BBC Mixtape 07 Oct 2013

Razmataz Lorry Excitement featuring Natasha Haws

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The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast curated by me and broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each show available as a podcast for 30 days at the BBC 6 Music downloads page. The full tracklists and start times are published here at Fresh On The Net with biog information supplied by the artists. Previous tracklists can be found via the MIXTAPE tab above or on the BBC website.

All tracks on the mixtape come from the BBC Introducing Uploader: some are recommended by BBC friends and colleagues – the rest are tunes I’ve discovered here while listening to our Fresh On The Net inbox. For more about how the process works see this post.

These are the listings for the episode dated Monday, 7th October 2013:

BONES OF LONDON – A Boy Like X [Starts: 0.13]
Bones Of London is Rich Lyus, Tom Guy, and Fabio De Oliveira. They make music influenced by everyone and everything, but especially Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Steve Gadd, Warren Zevon, and Joni Mitchell. Their debut live performance will be in London at The Monarch in Chalk Farm, a week on Tuesday, October 15th.

Razmataz Lorry Excitement is the longstanding electro projext of Wallsend musician Kev Dosdale (pictured above) who also plays with Sunderland’s feathered eccentrics B>E>A>K and recently toured as the keyboard player with Field Music. Here he teams up with another of our favourite North East musicians Natasha Haws (also pictured above) on vocals: this earworm single will be released on October 21st. The Limited Edition CD single includes the title track plus a collection of Razmataz Lorry Excitement remixes and session tracks (7 tunes in total) and can be preordered from his Bandcamp.

WE ARE KNUCKLE DRAGGER – This Better Be Life Threatening Norman [Starts: 08:31]
Another long awaited release from the North East due out on October 21st is We Are Knuckle Dragger‘s new sophomore album The Drone, from which this track is taken. It’s produced by Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Glassjaw, Deftones, At The Drive-in), mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon) and follows their debut album Tit For Tat which they recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini, no less. They played a memorable live session for me on BBC 6 Music and performed at the Reading & Leeds festivals this year. The album will be supported with live dates in Newcastle Oct 25, London Oct 26, Belfast Oct 30, Dublin Oct 31, Tyneside’s GNAW Festival Nov 16 and Edinburgh Dec 13.

ELLIOTT MORRIS – Eyes [Starts: 11:20]
Hardworking acoustic guitarist Elliott Morris has long been a favourite at BBC Introducing ever since his mid-teens with his virtuoso slap’n’tap percussive playing style. This track Eyes is taken from Elliott’s new EP Shadows and Whispers which is released worldwide on November 1st worldwide, and supported but his current run of UK live dates – which include a number of support slots to Paul Carrack and the respected Irish singer Brian Kennedy. This week he’s in Scotland, playing Kinross tomorrow (Oct 8), Inveraray on Thursday (Oct 10) and Thurso on Friday (Oct 11)

Tom MilsomTOM MILSOM – Pipes [Starts: 15:27]
Tom Milsom is a 24 year old multi-instrumentalist living and working in East London “in the manner of Sufjan Stevens and Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes. I play the piano real good” he tells us “but I also play the drums and the ukulele and flutes and accordions and little hand shaky things and big keyboards and little keyboards and toy keyboards and toy hand shaky things.” His strange and detailed psychedelic bedroom recordings are starting to amass – it’s fair to say – a fanatical fanbase, all of whom seem to be excited about Tom’s upcoming album Organs, due in November. He describes it as “a song cycle about resilience in the face of depression, which sounds like a hard slog but isn’t. They’re all as fun as this track Pipes really. Some of them are dreamier.”

CRAIG ELLIOTT – Dead By Way Of Boredom [Starts: 18:52]
Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Craig Elliott spent several years as the guitarist of a local noise-rock outfit before going solo in 2010. In 2012 he released his first full-length album, Fire For The Red Corner, after a laborious two-year long process of writing, recording, deleting, rewriting and re-recording. The album saw Craig balancing an acoustic, lo-fi sound with his distorted roots. There’s a new album in the works with a couple of demos to be heard already on his Bandcamp page. Craig’s currently to be found regularly gigging around London, winning fans with his startling and unpredictable solo performances – which see him dynamically switching between subtle finger-picking and fuzzed-out shredding from moment to moment. Londoners can catch the next couple of these at The Underbelly on Oct 16th and The George Tavern on Nov 7th.

BIRDEATSBABY – Ghosts [Starts: 20:19]
This eerie, cinematic song is the new single from our old friends Birdeatsbaby and the accompanying promo clip is our video of the day here at FOTN. video It’s launched in London this Saturday (Oct 12) when the Brighton based quartet’s new lineup will be playing a special gig at The Underbelly, which will include songs from their latest album The Bullet Within. They’ll also be unveiling, we’re told, “a new range of merchandise” and the band’s Special Guests for the evening are the electric violin goddess Hana Piranha and another of out good friends the wonderful Laura Kidd’s gloom-pop band project She Makes War.

