BBC Mixtape 14 Apr 2014

Jess McAllister

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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 13th April (technically 2am on Monday, 14th April 2014…

MADE MOUNTAIN – Waking Ghosts [starts 0:17]
Made Mountain are a sometimes big, sometimes small alt/indie/pop band from central Scotland, led by songwriter and performer Robbie Manson. Their debut album Riots In The Rain was released in March 2014 on their own label, Junior Moon Records.

JESS MCALLISTER – Take A Walk [starts 04:46]
Jess McAllister” says her friend Kim Hillyard “is a Devon based recording artist, who intertwines the rambling joy of a folk collective with an unusual production style, layering and lacing acoustic roots, haunting harmonies and energetic drums to create an adventurous and individual sound. Her EP, ‘Painted Faces’ contains four tracks grown from sensual piano composition and delicate vocal harmonies that are woven with the gathered talents of her musical friends (including violin by John Matthias) Playing small, intimate gigs around Devon, there is a tangible tenderness to her honey-dipped vocals and an uproarious fire to her foot-stomping acoustics, guiding captive audiences from raucous appreciation to spellbound silence.” Jess plays Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre on Wednesday (April 16th) opening for Firefly Burning & The Magic Lantern and again the following night as part of the Mingle Music Lift off Night followed by Taunton’s Hothouse Festival on Saturday (April 19th). Londoners can catch her at The Good Ship on May 7th and other key shows include Newton Abbot on May 24th and Bristol on June 6th.

GLASS CAVES – Out Of Control [starts 07:49]
“Out of Control is a new Glass Caves track ahead of the band releasing a further EP, playing Live at Leeds festival and completing their debut album. The track followed the band’s Summer Lover EP which was picked up and praised across the internet with plaudits from Clash music, BBC Introducing, 6 music, Amazing Radio and blogs worldwide including the Music Ninja and It’s All Indie. In January 2014 Glass Caves were selected for the Artrocker New Blood festival and picked out as one of the magazine’s bands to watch for 2014, as well as performing acoustic sessions for youtube’s RTTV and Sofar Sounds. This summer will see the band releasing a new EP and touring across the North before the UK festival season, as well as taking their self-starting approach to fan-finding by busking original material on the streets of cities across the UK. ”

RIC BIRTILL – Enough Is Enough [starts 10:34]
“My Name is Ric Birtill. I write songs about things and sing them in places. Maybe one day i will be in your place, singing about things. Sometimes i sing things with other people playing things. Sometimes i sing things on my own. I have recorded some things, with some people and i have organised them onto another thing called the Preston EP from which this song is taken. Preston is a place. There are many things in Preston but my top 5 favourite things in Preston are: 1) Religion 2) Romance 3) Employment 4) Agoraphobia 5) Alcohol Dependence. I was once told that along time ago Preston had a pub for everyday of the year. I hope you like my songs about things and i hope to see you soon in a place where i can sing my songs about things that were inspired by a place.” Coming Out – Ric’s recent song about Vladimir Putin was retweeted by Pussy Riot and he’s currently recording a debut single with Roo Walker – a session musician who is currently writing for Gary Barlow and playing sessions for X Factor’s Janet Devlin. These recordings will be part of a concept album which will be released later this year.

ALPHA MALE TEA PARTY – Truffles [starts 13:09]
Alpha Male Tea Party are one of them bands from Liverpool that don’t sound like a band from Liverpool, playing an aggressive yet melodic breed of guitar driven math-rock which nods to the likes of Brontide, You Slut! and Tera Melos. This is You Eat Houmous, Of Course You Listen To Genesis, the first taste of Droids, their second album, which was recorded in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Houmous is the first taste of the new Alpha Male Tea Party; slick, concise, groovy and heavy. Though they’ve never been ones to shy away from a chorus before, it’s fair to say that the chorus for Houmous is nothing short of ecstatic. Of the back of their stunning live show they’ve already confirmed a main stage appearance at ArcTanGent festival this summer and are currently booking a UK album tour. Droids will be available on CD and limited vinyl, with a tentative release date of May 26th on Superstar Destroyer Records.”Alpha Male Tea Party

10TIGERS – Owned [starts 15:35]
Owned, in my opinion, is the work of Johnny de’Ath – who studied under renowned Blue Note drummer Clifford Jarvis and has played with The Invisible on Foals’ European Tour, Melt Yourself Down and Gramme. His new project IOTigers is a poetry and music collaboration with his partner Daisy: “We created 10TIGERS to say what we can’t in the real world, the mad, the bad, the boogie woogie. In these times when everybody wants to succeed and sell, we want to celebrate the small forms, we are for music that we make for each other as friends, for ourselves. In the next few months we’ll film some small live shows for as many people as we can fit inside our tiny studio and everyone is invited. Buy the ticket take the ride!”

