This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by TRAMPOLENE, ANGHARAD DRAKE, BUFF HEAD & FLEXAGON, ANDREW HEATH, AUSTERITY, FENNE LILY, SPACEHEADS, TRUDY & THE ROMANCE, THE SANDINISTAS, SILENT CITIES, SHARON LAZIBYRD, THE ASSIST, VENKMAN, RALE, JAKE DOWNS, WHITE ROOM and LAYLA TUTT & THE PHLOXOFPINK 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, 21st November at 2am.
TRAMPOLENE – Divided Kingdom [starts 00:17]
“Back in July we were told that Swansea dreamers Trampolene are Jack Jones – vocals/guitar/dyslexic poet, Wayne Thomas – bass/vocals/painter (not decorator) and Rob Steele – drums/vocals/ X DVLA. They have been tearing up the nation with their unique combination of garage rock, street poetry and acoustic heartbreakers. Their five-track-mini-album, Pocket Album Four, was released through Mi7 Records back in August. The poem To Be A Libertine, written by Jack Jones, includes spoken word contributions from Carl Barat, Peter Doherty, Gary Powell and John Hassall (The Libertines) along with some of their fans. Singer/songwriter Jack Jones’ spoken word pieces have already been described by Dr John Cooper Clarke as “Exceptional poetry, funny and depressing at the same time and how often can you say that.” Trampolene have toured continuously throughout 2015 and 2016 with stand out support slots with The Libertines, Buzzcocks, Peter Doherty, Reverend & The Makers, The Enemy and Carl Barat & The Jackals. You can catch Jack live on November 26th at the Kazoopa Music Festival, Leeds.”
ANGHARAD DRAKE – Baby [starts 04:11]
“24-year-old Brisbane based Angharad Drake (ang-harad) grew up on Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, where she began writing music during her early years of high school. Influenced by the stylings of Feist, Laura Marling and Bon Iver, she began to develop her own individual style during her university years. Her self-titled debut EP was released in 2010, followed by two more EPs (2013’s Lay Down, and 2014’s Swing) which experienced cult success and saw her work hard in the local folk scene. Her debut full length album, Sword (20150 blended a mixture of folk storytelling, lullaby melodies and atmospheric harmonies. Now working alongside producer/engineer Samuel Joseph, and with her band (Alexander Mitchell on bass, Declan Kenrick on slide guitar and Alister Murray on drums), Drake has begun working on her next album release with the lead single Baby out now.”
BUFF HUDD+FLEXAGON – Drifting [starts 07:26]
“Buff Hudd & Flexagon are solo act Mike Meinke, of Guernsey band Buffalo Huddleston (British Unsigned Band 2015 winners) and electronic music maker Flexagon, well known on the Channel Island of Guernsey for his original output and remixes. Mike approached Flexagon to work on a track that would combine his acoustic guitar playing and song-writing talent with the other’s electronic wizardry. This is their first collaboration. Mike’s acoustic outlines were built on by Flexagon, who added electronic drums and a bass line before arranging the track to his musical taste. Mike then laid down some extra vocals at Flexagon’s studio and after a few hours of tweaking, Drifting Into The Light was ready. Mike’s solo work shows off his experimental side, while Flexagon brings his flair for genre-bending digital artistry to the mix. And while this is their debut outing as two parts of one track, future plans promise plenty more from these two artists.
Drifting (Into The Light) releases 2nd December 2016 and is available to pre-order here.”
ANDREW HEATH – Europa, After The Noise [starts 10:25]
“Andrew Heath produces ambient, piano based, lower-case music. Quiet and intimate, it explores sounds from both acoustic and electronic sources, along with field recordings and gathered, ‘found’ sounds. His latest release, Europa, continues this theme and charts meetings with musicians and collaborators across Europe, including Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Christopher Chaplin and Anne Chris Bakker, with whom he’s currently putting the finishing touches to a soon to be released collection of pieces. Andrew’s music is not static though. It drifts. It constantly shifts as it charts new topographies, creating and following maps that are full of change. If you listen carefully you’ll often hear quiet, random glitches or shimmering dissonances which fall by happy accident, in exactly the right place.”
AUSTERITY – Glass House [starts 13:53]
“Austerity is a post-punk band from The People’s Republic of Brighton and Hove. Apart from being likened to post-punk luminaries Gang of Four, Fugazi and Wire, the band have close ties to the DIY scene as well as an interest in Dadaist performance, free improvisation, noise and drone.
