BBC MIXTAPE 24 Feb 2014


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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 together together 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 overnight on Sunday 23rd February (technically 2am on Monday, 24th February 2014…

AUTIZMO – Way To Go [starts 00:17]
“As a home-educated teen (currently 15) with parents who opened me up to multiple music styles [dub step to classical] as well as taking me to numerous festivals it was inevitable that I would find myself where I am now.” says Autizmo Young. “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. In 2013 Carl Cox, Knife Party, Jag Skills, Shy FX, Fatboy Slim and Zane Lowe along with Mumford, Bastille and Lumineers were the big ‘ups’ and inspirations.”

ROWEN BRIDLER – Lifeboat [starts 03:03]
“With comparisons to Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and even Madonna, Rowen Bridler‘s songs appeal to the kind of rebellious, emotionally-charged, eccentric people who are far from intent on settling down. Currently gigging in Bristol and Bath, as well as performing online shows via Concert Window, Rowen is working on an EP compilation of her best sarcastic songs for release in May. She’s due to perform live on Brooklands Radio’s Under The Radar sessions with David Durant on 27th April and her new song titles include: London Lowlifes, Money Doesn’t Matter (As Long As You’ve Got Some) and Losing It. Rowen’s latest single Lifeboat (‘a song about pulling it together when everything’s going against you’) is out now both online and in local record shops including Rise Music, Bristol and Raves From The Grave, Bath.” Here’s the official music video for Lifeboat:

PLYMOUTH BRETHREN – Satin On Silk [starts 07:25]
Plymouth Brethren want you to come on an unconventional journey through music, performance and visual imagery like no other artists. From the UK this fresh act is ready to break all the rules of expression while maintaining a wholly palatable and enjoyable rock sound. Song-writing from the depths of the human condition, vocals happily placed in the golden age of rock and performances that will astound and wow audiences across the globe, it’s no wonder Plymouth Brethren are set to be the next big movement in modern music. The Brethren have been performing guerrilla style gigs across the country starting in Kent, moving through the Midlands and all the way up to Edinburgh. They released their debut single “Satin on Silk” in January 2014, so hold on to your butts. Be fooled not by the word “debut”, their pedigree is to be taken note of. Early 2009 saw the break up of Euro-touring rockers “Castiel”. James, the front-man took his time learning how to manipulate sound and perfect sonic reproduction. Born with a guitar in his hands, it wasn’t long before his production career took off and Plymouth Brethren was formed. A constantly changing line-up lays the background for the Brethren’s constant: James. His expression and performance continues to appease and delight audiences up and down the country. James is noted for his production and writing credits with releases internationally and performances generating attention in Canterbury, Birmingham, Edinburgh in the UK, Vienna, Austria and Las Vegas.”

HUMOR – I Told You [starts 10:24]
“I’m Damilola Rominiyi AKA Humor: a 22 year old rapper/producer from the UK. The majority of my childhood was split between Manchester where I was born and Nottingham. I moved to Sheffield in 2009 to study Software Engineering at the University of Sheffield where I graduated in 2013 with a masters degree. Although I have been into music from a young age, it was during university that I decided I wished to pursue music as a career. Over the last year I have been working on my debut EP Half Smile which is written, produced and mixed by myself. I take a lot of inspiration from different genres of electronic music from house to the more experimental and try to infuse this into my production to create a unique brand of hip-hop. Lyrically my content ranges from introspection and commentary on society to more uplifting and motivational topics to general personal experiences. At the moment unfortunately a large chunk of my time goes into my day job as a software engineer. However my main focus is promoting Half Smile and building a fan base. Me and my team are also currently in the planning stages of a video for ‘I Told You’ with the aim to shoot and release it in the next couple of months.”

BIRD – The Rain Song [starts 15:00]
BIRD is the creation of Adele Emmas, Sian Williams, Alexis Samata and Christian Sandfordin Liverpool andare currently working on their debut album ‘My Fear and Me’ which will be out on May 19th on Baltic Records. The bands first single of the album is titled The Rain Song and the band will be playing the BBC 6 Music Festival this coming Friday. BIRD will also be setting off on a ten day long tour of Europe to support the legendary Rodriguez (Searching For Sugar man) in places such as Warsaw and Brussels in March.”

