Introducing Mixtape 26 Aug 2013

Battle Lines

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Every Sunday night (technically Monday morning) from 2-3am on BBC Radio 6 Music 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 Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2013 – recent mixtape tracklistings can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above – earlier listings are on the BBC website.

MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION – Victoria [Starts: 0.13]
“Model Railway Exhibition are a three piece band from London playing messy, noisy, swirly pop songs. We’ll be gigging in and around London over the next few months. You can find out more and listen to the rest of our stuff via our website.”

BATTLE LINES – The Walls [Starts: 04:05]
“We are Battle Lines – Carly, Luke, Ralph and Matty” (pictured above). “We’re based in Leeds where – as has probably always been the case – we’re spoilt by the amount of talented local artists and bands across many genres as well as great local promoters regularly bringing great touring bands/shows here. We formed in 2012 and this is one half of our first release Hearts/The Walls – a very limited AA 7″ single than came out in May and is available at shows only! We’ve been trying to get out live as much as possible and have just played the Leeds and Reading festivals. The autumn will hopefully bring more releases and lots of gigging.”

JOHNNY LUCAS – Lilo [Starts: 08:09]
Johnny Lucas has just released what his PR people describe as “the perfect soundtrack to these lazy sunny days- a perfect splash of summertime guitar-pop and just the thing for getting on the beach.” This is the culmination in a great summer for Johnny who has just returned from entertaining the troops out in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

SUGASPOTT – Hiphop [Starts: 12:21]
Born in Zimbabwe where he awas christened Shingirai Kaserera, this 29 year-old hiphop artist (pictured below) moved to London eight years ago, leaving behind the violence and misogyny he experienced in his homeland with a view to both seeking fun and spreading love in his adopted country. With raps crafted around an honest approach to story-telling, his key goal is positivity. “Hip hop has too many bad guys and it’s time more good guys took the mantle and carried the burden,” he says – and has duly collaborated with our friend Swami Baracus and the legendary Apache Indian among others. Performing at The Brentford Festival on September 1st, he will be releasing a new album called Damage Limitation 2: Broken Sanctuary at the end of this year on his own label Sugaspott Records Ltd.

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GIROBABIES – Secret Animal [Starts: 15:22]
Glasgow’s Girobabies are 100% independent with no management, no agents, no P.R – and definitely no stylists… They currently consist of Mark McG, Robbie Gunn, Gordy Duncan JR, John McCrory, and occasional special guest Jess Hopkins on Fiddle. Their first two albums Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse can be downloaded on a name-your-price basis and all donations will go towards recording and releasing their forthcoming followup, from which this single (released last month) is a first taster.

LAUREN RICH – Fragile Girl [Starts: 17:19]
After performing for over 10 years Lauren released her debut album Back to Reality last year off the back of a debut single called Wonder Woman. This memorable followup single, Fragile Girl has unsurprisingly received an overwhelmingly positive response and the official music video is also rapidly increasing in views She plays a charity event in Hemel Hempstead this coming Saturday 31st August followed by a London gig at The Alleycat Bar in Soho on Monday 9th September. Full information about both of these is on her website.

THE MINKE WHALES – Naked Ape [Starts: 21:07]
The Minke Whales are a Bristol folk five-piece formed in 2009 by Edinburgh singer songwriter Stuart Reid, bassist Neil Hughes, banjo player Tim Moore, drummer Chris Mapp and latterly singer Elle Ashwell. Their first full length offering Turncoat was released in 2011 on their own label Tandem Records and they will be releasing their follow up EP ‘Herbert Hasler’ in October on the same label. The EP launch party will take place at The Golden Guinea in Bristol on the 26th October.

SNAKEMARY – Lay By The River [Starts: 25:38]
This debut single by SnakeMary is the culmination of two years of toil, lengthy auditions and chance encounters. When guitarist and songwriter Kevin Barber relocated from Los Angeles to Suffolk he began piecing together the record he had always intended to make. Searching for the all-important lead singer for his project he discovered vocalist Beccy Brennan in Neukolln, Germany – whose voice sounded like, he says, “a combination of Etta James and Janis Joplin”. This release will be followed by the album proper – entitled “11 17” – later this year, with promotion and live dates beginning around October.

RUKE – Pounce [Starts: 29:44]
Ruke is a one man Kitten Doom band, created by Morgan Gleave. The sound reflects a love of heavy music, and centres on his beloved ukulele and harmonicas. Oh, and kittens. With his Felis Daemonicus EP now up on his Bandcamp page, the balance of “twee” instruments and Doom Growling has finally come good. With the next EP already being written, and live appearances at a public house near you (so long as you live in the East Midlands), Ruke is poised to pounce. (Video above by Tom Robinson)

LVLS – Photographs [Starts: 32:27]
Manchester’s LVLS (Loveless) formed in 2012 and make “dark shiny pop songs”. Er, that’s it. See How To Write A Band Biog And Why It Matters.

