Artists at a glance
BELA TAKES CHASE
BLACK KAT BOPPERS
ST KILDA MAILBOAT
THE BIG SUN
Top tunes from RED CROW, ROADIDENDREN, ADAM LEAVER, BLACKHAWK, KAZ SIMMONS, BLACK KAT BOPPERS, THE BIG SUN, MUTADO PINTADO, DREW GOODYEAR, FORTHAVEN, ALEX MOIR, EUAN LYNN, ST KILDA MAILBOAT, VIRGIN SOLDIERS, DESPERATE JOURNALIST, BELA TAKES CHASE, AFFLECK and FRETT
The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning. Each show is 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 the night of Sunday 5th January (technically the morning of Monday, 6th January 2014:
RED CROW – City Riser [Starts 0:17]
“Red Crow (above) is a band from Banbury, Oxfordshire founded by frontman Patrick Currier. Having just released their 2013 EP Roots in the Soil, they have followed it up with this single City Riser and its accompanying video. They plan to spread the word with UK tour dates to be announced via their Facebook page early this year. With a new single due to be recorded in the next two months, the band will be proving their passion through 2014 and beyond. Drawing from traditional music & songwriting, but taking an alternative outlook, Red Crow is a raw and joyous noise.”
ROADIDENDREN – Poptarts [Starts 04:26]
“Hi, I’m Roadidendren: a rapper and songwriter from London and Luton (I know – I basically rent the Tardis and split my time between the two). I would describe what I do as quirky, opinionated, poetical rap based on my own opinions and the sort of things I talk about with my friends. I pride myself on having content that’s slightly different to what you might generally hear on the radio or music channels & the only time you’ll see me do S&M is in front of the word “art”. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my first album and looking forward to getting some gigs together where and when i can.” Roadidendren is my personal favourite from all the artists Huw Stephens recommended to us last year. Come on you clubs, venues and festival promoters – book this outstanding young artist while you can still afford her.
ADAM LEAVER – Insane [Starts 07:18]
“I’m a 24-year-old singer-songwriter based in Kent, England” says Adam Leaver, who comes strongly recommended to us by Abbie McCarthy at BBC Introducing In Kent. “My production is inspired by dance music of the 90s, with which I grew up, while vocals fuse soul and Arabic elements. All of my music can be found on my soundcloud and I can be followed here on Twitter. I’m in the process of readying myself for live performance so please stay in contact should you wish to see me on stage!”
BLACK HAWK – Split Personality [Starts 10:35]
Black Hawk is the solo working title used by Lincoln-based musician Steve Eyre. The debut EP Life Force is the product of years putting out demos made in his homebuilt garage studio. Under various guises Steve has garnered interest – and a sizeable following – on the unsigned music scene’s favorite cyber hangouts, where the feedback has built up his confidence. Despite being an accomplished guitarist – bands aplenty have come and gone – going solo was daunting. In 2012 Steve invested in a pro studio recording camp clutching a few demos and a drummer. During the year that followed BlackHawk emerged with songs that fuse English psychedelic pop with Americana’s more alternative leanings. Despite playing everything and producing, Steve enlisted the help of George shilling (Stornoway, Blur, Primal Scream) to steer the mixing and lay down some cello parts. Judging by the lyrics on Life Force, Steve isn’t afraid to send himself up. This song Split Personality deals with approaching “Midlife” (ie middle age) while the track Show Some Restraint gently suggests reigning in one’s invective at the modern world.
KAZ SIMMONS – Last [Starts 14:26]
“Last is taken from my fourth album Signs” says songwriter Kaz Simons “and it’s 1970s inspired, fusing jazz, folk and psychedelic influences. It’s an album very much inspired by my experiences living in London and is a kind of mini-concept album that’s available on Amazon, iTunes and Bandcamp. I’ll be performing on February 3rd at Apartment 58, Centre Point. The band consists of myself Kaz Simmons (vocals and nylon-stringed guitar), Martin Kolarides (electric guitar) Will Bartlett (Wurlitzer and Hammond), Riaan Vosloo (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).”
BLACK KAT BOPPERS – Baby My Lovin’ Is True [Starts 17:29]
I caught Roy Phillips, Jon Best, Colin Owens and Dylan Clarke kicking up a storm two nights running at The Brook in Southampton just before Christmas – their stripped-back back instrumentation and charismatic performance style offering a fresh new take on the standard rockabilly genre that has proved perenially popular over the past 60 years. It’s a band that’s perfectly primed for success with all the looks, style, ambition and musicianship to deliver blistering live sets night after night. These high-octane performances have won Black Kat Boppers friends in high places pretty much everywhere they’ve played. The overall proposition is pretty much certain to sell itself when placed in front of the record buying public and in my opinion they’re one killer song away from that happening. This track gives a good feel for what the band are capable of, but that breakthrough mass-appeal radio single – their “Runaway Boys” if you like – has still to be written. I very much hope we’ll hear it in 2014.