HUGH – Look Back In Laughter [starts 19:26]
Hugh consist of Andy Highmore, Josh Idehen, Izzy Brooks and Martin Kolarides. Andy produces, Josh plays zoo keeper DX on ipad, Izzy just got here, Tino noodles on guitar.”

Eat Your RobotEAT YOUR ROBOT – Holy Fallout [starts 22:38]
“Featuring ex / current members of Thumpermonkey and Godzilla Black, Eat Your Robot’s debut EP, That Winning Smile of Dinner features 7 tracks of eccentric, broken art-rock, and is released on 27 Feb 2014 via Bandcamp with a release show at the New Cross Inn, London on 26th Feb.” said “a musical utterance of iconoclastic brilliance, and you should make sure you hear it.” wrote “The appeal here is the constant shifting of tone and riffs that creep across songs in stuttering, rickety fashions…the attention deficit of their creeping riffology has to be heard to be understood… truly a Marmite release, but one worth hearing”

PAUL TAYLOR – Entelechy [starts 26:02]
Paul Taylor is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specialising in improvisation. His music is evocative, alluring and unique; combining unusual harmonies and sonorities with an original and fluid technique. He performs regularly in a solo capacity at the Sage Gateshead and has provided accompaniment for silent films shown at Gateshead Old Town Hall as part of 2010’s Late Shows Festival, and also at the Star and Shadow cinema. He is also one third of acclaimed improv trio,The Long Lonesome Go, along with Christian Alderson and Jason Etherington. They performed at 2011’s TUSK Festival for experimental music. “Reminiscent of Les Dawson at his very best” (anon). An album of Paul’s solo piano pieces called Askance was released in November 2013 via Paul will be recording new material on a Steinway Grand piano in Sage Gateshead’s Hall Two in March, this will be released later this year.”

TO BE FRANK – The Only One [starts 29:53]
To Be Frank was born in London, Hackney and now lives in the woods of Suffolk. Musically aligned maybe to SOHN, or James Blake, with a deferential nod to John Martyn. Frank writes, records and produces by himself from his barn / studio, forging a path somewhere between producer, beatmaker and singer-songwriter.”

BURGLARISED – Drastic [starts 33: 34]
Burglarised are Daniel Amos and Philip John Lloyd Sykes. Thirteen years old this year Burglarised began at UCLAN in Preston in 2001. Many members there have been, many instruments borrowed, many wild accusations and synchronistic irrelevancies. In 2011 a documentary was made by fans about reluctant leader Dan Amos which you can see above. They recently played FCKingTHENIGHT in Brighton with Cowtown and there will hopefully be some more in the pipeline. They have also just released a new album called ‘All Of The Above’, recorded by Manchester musician RoBoT//aLien. So for songs about love and mad illness please go to , there’s 5 or 6 albums all with differing sonic palates dependent on time/recording constraints to suit your every whim.”

BIRDEATSBABY – The Bullet [starts 35:22]
The new single The Bullet is taken from the upcoming album The Bullet Within, album number three from Brighton’s orchestral punk-rock band Birdeatsbaby. The song will be accompanied by an animated music video with an existential twist, made by award winning animator Simon Carter. The single is out 2nd April with a launch party in London at The House of Wolf, Islington with support from Sunday Driver.

YOUNG AND THE HOOKS – Tell It How It Is [starts 39:01]
Abbie McCarthy at BBC Introducing in Kent recommended Tell It How It Is by this electronic trio from Tunbridge Wells, which was a previous Record Of The Week on her show. “Young and the Hooks were formed in Autumn 2013 by siblings Hugo and Bella. Bella and Hugo were later joined by singer songwriter Ben Bishop, who also plays sings and plays with Blinded Bird. With strong influences from electronica, americana and folk, Young and the Hooks’ alternative pop features tender plucked guitar tones, minimal bass lines, electronic rhythms and delicate vocals, aiming to establish new territory somewhere between Alt-J, Jungle, Metronomy, Radiohead, Phoenix, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel.”

