Introducing Mixtape 29 July 2013

Magic Arm

Artists at a glance

THE 1234S

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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, 29th July 2013 – recent mixtape tracklistings can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above – earlier listings are on the BBC website.

MAGIC ARM – Warning Sign [Starts: 0.41]
This is the new single from Manchester’s Magic Arm masterminded by DIY pop raconteur Marc Rigelsford. It comes from his recently released second album, Images Rolling on Switchflicker / Peacefrog. He plays European dates this Autumn as well as the UK’s Festival Number 6 in September.

“Musician, waitress, mind wrestler. Easily satisfied with an empty launderette, a book and some fizzy Haribo. DIG is title track of my second album and features a collection of stories that have come out of conflict zones such as the DRC, Liberia and Palestine. The songs were arranged and recorded with my band, The Good Sons- Steve Pilgrim, Jamie Brewster and Michael Oates. I am interested in how human dignity holds out in places of conflict, chaos and confinement. This is at the heart of what I’m trying to communicate with these songs.”

THE CROCKED MONSIEURS – Home Sweet Home [Starts: 7.48]
The Crocked Monsieurs consist of South London songwriters and producers Chris Howard and Colin Batters supplemented by bassist Tony Heaseman and Mick Taylor on drums. Home Sweet Home was inspired after the duo heard from a close friend about her life with a violent former husband. For the rest of 2013, they tell us, the band is currently working on a second release and are also looking to produce two other artists/projects. The track has also been chosen to be part of Red Dragon Records’ 2nd Renaissance album designed to showcase unsigned bands worldwide.

THOM MORECROFT – Daisy [Starts: 10.59]
Thom Morecroft is “a short, excitable, and scruffy young man from Shropshire” currently living in Liverpool and playing across the North West, often with the Full Moon Band. He’s also a damn fine songwriter as you can hear on this song Daisy – track two from his second album Moon Moon Shake It . He plays Manchester B Lounge this Thursday (August 1st).

Thom Morecroft - photo by The Snige THOM MORECROFT by The Snige: click to view original

BARK PRELUDE – WLTM [Starts: 15.10]
We’re big fans of Norfolk trio Bark Prelude and this epic about the vagaries of internet dating comes from their new Festival EP. Several other musicians in today’s mixtape could usefully learn from these fellers how writing a couple of concise, interesting sentences about yourself helps other people promote your music:

Philip Lewis-Jones: “A cross between Phil Spector and General Pinochet. Despite having lived in Norfolk most of his life he is, astonishingly Welsh, although rarely talks about it or indeed in it.” Slim Tim Bick: “has never heard anyone start a sentence he didn’t think worth interupting with one of his own. He insists on playing twelve string guitars, if a guitar only has six strings he views it as just half a guitar”. Drummer Eric Childs: “an enigma wrapped in a duvet. He is an avid beekeeper who often prefers keeping bees to keeping time. Usually wears his beekeeping hood during rehearsals and recording sessions.”

BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR – Prolong [Starts: 19.07]
It’s no surprise that everyone seems to love the gorgeous vocals, simple accompaniment and understated strings of Newcastle-based four-piece Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. They released their début album in January 2012, with a sell-out show at The Sage Gateshead and have since gained national recognition, with radio play on BBC 2, 3, and 6Music, and performing live sessions for Dermot O’Leary and Loose Ends. Oh, and they won this year’s Glastonbury Emerging Talent Contest. This is their latest single. Upcoming gigs:
4th August – Castle, Manchester
23rd August – Empty Shop, Durham
24th August – Galtres Festival, York
25th August – Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire
15th September – Ramsbottom Festival, Manchester

THAT MASSIVE BEREAVEMENT – Snatch [Starts: 23.06]
That Massive Bereavement were formed in the Medway towns in August 2012, and – just like the region’s great exemplar and mentor Billy Childish – they play post-punk, grunge scuz. This track comes from their debut EP Eat the Rich which was released in June 2013. They’re playing at the Singapora Lounge, Rochester on the 16th August and the Black Masque, Gillingham on the 25th August.

GYMNAST – Away the Sun [Starts: 24.01]
Cathy Wilcock and Chris Lyon previously wrote and performed together as part of the much-missed Edinburgh quintet Mayhew who were voted onto Glastonbury’s Acoustic Stage by public vote as part of the festival’s Emerging Talent Competition – before going their separate ways in May 2011. As Gymnast, Cathy and Chris played their first gig at the Olympic Park during London 2012 and are now busy making fine new music in Manchester – such as this track Away the Sun.

GLENN MALTMAN – The Loneliness Of Space [Starts: 27.17]
Glenn has been playing keyboards and piano for twenty years in several bands and he’s been composing on his own for around ten years. Some of his piano compositions have been used in Independent Films mainly filmed in his native North East. Frequent visits walking in the stunning Lake District is where Glenn gets most of his musical inspiration. His dream would be to make an album of his stunning instrumental music and if any labels – large or small – might be interested in helping him achieve it, he would like to hear from you.

