This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by BAD SOUNDS, THE CLEAR, OSP, ANARCHIST ROB, SHE IS DEFIANT, ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD, AL BATROSS BAND, PAUL MOSLEY+THE RED MEAT ORCHESTRA, BLACK LINE HORIZON, DOPEDEMAND feat. EWAN HOOZAMI, GLASS MOUNTAIN, ZOEY LILY, LUXO JR, CEILING DEMONS, HEAVY HEART, OLIVER SUMMERS and GILMORE TRAIL.
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 for the podcast 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, 20th June at 2am.
BAD SOUNDS – Avalanche [starts 00:17]
“Bad Sounds are a 5 piece band from Bath. Their 2nd single, Avalanche, released through Killing Moon, has already picked up strong support from Annie Mac as well as from the local West Country BBC Introducing show. Bad Sounds are also confirmed to play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2016. Having just played Great Escape, other Summer festival appearances include at Dot To Dot, Field Day and Festival No. 6 among others.”
THE CLEAR – Maria Browne [starts 03:40]
“The Clear are a songwriting trio hailing from Sheffield UK. They are: Jules Buffey – Vocals & piano;
Chris Damms – Vocals, Keys, Guitars, Bass; Bryan Day – Vocals , Piano , Keys, Bass, and all other instruments.
The Clear have been said to have a classic West Coast sound as many of their songs have the sound of the late 1960’s vibe with Mamas and Papas-esque vocals and an array of vintage interments and sounds from Bryan Day.
The main thrust from The Clear is to write songs, and they see themselves above all else, as songwriters. Their debut album Patchwork is co-produced by Colin Elliot (producer for fellow Sheffield artist Richard Hawley) and features ex-Longpigs drummer Andy Cook. The album is called Patchwork as the songs are very varied in style and tone.
The Clear Play the Towersey Folk Festival on the 28th of August and the 229 Club in London on July 28th.”
OSP – When [starts 06:36]
“OSP (Only Speak Positive) are a Hip-Hop/Rap collective from Reading. Each member originally being a part of different groups or solo artists, they came together to produce tracks which bring good vibes and brain food. They are currently working on their first record and gigging locally. They pride themselves on having their music run alongside charity work, already having written a song particularly for a children’s charity and performing at charity festivals. They aim to bring positivity back to hip-hop and mix their fun beats with words that aim to teach you a little something along the way.”
ANARCHIST ROB – Internal Damage [starts 10:13]
Anarchist Rob describes himself as a “singer/writer/performance-poet/performer. From being the singer/songwriter with punky rock band Dead Fingers Talk to now with ‘Anarchy Dada!’
I have written a rock comedy musical also called ‘Anarchy Dada!’ with 24 original songs. Two Drag Queens, a male stripper and an Anarchist save the world. Starting to write songs using electronic sounds and samples about our world set in the future; techno utopia… cybersex… transhumans… world of Star Trek.”
SHE IS DEFIANT – Hot Wasp [starts 12:35]
“She is Defiant is a five piece rock band from Maidstone in Kent. The band was formed by friends Ed, Mike, Jon, Stuart and Otis, in 2015, after they attended a Mastodon gig together at Brixton Academy. In January 2016 the band released their debut EP Volume I, and the single ASMR received immediate praise and airplay from BBC Kent Introducing. Their sophomore EP Volume II was released on June 7th 2016 and is available for free download here and on all streaming sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Tidal etc.”
ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD – Sweet And Low [starts 17:25]
“Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, Fiddle, Dobro, Guitar and Mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The trio combines some of Norwich’s finest musicians from The Woodland Creatures, Murphy’s Lore and Dumbfoundus and they release their debut album in October 2016.”
