Turning our attention towards BBC Introducing Manchester, our free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape is curated this week by Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams featuring a selection of their favourite artists from the BBC Introducing Uploader: BRAHMA-LOKA, KASHMERE, YOUNG WAR, LUNGS, LUISANT, SLOW HAND CLAP, FAMILY RANKS, VITAL SIGNS, KAT, NIHILISTS, SIXTY MINUTE MAN, GOOD FOXY, LARKINS, CRUDE OIL INC and CHINA LANE.
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.
This week the mixtape is curated by by Michelle Hussey and Natalie-Eve Williams from BBC Introducing in Manchester. These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the early morning of Monday, 5th September at 2am.
BRAHMA-LOKA – Wasp 35 [starts 00:16]
Brahma-Loka are, in their own cryptic words, not only “spirited clandestines raised under formidable ferocious spells” but also “a movement bound by the key, a secret history of the world unfolding in audio and visual temptation. An irreplaceable atmosphere released upon their audience, they are powerfully seductive, addictive and an all giving being released in a full frontal freaky swing. Driving straight through the mainline taking you on a ride through the ghetto hill tribes’ minds.”
They also add that “2015 saw the band release their debut EP and tour the full length of Mainland Europe and the UK.” The band are currently working on releases marked for release later this year.
KASHMERE – Blow Your Mind [starts 04:48]
“We are Kashmere, an indie rock 4 piece hailing from Stockport. During our years performing as a live band, we’ve quickly become known as one of the most energetic bands on the circuit. Our sound is designed to make crowds move; lyrics designed to be shouted back at us and our presence designed to make people feel like they’re part of something.”
Blow Your Mind is Kashmere’s current single, and they will be live in session for BBC Introducing in Manchester in the next couple of weeks.
YOUNG WAR – Teacher [starts 07:50]
Young War are a Manchester based R&B/Soul/Indie two piece. That’s unfortunately about all we know about them, aside from that they are comprised of Thom Stone on Guitars/Vocals and Simon Facey on Drums. They release an EP entitled Timeout this September.
LUNGS – Seagulls [starts 10:47]
Tom Hammersley, James Feltham, Daniel Donohue and Mark Cuppello make up Lungs, a “Manchester four piece who have been the talk of the live scene in Manchester, gathering fans at a momentous pace” Now we know!
LUSAINT – High [starts 14:48]
According to Manchester Evening News, Lusaint is “Lucy Rhiannon Hopkins, a 23 year-old soul singer from Stretford,” whose new sound is “pitched somewhere between left-field adventurism and eyes-on-the-prise pop stardom”.
SLOWHANDCLAP – Teething [starts 18:20]
“We are a brand new Manchester alternative/noise rock band” say Slowhandclap. “We’ve just released Teething and OutofMind – the first tracks off of our debut EP which will be released this month.”
FAMILY RANKS – Hard To See Her Soul [starts 22:16]
“Family Ranks is a 7-piece collective, fusing Soul, Hip-Hop, Electronica and Reggae. Whether in the studio or on stage they consistently take listeners on a journey through lush, expansive compositions, dark hard-hitting grooves and euphoric festival-anthems. Formed in 2014, a union between session band ‘House of Lords’ and Manchesters’ very own singer-songwriters; Ruby-Ann Patterson and Jams Gill. “
VITAL SIGNS – Back In The Day [starts 26:24]
“Vital Signs are a hip-hop collective from Manchester who combine music together with powerful, personal stories of hope and transformation to communicate faith in a relevant and engaging way. Vital signs also go into schools and prisons delivering insightful lessons and workshops.”
KAT – Situations [starts 29:12]
Kat is a Manchester-based singer/songwriter. She enjoys “making some sweet old school RnB” she says “like the stuff my mum used to listen to.”
NIHILISTS – Wallspace [starts 31:20]
Nihilists are “3 Manchester musicians, ex Puressence vocalist James Mudriczki, guitarist and programmer Steven Kelly and drummer and multi instrumentalist John Patterson. All three have been involved in music over the years playing in and writing for different bands. James and Steven began writing and developing ideas for their music while converting an old garage into a studio and finally 12 months later their ideas are coming to life. An eclectic mix of influences coupled with soaring vocals promises something interesting and different.”
SIXTY MINUTE MAN – Tantalize [starts 35:47]
Sixty Minute Man are a six piece Mancunian band. They have this year played festival appearances including Blackthorn, Tamlines, Oxjam and Glastonbury. They have an eight date UK tour scheduled for October 2016.
GOOD FOXY – Gone West [starts 38:36]
Foxy describe their music as “heavy swingin’ beats and creeping basslines combine beneath gliding layers of guitar haze.” They have supported acts such as Status Quo, Alabama 3 and Jools Holland.
LARKINS – Velvet [starts 46:05]
Larkins are Josh Noble, Dom Want, Matt Williams & Henry Beach. They create “rip-roaring, energetic Indie-pop with hints of Funk and Blues. In their year and a half as a band, Larkins have grown from strength to strength with plays on BBC Radio 2 by Dermot O’Leary and multiple plays on BBC Introducing in Manchester. They have honed their live performance and have set the Manchester music scene alight with shows getting bigger and bolder including a sell out show at the prestigious Deaf Institute and a scheduled show heading Manchester Academy 3 on September 1st. With new single ‘Velvet’ on the way and festival slots such as Kendal Calling and Tramlines under their belts the next 12 months are going to be huge for Larkins.”
CRUDE OIL INC – St-itch [starts 50:05]
Crude Oil Inc self-deprecatingly describe themselves as “a charm of fantasists, driven by ideas and enthusiasm, sat cross-legged on albums worth of lowest common denominator guitar based manure.”
They are Joey Heveran on vocals and guitar; Edward Jones on vocals and guitar; Paddy Jackson on vocals and bass; and Kris Edwards on vocals and drums.
CHINA LANE – Marco Polo [starts 54:30]
China Lane are an electro-pop 4 piece fronted by Reuben Hester & Chloe Bebbington, with Danny Marland on keys/synth/arrangments, and Jack Candella on DJing/guitar/beats/sound design. Formed in April 2016 they went onto play The Great Escape Festival, Goodfest, and supported Heaven 17 at Lytham festival recently.”
NB from Tom Robinson: 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.