STEVE ARUNI – Plage Naturiste [Starts: 35:09]
Steve Aruni is already a known name on the UK comedy circuit and “subtle and sometimes dark humour” he tells us “still runs through many of my songs. Having Frank Zappa as a primary influence is probably why I ended up getting sidetracked into musical comedy in the first place. But a very tough process of natural selection operates in that world – nobody wants to die on stage in front of 500 people – so I found my musical integrity being sacrificed as the focus began to shift towards making the buggers laugh. It feels good to get back to music on my own terms with Plage Naturiste: now all I need to do is find an audience for it.”

LITTLE LAPIN – Waiting Room [Starts: 38:51]
Waiting Room is the opening track on the debut EP by West Country songwriter Little Lapin – and born from the frustration of being an indie artist trapped in the routine of life and its challenges. This sombre subject matter is juxtaposed against the upbeat reverb-saturated sound of her music, recalling the 80s new wave bands that have inspired her, and this track recently featured on Under The Radar’s “Winter 2013” digital sampler. Little Lapin is currently working on her sophomore EP in Auckland, NZ with local producer Ben King who is also the guitarist in her band.

RAPTUSOUND – The Filter [Starts: 42:28]
Leicester’s Raptusound consist of three ambitious fulltime musicians who play live sets ranging from “huge electro rock, like Muse” to “intimate, stripped-back and acoustic, like Ben Howard”. They are currently on a tour of independent UK cafes in the latter mode to promote their forthcoming 4-track EP this Autumn, from which this first single was released last week. They play Birmingham’s Green Room Cafe Bar this Saturday (Aug 31st) and the new acoustic EP Healing Breaks will be released at a launch party in their hometown on October 5th.

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OBJECT OBJECT – I Was Blind [Starts: 45:40]
Object Object (above) are a Shoegaze/indie four piece from Brighton, with influences including My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors, Jesus & Mary Chain as well as post-punk and grunge, combining raw guitar noise with sweet vocal melodies. Upcoming shows include a show at The Prince Albert in Brighton on the August 31st, and a London appearance at the OddBox Records All Dayer at The Victoria in Dalston on October 5th.

THE FRESH DIXIE PROJECT – Break Bend & Fold [Starts: 49:30]
The Fresh Dixie Project are five gifted “young gents from the South East” whose lineup includes virtuoso drummer Mark Gilead from Seastacks. They pump out, we’re told, “the most hard-hitting, chin-scratching, toe tapping tunes you ever did hear”. Currently touring with a mix of revamped standards and original material from their debut EP Ipso Facto, they will, we’re assured, “break down even the most reluctant of dance floor goers. Expect vocal acrobatics, punchy drums, chunky guitar, piano twinkles and a sax on fire.” Their festival datesheet this Summer includes Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Wilderness among others.

CONEY ISLAND SOUND – Klang [Starts: 52:21]
Coney Island Sound is the musical project of Ewan Gordon in Gosforth, which mixes “found sounds, field recordings, accordions and junkshop synths with seashore flotsam and jetsam for percussion”. Together with, it would appear, a healthy dose of fun. CIS’s debut single was called Introducing Mr.Kellogg and backed with the soft-drink-sampling Lemonade Song. It was released by the Regular Beat Recording Company (a Huw Stephens DIY Label of the Week on Radio 1) – and subsequent song titles have included Nautical by Nature and Bring My Love’s Unwanted Arrow. Not one to rest on his musical laurels, Ewan has released a number of remixes (under a variety of guises) for labels ranging from Skint and Smalltown America to Red Deer Club Recordings and Escalator in Japan. The coastal theme continues in his work on the side with The Salt Flats, who’ve released one EP to date, plus assorted collaborative soundtrack work for TV and video. On top of all this there’s an imminent album of new material from Coney Island Sound itself. Ewan Gordon: remember the name. It belongs to a musician with momentum and a man to watch.

GRICE – Highly Strung (Richard Barbieri Remix) [Starts: 57:13]
London born singer, songwriter and art rocker Grice first made a name for himself as a frontman with Brit Rock bands Martyrs and Swanston. He’s clearly well connected in the Music Industry since last year’s debut solo album Propeller featured, alongside his core band, stellar 70s session musicians BJ Cole and Raphael Ravenscroft among others. He’s currently recording a followup LP with master percussionist Hossam Ramzy and Japan’s Richard Barbieri who’s remixed this track from Propellor as a taste of what’s to come. Richard’s remix of Highly Strung will be released as a single on September 30th on the artist-led label Hungersleep Records.

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. Thank you so much for playing “Fragile Girl”. It was such an amazing experience to hear my song being played on BBC Radio for the first time.

  2. Tom

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  3. Hello Tom,

    Many thanks for selecting ‘Highly Strung’ by GRICE, featuring Richard Barbieri in last night’s show. Great to hear it coming through the airwaves for the first time in the UK.

    Best wishes,


  4. Hi Tom

    I think I left a comment for the wrong week (still a cyber idiot).

    Anyway, thanks again for giving me my first play on radio ever. It’s given me renewed enthusiasm. X

  5. Padster

    Just tuned into this show for the first time (but not the last!). Absolutely blown away by some of the talent. Keep it up!

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