Thomas Vincent – Vocals / Guitar; Stu Chaney – Bass / Vocals; Sam Luck – Drums / Percussion
Debut single ‘Glass House’ self-released 11.11.16.”
FENNE LILY – Bud [starts 18:38]
“Being discouraged from watching TV as a child was integral to the development of Fenne Lily’s musicality, as instead much of her time was spent writing songs and honing both instrumental and lyrical skill. Her folk-tinged music is woven with integrity and sincerity; grit and soft understatement in equal measures. At the age of 17 she began travelling to Bristol from her home in Dorset, and within a year found herself supporting Marika Hackman, KT Tunstall, C Duncan, Eaves and Palace, among many more; touring the UK twice with rising NZ star Marlon Williams. Her first time at the Great Escape was so popular it saw people queuing outside the door, unable to get in.
Upcoming live shows: 23rd Nov Old Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol, UK; 25th Nov Bluebird Festival, Vienna, Austria.”
SPACEHEADS – Laughing Water [starts 22:09]
“Spaceheads are a unique trumpet and drums duo, pioneering a live electronic looping sound that is beat driven with fragmented melodic bursts and disjointed, cut up samples, creating a series of twisting harmonies over shifting grooves. Andy Diagram’s layers of melodious live brass loops, breathy samples, electronics and effects combine with Richard Harrison’s driving percussion to generate a highly danceable fusion of electro-jazz-funk with an indie flavour, giving the traditional brass sound of the trumpet a modern, electronic feel.
They will be touring in March 2017, with venues and dates yet to be announced, and another full-length album in the pipeline for release in October 2017.”
TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE – Sandman [starts 25:50]
“Hello, we’re Trudy and the Romance and we hope you enjoy our latest offering, Sandman. We’re just three young punks tryna get a nut in this crazy squirrel world, looking at recording our debut album in the coming months so a lot to look forward to next year. Also hoping to get to the states for SXSW and get back on the road babyyyy.”
THE SANDINISTAS – Ready To Blow [starts 28:36]
“We are The Sandinistas hailing from Tredegar in the South Wales valleys consisting of 3 dashingly handsome fellas Dan, Scott and Slim. We’ve been played on mainstream radio on both sides of the Atlantic and regularly on Japanese radio too. It’s been a whirlwind few months where the band has taken off and we’re already headlining our own UK tour in February 2017 with friends of ours The Mirror Trap and Sahara. We’ve been likened to numerous bands such as The Clash, Green Day and the Stereophonics although we just play what comes naturally which is energy, guile and a pinch of grit for good measure. We signed to Riverman management (Placebo, Wild Beasts) and just released our debut single Ready To Blow on a 7″ vinyl which is available now through Riverman Records.
There’s exciting things happening and 2017 is sure to be an eventful one.”
SILENT CITIES – Hey Ooma [starts 31:06]
“Silent Cities is the alias of experimental recording artist, Simon Maddison. First featured on the mixtape sessions back in 2012, Silent Cities received praise from Tom Robinson and the team as being ‘The Real Deal’ and ‘destined for great things’. Four years on Simon continues to charm listeners and industry figures alike with his haunting yet alluring brand of ambient, cinematic music. From securing funding and support from the voltasix incubator label and being included on the Merseyside Arts Foundation’s, Artist Development Programme, Simon has been busy recording and finalising his first debut studio album, The Mdina Project, in preparation for a rumoured tour in late 2017. The latest single from the project is Hey Ooma which is Sanskrit for tranquillity, splendour, fame, and night and is available to stream and purchase via Spotify and iTunes the website listed above.”
SHARON LAZIBYRD – What Time Is Later [starts 34:25]
“Sharon Lazibyrd is an original and award winning singer-songwriter who writes striking, ethereal, and melodic songs. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. What time is later? is a song that considers the meaning of time and its passing, and it was inspired by Sharon’s daughter asking her the question at Purbeck Folk Festival ‘the rest of the song seemed to flow quite naturally from that starting point, what does later really mean?’ What time is later? features Sharon on vocals and ukulele and she is joined by friends Damon and Kate Bridge who orchestrate the song with piano, accordion, violin and backing vocals. Sharon was half of the South West Music Awards best folk act in 2013 and she was also invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential in 2014. She performed on the festival circuit in 2016 including the 6 Music festival. Sharon is currently recording her debut album Half Shame and Half Glory at Orchard Studios in Somerset, for release in Spring 2017. Upcoming dates include Glastonbury Calling and The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham Wiltshire.“
THE ASSIST – Tell Her How You Feel [starts 37:15]
“The Assist are an indie-dance four piece from Walsall, littered with infectious melodies, unexpected tempo changes, and anthemic sing-along choruses their sound has propelled them on to some of the country’s biggest stages in 2016, having recently graced both Leeds & Y NOT festival alongside support slots with Ratboy and Blossoms.”
