This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by ROBOTALIEN, ESKIMOE, VELODROME, MY PLEASURE, PSYBLINGS, ANNE SUMNER, JAGUAR MÍN, PIMLICAN, DONAL QUINN, THE SHOOTING OF, LIVING BODY, FLAMIN GODS, BIRTE PAULSEN, PHORIA, MOUSES, SHAODOW, MARA SIMPSON and DAVID RYBKA.
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, 18th July at 2am.
ROBOTALIEN – The Tiring Days Of Mr Sunshine [starts 00:17]
“RoBoTaLiEn is Rob Allen, a songwriter and performer from Manchester. He is sometimes joined by Alec Splatt and other friends. Live RoBoTaLiEn is now just Rob and utilises a loop pedal to create his songs with layered harmonies, beatbox drums and guitar. It has revolutionised his live show, which earned him his first ever standing ovation at the Ferret in Preston last month. The Tiring Days Of Mr Sunshine is a punk rock song about whatever you want it to be about. It is sometimes autobiographical and sometimes not. It is bittersweet and heavy. It is up and down. Swings and roundabouts. Take yr tablets. Drink yr drinks. Watch society crumble from yr bedsit. Live yr life.”
ESKIMOE – Setter ft. Harry Heart & ThisisDA [starts 04:45]
Eskimoe: “I am a producer, vocalist and musician, from Oxford. Setter is from my debut EP released earlier this year, which received widespread praise and was premiered via Wonderland, a fashion/culture magazine based in London. I take much of the elements of my music from producers and numerous others within the future-soul-trap scene, and wind this in with what I naturally produce. With my new EP on the way for the end of this summer, you can expect features from various rappers and vocalists I have met along my journey so far, with us all coming together to create what will hopefully be an insightful and original project.”
VELODROME – I’m Your Steady Girl [starts 09:20]
“Originally from Romford in Essex, Velodrome currently hails from London E17 but the comparison with the notorious boy-band ends there. The project is driven by Katherine Christie Evans, a classically trained singer and bass guitarist. The music features strong riffs and melodies, syncopated rock beats and quirky lyrics. Velodrome lays claim to influences ranging from Electric Light Orchestra to Midlake, The Police, Nirvana and Jeff Buckley. Katherine is currently organising an Oxjam gig for charity in Walthamstow for October; and also gearing up for tour dates with a full band: you can find out more via Facebook or Soundcloud. Velodrome are currently working with producer Harri Chambers on an upcoming debut EP.”
MY PLEASURE – Hello [starts 12:10]
“My Pleasure is the alias of Hull-born weird-pop solo musician Lewis Young. It’s bedroom pop, but not as you know it. After releasing 10 back-to-back singles in 2015, My Pleasure returns this year with a new 5-track EP entitled Party Popper, which The Adult Teeth Recording Company is giving away for free on CD (plus P&P) or download here. Over the past two years, My Pleasure has played support for almost all of his musical heroes, with Jeffrey Lewis and The Wave Pictures among the highlights. Upcoming live dates will feature My Pleasure performing with a full band, because it gets lonely when you’re the only one on stage. My Pleasure’s debut album will follow in 2017.”
PSYBLINGS – Where’s Your Moon [starts 14:21]
“Rioutous frontman Greg Dixon is joined by Dan Coleman and Sam Bullock on guitars, Jordan ‘Jiggy’ Lythgoe on bass and Ellis Cullen on the drums. After moving to Manchester from their hometown of Warrington together, the quintuplet combined their influences – Ty Segall, Bass Drum of Death, FIDLAR, Tame Impala and Jimi Hendrix to name a few – and formed a fuzzy blend of all the artists they love. With this, Psyblings have showcased their gritty, high-octane live performances at fantastic events in and around Manchester such as Manchester Psych Fest and Dot To Dot Festival and look forward to more such as A Carefully Planned Festival. In early July, their first a/b side single ‘Where’s Your Moon?/Behind The Sun’ was released and, in celebration, the band will be performing and partying with friends, new and old, at Night & Day Cafe on 22nd July. Check out the event here.”
ANNE SUMNER – Solid Ground [starts 18:05]
“Anne Sumner is a singer-songwriter based in Croydon. Having had classical training on piano and violin throughout her childhood, with songwriting being a completely private endeavour, she took up the guitar in her twenties with the intention of getting involved in the local open mic scene. Over the past two years she has been playing regularly at venues and festivals in the wider Croydon area, and at folk clubs across Surrey and Kent. Solid Ground is the opening track from her album These Hours, and describes the emotional journey from social isolation to friendship, acceptance and intimacy – a path mirrored by Anne’s real-life experience of bringing her songs to a wider audience. Anne is currently working on a second album, as well as recording with Americana duo SumnerAnderson. Her next single Renegades is due out in August.”
