This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by LUNA KISS, LEMONADE KID, THE BOOKSHOP BAND, J. KAS, PLAYING HOUSE, PLAITUM, RICK FERGUSON, JOBY, JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH, THE PINK DIAMOND REVUE, MAHRNIE, NIXON TATE+THE HONEY CLUB, DELIAH, LOVED ONES, SUPA+DA KRYPTONITES, THE PYLONS and GLASS MOUNTAIN.
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 April at 2am.
LUNA KISS – Close [starts 00:17]
“Luna Kiss are a four piece progressive rock band from Coventry City, UK. By merging prog with mainstream elements (‘building a sound as reminiscent of Pink Floyd as it is Florence And The Machine’ – Prog Magazine) Luna Kiss have created their own identity. At the end of 2010 Luna Kiss signed a distribution deal with Ghoulish Records. Their album Echoes of Sound is now in HMV, iTunes and also many major record stores online. On May 2012 Luna Kiss released Take Her Away, a follow up single to Album ‘Echoes Of Sound’ with a feature video. The hard work of Luna Kiss has led to great interest from members of the industry, Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show, Alex Bakers Kerrang show and many more radio stations around the globe.”
LEMONADE KID – Rising [starts 03:19]
“Lemonade Kid is a one man (with a little help from his friends) Indie/Electronic music project. That man is Dominic Lack, a Shropshire based musician, songwriter, creator of weird noises. Lemonade Kid is music that works its way into your brain and rewards repeat listens . The single Rising is a tale of a sports star coming towards the end of his illustrious career who has now hit problems both on and off the field . The song is featured in the forthcoming movie What Happened Last Night, which is making its debut at this years Cannes Film Festival . This year is to see a clutch of EP releases with the next one being released at the end of May, entitled I Used To Fall In Love.”
THE BOOKSHOP BAND – The Other Side [starts 07:04]
“Written by Ben Please, Beth Porter and Poppy Pitt. This song is inspired by The Bone Clocks, by author David Mitchell, and is taken from the first of ten albums to be released by The Bookshop Band in quick succession through 2016, called Curious and Curiouser – with all the songs being inspired by books which create fantastical new worlds.”
J. KAS – Cali Dreaming (feat RUELL) [starts 11:34]
“J. Kas is an emerging hip-hop talent from the Steel City of Sheffield. Creating soulfully inspired music generated from his life experiences. Known as a one in a generation talent, J. Kas is producing music that is catchy, influential, powerful and honest. A rare thing in mainstream Hip-Hop today. Cali Dreaming, produced by Dreamlife, sees J. Kas team up with fellow Sheffield newcomer Ruell to deliver a real slick of timeless Hip-Hop and R&B. With a fresh, chilled, laid back vibe, that you can just kick back and relax to, this is a track definitely ready for the summer.
Recording his music at the infamous 2Fly Studios Sheffield (Arctic Monkeys, Reverend And The Makers, Pulp and more), J. Kas is currently preparing his third EP which is planned for release summer 2016. You can find his debut EP The MVP Project and his second EP #Hometown on all good digital music stores and streaming services – and many more free downloads via Soundcloud.”
PLAYING HOUSE – New Haircut [starts 16:01]
“Creating playful, bold and infectious art-pop recalling Talking Heads, XTC and Everthing Everything, Hackney trio Playing House have had a lightning first 10 months together culminating in April with the release of their debut EP New Haircut 8 April and a sold out EP launch at Birthdays, Dalston. Since launching last year the band have been busy playing support & headline shows including Sebright Arms, Old Blue Last, The Coronet (Daniel VS The World), Brixton Ritzy & Lock Tavern (supporting Beverly) and are currently half way through their first UK tour. (Sneaky Pete’s, Moon Club, Night & Day Cafe & more). Catch Playing House at their next London date supporting Little Grim 11 May at The Macbeth.”
PLAITUM – Jagwa [starts 18:26]
“Plaitum are a 2 piece band from Essex. Someone once called us ‘dark pop’ which seems fitting. Jagwa is taken from our second EP – out 20th May. The name means “wet kiss” in old Italian. We’re 20/21 years old and have some GCSEs. Our overall goal is to move into the lucrative industry of soundtracking adult films.”
