BBC Mixtape 28 Apr 2014

Ivor Game

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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 27th April (technically 2am on Monday, 28th April 2014…

THE TRAILERS – You Know We Love You [starts 00.17]
“We’ve been going a year or so” say Jim, Darren, Ian and Dave of The Trailers “making bittersweet music from the wilds of South Norfolk. We’ve got about 25 tunes or so – all of them original songs. Not sure if these recordings are the best of what we do…but it gives you a flavour. Please excuse any mistakes: Barry the landlord’s beer was a bit strong! We’re likely to change our name soon – as none of us really like it! Anyway we hope you like what we do… Cheers!”

SULU BABYLON – See It In Colour [starts 03:50]
Sulu Babylon, formed in 2010, is a powerhouse indie rock trio from the Northeast comprising Phil Killingsworth on vocals and guitar, Ryan Johnson on drums and Corey Jones on bass. Hailing from the depth of England’s gray industrial port town of Goole, these three guys hold a stage with as much power as a loud five-piece. Bringing melody and passion into their music with the full force energy of three young men pouring their soul into every note and every beat. If there is a sound that is British, Sulu Babylon is a band that wears that on their sleeve. Sulu Babylon has ventured through out the UK and over to Europe spreading their sounds as far and wide as possible. Inspired by all that is music and life in general, creating music that is real to us, and hopefully others. They have three singles out so far, this one being the title track to their upcoming EP Colour. It’s due to be released on the 6th of June, followed by more UK and European dates. They have two more EPs in the pipeline due to drop this year, and talks are underway for playing Japan early in 2015.”

THE LITTLE UNSAID – Frankfurt [starts 07.47]
The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration. This Summer will see the release of a five track EP combined with a book of poetry under the collective title A Filthy Hunger – exploring themes of distorted human connection in the modern world. The music was recorded with producer/engineer Brett Shaw (Daughter, Florence and the Machine) with John writing all the parts and playing all of the instruments himself aside from the string arrangements, which were performed by regular collaborators the Southfields String Quartet. The project was crowd-funded by fans using pre-orders and exclusive offers such as limited edition artwork, remixes and private home concerts. The Little Unsaid will be touring the UK in June followed by a return to major festivals such as Glastonbury, Larmer Tree and Secret Garden Party.”

DOUGLAS THOMSON – The Now [starts 12.13]
“I started out making backing tracks my visual art videos and took it from there” says Scottish fine artist Douglas Thompson. “I made up lyrics and then had them played on a program called Speak It. I use various programs my computer to make the music – it’s just an extended form of my experimental work in digital visual art (printmaking etc). Sorry,” he adds “I’m not used this PR stuff.”

FREE SWIM – Meal For One – 2:49 [starts 13.52]
Free Swim is the music of Paul Coltofeanu from Reigate in Surrey. Meal For One – his singular tribute to the actor Ian McShane – has already been featured by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and is taken from their forthcming EP Well Done Everyone. It’s released on Monday 5th May -through Radio 1’s ‘Label of Love’ Sex Farm Records – and is their first EP since their Guardian and BBC Introducing sessions at the end of 2012. A taster track from the new EP, “Transatlantic Tumnus” was an XFM Hot One in January 2014 and was also featured on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and Drowned In Sound that same month. Previous EPs have received the support of Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Nemone and Chris Hawkins – not to mention myself – on BBC 6 Music.”

Debs McCoy - click to zoom image in new windowDEBS MCCOY – Insufferable [starts 16.46]
Debs McCoy is a Northumberland-based artist and maker of music. She trained at The Kent Institute of Art & Design and Goldsmiths, University of London. As a multi-instrumentalist, she writes what could be described as acoustic indie-folk. She also writes cinematic soundscapes. Debs has played live in session for the BBC and in the past 18 months has received multiple plays on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Newcastle, Amazing Radio, Newcastle Roots Music Radio, Radio KC, Squarepip Radio, WRIR Radio USA, OGR Radio USA, Columbia University Radio USA and Storyteller Music Australia. She has been invited to play in session for Balcony TV in Dublin and to play a mini tour in Vienna and Berlin with Richard Kapp. Debs was recently involved in the Ralph’s Life CD project – bringing together 40 under-the-radar musicians along with the likes of Tom Robinson and Helen McCookerybook to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues. She will be collaborating on two different projects in 2014 with British jazz pianist Matthew Bourne and New York based cellist Leah Coloff.”  This beautifully nuanced, understated track Insufferable comes from Debs’ forthcoming album Silent The Corner, due for digital release on 2nd June 2014.

LUCAS O’CONNELL – Busking Man [starts 19.11]
“Recently moving to the UK from New Zealand, Lucas O’Connell released his debut album ‘Songs to Sleep On’ in October 2013. He plays a fingerpicking style guitar and his sound could be described as gothic or bohemian alternative folk. Lucas’s songs are reminiscent of Nick Drake, Donovan, Ralph McTell and Leonard Cohen, all artists who inspired his music and lyrics, but he is also influenced by traditional Irish and Arabian music. His debut album has been described as worldly.”

