This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by CAZIMI, LADYVENDREDI, ALED RHEON, ONLY GIRL, DEVIL’S FRYING PAN, WE ARE BANDICOOT, LONG FOR THE COAST, CARU CARIAD, TAILR.MDE.LVN, SALWA AZAR, LIFECYCLE, MATT MEREPORT, JAY FRASER, JNCTRE, DITTE ELLY, RICHARD WALTERS, PSYCHIC LEMON, BIRKWIN & VIENNA, CRAZY QUILT BOUQUET and BEN GODDARD.
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, 4th April at 2am.
CAZIMI – Human [starts 00:17]
“Cazimi (pronounced Cazeemee) are a four piece band hailing from Sunderland. We’ve been going for around a year; if we have to pigeon hole the music then it is ‘Alternative Rock’ but really it’s so much more than that. We’ve uploaded two songs so far and both have been played (My Sign and Human). Hope you like and play the final song from our forthcoming EP, Light Entertainment.”
LADYVENDREDI – What Time Is It [starts 04:28]
“Lady Vendredi is a persona dreamt-up by the multidisciplinary performance artist Nwando Ebizie, who emerged on the underground gay scene supporting Brooke Candy and Peaches under the mentorship of Larry Tee last year. Her first single, Dirty Chicken, co-written with Tee, featured on Super Electric Party Machine – his compilation of London acts to watch – and received positive reviews in Mixmag. She launches her debut EP: The Passion of Lady Vendredi, a digital and vinyl release, alongside a run of immersive dance-theatre shows at Soho Theatre in London on 12th April 2016. This track What Time Is It is a rallying cry to break free, mixing of Haitian and Brazilian rhythms with quotations from the fictitious religion Discordiansim, made up by a 70s Playboy journalist. In a way it is anti political and anti dogmatic, but the fervour that builds up – and can create action – remains.”
ALED RHEON – Stay With Me [07:20]
“Singing in both his native Welsh and English, Cardiff based troubadour Aled Rheon draws his influences from his childhood in rural Wales and experiences of love and life in the city. Following the release of his his debut Welsh-language EP Sêr yn Disgyn (Stars Are Falling) in 2013 – produced by Osian Gwynedd and mixed by Cian Ciaran – Aled has had a busy couple of years touring; both solo and with his band, The Gorgeous Charge, playing festivals (including Green Man, Festival Number 6, Fire In The Mountain, WOMEX, Swn and Radio 2 Folk Awards). Aled was also chosen to be a part of the BBC Gorwelion/Horizons 12 project in 2015.”
ONLY GIRL – Salvation [09:30]
“Hailing from South East London, Only Girl (aka Ellen Murphy) has been honing her own brand of understated pop since her 2014 debut Feel It. Her successful second single Remains was accompanied by two sold-out headline shows and a further release with long-term collaborators Zero 7. Her music has been supported by BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 6 Music and at Xfm, as well as a number of music blogs. Salvation comes from her Young Blood EP which was released last month on Akira Records & supported by the PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’ fund.
She says the song is ‘about being at a real low point in life and looking for someone for save you, to pull you back from the edge. After going through so much in dealing with my husband’s traumatic brain injury 4 years ago, this song is my way of saying: Look I’m totally broken, but we don’t belong down here in the darkness, and I need you to help me believe that things can get better. It’s understanding that when you go through such a traumatic experience with someone, they may be the only one who can bring you back and give you some kind of salvation.”
DEVIL’S FRYING PAN – If I Say Goodbye Will It Be Forever [starts 12:39]
“Devil’s Frying Pan are an acoustic duo from Cornwall who combine spoken word with folk. The band features poet Will Sowden on lead vocals and singer-songwriter Dan Aston who plays guitar and also sings, giving the band a unique sound that is inspired by the likes of Hotel Books, Nick Drake, Listener and Bob Dylan. The band are currently recording their debut EP which is set to be released later this year.”
