This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features handpicked tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by THE SLOW REVOLT, RRYRRY, HOT SAUCE PONY, JAMES ALKAS, HERCULES MORSE, AMELIA COBURN, DIVISION ORDER, HATTIE BRIGGS, DAN O’FARRELL, THE HOUSE OF JED, GEORGE BOOMSMA, MELANIE CREW, VIDAR NORHEIM, JAMES EDGE, KIZZY CRAWFORD, BARON & BYRNE and NEVAEH’S ANGEL.
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, 12th September at 2am.
THE SLOW REVOLT – Lean [starts 00:17]
From the effortless opening chords it’s clear we’re in the hands of a serious music artist. Lean offers three minutes and twenty seven seconds of pop perfection that grooves, flows and sits bang in the pocket – while simultaneously shaking hands with your ears. The Slow Revolt aka Joe Mirza has both the instrumental precision of a Tom Misch and the melodic dexterity of a young Metronomy. If there was any justice in the world this would go straight onto the 6 Music playist next week for heavy rotation. But then, as we all know, there’s not much justice in the world.
RRYRRY – A Short History Of Davids [starts 04:01]
Another outstanding and challenging piece of leftfield pop music from selfstyled “Classical Composer / Popular Songwriter” Harry Perry under stage name of rryrry (pronounced “ree-ree”, referencing the last three letters in both Harry and Perry) The extraordinary text spoken by the robotic voices is by the poet David Nash and can be read in full on the rryrry Soundcloud page. Harry writes: “David Nash is my friend, my dear friend. He is a superlative poet and I am honoured that he doesn’t seem to care about what I do with his work. I love this poem and have a handwritten copy framed in my room, for some reason I thought I’d robotisize it and place it over a dance beat. I think it turned out rather well. My sister disagrees.” Who knows what rryrry will do next? Whatever it turns out to be, it’s guaranteed to be a great listen.
HOT SAUCE PONY – Fenced In [starts 07:20]
“Get ready for you new favourite genre – ambient avant hard brought to you via Fenced In by Hot Sauce Pony: Prepare to be gloriously beaten around the ear drums by the epic chanteusery, spacey Dwayne Denison-esque guitars and a heavily loaded rhythm section. At 2’06” blink and you’ll miss it. Dazed and confused, you will be reaching for your Banshees and Jesus Lizard LPs wondering who hit you first.”
JAMES ALKAS – Good Times [starts 09:28]
James Alkas describes himself as a “24 year old Producer and Artist from London. Making good music that people can relate to, catchy hooks and melodies. Rapping and singing.”
HERCULES MORSE – Asleep At The Wheel [starts 13:13]
“After forming in Eastleigh in late 2014, Hercules Morse released their debut EP in December 2015 and received strong reviews from Kerrang and Rock Sound Magazine. 5 of the 6 tracks on the EP received airplay from either Kerrang Radio and BBC introducing – locally and on 6 Music. In 2016 the band have supported Huw Stephens, Black Peaks and Blaze Bayley as well as mainstage performances at the Standon Calling and Common People festivals. In Hercules Morse’s brief time so far they have raised hell (which to them, is Southampton) with a critically acclaimed EP, countless blistering live shows and recording a live session for BBC Introducing. New music is ready and waiting for release in September 2016.”
AMELIA COBURN – Song Of The Sea Rover [starts 16:46]
“Armed with a unique, theatrical voice, and a repertoire gleaned from her dad’s record collection, Amelia Coburn has been selling out solo shows in her native Teesside and beyond with her stunning renditions of classic 70s and 80s indie, new wave and pop songs played on her trusted ukulele and has now started to make her first, tentative steps into writing original material. Song of The Sea Rover is her first ever song and a simple morality tale. With pirates.”
DIVISION ORDER – Higgs Boson Bop [starts 20:14]
“Division Order came into being after many years of Daniel Brady recording music with a number of other bands and as a solo artist, and wanting to make music in a more loose, collective fashion which allowed for collaboration without the constraints of a convention band line-up. The music arising from this veers between a variety of genres, from indie and shoegaze to electronica and psychedelic pop, but always with a strong undercurrent of melodic song writing and meticulous production which create a cohesive and unique style.”
MATT STOCKL – This Machine Kills Optimists [starts 22:30]
“Matt Stockl is a Windsor based singer-songwriter who sings upbeat songs with downbeat lyrics and a dark sense of humour. Live, he plays folk-leaning acoustic music, stripped back and solo, whilst his demos are fused with synth drones, layered harmonies, homemade percussion and glitch electronics.”