THE BIG SUN – Dear George [Starts 20:20]
The Big Sun are an Oxford based indie outfit fronted by teenage vocalist Berry – a pottymouthed student whose musical ambition is to make enough money to get a tattoo and buy a small dog which she will call Rasputia. Guitars and Things are provided by ex Candyskins bassist Mini – known to his family as Richard Browns – whose day job as an eminent archaeologist involves overseeing excavations on Crossrail and at the Royal Households. Production duties are handled by former Ride keyboard player Nick Moorbath – sometime owner of the legendary Zodiac venue – and now proprietor of Evolution Studio, whose clients include TEED, Frank Turner and (bizarrely) Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE. The Big Sun’s lineup is completed by drummer Loz Colbert – also formerly of Rise – who’s currently on tour with Gaz Coombes. They’ve been inundated with requests for live performances (including BBC Introducing nights at Oxford’s O2 Academy) and are currently in rehearsals for shows in 2014.
MUTADO PINTADO – The Tick [Starts 24:39]
Mutado Pintado is the nom de guerre of our longstanding friend here at Fresh On The Net, Craig Louis Higgins Jr – vocalist with Black Daniel and Paranoid London, collaborator with pianist Jonathan Dryden and of course recording artist in his own right. As Craig himself says, “imagine the bastard child of Studio 54 meets Fear-And-Loathing-In-Las-Vegas hero Dr Gonzo, and you’re still not even close.” This is the strongest single we’ve heard from MP/CLHJ to date “coming to your town very soon from everywhere and nowhere” and fuelled by “Life, love, anger, passion, and all means necessary. Let The Games Begin!” And here’s its charming family-made video:
DREW GOODYEAR – Red [Starts 28:48]
“Drew Goodyear comes from Goodyear, Arizona (no relation). As a small child he dreamt of escaping the small town life and taking to the road gigging, making beautiful music and meeting beautiful women. Then one day he thought his dreams had come true when his father, a local news anchor, announced they were leaving for a better life overseas. After months of travelling Drew found himself in Wales. Not quite where his dreams had taken him but it was a good enough start… and so begins the life and times of Drew Goodyear. God bless you Drew and may the stars line up for you and the winds of fortune blow against your sails. Some (read: all) of the above might not be totally true but there’s no need to ruin people illusions. Shhh”
FORTHAVEN – Cold Voice [feat ADELE EMMAS] [Starts 30:27]
“Forthaven is the result of the evolution of professional bass player Jay Roberts into a producer and electronic music writer. Over the last year the project has moved onwards with a full album release on Bandcamp. This track Cold Voice is a collaboration with another of our musical friends, vocalist Adele Emmas from the Liverpool band Bird, who will be releasing their debut album this year on Baltic Records. Jay will be gearing up for live Forthaven performances in the New Year, aiming to combine live instrumentation and technology in creating a unique performance. Many thanks to all those who have supported this project, you are all awesome.”
ALEX MOIR – Like Ted Dexter [Starts 34:30]
“Alex Moir is young songwriter originally from Birmingham. After extensively writing and recording with Alistair Gordon and Steve Piggott, he has made this first track Like Ted Dexter available to stream. His songs aim to match descriptive lyrical content with memorable, timeless melodies. Alex has played alongside Gabrielle Aplin, Kai Fish (Mystery Jets), Kate McGill (Meadowlark), Sam Gray, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Struts, The Lottery Winners and many others.” NB the song title refers to former English cricketer Edward Ralph Dexter CBE. “An aggressive middle-order batsman of ferocious power and a right-arm medium bowler” according to Wikipedia “he captained Sussex and England in the early 1960s.”
EUAN LYNN – No Waves [Starts 37:34]
“I come from the North-East of England and make lo-fi surfy garage punk with a Game Boy and guitar inspired by the likes of The Ramones, 60’s surf rock and a misspent youth involving video games and skateboards.” Other than that Euan Lynn doesn’t really tell us much about himself but one pundit wrote about him last year saying “His songs are short, to the point and not for the fainthearted. His vocals sound like he’s phoning in from the edge of a nervous breakdown, while battling through swathes of lofi industrial noise. Right up my street.” Oh hold on, that was me.