RUDE AUDIO – KnockEmDead [starts 24.01]
Rude Audio were forged in the fires of Hell in the wake of a 7 week ayahuasca binge that started and finished in the gutters of south London. Clambering out of the appalling post-drug melee, haunted and battle scarred individuals swore that they couldn’t articulate the horror they had borne witness to and the only thing that would lend them a vocabulary to describe the mind-boggling vistas they had been traversing was furious, angry noise. And so Rude Audio were born
Rumours of an alternative biography have been percolating through, however – something along the lines of a bunch of South London and Geordie reprobates, with a history of putting on brilliant underground parties, creating critically acclaimed electronic music (as one half of Unusual & Electric), engineering for top electronic artistes and generally stumbling around squalid South East London barn dances, have decided to deal with a perennial problem ie where are all those chunky, dubby, riffy, mind-melting, epic, progressive, Balearic tunes when you need them? Whispers on the back streets of Peckham and the Herne Hill/Brixton borders suggest that Rude Audio membership may just consist of: Alice Billerey on earthy vocals, Dave Brennan on the engineering side, Fin and Matty on strategy and logistics, Amanda Greatorex on celestial vocals and occasional lyrics, Lamis Harper on piano and keys, Owain Lloyd on the mixing desk and occasional lyrics (in charge of turning the bass down), Mark Ratcliff on arrangement, production and feeble keyboards (in charge of turning the bass up), Phil Renshaw on art, Karen Savage on the management side of things, Tony Shea on guitar and ostrich guitar, Seb Vronski on the mixing desk for Now It’s Dark, Amanda Wasielewski on web design and stuff – and Adam Whitaker on photography and album design.”

MR HEAVEN – For Mr Z [starts 27.41]
Mr Heaven has been playing and enjoying music for as long as he can remember. He played alto sax in jazz and funk groups in London for a number of years, then enjoyed a brief stint in Japan with the Yokohama Houserockers. Session recordings with Donatos Airtos and Benjamin Zephaniah inspired him to begin writing his own music… a relatively new departure. A jazz fiend, Mr Heaven has spent uncounted hours listening to the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt and Bobby Timmons. However he’s also been heavily influenced by the likes of the great Gil Scott-Heron, Burning Spear and KRS-One. As such, Mr Heaven’s tunes are an eclectic mix, with elements of hip hop, jazz and electronica. He has a powerful desire to write music, but an equally strong feeling that his music should communicate something… In his most recent works, he is attempting to question some of the crazy things happening in the society we share. This track is dedicated to his friend and mentor Benjamin Zephaniah. There is more to come.”Mr Heaven

JELLY-HALO – Abracadabra [starts 30.01]
“We’re Jelly-Halo ! We’re a band of five muso-rapping-rocky-funkmasters fronted by the shocking vocal talents of hardcore singer-witch-diva Dasha ! She’d sooner set you on fire than ‘put a cap in your ass’… Nikita, our guitarist, was the most famous guitarist in his native Ukraine before he jumped ship and flew to Europe just as his compatriots started getting out of line. Marco has not only been a wizard on the drums since the day he was born but is also a dab hand at suturing wounds and giving first aid…. He’s been a handy guy to have around at some of our more dangerous venues ! Owen can’t hold his drink – and nobody knows the name of the other guy in our band because no-one dares to ask. We are a gang of dogs whose sole mission is to bite you into a corner !” A suitably barking mad description for a wonderfully barking mad band. Why oh why oh why don’t more artists make music – and write biogs – as full of fun and energy as this?

IVOR GAME – Small [starts 33.46]
Ivor Game is a singer and songwriter from Ashford in Middlesex. He continues to tour his short tuneful acoustic shows across London, the UK, Ireland and beyond, releasing albums and singles along the way. In July 2014 Ivor will release his 10th album Dizzy Spells and hopes it will find some new listeners. There is lots of his work to hear and see on his website, Soundcloud, YouTube and iTunes.”

GWENNO – Golau Arall [starts 35.53]
“From 2005-2010 Gwenno Saunders was a writer and singer/performer in Brighton-based conceptual pop band The Pipettes and more recently, toured as a synth player with Australian duo Pnau (Empire Of The Sun) and Elton John before returning to her native Cardiff after nearly a decade in Brighton and London. Gwenno is a native Welsh and Cornish speaker and it’s this along with co-producing and co-hosting the weekly Welsh language radio show Cam O’r Tywyllwch (A Step Away From The Darkness) with Peski for Radio Cardiff and more recently, Resonance FM, that has led her to create music that translates her Internationalist influences into layered, home-fi keyboard sounds wrapped in echoed vocals and musique concrète-inspired beats. This track Golau Arall (Another Light) is the second in a series of three singles leading up to her debut album Y Dydd Olaf (The Last Day) which will be released on August the 4th, 2014 on Peski Records. The song is a tribute to Cardiff’s visual artists, and those creative souls who are dedicated to making our cities a better place – it’s a call to arms to embrace art and music, despite the cuts that have been imposed on the arts and the population in general. Here are the lyrics translated:
The night’s gold is the day’s fool
Where will you wander to?
Go, leave your comfort zone
The darkness is another light…
Take the burden, pay the price
Who needs to complain?
Remind the troops
The darkness is another light…