RICK FERGUSON – Happiness [starts 21:17]
“London based singer/songwriter Rick Ferguson collaborates with various artists and producers. Happiness is his latest solo project. Rick wrote the lyrics intially as a spoken word poem, later adding an acoustic guitar backing. Watch this space for Rick’s next collaboration project Missile of Peac’. Reunited with producer Matt Figgis under the collaboration name Panda+“
JOBY – Lost Again [starts 24:11]
“Joby are a Cardiff-based indie band and we formed in September 2015. We knew each other from different university courses where we had all studied classical music in one form or another. The band members are Jason Staddon (Guitar/Vocals) James Deeny (Guitar/Keyboard) Stephen Biggs (Bass) and Harry Greenway (Drums). We released our first self-titled EP in March 2016 which includes the title track Lost Again. The music video for this track can be found here.
Recently we have been writing a lot of new material and we plan to make another record at the end of this year. We have some shows coming up in Cardiff and Newport but the dates are yet to be announced so keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates.”
JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH – For Queen Marilyn [starts 27:59]
“Japanese Fighting Fish, four lads who anchor their boat in London, are bringing fun back to rock with their electrifying new album Swimming with Piranhas, plunging us knee-deep into ferocious riffs then pulling us out again with soaring vocals from frontman Karlost. Their second single from it, For Queen Marilyn, was written spontaneously after arriving at the recording studio and being asked to “just play something” to check sound levels. An ominous Muse-like riff was quickly followed by crashing drums before the whole thing took off into a grunge explosion. Unwittingly, the Queen was born! With their sets being renowned for explosive antics and the boys having a habit for ending up accidentally bleeding on stage, they are definitely a spectacle not be missed.
Swimming with Piranhas’ is due for release on the 17th June 2016.
Upcoming gigs: LEEDS Milo (Live at Leeds Festival 2016) 30/4/2016; LONDON The Crowndale (formerly The Purple Turtle) 28/5/2016; BRIGHTON Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 28/9/2016″
THE PINK DIAMOND REVUE – Miss Lonely Hearts [starts 30:28]
“The Pink Diamond Revue are Tim Lane and Rob Stock from Reading fronted by Acid Dol, a model from another dimension; combining beats from today with riffs, samples and vocal harmonies from ’50s and ’60s. Miss Lonely Hearts is the title track from their 12’’ single released on their own label. They have played over 150 shows since they formed in 2013 and headline Salisbury International Arts Festival on May 28th.”
MAHRNIE – Dark Waters [starts 33:35]
“Born in France, Mahrnie is a singer songwriter who started her artistic journey at the age of 5. She studied music at the conservatoire of music in Burgundy while taking acting and cinema classes. After graduating high school she moved to Paris and worked as an actress.
During a rehearsal her director asked her to sing, she then realized how much she missed music and she decided to move to London. She took singing lessons and she started writing her own songs. Mahrnie is much influenced by cinema. With a talent for profound, poetic lyrics and ambitious melodies, Toronto Paradise called her ‘Picture Perfect’. Mahrnie writes both in French and English. She directed her first music video Raving (In My Head) in November 2015 and she is currently working on new material with different producers.
NIXON TATE+THE HONEY CLUB – All Over Now [starts 37:03]
“Nixon Tate & The Honey Club keeping busy at the moment, we have a host of home town shows booked (Stoke On Trent) over the next few months and we’re looking to get further afield come summer, dates to be announced soon! Info on all dates can be found on Facebook. All Over Now is the 2nd single release of 8 over the coming months, our plan is to release a single per month taking us late into the year. The next single is to be Heady Redwood Days due out early May. The reaction so far has been really encouraging, we’ve had tracks selected for BBC Introducing Stoke and we’ve had a wicked response from all of our followers. We’re always working material and I’m always bringing new songs to the table for the rest of the band to help flesh out, our plan is to keep moving forwards with what we’re doing and see where it takes us.”