TILLY DALGLISH – Painted Faces [starts 19:16]
Tilly Dalglish is, we’re told, “a 15 year old folk singer-songwriter who has been writing and performing since she was just 13. Her songwriting and delivery demonstrate an emotional maturity beyond her years and combine with a delicate finger picking style on the mandolin to produce poignant, passionate songs. Tilly made her debut festival appearances at Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones and Suffolk’s FolkEast Festivals in 2013. As a member of Aldeburgh Young Musicians she worked with Bellowhead in 2013 which culminated in performing with them on stage at Snape Maltings. She has also supported Jackie Oates and Jess Klein at Folk at the Fleece in Suffolk. Tilly is being featured in a documentary film The Road To Glemham Hall which is featuring a number of artists on their musical journeys running up to the FolkEast Festival in August 2014.”

FLAT ED – 24 Hours [starts 22:20]
“I am Flat Ed: singer/songwriter/producer and also radio DJ. I am currently based in Carcassonne in the south of France and recently released my album Clapped Out on vinyl, on my Alphatester imprint – one of the earliest net labels. I began recording Clapped Out in Cannes in 1999 and have continued work revising it on and off for over 15 years. During this time I’ve also been working on other artist’s projects: playing with Daramone and Cashanovas & The Rich Geezers while I was in the UK – also mixing and producing tracks for various people. I’m currently involved in a new project with Patrick Bailham called The Sound Of The Shires, working on an LP which should be finished some time this year: the first single is called Andrew Loog Oldham. I also host an eclectic weekly music show called POPCAST on a local French radio station which you can hear on Mixcloud.

COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS – Walls [starts 24:36]
CoCo And The Butterfields sprang to life in 2011, performing a uniquely irresistible mix of folk, pop and hip hop. They were promptly crowned the Best Unsigned Act at UK Live & Unsigned 2012 out of 10,000 competitors. Within two years they had amassed half a million YouTube hits, received airplay from Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 and shared a stage with artists such as King Charles, Bastille, Seasick Steve, The Pogues and Wheatus. Buskers by trade, the band features vocals, double bass, banjo, violin, guitar and a beatboxer, all of whom met and honed their skills on the streets of Canterbury. Their spectacular ability to unite listeners with a diverse range of musical flavours to suit all tastes precedes their universal popularity, as they continue to sell out shows across the UK, including 1,200 seats at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre for their Warriors EP launch. The band will be zooming all over the country this year in Frank, their beloved hand-painted bandwagon, with multiple slots confirmed at Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Cambridge Folk Festival among others. CoCo and the Butterfields play their “Little Big Tour”, performing in venues of all shapes and sizes this month and next, leading up to the release of their EP See the Sun with a launch at the Margate Winter Gardens on June 28th.”

Minute TakerMINUTE TAKER – Skeleton Dance [starts 29:03]
Minute Taker is the artist name of Manchester-based songwriter & producer Ben McGarvey. His sound has been labelled ‘digi-folk’, incorporating acoustic instruments with elements of glitch, industrial and lo-fi – drawing comparisons to Thom Yorke, James Blake, Bat For Lashes and Grimes. In 2008 his debut album Too Busy Framing led to praise from Clash, The Guardian and Manchester Evening News. After working with Mancunian alternative folk-pop band The Spiels for several years, Ben relaunched his solo career in 2012 under the artist name Minute Taker – chosen because, he says, ‘it sounds simultaneously mundane and fantastical. I like the idea of making really day-to-day scenarios into something magical and almost fairy tale-like. Skeleton Dance, for instance, is a song about trying to burn calories at the gym’. He released his second album Last Things in 2013 with feature-length interviews with Notion, Gay Times, The 405, Attitude and various others. Currently working on a third album, Ben is also composing for a musical theatre production which opens in June at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, called Hoax My Lonely Heart. He will be performing the music live on stage, accompanying the actors – using a loop pedal, vocal harmonies, synths, piano, guitar, beats and glockenspiel.”

AK/DK – Battersea [starts 31:42]
AK/DK are a duo from Brighton featuring G on drums and synths, and Ed on drums and synths. The band started live on stage, without really knowing each other and with no songs, the set was improvised and full of frenetic energy. They set up their own label; Little Miss Echo, through which they released a series of cassette EPs. Their first album Synth+Drums+Noise+Space is released on May 19th through their Bandcamp. There will be two special pre-launch parties in London at The Old Blue Last this Thursday April 17th [with Napoleon IIIrd & Hypnotized] and Brighton’s Green Door Store on Friday April 18th [with Hypnotized]. Further dates follow in London at The Great Escape followed by a short UK tour opening for Fujiya & Miyagi.”

BI:LINGUAL – Spiderwebs [starts 35:04]
“Spiderwebs is a perfect example of the energy and attitude that is earning Bi:Lingual praise across the country. Taken from their 2nd EP Doppelgänger (released on iTunes, Spotify, etc in 2013) Spiderwebs is just one of six tracks on the EP filled with their stand-out energy and straight to the point attitude. Its just a matter of time before Bi:Lingual multiply their audiences and something tells me that they won’t be tip-toeing their way to that next step but stomping their feet as they go. Don’t worry, no signs of another One Direction emulator here. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page as they are always announcing new gigs across the Country.”