AL BATROSS BAND – Killer High Heels (Caledonian Girl) [starts 19:41]
“Al Batross Band is a new project for singer/songwriter/producer Al Batross. The band are are made up of friends who help out Al at live gigs and studio recordings. They are currently in a Dundee recording studio working on new tracks for their forthcoming debut album release. This track, Killer High Heels (Caledonian Girl) will be included on the uptempo album release. It’s music from the future brought back in time for all to hear now. The band will be adding more tracks from the album soon, here.”
PAUL MOSLEY+THE RED MEAT ORCHESTRA ft. JOSIENNE CLARKE – The Fury [starts 23:32]
“The Butcher is singer/songwriter/composer Paul Mosley‘s 7th ‘solo’ album. An epic folk opera 2 years in the making. A ghost story told across 20 songs by over 20 musicians from 8 different countries. The fantastic array of guest singers includes Jamie ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ Lawson, Canadian Boozy-Chantoosy and juno nominee Miss Carolyn Mark, all of Paul’s old band Moses, Ex Mediaeval Baebe Esther Dee and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Josienne Clarke.
The Butcher was released May 27th by Folkwit Records. Paul and the Red Meat Orchestra performed an astonishing narrated, full cast show of the whole story last week to a sold out Courtyard Theatre, London and are finalising details of a second full cast show in September before Paul tours a puppet theatre version of the story around Iceland in October. In the meantime Paul has smaller London shows at: Folk room presents at The Harrison, Kings Cross: 29th June; Greyhounds present at The WineMakers Club, Farringdon: 16th July
Held at Hucks present at Hucks, Walthamstow 24th July”
BLACK LINE HORIZON – Quicksand [starts 27:09]
“Black Line Horizon is a Dunfermline cellar-based two piece band featuring songs by Paul Graham (instruments) with Keith Kirkwood (vocals). Quicksand, from the mighty Rehabbatoir EP (free download, ahem), was produced by regular collaborator Dunproofin’ who has also produced remixes for the likes of Giorgio Moroder and Billie Ray Martin. Check out both Black Line Horizon and Dunproofin’ on soundcloud.”
DOPEDEMAND feat. EWAN HOOZAMI – Indigo Skyfold [starts 30:06]
“Dopedemand is a veteran Producer / Graphic Artist hailing from Sunderland. Releasing work on Indie labels, Phil also composes unique videogame soundtracks and has recently released a remix for Kitten and The Hip to add to his impressive CV of remixes.
Ewan Hoozami is a DJ, Producer and Vocalist who has had work played on BBC Radio 6 Music and released 2 full-length albums and several EPs on leading labels. He is an in-demand DJ and songwriter with a genre-defying approach to music.
The collaboration between Dopedemand and Ewan Hoozami came about when Ewan (Adam Hignell) approached Dopedemand (Phil Nixon) to commission some artwork for his band The Mind-Reading Space Lasers. Initially a trade was agreed – the artwork in exchange for vocals on a track called Ride On. However both were so pleased with the results they decided to expand the concept, and the Indigo Skyfold EP was born. Geographical constraints make live performances difficult, but talks are already underway about a follow-up release, and both artists have their own releases in the pipeline too. The song is a mixture of ethereal electronica and hip-hop, with lyrics that laud music’s transformational, transportational and healing qualities. The Indigo Skyfold EP is available to buy from Bandcamp now.”
GLASS MOUNTAIN – Over Thinking [starts 34:12]
“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 only one year ago, 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.
Live dates: August 8th – Wharf Chambers, Leeds. September 1st – Unity Works, Wakefield. September 4th – Bingley Music Live Festival” [Well, now we know…]
ZOEY LILY – Edges [starts 37:49]
“Nineteen-year-old London singer Zoey Lily recently embarked on the release of her debut track Edges. The song unfolds dark emotions in lines like ‘We all know, there is always this insecurity / Feels like falling and waiting for the crash’. The musician’s inner migration is reflected in her songwriting process: a solitary experience often sparked by late night moments of melancholy. Translating these precious meditations into songs is never a cathartic experience for the young artist, and despite the vulnerability of this process she prefers the listener to form their own conclusions on the meaning behind her songs. Zoey Lily’s personal relationship with music began as a thirteen-year-old girl when living in the remote village of Les Mayons in southern France, where she first penned naive thoughts into poems, scripts and songs.
