This week’s free downloadable BBC Introducing Mixtape features tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader by GRAVVES, UNTIL I FALL ASLEEP, TOO MANY T’S, LOCKS, GOAN DOGS, WE ARE ANIMAL, LARK, MT. WOLF, THE JUNIPERS, GREG GENRE, DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD, FADE FILES, REDVERS BAILEY, MOUTH OF GHOSTS, IAN M HALE, SHINING PATH, UMBRELLA ASSASSINS, THE BLET PROJECT and JOE WILKINSON 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, 28th November at 2am.
GRAVVES – Tribes [starts 00:17]
“They say it’s a bit grim up north. Gravves hurl out a sound which echoes this sentiment, blending cacophonic guitars with a mix of melodic and startling vocals. The freshly-formed North Wales noise beasts have been reared out a hearty diet of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Queens of the Stone Age and Future of the Left. Their debut EP Rattle will be released on February 10th through Loner Noise, with live shows to follow.”
PAUL COOK+CHRONICLES – Until I Fall Asleep [starts 02:59]
“Paul Cook & The Chronicles is a solo project for North London based songwriter Paul Cook. Over the coming months Cook is releasing a sequence of EPs featuring both full band and solo performances prior to the release of a new album in Summer 2017. Lately Cook’s songs (including those on the just out Until I Fall Asleep EP, 18 November 2016) have mainly been starting out on an old upright piano that he somehow managed to get up four flights of stairs and into his flat in Tottenham. Cook’s forthcoming collaboration with electronic duo Gamper & Dadoni will be released on Sony RCA in early 2017.”
TOO MANY T’s – Sixty’s Ford [starts 04:40]
“Too Many T’s bring you the happy go lucky party hip-hop you have been waiting for. Having played main stages at festivals all over the UK and garnered support from Rob Da Bank, the T’s are ready to launch their music on the world with their debut studio album, produced by Odjbox and Flux Pavilion. Having already supported Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan and Public Enemy, who knows where they will go next?”
LOCKS – Wishbone [starts 07:22]
“Locks are a London based alternative skeleton bluesy band, a trio made up of L. Geary-Griffin (lead vocal/guitar), Mike Byrne (double bass) and Marian McClenagan (fiddle). After playing with a variety of different bands, the three misfits found themselves in a rehearsal room together writing parts for murder ballads involving burying bodies, mythological creatures and dark family secrets. They self-released their debut four-track EP Rattle Them Bones on 21st November. It has a subtle fixation on the darker unnerving aspects of life and death all whilst keeping a jaunty, up-beat roots based rhythm flowing underneath. Debut single Wishbone has already received airplay from local and national radio including Steve Lamaqcs’ BBC6 show. Locks are performing at Paper Dress Vintage 11th December.”
GOAN DOGS – Drifting Apart [starts 11:36]
Drifting Apart by Bristol cult band Goan Dogs was recommended to us by Sam Bonham from BBC Introducing In The West. The band say “It’s happened to everyone. The passion, if there was any, just fades. But not in a warm, cosy, knitted-jumper kind of way when you’re left with a partner who is your best friend. Most of the time, the passion dissolves, but it doesn’t sweeten the brew. It’s just gone. So I’ll say it evaporates instead, and wish I’d chosen a better metaphor. We’ll say that drifting is a pretty passive thing. This is definitely not a song about an all-consuming love affair ending in melodrama. We’ve all experienced that too, to some degree, but those are the exceptions in life. Between the band, Goan Dogs have probably had a fair few tear jerkers in their record collections, but they wanted to inject some despondency into the proceedings. This time around at least.” Upcoming gigs: 31st Nov Purple Turtle, Reading (BBC Intro); 11th Dec Bullingdon, Oxford.
WE ARE ANIMAL – Capoeira [starts 15:37]
“I’ve tracked the adventures of wiful musical maverick Owain Ginsberg – the latest instalment of which came earlier this month in his joint project with French singer Claire Jacquemard, Fauna Twin. Ows comes from a musical family in a small village just outside Caernarfon in the foothills of Snowdonia – he’s been a member of Masters in France and is brother to Caz Ginsberg of Fennel Seeds and FOTN favourite Mattie Ginsberg. I’ve long wondered whether the genie of his wild and ferocious talent will ever bend the knee or play the game for long enough for his We Are Animal project to swarm its way up the greasy pole of Mainstream Rock Success. But Ows knows what he wants and if he was even trying to get there, he wouldn’t start from here. For an unerringly inventive (and genuinely edgy) re-imagining of rock’n’roll’s long-lost antic spirit, We Are Animal remains an essential band to follow.”