DELIAH – Marble Heart [starts 40:57]
“Hailing from Liverpool, Deliah is fronted by lead singer Michelle Harris and instrumentalist Alex Dopierala. Having been premiered by Fortitude Magazine and featuring on The Only Way Is Essex, the new single Marble Heart is available to download and stream now. Deliah boast soulful, powerful vocals, beautifully contrast with unique guitars, ambient synths and an undeniable groove. As well as being listed in The Guide as “one of Liverpool’s best female music makers” and working with Grammy Nominee Producer Maestro The Baker, Deliah have been playing all over the UK backed by their band or as an acoustic duo. Most impressively they are due to support Maverick Sabre on 26th May 2016.”
LOVED ONES – Cartridge [starts 44:09]
“Loved Ones are a four-piece from West Kirby on the Wirral: Nik Glover, Rich Hurst, Ben Shooter and Dan Taylor. We won the debut Get Into This Award for new music in Liverpool back in 2012, being nominated alongside Bill Ryder-Jones, Stealing Sheep and Outfit. We were a bit surprised as we’d only written one song by that point. Our first album was called The Merry Monarch. The band’s second album is called Harness, and will be released in late 2016.”
SUPA+DA KRYPTONITES – Jar To A Butterfly [starts 47:13]
“SUPA & Da Kryptonites are an 8 piece band dubbed as ‘genre generals’ featuring funk, ska, reggae, soul, hip-hop, swing and grime influences. With high energy, a tight three piece horn section, soulful female vocals and MC that demands a right ole’ knees up… In their first year, they were crowned Winners of the best unsigned band competition 2015 by the Sunday Herald, in association with XFM Radio & The Wickerman festival and selected as STV’s Ones to Watch for 2016. Since March 2015 the band have played 57 shows across Scotland, including their own self managed tour; a multitude of headline shows; 14 festival appearances at The Wickerman Festival, Kelburn Garden Party and Eden Festival; and select support slots for touring bands and artists, such as The Mouse Outfit, Akala, and Deacon Blue. Their debut EP Kryptonium was released on 25th March 2016.
Currently on a UK tour, the band have the following gigs lined up for the next month:
Stonehaven – 22/04; Edinburgh – 23/04; Stirling – 01/05; Aberdeen – 06/05; Battersea & Lewisham, London – 13/05 & 14/05″
THE PYLONS – Place To Stay [starts 50:11]
“Is it a bridge? A tunnel?” No! We’re The Pylons. 5 lads from Lincoln, being cool, doing cool things and playing indie-pop in the bits in-between. Barney, Alex, Joe, Phil and Joey, who also produces the band’s material, started the band several years ago and in those years have taken their time to develop and settled on their own mature sound and style. Place to Stay, the second single from the forthcoming Pictures Of The Past debut EP (released 17th June), combines synth and electronic elements with acoustic instruments, including trumpet, to create this ambient, triumphant track. Though some members are based at different universities across the country, this hasn’t stemmed the lads’ passion for playing together and creating music – sometimes with the help of the internet. The Pylons will be touring in late June to promote their new EP. If people want to find out more about the tour and the band they should visit our Facebook page where we will be making announcements soon.”
GLASS MOUNTAIN – Glacial [starts 54:48]
“It would be easy for Glass Mountain to refer to themselves as a Leeds band, to attach themselves to the vibrant and inventive landscape that city continues to foster. But no, Glass Mountain are a Bradford band, proud of its heritage yet fully conscious of the neglect and under-investment their city has had to endure. Through adversity and austerity, however, great art often shines; and Glass Mountain shine brilliantly. Formed one year ago from the broken ashes of several other bands, Glass Mountain locked themselves away in a Bradford cellar, utilised every fibre of their remarkable passion and talent and created the Glacial EP and video. Influenced in no small part by the genius of David Hockney, one of Bradford’s finest ambassadors, they took their name from one of the artist’s etchings, and are bold and confident enough to have respectfully requested his personal blessing for their use of the name. Glass Mountain clearly care passionately about what they create. There are five tracks on their debut EP, but Glass Mountain have more of these songs in their armoury; songs that will be released when the time is right. For now, the debut EP is a statement of intent; a creation that may well still resonate in years to come. In the meantime, the video for Glacial is available to view here. We hope you like it.
Upcoming gigs: JUNE 10 Leeds 360 Club; September 4 Bingley Bingley Live” [Well, now we know.]
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