This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by AKA GEORGE, LEADER, RUTH THEODORE, HUMOR, DA VILLAGE WOES, RUTH OWENS, EVERY KID KNOWS, JAMES DEY, TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN, JOSEPH MOTT, LOUISE GOLBEY, TREV GIBB, TO BEAR SIR, HUNTSMAN, FAITH ELIOTT and OSCAR JEROME 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, 24th October at 2am.
AKA GEORGE – Stone Cold Classic [starts 00:17]
“This genre-defying artist can simply be described as a true craftsman of his work. His music videos are equally epic; his cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ was released before the official single, resulting in George getting 6 million views in a week. You know you’re onto a winner when there are Japanese schoolgirls doing YouTube covers of you doing a cover. A true gentleman and a remarkable performer.” – Andrew Marston, H&W’s BBC Introducing presenter.
LEADER – Young Again [starts 03:56]
“Leader, formed in 2014 are a 5 piece pop/rock act from Oxfordshire. Leader have been fortunate enough to perform their high energy show all over the UK at some of the countries most respected venues and festivals and have shared bills with bands such as Wheatus, Turin Brakes, Babybird, The Lambrettas, The Hoosiers, Scouting For Girls, The Feeling, The Fratellis, Tom Jones, Razorlight + many more! 2016 has so far seen Leader go from strength to strength after a sell out headline gig and EP launch at Oxford’s o2 Academy in support of their latest self-titled release.
In October 2016 Leader released their second music video in collaboration with Oak Sessions. View it here.”
RUTH THEODORE – You Can’t Help Who You Love [starts 08:16]
“Ruth Theodore released her new album Cactacus on September 23rd, on Aveline Records, with a sold out album launch show at The Borderline the following day.
Following the recording and release of the first of her three self-produced records through River Rat Records, Ruth moved on to a tiny narrow boat with no heating or electricity on the River Lea in East London. This has been her home for the last 10 years. The river and the land on which she moors have been a great source of inspiration, and keen to continue creating on the water Ruth has single-handedly converted a larger boat into a studio space which has become the base for her band and other local musicians and is now home to one of the most unique and truly intimate house concert music events in London.
CACTACUS was awarded 4* reviews in MOJO magazine and the Guardian. Ruth will will be announcing a full UK tour early 2017.”
HUMOR – TLC (Figures) [starts 12:53]
“Boasting some seriously versatile rapping and an inventive ear for production, Nottingham hip hop artist Humor seems certain to make an impact on the UK scene. His new self-produced EP, XLCR is a hi-octane thrill ride that blurs elements of hip hop, grime and electronica. TLC is the lead single, which sees Humor spitting energetically over a murky backdrop of squelchy synths and punchy 808s. Humor’s hip hop heroes include Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J Cole, also taking inspiration from grime greats like Kane, Ghetts and Skepta. Starting out freestyling with friends, he has since developed his own formidable style merging speedy flows and vivid lyricism.
His beats meanwhile draw from a diverse palette of grime hip-hop, deep/tech house, electronica and 90s R&B. Inspired to produce his own instrumentals after struggling to afford decent beats, he has since honed his craft into a creative and polished sound.
Humor also has a Masters in software engineering.”
DA VILLAGE WOES – Lend Me Some Sleep [starts 16:22]
“Da Village Woes is Blake Thomas aka Killa Sauce, Daniel Jones aka Samsung Picasso and Jiggy Thongs the Prince of Gluten Free R&B. Tryna merge the textures and rhythms of hip-hop with the melodies and forms of songwriting from Gershwin to Beach House… Looking to make our mark in the blossoming ringtone industry.”
RUTH OWENS – Run [starts 19:48]
“Born in Birmingham, Ruth Owens has been writing and performing for as long as she can remember. Her folk/pop style is shaped by artists such as The Beatles, Hall and Oates and Glen Hansard, and by the instruments she plays; violin, mandolin, saxophone and guitar. Having recently moved to Manchester to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, she’s looking to get a grounding in the Manchester music scene, whilst still performing her original music and starting new projects. Her 4 track self-titled EP Strong will be officially released in the coming months, with the lead track being used as the title track of the independent film Just Charlie, to be released in 2017.”
EVERY KID KNOWS – Stars Aflame [starts 22:40]
“We don’t have lives with beginnings and endings. We don’t have jobs, careers or plans for the future.
I was born in the North of England but I don’t live there anymore. I need to get back. That’s why I love the sound of tape, 4-tracks, the wash of polaroids, sand in my shoes. Where were you born?
At school I was beaten by Jesuit priests. After that I went to College, worked in an off-licence where we kept a baseball bat behind the counter. I lived in the desert for a while. The iPod changed my life but a BMX is better. Sometimes I have panic attacks – really bad ones. Every school should teach human anatomy don’t you think?
We don’t want to make it. We want to un-make it. It’s not that I don’t like the internet I just don’t care enough about any of it.”
