BBC MIXTAPE 17 Mar 2014

Screaming Maldini: photo by Georgina Martin

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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 16th March (technically 2am on Monday, 17th March 2014…

SCREAMING MALDINI – Bearings [starts 00:17]
“It’s been a year since their debut album was released so Screaming Maldini are launching into 2014 with a new project called xii. At the end of every month they are releasing a brand new track for free download from their bandcamp and soundcloud. January saw the release of Soweto and February they dropped Bearings, so to keep up to date with these releases join the mailing list and like them all over the internet. The band are supporting Johnny Foreigner on 3rd April at The Harley in Sheffield and then are jetting off for their first tour in Japan with P-Vine records. All in all, a very busy year for Screaming Maldini – and who knows how xii will end? Meanwhile Bearings is downloadable here.

LIFECYCLE – Dissolve [starts 04:29]
Lifecycle are a live electronic three-piece from East London, fusing breakbeats and psychedelia with improvised digital manipulation with an emphasis on true live performance. Vocals and instruments warped throughout via a laptop and guitar-mounted MIDI controllers. We approach the stage like a defrosted progressive rock outfit rather than your average dance act. We supported Arthur Brown in Oct ’13 and have been invited back out on the road with him again as support for his spring 2014 tour. We’ve also got a slot at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton in May ’13. Their debut single Patterns was released last November and followed on March 10th by this track Dissolve – both son Supersymmetry – ahead of their forthcoming LP Lino Cosmos.”

P-TENTIAL – Suiside [starts 09:10]
“I’m 27 years old” says Stuart Perry “and have two amazing boys and a wonderful misus. I’ve been interested in music since about 11 years old. I write all my music and make my own beats at home, using music to talk about what I see and feel in life – to get a message to other people who can relate to seeing or feeling the same things. If I can get one person to tap their foot or nod their head to my music then I’m succeeding as a rapper/artist. I built a studio in an old outhouse and have learnt the basics of production, recording, mixing and mastering after Internet searching every night for tutorials, articles etc.” This poignant track demonstrates the way P-Tential‘s work continues to grow in range and depth month by month.

FIT AND THE CONNIPTIONS – The Ghost Of Emma Goldman [starts 12:24]
“I’m Wayne Myers, a singer-songwriter from London. I’ve been recording and performing bluesy folk-rock under the name Fit and the Conniptions since December 2005. I’ve also been documenting the process with a satirical webcomic on Sleeping Beauty, my third studio album, was released online on 4th February 2014, and will be released on CD on the 21st April. Sleeping Beauty is the follow-up to Sweet Sister Starlight (2011) and Bless Your Heart (2008). All releases are Creative Commons licensed and available to download from Bandcamp – you can pay what you think they’re worth (or can afford).”

RODEO TERRORISTS – Monkey [starts 14:10]
“The Rodeo Terrorists play around with synthesisers, drums and things that make funny noises the result of which is tunes they quite like. After a winter of being the annoying commuter who plays their tunes just that little bit to loud, the Rodeo Terrorists where given (through public subscription) a brand new set of high spec cans. In the meantime the Rodeo Terrorists continue to work on their fifth album which will be released in the autumn.”
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THE 150 FRIENDS’ CLUB – Hoonanaparka [starts 17:19]
“Excessive lifestyle, noise, hype, drugs, ego, illusions of grandeur. Yeah… That’s not us. When the David Goo Variety Band came to its natural conclusion, David Goo wanted to do something different. After reading Dunbar’s theory that society works best in groups of 150 people, he concluded an audience of exactly 150 could be pretty sweet too. Smaller numbers, intimate settings, personal rather than alienating. The 150 Friends Club was born. Rehearsals started in January 2013 after Goo called up some of his favourite musicians from around London. Almost immediately, it felt like a good thing – whatever it was.”

CHRIS WELBURN – Old Town [starts 21:08]
“I always think that writing music is a lot like getting mugged” says Chris Welburn. “You rarely know what’s happening until it’s over and it almost always makes you late for work. I love playing shows in cities and towns I’ve never been to, to people I don’t know in venues I’ve never set foot in, and then sleeping on stranger’s couches. I’ve yet to find anything that makes me happier than this. I’m an energetic performer and I’m not sure I’ve actually sat down on stage in the past 5 years unless possibly when playing piano, even then it’s touch as go! Influences: Living in shared houses for the past 7 years, never having any money, Frank Turner, The Dresden Dolls, swapping jobs like musical chairs, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, Franz Nicolay, Bright Eyes and playing at open mic nights almost every night since I moved to Hull.”

3 GIRL RUMBA – Evening Song [starts 26:41]
“Art combo 3 Girl Rumba are siblings Kevan and Laura Windle. They plan to release their God’s Teeth EP in April and are working on an album for
release later in the year.”

