BBC Mixtape 14 Oct 2013

Fat White Family - pic ©Lou Smith from Orso Major Art

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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 broadcast at 2am on Monday, 14th October 2013:

LECTROLIPS – NSA [Starts 00:13]
UK electronic pop songwriter/producers Leo Tarring and Antony Edwards are known jointly as LectroLips and began posting their original demos on sites like Facebook and Twitter in 2009. Their debut EP ‘Exempt From Classifaction was released as a free download the following year. Their songs have been used on television, including in two different songs in two different episodes of Hollyoaks. One 6 Music DJ described them as ”purveyors of fine, homegrown electronica since 2009”. Oh wait – that was me.

FAT WHITE FAMILY – Heaven On Earth [Starts 03:19]
Described by The Quietus as “tomorrow’s cult artist today”, Fat White Family (pictured above) are a band who’ve “crawled out from the crevices of Peckham and Brixton” to receive acclaim for their debut album Champagne Holocaust. Still battling what they describe as “the yuppie gentrification of Brixton”, Fat White Family’s controversial (but key) presence at the Brixton Thatcher Party saw their faces beamed all around the UK and landed them on the front page of The Independent’s “I” newspaper. “Despite the inevitable incidents of chaos, blood, nudity and weirdness that seem to have plagued/fuelled this first year of their mission,” we’re told, “they’re still the band that everyone in London wants to see.” Everyone in London can fulfil that desire this coming Saturday, October 19 at The Queen’s Head in Stockwell.

KUMA LISA – Dance Of The Fly [Starts 06:23]
Kuma Lisa is the East London trio of Bulgarian-born Mariana Bogdanova, British-born Rupert Gillett and Dutch-born Rob Stutterheim – who like to mix folksy tunes with Mariana’s Bulgarian roots. The band is named after a folk tale fox character borrowed from Eastern Europe who apparently now lives in an overgrown Walthamstow garden and makes music with which you can travel through time. Dance Of The Fly is their current single, released last month as the follow-up to their selftitled debut album which came out in March.

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OLIVER SUMMERS – The Running Man [Starts 10:41]
“I’m originally from the Suffolk/Essex borders – now based in South East London – and performing as a solo musician after departing from the band circuit just over a month ago” says Oliver Summers. “The Running Man is my first release and is taken from the upcoming EP Harsh Nature – due out on November 10th. This will be a collection of old songs written in different time frames between November 2011 and late 2012 and I’ll be looking to perform live for the first time as a solo artist, shortly after the release.”

THE CREATURE COMFORT – Sauce [Starts 13:34]
The Creature Comfort are a lost Manchester legend whose outsider post-punk music inhabits a sonic space somewhere between Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Originally taken under the wings of the Stone Roses manager as The Next Big Thing, the band built up a large underground following through a residency at The International – one of Manchester’s most iconic rock venues. On the cusp of joining the pantheon of acts like Oasis and Elbow, the band were forced split up due to personal circumstances at the time. Now rebooted and revamped, The Creature Comfort have re-emerged from this enforced hibernation, led as always by the founder, frontman and existential beatnik Ben Le Jeune. 2013 sees their first live dates of the millennium and – finally – the release of their long-overdue debut album.

MUTADO PINTADO & JONATHAN DRYDEN – Patience The Wheel [Starts 17:05]
This piece is the soundtrack to a short film by artist and visionary Alexander Sebley, called The Wood The People. The music was composed by pianist Jonathan Dryden who has recorded with major artists ranging from David Byrne to Herbie Hancock. The spoken word voiceover bears the unmistakeable hallmark of our old friend Craig Louis Higgins Jr – sometime vocalist with Black Daniel and recording artist in his own right under the name Mutado Pintado. This tune will also be on a forthcoming collaborative album between the pair, to be titled Poke A Hole And Let It Flow, and is currently available as a limited edition 7″ vinyl single.