WILLIAM CARL Jr – Over [Starts: 23:48]
London born-singer, songwriter, producer and remixer William Carl Jr spent the last three years living and working out of Brooklyn – co-writing and touring the US with Holly Miranda. In between bouts touring, the lure of production proved too much for William, who soon found himself back in The Big Apple working alongside producers such as Ski Beatz and Erol Alkan. Having returned to these shores he has spent the last few months pursue his own musical endeavours in a North London studio, from which this melodic and beautifully understated slice of electro pop is a first taster.

OVER THE WALL – Tell Her I Love Her [Starts: 27:22]
Glasgow’s cult euphoric pop duo Over the Wall consists of multi-instrumentalists Gav Prentice of old steel town Bathgate and Ben Hillman of old seaside town Bridlington who met in 2002. In 2006 they began inflicting their relationship on others through euphoric pop music, keyboards, laptop beats, guitars, mandolins, trumpets, cowbells, harmonicas, hurdy gurdys and kazoos. In 2008 I fell in love with their debut EP The Rise And Fall Of Over The Wall from which the lead track Thurso became the theme of BBC comedy series Burnistoun. How great to hear this new song Tell Her I Love Her – which is released today on a split 7″ and download single shared with their fellow band of Glaswegian reprobates The John Knox Sex Club who contribute the song “Animals”. The record is available from Gerry Loves Records. To celebrate, OTW play The Pleasance, Edinburgh this Friday (Oct 11) and Stereo in Glasgow a week on Saturday (Oct 19).
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COUNCIL TAX BAND – The Bigger The Budget [Starts: 32:46]
“Andy, James, Charlie and Laura have unremarkable haircuts and lack an interesting backstory: the best they can hope for is to have a good time before being consigned to the dustbin of art rock obscurity. However, Council Tax Band are happy for you to invent any old guff if it helps them fulfil their ultimate goal of selling their music to be used on adverts flogging cardigans and mobile phones to The Great Unwashed.” Their friends and ours – Ice, Sea, Dead People – have risen to this guff-inventing challenge to help promote their forthcoming shared single: “For those who haven’t heard Council Tax Band before, they contain ex-Das Wanderlust members and rule with synth and spite. We invited them to play their first ever gig for our Bedford show on the last tour and we shall bring them kicking and screaming out of the womb, faces-full of placenta, guitar strings still thickly coated in blood, to release this split seven inch record with us. It’s out on October 14th from our label, Lost Toys Records for a paltry £4.

BRYNOVSKY – Put the Baby Down to Sleep [Starts: 35:33]
If you’ve been paying attention to FOTN you’ll know from last week’s Prick’N’Ding that Brynovsky is songwriter/producer, Tim Brynovsky, Jamaican frontman Leroy Jones and Edinburgh singer, Idana. Based in Scotland and London, Brynovsky have carved out their own brand of reggae fusion using soul, dub, rock and funk. Tim started the project with his instrumental album Hard Curves in 2010. Joined by Leroy, who was an original member of The Congos and by Idana who was given her name by the great Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the trio have released a 2 track single City of Lights/Put the Baby Down to Sleep from their album ‘Time is Now’ which is to be released in January on Air Street Records. They are planning to play some album launch gigs in London and Scotland for December.

DONKEY THE JACKET – Weatherman [Starts: 38:45]
“My project name name is Donkey the Jacket” writes Jamie Harris, “and I am a solo artist based in Caterham, Surrey. I am a former member of The Cellar Family – an angular, noisy post punk band from Oxford that had a small cult following. My influences are extremely diverse but to name a few key ones; Clinic, Jay Reatard, Pixies, Captain Beefheart, Thee Oh Sees. My sound is a strange brew of folk, blues and punk I suppose, with some other elements for good measure. The next plan is to just write more music and play gigs whenever the oppurtuninty arises. For the info about myself I thought it might also be interesting to mention that I’m the son of Kenny Harris, the drummer from the Screaming Blue Messiahs. He was also quite good friends with Ian Parker who was in a band with Tom Robinson back in’t day. Small world ey? 🙂 ”

CLAUDIA HEIDEGGER – Tell Me Your Dreams [Starts: 42:23]
Born in the mountains of Tyrol, Austrian singer songwriter Claudia Heidegger grew up with a love for music, performing, playing the guitar, the violin and the piano from an early age. After discovering her love for acoustic singer-songwriter and folk music and starting to write her own material, Claudia moved to London in late 2011 to conquer her “Kingdom Far Far Away” from within. Her music is telling stories about life & love, hopes & fears and finding yourself in a world both terrifyingly beautiful and beautifully terrifying. Claudia’s self-released EP The Other Side was released digitally at the end of May 2013 both and is also available – exclusively at gigs – in a limited edition of handcrafted physical copies, complete with handmade artwork and a handwritten note. Londoners can catch her live at Paradise, Kilburn (Oct 20) and BelleVue, Clapham, for Oxjam Clapham (Oct 26)Claudia Heidegger

