BBC Mixtape: 13 May 2013

Every Sunday night/Monday morning on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am you can hear a selection of my favourite new tunes from the BBC Introducing Uploader in an hour-long music mixtape. Some of the tunes are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues, others are handpicked by me from our inbox here at Fresh On The Net.

Each of these mixtapes is available free when the radio show ends at 3am via the 6 Music Downloads Page. You’ll also find archived episodes there from the previous 4 weeks. As of this week, the full tracklists and start times are now published here at Fresh On The Net with a link to each artist’s website. These are the listings for Monday, 13th May 2013 – previous mixtape tracklistings can be found on the BBC website.

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LAUREL CANYONS – Youth Blood [START 0:13]
This is the debut single from Doncaster 4 piece Laurel Canyons (formerly In Fear Of Olive) which was released at the end of last month on Wire Sound. Their name is a nod to some of their influences who include legendary musical heroes who lived in the LA suburb during what they calle its “bohemian heyday” of the 1960s and 70s from The Doors to The Byrds to Frank Zappa. They were signed two years ago by the managers of the band Magazine. They play The Great Ecape this coming weekend and you can view a brand new video for this song on their main website.

LOU HICKEY – One Man Tango [START 3:13]
I’ve been a big fan of Glaswegian chanteuse Lou Hickey – and of this song in particular – for several years, ever since first discovering it through BBC Introducing. I’m delighted to see that – having spent the past year as co-writer and vocalist of the Codeine Velvet Club with Jon Fratelli – Lou is finally about to unleash her own brand of “quirky jazz and burlesque glamour” on the world in the form of her longawaited debut album. The Scottish Style Awards have already named her the country’s Most Stylish Musician and she plays a headline show at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on Friday May 31st.

Lou Hickey
Lou Hickey

Dantevilles consist of Jamie, Paul, Damien and Jake who are studying at the University of Hull, while “playing fast and loose with the genres of Soul, Folk and Indie. We each share a sincere desire to create original music for lots of people to love, and to listen to.” They will be making an acoustic video appearance next month for

ZEROZERO – Preach [START 10:19]
Alongside Messrs Fire and Snare, 21 Year old producer/DJ ZeroZero is one-third of the Jersey based dnb/jungle crew Terminal State. He has been producing about three years now, and involved in running an underground digital label. This is his solo project, recommended to us by Ryan Morrison at BBC Introducing In Jersey.

CROOKED HANDS – The Stream [START 15:23]
Beginning as a handful of acoustic tracks by singer-songwriter Christopher Brown, Newcastle’s Crooked Hands has expanded and evolved into a 5-piece band and this track The Stream was recommended to us by Nick Roberts at BBC Introducing In Newcastle. It will be the lead track on theor upcoming EP Penitentiary. The band play a launch gig at The Cluny 2 in Newcastle on June 15th, before opening for Bastille at the Queens May Ball Cambridge on June 18th. Those lucky, lucky Cambridge undergraduates won’t know what’s hit them.

BENIN CITY – My Love [START 20:08]
Named after the Nigerian capital, Benin City is fronted by Joshua Idehen on vocals, with Brit School graduate Theo Buckingham on drums and Tom Leaper (formerly of The Royal Academy of Music, no less) on sax/synths and samples. Josh and Theo met at a party and drafted alternative soul specialist Tom into the band shortly afterwards to arrange the songs. Their combined love of all things leftfield has led to a sound they describe as “electro-brass”. They’ve been played on Radio 3’s The Verb with Ian McMillan and by Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 6 Music. Their debut album Fires In The Park will be released this year with bass label Audio Doughnuts.

Jim Rubaduka and Alex Stevens are two former Primary School friends from Ashford in Kent who were reunited at sixth form college through their shared love of music, and formed The Intermission Project in 2011. They were recommended to us by Jacob Rickard’s awesome regional show BBC Introducing In Kent which features choice picks from the wealth of local talent on a weekly basis.

THE BIRD AND THE MONKEY – Meet the Maelstrom [START 26:14]
Based in the Scottish Borders, The Bird And The Monkey are the self-styled “art-rock/indie-trash/alt-pop/mixed-media duo” of Sarahjane Swan (a graduate in sculpture from Gray’s School of Art) and Roger Simian (formerly of leftfield musical pioneers The Stark Palace and Dawn Of The Replicants). Their music has been played on BBC 6 Music, Radio Scotland and TV teen soap The Cut BBC2. They also specialise in offkilter DIY music videos, one of which was picked by the BBC Music Video Festival to screen for two weeks on Edinburgh Big Screen in 2011, while their debut short film In The Dark I Sat premiered at London’s Portobello Film Festival in 2012. To mark the release of this single Meet The Maelstrom, their 2011 debut album Balloon Baboon Ballroom will be made available for free download from Bandcamp and AmazingTunes.

MOKO – Summon The Strength [START 29:36]
Moko is a singer based in “NX SE London”. Her homepage URL points at some pictures and videos on Tumblr. She will be playing Coalition at The Great Escape in Brighton on May 18th. She also has accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But no factual info on any of them.

Blue is the new single from Mutado Pintado – the solo alias of Craig Louis Higgins Jr, originally from Cape Cod and now frontman with wild men of the London rock scene, Black Daniel. His Facebook description reads “green eyes, brown hair, straight teeth, great smile”. His cited influences are “life, love, anger, irony, affection, affliction, friction, and family”. Blue is produced by MatthewDayOne and released a fortnight today, May 27th – with remixes by Johnny Aux and Gluid – on the Peasant Vitality label and you can pre-order it on Bandcamp or iTunes. John Kennedy and I are both fans of Craig’s skewed poetic work and we await news of the eagerly-anticipated Mutado Pintado debut album later this year.

