This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by LAISH, ALBERT JONES, ASTRALUNA, HASHTAGOBI, FEDERATION OF SALVATION, CAMERON A G, JULIE ANNE McCAMBRIDGE, ELF & STACY, MIKE VASS, JANGLE, FAUNA TWIN, TRADEMARK BLUD, BRYDE, PERFECT MACHINE, THE BOOKSHOP BAND, CELLARSCAPE and DEMENTIO13 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, 7th November at 2am.
LAISH – Rattling Around [starts 00:17]
“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.”
ALBERT JONES – La Nuit (The Night) [starts 02:52]
“Keen musician and beard wearer. Based between Shropshire, Cornwall and France.”
ASTRALUNA – I Forget To Breathe [starts 06:32]
“Astraluna is the stage name of Jennifer Birch, whose debut album The Pass of Storms was released on 15th October 2016. After extensive experience as part of a band touring major venues across the world, from Glastonbury to LA, Jennifer has written, recorded and produced this, her first solo album, over the past year. The album was mixed by Steve Chrisanthou of 600 Feet Productions and mastered by Kevin Grainger at Wired Masters.
With songs ranging from epic, ethereal soundscapes to stripped down emotions, Astraluna’s haunting and pure vocals compliment her warm ukulele sound, which is at times delicately harp-like and, at others, a heavy backing for multi-layered vocals, bass and percussion. The ten tracks on the album draw inspiration from the smallest sensitivities to the largest landscapes.”
HASHTAGOBI – Student Loans Dropped [starts 09:35]
“My album A Day In The Mind Of A University Student’comes out this month and you can watch/listen to my last single #uGoingOutTonight here.
I tried to detail a typical student night out from top to bottom, from cab rides, to the club, to the inevitable kebab shop at the end. It also features a very impressive lyric video & the content is relatable to every University/College student around the world.”
FEDERATION OF SALVATION – Whatever Makes You Happy [starts 12:22]
“The Federation of Salvation comprising of Amy Clarke on vocals and Craig Stevenson on instruments. We are a band based in Suffolk. Formed in 2015, we are production passionate and have evolved a very unique and upbeat take on modern, ripped up, feelgood pop with a pinch of soul. Diverse sound arrangements and dynamic vocal harmonies help shape and define the quirky, catchy, orchestral, electric, sexy sound. We released our debut album Looks On Tempests in May of this year and continue to work on new songs with the hope to start playing live in 2017. We are working on the video for Whatever Makes You Happy as we speak.”
CAMERON A G – Heroes [starts 16:00]
“Cameron A G is an oxford based singer/songwriter/musician. He creates delicate melodic pop songs taking influences from Elliott Smith and Willy Mason.”
JULIE ANNE McCAMBRIDGE – Scared [starts 18:50]
“The uncanny voice of Julie anne McCambridge is a force of nature. Not so much the leaf-cutter ants and acorn weevils bit of nature. The big stuff. Lions. Wild boar. The mighty wildebeest. She is a powerful and innovative singer-songwriter who can floor and audience with a whisper and a holler…
Originally from Cumbernauld in Scotland, Julie anne sang for a living in the streets and cafes of Prague and Antwerp before settling in London and recording her first album, Stars and Mud, in 2001 with Neil Pickles of Reveal Sound. A residency in Covent Garden’s Cafe Baroque cemented her reputation as rare performer of original material. A stunned Paul McCartney broke off a conversation about pork chops just to listen to her now classic Skyscraper…
She is now releasing a new album, Nature Makes Amazing Shapes, recorded at the Funkhaus studios in Berlin with producer Chris Lastelle. The arrangements feature an exotic array of percussion, including radiators, step ladders, and Louis XIV dentures. Imagine P.J Harvey singing with Tom Waits backing band on a beach where the No Bathing sign is broken and everyone’s in the water. That kind of party. The kind you remember.”
ELF & STACY – Make It True [starts 21:51]
“Elf and Stacy is the solo project of producer Toby Warren , the track Make it true features additional vocals by Claudia Barton and is taken from the fourth coming album Nine Lives One Cat released on January 30th 2017 , live dates to follow next year, and a new single in February.”
MIKE VASS – Sleepless Again (ft. Mairi Campbell) [starts 25:29]
“Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer and arranger Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles.
An artist with a thirst for developing new avenues of work, Vass is currently collaborating with singer-violist Mairi Campbell on two singles to be released during 2016 and on The Dead Stations, an experimental live show and recording featuring animation, acted dialogue, sound design, live music, and improvisation.