MOM TUDIE x TOM MISCH – Waiting On You [starts 39.10]
Mom Tudie (aka Tom Mudie since you ask) is an 18 year-old producer and songwriter from South East London. Already working with a wide range of vocalists and collaborators, Tudie has started making waves in the past year with widespread support from influential blogs and tastemakers, whilst latest track ‘Waiting On You’ has found further acclaim across the Atlantic along with ranging comparisons to acts including Bonobo, Thom Yorke, and Kwes. Currently travelling in South America before starting university next year, this summer will see him writing and producing extensively, whilst also starting to plot his debut live performances. His collaborator on this track Tom Misch is an 18 year old German-speaking composer / songwriter / guitarist / singer / violinist based in London. He’s not looking to work with MC’s so please don’t ask him. He’s currently working on a collaboration EP with Carmody.”

ANDREAS S JENSEN – Take My Heart And Go [starts 42.40]
Andreas S Jensen is a London based singer-songwriter, producer and musician best known as the writer/remixer of Armand Van Helden’s radio hit My My My, and for playing guitar in the Dub Pistols. Andreas has just released his debut EP Disconnected via iTunes, Bandcamp etc. With focus on strong songwriting and with a personal vocal style, Andreas aims to write catchy, alternative pop songs with inspirations from artists like: David Bowie, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed, Elliot Smith, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Johnny Cash, The Zombies, Pink Floyd etc…. Andreas plays live solo, as a duo (cello/gtr), and with a four piece band featuring, bassist/backing vocalist Chloe Treacher (The Irrepressibles, Uncle Bob), drummer Ollie Hipkin (Silk Tongue Gamblers), and guitarist Ben Ferrari.”

THE ACTIONS – The Echo [starts 45.54]
“After playing hundreds of gigs in Europe, The Actions began winning band competitions and making inroads in the UK. They received a rousing reception at Liverpool’s Cavern Club for two years in a row and airplay from Pete Tong on Radio 1 thanks to Planet Funk’s remix of their song The Real Thing. Their first album Real has been licensed to Nikita Music in Rio De Janeiro and released across Latin America. After opening for Vasco Rossi at the Arechi Stadium in Salerno, The Actions signed a one-album publishing deal with Warner Chappell in Italy and their album Real was released in the rest of the world. Their single The Real Thing was included in the movie My Super Psycho Sweet 16. Vocalist Silty (Marta Argenio) was invited by TRICKY to perform with him on stage at Melkweg in Amsterdam last year after recording vocals on one of his unfinished tracks. The Echo is the opening track on their new EP Indefensible, released in February this year and was recently voted a Fresh Fave by our readers here at Fresh On The Net.”

BONNE NOUVELLE – Gaze [starts 49.51]
“28 year old South London producer Will Foster has been writing and recording music under the project name Bonne Nouvelle for the last three years. Forming songs around ambient loops and field recorded samples has led to the release of the album Saudade in February 2014. It combines both an electronic and ambient influence into a fusion of haunting synthesisers, dreamlike guitar and timewarped electronic beats. Will is currently looking for musicians to collaborate with. He plays live with the use of a loop pedal, various guitars, synths and a laptop. While continuing to produce new music under the Bonne Nouvelle name, he is also exploring opportunists for film and television soundtrack work.”

FREEZE PUPPY – The Same Parts [starts 52.08]
Freeze Puppy is the experimental pop project of Tom Wilson, a London-based composer and performer driven by the desire to create music that doesn’t exist but should. The results are tuneful and unpredictable in equal measure, drawing upon the classic pop songwriting tradition (Lennon and McCartney, Andy Partridge, Damon Albarn), the exuberance of contemporary jazz (Denys Baptiste, John Hollenbeck), and the radical experimentalism of modern classical composition (Harry Partch, Gy?rgy Ligeti). The most recent Freeze Puppy album Animation (Pickled Egg Records, 2009) received airplay on both Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music, and was selected by Peter Brewis of Field Music as one of his favourite albums of the decade. A hiatus followed during which Tom completed a Composition MA at the University of Southampton and formed a new live band (recently seen with Arch Garrison in London). Freeze Puppy now returns with this new R’n’B influenced single The Same Parts, featuring nu-soul singer Katrina Monís. The accompanying video was created by Geoffrey Taylor of Wide Eyed Productions, and was filmed at the legendary café at Goldsmiths in New Cross.”

MCCARTHY VIGIL – Luxury Pets [starts 55.04]
McCarthy Vigil are five young cats in heat, playing intense jams. They are based in South Yorkshire and love each and every one of you. McCarthy Vigil have three guitars, bass guitar, some drums and some voices. They put their finger on the button, and eat the button.”
Freeze Puppy - click to zoom image in new window
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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. How marvellous is Ivor Game?

  2. totally agree Dan…

  3. Yeah – lovely tune! He has lots of good stuff on Soundcloud.

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