THE ANCHORESS – What Goes Around [starts 42:45]
“What Goes Around is the debut single from The Anchoress – a new project from London-based multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies, co-produced with Mansun’s Paul Draper. Set for release 5th May 2014 as a limited edition 7 inch via the prestigious Too Pure label (PJ Harvey, Stereolab, Hookworms), What Goes Around is the first taste of The Anchoress’ forthcoming debut album and is a refreshing blast of “revenge pop”, with angular guitars and barbed lyrics framing this anthem about karmic balance. What Goes Around will be released on May 5th 2014 via TOO PURE as limited edition heavyweight clear vinyl.”The Anchoress

HEAD OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT – Dwindle Dwindle Little Hope [starts 46:58]
Head Of Light Entertainment are a ‘pop’ band from North East England with traces of Buddy Holly, Sparks, Devo, and Morrissey in their somewhat unlikely DNA. Merging catchy, left-field pop with spooky, often maudlin lyrics, the band have seen their stock rise considerably over recent times. Regular airplay on local stations BBC Tees and BBC York, together with bouncing gigs in Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester, have contributed to the emergence of a small group of HOLE devotees who attend the gigs in the animal masks beloved of the band. Their third, as yet untitled, album is due to drop in late summer, and Dwindle Dwindle Little Hope will be amongst the dozen or so songs earmarked for the release. A new video for another album song (Get Well Reasonably Soon) will land late March, and the band have been confirmed for the main stage at this year’s Willowman Festival (North Yorkshire) in June.”

I AM HORSE – Fire [starts 50:40]
I Am Horse are a Bristol-based trio fronted by Magda Conway’s distinctive vocals and backed by Susanne Lambert on drums and Anna Gravelle on keys. The band are joined by Rebecca Lambert [violin] and Sally Barnett [cello] for live gigs. The ‘Horses’ have developed a unique and beguiling sound, mixing electronica and classical instruments with an occasional nod towards the dancefloor. The band formed in 2010, though Magda and Susanne had been playing music together for years in Brighton before heading West to Bristol. Anna, who hails from Cardiff, joined them to make up the current trio. They recorded their first album, Then Let Me Go, at the legendary Toybox studio in Bristol and released the album in 2013. It’s a collection of tracks that have evolved over the few years since the band formed. They are currently busy writing new material and their next gig will be at the Grain Barge, Bristol on the 28th March. ”

RAEL JONES – Lacuna [starts 55:25]
“Often seen as guitarist and keyboardist with Progressive band Thumpermonkey ( – previously featured on this mixtape), Rael Jones spends his days working on music for films & TV which have recently included the BBC’s Sherlock, Alpha Papa, Les Misérables and the Inbetweeners Movie. Rael’s solo writing is mainly influenced by prog, post rock, late romantic and contemporary classical music. He is particularly interested in the boundaries between ‘classical’ and ‘pop’, and it is this area that is explored in his latest release Mandrake, often using popular music structure and applied to a more classical harmony and orchestration. Over the coming months, Rael is recording a new album with Thumpermonkey and has another solo album in the works. He was recently interviewed for Fresh on the Net’s Prick’n’Ding here. Rael Jones

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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...


  1. Peter Hedges

    Looks like there’s a problem with this week’s podcast – duration is only 39 minutes

  2. Scott Pengelly

    Same for me, 39 minutes.

  3. Hey Tom, I saw my band Polkadodge was 1 of your favorite tracks of the week (very flattered by this) But I’m a little confused – Will it be played on the BBC Mixtape? Or is that a different selection process? x

  4. Scott Pengelly

    Turns out it is just the podcast that has gone wrong for some reason, use get_iplayer and you can download the full mixtape or just play it as is:

  5. Tom

    @PeterHedges @ScottPengelly Thanks for the heads-up guys, there was a technical gremlin at the BBC but its been fixed and the Mixtape/Podcast can now be downloaded at its full intended length from

    @JohnBurton I choose the 15-16 tunes for my BBC Introducing Mixtape out of ALL the tracks that come in (regardless of what happens on the Listening Post) plus recommendations from other BBC Introducing shows and these have already been finalised by Friday morning – before the Listening Post even goes live. The Listening Post tunes are chosen by Team Freshnet (one or two fave tunes from everybody). My own votes on the listening post are for the five tracks I liked best out of those 25 the team have picked. No connection with what happens on the mixtape, sorry.

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