This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by NATTY, BLUE EYED SOUL DK feat. JUSTAMAN, SIMON SCARDANELLI, KAIROS, BLEE, ALL THIS NOISE, DANIELLE LEWIS, GLENN MALTMAN, THE FURTHER, WAY BEYOND, JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH, HILLIAT FIELDS, FAMILY RANKS, THORNE, TWIN KIDD and SPIDERS EAT VINYL.
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 June at 2am.
NATTY – Streetlights [starts 00:17]
“Just returning from a sell out UK tour Natty releases single Streetlights from his long awaited second album Release The Fear, released on his own label Vibes & Pressure. Streetlights is a celebration of life, in which Natty raises awareness that modern technology is increasingly blocking direct communication from real encounters. It’s a gentle reminder to enjoy life away from TV and computer screens. His next gig is at The Jazz Cafe on Thursday 7th July.”
BLUE EYED SOUL DK feat. JUSTAMAN – Delicious [starts 04:17]
“Behind Blue Eyed Soul DK stands Danish producer, singer, songwriter and musician Anders Carstensen. His influences range from R&B and Motown over funk, soul and electronic music. Instead of covering up his Danish accent and blue eyes, he has managed to incorporate that in the project in some sort of natural and obvious way. Having his feet deeply grounded in British rock music makes it even more interesting with his American soul approach to his own songs and material. A blend that exemplifies The Blue Eyed Soul concept. It’s all about love, being open-minded and having the urge to search inner boundaries with and within your music. Anders is an experienced live and performing artist. His repertoire and previous releases (Danish language) is often being aired on national radio (DR), but now the time has come for Anders to explore his roots and his expression in English.” Watch his video here.
SIMON SCARDANELLI – Make Us Happy [starts 08:24]
“This is the title track from Simon Scardinelli’s most recent album released in March of this year. Marty Peters of Recording Magazine called it – ‘a spectacular effort, chock full of charm and whimsy, wrapped up in an exotic package full of heavy-duty chops and tones.’ There’s also a whimsical and amusing animated / live-action video featuring a sock-puppet (!) and with Simon dressed up as, amongst other things, a mad professor, a witchy clairvoyant, a weatherman, a news reader and a hippy singer….all good clean fun, watch it here.”
KAIROS – Waves [starts 12:20]
“Kairos is the project of 18 year old Louisa McClure, living in Blur’s ‘Lonesome Street’ that is East Grinstead. Influences from Radiohead, Foals, Everything Everything and James Blake. Just finished studying at East London Arts and Music (ELAM) and then off to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. I had to get the 6:40am train everyday and I complained about it everyday for 2 years. Playing violin for 11 years, guitar for 6, bass for 4 and producing for a year. Currently preparing for grade 8 bass exam. All I’ve wanted is to play in a band but it looks like it’s just me recording stuff on my big sister’s laptop. Waves was written and recorded in my bedroom over approx. 8 hours. I have more music to still be recorded and hopefully will do some London gigs before I move.”
BLEE – Feeling Like A King [starts 16:00]
Blee describes his music as “Conscious hiphop with a Caribbean cool. Montserrat native, London resident, Worldwide Hustler”. He is the pioneer of the Respect Your Legacy movement encouraging people to live free from fear and getting them to live lives of love and extraordinary expression. One of its missions is to expose the world to positive messages everyday. Accordingly he has set up his own independent record label/publishing company Respect Your Legacy Records, specialising in artists from the Caribbean, with the intention of both cultivating new artists and creating a new generation of trendsetters.
ALL THIS NOISE – Time To Go [starts 18:59]
“Time To Go is the third single from West London three-piece All This Noise. It follows their different and original debut single Seven Billion Like You and harder edged follow up Ghost Shirt. Following on from recently packing out London’s Barfly and Proud, the band are set for an even bigger show at Bestival 2016 on the Invaders of the Future stage. The band are currently finishing off mixes for their Debut LP.”
DANIELLE LEWIS – Anywhere Is Home [starts 22:45]
“Anywhere is Home came about from listening to Jack Johnson’s warming song I Got You one afternoon at home in New Quay” says Danielle Lewis. “It made me reminisce about my experiences of touring & performing across Australia at the age of 19 to moving from my childhood home on the West Wales coast to the big city lights of Cardiff to pursue my music career.” Since releasing her debut EP in July 2013, Paper Hearts, Danielle has been invited onto BBC Wales’ Emerging Talent Horizons Project for 2016. BBC Radio 3’s The Verb broadcast two live performances from Hay Festival with tracks from her second EP on June 3rd 2016 and Ian McMillan introduced Danielle at the opening and closing of the show. She is published by Charlotte Church’s company Bounce Publishing and is releasing Anywhere is Home on Folkstock Records, on July 4th 2016.
