This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THE DOWLING POOLE, DREAMA, THE SPARE ROOM, MELISSA JAMES, KING NO-ONE, ANNIE DRURY & MOONRACER, ENNIO THE LITTLE BROTHER, JOSH WINTRUP, CIARA O’NEILL, CHEAP MEAT, ANTIQCOOL, MATTHEW THE OXX, SARAH GRIFFIN, KISS THE THIEF, GENUFLEX, LUKE FICTITIOUS and AMETHYSTS.
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, 29th February at 2am.
THE DOWLING POOLE – Rebecca Receiving [starts 00:17]
“The Dowling Poole is formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling and Jon Poole. The Dowling Poole’s first album Bleak Strategies (2014)was a Top 20 Indie album and garnered great reviews. This new single ‘Rebecca Receiving’ was released on February 19th and comes from the forthcoming album One Hyde Park, released April 8th. The album is available to order now from PledgeMusic. The Dowling Poole play Iron Road, Evesham on Thursday 12th May, The Fulford Arms in York on Friday 13th May, and the Borderline in London on the 14th of May. More dates to follow, please check the band website for updates.
DREAMA – Oh Well [starts 03:49]
“An independent artist from Hammersmith, West London specialising in hip-hop inspired sounds with an eclectic twist. Dreama is working on a collaboration project in 2016 and has plans to release a range of brand new tracks over the next few months from her latest EP – follow her on SoundCloud.com/dreama for exclusive downloads and updates.”
THE SPARE ROOM – Columbo [starts 07:00]
“In One Man Slumber Party, the forthcoming short album from Irish/English songwriter Louis Doyle – working as The Spare Room – themes of isolation and gothic romanticism are woven through expansive ornate arrangements that recall Elliott Smith, John Martyn and Nick Drake. Healing, self discovery and joy are all to be found in this subtle but emotionally charged music.”
MELISSA JAMES – Live Again [starts 11:10]
“A return to the recording studio last summer has resulted in a mini album of acoustic songs from Melissa James to allow the stories behind the lyrics to unfold. The depth of her voice is highlighted as is the instrumental accompaniment of Tom Gamble’s guitar playing and Arthur Lea’s performance on piano. These songs – cowritten with her collaborator, Ross Lorraine – were recorded live and illustrate Melissa’s vulnerability and leave her with nowhere to hide which truly allows each song to shine.
Released in March, Live Again will be the lead single from the album – the video is being used to highlight awareness of mental health issues by supporting the work of mental health charity Sane. Melissa’s stories chart growth and hurt and bring to the fore the tales that are built into her own life as well as those lives and influences that have surrounded her. Due out this summer, Stripped Back is a collection of candid, heartfelt and raw songs, and follows her 2012 debut album Day Dawns.
STRIPPED BACK, the album, will release in the summer..”
KING NO-ONE – Say My Name [starts 15:01]
King No-One tell us they are an “Indie Rock band from York. Members: Zach Lount. Joe Martin. James Basile. Alex Townsley.”
ANNIE DRURY & MOONRACER – City Lights [starts 17:47]
“Annie Drury is a singer songwriter from Leeds, West Yorkshire. In 2013 she made the BBC 2 playlist with track Someday and has worked with trance artists Above and Beyond on their acoustic projects. Annie has various influences from folk and soul artists to electronic music. Moonracer (Lewis West) is an electronic producer from Leeds and has been composing amateur film music as well as his own electronica/ambient solo works for a few years now. They have common influences such as Massive Attack and Bonobo and wanted to experiment and combine our styles. This led to their first single City Lights. After releasing their first single they have started to work on their first EP which they hope to be released later on this year!”
ENNIO THE LITTLE BROTHER – Cacophony [starts 20:48]
According to his BBC Introducing profile, Ennio The Little Brother is the project of songwriter and videographer Sam Copp in Shotton, North Wales. See How To Write a Band Biog and why it matters. I loved this track, though.
JOSH WINTRUP – Here This Evening [starts 24:54]
“Josh Wintrup is a musician and multi-instrumentalist from Bristol. His music is influenced by an array of genres including folk, blues, punk, post-punk, garage rock, grunge, hip hop, psychedelic and electronic. Though sometimes found dabbling in other projects, Josh’s focus currently lies in his solo work, an avenue through which his passion for evocative songwriting takes centre stage, in what tends to be a more stripped back, bare approach.”