Jack Cheshire

JACK CHESHIRE – GyroScope [Starts: 29.21]
Jack Cheshire (born 1st September 1980) is an English singer-songwriter & musician. GyroScope comes from his forthcoming third album Long Mind Hotel – due out in early September. It was recorded last June in sessions spanning five days & nights at Sawmills Studios Cornwall – situated up a tidal estuary, reached only by boat at high tide. Jack himself pays tribute to the other (primarily jazz) musicians involved: “the album” he says “owes a lot to their immense musicality” The launch gig takes place in London on August 27th at – appropriately enough – the Servant Jazz Quarters.

LETTERS TO FIESTA – Vampires [Starts: 32.59]
Manchester’s Letters to Fiesta are, according to their official biography: Tom Brydon, Daniel Houghton, Anna-Louisa Etherington and Andy Fletcher.

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THE BROKEN BROADCAST – The Musk Ox Parade [Starts: 36.40]
Teesside’s The Broken Broadcast consist of James Riggall, Gary Hughes, Mark Davies, Alexandria Readman, Emma Reeve, Snowy and Bex Wright. They strive to bring “a slice of West Coast Americana lo-fi folk to the industrial landscapes they were thrust upon to earn an existence. Join them in their ever evolving, ever morphing attempt to escape. What makes us tick?… Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, both Buckleys, Sigur Ros, Elbow, The Doors, Other Lives among many many others…”

NO THEE NO ESS – Collapsing Realities [Starts: 39.00]
Collapsing Realities is one half of an AA single released in June on Folkwit Records and taken from the band’s recently released fourth album Spring Dawn Glow. No Thee No Ess is a collaboration between two established figures in the South Wales arts and indie music scene – Andy Fung (Dererro, Cymbient) and Paul Battenbough (King of Despair). Writing and recording together in a free-form style, this mirrors the approach adopted by the pair when they also create their bespoke psychedelic paintings. They are joined on stage by various friends for their live show.

DOREY THE WISE – Give It All Away [Starts: 42.05]
Hastings quartet Dorey the Wise consist of founding members Aidan Tigwell and Chris Georghiou who were joined in 2011 by bassist Mason Holmes and drummer Elliot Lampitt. Unsurprisingly – on the basis of Give It All Away – they came second out of 10,000 entrants in the Surface Festival, an international contest promoting original music and musicians. Their selftitled debut EP came out in March, and their followup single Give It All Away/Brown Eyes was released at the beginning of this month and marked by a live radio session for BBC Introducing: The South. They have upcoming hometown shows at the Sublime Music Festival on August 9th, and Flairz on August 16th.

SOPHIE L – At Last [Starts: 45.40]
Cambridge-based pianist Sophie L was born in the South of France – she sang lead vocals in a local band there in her teens. For the last 15 years she has lived in Britain which makes her at least “partially ‘bred’ in the UK! I work as a therapist and sing and play music when I can. Currently writing an album, or at least a whole bunch of songs, will most likely be a self-release…What happens next is anyone’s guess!”

THE 1234S – You’re A Man Now [Starts: 48.19]
The 1,2,3,4s were first recommended to us by Michelle Hussey from BBC Introducing In Manchester. They officially formed in 2007 as an offshoot of The Matinee Orchestra and their 2010 debut EP contained six original tracks and four remixes of the title track You Do Something.
You’re A Man Now was posted without fanfare on their Soundcloud page this Spring as a taster from their forthcoming album, due later this year. From which they’ve just finished shooting the video for another new track called Invisible. Meanwhile the band lineup includes guitarist Mike TV from “Manchester slacker rock electronica band” Beats For Beginners – who’ve just released a single of their own called Pretty Heavyweight.

BUTTON EYES – Erase Me [Start: 51.47]
New music featuring the splendid and enigmatic Woodpecker Wooliams is always to be welcomed. Button Eyes is a collective overseen by the South London producer known to the hiphop community as 184 and to his friends and family as Lewis Lindgren. It not only features Gemma’s distinctive vocals but several mutual friends from the London and Brighton area. This track comes from their Chemicals EP released at the beginning of last month.

ALLMAN BROWN – Sons & Daughters feat. LIZ LAWRENCE [Starts: 56.32]
Allman Brown and Liz Lawrence first met while sharing the bill at a Young And Lost Club night in London last year and this duet has been making waves for the pair, achieving Amazing Radio’s Track Of The Day recently. It’ll also be the title track on Allman Brown’s own forthcoming EP – due out in September. It’s being released by Mt Wolf’s Akira Records, who describe themselves as “a filter for new music – anything that is breaking boundaries and anyone that is doing something different, doing something fresh and exciting.” Forthcoming London shows by Allman Brown include Society of the Golden Slippers on August 12th and Old St Pancras Church on September 13th.

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. Stephen M

    Is it just my downloaded copy or are the timing cues off? Regardless, it’s an exceptionally brilliant mix this week.

  2. Tom

    Hi Stephen – am sorry about that. We didn’t have our usual producer making up the tracklist timings this week, so there may indeed be some margin of error. Will look into it…
    Tom Robinson

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