LARK – Crash [starts 18:34]
“LARK is a new musical and spoken word project of musician and artist Andrew Spackman (Nimzo-Indian, Sad Man). LARK features eclectic and complex electronic beats alongside social engaged lyrics spoken by a computer. Andrews previous musical outings have seen his music played on Late Junction with Nick Luscombe and his recent album Fountain receiving great reviews in Monolith Cocktail and Digital Fix. Andrew says ‘LARK came out of a feeling that I needed to go beyond just beats and textures and communicate much more directly with an audience. I guess a frustration with the world and those making the big decisions.’ LARK is perhaps an Billy Bragg meets Aphex Twin or a Four Tet meet Sleaford Mods. Future plans include taking LARK live next year, putting out a full album of LARK tracks, developing Andrew’s record label and art website Fatsuma and some exciting remixing duties on the cards in the future. Andrew is also working across a range of art projects including a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Duchamp’s Fountain.”
MT. WOLF – Golden (feat St. South) [starts 21:31]
This track Golden by Mt. Wolf was recommended to us by Jess Iszatt from BBC Introducing In London. “After a year’s hiatus,” the band tell us, “British act Mt. Wolf are back with new material – touring and putting out their new EP Hex this year, as well as recording a long-awaited debut album with producer Ken Thomas for release early in 2017. To keep fans going in the meantime they’ve released new track Golden featuring the Australian vocalist Olivia Gavranich – aka St. South.”
THE JUNIPERS – Burning Pages [starts 24:41]
“The Junipers are a 5-piece band who started out as a recording project in 2000. The recordings mix a collection of instruments like Sitar, Zither, Balalaika, Harp, Mellotro etc, with vocal harmonies, psychedelic effects & enough pop elements to keep it all sweet. They released their debut album Cut Your Key in 2008 & recieved rave reviews from Uncut magazine, The Word, Record Collector among others. They gained single of the week on BBC Radio 2 & airplay for their 4 singles released so far by Steve Lamacq, Bob Harris, Mark Radcliffe, Janice Long, Marc Riley, Tom Robinson, Cerys Matthews etc. The follow up album Paint the Ground was released in Feb 2012.”
GREG GENRE – Why [starts 27:44]
“Greg Genre is a singer/songwriter and positive poet from Newcastle upon Tyne. He blends politically topical lyrics, catchy vocals and jazzy acoustic guitar chords. The song Why was inspired by his frustrations as a primary school teacher. The song talks of the importance of encouraging children’s creativity and inquisitiveness while critiquing how the education system often measures success by the remembering of facts for tests. Greg is currently recording his debut album Make Your Own, due for release in summer 2017.”
DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD – Stuck Between [starts 31:25]
“Dutch Criminal Record are an upbeat indie/surf four piece from the south coast made by Sam Thrussell (Guitar/Vocals), Riordan Hanan(Bass/Vocals), Joe Delaney-Stone(Guitar/Vocals) and Alexander Whibley-Conway(Drums). We’re going for a fusion of old and new classic band sounds, with moving interlinking guitar riffs, melodic vocal lines and tasteful support from a solid back line bass and drums.”
FADE FILES – Following Your Heart [starts 34:05]
“Fade Files began in 2012 when Stefan Schmid from Fribourg, Switzerland and Richard Griffiths (ex Afternoons) from Cardiff, Wales started making electronic music together. Inspired by the Postal Service’s modus operandi of trans-state composition in the U.S. Stefan and Richard began sharing files online, before meeting up to demo tracks in Switzerland and Wales. When Mark Hopgood, a London-based producer, joined in 2015 the group further finessed their sound through a shared love of early OMD, Seventies Eno and electronic Bowie, as well as contemporary EDM. Following Your Heart is Fade Files’ first worldwide release after some Welsh-language singles. It was co-produced with Greg Haver (who produced the Manic Street Preachers). Greg brought out his Roland 909 drum machine to use on the track as well as an old Mini Moog which once belonged to a member of Buggles. With members based in three different countries Fade Files make travelling to meet up and record one of the perks of their enterprise. So far they have recorded in an apartment in Fribourg (Switzerland), a house in northern France, a church hall outside Woolton Hill, and studios in Cardiff, Tetbury and London. Following Your Heart is available to order in hi-def directly from their website. Fade Files will be recording an EP/mini album for release in summer 2017. “
REDVERS BAILEY – Eggs And Toast [starts 38:39]
“Singer songwriter Redvers Bailey, originally from Gloucester England, met Quebecoise singer Melissa Brouillette at an open mic in Berlin. Just friends to begin with, after several transatlantic Facebook chats and taking the road together from London to Berlin in Red’s VW camper, they fell in love. They travelled Europe, singing together in the streets, parks, bars and living rooms all over Germany, France, Italy, UK, Poland and Czech Republic before basing themselves between London and Montréal, where they’ve now started a family. Together Redvers and Melissa sing a mixture of their own joyously melodic story-telling folk and favourite songs of their heroes, enchanting their audiences with music that can make you listen, dance, laugh or even cry. Redvers has released two studio albums, many singles and the Tumblr/Twitter famous You Can Tell So Much About a Person by the Way They Leave You EP. This coming year will see the release of a new DIY studio album featuring Redvers and Melissa, a series of live performance YouTube videos and a shoestring tour of North America and Europe with their baby boy. (Please get in touch if you would like us to come to your town or city). You can find video and live performance content on Youtube or hear the full discography on Spotify and iTunes. For those who like a physical record, signed vinyl and CDs are available at Bandcamp.”