CIARA O’NEILL – Ghosts [starts 26:51]
“Hailing from the darker edge of the folk spectrum Northern Irish singer songwriter Ciara O’Neill presents her debut album The Ebony Trail. In recent months Ciara has been spending time in Nashville TN. Here she has been co-writing with Grammy award winning songwriters, having meetings with publishers who have shown interest in her work, as well as playing shows in legendary venues such as The Bluebird Cafe and Music City Roots. Songs from The Ebony Trail album have also garnered interest from the American film world with recent talk about a potential upcoming movie sync. She will be returning to Nashville in March 2016. In November 2015 Ciara was awarded the prestigious Artist Career Enhancement Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.The Ebony Trail is released on 5th March 2016 and will be available in all digital stores and through Ciara’s website.
CHEAP MEAT – For a Moment [starts 29:14]
“Coronation Street won’t have been the catalyst for many rock bands in the annals of Rock N Roll History, but when Ross Drummond (Vocals and Guitar) met Matt Rebeiro (Drums) at a Pub Quiz hosted by ex-Coronation Street Star Martin Hancock, they’d finally met someone who – as their friends put it – “liked the same bad music”. Over a summer of listening to punk rock albums, watching wrestling and hosting Casual BBQ club (their semi regular, totally casual BBQ cook-out) Ross and Matt laid the blueprint for Cheap Meat. That blueprint is evident on their eponymous debut EP (Out on Hassle Records this February. Opening with The Parts That Show, it’s the perfect introduction to the band: crunching guitars, pounding drums, clever lyrical hooks and the occasional face melting solo.”
ANTIQCOOL – Hearts Will Mend [starts 32:28]
“Currently co-writing songs with Norwegian producers Element. A selection of Antiqcool songs will feature in the soundtrack to Smithsonian exhibition ‘Kay WalkingStick – An American Artist’, which will run from November 7th 2015 until September 18th 2016.”
MATTHEW THE OXX – Haul It Up [starts 35:42]
“Matthew The Oxx released his first album with Wild Sound Recordings last year, and to much acclaim. This year he releases a “new” album called Haul It Up (here the featured track) which was recorded in his uni days in Brighton. It is the beginning of a series of releases called Past Lives which will finally unearth a multitude of works that have literally never seen the light of day. Another planned for autumn plus new material being recorded, you can expect to hear plenty more before the year is out!”
SARAH GRIFFIN – The Beloved [starts 39:38]
“The Beloved is the title track from the second album of London based singer-songwriter Sarah Griffin. This record is a genre hopping affair – from delicate folk to indie-pop – woven together with clever lyrics and a striking vocal. With previous slots at Secret Garden Party, Camp Bestival, Latitude and a live session on BBC Brighton, Sarah and the band are excited to get back out with this new material. The Beloved is available at her website.
KISS THE THIEF – Friday Night [starts 42:12]
“Kiss The Thief formed a year ago, when frustrated songwriters Ed Denholm and Tom Orves joined forces with the solid rhythm section that are James and Hayden Price. With prime influences ranging from Prince, Prefab Sprout and The Kooks, the band incorporates 80s Funk and R&B with imaginative lyrics and jangly guitar to create music that makes you dance as well as think. We have proved to be a popular live act thanks to our compositions and musicianship. However, our current focus is to produce quality recordings and this debut single Friday Night has been well received online. We promise there will be much more to come from Kiss The Thief in the near future.”
GENUFLEX – Alive & Seen [starts 45:48]
“Genuflex is a solo project from Finn Vine, the ex singer of White Rose Movement. He has his first album coming out on Dave Sitek’s label, Federal Prism, later this year with some live shows to support it. He is also doing a bespoke, limited vinyl release with the Vinyl Factory. Alive & Seen is the first single from the album.”
LUKE FICTITIOUS – Just Run [starts 50:24]
“I currently play all instruments” says Luke Fictitious (possibly not his real name) “and I’d be happy to hear from people interested in doing live shows. My main instruments are guitar and vocals.”
AMETHYSTS – Alone [starts 53:50]
“Amethysts are a new band formed in early 2015 based in the fringes of the Suffolk/ Essex countryside. Since their formation in 2015, the band have gained extensive radio play. Clarice and Simon have previously cut their teeth playing live all around London and at festivals including Latitude and Brownstock. The band have recently recorded live sessions with both BBC Suffolk and BBC Essex Introducing. This live version of ‘Alone’ was recorded and filmed live for BBC Introducing In Suffolk and shows the band building up their sound through looping drums, guitar, synth and various samples live on the spot. Amethysts are currently in the studio working on their next release.”
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