THE GRAVITY DRIVE – Circles [Starts: 45:04]
The Gravity Drive are Elijah and Ava Wolf – who met, married, started making music together and ended up independently releasing records on their own label. The Gravity Drive is, they once memorably told us, “the sound of a relationship: questions and dramas, lust and fireworks, bitter and sweet – like all good love should be”. A pop groove classic that wouldn’t disgrace the Orange Juice back catalogue, Circles is their new single, due out on October 27th. It’s a further taster from their forthcoming debut album Testament, which they’re currently co-producing with Paul Knight-Malciak. Their debut single Trick of the Light was released at the end of last year and was played not only by myself on BBC 6 Music but also BBC Introducing: The South and more than twenty 20 other stations across the UK and Europe.

JIMMY DAVIS – Kiss the Clouds [Starts: 49:19]
I love a good concise musical manifesto and Jimmy Davis – with his seven piece band The Barefoot Apostles – has one of the best. “Working class voice. World class words. Classless message. Making music for the world beyond Heat Magazine”. Kiss The Clouds is track two on Jimmy’s second album Existence Is The Sound Of Love – which is released on November 18 and supported by a 20-date UK tour this Autumn with Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon. They play Katie Pitzgerald’s in Stourbridge this Thursday, October 10th and finish up at Fleece Folk in Boxford, Suffolk on December 6th.

KIRAN LEONARD – Dear Lincoln [Starts: 52:51]
This track was already on the 6 Music station playlist this summer, but after discovering it on the Introducing Uploader I couldn’t resist slipping it into this mixtape as I’ll be sharing a bill with Kiran Leonard this coming Saturday (Oct 12) as part of the Norwich Sound And Vision festival. He’s from Oldham, was in session for Marc Riley in August, and has an enviable way with words. “Born 1995 lived out in the country in the rain and the pissing snow // tries to write music like the thunderwind // piano and guitar and percussion box and things. My name is Kiran Leonard, and finally, after roughly 18 months of writing, recording, mixing and mastering, I have finished my proudest achievement. Never having attempted anything this complex or grandiose, to have finally seen its completion is an overwhelming and wonderful feeling. This is the opening track on my album Bowler Hat Soup, out November 4th 2013 on Hand Of Glory, which is my first release that could be considered a ‘pop record’. I said much the same thing about my last album the Big Fish because of the ridiculous length of time it took to make. Oddly, after waiting to write my introduction to Bowler Hat Soup for so long, and finding it tough to contain my excitement of showing the world what I’ve made, I have very little to say about it.” Actually Kiran found quite a lot to say about it, which you can read here.

PERHAPS CONTRAPTION – Perambulation [Starts: 55:07]
Perhaps Contraption is a 9 piece, multi-voice, brass and woodwind powered avant-marching band. We draw upon art pop, progressive rock and contemporary classical elements such as polyrhythms and post minimalism. Since forming in April 2011, we have performed over 200 times at numerous events including Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Artisti in Piazza (Italy), Wilderness, Lovebox and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Our flash shows and jubilant parades at festivals have proved a massive hit. This October we embark on a 10 day tour of USA including Boston, Providence and New York City as part of Honk! : a festival of radical marching bands. In November, following support slots with Amanda Palmer at The Roundhouse and Bristol O2 Academy, we will join her European tour – after which we start working on our next album in earnest!”

“This track Perambulations is accompanied by a first-of-it’s-kind interactive music video (below) which innovatively utilises YouTube’s linking system; allowing the listener to “choose their own adventure” through the composition. It was directed and produced in-house and features lighting design, 6 contemporary dancers and point-of-view perspectives from each performer.”

ARTISTS: A Word Of Warning…
After appearing on The BBC Introducing Mixtape you may well receive unsolicited email from at least one plugger saying they heard your track on the show, thought it “sounded fantastic”, and are wondering if you’re looking for promotion for your releases.

Please check out The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers before responding to any unsolicited emails from anyone suggesting that YOU should pay THEM for services of any kind.

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. Hey Tom,

    Thank you so much for playing our track 🙂 Have to recommend what you’re doing at FOTN to all aspiring artists!

  2. Matthew Hunt

    Missed your great written commentary on this episode Tom.

  3. Tom

    Thanks for the word “great” there Matthew 🙂 We always aim to get the tracklist, timings and URLs up before the show goes out and we always ask the artists in advance to send us a brief paragraph of info to use here.

    But on weeks when some of them don’t bother to reply, it takes me an extra couple of hours work on Monday morning to get all the info together and add it to the tracklistings, which I’ve now done.

    It’s one of the main reasons those OMSFI bands are so infuriating – they just make it that bit harder for us to promote their music.

  4. Phill

    Hi Tom,

    This is amazing and so, so appreciative!!! Love the music!!


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