WE ARE BANDICOOT – Limitations [starts 14:54]
“Take a look at the programme notes for Secret Garden Party 2015, and you will see We Are Bandicoot described as Psychedelic Noise Pop. A somewhat fitting stamp for a band whose style spans many genres. A constant throughout however, is their ability to fascinate an audience through their dynamic live performances and elaborate song-writing. Signed to Blizzard Records and based in Kent, five-piece We are Bandicoot released their third single Limitations on 25 March. Stream it via their website. Catch them on tour at the following venues supporting Heg and the Wolf Chorus and Moulettes: Tunbridge Wells, Forum Apr 9; London, Slaughtered Lamb Apr 14; Oxford, Cellar Apr 22; Bury St Edmunds, Apex Apr 26; Maidstone Fringe Fest Apr 30; Chelmsford, Asylum May 13; Milton Keynes, Stables May 20.”
LONG FOR THE COAST – The Coast In Me [starts 17:37]
“With a combination of sincere lyrics and vocal harmonies, Long For The Coast are an acoustic folk-punk duo hailing from Bristol, UK. Inspired by artists such as Against Me, Sufjan Stevens and The Gaslight Anthem, they sing songs about the state of the world, social change and close friends lost and found. Jamie and Sophie met at Glastonbury Festival in 2013, fell madly in love and started writing songs together. Over the last two years, LFTC have hosted and played at DIY shows in the back of warehouses, behind bakeries and anywhere that people might listen. Long For The Coast are signed to PAK JOI Records and play The Thunderbolt, Bristol on April 20th, A Different World festival on August 6th and Greenbelt Festival on the August Bank Holiday.”
CARU CARIAD – I Will [starts 20:44]
I chose Caru Cariad for this week’s mixtape because of the great sound that came out of the speakers – having no idea that this was yet another alias of Pembrokeshire based producer and singer/songwriter Benjamin Mason, who we featured only last week in his other musical guise as Bagpipe Whiskey. This project, he tells us, “is a collection of beats, synths and various field recordings and obscure samples. Caru Cariad has just released a 4 track EP entitled Massive Brain Flex Vol. 4.2 available via his Bandcamp page.”
TAILR.MDE.LVN – After Party [starts 24:35]
“From the city of London, TailrMdeLvn is on the rise. Comprised of two creative and rebellious minds, TailrMdeLvn brings words to life, manifesting art that will speak to many different societies and cultures on a variety of levels. A far cry from generic rappers and trend-following producers, TailrMdeLvn music is best described as a fusion of different genres and eras. They combine their otherworldly productions with precise, graceful lyricism that soothes the ears of their audience. After a raft of well received recent singles, the new EP “House Party” will be released in the Spring of 2016!”
SALWA AZAR – Shine [starts 27:13]
“Salwa Azar is currently working on her follow-up to her self-released folk debut album Black Feather, Wooden Chair – available digitally via the usual outlets such as iTunes and also on CD via her Bandcamp page. <http://salwa.bandcamp.com> She has also started a new grunge / goth / indie band called This Alien Planet. Salwa plays Porter Cottage ( 286 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZL) on April 17th at 2pm in support of the local Save The Trees campaign.”
LIFECYCLE – New Tribe [starts 30:53]
“Lifecycle are a live electronic three-piece from East London, fusing breakbeats and psychedelia with hypnotic improvised digital manipulation. Their debut 8-track LP titled Lino Cosmos was released in 2014 on imprint Supersymmetry and via Bandcamp. It was folllowed by last year’s ambient reworkings on San Francisco’s Looq Records. Their latest release is a bass-heavy mini-album called Last Colour which came out on on 21 March 2016, with an exclusive run of artwork prints available via their Bandcamp page.”<https://thelifecycle.bandcamp.com>
MATT MEREPORT – Piano Abscond Me [starts 32:56]
“Matt Mereport is a Warrington-dwelling musician, untroubled by the concept of sticking to one particular genre. Instead music seems to emerge with a somewhat scattergun approach – electronic to acoustic, rock to ambient and some strange subterranean dwellings in-between. This is either a result of restless musical exploration or a general misunderstanding of how the music industry actually works. Thus far, releases have only been in a digital form on the exemplary Amazing Tunes, but these will hopefully be followed up by something in the physical realm in the not too distant future. Live shows remain a reverie until Matt has amassed enough suitable technology for this to become a reality. Matt Mereport is speaking in the third person.”
JAY FRASER – The Dark Wood [starts 33:40]
Jay Fraser tells us he’s a “London based folk and blues artist, disappeared from solo releases for several years to indulge in underground music jam collectives and bands with obscure names but now returns in late 2015 with his debut release on new and independent label birthed from Spiritual Bar in Camden Town – Spiritual Records.”