DE’BORAH – Waiting Games [Starts 21:19]
There are an estimated 6,700 recognized languages in the world. Most of them are spoken by fewer than 1,000 people. Which is why, twelve days before the London 2012 Olympics started, 21 year old South London songwriter De’Borah released her second EP A Thousand Tongues. “Each of the songs” she says “have themes that I believe are relevant to our communities and that could, perhsaps, relate to us beyond the borders of colour, race and creed.” A former Brit School student, she was awarded the title of ‘Croydon’s Best Unsigned Music Act’ in 2009 and has just released her followup EP Waiting Games, from which this is the title track. I saw her appearance this Saturday at the Sound And Vision convention in Norwich, and she’ll be opening for Liz Lawrence at London’s Sebright Arms on November 23rd.

AUTIZMO – My Mind Is A Confusion [Starts 25:30]
“As a home-educated teen (I was 15 yesterday so this is a great present) with parents who opened me up to multiple music styles – dub step to classical – as well as taking me to numerous festivals…” says Autizmo “…it was inevitable that I find myself where I am now. I try to create diverse and alternative EDM without a great focus on one genre but led more by external experiences that drive my imagination. This year Carl Cox, Knife Party, Jag Skills, Shy FX, Fatboy Slim and Zane Lowe along with Mumford, Bastille and Lumineers have been the big ‘ups’ and inspirations.”

STEAMING HEATHEN – Ten Men [Starts 28:20]
“Waking in a hospital bed, it was instantly apparent that something was different. As well as an obvious sexier attitude, Samuel D. Honeyman had lost all memory, adopted a strong West Indian twang and would answer to nothing other than Steaming Heathen“. His genre is, as you can readily hear on this single, released last month, “wonky pop” and ince January 2012 his Gravesend kitchen studio has turned out three EPs, two singles and an entire albumsworth of these barking made handcrafted gems, all of which are readily available from his Bandcamp page. An artist to treasure.

HOUSE OF JED – Coming Off Pretty [Starts 30:31]
The House of Jed is the solo project of drummer/vocalist/producer Jarrod Gollihare. That’s me. While I enjoy the collaborative efforts of my powerpop band, Admiral Twin, I also like to be a self-absorbed, spoilt egomaniac at times and call all the creative shots. This led me to annoy the neighbors in my apartment building with months of guitar chaos, bass rumblings, angry cat noises and general bashing and banging about while I recorded four poppy tunes with dour, sardonic lyrics about mean girls, liars and natural disasters. If this EP was a truffle it would be sugar coated dark chocolate with a vinegar crème filling. And possibly a thumbtack buried inside. Mmmmm. Tasty. Next on my agenda…another EP. This time the theme will likely center around paprika and ghosts. And explosions. Should be fun…”

HUMAN PYRAMIDS – Relapse [Starts 33:54]
Human Pyramids is the explosive and uplifting new project from multi-instrumentalist Paul Russell. Raised in an old mining village in the central belt of Scotland and now based in London, it features a number of handpicked musicians spread throughout the UK. A triumph of neo-classical arrangement, a world in which jubilant choir-led chamber music and post-punk meet head on to form a place where anything is possible. Three years in the making and championed by BBC Introducing, the self-produced debut album “Planet Shhh!” was released July 15th on Oxide Tones (Worldwide) and on the Ricco Label (East/South East Asia).” The first live shows will be at Manchester’s Carefully Planned Festival on October 20th and a lunchtime show in London as part of the Union Chapel’s Daylight Music season on November 2nd.

MIRACULOUS MULE – Satisfied [Starts 37:42]
London band Miraculous Mule describe themselves as “Anglo-Irish honkeys who play music inspired by African-American gospel, blues and work songs filtered through a love of punk and 60s garage rock. Nothing…” they point out “…comes from nowhere.” Their debut album Deep Fried was released last week, receiving 6 Music airplay from Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe as well as the Introducing Mixtape. “The Miraculous Mule Train drives on, railroad or no, ploughing the black earth of night to the dawn that does not come. The train is only now leaving the station…” they add: “…get on it!” You can do that in London (Notting Hill Arts Club Oct 30), Tenby (Blues Festival Nov 9), London’s Lexington (Nov 16), The Enterprise (Dec 7) and Oxford (The Old Fire Station Dec 8).