ST KILDA MAILBOAT – Heebie Jeebies [Starts 38:47]
“Mark Urban is lyrical wizard; Claire Gorman is musical high priestess. They met on a remote Scottish island in 2002 and have been making sounds together ever since. Many years were spent busking and gigging round Europe where they entertained invalids, ambassadors, squatters, the nouveau riche, children, drunks, a three-handed levitating Slovak and anyone else who would listen. Lately they’ve brought their unique blend of post-apocalyptic skiffle, synchronized dance routines and homemade headgear back to their native Scotland, choosing to settle on the banks of the Tay. Heebie Jeebies is from the band’s second single entitled Post-Apocalyptic Skiffle – a double A-side also featuring Kiev Hotel – which is out now on Glint Recordings and available on the usual formats. Buy the CD or 7” single and you stand the chance of finding one of ten golden tickets…and the opportunity to enter a competition to have St. Kilda Mailboat write a song about YOU!”
VIRGIN SOLDIERS – Children [Starts 41:23]
Virgin Soldiers is a six-piece band with male and female members from London, Kent and Sussex and a mission to combine strings with acoustic rock in their own self-coined genre of “Strock”. They released their debut 4-track EP Safer Ground was originally released in April 2010 followed by the debut single Moon Song in 2012 and a series of remix releases last year. Regular listeners will remember we featured Therapy here on the Introducing Mixtape back in July 2013. This song Children – with its arresting live strings and gorgeous female vocals – is the lead track from an 8 track EP entitled #LOVESTROCK due out on February 9th. Virgin Soldiers have supported Keane, Joan Armatrading, McFly, Toploader, Jack Savoretti, Juan Zelada and Steve Craddock. Here’s the animated video for this track designed by Chloe Rodham:
DESPERATE JOURNALIST – Organ [Starts 44:17]
“Desperate Journalist are a North London quartet consistting of vocalist Jo Bevan, Rob Hardy on guitar, bassist Simon Drowner and Caz Hellbent – from Yeah And She Has Red Lips Too – on drums. They make music veering from cascading gothic anti-ballads to driving disco punk – a sound concerned with melody and melodrama. They’ve been causing ruffles in underground circles with their Cristina single and hectic live shows which blend gothic sensibilities with sensible post-punk machinations. Beneath the deadpan panda-eyed exterior however there is something fantastically uncontrived about their fervent hollerings, encapsulated in this second single Organ, which was released on Label Fandango on November 11th. They play The Old Blue Last in London this Friday January 10th” Despite the relative newness of the band they have already featured twice in our Fresh Faves during 2013 and their debt single Cristina featured on this mixtape last June.
BÉLA TAKES CHASE – Radiate [Starts 48:00]
“I’m a singer/songwriter originally from Australia” says Béla “who’s jumped on a plane to London to find out what this capital of Europe is really about. I’m a girl who’s intention with music is to always be looking for sounds/grooves/and vibes that match the music in my head and the songs that spring from my fingers and mind. At the moment I’m marrying the reverby dreamy state with a more pop kick genre, but the next set of recordings might well be with an upright bass and a string section. And the one after that with some synths. It all depends on the song really. I’m about to release a new single, ‘Radiate” The video will also be out shortly and its all way exciting. with a little London tour through out Jan and Feb as well…” For more info about Béla, try this nice interview by Tiffany Daniels at Drunken Werewolf.
AFFLECK – Cat King Lightning [Starts 51:56]
Affleck describe themselves as a “Belfast-based, 3-piece electronic band with live instruments” and consist of Aidan Kelly (Synths, violin and vocals) Clark Phillips (Bass, guitar, vocals and synth) and James Pollock (Drums, samples and other noises). The splendid Cat King Lightning comes from their selftitled 4-track EP which was released in July last year. If you’d like to know the fascinating story behind how this music came to be created, the interests and preoccupations of the men who made it – and more about their future plans – head over to the “about” section of their Facebook page. Oh hold on…
FRETT – Door Open, Door Closed [Starts 55:55]
FRETT are the duo of Simon Lucas-Hughes & Elliott Buckle from the Suffolk / Essex border. They’ve have been very busy over the the last year playing live dates all over the UK including the London circuit and a number of UK festivals including Beach Break Live, Wilkestock and the main stage at this year’s Brownstock festival. They also gained a lot of radio coverage over the last year including XFM, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and Kerrang radio several times as well as plays on multiple local radio stations – plus most recently a live session for Cambridge 105. Simon Li of Universal records has described FRETT’s work as ‘intelligent’ and ‘well crafted’. The band are currently getting ready for their next release EP3. Keep an eye out for the new music video for their next single, which will be released early this year.
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