Her own attraction towards musical expression took her by surprise, but this becomes all the more apparent once you delve into her past. Raised by a Parisian fashion designer mother and a live music agent father, Zoey Lily’s childhood is soaked in rock’n’roll to the extent that she was even on the road with Van Morrison as an unborn baby. This unsigned artist lives in London, where she performs stripped back acoustic sets and is already working on new material. Her next track Reckless Minds is due autumn 2016.”
LUXO JR – Belly Button [starts 41:46]
“Luxo Jr pride themselves on having a wide range of inspirations. We met at the University of York, with diverse musical backgrounds – folk music, metal, classical and many others in between have led us to this: an alternative indie rock group that don’t take things very seriously.
As a band, we want to accomplish what Alt J, Everything Everything or Radiohead have accomplished – we like challenging ourselves to writing new styles of music and songs, and then undoing our hard work by giving the songs stupid titles.
Our mini-album Fingerpaints combines many of our musical and artistic interests: experimental, ambient, heavy pop hits and getting away with being really childish despite being in our early twenties now.
Inspirations for lyric writing are exclusively Kerouac and The Simpsons, as those are the only art forms we can understand.”
CEILING DEMONS – Sundays [starts 45:33]
“The obscure alternative hip-hop dwellers Ceiling Demons are back with a new release, Belly of the Hopeless. The EP has garnered attention from the likes of Earmilk and Louder Than War, with the latter rating it 9/10. The lead track, Stones, has already received love from respected local radio stations like BBC Tees and Spark FM, and you can see the stop-motion animated video here.
Exploring the uncharted waters of the human psyche, Belly of the Hopeless delves through sounds, substances and the fine line between torment and delight. Produced by Jonathan Swift of Outside Your House and recorded in County Durham, UK, Belly of the Hopeless deals a blow of northern grit and rawness – an ongoing theme in the Demons’ work – intertwined with the trip-hop sensibilities of its Bristol-born producer. The EP has been mastered by Faithful Johannes and is out now via Frux Tapes, available in both cassette and digital format.
Belly of the Hopeless’ final track, Sundays, sees the tone turn distinctively trip-hop as the twin brothers Psy Ceiling and Dan Demon confront the depths of depression with a harrowing chant of ‘Stigmata, take my dagger…’ combined with the inventive sampling and moody soundscape of Jonathan Swift. Can the man defeat the monstrous…? Listen here.
HEAVY HEART – Pretty Thing [starts 49:31]
“Heavy Heart are a rock band – four boys and a girl from southeast London – formed in 2014. The band have recently played shows in London, Barcelona and New York and are releasing a new song a month in 2016. They play London’s Old Blue Last on Friday 1st July.”
OLIVER SUMMERS – Dear Mother [starts 53:16]
“Oliver Summers is a producer/songwriter originally from Suffolk. Having started in 2013 he has gone on to release 4 EPs, receive frequent radio play and praise from blogs. The music has been described as ‘mesmerising, startling, hazy’ (Sound Injections Blog, 2014). Every EP seeks to achieve a new musical sound and consistently reinvent itself. Oliver is currently writing and producing music for other artists, with the odd solo performance here and there, mainly at open mic nights.”
GILMORE TRAIL – Memories Of Redfern [starts 56:00]
“Gilmore Trail was founded in 2011 as an instrumental quartet from Sheffield, and that is what we remain today. Having recently finished touring the country in support of our second album The Floating World (from which Memories of Redfern is the lead single) we have just released a brand new single: Twin Peaks, a cover of two of the titular show’s main themes. Released as a free download on Bandcamp, the single is accompanied by a professionally filmed music video. We are now currently writing for our third album and will soon be playing more shows in support of Twin Peaks.”
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