This week’s radio broadcast of the BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music features the following artists:
JUNK DRAWER, SHE MAKES WAR, FORTIFIED, HMS MORRIS, 31HOURS, RAMISCO MAKIMAKI ROCKING HORSE, BATHYMETRY, LECAUDÉ, TAMU MASSIF, INDIAN SUMMER, LAURENCE MADE ME CRY, DAVID MYSTERIOUS, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, TALMA, MARY SPENDER, HEATH, TITUS MONK and ALMA handpicked by Tom Robinson from the BBC Introducing Uploader.
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, 6th May at 2am. The start times refer specifically to the downloadable podcast version of the programme.
JUNK DRAWER – Song 3 [starts 00:18]
According to their rather brief Facebook ‘about’ page, Junk Drawer are an Indie-rock band from Belfast, consisting of bandmates Brian Coney, Stevie Lennox, R Jake Lennox, Rory Dee.
SHE MAKES WAR – Paper Thin [starts 05:12]
“She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd. It’s been a busy 18 months for the Bristol based polymath, taking in two German tours, a universally acclaimed one-woman show at Edinburgh Fringe (‘a charming hour of biographical storytelling and music…perfectly executed acoustic gems’ – The List), support tours with Duke Special (UK & Ireland) and The Levellers (UK & Europe), a 22 date UK headline tour, dates with tUnE-yArDs, Gruff Rhys, New Model Army and Pretty Vicious, and the recording and release of the ‘Disarm:15’ EP (December 2015) and third album ‘Direction Of Travel’ (April 2016).”
FORTIFIED – Results [starts 09:55]
“Fortified is an award winning Rap artist & producer from South London who uses music as a platform to connect with and challenge people through songs penned from relatable perspectives. He aims to elevate truth and make it a consistent element in his music. Last November his latest single Results won him his first award from an LA based Award Company and in April he had the opportunity to fly out there for the gala event. He has two 4 track EPs you can expect this summer; the first one entitled Creative Soul & the second one Innovator. After that, the first single off his debut album should be dropping around October/November”
HMS MORRIS – Interior Design [starts 12:20]
“We’re an alt-pop three piece, made of two North-Walians (St Asaph) and a West-Walian (Llandovery). Our debut album of the same name, Interior Design, will be released in November. Before then, HMS Morris‘s big summer gigs will be at Truck Festival and Festival Number 6 and we’ll be touring in late October and early November.”
31HOURS – Royal Box [starts 16:05]
“31hours are an Oxford based art-pop band. After releasing their debut EP earlier this year, they are preparing to release the follow up EP, Rockpools, on June 11th, the first single from which is Royal Box. They are celebrating the release with a gig at Modern Art Oxford, supporting fellow Oxford band Lucy Leave, also on June 11th. More info is available at http://www.tigmus.com, the new EP can be pre-ordered at 31hours.bandcamp.com and updates appear regularly on their Facebook page.”
RAMISCO MAKIMAKI ROCKING HORSE – The 456 [starts 18:53]
“The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse is an alt-folk genre-bending multi-instrumentalist from the Scottish Highlands who throws it down with, as he describes it, ‘the half-assed fashion’. The Four Five Six appears on The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse’s latest EP, Possessed by the Gods of Cowbell Oblongata, which was released on Planet Groucho Records. The lead track, And We Will Dance, will be released as a limited edition clear 7″ on June 8th with Holy Barnacles on the b-side. The release coincides with Ramisco’s special one-man-band live showcase at Pentahotel, Inverness at 11pm on June 9th as part of XpoNorth. Ramisco has also recently started a project to create on online music festival, BufferFest.”
BATHYMETRY – Jarmalade [starts 20:01]
“Bathymetry is a three person band based between Liverpool and Manchester. We’re all from different places; Ariel is American, Dave is from way up North (Carlisle) and Emily lives on a train most of the time. We found each other via want ads and kismet. Coming up this summer we’re playing a few festivals and have some new music coming out. In June we’ll be in Wales for the Radnor Fringe Festival, and on August 6th we’re playing Skeleton Coast which is a brand new festival in the Wirral.”
LECAUDÉ – Powder Blue [starts 21:57]
“Lecaudé (pron. ‘Le-co-day’) is the self-titled solo project of London based electronically fused pop artist, producer, songwriter and singer Jack Durtnall. Previously the driving creative force behind electronically fused pop duo LSBV (Little Shoes Big Voice), his work has already been acclaimed as a Radio 1 BBC introducing Track of The Week. 2016 sees him break out on his own, once again showcasing his infectiously catchy pop melodies, only this time round with himself taking on the lead vocals. Powder Blue is the second single from Lecaudé’s newly-released his Circles EP, which came out last Friday and sees him continue to work with long time co-producer and mixer Fred Prest.”