VENKMAN – Thunder Thief [starts 40:14]
“Midlands four-piece Venkman released their debut single, Martial Law, to critical acclaim last year, and have since appeared on BBC Radio both in England and Scotland. Alongside coveted slots on BBC Introducing, the band has played with Carina Round and caught the ears of several respected music blogs, including Et Musique Pour Tous, which praised the group’s “incredible show of musicianship”. The single, recorded by John Sambrook at Far Heath Studios (The Fall, Prodigy, Spirtualised), epitomises Venkman’s quirky brand of melancholic funk with haunting male/female harmonies.”
RALE – Sprinkle With Rust [starts 43:28]
“Tom O’Hara (vocals) and Dino Sofos (guitar) had been in a band together, while Sena Verdi (Guitar/Keys/Synth) was an established electronic music producer, who had collaborated with acts like Aqualung, BT, and Paul Oakenfold. The three met, practiced, gigged, demoed and two years later recorded a collection of infectiously catchy and powerful pop songs. The band teamed up with Sheffield’s legendary Dean Honer (the brains behind such influential electronic music projects as I Monster, All Seeing I and more recently, The Moonlandingz) and emerged with a huge sound that is instantly recognisable as Rale.
Whilst nodding to the Steel City’s electronic pioneers of the past, the band unify Rock, New Romantic pop and a sense of modern-day unease. They set euphorically nihilistic, melodramatic and farcical lyrics to a soundtrack of stadium drum beats, fierce guitar hooks and potent vocal melodies. Rale aren’t ones to wallow over such mundane matters as why your significant other left you… again. Their Debut single Sprinkle With Rust is released 9th December 2016
They return to Sheffield to support Living Body at Picture House Social on 8th December.“
JAKE DOWNS – Chrysalis [starts 47:21]
“Chrysalis is the new single from Jake Downs, taken from his forthcoming debut album Fracture, which will be released on 2nd December. Originally from Devon the 22-year-old was brought up on a diet of Kate Bush and Björk, and Jake’s musical upbringing has had a clear impact on his own releases, with influences ranging from Beyoncé and Justin Bieber to Stockhausen and Anohni. The album was recorded at Café Music Studios in East London. It was mixed by Erland Cooper of The Magnetic North, who breathed a sense of immediacy and effortless confidence into the songs, doing justice to the album’s dark intricacy. The album acts as a memoir covering a period of three years and Chrysalis, one of the central songs, is the beginning of Jake piecing himself back together after a troubled time of heartbreak, death and misplaced love.“
WHITE ROOM – Stole The I.V [starts 52:13]
“Brighton 5 piece White Room make sky-gaze psych rock with grooves drawn from 90s baggy/dance tracks. The band was born out of a shared love of music and being best mates since forever. Stole The I.V is the latest release from the band; it’s a song about allowing yourself to bear witness to, instead of becoming the victim of, other peoples’ twisted agendas.”
Upcoming live dates: Boston Music Rooms London December 4th (In aid of The Brain Tumour Charity); Purple Turtle Reading (with Palm Honey) 29th December; NYE Off The Cuff London w/Little Barrie.
LAYLA TUTT & THE PHLOXOFPINK – The Woods [starts 56:15]
“Clandestine three-piece The Phlox of Pink (hiding in the shadows until the time is right, mixing up music medicine for to help see the light) lovingly recorded The Woods in a log cabin, surrounded by forests, in a valley in North Wales. Inspired by Old Grey Whistle tests, Woodstock festivals and Pompeii Amphitheatres, The Phlox of Pink fashion tunes to groove to, tunes to move you. Percussive, ferocious guitar strings and haunting, ethereal vocals; sparking up the spirit and soothing the soul. Rockin’ steady, O’ the lines will linger and melodies will remain on the tips of your tongues…”
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.