MOUTH OF GHOSTS – Sudden Lights [starts 39:50]
“Mouth of Ghosts’ new composition Sudden Lights is their second release after a brief hiatus and is the follow up to Bond-themed single Somebody Like You (also played on the BBC Introducing Mixtape). Both songs feature guest vocalist Elisa Zoot of Black Casino and the Ghost. Sudden Lights is driven by soaring cinematic melodies and Elisa’s vocals weave beautifully in and out of the instrumental. Mouth of Ghosts will release a third EP (following up on When The Sun Sets and You Will Go Again From Me) early in 2017.”
IAN M HALE – Sam Get Out Of Town [starts 43:14]
“Following a period of time writing with other musicians, Ian M Hale is returning in 2017 wth the album In Full Colour. Ian and his band will be playing venues in London from spring onwards in the leadup to its release. Two songs from the LP Sam, Get Out of Town and Dreaming for Real, can be found online. Watch this space!”
SHINING PATH – 16 Bits (featuring TRIM) [starts 46:28]
“Shining Path is the new band from Ramp Recordings’ boss Tom Kerridge and this is their debut release, featuring the British MC Trim. Shining Path’s EP Full Gloom was released last Friday, 25 November 2016.”
UMBRELLA ASSASSINS – Chicken [starts 49:08]
“Umbrella Assassins, a band of four, reaching out from the suburbs of East Anglia. We sound a lot like The Replacements, but we didn’t know that until we were told to listen to them. By then we’d added a sprinkle of Stooges and a slice of Jay Reatard. We follow the DIY punk ethic but leave our Mohawks at home. I guess you could call us Post-punk, if you wanted. We have just finished recording our new album Negative Martin, our eighth release in seven years. Since forming, we have toured the east coast, played every pub in London… well maybe, played a dream gig in Amsterdam and rubbed half of East Anglia up the wrong way while the other half moshed along. We divide opinion, but that’s the way it should be, shouldn’t it?”
THE BLET PROJECT – Eight Till Ten [starts 52:25]
“Fresh out of Edinburgh, The Blet Project have been turning heads with their intelligent-pop fusion of sultry vocals, ear-splitting guitar solos and ‘rude’ bass-hooks. The quartet has enjoyed a plethora of gigs, before launching their Debut Album Now Live (as in “to live”): an autobiographical account of synth player Steve Dennis’ perspective on the modern world, on 25th November. Upcoming gigs: Saturday 17th December Henry’s Cellar Bar (support for The Micro Band); Friday 29th January The Leith Depot (support for Stephen Maclaran).”
JOE WILKINSON – Freedom or This [starts 55:56]
A great recommendation from Steph Nieuwenhuys who hosts the brand new BBC Introducing: Solent show. “Joe Wilkinson is,” his people tell us, “an emerging acoustic singer/songwriter originally from Bournemouth but now dividing his time between the UK and Berlin. After leaving university in 2014 Joe bought his first PA. He begun playing pubs, restaurants and bars in the south of England, Spain and Germany, and to date has played over 200 gigs. Joe caught the attention of London based record producers The Animal Farm who worked together to release his debut single Freedom or This. Originally written as a message of encouragement to a friend who found himself in a deep drug-fueled depression, Joe’s debut offering combines catchy hooks, intricate guitar, powerful vocals with a heartfelt and meaningful message. The single was also accompanied by a story-driven music video by award winning Berlin based film maker Robert Grant. Joe’s hard at work gigging, writing and recording with his next single Injustice due for release in January 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.