DRAMATIC TIGER CLUB – Something About Beats And Breath [starts 38:19]
Dramatic Tiger Club is a Spoken word/Jazz/folk infusion who has started to take Northern Ireland by storm. Debuting at Derry’s Music City! Festival in June 2013, they have spent most of their time in the studio only appearing 6 times live to date. Frontman Nate McCartney was a published author at the age of 23, turning his hand directly to spoken word poetry specifically with music in mind. He was named Songwriter Of The Year by Derry’s City of Culture committee and from that created a band that includes some of Northern Ireland’s best musicians. They have released locally their first EP Big Children, Little Adults in February and are currently in the studio working on a full album. Keep up to date with the band their website and Favebook page.”

GOODCOPGREATCOP – Fake Your Own [starts 42:27]
GoodCopGreatCop are an alternative/pop/rock band from Perth, consisting of Andy McGowan, Ally Gill, Joe Gallacher and Jack Glass. We have been going for about a year and a half and in that time organised two Scottish tours and released a number of independent tracks onto the internet via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. We recently released our new five track EP called Prologue onto BandCamp, where this song Fake Your Own is featured. We pride ourselves on our energetic, passionate live shows – which you can catch at Aberdeen RGU (April 29th), Perth’s The Twa Tams (May 9th) and a second hometown show at The Green Room on May 16th supporting The Birthday Suit.”

Sam GriffithsSAM GRIFFITHS – A Noise Such As You [starts 46:27]
Sam Griffiths is a bespectacled lyrically-focused singing man who lives in York and plays a red guitar, and sometimes, if there is one about, a piano. He draws inspiration from things like books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bob Dylan’s attitude in cars, but mainly tends to write songs about pretty girls and other such things that trouble the mind of a twenty-one year-old person who sings and plays a red guitar”. This understated and hypnotic tune draws us effortlessly into his world. It’s a beguiling combination of wildly original production with a delicate vocal performance of enormous poise, and quite delicious.

PSYLHOUETTE – Images [starts 50:08]
Psylhouette is the project of Brighton-based producer Shadowless Man. It draws together influences of artists such as Can, Neu!, Sigur Ros and The Doors. Currently, the project is completely studio-based, with all instruments being played, recorded, edited and mixed by Shadowless Man, but there are plans to introduce live interpretations as the song catalogue is expanded. Psylhouette’s debut 4-track EP, In on the Outside was released 24th March 2014 on Shadowless Man’s own Shadowsound Recordings label. This is a digital release, and is available on all online outlets and the Psylhouette website. An EP in collaboration with Jonteknik is currently in the early stages of production, with a release pencilled in for later this year.”

EASTCOASTDEFECTOR – Videostore [starts 53:59]
Eastcoastdefector are Alan Clarke, Kevin McCollum, Andrew Clarke, Albie Clark with Rachel Clarke adding a feminine touch to some of our girl/boy songs. With tales of life in a videostore, an unhealthy love of David Hasselhoff, barbed lyrics set to sweet melodies and stories of the loneliness of the first interstellar flight, their songs hopefully will make you smile as well touch your heart. They are based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife and plan to record their debut single/album over the spring for release through The Heavy Methil Recording Company. They also do a great range of mugs but you have to supply the tea. Having played successful gigs since September last year in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow they plan to follow their first proper release with some shows in Glasgow & Edinburgh over the summer. These include an appearance at Doune’s The Rabbit Hole festival on The Cardross Estate in August… and who knows where else….if they’ll have us!”

SNIPPET – fLIP [starts 56:54]
Snippet is the leftfield pop project of London-born / Colchester-based Team Freshnet stalwart Johnno Casson – making music that is quirky and bouncy with a dash of folk and a big splash of funk. Not everyone knows this but Johnno cut his musical teeth as lead singer of trip hop pioneers Deep Joy, working with the likes of Andrew Weatherall (Primal Scream), James Lavelle (UNKLE) and Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound) and touring extensively – including dates with The Farm. Staggeringly prolific, Johnno releases music under a variety of different names, including his own. As Snippet he’s released four EPs and two albums since 2008 and is currently working on a third which – he tells us – is going “blooming brilliantly”, with regular previews appearing on his Soundcloud page.

Johnno also recommends the new EP by his close friend Old Tramp which is coming on on the Californian label Three Sixty Records this week. For more info see last week’s Prick’n’Ding.
Old Tramp
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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. jay taltos

    loved ! the sounds? you were playing that particular night, tom ! i hope this message finds you well !. ta la ! jay, who as a troubled past. but who is being better now.

  2. Lara Bruce

    Alpha Male Tea Party are bags of fun, love it.
    Happy to hear Bi-Lingual and Coco and The Butterfields again, a couple of the freshest bands I have heard in a long time.

    Loved this weeks show, so many great songs and bands. Keep it coming!

  3. Keep the strong sounds com in’ nice one Tom!

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