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GABRIELLA CHLOE – Take Me Home [Starts 41:11]
“I grew up in London around musicians but never picked up an instrument until I was 19 when I started to teach myself the guitar – I have been playing and writing obsessively ever since but only played live for the first time earlier this year. My music has come from long lone travels in unfamiliar countries, and hours of walking by myself through foreign cities and countryside. It is the background sound of my mind trying to understand new places and new relationships. Right now I am in India for 3 months living in Varanasi a city centred around death rituals, at night writing songs seems the easiest way to process the strange things I see during the days. My music is my breathing space.” It’s always helpful when artists provide us wth some kind of background story to their music – especially one as interesting and unboastful as this. So although Gabriella Chloe modestly doesn’t mention it, you may be interested to know that as Gabriella Sonabend she’s also an artist and film maker who graduated last year from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2012 with a first class degree, and that you can follow her daily blog of her adventures in India here.

COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS – Warriors [Starts 44:40]
CoCo and the Butterfields are partly notable for their line-up of double bass, guitar, banjo, beatbox and violin; but equally for having invented their own musical sub-genre rejoicing in the name of ahem, “Fip Fok” – the title of their debut EP. Having grown from busking origins as a “humble folk trio” just over two years ago they have already amassed 200,000 views on YouTube and been named, they tell us, as “the UK’s best live and unsigned act” – though they don’t tell us by whom. But the sheer numbers are proof enough: when this single Warriors was released on May 5th their launch gig was not in some local pub but at the 1200-seater Marlowe Theatre in their hometown of Canterbury. They sold it out, too. Now that, my friends is seriously impressive: but listen to Warriors and you’ll hear why.

[Starts 48:22]
I’ve been following the music of A Ninja Slob Drew Me – aka Southampton producer and bass virtuoso Daniel Brown – since we first playe his work on 6 Music back in July 2008. Creating experimental solo music (primarily on the 8-string bass) his goal over four extraordinary albums has been to disprove “the conception that solo bass music is only for other musicians”. The latest of these (Before/After, Tilt) has just been released: 11 tracks of “atmospheric, mostly instrumental music designed to evoke a variety of places and emotional spaces – an album that looks out at the world and the solar system with excitement and wonder.” For further excitement and wonder, simply watch the video of the amazing Mr Brown performing this piece live on YouTube (above).

FLIPRON – Big Fat Blackberries [Starts 51:24]
Long before BBC Introducing was even a gleam in Auntie’s corporate eye, I fell in love with the debut album from accomplished West Country eccentrics Flipron and invited them in for a live session that included such classics as “Raindrops Keep Falling On The Dead”, “Big Baboon”, “Whispering Ghost” and “Hangin’ Round The Lean-To With Grandad”. This is the latest single from their fourth and finest longplayer to date – Firework Shoes – produced by Rat Scabies from The Damned and released last October. When a gig was cancelled at the last minute this summer – leaving Flipron with a day free of family and work commitments – their reponse was a typical bend of fun and spontaneity. Like you do, they borrowed a couple of cameras and their bassist’s Land Rover to go and shoot a video for Big Fat Blackberries in a Somerset field “goaded and encouraged by our kids – who ended up in the video as well” (see below).

ONEGIRLONEBOY – Dirty Town [Starts 55:53]
We emailed to ask for a paragraph about the band and their manager sent us the following: “Described by Artrocker as ‘life affirming’ and ‘awesome’ by Drowned In Sound, OneGirlOneBoy are two human beings that live, write and produce music together. After a summer of appearances at festivals including Tramlines and Dot-to-Dot, the band return with live shows at Jam Cafe Nottingham (Orct 25) and Cookie Jar Leicester (Oct 29). Their self-titled debut EP was released in June on limited edition vinyl and CD and they have new music scheduled for release in February 2014.You can also catch them at Oxjam’s Beeston Takeover on Saturday (Oct 19).” And what can the punters of Nottingham expect from their set this weekend? “Caught live, OneGirlOneBoy are a barrage of unstoppable riffs and emotion oozing with sex appeal: expect an audio-visual experience, as their music is infused with pop culture references and theatrics.” Blimey.

ARTISTS: A Word Of Warning…
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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...

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