ANIMAL NOISE – Bag Of Bones [starts 29:45]
Oour old friends Animal Noise are “a trio from Southeast England, carving out their own original sound of bruised, battered and beaten acoustic dance music. Lead vocalist Josh Sandifer works the catgut guitar and collaborates with bassist ‘Birdy’ on their gritty vocals, while Jack Gordon-Abbott pounds the drums. Their tunes bleed from genre to genre, meeting somewhere between José Gonzalez and Daft Punk. Independently releasing their debut album Run Loose in 2012 through the label Noise Rekords, they’ve played a live session for the Tom Robinson show on BBC 6 Music. Their debut single Baddow earned them a place on the Radio 1 playlist with support from Greg James and Huw Stephens, as well as a string of festival dates. Support from their local station, BBC Introducing in Suffolk gained them a slot at the legendary T in the Park in 2013. 2014 sees the band return with the release of this brand new single Bag of Bones (out 31/03/14). It offers the first taste of their new album, which is set for release in Summer.”

KHAMSINA – The Dark Land [starts 32:46]
Khamsina is the artist name of Stevie Fitchett – an English singer songwriter, pianist and writer associate of Mercury Musical Developments. Her dramatic melodies and powerful distinctive vocals have won her an increasing following. She has performed in UK and Canada and often includes freestyle into her gigs. She wrote a Rock Opera, Odyssey The Musical, in 2012 which was performed at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto in 2013. Produced and directed by Khamsina the show is now due to be shown at the Courtyard Theatre, Norden Farm Maidenhead from 2 – 5 April 2014.”
MOTION TOURIST: click to zoom image in new window
[starts 36:46]
Motion Tourist are Sean, Michael, Dan & Ste from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who’s music has been described as Atmospheric, Minimal and Enthralling. After a string of festival and support slots with The 1975, Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose and Little Comets in 2013, Motion Tourist released their EP Slow in January 2014. New single Broken Bones is released April 1st with a single launch at The Cluny, Newcastle on 23rd March and music video for the track available on YouTube from Sunday March 16th. The band hope to get on the road over the summer with plans to tour the UK and beyond. All music available on iTunes, Spotify & Bandcamp.”

THE DUPLETTES – Waiting Here For You [starts 40:29]
“The Duplettes are unsigned newcomers to the London scene after originating in Sheffield. The duo recently made the jump to the east end of the capital having crafted their sound over years of professional work all over the country. Ex-circus runaway Anna May and guitarist Jim McGrother combine to create a unique spin on a soulful sound seasoned with touches of Americana and mainstream pop. The pair recently played a run of gigs at Wembley Stadium and will soon be releasing their first EP so keep an eye on their Facebook feed for more info including details about their upcoming gig at the famous Troubadour in Earls Court (8th April).”

SAVAGE NOMADS – Porno [starts 44:21]
“The Savage Nomads brand new single Porno is as hot as the title implies. Intelligent yet fun, pop but cutting edge and altogether fresh & addictive! Add a sizzling remix by pop giants The Noisettes and you have a release set to propel these young South Londoners to a whole new level. Named after one of the most notorious gangs in the Bronx of New York City, the Savage Nomads are a terrifyingly talented young five piece from South London who stay true to their name with their knock out guitar infused hypnotic sound. The single was recorded with Cherif Hashizume who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno and David Byrne in the past, which has clearly rubbed off on this release. Frontman Cole Salewicz has crafted his songwriting over recent years which has seen the band gain attention from the likes of Tom Robinson (6 Music), Jen Long (Radio 1) and Mick Jones (The Clash): “I can’t think of a better band than The Savage Nomads to rock the whole world”.

PAPA GUNS – Little Wars [starts 47:18]
“Once upon a wintry eve, some-time guitar twiddler and seasoned warbler Papa Dubs stumbled into a Manchester tavern, drawn by the peculiar and enchanting rhythms emanating from within. There, he found local beatsmith Alec Splatt, surrounded by trumpets, walloping and a-wailing like a sweaty musical messiah. ‘Alec, Alec, put down your sticks! Pick up a guitar and sing me some Sam Cooke!’, cried Papa. ‘I shall!’, replied Alec, ‘if you take this cello and play me some Swedish folk!’. The deal was struck, the cider flowed and, come the morning, Papa Guns was born; Manchester’s finest purveyors of sunshine-harmony folk-pop refreshment. Their next live show is at Acoustic Bhuna in Manchester at Band On The Wall on Sunday May 11th.”PAPA GUNS: click to zoom image in new window
BIRD TO BEAST – Elephant
[starts 50:36]
Armed with infectious songs full of love and wonder, new pysch-folk duo, Bird To Beast spin magic from the sounds of yesteryear to create something fresh and unique. Their timeless melodies and soaring harmonies tip a hat to the pop nous of greats like The Beach Boys, Kate Bush and The Beatles as well as contemporary singer-songwriters like Rufus Wainwright and James Mercer. Bird To Beast is the brainchild of married couple, Sam and Hannah Hird who grew up in the Lancashire town of Colne, who met at the town’s annual blues festival in 2007. The duo signed with Manchester’s MUK Records in 2012 and released their debut album last Autumn, and this track is available as a free download to anybody who signs up for their mailing list.

CONTRANYM – Lovely Joan [starts 54:03]
Contranym describe themselves as “a Pioneering Traditional Folk Dubstep Band. We are” they say “three people who have never met: Terence Bergin (electronica), Ian Thistlethwaite (acoustica) and Tangerine Puppet (singa) – currently dispersed between London, Cornwall, and mid-West Ireland. We work over the internet. That brings certain challenges. Our aim is to take traditional folk music to places it has never been before and to leave it there, quivering.”

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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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