GLENN MALTMAN – Saturday Morning With The Cartoons [starts 25:29]
“Glenn Maltman has been playing keyboards since he was 10 years old, he was particularly drawn to the screaming sound of the Hammond organ. He also composes instrumental music that has been used on radio TV and Indie Film. The track Saturday Morning With The Cartoons comes from Glenn’s latest album called Fir Tree Days – available at http://glennmaltman.bandcamp.com/ The album is a Hammond organ and twang guitar blaster all about the small County Durham village of Fir Tree where Glenn grew up.”
THE FURTHER – Ordinary [starts 27:54]
“Former Ejectorseat band mates Peter Backler, Barrington Molé and James Dowse bring you their new band, The Further. If you enjoy music that stirs the mind as well as the soul, if you appreciate the beauty and the brilliance of bands such as The Smiths, Suede, Gene, Idlewild and Manic Street Preachers then you have just found the band with whose badge you will forever emblazon upon your lapel.”
WAY BEYOND – Tempest [starts 32:02]
“Way Beyond is 32 year old music producer Dave Biggin from Fort William, in the Highlands of Scotland. Growing up on the misty west coast, his influences were initially based firmly in the halls of Rock and Celtic music. The Way Beyond genre has been described as ‘Electronic Chillfunk due to its combinations of mellow tempos, memorable face-melting riffs, and high levels of dynamics in the percussion’. Releases to date include the bellowing dance track Ello and the new wave esque uplifting journey that is Soulblind. Career highlights for Way Beyond include the suprise success of mysterious tune Houdini in Russia, and a somewhat bizarre experience of wetsuit-clad dancing atop a Highland peak whilst filming a quirky music video for the debut release of Ello.
Biggin grew up surrounded by a culture of extreme sports and spends most of his time away from the studio chasing adrenaline. Plans for touring with Way Beyond are currently being developed.”
JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH – Pleasure Girl [starts 35:20]
“In 2009, the mysterious Ishii christened the Leeds-born, now London-based, alt-rock band Japanese Fighting Fish, and they continue to blast out tunes in his honour with a third LP set for release in 2015. But the Fiiish are no longer the Fiiish they once were. In 2011, debut album Just Before We Go MAD experimented with South American rhythms, fierce vocals, and grunge guitars; 2013 saw the release of second album, the punkier and louder Day Bombs (recorded in several scuzzy garages in Leeds and London and on a considerably lower budget than the Foo Fighters’ album at that time that inspired it – recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, albeit effectively a high-end studio); and now the theatrical beast returns with third album Swimming with Piranhas scheduled for release in 2015, this time recorded at Air-Edel Studio in London, mastered by Tim Young and injects hooks, fuzz, funk and…S P A C E…into the Fish Tank. The craziness that was there since the beginning – yes, that remains!”
HILLIAT FIELDS – Broken Bridges [starts 39:27]
“Hilliat Fields is a one man band exploring many different avenues of music. This track Broken bridges is an edited version of a song from the forthcoming album Still. Moving. Pictures. Album goes on sale on August 27th. Which is coincidently” he adds “my birthday.”
FAMILY RANKS – She [starts 41:43]
“Family Ranks is a 7-piece collective fusing Soul, Hip-Hop, Electronica and Reggae. The ensemble formed early in 2014 out of a union between session band House of Lords (notably acting house band for Manchester Urban Music night All About Good Music) and two of Manchester’s sharpest song-writers; Ruby-Ann Patterson and James Gill. After radio play on BBC Introducing Manchester, their first single ‘Hard To See Her Soul’ was selected for BBC Introducing on Radio 1Xtra and playlisted for the month of April 2016. After the success of the single, the band released their EP Speak Up on 11th April 2016 which has received great attention from both fans and critics. Upcoming gigs over summer include a slot at Mostly Jazz Festival in Birmingham on Saturday 9th July and a headline gig at Deaf Institute in Manchester on Friday 5th August.”
THORNE – Acid Trip [starts 46:10]
“Thorne is” we learn from his Facebook page “an Electronica / PBR&B artist creating artistic media using the universe around him.” So now you know.
TWIN KIDD – Fade [starts 50:08]
“Having debuted on the Nottingham scene in February 2016, Twin Kidd have already played alongside White and Luh, and have just released their self-produced first EP Fold. The band blend live instruments, layered vocal harmonies and electronic elements in a sound they loosely define as alt-pop. Formed as a creative outlet for singer-songwriter Stef Williamson, Twin Kidd take influences from artists such as Chvrches, Alt-J, Haim and Gorillaz”
SPIDERS EAT VINYL – Rooftop Montage [starts 55:01]
Spider Eat Vinyl describe themselves as “synth-soaked, guitar-drenched DIY pop from Sheffield. Currently Manchester-based.”
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