This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by IDLES, NILUFER YANYA, ARCHIVIST, MAVRICK, BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR, TEN FÉ, ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, AMETHYSTS, BEWARE! BEWARE!, WOOD BURNING SAVAGES, LAIL ARAD, BEATY HEART, ANIMAL NOISE, TOM LOW, BAD SOUNDS, GOAN DOGS, WIVES OF FARMERS, DAN SHEARS and LAISH handpicked by Tom Robinson.
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, 26th September at 2am.
IDLES – Divide & Conquer [starts 00’17]
“Idles met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They want to give themselves and their art to the audience in a concise and violent way unrivalled by their peers. They have no qualms in terrifying and entertaining in the same breath. They celebrate their influences in a vitriolic and belligerent sound that is both familiar and new. They are a nose-bleed on the ears and they’re here to show you they care. Divide & Conquer declares the release of new material from the band’s first LP set for release early 2017.
IDLES will be supporting DIIV on their UK tour and are set to announce a full headline tour very soon. Shows: 4th Oct – Phoenix, Exeter; 7th Oct – The Exchange, Bristol; 8th Oct – The Anvil, Bournemouth; 9th Oct – The Bullingdon, Oxford; 13th Oct – O2 Academy, Oxford; 14th Oct – Islington Academy, London; 15th Oct – Islington Academy, London; 21st Oct – Wardrobe, Leeds; 22nd Oct – Simple Things Festival, Bristol.”
NILUFER YANYA – Small Crimes [starts 04:00]
“Nilufer Yanya is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from South West London. She has just released Small Crimes & Video as part of a mini EP on Blue Flowers. The second track Keep On Calling will be out in October. Upcoming shows are 20th October @ George IV in Chiswick and her headline show 17th November @ the slaughtered lamb. Tickets available here.”
ARCHIVIST – Everything Is Wanted [starts 06:35]
“Electronic-indie experimenalists Archivist have released their brand new single, Everything Is Wanted from their upcoming EP, Memo, due out 10/28. Leading with staccato disco bleeps and cascading tripped out synths, Everything Is Wanted melds into the dreamy pensive lyricism of Archivist frontman Ed Begley as he sings, ‘when I think about it, you’re not old but you’re getting older’. The result is an irresistibly heady experience, which plays out like Thom Yorke jamming with Roisín Murphy.”
MAVRICK – Atlantis [starts 09:58]
“After releasing his debut single Remedy in 2015 Mavrick was soon championed by Noisey and The Guardian, selected for Spotify Spotlight Sweden, and caught the ears of Apple Beats’ Zane Lowe. During spring and summer Mavrick has been playing at Swedish festivals and finishing his debut EP Atlantis, released on October 7th. The EP is reflecting the journey of Mavrick’s own different expansive emotions where one song doesn’t sound like the other. Mavrick describes his music as ‘Frankenstein pop’ with the aim to mix straight forward pop with influences that are the complete opposite. The result is taking the melodies to war with wild beats and raging bass with a touch of Gospel. On September 29th you can catch him live as part of the Ja Ja Ja London showcase at The Lexington and hear what it sounds like before everyone else.”
BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR – Advice [starts 13:23]
“Bridie Jackson and the Arbour – a Newcastle quartet of folk-influenced musicians; created works of haunting beauty, both sparse and detailed. With rich vocal harmonies and subtle string arrangements, they were led by Bridie’s remarkable voice and evocative wordplay, at once dark and playful, joyous and melancholic.”
[We’re sorry to tell you the band have now gone their separate ways and this is their last ever track uploaded to BBC Introducing.]
TEN FÉ – Turn [starts 15:49]
“Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, singer-songwriters, are Ten Fé. They’re joined by Rob Shipley on bass, Johnny Drain on keys and Luca Romano on drums. In a year since setting out, the band have gained real momentum and marked themselves out as one of the UK’s most promising prospects. With latest single Turn, the London-based band have stripped back and shown us their soulful, woozy side. It’s a track that’s more restrained than earlier singles, with an allure owing to its dusty aesthetic and captivatingly detached vocal. Leo is this time back on lead for a beautifully rendered road-trip record. There’s an air of the expansive pop of Fleetwood Mac, with the bass-driven electronic undercurrent of Ewan Pearson’s production and the hazy, euphoric guitars giving the track a unique character. Sonically the track almost summons the change of season from summer to autumn; and lyrically Leo sings of a fraught relationship at breaking point. Turn is the latest glimpse from their forthcoming debut album, produced by Ewan Pearson (M83, Jagwar Ma, The Rapture) over a year’s exile in Berlin, and is set for release at the start of next year on Some Kinda Love / PIAS.”