JAGUAR MÍN – Argenteus [starts 23:09]
“Jaguar Mín are a cavalier, post-taste duo consisting of Harrison Banfield (programming & arrangement) and Jack Rees (vocals & percussion). Hailing from South Wales, the duo attempts to make music for a world that has lost all its points of reference, favouring the radical enjoyment of musical sounds over formal experimentation. Their new E.P. AQVILA is available for download now here.”
PIMLICAN – B’tter Off That Wy’ [starts 24:34]
“Based in the north of England, Pimlican is a collaborative solo artist who has put down strong roots in the south developing a north/south blend of music covering different dance genres. Pimlican’s strong songwriting sees him mixing killer hooks with colourful flows, earning him airplay on Radio 6 the Tom Robinson Show together with an inclusion on the BBC Introducing mixtape. Alongside this he has also had airplay on BBC Radio Leeds introducing. Pimlican launched Belgrave Road Records in January this year releasing the first single B’ck 4 More / P’lya in late May in download format on iTunes and Bandcamp. He is also in the process of auditioning (looking for) a collective in order to play live dates.”
DONAL QUINN – Massif Anthem [starts 27:37]
“Tipped by BBC 6 Music, BBC introducing and Hot Press, up and coming artist Donal Quinn has been building a buzz with his dancefloor tunes since 2015. Massif Anthem is his newly released single, available on all digital distribution outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. It was recorded in Hackney, London with producer Tom McFall (known for his work with Kasabian, Bloc Party, Snow Patrol) and is Donal’s first new release of 2016 – a mark of his ambition to fill nightclub dance-floors and soundtrack summer festivals. Stay tuned for Ruul Ma World, the next single release from this highly ambitious solo artist.”
THE SHOOTING OF – Captain Of My Soul [starts 30:46]
“The Shooting Of (aka Paul Jeans) is intent on raising his voice above the din, creating alternative pop vignettes with splashes of melancholy. His debut album Analogue Heart is available now on CD via bandcamp and the usual digital outlets.”
Upcoming live shows:
Sat 23rd July – Palace Of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle
Sat 30th July – Cluny2, Newcastle for AutismABLE Charity
LIVING BODY – Don’t Give Up On Me [starts 33:41]
“Living Body is the new project from Leeds-based Chicagoan Jeff T. Smith (formerly Juffage) featuring longtime collaborators Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney) and Tom Evans (Vessels), with new and additional live members Alice Rowan (Mayshe-Mayshe) and Sarah Statham (Esper Scout). Their debut tour will kick off on July 23rd at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, with 9 UK shows to follow (including London’s Old Blue Last, Brighton’s Green Door Store, Derby’s The Hairy Dog, York’s City Screen Basement, Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, Glasgow’s Broadcast, Newcastle’s Cluny 2, Sunderland’s Pop Recs Ltd., and Manchester’s Fallow Cafe), with a full-length LP due in November on Barely Regal Records in the UK/EU, and Landland & Kingfisher Bluez in the USA/Canada.”
FLAMIN GODS – Taboo Groves [starts 36:11]
The press release from Flamin Gods tells us they are “an explorative, psychedelic and eclectic London-via-Bahrain 5 piece. Each member acts as a multi-instrumentalist, using instruments collected from around the world. They explore many styles of music and approaches to making music, from live improvisation to writing and mixing an entire LP over the internet from different countries. Always creating spiritually chaotic live shows with the help of visuals man Niall Trask, often completely reworking studio tracks for live shows and occasionally sporting Flamingo dancers, they like to mix things up where they can.”
BIRTE PAULSEN – Tar Pit [starts 38:54]
“Inspired by Folk, Chanson, Americana and Scandinavian eccentricity, songwriter Birte Paulsen delivers dark Indie Folk with a sigh of Nordic melancholy. Originally from northern Germany, but now based in Brighton, she has just released her new album Borrowed Time, which brought together some of Brighton’s finest musicians. The music is often disarming in its desolate imagery and themes tend to include the raw materials of life: death, grief and love. Birte and her band have just returned from a successful tour of mostly house concerts in Germany and are now getting ready to perform around the UK in support of their album, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp.”