SKINNY DREAM – Alloa [START 36:37]
Southend-born-and-raised brothers Luke, James and Dan were joined by drummer Kieran Ambrose in January 2013 to form the selfstyled “beach-dwelling shoegazers” Skinny Dream. This track Alloa comes from their forthcoming debut EP Crushing and was featured in our Fresh Faves a couple of weeks ago, where Andy Von Pip wrote “One of my fave tracks amongst an outstanding selection of tunes… a perfectly realised shoegaze anthem, full of yearning, imbued with a fluid hypnotic languid kind of grace. It’s as hazy and shimmering as the summer sun refracting off a calm undulating ocean.” And so say all of us.

SUBTRAX – Give Thanks [START 41:25]
SUBTRAX is the nom de Soundcloud of Cambridge rapper and producer Scott Taylor. “Have always loved music since I was a kid and have just started to bring it to reality. Life aint easy and I wouldn’t have it any other way – because that’s where my music has orginated from: Life”. This track Give Thanks was recommended to us by Tom Simkins at BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire.

Grace Petrie - click to zoom in new window
Grace Petrie – click image to zoom in new window

GRACE PETRIE – Orbit [START 45:36]
Leicester songwriter Grace Petrie has earned herself an awesome reputation and following on the alternative acoustic music scene where she is known as a kind of “female Billy Bragg for the 21st Century”. It’s the kinds of tagline that’s all too glibly handed out by lazy journalists reaching for the nearest cliché, but in Grace’s case it’s pretty close to the mark. Here is an artist who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk – from countless benefits in obscure corners of the country through to the guerilla gigs of Josie Long’s Alternative Reality tour in 2011. An artist who’s equally at home playing Glastonbury, opening for Emmy The Great or performing for a handful of strangers in th eopen air, lit only by a streetlamp. This song is fresh proof that Grace can not only write impassioned anthems of defiance and protest but – like Mr Bragg himself – also chart the territory of loss and longing with equal, heartbreaking eloquence.

THIS MORNING CALL – Signs and Portents [START 49:11]
This Morning Call is the project name of Manchester multi-instrumentalist and singer Ben Heyworth – who has been releasing music and playing occassional gigs since 2010. His debut album All Quiet At 4am (released that year on Substream Records) was supported by both Xfm and Q Radio – as a result of which physical copies have now sold out. The followup Here And Now was a collaboration with New York trance producer Thomas Datt and became Mixmag album of the month in January this year. This track comes from his forthcoming third LP Organs of the State due for release by Substream on June 17th. Collaborators include classical composer Peter Byrom-Smith, acoustic artist Alex Hulme and The Strata String Quartet who join him live as part of his 8-piece band – with gigs in the pipeline for the end of this year and beginning of next. Recommended to us by Michelle Hussey at BBC Introducing in Manchester.

THE RAGED vs KILLER COMPUTERS – Stand Up (1993 Analogue Dub) [START 54:06]
“Wow!!!” say Killer Computers “Many thanks for listening to our music and selecting us to be played on The BBC Introducing Mixtape – its very exiting news for us. This track is a remix we have done for Leeds urban dance outfit The Raged.” Killer Computers make electronic house “the old way” with no computer-based Ableton or software synths. “We use rare and classic analogue synths and XOX boxes as a foundation to our sound – paired with live percussion & bass guitar synth effects”. They offer a Geek list for those who are interested in the specifics: Roland TB303, Roland TR606, Roland TR707, Roland SH101, Roland SH09 Korg Poly 800, Korg MS20, APR Solus & Moog Source. Their debut single Squid Kid is out now and has picked up much support from radio stations across the UK, US and Europe. They’re currently in the studio working on a debut album and preparing for live shows – due to be announced shortly. Stand Up was recommended to us by Darren Williams at BBC Introducing In Leeds.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More...


  1. Hi Tom.
    Great mixtape this week, really great tracks. Although, no ‘THISBOYWONDERS-Kids’?

    You haven’t gone off it already have you? Ha!

    Still, great morning of music to kick off the day!

    This Boy Wonders

  2. Tom

    @ChrisAthorne haha – not a bit of it, just defeated by the laws of physics and the fact that there’s only 60 minutes in a one hour podcast. Many apologies – I did have it in my final list for this morning’s mixtape but producer Adam at 6 Music didn’t have enough space to include the whole of “Kids” in this week’s Mixtape – and he din’t want to edit or fade it early. So I’ve scheduled it for the next available mixtape slot: Monday May 27th, second song in. If anybody reading this can’t wait till then, you can enjoy the song right now at

  3. Thank you Tom! No apology needed though, completely understand.
    The only apology should be from me for taking up valuable ‘comment’ space for these other fine tracks on this weeks mixtape!

    And people, please follow the advise of Mr Robinson (he knows what he is talking about) and head over to our bandcamp for a listen!..go on!

    Thanks again Tom

  4. Thank you very much, it is greatly appreciated. xC

  5. Ellie

    I love your show, it’s become my main way for hearing and buying new music. I got worried when the bbc site stopped updating the tracklists and was relieved to find them here. Is there any way you can list the track listing for the 6/5/13 show.

  6. Maggie Lewis

    I love your show too. It is a joy to have all this bliss in my ears. Best way to hear the best of the new…and this week is the best so far….

  7. Deke

    Are various mixtapes from 2013 available for download as podcast. I have fond memories of listening to the mixtapes for the first time and would love to recollect the music from that time. Specifically May through June.

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