ROBOCOBRA QUARTET – Correct [starts 18:50]
“Mining influence from jazz, hardcore punk and contemporary classical music, Robocobra Quartet sound like little else. Bolstered by support from the PRS Foundation and Loud & Quiet, November 18th will see the release of Music For All Occasions on 12″ LP supported by tour dates throughout the UK & Ireland: 8.11 – Glasgow Bar Bloc; 9.11 – Durham Empty Shop; 10.11 – Manchester Castle Hotel; 11.11 – Cardiff The Full Moon; 13.11 – Bristol Mothers’ Ruin; 14.11 – London Rough Trade East; 15.11 – London Old Blue Last; 16.11 – Nottingham Rough Trade; 18.11 – Belfast Redeemer Central; 19.11 – Derry Smalltown America”
AMETHYSTS – My Love [starts 21:43]
“Amethysts are a duo from the Suffolk/ Essex border. Simon and Clarice record in their home studio deep in the Suffolk countryside. My Love, the band’s latest release, was recorded at home and mixed with Shuta Shinoda (Daughter, Ghostpoet). The track sees them mix electronics and live instrumentation, with layers of sweet vocal harmonies washing over depths of synthesisers and guitar, whilst drum machines battle with live drums. In the last month since release the song has already gained over 30,000 plays online and has received radio play from BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio, BBC Suffolk & BBC Essex. It has also had high praise from music blogs. You can watch a live version of My Love here.
You can catch them live at: Birthdays – Dalston, London – September 24th; Snape Maltings – Snape, Suffolk – October 14th.”
BEWARE! BEWARE! – Sixth Sense [starts 24:52]
“Beware! Beware! lay wistful lyrics and chiming mandola chords upon hypnotic beats and driving bass before grinding into a homogenous mass of psych folk. They’ve just been promoting their second independently produced EP Levitus and will be playing Wellington House Art Jam at Mantra Manchester at the end of September, before returning to the studio to finalize their debut album Sixth Sense is simply a song about loss, and the inevitable unfulfilled search for answers that it often brings.”
WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – Been Anywhere Lately [starts 28:55]
“The Wood Burning Savages are a rip-roaring rock four piece formed in Derry, Northern Ireland. The band is made up of Paul Connolly (Vocals/Guitar), Daniel Acheson (Bass), Aaron McClelland (Drums) and Shea Tohill (Guitar). Latest single Been Anywhere Lately? is a snarky tongue-in-cheek romp of glossy guitars and foot stomping drums; the band’s hazy ode to the end of summer. It’s the follow-up to their breakneck single We Love You, which was picked up as BBC Introducing Tip Of The Week and Hot Press Magazine selected it as their Track of the Fortnight. It’s been a busy period for TWBS, headlining this summer’s Swell Festival off the coast of Co. Donegal and are recently back from a Polish showcase in Warsaw with fellow Irish acts Saint Sister and Paddy Hanna. The band is gearing up to play further dates across Ireland before the year is out and is set to finish up recording new material with Belfast producer Rocky O’Reilly over the coming weeks.”
LAIL ARAD – Chicks [starts 31:42]
“Lail Arad‘s second album The Onion was released through The Vinyl Factory in April 2016. Co-produced between a snowy winter in Geneva and a summer heat wave in NYC, it is a striking marriage of assured maturity and childlike spirit.”