HATTIE BRIGGS – Summertime Man [starts 26:15]
“Hattie Briggs is a 23 year-old songwriter who released her second album Young Runaway on July 8th 2016. Her career began with a Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nomination in 2014. Influenced by James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, she writes songs with the kind of honesty and maturity that you’d expect from an artist twice her age. Her debut album Red & Gold reached No.1 on the Amazon Folk Chart and No.20 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. Since quitting Oxford University and following a full time musical career in 2014, Hattie has toured widely, supported the likes of Stornoway, Seth Lakeman, Grant Nicholas (Feeder), and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, and spent a month gigging in The Netherlands. Other key performances have included Cambridge Folk Festival, a main stage showcase at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2015 and the BBC introducing stage at Wychwood Festival 2014.”
DAN O’FARRELL – Problems Inherent… [starts 29:05]
“I’ve sung in a band called Accrington Stanley since I was 16.” says Dan O’Farrell “I still do, but also release music and play songs under my own name now, too. It helps me travel light and stay reactive… As I get older, I just get angrier and sadder…. I’ve just been added to the bill at this year’s Bestival!”
THE HOUSE OF JED – I Eat Earthquakes Like You… [starts 31:30]
“The House of Jed is the solo project of drummer/pudding specialist Jarrod Gollihare. He records his alterna-pop-rock ditties about pretty girls, comet strikes and the end of the world (you know…the usual pop drivel) at his home studio, mostly on cloudy days. No special gear is required to listen to this music, though the artist would greatly appreciate it if you would place a small potted cactus near your left speaker whilst listening to any House of Jed music. Preferably in an unglazed terracotta pot. Just try it. Seriously.”
GEORGE BOOMSMA – Dreaming Drowning [starts 34:36]
“George Boomsma is a North Yorkshire singer-songwriter. George’s vocals and guitar playing evoke an atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds. He has supported artists such as Natty, The Travelling Band and Skinny Lister, been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing Stage. His debut album has just been released this summer.”
MELANIE CREW – Ghost [starts 37:53]
“Melanie Crew is a London based singer, songwriter and musician writing gentle acoustic music with soulful melodies, inspired by artists including Elliott Smith, Carole King, and Roddy Woomble. Parade is a country influenced waltz performed with multi-instrumentalist and producer Ross Palmer. Melanie’s first EP Until the End was released in August 2015 and described by one reviewer as ‘as an incredibly immersive auditory experience that will stay with you long after it’s over’. Melanie has been recording her second EP – from which we’re guessing this song may be taken. Colin Somervell featurs on double bass and it’s recorded, mixed and produced by Ross Palmer.”
VIDAR NORHEIM – Blind Carbon Copy [starts 40:54]
“Vidar Norheim is a Norwegian composer and producer now based in Liverpool and creating lternative pop songs merging beats and vibraphone. His debut EP will be released this summer and a tour is booked for July/August. He’s a member of Wave Machines and frequent collaborator with Lizzie Nunnery.”
JAMES EDGE – Four Two Four [starts 44:32]
“James Edge and The Mindstep are a progressive folk trio from London. Beautiful song writing in the vein of John Martyn and Nick Drake meets the complex jazz-tinged folk of The Pentangle. The new EP On A Red Horse is available now on Folkstock Records. New single Four Two Four is released 23rd September and 2nd album Machines He Made is due out in December.” Reviewing his track On A Red Horse in Fresh Faves 190, Derval McCloat wrote: “Completely and clamorously bonkers. It takes a lot of skilled musicianship to produce musical mania like this, never mind the sky high imagination required to conceive of the idea in the first instance.”
KIZZY CRAWFORD – Jungle [starts 47:54]
“A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, Kizzy Crawford‘s solo career began just a couple of years ago. Her ambition as a black Welsh artist is to make her mark by fusing bilingual soul-folk jazz. Kizzy’s music has recently been selected as set works for the Welsh Joint Education Committee’s A Level Music Syllabus, alongside the Manics, Gruff Rhys & the Super Furry’s! Kizzy is currently working on new music and the collaborative project BIRDSONG | CAN YR ADAR with Gwilym Simcock in partnership with Sinfonia Cymru and RSPB Cymru which will be on tour in November 2016.”
BARON & BYRNE – Victoria [starts 51:25]
“Baron & Byrne is the musical identity of songwriter Joe Doris, whose obsession with lush harmonies and touches of psychedelia adds colour to his interpretation of guitar music.”
NEVAEH’S ANGEL – Birthday Drink [starts 55:46]
“Nevaeh’s Angel is a UK Female Rapper, Singer, Songwriter and Actress with a passion to spread a positive message through her music. She has worked as a Sky TV and Radio presenter and is currently working on new projects in the area of Music, TV & Film. Nevaeh has recently released her Debut Single ‘Birthday Drink’ and is working towards her second single also for release later this year, followed by her EP in 2017.”
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.