PHORIA – Everything Beta [starts 42:17]
“Phoria started making sense” says its chief writer and producer Trewin Howard, “when they stopped trying to be a conventional band, and started to be something else. Members Trewin, guitarist Jeb, and piano/synth player Ed grew up together in the Salisbury countryside. As kids, they took music lessons together in the same little upstairs room at primary school, performed in its choirs and its scratchy orchestras, and then Trewin got a bass guitar for his 10th birthday and decided these three friends should form a band. Fifteen years later, at 25, Trewin suddenly, mysteriously, became ill. He started experiencing bewildering sensory symptoms, deafeningly loud tinnitus, motion sickness and strange optical phenomena; tests were performed but the cause remains undiagnosed. Slowly Trewin got better, although he has been left with some long term auditory effects. How strange it is that this group were called Phoria before Trewin’s world was recast and reshaped – drawing our attention to the matter of the senses from the start, and how they can conflict with each other. Phoria have a heart, and a pulse, and a soul behind them always, though: that epic core of friendship played loud, deep in sound and light.”
MOUSES – Hollywood [starts 46:39]
“Mouses are guitarist and vocalist Steven Bardgett and drummer Nathan Duff, a lo-fi garage rock duo from Billingham renowned for their raw and energetic live performances and a tendency for gig induced self-destruction. Formed in early 2014, they have built a growing reputation for their unique sound, combining surrealist lyrics and playful melodies in a whirlpool of fuzzed-out, frenetic punk rock. This track Hollywood will be released on July 29th and is the second single from their debut longplayer The Mouses Album, out on September 23rd with Sister 9 Recordings.”
SHAODOW – Till The Casket Drops ft. Sercoee, Durrty Goodz, AC & Papoose [starts 48:09]
“ShaoDow is a full time independent rapper, entrepreneur and possible ninja. Trained in Shaolin Kung Fu in China. He has independently built his career and company (DiY Gang Entertainment) through hard work, passion and dedication. To date he has sold over 22,000 copies of his albums independently, toured the UK and parts of Europe, released his own brand of headphones and rapidly growing merchandise range. He also co-launched The Blue and Purple Store the first ever artist run pop up shop selling a range of his music and merchandise. Shao has had airplay on some of the UK’s major radio stations including Radio 1 and 1xtra, opened for artists such as Tech N9ne, Wiley, Stormzy, Skepta and The Pharcyde and featured on tracks alongside Ghetts, Dot Rotten and McLean. ShaoDow is currently planning the release of his third studio album The Way of Shao for 2016 – alongside an original manga comic book of the same name. He also taught himself to speak French, Portuguese and Japanese… for some reason.”
MARA SIMPSON – Our Good Sides [starts 52:26]
“Mara Simpson has captivated audiences around the world with her soulful melodies, rich lyricism, unassuming charm and wicked laugh. London born to a Kenyan family, Mara has spent periods of time in Wellington (New Zealand) and Berlin. Her songs reflect her eclectic background and draw the listener close into these worlds. Our Good Sides was recorded and produced by Tim Bidwell (producer of Kate Walsh and FINK) and is the title track from an album featuring guest performances from Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, Ben Ottewell of Gomez, and cousin, Courtney Simpson. Created in Clockwork Owl Studios – also Tim’s living room – the album was woven into being with old compressors, vintage microphones, and many cups of Yorkshire tea. Every song is real, warm, and sung from the heart. Mara and her band are touring the album throughout the UK and Europe for the rest of this year.”
DAVID RYBKA – Below [starts 55:38]
“David Rybka is the performer personified, an astute songwriter, he tells a tale and delivers each number as if the pain or joy is as real as the day it was written. You’ll experience heartfelt sadness, unbelievable highs and everything in between, but in an unpredictable order. David is incredible to watch and continually justifies the extremely high regard which he is held.” Blimey. His next gig is at Kendal Calling festival on Sunday evening at The Riot Jazz. Then on to tour Spain and Portugal in November 2016 whilst releasing a 3rd solo album entitled Rybka in late 2016.
In the music industry, as in life, it’s best to treat unsolicited emails asking for money with extreme caution. You may hear from a PR company who have “worked with some of the most original and exciting artists in the UK” who “found you online and after having a listen would be interested in working with you”. Please be aware you haven’t been sent this because you are special – it’s a form email, regularly received by artists who appear on this blog – and it’s from a company who are trying to sell you their services.
There are literally hundreds of plugging and PR companies in the UK – many of whom have equally impressive lists of clients and who would be glad to have your business. You don’t neccessarily have to choose the first company that happens to get in touch with you. See our advice on Sending CDs to Radio and The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers – it’s possible you might not even need professional radio promotion at this point.
And if you do decide to pay for a PR company, don’t take their word for how good they are – get some personal recommendations from their clients. Before parting with your hard-earned cash why not email a few of the indie labels who regularly get their own artists on the radio – and ask which PR companies they use.
If we’ve featured you on the BBC Introducing Mixtape recently, please do us a favour and wait 12 weeks before sending us another track. That will give us space to help a few other deserving artists in the meantime. But I’d love to hear another great new tune from you in three months’ time.