BEATY HEART – Glazed [starts 34:56]
“Beaty Heart are Peckham-based alt-pop trio Charlie Rotberg, Joshua Mitchell and James Moruzzi, who released their acclaimed debut album Mixed Blessings in 2014. This new single Glazed is from their second album Till The Tomb, out now through Caroline International/NUA Entertainment. The band say ‘Glazed was actually the very first song we wrote for Till The Tomb, and that was important for us to establish such a different tone from our first record so early on in the process. It’s got a sleazy, steamy vibe to it sonically, and a lot of those textures were carried into the other songs as we went forward. The song explores the way we use technology to establish and maintain relationships, not only with other people but with ourselves. The main chorus hook, ‘love is reflected in the glaze’, is referring to the narcissistic tendencies of social media, looking at the way that we use these formats to paint strange, hyper-romanticised self portraits of ourselves in order to combat the loneliness of real life. But at the same time, it is also a love song. You can decide what you want to hear. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure edition of Goosebumps, but sexier.’ They are heading out on a UK and European headline tour this Autumn.”
ANIMAL NOISE – How Can You Love Me [starts 37:47]
“Here’s the latest single by the experimental indie trio Animal Noise. The track features on their Sink Or Swim EP, released earlier in 2016 through Liquid Records. Look out for more releases from the guys this Autumn, and check out the dates for their upcoming tour: 17 Nov St Albans, The Horn; 21 Nov Brighton, Komedia w/ The Wave Pictures; 22 Nov Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club; 23 Nov London, Sebright Arms; 01 Dec Manchester, The Castle; 04 Dec Southampton, Joiners”
TOM LOW – Origami [starts 40:56]
“Tom Low born 1993 in Liverpool, is a musician and singer/songwriter. He grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and after discovering The Beatles at age 6, Tom wanted to write songs. He quickly took up guitar at school and over the next few years became self-taught on piano, bass, drums, bouzouki and whatever else he could find that makes noise, whether it be a kids toy or an everyday-sound he could twist. His early teens were spent writing and recording hundreds of instrumentals at home. These progressed into songs and after a move back to Liverpool in 2009 he started to gig across the UK. Tom’s style is a blend of his love of skillfully-crafted songwriting and dense production with eccentric and abstract musical concepts.”
BAD SOUNDS – Wages [starts 43:37]
“Bad Sounds are a 5 piece band from Bath. Their 2nd single, Avalanche, released through Killing Moon, picked up strong support from Annie Mac as well as from the local West Country BBC Introducing show and the band played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2016.”
GOAN DOGS – Devil Inside [starts 46:26]
“Goan Dogs are five Bristol musicians supplying skin-tight crafted grooves carried away on a luscious undertow of shamanic rhythms and six-string beatitude.”
WIVES OF FARMERS – Modern Song [starts 50:09]
“Wives Of Farmers are a four- (and occasionally five-) piece band, their only real desire right from often chaotic beginnings was to just play and play until something good surfaced and it’s still the only way they know. They are all from different places, but would consider themselves a band from Cornwall, they have existed for over ten years in multiple incarnations and with several name changes. Modern Song is an offering from the bands crowdfunded latest album Excellent Happiness Forever. It was born out of the winter where four-on-the-floor drums kept the Wives warm at band practice in a freezing warehouse. Excellent Happinesss Forever is released this month and is available on download, CD and vinyl from WoF’s bandcamp page. In November WoF are playing an album launch gig in Cornwall at a secret location, for an invitation please follow WoF on twitter.”
DAN SHEARS – Dressed Up in Sables [starts 53:36]
“Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra give us an opening glimpse into the dystopian, carnival-esque world created in their debut album with their first single Dressed Up in Sables. The band originate from London and Brighton and have been exciting audiences with their intense and passionate live shows in the run up to this release. Dressed Up in Sables is a hard-hitting indie folk anthem with a touch of post-punk venom and snarl, but also the swagger and imagination of a musical theatre number.”
LAISH – My Little Prince [starts 57:45]
“Songwriter Danny Green aka Laish will release his third album, Pendulum Swing on November 4th via French label, Talitres (home to Micah P Hinson, Rachael Dadd, The Walkmen). This is the first time he has recorded in a formal studio environment and the results are a satisfying, colourful widescreen mix of intricately arranged, emotive art rock nuggets and songwriter folk songs. Laish are currently on tour across Europe with Icelandic band, Junius Meyvant, and will be launching the new album at London’s Courtyard Theatre on 16th November.”
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.