JNCTRE – Time On The Line [starts 36:59]
“We are a production duo from the Midlands” say Jnctre “consisting of George Deley and Dan Gallagher (ex Get Cubs). Both of us come from a musical background and have a massive love for many types of music. We are influenced by many artists ranging from Ben Khan and Honne, to The Weeknd and Mute Math. We have been friends for about ten years now and met at college studying sound engineering and production. About 6 months ago we decided to get together and write an EP called None Of Us Are New. We are amazed with the response we have got from the release and are currently writing the next EP now. We have a BBC introducing session next week in Stoke and are currently looking to start playing a few live shows.”
DITTE ELLY – Had Me From The Start [starts 39:50]
“Newcastle-based Ditte Elly has been performing across the North East, Scotland and London for the past 5 years. Her debut album Songs was released on Friday (April 1st, 2016) following airplay of her singles from Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music, Nick Roberts at BBC Newcastle and Kathryn Tickell at Amazing Radio. Ditte will next play supporting Kathryn William’s at Newcastle’s Mining Institute on the 30th April, and then headline at Blast Studios on 28th May as part of the Evolution Emerging Festival. She will be touring across the UK with her band this summer.”
RICHARD WALTERS – A.M [starts 42:36]
“Richard Walters is an English songwriter and singer based in London. He fronts the band Liu Bei. As a solo artist he has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and four EP’s since 2007.
His music has featured on a number of US TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds and Revenge. As a songwriter and collaborator Richard has worked with a number of exceptional artists, writers and producers including Joe Henry, Dan Wilson, Morgan Page, Bernard Butler, Guy Sigsworth, Faithless, The Cranberries, Olafur Arnalds, Faultline, Honours, Apocalyptica, King Deco and Grace Lightman.”
PSYCHIC LEMON – Dilator [starts 44:54]
“Psychic Lemon rehearse and record in a studio in the back of a small garden in Cambridge, five minutes down the road from Syd Barrett’s old place. Bass player Andy H built it using wooden pallets and cheap duvets. Their music has been given various labels — psych, krautrock, funk — but the one they prefer is krautfunk. The band’s influences are broad, but their favourite bands include Goat, The Heads and Amon Düül II. The band had their first rehearsal in 2014, aiming to move away from ego-driven song structures to ones that evolve naturally from collective jamming. Their self-titled debut album was released on March 2016, and will be released on vinyl in June on Drone Rock Records.”
BIRKWIN & VIENNA – Stranger Fruits [starts 49:20]
“Birkwin & Vienna are a collaborative duo from Brighton & Kent. After various projects and guest appearances for each other over the years, the pair have teamed up to create their first full album together, Diane – a collection of melancholy head-nodders about love, loss and the sea. Diane also features guest appearances from Canadian spoken word poet Ian Keteku, Berlin-based jazz pianist Louis Durra and Brighton producer and long-time collaboration partner J Biscuits.”
CRAZY QUILT BOUQUET – Hole [starts 52:14]
“Crazy Quilt Bouquet are first and foremost a merry band – a band comprised of one fragmented individual who knows many imaginary friends, artists and ne’er-do-wells. His split personalities and alter-egos have been making music since they were 10 years old – an age they still aspire to. Recently seen playing in fields around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, CQB have a caravan tour of Scotland planned for May. Studio noodling is in progress and despite musical differences a new collection is likely soon. For all things CQB visit their website or their Facebook page.” <https://facebook.com/crazyquiltbouquet>
BEN GODDARD – Felicity [starts 54:40]
“Ben Goddard is a songwriter and producer from Southampton. Supported by a full band, his live shows are engaging, emotional, and vibrant with energy and life. ‘I want the show to be an uplifting experience, to inspire positivity and to make the audience feel like they’re part of the band’. Since touring the UK as part of Coffee House Sessions, Ben has played at major festivals and sold out headline shows in the South & London. His sound has shifted from rock and pop to something more chilled, which fuses pop with electronica, rap and leans on the Indian mystic tradition. He is now working on an EP to be released this summer and will showcase new material at Winchester’s Theatre Royal on 29th May.”
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