JAMES DEY – The Yawn [starts 26:28]
“James Dey was born in Halifax, England in the summer of 1982. Growing up in a vicarage in Bradford with four brothers, the house was full of music. James released solo debut album Landing Lights in 2005, then began composing for theatre companies and has now finally got his act together to complete new album, the night-time in 2016 – the yawn is the opening track. He aims to write music of hushed beauty, telling small stories of seemingly unremarkable things. James is now based in Leeds and is learning how to play the songs live.”
TIJUANA & STUART ROBIN – Different Speeds [starts 30:23]
“Tijuana is the recording and production alias of Gareth Kay. He has released several EPs with Cut La Roc’s Rocstar label, featuring artists Nathan Parallel and Blair Dollery. Main collaborator Stuart Robin has featured heavily with Tijuana over the last few years, releasing three EPs together which have led to multiple appearances on various radio shows including BBC Introducing Mixtape and Tom Robinson’s 6Music show.
After a short hiatus, T&SR return with the first collaboration with new artists – Periscope View singer, Helena King, contributes to this new version of Different Speeds and a full album with her is currently being recorded.”
JOSEPH MOTT – & Again [starts 33:34]
“I am Joseph Mott, a singer-songwriter and producer from Sheffield and now based in Liverpool.
Most of my inspiration comes from ’80s hip-hop producers and rappers like De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash and A Tribe Called Quest along with other influences from more recent artists like Kanye West, James Vincent McMorrow and Chet Faker. I always used to believe songwriting was about expressing deep and emotional feelings (think Ed Sheeran, Passenger), that is until I started to listen to hip-hop. I then discovered that songs are a way to express the love you have for yourself and others and show your passion to become better, which is now what almost all of my songs are about!
& Again is taken from the first mixtape of 4, collectively titled The Seasons, which are all to build up momentum ahead of the release of my EP Outside Influence in April 2017. ALL of the four mixtapes are available to download and stream completely FREE at my official site and social sites! The first mixtape What We Did Over Summer is available now, and the next mixtape will be released on 30th November 2016.
I also have a single released on Spotify called Lifted, which will be showcased live for the first time in an acoustic session for Sofar Sounds London on the 11th November 2016.”
LOUISE GOLBEY – Please Don’t [starts 37:46]
“I have played at Glastonbury and Isle of Wight Festivals, recorded at Maida Vale for the BBC and supported lots of established artists including Ed Sheeran, Katy B, Jessie J, George Benson, Roberta Flack and most recently En Vogue at The IndigO2 and I perform regularly at The Jazz Café. I released my album Novel last year which features a track with UK Soul Legend Omar.
I also have a lot of support from DJs on BBC 1 Xtra, 6 Music, Jazz FM, Mi Soul and radio stations across Europe.
My next gig is Tues 25th October – Time Out’s Rising Stars at 100 Wardour Street and then Bluesfest at the 02 Arena on Saturday 29th Oct at 6pm on the free stage.”
TREV GIBB – Last Great Psychedelic Band [starts 40:55]
“Trev Gibb is a solo artist based in Newcastle. He has collaborated with David Brewis of Field Music. He has supported Kaiser Chiefs and Public Service Broadcasting.
His self-released EP Everything Happens Too Late was released in March 2016 on Bandcamp and Spotify. His album Nucleotides is due on Nov 4th on Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.“
TO BEAR SIR – The Begging Ends Here [starts 43:47]
“I’m a singer songwriter from South Wales. I write songs about my personal experiences. Started in March of 2016 and things have picked up pretty quickly, been getting some great radio play including Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson BBC 6music and Adam Walton BBC Wales. I’ll be recording my debut album in November 2016. My debut EP is available as a free download on my soundcloud page. I have a few shows in Cardiff and London booked before next year.”
HUNTSMAN – Somewhere I Used To Know (feat. Tommy Sissons) [starts 46:40]
“Huntsman was not built to last. Huntsman’s not the future, Huntsman’s not the past.
Huntsman is the pain, the pleasure and the joy, He’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up boy.
Huntsman is the infant Hercules born of smoke and slag, Huntsman is a 5p carrier bag.
Huntsman is an echo of what may or may not have been. Huntsman may be heard, but he may not be seen.”
[For the rest of this apparent poem-bio, visit Huntsman’s Facebook page!]
FAITH ELIOTT – Pyrite Ammonite [starts 50:57]
“Faith Eliott grew up in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Edinburgh just over a decade ago. They make sculptures, draw, hoard things, and write songs with overgrown lyrics about loomy, scrambling creatures and death.
Their debut EP Insects was released in September by Song, By Toad. The majority of the songs on this record were written last year, over the course of three months whilst Faith was living in rural Nebraska on an artist residency. The EP partially acts as a log of that experience. It comprises 7 tracks, which are primarily acoustic, but also include mellotrons, baritone guitars, vocal harmonies, and samples of ambient sounds that Faith recorded in Nebraska.
You can find updates at Faith’s Facebook Page“
OSCAR JEROME – Smile On A Screen [starts 54:36]
“24-year-old self made artist Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene since he moved there 6 years ago.
In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, sighting artists such as John Martyn, MF Doom, Ebo Taylor, John Coltrane, Gil Scott Heron and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.
Oscar is releasing a self titled EP on November 2nd, and just released this video.”
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.