TAMU MASSIF – Holding Back [starts 26:32]
“Tamu Massif has just returned from a sold out tour across Europe supporting Shakey Graves. Holding Back is the first track since his debut Alba EP and, with its mirage of different styles and sounds, continues to grow the bedroom producer/writer’s reputation as one of the most forward-thinking artists around.”
INDIAN SUMMER – Always The Same As Before [starts 29:16]
Hailing from Coventry and Manchester, Indian Summer describe themselves only thus: “by no one, for nothing” although they appear to be a four-piece indie rock band consisting of Nathan Wood, Ben Scott, Tim Hegan and Sam White.
LAURENCE MADE ME CRY – Mneme [starts 31:43]
“Laurence Made Me Cry is songstress Jo Whitby, currently splitting her time between the Highlands of Scotland and Glasgow. Her music is an electronic wave with an undercurrent of folk. Following on from Welsh Music Prize nominated debut album The Diary Of Me, the latest EP Titans’ Daughters sees Whitby collaborate with Scottish artists Rachel Sermanni and Chrissy Barnacle as well as Swansea based producer Simon Parton. Upcoming dates: 9th June XPONORTH, Scotch and Rye, Inverness; 18th June North Hop Glasgow, SWG3; 30th July Netsounds Presents: Summer Pleasures, Ironworks, Inverness.”
DAVID MYSTERIOUS – Bear Hand [starts 35:24]
“David Mysterious describes his music as “outsider Welsh power pop. Mysterious by name, murky by nature. David Mysterious is currently promoting his new album Die Auferstehung available on his Bandcamp page. Following an ill fated media stunt which saw David spectacularly vanish (unnoticed) for 3 years, he now builds on the cult hit Jongleur du Morte with his finest album to date. Die Auferstehung is a bi-lingual, experimental tour de force barely held together at its genre bending seams by his intriguing lyrics and earworm melodies. Half Welsh Language, half English language and half instrumental, just like the mystery man himself.”
THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE – Destiny Angel [starts 39:15]
The Urban Voodoo Machine is a collective of shadowy, London based, ne’er do wells, led by Norwegian born songwriter/frontman Paul-Ronney Angel. Featuring up to twelve musicians at any given time, The ‘Machine mash-up guitars, twin drumers, fiddle, trumpet, tuba, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks to create their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll. With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon they’re from the same stable of stallions as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the last gang in town swagger of The Clash and the hellbound blues that John Lee Hooker first dragged out of the swamp. Their third album Love, Drink & Death features no less than 16 tracks and includes guest contributions by the legendary Wilko Johnson and Rat Scabies.”
TALMA – All Roads [starts 42:54]
“Talma are a London based alt-rock outfit gearing up to release their debut single All Roads on June 13th. They combine influences from artists like Radiohead, The Smiths and Sonic Youth to create a brooding soundscape. Following a hometown single launch on June 18th at Prohibition Jazz & Blues Bar, Newbury, the band have a summer of dates across the south, including a slot at Portsmouth Guildhall supporting Signals on June 16th, and have confirmed a launch show for the upcoming EP All Roads Lead Home at The Good Ship, London on September 30th.”
MARY SPENDER – Fleetwood Mac [starts 46:01]
“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. On the 31st March 2016, Mary performed with her band at legendary venue The Louisiana in Bristol, selling out her first headline show a week in advance. Releasing a track a month on Soundcloud every month for a year, Mary will release her debut album in October 2016.”
HEATH – This Time Around [starts 49:13]
“Heath consist of Tom (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Sam (keys, vocals) and Rory (guitar, synth and drums). We’ve just come back from a month long tour playing 23 shows around the UK (supporting Mike Dignam) and Europe.To make this possible we bought an old battered private school minibus, gutted it and completely pimped it up with wooden cladding, super king size mattress and storage for gear. After tour we released our second self produced EP June’- We shot the video for the lead single in Tom’s brother’s engineering facility, with a crew of two of us! We’ve got a few festivals dotted around summer plus Sofar Sounds London (not to be mentioned) and some other exciting show cases. In between this we’re getting our heads down to start writing and recording our debut album which we’ll be taking into the studio at the end of the year – everything so far has been self produced in our bedrooms so we’re very excited to chuck ourselves into a proper place with a ‘real’ record producer!”
TITUS MONK – Coughing Up Long Black Hair [starts 52:48]
“Who is Titus Monk?” muses the URL of his Facebook page. The answer, he tells us, is “a song writer from the hills of North Wales. And something in the hills is a-rumbling…”
ALMA – The Gardener [starts 54:48]
Alma are a two piece band from London, formed by members of Codes In The Clouds and Monsters Build Mean Robots. The Gardener is their new digital single, released on Fierce Panda, and taken from their current self-titled mini-album release by ALMA which, they tell us, “tears trembling blue stars down from the skies and gives them a great big slow-moving sonic hug.” Upcoming shows: 9th June – New River Studios; 15th June – The Haunt, Brighton; 20th August – ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol.
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