He continues his musical adventures at sea in 2017 bring Scottish music to the Caribbean Islands. More information at notesfromtheboat.com“
JANGLE – Uncle [starts 29:30]
“Jangle is a multi-instrumentalist & music producer based in Cardiff. Tracks feature deep electric bass lines, interwoven guitars & cut up drum rhythms. Jangle cross-pollinates between electronic and organic, beats and bleeps, smiles and sighs.”
FAUNA TWIN – Edge of the Coin [starts 33:09]
“Fauna Twin —the latest, exciting addition to the Crammed roster– are French singer-songwriter Claire Jacquemard & North Wales Owain Ginsberg (leader of Hippies Vs Ghosts and We Are Animal). Fauna Twin’s debut album is scheduled for release in 2017.
This is how Fauna Twin describe their own music: Our influences are a massive tornado of different styles, from Queen to King Crimson, crossing by PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple via R. Stevie Moore to Radiohead. This leads us to a chameleon church with no god, where we commit everyday. Fauna Twin’s music turns into a kind of hybrid shoegazish-drama-pop with a special appeal for textures, structures and constructed rhythm sections.”
TRADEMARK BLUD – Human Nature [starts 36:45]
“Tim Mark Rogers aka Trademark Blud born in Wellington Telford. Trademark has always been involved in music from singing as a young child to being influenced by the hip hop of the ’90s. The name and concept of trademark was masterminded by Karl Rogers aka Kopywrite his older brother who formed a hip hop duo . Trademark performs around the country including regularly taking part in rap battles for Spitroast Rap Battles at different venues all over the Midlands.”
BRYDE – Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good [starts 39:30]
“Bryde is a girl and an electric guitar singing fierce and fragile songs about loss and freedom. Having spent 10 years collaborating with others Sarah is now ready to make music on her own. Bryde takes a new direction with songs too personal to be collaborated on.”
PERFECT MACHINE – Lost In The City [starts 43:08]
“Perfect Machine were founded this year and have recently released an EP named Burn written by a solo artist called Dominic Kershaw. It’s a set of four contrasting songs built around many and varied electronic sounds although the song featured here employs acoustic instruments such as the oboe also.
The EP can be downloaded from Bandcamp now.”
THE BOOKSHOP BAND – Thirteen Chairs [starts 47:00]
“Thirteen Chairs is inspired by a book of the same name, by author and illustrator Dave Shelton, who designed the band’s album and played ukulele on the track’s recording.
A little boy sees a strange light on in a house and decides to investigate. He goes in, up the stairs until he reaches a door. He’s scared but also a very curious little boy and so opens the door and goes in. Inside he sees a large table with twelve people sitting around it, with a candle in front of each of their faces – the source of the light he had seen. They appear quite normal, bickering among themselves. They tell him he is late and invite him to sit down on the 13th chair. One by one they each tell a story, and as they finish their story they blow out the candle in front of them, and their faces turn to black. The little boy is sat there listening to these stories, realising that at some point he too will have to tell a story, but he doesn’t yet know what that story will be.
The Bookshop Band have released five albums this year, with a further five scheduled before March next year. All the albums are inspired by books. That Ghost Belongs to Me, the album on which Thirteen Chairs is on, is inspired by ghostly tales and features performances by bestselling authors Joanne Harris, Ben Okri, Dave Shelton and Jack Wolf, as well as songs inspired by Eleanor Catton’s ManBooker winning novel The Luminaries.”
CELLARSCAPE – Keepsake [starts 51:04]
“Cellarscape is Paul Terry’s solo project, combining vocal harmonies, orchestral sections, acoustic guitars, and beats. The five Cellarscape records to date include The Act of Letting Go, which was nominated for Best Eclectic Album at the 2015 Independent Music Awards. The animated music video for Keepsake (the final single to be taken from the album) features artwork by acclaimed comic book creator Des Taylor. The brand new album, Exo Echo, will be released in 2017.
When not writing Cellarscape songs, Paul writes film music. His film scores include Emily (starring Oscar-nominee and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Felicity Jones and Emmy-winner Christopher Eccleston), the award-winning chiller Care, and the forthcoming 2017 feature documentary Sidney & Friends: Kenya’s Hidden Transgender and Intersex Community.”
DEMENTIO13 – No Maps (ft. Jo Whitby) [starts 54:40]
“Cardiff based producer/remixer making music which has been described as ‘electronic post-rock’ and ‘cinematic electro’. Krautrock-influenced drones, experimental electropop, film soundtracks and psychedelia.
Dementio13’s music can be downloaded here on a pay-what-you-want basis.”
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.