was made a fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. A leading exponent of jazz clarinet, his repertoire also embraces Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Berio. Poeta is the latest in his series of solo albums and available direct from his website.” In 2009 one BBC broadcaster said of his work “Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn’t resist it”. Oh wait… that was me.
BOAT TO ROW – Handsome Beats [starts 22:04]
“We recently released our debut album I Found You Here on our own label Nocturne Records,” say Boat To Row “and were delighted to be invited to play Tom’s 6 Music showcase in Birmingham on 7th December as part of the annual BBC Music festivities. We’re currently on tour with the following dates still to come: Feb 21st – Exchange, Bristol; Feb 26th – The Bullingdon, Oxford; Feb 27th – The Cookie, Leicester; Mar 5th – Malmsbury Acoustic Sessions; Mar 7th – The Bell Inn, Bath; Mar 18th – Prince Albert, Stroud; Mar 19th – Live at Hackforth, Bedale; Mar 31st – The Old Queens Head, Islington.”
EDGAR WALLACE EXCHANGE – Archives [starts 26:22]
“Edgar Wallace Exchange are a folk rock quartet who formed in a South London flat where the four old friends met to cook and play music together. They have been said to draw upon latin, folk and blues influences fusing them with driving rhythms to create a sound that is very much their own. Archives, the band’s second offering, was produced by Ben Walker, winner of last year’s BBC2 Folk Awards and has been described as a cynical take on the afterlife. Edgar Wallace Exchange’s self-titled debut EP will be released on 21st April, with a launch gig at St Pancras Old Church – tickets are available here.
BEACH FATIGUE – To Die For [starts 28:40]
“To Die For is taken from Beach Fatigue‘s self titled debut album – due for release on 4th March 2015 via Kool Girl Records. Previously known as Heavy Petting Zoo – the band who surprised audiences with their menacing garage rock and lively shows – they changed their name last summer before releasing the single Drunken Grrrls and playing sets at Do Not Go Gentle restock and Swn festival. The album will see Beach Fatigue re-visit their blend of garage-surf rock and riot grrrl vocals – previously heard on their singles Crash, and Isabelle which saw them gather attention over the last few years. The western-style guitar pieces make a ?rm impression in To Die For which at times marries hypnotic rhythms and other-worldly sci-? noise. Elsewhere on the album live favourites Cut Throat and Who’s Afraid are taken to a new level with the addition of the Hammond organ. The latter features Amy in her prime where she is commanding, empowering and confrontational in one, a common theme throughout the album which culminates perfectly in the slowly building blues epic of Shallow Grave.”
MASTERS IN FRANCE – Vaporise [starts 32:26]
We asked Masters In France to send us a paragraph about themselves to include on these tracklistings and they kindly obliged: “We don’t know much about Masters in France, we’re not sure where they’re based, and we’re not entirely sure what they have planned. Originally based in North Wales, MiF appeared on our radar in 2011, their singles were played on 6 Music, BBC Radio One and Radio X. We know they played various club nights and festivals including Radio One’s Big Weekend. They signed out in 2013 with their music last appearing on various TV programmes and adverts. We haven’t heard anything since, until the understated online release of their latest single Vaporise, and it’s brilliant! There has been no news since the release of the single on their social media pages, but if Vaporise is anything to go by, we’re excited about the next!” Fair play to em :-)
MARK WYNN – Hula Hoop Song [starts 35:00]
“After having the NME announce him as One To Watch For 2015 Mark Wynn promptly quit music. Harbinger Sound spent the summer coaxing him out from early retirement and the result is The Singles album. A compilation of 18 tracks culled from two years worth of limited self-released CDs. Wynn’s scattershot avant-skank acoustic gobshitting blends despair, bleakness and humour. It then pulls apart any worthless comparisions to The Fall, Wreckless Eric, Patrik Fitzgerald, etc with his irreverent, awkward but smart lo-fi songs. After spending the autumn touring with the Sleaford Mods , Wynn is now back in the game as one to watch for 2016. This album features such classics as Rip Off The Fall and She Fancies Me That One In Age Concern. The album contains a 20-page A4 booklet featuring text, flyers and artwork. An edition of 500 copies. He has upcoming gigs next month in Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton and London.”
MARY SPENDER – Taking Shape [starts 36:43]
“Mary Spender is a blues singer/songwriter based in Bristol. She has toured the UK and US over the past few years, with recent highlights of supporting Gabrielle Aplin and Ian McCulloch, as well as performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Releasing a track a month on Soundcloud every month for a year, Mary will release her debut album in October 2016.”
TMRWS DREAM – Places [starts 40:17]
“Tmrws Dream consists of North London producers and neighbours Ray & James. When they met outside the front of their flats in late 2014 they discovered they shared common ground making music. From this came, Tmrws Dream. The debut EP is due for release March 2016 and will be distributed for Free Download through Soundcloud.”
TRADEMARK BLUD – Lost Art [starts 44:10]
“Tim Mark Rogers aka Trademark Blud was born in Wellington Telford. Trademark has always been involved in music – from singing as a young child – to being influenced by the hiphop of the 90’s. The name and concept of Trademark was masterminded by Karl Rogers aka Kopywrite his older brother who formed a hiphop duo. Trademark performs around the country including regularly taking part in rap battles for Spitroast Rap Battles at different venues all over the Midlands.”
MAGGIE8 – Hussain Bolt [starts 48:03]
“Formed in Leeds, Maggie8 have probably been best described as a Hindi-Indie pop outfit. In true mashup style, they slice and splice old Bollywood samples with new guitars – all to mellow undertones of glee and melancholy, wrapped in beautiful harmony. 2015 saw Maggie8 release their first full length (self-titled) album nurturing their style into a sound not often heard on the music scene. An new album is recorded and set to be released in 2016 with tours and festivals to promote.”
SCHOOLBOY’S DEATH TRIO – Post Play [starts 51:34]
“Don’t panic – no children were harmed in the making of this band! The Schoolboy is a saxophonist and rhyme-slinger with some forthright ideas. Together with his band the Death Trio (a Memento Mori) they form a militant unit of freedom loving, pUnk-JazZ-pOeTRy pushers. Born in the depths of Bristol’s underground scene SDT bring a message of reaffirmation, sometimes spiritual, often political and always existential. Their music is a distillation of heavy rhythms and dirty fuzz bass, upon which The Schoolboy applies his ferocious saxophone blast. Think Last Poets raging at the top of Cypress Hill with a touch of Sun Ra. Post Play is from their forthcoming debut album We’re All The Same, which will be released on 08th April 2016 with the help of Antipop Records.”
TERRY NAYLOR – Plan F [starts 55:35]
“Located geographically and spiritually halfway between Manchester and Liverpool, St Helens Based songwriter Terry Naylor crams a diverse range of influences into the music he creates. With recordings in an eclectic mix of styles including indie, EDM and classical, it’s Terry’s second time on the mixtape. With experience in bands such as The Maybees and The Doonicans, he has carved out a name out for himself as a singer-songwriter on the Liverpool acoustic circuit and has featured on the City of Sound CD. Terry recently collaborated with Brighton’s Bentcousin on the 80s disco track It’s My Life. A reunion with former bandmates in the form of The Shadow Flies is also in the offing, with an EP this Summer – they will be playing Horridgefest on June 27th. Terry is currently working on around 20 songs for an album entitled The Pursuit of Imperfection, due out Autumn 2016. Plan F is an instrumental piece designed to relax and uplift, drawing on influences including Kraftwerk, The Yellow Magic Orchestra and Eden Ahbez.”
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